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Bobman's NBA Compendium: Week 14 (Advanced stats for dynasty leaguers)

A miscellany of Fantasy Basketball dynasty nuggets from Week 14 in the NBA...

You didn't give the ball to Beast Mode? Really?
You didn't give the ball to Beast Mode? Really?
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They should've handed off to Marshawn Lynch.

Let's just get that out of the way now.

Pretty nasty surprise for Seahawks fans.

Speaking of surprises, I thought I'd devote today's article to advanced stat surprises.

Underrated players, great per-minute players, possible breakout gems for the 2nd half of the Fantasy Basketball season.

While efficient players in limited minutes don't always extrapolate well with larger usage rates, sometimes they do.

I loaded up on Andre Drummond in dynasty leagues his rookie year. That's paying off big time now...

I can't promise you the next Drummond, but you never know...

Advanced stats:

1. While Tyler Ennis has only played in 8 games this season, his assist % of 38.9 is squarely between elite point guard talents Rajon Rondo and Jeff Teague. In a very competitive Phoenix Suns squad, chances are Ennis won't get much of a chance to contribute this season. But dynasty league owners take note: Tyler Ennis was the one of the first PGs taken in the lauded 2014 NBA draft class, and the advanced stats show that his ball-dishing talents are potentially elite...

2. Hassan Whiteside's prowess is far from a secret at this point, but it should be noted that his rebounding % of 24.3 leads the NBA. I mentioned finding the next Andre Drummond. I think I just did...

3. Want a 2nd half breakout candidate? Check out Aaron Gordon. Having missed most of the season with an injury, Gordon's effective field goal % of 62.5 in Top 10 the NBA. On an Orlando Magic squad that is wholly committed to rebuilding now, Gordon is in the starting 5. Lots of usage will lead to lots of stats - especially with such an offensively efficient player...

4. In extremely deep dynasty leagues, consider Toronto Raptors project Bruno Caboclo. While the sample size is extremely limited, it should be noted that in his 3 games played, Bruno has a USG % of 28.7 - which is among the highest in the game (think Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, etc). I'm not saying Caboclo has All-Star upside, but he certainly isn't afraid to dominate the ball and jack up shots. That could indicate a player who will make a large Fantasy impact as his minutes increase in the distant future...

5. Looking at per-36s, Patty Mills has a skill that makes him extremely valuable in San Antonio's offense moving forward: 3-point shooting. Per 36 minutes, Patty Mills shoots 3.0 3PM per game. That's right up there with elite shooters J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson. Mills is a good grab in dynasty leagues, also shooting 91.3% from the free throw line. No fluke on this kid's J...

6. My favourite swear word in the NBA is also one of the best rebounders in the NBA. I'll use his name in a sentence: "You're such a Furkan Aldemir." The F Word (I hope that name sticks) is getting 13.4 rebounds per 36 - as well as 5.3 offensive boards per 36. That puts him amongst the very best rebounders in the NBA. Want a rookie with an awesome name that also appears to be one of the best rebounders in the NBA? Enter the F Word.

7. Ever wonder why Glen Rice Jr. hasn't really made an impact in the NBA? Perhaps his 9.3 fouls per 36 minutes has something to do with it. Could be a big reason he was waived. While he is one of the worst foulers in the NBA, the 20% from the field for the season doesn't help...

8. Want a 2nd half breakout candidate? Look at George Hill. Great track record, coming off a major injury. Currently scores 22.1 points per 36 minutes. A healthy Hill could make an impact in standard leagues...

9. Here's a player I've never heard of that intrigues me statistically: Shayne Whittington of the Indiana Pacers. Apparently he's an undrafted rookie who is among the league leaders in the NBA in +/- at 18.8 (13 games played). Check out his per-36s: 15.7 PPG, 9.7 REB, 3.6 AST, 3.0 STL, 1.2 BLK. The sample size is small, but the numbers are very intriguing. Watch List this dude. This isn't luck. There's something here...

10. Should've handed off to Lynch.

So there are some intriguing players/prospects that advanced stats say are probably better/worse than you realized.

If you're a Pats fan, congratulations.

If you're a Seahawks fan, that sound you hear is lots of people jumping off the bandwagon.

And that Liam Neeson commercial was awesome.

Bobman