Brooklyn Nets resurgence gives them plenty of fantasy options

Coming into the 2013-14 season the Brooklyn Nets were expected to contend in the Eastern Conference.

With a loaded roster and Jason Kidd as a first-year head coach, the thought is that there would be plenty of ball movement and the Nets roster would turn out plenty of fantasy basketball options.

Jan 24, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic (33) shoots over Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) during the second half at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won the game 107-106. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

That hasn’t happened for most of the season as newcomers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been fantasy disappointments for most of the season. Even Joe Johnson has been hit or miss for most of the year. With the Nets struggles and point guard’s Deron Williams re-occurring injuries, the Nets as a team had next to no legitimate fantasy options.

But how times have changed.

Even after a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday, Brooklyn has posted a 10-2 record in the month of January. Along with that, Brooklyn has started to mesh offensively, with terrific ball movement and improved efficiency.

That has given them plenty of legitimate fantasy options as of late.

The biggest beneficiary of the Nets turnaround has been Johnson. He has averaged 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in his past 10 games and appears primed to deliver a big second half. He is naturally owned in every league, but is a guy who you should look to acquire if you need help at the guard position.

It doesn’t stop with Johnson though.

Pierce’s numbers are up and while Garnett isn’t posting KG-type numbers, his averages are also up this month and could do some good things the rest of the way despite seeing only 23 minutes per night.

However the guys to keep an eye on are bench guys Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic, who can help you out in deep leagues. Both have also been beneficiaries of the Nets recent success.

Blatche is available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues and has seen a bit of a resurgence. In his last 10 games, the 27-year old has averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per night while shooting over 55 percent from the floor. He has scored in double figures in seven of those 10 games and is worth a pickup as he can add scoring and rebounding to your team.

Teletovic also has some value, especially if you are in need of three-point shooting.

While his 34-point outburst on Friday night against Dallas may have been a fluke, you should take notice of his 2.9 3-pointers per game on 47.5 percent shooting from downtown this month. He can be had in 98 percent of ESPN leagues and if you are in a deep format, Teletovic can provide instant shooting for you that can make a difference in winning a category or not.

Take note of a team playing well offensively.

I looked at the Knicks recent success yesterday and while they have picked things up over a four game span against bad competition, the Nets recent success has spanned a month now and should be noted as a turnaround.

That gives them plenty of relevant fantasy options and you should be willing to take advantage of that fact.


Topics: Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets, Fantasy Basketball, Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic

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