Fantasy Basketball Stock Watch: Lance Stephenson's Strong Output Continues

What a week it was for guys filling up the stat sheet. Carmelo Anthony went for 62 points on Friday, setting a new record for points in a game at Madison Square Garden. But perhaps the surprise of the week was Toronto Raptors guard Terrance Ross dropping 51 on the Clippers. Ross’ previous career high was 26, and he came into Saturday’s matchup with the Clippers averaging about nine points per game on the season. Hope you had him in your starting lineup!

Here is this week’s list of others who played at a high level— but spread the love in more categories than just points.

Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers

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Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings
I’ve been singing the praises of Thomas all season, and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he snuck in and snagged a spot as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star squad. Coming into Sunday’s matchup with Denver, the University of Washington alum was averaging 26 points, 7.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 3-pointers made over his last five games. After setting his career high of 38 points against Oklahoma City on Jan. 19, Thomas repeated the feat Friday against Indiana, dropping 38 and dishing out six assists. He closed the week with 22 points and eight assists in a loss to Denver on Sunday.

D.J. Augustin, SG, Chicago Bulls
The injury to Derrick Rose opened a door for the former Charlotte Bobcat, and he has charged through it. Owners who were smart enough to snag Augustin off waivers have been rewarded for their foresight. Stellar games last week against the Lakers (27 points, four assists), Cavaliers (27 points, seven assists), and his former Charlotte squad (28 points) have pushed Augustin into a must-start status for his owners. The former University of Texas guard has been excellent from deep lately, hitting 17 3-pointers in his last four games.

Chandler Parsons, SF, Houston Rockets
It was raining 3-pointers in Houston last week, and Parsons was the reason. He hit 10 on Friday in a loss to Memphis on his way to scoring 34 points. But he also had solid games against Portland (31 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) and Sacramento (19 points, 10 rebounds) leading up to his explosion against the Grizzlies. Over the last three games, he is averaging 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and 5.3 3-pointers. If you got him cheap in an auction league, he might be the deal of the season.

Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers
And speaking of deals of the season, Stephenson just might be at the top (he went for $3 in one of my leagues). He’s having a breakout season as the second gun for the Pacers. The guy is a triple-double waiting to happen on any given night. Just look at Stepenson’s lines from last week: 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists vs. Golden State; 24, 10 and six vs. Sacramento; and 23, 10 and seven against Denver. Over his last six games, he’s averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

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Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler defends an opponent — Getty Images

Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
Butler has been good this season, but he’s been struggling over his last five games. He had just nine points against the Clippers on Friday, and then came back the next night to score just four points to go with three rebounds against Charlotte. While he has been solid in contributing to a variety of stat categories, he’s shot just 29 percent from the field over that span.

OJ Mayo, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
It’s not that I don’t like Mayo. The guy has talent. But has the cold weather in Milwaukee frozen his game? He had another brutal week, recording clunkers against San Antonio (zero points, one rebound), Cleveland (nine points, one rebound) and Atlanta (two points, one rebound). Hey, at least he had six assists against the Cavs! He just hasn’t found a consistent role on the Bucks squad. Let’s hope the second half of the season is better for the former USC star.

Luis Scola, PF, Indiana Pacers
Yes, the days of Scola filling up the stat sheet with the Rockets and Suns are gone, but can he at least throw in a double-double here and there? Mediocre stat lines last week against Phoenix (five points, five rebounds), Sacramento (six points, three rebounds) and Denver (six points, seven rebounds) hammer home the fact Scola is no longer a must-start in most leagues.

Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
It has been a rough season for Waiters. Locker room skirmishes and reported altercations with teammates seem to have knocked him off his game a bit. After a good game against Chicago on Wednesday (15 points), Waiters tailed off against the Bucks (13 points) and Suns (four points, one rebound). Performances like those are going to keep the questions coming about whether or not he’s an important piece of this Cleveland team going forward.

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Tyler Hemstreet

Tyler Hemstreet

Growing up in the Run TMC era of the Golden State Warriors, Tyler Hemstreet was hooked on NBA hoops at an early age. He considers Chris Mullin a god and is ecstatic that the Warriors are finally turning the page on a brutal last few years of bad basketball. In addition to writing about fantasy basketball, Tyler is a freelance writer who covers high school and small college athletics in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

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