NBA Fantasy Flyer: Week 1 Review + Outlook

ClippercurseContributor INovember 2, 2009

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The NBA season finally got under way and some surprising players are already putting up monster stats.  Scroll down for week two pickups.

While the Lebron, Kobe, Dirk are putting up top 15 stats. There are some real surprises.

Stars with an awesome week

Carmelo Anthony

You probably saw 'Melo shoot the lights out in all three games so far. He shot 54 percent, 88 percent on free throws and 37 PPG will get it done. Good rebounding and assists number for Anthony and just six turnovers.

Rajon Rondo

47 assists plus 10 steals in four games. Add 56 percent field goals and 20 rebounds to that and Rondo is really rewarding those who drafted him early.

Andrea Bargnani

22 PPG, 2-plus three's, with awesome efficiency numbers. Look for this to continue all season. Capable of being a top-30 fantasy player.

Shooting Stars

Channing Frye

Ridiculous shooting numbers so far going 6-for-10 in three's in one game. You definitely want him on your team and he is only owned in 57 percent of yahoo leagues. He can single-handedly carry your team's three-point need all season with some decent rebounding numbers. Think last season's Troy Murphy with more three's but half the rebounds.

Danilo Gallinari

Even more three's than Frye. Only 70 percent owned so far. He should be owned in all leagues simply because the volume of three's he will be taking(and making). Definitely capable of shooting 42 percent from long range but he's one-dimensional who won't contribute elsewhere. His shooting percentage is bad for a forward.

Andray Blatche

Draining mid-range jumpers at 72 percent clip. That will definitely slide but he should be a good source of blocks and rebounds as long as either Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison is not in the lineup.

Monster Numbers

Marc Gasol

Only 80 percent owned right now. Pick him up NOW. RIGHT NOW. There were concerns about Gasol getting enough touches with all the newcomers on the Memphis squad. He simply put up 20 PPG plus 11 RPG in three games. He will shoot an awesome percentage from the stripe and field goal percentage is likely to be 55 percent-plus. He will provide double-digit scoring and rebounding in addition to the great free-throw percentage. Turnovers might be a concern but it should be less than three per game.

Chris Kaman

Perhaps getting overshadowed by other top performers this week. He has 22 PPG, 10 RPG, 1.8 BPG with career averages of 50 percent field goals and 74 percent free throws. He is certainly capable of 15 and 12 with two  blocks as seen in 2007-08 season. It is just a matter of if he is interested in basketball. Right now, the answer is yes.

Marcus Camby

Put up some gaudy scoring numbers with his usual boards and blocks. Sell high soon as come December he won't be getting the same playing time.

Youngsters taking flight

Louis Williams

Not getting the same attention as Frye and Danilo but he put up big scoring numbers with just two turnovers in three games. He won't continue to shoot 63 percent but 17 PPG-plus and 1.5-plus steals can be had. Check if hes still available!

Aaron Brooks

Shouldering the scoring load for Houston. He has 22 PPG and eight APG. We should expect 18 PPG, 6.5 APG this season. Look for his shooting average to be closer to 43 percent than 49 percent. Brooks will be a great source of three's and steals all season, but you have to take his turnovers which will hover over three.

Worthy mentions of the non-superstars

Al Horford
Brook Lopez
Grant Hill
Marreese Speights
Gilbert Arenas
Trevor Ariza
Andrew Bynum
Ryan Anderson
Mario Chalmers

The Poopy List (Disappointing Starts)

Jose Calderon
Monta Ellis
Stephen Jackson
Anthony Randolph
Derrick Rose
Charlie Villanueva
Baron Davis

Fallen Stars(injured)

Pau Gasol
Antawn Jamison
Devin Harris
Mehmet Okur
Nate Robinson
Caron Butler
Josh Howard
Richard Hamilton
Vince Carter

Look out for... solid pickups

Ryan Gomes

Very solid for points, rebounds and three's. Won't hurt your team at the shooting categories.  Definitely deserve a spot in any standard 12 team roto league.

Brendan Haywood

Should be owned already. Playing Pacers and Suns in a row late in the week. Should definitely be a good play for those two games.

Ben Wallace

Getting lots of playing time. The steals, blocks and rebounds are there. The free throw... has never been there.

Cory Brewer

Managers looking for steals and blocks should take a look at Brewer. He will throw in a few three's to help.

Good Luck and beat your friends or win money(or both)!


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