7 Fantasy Basketball Stars Who Are Thriving with Reduced Roles

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7 Fantasy Basketball Stars Who Are Thriving with Reduced Roles
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Eric Bledsoe, PG, L.A. Clippers

Tim Duncan is experiencing a resurgent fantasy season as the frontcourt focus of the San Antonio Spurs. In 30.6 minutes per game, the veteran power forward has put together averages of 17.6 points, 10.4 boards, 2.5 assists, 2.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game.

Even aside from the occasional missed game for rest purposes, Duncan’s role has commanded less playing time than it used to. Still, his minutes have increased over the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign (28.2 MPG) as well as the last 82-game season in 2010-11 (28.4).

He’s shooting 49.5 percent from the field and a career-high 80.0 percent from the free-throw line. Duncan’s a prime example of a player doing damage in the fantasy game with limited minutes, but seven other guys have been extremely fantasy-relevant with fewer than 30 minutes per game in service.

Some, like Jason Kidd and Roy Hibbert are starters on their NBA teams. Others, like Jamal Crawford and Kevin Martin, are key bench contributors. Because of their per-minute production, the players on this list could be fantasy studs if given more time on the floor. Some are already knocking on the door.


Statistics used in this article are accurate prior to games played on Dec. 21, 2012.

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