Fantasy Basketball: Maybe Zaza?

Jan 13, 2012

You’d have to have a good “Poker Face” to let on that Al Horford’s injury wasn’t troublesome to your fantasy squad. I’m not saying that Zaza Pachulia is going to be the answer to all of your needs, but he can help.
Zaza has stepped up his game since Horford went down, averaging 31.0 minutes, 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.5 blocks.
He only played 20 minutes in three of his first ten games, averaging 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds suggesting that his two game spurt is not a fluke. The bottom line is when Zaza plays, he gives you a near double-double effort.
Obviously Horford was a different player than Zaza. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes close to matching the scoring and rebounding production, but you’re going to have to look elsewhere for the loss in blocks and steals. Zaza just isn’t the same level of defender as Horford.
Pachulia is most likely available as he is owned in just 13.0 percent of Yahoo! and 6.1 percent of ESPN leagues. He has big shoes to fill, but he has shown he is capable when he gets the opportunity.
During the 2005-06 season Zaza averaged 31.4 minutes, 11.7 points, and 7.9 rebounds. The following year he averaged 28.1 minutes, 12.2 points, and 7.0 rebounds.
In deeper leagues you can possibly turn to Ivan Johnson. He came off the bench to play 21 minutes for the Hawks last night, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He should see more opportunities as he teams with Zaza to fill Horford’s void.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    January 13th, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    good stuff

    hawes and mullins are playing better too

  2. LestersLegends
    January 13th, 2012 at 9:47 pm #


  3. LestersLegends
    January 16th, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Did an article on your guy. Thanks for the suggestion!

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