Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fantasy Basketball Desperation Station - 2/3/08

Welcome back to Desperation Station fantasy basketball owners, your destination for stopgap fantasy options to get your through the coming week. In this edition, we focus on a few forwards benefitting from injuries as well as a former Marquette sharp shooter.


GUARDS

Travis Diener, PG/SG Indiana Pacers - As we documented in Market Watch on Friday, Jamal Tinsley is hurting and it is clearly effecting his game. In last night's game against Orlando, Tinsley actually came off the bench and played only 23 minutes. Travis Diener is the primary beneficiary of Tinsley's nagging injuries and has started the past 5 games averaging around 30 minutes a night in that time. Diener is an excellent shooter and can help fantasy owners in three pointers and points while putting up around 5 assists or so as long as he gets ample minutes at the point. 

FORWARDS & CENTERS

Ronny Turiaf, SF/PF Los Angeles Lakers - Turiaf has seen increased playing time since Andrew Bynum went down with a knee injury. His minutes have risen to around 27 minutes a night and Turiaf he has taken advantage of the added burn averaging 10.5 points, 5 rebounds and a paltry 2.6 blocks. The recent acquisition of Pau Gasol shouldn't effect Turiaf in the short-term, in fact Turiaf's rugged style of play is a good complement to Gasol's finesse game. The departure of Kwame Brown puts Turiaf in position for plenty of minutes in Bynum's absence. He has the potential to be a well-rounded fantasy option providing significant contributions in blocks, shooting over 50% from the field and putting up decent points and rebounds.

Ime Udoka, SF San Antonio Spurs - With Brent Barry out approximately 3 weeks, Udoka is getting increased burn and making the most of it. In a season high 30 minutes in Phoenix on Thursday, Udoka put up admirable numbers across the board - 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a three pointer. Udoka is a solid defensive player with the ability to shoot from long range. His skill set is a good fit for the Spurs system and he should provide fantasy owners with help in threes, rebounds and steals while adding some scoring until Barry returns.  

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