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Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Steals

Kevin Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova are two fantasy steals. (AP)
Kevin Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova are two fantasy steals.  (AP)
Kevin Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova are two fantasy steals. (AP)

For the past year, Mazer has experimented with multiple approaches to accumulate a guaranteed nightly profit in daily fantasy basketball. After extensive failures, he’s undefeated in a span from the start of the 2014 postseason to today.

Fantasy Basketball is all about outsmarting your opponents, and much of that is done through grabbing the unfound star in free agency.

Note: All OWN%’s come from ESPN Fantasy Leagues.

Point Guard:

TOR- Greivis Vasquez (3.1%)

While DeMar DeRozan recovers from a torn tendon in his groin, the entire Raptors bench has broken out in fantasy production. Vasquez will be one of the many receiving a minutes boost in DeRozan’s month-long absence, and in that span, he’s already averaging 18.0 points (2.7 3PM), 4.7 assists, and 1.7 rebounds a game, in addition to receiving the start last night.

Besides him, there’s really only Mo Williams (23.7% OWN) to be targeted, as he’s been and will continue to be on this list for as long as Ricky Rubio is out and fantasy owners remain too ignorant to send his OWN% above 50%.

Shooting Guard:

TOR- Louis Williams (44.7%)

Another beneficiary of DeRozan’s injury.

IND- Rodney Stuckey (13.1%)

He’s back and returned to being a focal point in Indiana’s bad offense. Rodney’s certainly a streaky scorer, but as long as the ball doesn’t get stuck (pun intended) in his hands, he should continue his 15.3 points per game average since returning from injury.

DET- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (7.9%)

Another one of those hot shooting guards whose wave you’ll just have to ride. He’s averaging 20.3 points (3.7 3PM) per game in his last three games. I mean, if you’re going to trust somebody, you might as well trust the guy with “Pope” as a last name.

Small Forward:

MIN- Corey Brewer (15.2%)

This may be late, considering Brewer has consistently played his best basketball (13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 steals per game in his last 11), but for some reason, his OWN% is still extremely low. Don’t hesitate because of that, take advantage of other fantasy owners’ stupidity!

MIL- Ersan Ilyasova (14.5%)

Luckily for those who chose not to listen to me when I put Ilyasova on this list prematurely last week, he’s still available in most leagues. If consistency is your concern with him, he’s averaging 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his last 8.

Power Forward:

GSW- Marreese Speights (17.3%)

Luckily for normal fantasy players, Speights is nearly available in all leagues, meanwhile daily fantasy players like myself have been forced to suffer as we watch his price skyrocket out of proportion. The man’s averaging 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest in his last seven games. Need I say more?

BKN- Kevin Garnett (13.1%)

I couldn’t allow myself to let Garnett fly under the radar, especially for Nets fans. In his last 2, he’s averaging a decent 8 and 8, but what I find most appealing is those totals mask his 3.5 steals/g numbers, which can be very sneaky to have at the 4/5 position. When he’s not trying to bite Joakim Noah, the Big Ticket can certainly be productive on fantasy rosters.

HOU- Donatas Montiejunas (8.6%)

The only difficult portion in the process of deciding whether to pick this guy up should solely be on butchering the spelling of his name in the search bar. Starting in a flourishing Houston offense, he’s finally beginning to catch fire, with 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game over the course of his last five games.

Center:

DEN- Timofey Mozgov (22.1%)

I’m going to be honest with you here, don’t just pick up this 7’1” Russian monster because his profile picture looks tough. Mozgov is a blocks specialist, averaging 1.4 blocks per game on the season, and hasn’t gone a game without one since November 17th. He’s an inconsistent big in all the other categories, so don’t place too much responsibility on him for rebounds. That said: in his last 4 games, he’s averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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