Fantasy Basketball: Three S's For Success In October

John LorgeSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2009

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Every fantasy basketball title run consists of stars, starters, and sleepers—or as I like to say the Three S's For Success. 

You might not be focused on the title yet but the moves you make to your roster at the start of the season could have a major impact on your team's landscape come playoff time.

We only have a few games in October, but here are four guys who will get your season started off right.


Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics - The most intense man in professional sports hasn't played a game that counted since last March.  I'm not a major advocate of Garnett this season because he carries an injury risk but I am confident he will get out to a fast start in 2009.

With three games in October, including a pivotal matchup with Cleveland, KG will be counted on as the Celtics look to get out to a fast start.  In over 30 minutes per night Garnett can post a high teens average, with close to 10 rebounds per game and good assists, steals, and blocks numbers for his position on the way.

A good start to the season can make Garnett valuable trade bait before he starts to miss time. 


Anthony Randolph, F, Golden State Warriors - There is a strong possibility Randolph will win the Most Improved Player Award this year as the full-time starting power forward for Golden State.

In October games against Houston and Phoenix, Randolph will have a good shot at averaging a double-double, he isn't much of a three point shooter at this point in his career but he's good for blocks and steals.

The Warriors other young forward, Brandan Wright, is injured which only makes things more promising for Randolph to start the year.

I anticipate a lot of movement in the Warriors roster this season but Randolph will be one of the few constants, grab him if you can.


Channing Frye, F/C, Phoenix Suns - For starters, in seven preseason games Frye hit 11-of-26 threes--not typical production from your starting fantasy center.

Although he may not be typical Frye will be very productive in the Suns offense as they've turned the tempo back up.  Another reason Frye will start hot in the Suns two October games is the injury to Robin Lopez who was supposed to be the starter.

Eventually Frye will split time with Lopez so if you can roster him when he's productive you may be able to deal him before a decline.

Bonus Sleeper

D.J. Augustine, G, Charlotte Bobcats - Most sleepers arise because of an injury to the starter.  Augustine is a baller, but the injury to Raja Bell will have him eating early and often from behind the arc.

Last season Larry Brown was comfortable playing Augustine alongside Raymond Felton, and he can also sub-in for the former Tar Heel as well. 

Along with threes Augustine is an overall scoring threat, he has good assist numbers for a combo guard and he gets steals as well.

If your searching for a guard he will not disappoint.