As the season progresses, players' stocks and value rise and fall depending on their team's performance, the amount of playing time they're receiving, the quality and effectiveness of their play, and the performance of the play around them. While it's clear that big-name players like Memphis Grizzlies SF/PF Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker, and Milwaukee Bucks PG/SG Monta Ellis are playing exceptionally well as of late, there are many other role players for fantasy squads that have seen an increase in production. Here's a look at five players, one at each position, whose fantasy stock is up and rising in Week 17.
SG/SF J.R. Smith, New York Knicks (47% owned*)
Last two weeks statistics (per game averages)*: 33:15 MPG, .410 FG%, .857 FT%, 3.2 3PTM, 16.5 PTS, 4.4 REB, 3.2 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 1.1 TO
With the Knicks only recently clinching a playoff spot, players like Smith had to play heavy minutes. From his seven 3-pointers against the Boston Celtics to his 23-point game against the Washington Wizards, Smith's high-scoring efforts has led New York and fantasy owners to victories.
SF/PF Carl Landry, New Orleans Hornets (36% owned)
Last two weeks statistics: 25:22 MPG, .561 FG%, .868 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 13.4 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.2 ST, 0.2 BLK, 1.3 TO
Since returning from his injury, Landry has helped lead the Hornets to victories over some quality teams. With four double-doubles this month and great numbers in a reserve role, Landry can be a great contributor in any format.
SG/SF Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks (34% owned)
Last two weeks statistics: 29:07 MPG, .468 FG%, .957 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 13.3 PTS, 5.4 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.8 ST, 1.0 BLK, 1.1 TO
Despite moving to the bench, Carter has flourished into a solid scorer in the second unit alongside Jason Terry. Serving as an exceptionally-good rebounder as of late, Carter and other Mavericks' value will be diminished the rest of the way with only one game left on the last day of the season against the Atlanta Hawks.
PG/SG Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics (18% owned)
Last two weeks statistics: 34:12 MPG, .554 FG%, .737 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 16.3 PTS, 3.3 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.9 TO
With Boston's primary four players (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo) all sitting out at least one game over the past few weeks, players like Bradley have helped keep the team on their winning ways. A very efficient scorer from all over the court, Bradley should stick to his high scoring ways for the rest of the season and into the playoffs for the Celtics.
PF/C Ivan Johnson, Atlanta Hawks (4% owned)
Last two weeks statistics: 26:49 MPG, .592 FG%, .760 FT%, 0.2 3PTM, 13.0 PTS, 6.7 REB, 0.7 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.2 BLK, 1.5 TO
With the Hawks already settled into the playoffs, the team has found a solid big man off the bench in Johnson. Averaging about 13 points and seven rebounds a game as of late, Johnson's reliable numbers have assisted owners in deeper leagues with much needed help in the field goal percentage, rebounding, and steals categories.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics accurate as of Apr. 20, 2012. MPG: Minutes Per Game, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.
J.R. Smith Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Carl Landry Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
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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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