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Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: James Johnson

James Johnson, is quietly emerging as one of the fantasy basketball sleepers of the season. The coaching staff has increased his minutes to around 23 a game and he’s delivered. Johnson is averaging 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals, 1 block and has made at least one three pointer over the last two against the Houston Rockets.

If he ends up gaining the starting forward spot over Tayshaun Prince, we could be looking at stat lines like these every night. Johnson’s stats remind of prime Gerald Wallace when he played PF on the Bobcats. With Quincy Pondexter more than likely out for the season, an opportunity has opened for Johnson. He’s making the best of it and seizing the moment.

Johnson is a viable threat from the three point line and is able to pass the ball effectively. His turnovers are at a healthy 1.5, which is about average considering the stats you’re getting in return. He is producing and a more than solid option to pick up off the waiver wire. Without a doubt he is an option for you Yahoo Fantasy Basketball players keen on streaming players.

Tonight, when the Memphis Grizzlies face off against the Portland Trailblazers we’ll find out if the coaching staff will keep his minutes around the 25 minute range. It’s looking more and more like he may be one of better fantasy basketball sleepers still out there.

Courtney Lee, has also settled into his starting role on the Grizzlies quite well. He is a scoring threat out there every night and you can expect a three pointer and low turnovers. Now keep in mind, things may change when Tony Allen eventually returns to the team. When it comes to fantasy basketball sleepers though, we live in the moment. If you require that extra boast to beat your rival head-to-head this week, both Lee and Johnson are looking like solid pickups.

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