Fantasy Basketball: 5 Players You Need to Add Now

John OtanoContributor IIIOctober 31, 2013

Fantasy Basketball: 5 Players You Need to Add Now

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    Rockets PG Patrick Beverley is a must-add player.
    Rockets PG Patrick Beverley is a must-add player.

    One of the most important elements of fantasy basketball for players to value is opportunity. Even though the season started this week, spotting early trends of players seeing increased minutes will greatly heighten their inherent value. 

    It's never too early to tinker with your roster in fantasy basketball. Here are five players that have an opportunity for a load of minutes that could bolster your roster early on. 

    All ownership percentages are taken from Yahoo!

Lance Stephenson (IND-SG): 59 Percent Owned

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    Lance Stephenson looks like the starting shooting guard for the Pacers.
    Lance Stephenson looks like the starting shooting guard for the Pacers.Ron Hoskins/Getty Images

    Lance Stephenson is the first player to immediately benefit from an opportunity. The Pacers are going to be without Danny Granger for at least three weeks with a calf injury. Given Granger's murky injury history over the last two seasons, the three weeks could turn into a longer absence from the team. 

    With Granger out of the starting lineup, Stephenson is immediately slotted in as the Pacers shooting guard. In his first two games, Stephenson has logged 35 minutes and 41 minutes, respectively. He's averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and two three-pointers in the two starts. 

    He'll continue to log starting minutes and should be owned in all standard leagues. 

Vitor Faverani (BOS-C): 14 Percent Owned

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    Vitor Faverani has won the starting center job in Boston.
    Vitor Faverani has won the starting center job in Boston.Brian Babineau/Getty Images

    Here's an example of when a bad thing goes good. The Boston Celtics completely stripped the core of their championship roster last season, and what's left will benefit only in the fantasy game. One of those beneficiaries is Vitor Faverani who has won the starting center job over Kelly Olynyk. 

    In his first game of the season, Faverani logged 27 minutes where he poured in 13 points and snagged three rebounds. The Brazilian big also blocked three shots. Faverani will have to fend of Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries and Olynyk for minutes, but so long as he's starting, he should be on the roster. 

    He's currently owned in just 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues and should be added if you need blocks and boards. 

Jordan Farmar (LAL-PG): 11 Percent Owned

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    Jordan Farmar didn't skip a beat in the Lakers opener.
    Jordan Farmar didn't skip a beat in the Lakers opener.Noah Graham/Getty Images

    The Lakers have already disclosed plans to sit starting point guard Steve Nash on back-to-back days this season. While Nash is sitting, Farmar figures to pick up some of the minutes at the point guard position. His second stint with the Lakers has equated into immediate playing time. He's averaged 26 minutes through his first two contests with 14 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 three-pointers made. 

    Mike D'Antoni's offense will likely create fantasy stars off the wire this season, and Farmar appears to be an early candidate of a player that needs to be owned universally.  

Miles Plumlee (PHO-PF): 39 Percent Owned

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    Miles Plumlee could see plenty of opportunity at the center position for Phoenix.
    Miles Plumlee could see plenty of opportunity at the center position for Phoenix.Rocky Widner/Getty Images

    The Phoenix Suns are in the middle of a rebuilding process right now, and, quite frankly, they won't be very good this year. They traded starting center Marcin Gortat for an injured Emeka Okafor and draft picks. With Okafor dealing with a herniated disk in his neck, the door opens for Miles Plumlee to absorb some of the minutes left behind by Gortat. 

    Plumlee posted a monster line in his first start of the season with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. So long as he continues to see starting minutes, Plumlee could be a nice source of cheap boards, blocks and some offense. 

Patrick Beverley (HOU-PG): 28 Percent Owned

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    Patrick Beverley beat out Jeremy Lin for the starting point guard job.
    Patrick Beverley beat out Jeremy Lin for the starting point guard job.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Beverley beat out Jeremy Lin for the starting point guard job and then proceeded to get injured in the first game of the season. Beverley pulled a muscle under his rib cage but is expected to suit up for Houston's next game on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. 

    If he's healthy, the tenacious defender should offer a wealth of steals, assists and three-pointers. Quite frankly, he's a better overall player than Lin, and if he can log serious minutes this season, he could be one of your best pickups of the entire season. Beverley is currently owned in 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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