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6. NBDL call-ups have value: 33 players were called up to the NBA from the D-League this season. Reggie Williams is one of the players who has made the biggest fantasy impact this season. He has appeared in 18 games for the Warriors averaging 14.9 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 threes and shooting 49.8% from the field and 85.7% from the foul line. Before he was called up he was averaging 26.4 (2nd in the NBDL) points over 33 games for Sioux Falls. He also had the scoring pedigree in college leading the nation twice for VMI.

Because of the lack of depth due to trades and injuries and the Warriors have another NBDL player who has played well in Anthony Tolliver. He is averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.2 threes from the center position. He had 21 rebounds on March 27th while playing 35 minutes a game that month. He averaged 21.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in 14 D-League games this season.

I can list other examples but the final one will be Bill Walker. Walker is averaging 11 points, 1.6 threes and 1 steal for the Knicks. He has the opportunity to play more because of the teams poor record and injuries to the rotation. In deep leagues these kinds of players can provide useful stats because they are receiving more playing time towards the end of the season.

5. Do not pass on Rookies. Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings and Darren Collison are having solid seasons.

Player A: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 50.1% FG

Player B: 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 48.2%

Player A is Bulls Rookie Taj Gibson while player B is Elton Brand who was an early draft pick for most parts. Gibson has stepped up in game with at least 10+ rebounds in 8 of the last 9 games. He also has scored 14 points in three straight games. Gibson went undrafted in most standard 12-team leagues. He leads all rookies in rebounds per game and second in blocks. Here is another example:

Player A: 14 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 threes, .8 steals

Player B: 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2 threes, .8 steals

Player A is Hornets rookie Marcus Thornton and Player B is Jason Richardson on the Suns. The stats are quite similar considering Thornton has only started 13 games. He has shined as a starter averaging 18.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 threes per game.

4. Trades can positively effect players as well as player injuries: Stephen Jackson, John Salmons, Carl Landry all benefited from moving to another team. Trades can also open up playing time and impact players already on the roster. Examples are Andray Blatche, Stephen Curry, Chase Budinger, Beno Udrih, Taj Gibson, C.J Miles and Wes Matthews. It is important to know the players on the trade block and target their backups.

With Tony Parker missing the last 16 games, Manu Ginobli has been one of the hottest players in the NBA. He averaged 22.1 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 threes in March. He has scored 75 points over his past two games. Another example is Darren Collison who averaged 18.7 points, 9 assists and 1.5 steals as a starter for an injured Chris Paul.

3. Rebounds are easy to find compared to blocks and assists: 25 players are averaging at least 8 rebounds a game this season. This means big men can be drafted late or leagues or picked up off the wire. Joakim Noah is averaging 10.7 rebounds but does not meet the games played requirement. Only 5 players are averaging more than 2 blocks a game. Only 3 players are averaging over 10 assists a game. This is why i would pass on Al Jefferson and rather draft a Rajon Rondo.

2. Do not be scared to draft injury-prone players but also trade ones who are playing well. While this can backfire it can also turn into fantasy gold. Zach Randolph and Carlos Boozer who had injury issues last year have missed a combined 4 games this season. Even though Andrew Bogut is hurt now he played in 33 more games than last season and enjoyed a career year.

Players like Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, Corey Maggette, Monta Ellis and Danny Granger were all sell-high candidates this season.

1. Free agency will impact the fantasy draft next season: Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire, David Lee, Ray Allen, Carlos Boozer, Rudy Gay and Manu Ginobli could be on new teams next season. Not only does this impact their draft stock but the players that might have to step up in their absence as well.

My top 5 for next season:

1. Lebron James

2. Kevin Durant

3. Chris Paul

4. Dwyane Wade

5. Dirk Nowitzki

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