Fantasy Basketball: the Landry Man Can

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 09:  Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets and Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets battle for a rebound at the Pepsi Center on January 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. 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 Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Often times your last few rosters spots of a fantasy basketball team are expendable. Injuries and ineffectiveness lead to players suddenly popping up and doing some damage.

Some of those players come and go quickly, so you have to act fast.

One player that is definitely trending in the right direction in New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry. In his past four games he is averaging 18.3 points per game. He has scored at least 14 in all four contests.

Not only is he scoring, but he has been very efficient doing so, shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the line. Often times a scoring surge like that comes at a price, in the form of poor field goal or free throw percentages. This isn't the case here.

Given his career marks in both categories, 53.5 and 77.7 percent respectively, that should not come as a surprise.

Landry has also been hitting the glass, averaging 7.5 boards per game during the stretch. He has averaged 31.5 minutes per game, and if he can continue to play heavy minutes he should continue to produce.

That is the extent of his fantasy goodies, though, as he has averaged 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Still, if you can get points, boards, and FG percentage help that is useful to fantasy owners.

Landry has both SF and PF eligibility, which adds to his value. He should be available in a decent amount of leagues as he is owned in about 40.0 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.

If you are in need of a quick boost, maybe the Landry Man your squad that is.


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