Fantasy Basketball: Three S's For Success In November

John LorgeSenior Writer IOctober 30, 2009

If you aren't knee deep in NBA hoops by now you aren't a fan of the game. For fantasy basketball owners this can be one of the hectic times of the season because you are trying to adjust your roster before the others realize who's hot and who's not.

For November's Three S's For Success (stars, starters, and sleepers) I have two of the NBA's finest Italians and one superstar who sounds Italian. 

If another owner in your league doesn't want to give one of these guys up, put a horse's head in his bed and see if he comes around.


Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver Nuggets  

Looking quicker than ever, Anthony has amassed 71 points in his first two games with a 51.2 field goal percentage and 25-of-29 shooting from the stripe. Melo is attacking offensively, he is exploiting mismatches in the post, and he has a plethora of moves when facing the hoop.

While there may only be a handful of players capable of outscoring Anthony in the month of November, fantasy basketball is about more than just points.  He is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game to go with his 4.0 assists.

The month presents Denver with some high scoring games like the Pacers and Knicks, and they will need Anthony to play big minutes against the likes of L.A., Atlanta, Toronto, and Chicago (twice). 

Coach George Karl wants Carmelo to be a serious MVP candidate this season, and even when J.R. Smith returns the offense will be run through their star. 

He had a third round value in most drafts but will post top 20 fantasy numbers for the remainder of the season.


Andrea Bargnani, F/C, Toronto Raptors 

In the preseason I had Bargnani as my fifth-ranked center, and he affirmed that ranking with his 28-point first game where he drained two threes, grabbed five rebounds, stole a ball, and blocked a shot in a below average 29 minutes.

He isn't a dominating rebounder, but as a center he is good for blocked shots and he is one of the few three point shooters at the position. 

November will be a tough month for Toronto. They will play Orlando (twice), Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit, San Antonio, Chicago, Denver, Utah, and Boston.

This means they will need their key contributors to play big minutes. They will have especially high scoring games against the Pacers and twice against the Suns.

There may be nights where Bargnani fades, but overall his production is worth targeting.


Danilo Gallinari, G/F, New York Knicks

This summer when Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Gallinari is the best shooter he's ever seen, people listened.

But I'm not sure they believed him.

As a rookie the Italian hit 22.2 percent of his 2.6 threes per game. The downer is that he only averaged 15 minutes in his 28 games played due to injuries. 

The kid could get stronger, but there is nothing wrong with his stroke as he showed in his 22-point shooting display against the Heat where he canned 7-of-13 threes on the night.

At 6'10" Gallinari has the size to get you over five rebounds per game, especially if he plays 28-plus minutes like he did in his first game. He isn't much of a passer or defensive threat but his ridiculous three point production his a H2H killer.

Schedule is not a major issue. The Knicks will play at their pace regardless of the opponent and the bigger the deficit the more Gallinari will get to shoot. But two games against Indiana and one against Golden State should be especially high scoring affairs.

The Knicks must develop Gallinari this season so he is ready to contribute when they are contenders. Adding him now could pay dividends throughout the year as long as he can avoid the IR.