April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) gestures after scoring a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Carl Landry’s return can offer a fantasy impact


This is the time off year where the right pickups can make or break your fantasy season.

You don’t want to be caught sleeping at the wheel while your opposition sneaks in and steals a guy that can help you in certain categories.

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) celebrates after a play during the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One option is to look at guys coming back from injuries who are currently on the waiver wire, perhaps a guy like the Sacramento Kings’ Carl Landry.

Landry took part in 3-on-3 in practice this week for the first time since tearing his hip flexor in mid-October, and Kings head coach Michael Malone said Tuesday that “he’s getting real, real close” to making his return.

That could be good news for your fantasy team if you are thin up front.

Once healthy and playing at full speed, Landry has a chance to win the starting power forward job over Jason Thompson.

Even if he doesn’t start right away, you know Landry will score and rebound, along with shooting a high percentage from the floor and the line.

Last year he averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench for the Golden State Warriors. If he can do something similar after his return, those numbers could be enough for a nice depth piece on your bench.

Landry is exactly the type of guy to target right now to add some depth to your team.

In the meantime, if you own Thompson, I would look to dump him as he could see a decline in minutes in the upcoming weeks.



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