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Fantasy Basketball: (Draymond) Green Means “Go!”

We’re almost at the halfway point of the 2014-15 regular season and already we’ve been treated to some pleasant surprises in fantasy basketball. Here are some players who have emerged as candidates worthy of being stashed in keeper leagues. Beside the player names are their WARP scores based on cumulative wins, taken from the Baller Mind Frame Player Rater.

Draymond Green (7.39)F Golden State Warriors – Green easily tops this list, hands down. In the absence of David Lee (injuries), Draymond has found his place in the surging Warriors’ offense. He’s established himself as a legit contributor in multiple categories and it appears that he will be a big part of the team’s future moving forward. He’s bringing in second-round value at the moment and if that does not translate as a go signal to keep him, I don’t know what does.

Relevant stats so far this season: 11.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Brandon Knight (5.86), PG Milwaukee Bucks – Knight has shed his stigma of being a fantasy letdown this season. A contributing factor is how new head coach Jason Kidd has given him the go signal to carry the team in scoring. The Bucks have had their fair share of impressive games and it looks like Kidd’s job is secure for now. That means Knight should likely replicate his 2014-15 campaign next season.

Relevant stats so far this season: 18.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.5 SPG

Tobias Harris (5.41), F Orlando Magic – The hard work Harris put in over the offseason has paid dividends and his owners this season are cashing in big time. He has finally found a way to deliver on a consistent basis, something that was missing about his fantasy game in 2013-14. Harris still has room to improve and perhaps we’ve seen him only scratch the surface this 2014-15.

Relevant stats so far this season: 18.0 PPG, 47.1 FG%, 6.9 RPG, 1.2 3PM

Darren Collison (5.31), PG Sacramento Kings – He has made the most of the Kings organization handing him the keys to their backcourt. Darren is once again showing what he is capable of delivering when given a starter’s role on a team. He has very little competition in the Kings’ backcourt and should remain a productive mid-level point guard for the next few seasons.

Relevant stats so far this season: 16.6 PPG, 46.4 FG%, 5.9 APG, 1.7 SPG

Gorgui Dieng (5.19), C Minnesota Timberwolves – Gorgui has stepped up big time in the absence of Nikola Pekovic (injury). He has provided the T-Wolves with a much needed defensive presence in the paint and a warm body that’s out there to crash the boards on a nightly basis. Even though Pekovic will likely retake the starting gig, he is notorious for being injury prone and there will always be many opportunities of Dieng to shine once again in the future.

Relevant stats so far this season: 8.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.5 TO/G

On the Bubble: Donatas Motiejunas, Robert Covington, Alex Len, Mason Plumlee, Rudy Gobert

Top Rookies worth keeping in Fantasy Basketball: 

Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart, Elfrid PaytonNikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels, Jusuf Nurkic,

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