SleepersNovember 19, 2008

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Sleeper Watch

By David Vauthrin

The Houston Rockets are dealing with a rash of injuries, but someone’s got to fill those minutes. One player stands to benefit more than the rest in this situation. Can you guess his name? That’s right, I’m referring to Aaron Brooks.

One year after being drafted in the first round, the 6-foot, 161 pound Brooks uses his blazing speed and deft shooting touch successfully most nights. In 10 games this season, Brooks is averaging 11.1 points and 1.3 threes per game while shooting over 40% from the three-point line and 90% from the free-throw line. Those numbers are especially impressive considering he’s playing 23 minutes per game. With the injury troubles in Houston and only a 32-year-old, poor shooting Rafer Alston standing between him and a starting position, Brooks is somebody to add to any fantasy team sooner than later.

David Vauthrin is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. A native of Houston, Texas, David Vauthrin is a diehard Rockets fan. Having graduated with a degree in journalism from UT-Austin, it is believed his blood is not red, but rather burnt orange.
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