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    The all-bargain team

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Everybody likes a bargain.

    Whether it's at the supermarket, the mall or with an insurance company, everyone likes to think they're getting a good deal.

    That extends to the world of fantasy sports.

    Not many things can beat drafting a player late or picking him up off the free agent list and having him put up elite numbers.

    Or bidding $1 on a player and having him turn out to be priceless.

    That type of luck (or foresight) can often swing leagues, especially if the players you grab early on play up to expectations.

    The crazy, condensed fantasy basketball season is coming to a close this week, and most leagues have already been decided.

    Let's take a look at the players who defied expectations and refused to accept their low preseason rankings. Here is the NBA all-bargain fantasy team for 2011-12 (all statistics accrued through Tuesday):

    Point guard

    Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 98) - Jennings seems like a player who would be overvalued, but owners shied away from him this season. On average, he was the 22nd point guard drafted and the 83rd overall pick in Y! leagues. In auctions, he went for an average value of $6. Jennings far exceeded expectations by turning in his best pro season, averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and two 3- pointers a game to grab the 13th overall ranking, third among PGs behind Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

    Goran Dragic, Houston Rockets (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 194) - Dragic was such an afterthought in the preseason that he wasn't even drafted in the top 150. However, when Kyle Lowry went down with a bacterial infection, Dragic was there to pick up the pieces of the Rockets' offense and produce admirably when it mattered most for fantasy owners. In the past 30 days, Dragic is the No. 10 overall player, averaging 19.6 points, 7.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers per game, all while shooting 48 percent from the field and 84 percent from the foul line.

    Honorable mentions: Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks; Lou Williams, Philadelphia 76ers; Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat

    Shooting guard

    James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 62) - Harden was ranked higher than some of the other players on this list in the preseason, but that he's still considered a bargain is a testament to just how well he played this season. Harden was the top-ranked shooting guard and 12th- overall player despite carrying an ADP of 67 and an average value of $11, after players like Eric Gordon, Kevin Martin, Raymond Felton, Chauncey Billups and Jason Richardson. Harden also played most of his games off the bench, making his averages of 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 3- pointers all the more amazing.

    Paul George, Indiana Pacers (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 107) - Despite being drafted 117th overall, George has managed to be the fourth-best fantasy SG and 21st-overall player, two spots ahead of superstar Dwyane Wade. George has filled the stat sheet with averages of 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers. He also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. Not too bad for someone who cost a measly $2 in auction leagues.

    Honorable mentions: Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors; Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs; Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

    Small forward

    Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 186) - Talk about being off the map entirely. Ilyasova wasn't drafted in the top 150 of Yahoo! leagues yet was the 37th-best fantasy player as of Tuesday. The Milwaukee big man plays mostly power forward but was eligible at both forward spots, making him the biggest small forward bargain. Through 60 games, Ilyasova has put up 13 points, 8.8 boards, 1.2 assists and one 3-pointer a game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

    Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 181) - The former Butler standout carried an average draft position of 131 in Yahoo! leagues, which wasn't really unfounded in the preseason. After his rookie year, Hayward was still more known for almost hitting a half-court shot at the buzzer in the national championship game than for his fantasy prowess. However, he's morphed into a legitimate scoring guard/forward combo in 2012, especially down the stretch. Through Tuesday, Hayward was the 59th-overall player in Yahoo! leagues, averaging 12 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while carrying solid shooting and free-throw percentages. In the past 30 days, Hayward has elevated his play, coming in at 26th overall, 12th among small forwards, with averages of 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 3-pointers per game.

    Honorable mentions: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs; Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers; Nicolas Batum, Portland Trailblazers

    Power forward

    Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 103) - Anderson was perhaps the biggest bargain of all in 2012. He was drafted with the 118th pick on average -- costing auction league owners $3 -- but has managed to rank in the top 10 overall. The reason? Anderson's ability to take and make 3- pointers. The Magic forward took advantage of Dwight Howard clogging the paint to make the most 3-pointers in the league with 164, 38 more than the next- closest player, Steve Novak. But the deep ball was not the only skill Anderson brought to the table this season The 6-foot-10 Anderson averaged 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds and shot an elite percentage from the foul line (87.8 percent).

    Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 93) - That Humphries was grabbed with just the 97th pick on average has me thinking that there was a strong Kardashian bias against the Nets big man coming off his October divorce from Kim. How else can you explain his average cost off $4 in auctions? Either way, those who picked Humphries were rewarded in a big way, as he averaged 13.8 points, 11 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks while shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line.

    Honorable mentions: Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets; Brandon Bass, Boston Celtics; Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks

    Center

    Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 91) - Chandler signed with the Knicks in the offseason coming off an NBA title with Dallas, but fantasy owners weren't buying his limited offensive game this season. The 6-11 Chandler was picked with the 85th pick on average in Yahoo! leagues while carrying an average cost of $5 in auctions, well behind Washington knuckleheads Javale McGee (now with Denver) and Andray Blatche. What did Chandler do in the wake of that disrespect? He managed to register the highest field-goal percentage in NBA history of anyone not named Wilt Chamberlain, hitting on 68 percent of his shots. While knocking down most of his attempts, Chandler averaged 11.3 ppg with 10 boards per game. He also blocked 1.4 shots per contest and didn't kill your team with his free-throw shooting unlike some people (cough, Dwight Howard, cough), claiming the 34th-overall ranking.

    Andruw Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers (Yahoo! preseason ranking: 65) - I had to do a double take when I saw where Bynum was drafted. Clearly, owners didn't have much faith in the Lakers big man to stay healthy for a full season, especially during this condensed campaign. Bynum proved everyone wrong by becoming a monster, averaging 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocks while shooting 55.8 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the foul line. Bynum played in 60 games (through Tuesday), coming in at 27th overall. Not too shabby for a player drafted 66th overall on average ($11 in auction leagues).

    Honorable mentions: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings; Samuel Dalembert, Houston Rockets

    Together, these 10 players would have cost you $42 in the preseason, with Dragic, Ilyasova and Hayward costing zilch. What a deal!

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

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      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

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      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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