Hot Stove New York's Fantasy Basketball: Round Seven

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2009

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73. Andrew Bogut

74. Kevin Love

75. J.R Smith

76. Lou Williams

77. Anthony Randolph

78. Stephen Jackson

79. Eric Gordon

80. Jeff Green (my pick)

81. Fransico Garcia

82. T.J Ford

83. Paul Milsap

84. D.J Augustin

My Strategy: I was targeting Gordon and Green and was pleased that one of them was available. Green broke out last season averaging 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and one steal per game. He also played 36 minutes per game, and the third year forward should increase his versatile numbers.

Best pick: Gordon had a solid rookie season averaging 16 points, 1.7 three-pointers, one steal, and shot 45 percent from the field, and 85 percent from the foul line. He should build on those numbers, and this was the third straight player Team Brown took who can shoot the three-pointer (Okur, Charlie V). Even though J.R Smith is suspended seven games to start the season, he is a solid fantasy player. Stephen Jackson in Round Seven is great value if he can find a way to play 70+ games.

Questionable pick: Lou Williams is on everyone’s list of sleepers, but this is a round too early for him. This will be his first year starting. His career high in assists is 3.2 as a backup. He averaged almost 13 points in 23 minutes last season, with 1.1 steals and 0.8 three-pointers per game. However, he shot 39 percent from the field. Garcia is out about four months after surgery on his broken right forearm.

Riskiest pick: T.J Ford has never played more than 75 games in his five year career. He had a productive season last year for the Pacers but averaged a career low 5.3 assists per game. Ford has already missed some preseason time with a hamstring injury. The departure of PG Jarret Jack helps his value, but Ford is still a risk.


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