NBA Fantasy Tracker: Target Marc Gasol and Jason Thompson

Mick MillerAnalyst INovember 5, 2008

Every Wednesday, I'll highlight five players who you should either add to your fantasy team if you need the help or put on your watch list. I'll also list five players that should have their bags packed and may be on their way to free agency in your league.


Nick Young

While Young was buried on the guard-heavy Wizards bench last season, he will get plenty of minutes this season with Gilbert Arenas out once again.

The Wizards start Antonio Daniels to set up the offense and distribute the ball, but when they want instant offense, Young is their go-to guy. He has been averaging 16.5 points through two games, and I only see him getting better.

Keep in mind that for the most part, he is mostly a one-stat guy. If you need assists or steals, you may want to go another route, but Young will provide points and he won't hurt you with his shooting percentages.

Nate Robinson

With Chris Duhon performing terribly starting at point guard for the Knicks, Nate Robinson has picked up the slack. He can help out in four categories for your fantasy team. He is averaging 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.7 steals per game.

His shooting percentages can be a little inconsistent, but that should be no reason to stop you from grabbing him if you need one player that will boost more than one category.

Jason Thompson

Thompson has been one of the better-performing rookies through one week of fantasy play. With Brad Miller out, Thompson came off the bench and was able to immediately help the Kings in the points and rebounds department.

He can do the same for your team, with averages of 14 points and seven rebounds per game. His minutes and stats will likely decrease when Miller comes back, but I would grab him while you can.

Marc Gasol

Gasol just got snatched up in my league, and for good reason. In his last game, against Golden State, he had 27 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks.

While that was just one game and although I don't think he can sustain that, I do think he can give your team about 16 and 10 per game, with one or two blocks. If you need a big man, and Gasol has not been picked up in your league—stop reading now, open a new tab, and add him to your team.

Rudy Fernandez

Fernandez has been the subject of a lot of hype leading up to the season, but he has not disappointed yet. The one thing you can probably count on is him putting up points. No other aspect of his game has been consistent, but he has found a way to contribute in one way or another.

He scored 20 points in a loss to Phoenix on Saturday, but didn't do much else. Against San Antonio, he shot a terrible 16.7 percent from the field, but added eight rebounds. Fernandez may be one to keep on your watch list for now, until we get a better idea of what to expect from him on a nightly basis.


Kyle Korver

Why, oh why did I waste a pick on Kyle Korver? It may be a little early, but I drafted him for one reason, three-pointers, as I suspect many others did. So far, Korver has hit one out of six three-point attempts through three games for a pathetic 16.7 percent. If he was contributing more, I might think twice about dropping him, but Korver is doing more hurting than helping right now.

Chris Duhon

Much was made, especially out of New York, about the signing of Chris Duhon. A lot of Knicks fans assured me that now that Duhon was out of Chicago and starting for New York, his numbers would increase drastically. Luckily, I was smart enough to ignore their advice, since they also tell me Jerome James is a Hall-of-Fame center.

The only thing Duhon has done is disappoint. Through three games, he's averaged 6.7 points, four rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He also has a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and is making only 30 percent of his shots from the field. Mike D'Antoni may soon be benching Duhon for Nate Robinson, and Duhon fantasy owners should consider the same.

Morris Peterson

Peterson has been all over the place. One game he scores 21 points, and the next he's putting up five points. He may bounce back, but considering that he is the fourth option on offense for his team, I see more of the same for him.

Mike Conley

Conley has yet to really do anything through four games for the Grizzlies. I'm tolerant of low scoring from point guards if they can average at least six or seven assists. Conley is only averaging 3.5 a game to go with six points. He seems to be going through a shooting funk, so I can't think of one good reason to keep him around.

Rodney Stuckey

Stuckey excited Pistons fans last season, and many expect him to be the future starting point guard there.  It seems Michael Curry doesn't see the same thing since he is only playing Stuckey 20 minutes a game.

With the recent trade sending Allen Iverson to Detroit, Stuckey's development may be stunted. You might want to keep him on your watch list, but I really don't see him getting more minutes, or shots with Iverson, Hamilton, Prince, and Wallace there.