Fantasy Spin: Greg Oden Out for Season
After the first 20 games of the season, Oden found himself ranked as the 21st overall player in standard formats, averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 60.5 FG% and 76.6 FT%. An impressive start, of course, after playing in just 61 games over the past two seasons.
For fantasy owners, unless you are in a keeper or franchise league it's safe to say that you should drop Greg Oden from your roster. The first move to make is to pick up Joel Przybilla, Oden's backup. On the season Przybilla has been a source of blocks and rebounds, averaging 7.1 boards and 1.3 blocks in just 19 minutes per game. In 46 starts last season, Przybilla posted 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 26 minutes. So, we know he's a nice source for filling up those two categories. As for points, he's a career 4.2-point per game scorer over his nine-year career. He won't find himself ranked in the top 50 this season, but he's the first guy to look at on the wires if you're now without Oden.
Ben Wallace, F/C, Pistons -- Big Ben is another guy worth looking at to replace Oden in the middle. As a starter, Wallace is averaging 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1,3 blocks and 49.3-percent shooting from the floor. He too won't provide much in the scoring category, as he's dropping just 4.5 points per game this season. But he's one of the top rebounders and combo-defenders in the game right now, so you can make up the lost production there.
Chris Andersen, F/C, Nuggets -- Andersen is another rebound/block specialist. He's at 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on the season, but we know that he has the ability to reach plus-two blocks by season's end. He'll provide a little more of a scoring punch than Big Ben with his 6.5 per game this season and 60.6-percent field-goal shooting, plus he's also a better free-throw shooter than Wallace, making 72.6-percent on the season. If you need the blocks, go with Andersen. But if you're after rebounds, Wallace is a better option.
Kendrick Perkins, C, Celtics -- He's often the forgotten man in the middle. Perkins adds the scoring (11.7), blocks (2.0) and field-goal shooting (64.3-percent) that you're going to miss without Oden in your lineup. His rebounds are at a respectable 7.7 per game, and as a starter you'll get at least 27-29 minutes per game out of him. Something that's not guaranteed with Andersen.
Anderson Varejao, F/C, Cavaliers -- Even though he's coming off the bench, Varejao is still averaging a career-high with 29 minutes per game. He's not the proficient scorer that Oden or Perkins are, but he's still shooting just over 50-percent from the floor. At 7.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game Varejao is a healthy alternative at the center position.
Of course the other option is to make a trade. But it's best not to make a desperation move, so for the time being I would pick up one of the players mentioned above and wait to make the right move.