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Top Fantasy Basketball Players from Week 12, Mar. 12 to Mar. 18: Fan’s Review
Week 12 of the fantasy basketball season is in the books and there were many great individual performances this week that helped propel head-to-head league owners to wins. From the best in the game to some surprise fantasy contributors, here's a review of the top 10 fantasy players from March 12 to March 18*.
Week 12 statistics*: 4 GP, .468 FG%, .792 FT%, 4 3PTM, 97 PTS, 35 REB, 27 AST, 12 ST, 3 BLK, 13 TO
A down week of scoring compared to previous weeks, James was an extremely-effective passer and defender for the Heat. He was ninth in field goals made, tied for tenth in free throws made, ninth in points, tied for eleventh in assists, and third in steals this week.
Week 12 statistics: 5 GP, .491 FG%, .909 FT%, 11 3PTM, 87 PTS, 29 REB, 5 AST, 6 ST, 2 BLK, 5 TO
Dudley has continued to increase his productivity for the Suns, as he is averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.7 3-pointers in March. He was ninth in free throws made, tied for seventh in 3-pointers made, and fifteenth in points this week.
Week 12 statistics: 4 GP, .566 FG%, .857 FT%, 17 3PTM, 115 PTS, 13 REB, 18 AST, 3 ST, 0 BLK, 11 TO
After missing the start of March with an injury, Johnson has returned on a great shooting spree with two 34-point games this week. He was second in field goals made, second in 3-pointers made, and first in points this week.
7. SF/PF Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Week 12 statistics: 4 GP, .449 FG%, .923 FT%, 7 3PTM, 81 PTS, 34 REB, 28 AST, 7 ST, 4 BLK, 6 TO
Usually known for his all-around fantasy contributions, Smith was an exceptionally-good rebounder and passer for the Hawks. He was tied for ninth in assists this week.
Week 12 statistics: 4 GP, .544 FG%, .864 FT%, 12 3PTM, 93 PTS, 16 REB, 32 AST, 8 ST, 1 BLK, 12 TO
With an opportunity to start in place of Jose Calderon, Bayless put up some staggering numbers as a starter that will make him a valuable fantasy asset even after he returns to the bench now that Leandro Barbosa is with the Indiana Pacers. He was tied for tenth in free throws made, tied for fifth in 3-pointers made, thirteenth in points, and eighth in assists this week.
Week 12 statistics: 4 GP, .661 FG%, .800 FT%, 0 3PTM, 110 PTS, 59 REB, 8 AST, 5 ST, 7 BLK, 16 TO
One of the top scorers and rebounders of the week, Bynum was very efficient from the field and added to his fantasy value with 28 made free throws. He was third in field goals made, third in free throws made, tied for second in points, and first in rebounds this week.
Week 12 statistics: 4 GP, .478 FG%, .897 FT%, 11 3PTM, 103 PTS, 34 REB, 15 AST, 8 ST, 4 BLK, 13 TO
One of the top fantasy options of the season, Durant's best game of the week came in loss to the Houston Rockets with 28 points, and 12 rebounds. He was tied for eleventh in field goals made, fourth in free throws made, tied for seventh in 3-pointers made, and tied for sixth in points this week.
Week 12 statistics: 5 GP, .422 FG%, .684 FT%, 0 3PTM, 83 PTS, 52 REB, 20 AST, 22 ST, 6 BLK, 8 TO
With Al Jefferson missing some games this week, Millsap became an even bigger post player for the Jazz and nearly posted a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and eight steals against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was tenth in field goals made, sixteenth in points, fourth in rebounds, and first in steals this week.
Week 12 statistics: 5 GP, .444 FG%, .944 FT%, 6 3PTM, 79 PTS, 25 REB, 45 AST, 13 ST, 1 BLK, 7 TO
Like Millsap, Paul had a couple chances to record a triple-double this week, including a 19-point, 15-assist, nine-rebound game against the Detroit Pistons. He was third in assists and second in steals this week.
1. PF/C Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns
Week 12 statistics: 5 GP, .516 FG%, .857 FT%, 18 3PTM, 90 PTS, 41 REB, 12 AST, 3 ST, 11 BLK, 5 TO
An unlikely top contributor this week, Frye was an excellent contributor in the paint and behind the key with 18 3-pointers, 41 rebounds, and 11 blocks. He was tied for eleventh in field goals made, first in 3-pointers made, fourteenth in points, tied for eleventh in rebounds, and second in blocks this week.
Honorable mentions (ranked 11-15 in order): Sacramento Kings SG/SF Marcus Thornton, Detroit Pistons PG/SG Rodney Stuckey, Miami Heat PG/SG Dwyane Wade, Golden State Warriors PG/SG Nate Robinson, Boston Celtics PF/C Kevin Garnett
*Rankings according to Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball rankings in default scoring leagues. Statistics gathered from games on Monday, Mar. 12 to Sunday, Mar. 18. GP: Games Played, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.
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Austin Chang is a lifelong basketball fan, Golden State Warriors supporter, and fantasy basketball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 72% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.
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