The Three S's for Success: January's Fantasy Basketball Must-Haves

John LorgeSenior Writer IDecember 28, 2008

The three S's for success are a star, starter, and sleeper who present lots of fantasy upside for the near future. This group has some great matchups in the month of January, and even after the month is over, they should continue to shine.


Star: Baron Davis, PG, Los Angles Clippers

Aside from poor field goal shooting, the 2008-09 season has been a successful one for Davis from a fantasy perspective. He has solid point production, plenty of three point attempts, around eight assists and two steals per game. 

Attentive owners know Davis has been nice for the Clippers this year, but the general perception is that he is playing below par. Davis has two meetings with the Suns who struggle with point guards, and late in the month, he meets Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Golden State, Chicago, and Washington.

Although Davis was drafted high, you may be able to trade one or two hot players for him because he has been out of the limelight this season. It's refreshing to have Davis on your team because even if the Clippers are lacking, his effort is superb. 


Starter: Jeff Green, F, Oklahoma City Thunder

Green is on my list of guys to blow-up in 2009, and due to the Thunder's lack of talent, he gets the opportunity to produce every night. Green is the Thunder's second-leading scorer and rebounder, his passing game is consistently improving he shoots threes and steals the ball.

In January, Green will produce above his averages against New York, Minnesota, Chicago, New Jersey (twice), Golden State, and Memphis. People are catching on to Green, but if you get him now, you will be able to ride him for the rest of the year.


Sleeper: Derek Fisher, PG, Los Angles Lakers

With Jordan Farmar injured, Fisher has seen a big boost in playing time and the veteran is thriving off the added responsibility. Fisher is shooting 43.8 percent from three this year has in December he averages 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. 

If you are looking for a point guard fix, Fish is your man on the wire. He will lock-up with Golden State, Indiana, Washington, Minnesota, and Memphis in January. 

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