Minutes Rising- Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson’s minutes and fantasy numbers are finally starting to pick up after a weak January/February.

Analysis: Amir Johnson has played at least thirty minutes per game in his last three contests. He did not hit the thirty minute mark in his previous nine games. Johnson continues to battle injuries but we cannot deny that his stat line has been healthy as of late. Amir is averaging 8 rebounds, 10 points and 1 block over the last week and a half. His rebounding and blocks can be more than solid as evidenced by his December marks of 8.3 boards per game and 1.4 blocks per game. Interestingly enough he averaged over thirty minutes in the month of December and was relatively healthy.

Patrick Patterson’s minutes have been falling for the last three weeks which is contributing to the Amir Johnson resurgence. Patterson has not been shooting well lately, he’s 13 for his last 39 from the field. Patterson is still rebounding well but he poses very little threat to Amir Johnson’s fantasy value at the moment.

Amir Johnson is available in 20-50% of fantasy leagues.

Last Call On Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson is the 13th rated fantasy power forward over the last month of the NBA season.

Analysis: Amir averaged 7.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 1.0 SPG and 10.0 PPG in 28 minutes of floor time last year. This year his stats are very similar and Amir already has a career high 9 three pointers made. Amir is shooting 59% from the field and he’s 75% from the stripe this season. He is averaging 33 minutes per game over his last five games and has 12 blocks during that span.

Amir Johnson does have power forward and center position eligibility in most leagues. He is available in 8-15% of leagues despite his consistent play over the last two months of the season. He has been eating some major minutes lately and the steals and occasional three ball certainly adds to his value as a big man.

Another interesting power forward to monitor is Amar’e Stoudemire. His health is always a problem but he should be ready to go on Tuesday night. His minutes have been up in the low twenties over the last few weeks which is a good sign. He’s recorded two twenty-plus point performances and he’s getting to the line 4.2 times per game over his last six games. Amar’e is available in 60-80% of fantasy leagues.