Fantasy Basketball Players Flying Under The Radar

John LorgeSenior Writer INovember 5, 2009

Every fantasy basketball owner wants to get out to a hot start—why wouldn't you, right? 

We have a long season ahead of us and just because somebody has been a disappointment through the first five games, it doesn't mean they aren't worth owning for the next 77.

Here is a list of guys giving you a headache early on, but I am expecting a great upswing from them over the next few weeks. Remember, the key to investing is buy low, sell high.


Derrick Rose, PG, Chicago Bulls

Those who drafted Rose expected his 16.8 points and 6.3 assists per game last season to rise this year, not fall to an abysmal 11.8 points and 4.8 assists per game.

Worry not, Rose is still nursing an ankle injury and coach Vinny Del Negro is doing the right thing by not rushing him back. When Rose's minutes go from 30 to the 37-plus he was averaging per game last year, his numbers will rise along with it.

If you are looking to trade for Rose do it ASAP; he is a tough kid and re-injury is not a major concern, so if you can work a deal involving a mid-tier PG, you will be getting a top-10 guy at the position in return.


John Salmons, G/F, Chicago Bulls

The one thing that hasn't changed for Salmons between last year and this year has been playing time—at 37 minutes per game, it is very hard not to like this guy.

If he wasn't shooting 25.9 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from three, his numbers would be much closer to the 18.3 points per game he averaged last year.

Despite the poor shooting, Salmons is working on defense, averaging 2.3 steals per game.

The fact is that Salmons isn't a big name. The average owner can easily be wooed with a lesser value and you should pounce all over him.


Charlie Villanueva, F, Detroit Pistons

As someone who bought into Villanueva heavily after last year's career numbers, this buy could be passed off as wishful thinking. On the other hand, Detroit made a major investment in him this summer, and he needs to start earning his paycheck.

Through four games, Villanueva has only cracked the 30 minute mark once, and he is yet to post a double-double. The odds of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince being dealt are increasing, which means Detroit will lack even more talent.

Don't go hog-wild buying Villanueva, but keep in mind he has been a slow starter each of the last two seasons, his terrible shooting percentages will rise back to his career averages and the points, rebounds, and minutes will increase, too.


Other Low Fliers


Anthony Randolph, F, Golden State Warriors

A knee injury in camp slowed his start to the season, but this kid is for real. Take him off the hands of any owner who thinks his preseason ranking was over-hyped.


Tyreke Evans, PG, Sacramento Kings

The Kings aren't going anywhere this season, the future of the franchise rests in the progression of Evans at the PG position. If you're looking for a cheap player who will score and play big minutes, trade him for a stat specialist.


Rodrigue Beaubois, G, Dallas Mavericks

This is a French rookie who killed the NBA Summer League. Listed as a PG, he is more of a scoring guard and can really shoot the three. Throughout the season, he should steal minutes from J.J. Barea, especially when Josh Howard is hurt. He could be a gem in deep leagues, but a fringe player for most owners.