January Minute Risers: Players That Have Seen The Biggest Increase in Playing Time

I wrote an article two days ago about research that I did on statistics that have the highest correlation to overall value for Fantasy Basketball.

In that article I was able to conclude that minutes played and, to a lesser extent, turnovers have the highest correlation with overall value, and I came up with a linear regression based off of turnovers and minutes played which came up with an expected player rater value (xPR/GM).

While xPR/GM may not be more than another fun statistic to look at, because it fails to account for players that have been injured and/or have taken a on new role within their team and lack the overall minutes, the main takeaway from the article is that minutes played is the secondary statistic (i.e. not a statistic that contributes directly to one of the eight categories) that correlates the most with Fantasy Basketball value, at least for roto leagues.

Taken further, minutes played has the highest correlation with overall Fantasy value, but if we only look at total minutes played, that doesn’t allow us as Fantasy Basketball owners to make trades or pick ups based on recent trends when some players have played more games than others.

For that reason, minutes per game is a better indicator for changes in playing time and potential value.

Below is a list of all players and the differences that they’ve seen so far this month in their minutes played compared to the rest of the season:

PlayerTEAMMIN (OCT-DEC)MIN (JAN)DIFF
Justin HolidayGSW8.523.515
Cleanthony EarlyNYK7.821.814
James YoungBOS3.517.514
Joe InglesUTA16.229.413.2
Ian ClarkUTA5.31812.7
Devyn MarbleORL0.913.612.7
Matthew DellavedovaCLE20.933.512.6
Cole AldrichNYK14.726.912.2
Tristan ThompsonCLE27.639.712.1
Hassan WhitesideMIA10.322.312
Robert CovingtonPHI24.835.110.3
Elfrid PaytonORL25.335.410.1
Jusuf NurkicDEN12.222.19.9
Joe HarrisCLE10.720.59.8
Bismack BiyomboCHA14.424.29.8
Rudy GobertUTA18.628.19.5
Jason MaxiellCHA11.821.19.3
Jarnell StokesMEM3.9139.1
Derrick WilliamsSAC14.623.58.9
Shabazz MuhammadMIN22.331.28.9
Meyers LeonardPOR10.118.88.7
Tiago SplitterSAS17.726.48.7
Jae CrowderBOS11.319.98.6
Robbie HummelMIN11.319.88.5
Troy DanielsMIN5.7148.3
Jonas JerebkoDET15.123.38.2
Tim Hardaway Jr.NYK22.230.38.1
Andrew WigginsMIN31.339.48.1
Mike MillerCLE17258
Sergey KarasevBKN19.1277.9
Richard JeffersonDAL14.5227.5
Alan AndersonBKN20.928.37.4
Ryan KellyLAL8.215.67.4
Nikola MiroticCHI1825.27.2
Greivis VasquezTOR2128.17.1
Jimmer FredetteNOP9.9177.1
Dante ExumUTA18.225.27
Jarrett JackBKN26.933.76.8
Joe JohnsonBKN3541.86.8
Lou WilliamsTOR23.630.46.8
Trey BurkeUTA3238.76.7
CJ MilesIND24.431.16.7
Mason PlumleeBKN20.927.16.2
James EnnisMIA13.719.86.1
James JonesCLE10.516.66.1
George HillIND25.431.46
Danny GrangerMIA20.526.56
Otto PorterWAS18.324.36
Elton BrandATL12.918.85.9
Nick CalathesMEM8.1145.9
Wilson ChandlerDEN31.136.75.6
Travis WearNYK10.616.25.6
Johnny O'BryantMIL10.816.45.6
John HensonMIL14.119.65.5
Jeremy EvansUTA3.58.95.4
J.R. SmithCLE24.830.25.4
Jerami GrantPHI14.319.65.3
Derrick RoseCHI28.133.45.3
Carl LandrySAC18.123.45.3
Greg SmithDAL8.113.35.2
Ed DavisLAL23.728.85.1
Gerald HendersonCHA25.130.25.1
David LeeGSW16.821.95.1
Kevin DurantOKC29.434.34.9
Andre IguodalaGSW26.731.54.8
Jared SullingerBOS27.932.54.6
Kosta KoufosMEM1519.64.6
Andre DawkinsMIA4.38.94.6
Darius MorrisBKN4.79.24.5
Joel FreelandPOR13.417.94.5
Ray McCallumSAC12.917.44.5
Quincy AcyNYK21.325.74.4
Mirza TeletovicBKN23.427.74.3
Khris MiddletonMIL2428.24.2
Marcus SmartBOS19.323.54.2
Arron AfflaloDEN32.636.74.1
Gorgui DiengMIN28.432.44
Dion WaitersOKC23.527.54
Joey DorseyHOU11.215.24
Zaza PachuliaMIL22.226.13.9
Nate WoltersMIL12.1163.9
Landry FieldsTOR12.316.23.9
Jordan ClarksonLAL11.2153.8
Nicolas BatumPOR33.637.43.8
Danny GreenSAS31.234.93.7
Michael Carter-WilliamsPHI34.838.43.6
Jason SmithNYK17.721.33.6
Kenneth FariedDEN26.129.63.5
Jerryd BaylessMIL20.624.13.5
Thabo SefoloshaATL18.722.23.5
Marreese SpeightsGSW17.721.13.4
Jeff TeagueATL31.134.53.4
Spencer HawesLAC17.120.43.3
Reggie BullockLAC10.213.43.2
Tony WrotenPHI30.133.33.2
Tyson ChandlerDAL29.9333.1
Donald SloanIND27.330.43.1
Jordan FarmarLAC14.617.63
Damian LillardPOR35.938.93
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL27.730.73
JJ HicksonDEN18.821.83
Quincy PondexterMEM18213
Nik StauskasSAC13.816.83
Pero AnticATL16.919.82.9
Andre MillerWAS12.515.42.9
Goran DragicPHX3335.92.9
Cory JosephSAS25.628.52.9
Michael Kidd-GilchristCHA25.1282.9
Manu GinobiliSAS25.628.42.8
KJ McDanielsPHI25.227.92.7
Kemba WalkerCHA35.638.22.6
Derrick FavorsUTA30.633.22.6
Jeff AdrienMIN12.214.82.6
Evan TurnerBOS23.626.12.5
Jared DudleyMIL2224.52.5
Joakim NoahCHI31.333.72.4
Tyler ZellerBOS19.221.62.4
NeneWAS2426.42.4
Ronnie PriceLAL22.424.72.3
Furkan AldemirPHI9.111.32.2
Chris KamanPOR1921.12.1
Gordon HaywardUTA35.337.32
Draymond GreenGSW32.934.92
David WestIND28.330.32
Mo WilliamsMIN25.627.62
Joel AnthonyDET6.58.52
Anthony BennettMIN15.917.81.9
Ryan HollinsSAC9.611.51.9
Alex KirkNYK23.91.9
Bradley BealWAS3334.91.9
Eric GordonNOP3132.91.9
Al HorfordATL3031.91.9
Shane LarkinNYK23.1251.9
Glen DavisLAC10.712.51.8
Nick YoungLAL24.926.61.7
E'Twaun MooreCHI7.69.31.7
Marcus MorrisPHX2425.71.7
Cody ZellerCHA23.4251.6
DeMarre CarrollATL31.733.31.6
Jodie MeeksDET23.825.41.6
LaMarcus AldridgePOR36.437.91.5
Tim DuncanSAS32.133.61.5
Rajon RondoDAL31.933.41.5
JJ RedickLAC29.931.41.5
Roy HibbertIND26.127.61.5
Kris HumphriesWAS21.5231.5
Kirk HinrichCHI27.729.11.4
Wayne EllingtonLAL1819.41.4
Andre DrummondDET29.931.21.3
Dante CunninghamNOP22.523.81.3
Paul MillsapATL33.634.91.3
Chris AndersenMIA19.220.41.2
Zoran DragicPHX1.62.71.1
Ryan AndersonNOP29.130.21.1
Pau GasolCHI35361
Marcin GortatWAS29.530.51
Marvin WilliamsCHA24.825.81
Marco BelinelliSAS23.824.81
Ish SmithOKC6.37.31
Glenn RobinsonMIN4.55.51
Gerald GreenPHX22.223.10.9
Anthony DavisNOP35.736.60.9
Serge IbakaOKC32.733.60.9
Eric BledsoePHX33.334.10.8
Trevor BookerUTA19.520.30.8
Kendall MarshallMIL15.516.30.8
Tony SnellCHI8.59.30.8
Dirk NowitzkiDAL29.3300.7
Brendan HaywoodCLE6.47.10.7
Kyle KorverATL33.133.80.7
Brandon KnightMIL32.232.90.7
Jimmy ButlerCHI4040.60.6
Charlie VillanuevaDAL7.17.70.6
Solomon HillIND31.832.40.6
Anthony MorrowOKC25.826.20.4
Jon LeuerMEM16.516.80.3
Kent BazemoreATL1010.30.3
Tobias HarrisORL35.435.60.2
Chandler ParsonsDAL32.933.10.2
Jared CunninghamLAC4.64.80.2
Kevin LoveCLE35.835.90.1
Kyle LowryTOR34.534.60.1
Ekpe UdohLAC33.10.1
Luc Mbah a MoutePHI28.128.20.1
Omer AsikNOP25.925.90
Malcolm ThomasPHI13.113.10
Jordan AdamsMEM8.18.10
Pablo PrigioniNYK20.220.1-0.1
Ben GordonORL15.515.4-0.1
DeMarcus CousinsSAC32.332.1-0.2
PJ TuckerPHX27.827.6-0.2
Tayshaun PrinceMEM23.923.7-0.2
Patty MillsSAS22.322.1-0.2
Dwight PowellDAL2.22-0.2
Aaron BrooksCHI19.919.6-0.3
O.J. MayoMIL24.324-0.3
Thomas RobinsonPOR1211.7-0.3
Nate RobinsonDEN13.613.2-0.4
A.J. PriceCLE13.312.9-0.4
Steve BlakePOR22.321.8-0.5
Lucas NogueiraTOR4.23.7-0.5
Chris BoshMIA35.334.7-0.6
Rasual ButlerWAS22.722.1-0.6
Dorell WrightPOR10.19.5-0.6
Jeff WitheyNOP6.76.1-0.6
Miles PlumleePHX21.520.9-0.6
Stephen CurryGSW33.332.6-0.7
Ben McLemoreSAC32.832.1-0.7
Gary NealCHA23.522.8-0.7
Kyle AndersonSAS14.613.9-0.7
Blake GriffinLAC35.534.8-0.7
Dwyane WadeMIA33.132.4-0.7
Monta EllisDAL33.833-0.8
Terrence RossTOR28.727.9-0.8
Brandon JenningsDET28.527.7-0.8
Tyreke EvansNOP34.433.5-0.9
Shawn MarionCLE23.122.1-1
Kendrick PerkinsOKC19.518.5-1
Jose CalderonNYK31.430.3-1.1
Harrison BarnesGSW30.929.8-1.1
Nick CollisonOKC17.216.1-1.1
Jrue HolidayNOP34.333.1-1.2
Shaun LivingstonGSW1816.8-1.2
Robert SacreLAL14.413.2-1.2
Ty LawsonDEN37.436.1-1.3
Kyle O'QuinnORL19.918.6-1.3
Brook LopezBKN26.825.5-1.3
John WallWAS35.734.4-1.3
Raymond FeltonDAL3.42-1.4
Alexis AjincaNOP10.59-1.5
Matt BarnesLAC27.425.8-1.6
Alex LenPHX19.317.7-1.6
Darren CollisonSAC34.933.2-1.7
Kevin SeraphinWAS15.513.8-1.7
JaKarr SampsonPHI11.19.4-1.7
Russ SmithNOP5.13.4-1.7
Wesley MatthewsPOR33.832-1.8
Markieff MorrisPHX30.528.5-2
Donatas MotiejunasHOU27.125.1-2
Rodney StuckeyIND25.723.7-2
Zach LaVineMIN25.423.4-2
Al-Farouq AminuDAL1513-2
Patrick PattersonTOR26.424.3-2.1
Nick JohnsonHOU10.58.4-2.1
Shavlik RandolphPHX6.64.5-2.1
Victor OladipoORL3330.9-2.1
Taj GibsonCHI2825.9-2.1
Perry JonesOKC22.620.5-2.1
Lavoy AllenIND22.320.2-2.1
James JohnsonTOR21.119-2.1
Avery BradleyBOS29.927.7-2.2
CJ WatsonIND26.324.1-2.2
D.J. AugustinDET22.520.3-2.2
Lou AmundsonNYK6.84.6-2.2
Patrick ChristopherUTA7.85.5-2.3
Carlos BoozerLAL25.823.5-2.3
Rudy GaySAC36.634.2-2.4
Amir JohnsonTOR26.524.1-2.4
Beno UdrihMEM1815.6-2.4
Jose Juan BareaDAL16.514.1-2.4
Jason ThompsonSAC25.623.2-2.4
Kobe BryantLAL35.232.6-2.6
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeDET31.929.2-2.7
Luke RidnourORL15.713-2.7
Erick GreenDEN9.16.4-2.7
Archie GoodwinPHX8.25.5-2.7
Steve NovakUTA4.41.7-2.7
Brandon BassBOS18.115.4-2.7
Steven AdamsOKC25.122.4-2.7
Reggie JacksonOKC32.930.1-2.8
Darrell ArthurDEN17.614.8-2.8
Kyrie IrvingCLE38.235.4-2.8
Gary HarrisDEN14.411.5-2.9
Norris ColeMIA26.523.5-3
Anthony TolliverDET11.38.3-3
PJ HairstonCHA15.512.4-3.1
TJ WarrenPHX10.77.6-3.1
Ognjen KuzmicGSW5.12-3.1
Nikola VucevicORL34.631.5-3.1
Nerlens NoelPHI30.227-3.2
Caron ButlerDET23.420.2-3.2
DeJuan BlairWAS5.32.1-3.2
Jeremy LinLAL26.623.3-3.3
Vince CarterMEM17.314-3.3
Jeff GreenBOS33.329.9-3.4
Isaiah ThomasPHX24.420.9-3.5
Kyle SinglerDET2319.5-3.5
Andre RobersonOKC23.720.1-3.6
Luis ScolaIND21.417.8-3.6
Gerald WallaceBOS7.33.7-3.6
Tyler HansbroughTOR13.910.1-3.8
Boris DiawSAS26.722.8-3.9
Timofey MozgovDEN2622.1-3.9
Mario ChalmersMIA31.127.1-4
Jamal CrawfordLAC26.522.5-4
Jordan HillLAL2924.9-4.1
Greg MonroeDET28.924.7-4.2
Tony AllenMEM25.721.5-4.2
Henry SimsPHI23.219-4.2
Luke BabbittNOP15.911.7-4.2
Tyler EnnisPHX8.54.2-4.3
Chris PaulLAC34.730.4-4.3
Dwight HowardHOU33.729.4-4.3
Evan FournierORL32.828.4-4.4
Noah VonlehCHA6.92.5-4.4
Corey BrewerHOU27.623.2-4.4
Kevin GarnettBKN22.517.9-4.6
Marc GasolMEM3530.3-4.7
Dennis SchroderATL18.213.5-4.7
Matt BonnerSAS17.913.2-4.7
Deron WilliamsBKN32.427.6-4.8
Grant JerrettOKC8.33.5-4.8
Enes KanterUTA2722.1-4.9
Mike ConleyMEM33.228.3-4.9
Brian RobertsCHA16.611.7-4.9
Phil PresseyBOS12.77.7-5
Jonas ValanciunasTOR26.921.7-5.2
Russell WestbrookOKC3125.6-5.4
Luol DengMIA32.727.3-5.4
DeAndre JordanLAC34.128.6-5.5
Mike ScottATL14.69-5.6
Thaddeus YoungMIN3226.4-5.6
Allen CrabbePOR15.19.4-5.7
Devin HarrisDAL23.417.6-5.8
Omri CasspiSAC18.212.2-6
Chase BudingerMIN14.48.4-6
Cartier MartinDET9.73.6-6.1
Jason TerryHOU23.817.7-6.1
James HardenHOU37.431.2-6.2
Courtney LeeMEM32.926.7-6.2
Paul PierceWAS2720.8-6.2
CJ McCollumPOR136.6-6.4
Austin RiversNOP2316.5-6.5
Udonis HaslemMIA158.5-6.5
Brandan WrightBOS17.410.8-6.6
Josh SmithHOU31.424.7-6.7
Dewayne DedmonORL11.95.1-6.8
Reggie EvansSAC18.411.4-7
Alonzo GeeDEN13.56.4-7.1
Carmelo AnthonyNYK36.128.9-7.2
Jameer NelsonBOS24.617.2-7.4
Aron BaynesSAS15.88.2-7.6
Mike MuscalaATL9.51.7-7.8
Leandro BarbosaGSW12.34.5-7.8
Patrick BeverleyHOU32.925-7.9
Chris CopelandIND22.514.2-8.3
Kelly OlynykBOS25.817.3-8.5
Chris Douglas-RobertsLAC10.71.8-8.9
Andrea BargnaniNYK19.810.8-9
Martell WebsterWAS14.45.4-9
Trevor ArizaHOU38.228.7-9.5
Klay ThompsonGSW33.323.7-9.6
Kostas PapanikolaouHOU23.713.9-9.8
Wesley JohnsonLAL29.919.7-10.2
Isaiah CanaanHOU18.47.3-11.1
Channing FryeORL30.418.9-11.5
Mike DunleavyCHI29.917.4-12.5
Shawne WilliamsMIA2410.3-13.7
Bojan BogdanovicBKN23.35.7-17.6
Jeremy LambOKC21.23.2-18

This list provides some real gems.

Like we discussed in our previous article, if player’s production increases over a small period of time, but he still receives the same amount minutes as he did throughout the earlier part of the season, you can most likely write off the increased production as noise and expect a regression to the mean. If you see a player’s numbers improve, his minutes increase, and you have reason to believe that his minutes will continue at the recent elevated level, this is more of a signal and player you should want.

Some players are at the top of this list, like James Young and Cleanthony Early, because they saw limited minutes at the beginning of the year, and their minutes have increased drastically in the last month. But, their minutes per game are still limited; Young is still only playing 17 minutes a game. These aren’t the players that you want. As an arbitrary benchmark that I unscientifically pulled out of my head, and to generalize, a player with around 25 minutes per game is a player that you want on your roster for 12 team leagues; a player with around 30 minutes per game is the minimum for smaller leagues; again, these are oversimplifications, and there are always exceptions.

Here: I’ll make another chart that filters out players that haven’t averaged over 25 minutes per game in January. This gives us a more useful list. The first chart is still helpful if you want to look at players that have lost the most playing time, fall below the 25 minute filter, and would not be seen on this next graph; those are the players that you don’t want on your roster.

PlayerTEAMMIN (OCT-DEC)MIN (JAN)DIFF
Joe InglesUTA16.229.413.2
Matthew DellavedovaCLE20.933.512.6
Cole AldrichNYK14.726.912.2
Tristan ThompsonCLE27.639.712.1
Robert CovingtonPHI24.835.110.3
Elfrid PaytonORL25.335.410.1
Rudy GobertUTA18.628.19.5
Shabazz MuhammadMIN22.331.28.9
Tiago SplitterSAS17.726.48.7
Tim Hardaway Jr.NYK22.230.38.1
Andrew WigginsMIN31.339.48.1
Mike MillerCLE17258
Sergey KarasevBKN19.1277.9
Alan AndersonBKN20.928.37.4
Nikola MiroticCHI1825.27.2
Greivis VasquezTOR2128.17.1
Dante ExumUTA18.225.27
Jarrett JackBKN26.933.76.8
Joe JohnsonBKN3541.86.8
Lou WilliamsTOR23.630.46.8
Trey BurkeUTA3238.76.7
CJ MilesIND24.431.16.7
Mason PlumleeBKN20.927.16.2
George HillIND25.431.46
Danny GrangerMIA20.526.56
Wilson ChandlerDEN31.136.75.6
J.R. SmithCLE24.830.25.4
Derrick RoseCHI28.133.45.3
Ed DavisLAL23.728.85.1
Gerald HendersonCHA25.130.25.1
Kevin DurantOKC29.434.34.9
Andre IguodalaGSW26.731.54.8
Jared SullingerBOS27.932.54.6
Quincy AcyNYK21.325.74.4
Mirza TeletovicBKN23.427.74.3
Khris MiddletonMIL2428.24.2
Arron AfflaloDEN32.636.74.1
Gorgui DiengMIN28.432.44
Dion WaitersOKC23.527.54
Zaza PachuliaMIL22.226.13.9
Nicolas BatumPOR33.637.43.8
Danny GreenSAS31.234.93.7
Michael Carter-WilliamsPHI34.838.43.6
Kenneth FariedDEN26.129.63.5
Jeff TeagueATL31.134.53.4
Tony WrotenPHI30.133.33.2
Tyson ChandlerDAL29.9333.1
Donald SloanIND27.330.43.1
Damian LillardPOR35.938.93
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL27.730.73
Goran DragicPHX3335.92.9
Cory JosephSAS25.628.52.9
Michael Kidd-GilchristCHA25.1282.9
Manu GinobiliSAS25.628.42.8
KJ McDanielsPHI25.227.92.7
Kemba WalkerCHA35.638.22.6
Derrick FavorsUTA30.633.22.6
Evan TurnerBOS23.626.12.5
Joakim NoahCHI31.333.72.4
NeneWAS2426.42.4
Gordon HaywardUTA35.337.32
Draymond GreenGSW32.934.92
David WestIND28.330.32
Mo WilliamsMIN25.627.62
Bradley BealWAS3334.91.9
Eric GordonNOP3132.91.9
Al HorfordATL3031.91.9
Shane LarkinNYK23.1251.9
Nick YoungLAL24.926.61.7
Marcus MorrisPHX2425.71.7
Cody ZellerCHA23.4251.6
DeMarre CarrollATL31.733.31.6
Jodie MeeksDET23.825.41.6
LaMarcus AldridgePOR36.437.91.5
Tim DuncanSAS32.133.61.5
Rajon RondoDAL31.933.41.5
JJ RedickLAC29.931.41.5
Roy HibbertIND26.127.61.5
Kirk HinrichCHI27.729.11.4
Andre DrummondDET29.931.21.3
Paul MillsapATL33.634.91.3
Ryan AndersonNOP29.130.21.1
Pau GasolCHI35361
Marcin GortatWAS29.530.51
Marvin WilliamsCHA24.825.81
Anthony DavisNOP35.736.60.9
Serge IbakaOKC32.733.60.9
Eric BledsoePHX33.334.10.8
Dirk NowitzkiDAL29.3300.7
Kyle KorverATL33.133.80.7
Brandon KnightMIL32.232.90.7
Jimmy ButlerCHI4040.60.6
Solomon HillIND31.832.40.6
Anthony MorrowOKC25.826.20.4
Tobias HarrisORL35.435.60.2
Chandler ParsonsDAL32.933.10.2
Kevin LoveCLE35.835.90.1
Kyle LowryTOR34.534.60.1
Luc Mbah a MoutePHI28.128.20.099999999999998
Omer AsikNOP25.925.90
DeMarcus CousinsSAC32.332.1-0.2
PJ TuckerPHX27.827.6-0.2
Chris BoshMIA35.334.7-0.59999999999999
Stephen CurryGSW33.332.6-0.7
Ben McLemoreSAC32.832.1-0.7
Blake GriffinLAC35.534.8-0.7
Dwyane WadeMIA33.132.4-0.7
Monta EllisDAL33.833-0.8
Terrence RossTOR28.727.9-0.8
Brandon JenningsDET28.527.7-0.8
Tyreke EvansNOP34.433.5-0.9
Jose CalderonNYK31.430.3-1.1
Harrison BarnesGSW30.929.8-1.1
Jrue HolidayNOP34.333.1-1.2
Ty LawsonDEN37.436.1-1.3
Brook LopezBKN26.825.5-1.3
John WallWAS35.734.4-1.3
Matt BarnesLAC27.425.8-1.6
Darren CollisonSAC34.933.2-1.7
Wesley MatthewsPOR33.832-1.8
Markieff MorrisPHX30.528.5-2
Donatas MotiejunasHOU27.125.1-2
Victor OladipoORL3330.9-2.1
Taj GibsonCHI2825.9-2.1
Avery BradleyBOS29.927.7-2.2
Rudy GaySAC36.634.2-2.4
Kobe BryantLAL35.232.6-2.6
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeDET31.929.2-2.7
Reggie JacksonOKC32.930.1-2.8
Kyrie IrvingCLE38.235.4-2.8
Nikola VucevicORL34.631.5-3.1
Nerlens NoelPHI30.227-3.2
Jeff GreenBOS33.329.9-3.4
Mario ChalmersMIA31.127.1-4
Chris PaulLAC34.730.4-4.3
Dwight HowardHOU33.729.4-4.3
Evan FournierORL32.828.4-4.4
Marc GasolMEM3530.3-4.7
Deron WilliamsBKN32.427.6-4.8
Mike ConleyMEM33.228.3-4.9
Russell WestbrookOKC3125.6-5.4
Luol DengMIA32.727.3-5.4
DeAndre JordanLAC34.128.6-5.5
Thaddeus YoungMIN3226.4-5.6
James HardenHOU37.431.2-6.2
Courtney LeeMEM32.926.7-6.2
Carmelo AnthonyNYK36.128.9-7.2
Patrick BeverleyHOU32.925-7.9
Trevor ArizaHOU38.228.7-9.5

Players to Pickup Immediately

Robert Covington


I’d be surprised if he’s still available in your league, but for some reason he’s only owned in 35.3% of ESPN leagues. Covington has become a minutes monster for the 76ers, and he’s 12th in the NBA in three pointers per game.

Shabazz Muhammad

Like Covington,  might be another piece of low hanging fruit that other owners in your league haven’t taken advantage of yet. Since November 21st, when Kevin Martin broke his wrist, Muhammad has scored 16.1 points per game—51st in the league—which is more than Joe Johnson and almost as much as Derek Rose—17.1 points per game.

Numbers from this article do not include the two games from last night.

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By | 2015-01-07T19:09:33+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Devin Jordan|

One Comment

  1. Pete January 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    This is excellent! A great use of statistics with great explanations, some actionable info, and I can use the stats with other players I own. Thanks!

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