ADD: Amir Johnson (Toronto Raptors). I mentioned Johnson in this column a few weeks ago as a player to add, yet I am amazed how he is only owned in 46 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 65.3 percent of ESPN leagues. What more does Johnson need to do? He is eligible at forward and center in most leagues. The reason why Johnson wasn’t owned much to begin the year was playing time. After averaging 20:41 minutes in November, he played 25:06 per game in December and 31:18 in January. So far this month, Johnson is averaging 15 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 steals and is shooting 62.7 percent from the field. Those numbers also include a game where Johnson played 9:26 and fouled out without scoring and getting just one rebound and one steal. One problem for Johnson is getting into foul trouble, but it hasn’t prevented him from filling the stat sheet consistently. Even when he has come off the bench recently, he is getting significant minutes.
HOLD: O.J. Mayo (Dallas Mavericks). Mayo got off to a phenomenal start this season. He averaged 20.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.7 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and shot 49.3 percent from the field. Most people knew he wouldn’t keep that pace up and some of those numbers dipped in December. Mayo went through a rough stretch at the end of December in which he scored single-digit points in four of six games. Many people assumed Mayo would lose his value when Dirk Nowitzki came back. It hasn’t impacted him yet and people are still asking if they should sell on Mayo. In January with Nowitzki back, Mayo is averaging 18 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.6 steals while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. Nowitzki will help Mayo also because he will draw a lot of defensive attention.
BUY LOW: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets). Now is the time to pounce on the Davis owner who is panicking over the decreased minutes that he has been over the past seven games. He is averaging 23 minutes and that is obviously going to lead a decrease in stats and Davis is averaging 9.6 points, five rebounds and one block in that span. More minutes have been split between Davis, Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez and Jason Smith. Davis averaged 14 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 steals and shot 48.8 percent from the field in almost 34 minutes per game in December. There might be some concern for some because he’s a rookie and 19-years old. Try to pry him away cheaply.
All statistics entering Wednesday January 16, 2013.
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