NBA Fantasy Basketball: Week 4 Steals

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett (AP)

Zach LaVine, Isaiah Canaan

For the past year, I’ve experimented with multiple approaches to accumulate a guaranteed nightly profit in daily fantasy basketball. After extensive failures, I’m 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. That’s what I do. Read on.

All OWN%’s come from ESPN Fantasy Leagues.

Point Guard
MIA- Norris Cole (8.3%)
Finding assists in the free agent market can be tough in deeper leagues, but if that’s your need, then Norris Cole deserves a look. Starting for Miami, he’s averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in last 3 games.

MIN- Zach LaVine (5.9%)
With Ricky Rubio nursing a severe ankle sprain, the rookie LaVine has gotten the nod to take over that starting spot. In that time, he’s posted averages of 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists a game.

Shooting Guard
DEN- Wilson Chandler (12.9%)
There’s not too many hidden gems at this point for Week 4, but if you want a consistent 10 and 5 guy, Chandler’s your man.

SAC- Ben McLemore (12.2%)
It may be a bit too late to jump on his bandwagon, but it’s safer to know for sure with him on your roster than not. In his last 6 games, McLemore’s averaged 18.2 points (2.0 3PM), 3.6 boards, and 1.8 assists per game, so I suggest you ride that wave until it crashes.

Small Forward
IND- Solomon Hill (24.9%)
If you haven’t picked this guy up yet and are waiting for me to tell you to, then you’re absolutely crazy. Don’t even look him up, just press the “+” next to his name. If you care to know, here are his last 9 games: 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 36.9 minutes per game. All I smell is consistency. That and a high usage rating.

MIN- Corey Brewer (1.6%)
Thaddeus Young has been out indefinitely due to the death of his mother, and in his absence, Brewer has averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals.

Power Forward
ORL- Channing Frye (35.0%)
If your league distinguishes 3-pointers, then I definitely recommend killing two birds with one stone here by picking up Frye. In his last 5 games, he’s averaged 12.2 (3.0 3PM) points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Not only will he help your team, but his name does enable owners to get a little creative with their team name.

BKN- Kevin Garnett (9.4%)
The first Net to crack this list. He’s been fairly inconsistent, but it’s easy to predict his success since he is an every-other-game type option. His last 4: 9.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. If you do take the Big Ticket, I suggest keeping him for an entire week because his numbers will be able to even out over that longer timespan with his breakout double-double games.

PHO- Miles Plumlee (7.5%)
I know, I know, this is the wrong Plumlee brother, but hey, at least I’m keeping it in the family lineage. I have no clue what sparked him, nor do I find any benefit in speculating, so instead I’ll just let his 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds average in the last 5 games speak for itself.