Fantasy Basketball: Hit Up Ersan Ilyasova and Chris Kaman for Rebounding Help

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23:  Ersan llyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Ersan Ilyasova wasn’t exactly brilliant Monday night, collecting seven points and six rebounds. In his past 12 games he has six games with double-figure rebounds, including a season-high 19 on January 25. Over that 13-game stretch he has averaged 9.8 rebounds. He added 10.1 ppg as well. As an added bonus, he knocked down 5 three-pointers during the stretch.

With Andrew Bogut out he should continue to see heavy minutes, which in turn leads to solid rebound numbers and unexpected three-pointers. He won’t blow you away with his scoring, but he can see double-figures on occasion.

Ilyasova is owned in 36.0 percent of Yahoo! and 31.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Meanwhile, Chris Kaman is coming off a monster 27-point, 13-rebound effort starting in place of Emeka Okafor. Even if Okafor isn’t sidelined for many games with his knee injury, there is no doubt that Kaman has earned himself additional playing time with his outburst.

Kaman missed Friday’s game with an ankle injury of his own, but in the past three games in which he’s played he has averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 blocks. While I don’t expect him to put up anything near those numbers the rest of the way, he did post a 18.5 ppg, 9.2 rpb, 1.6 apg, 1.2 bpg back in the 2009-10 season for the Clippers.

Kaman is owned in about three-quarters of ESPN leagues, but only a little over half of Yahoo! leagues. That number will sure to rise quickly thanks to Monday night’s game.

So if you are in the market for some rebounds, take a look at these two options.


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