Originally written on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Chicago Bulls Tyrus Thomas slams one during first half action against Denver Nuggets on Friday, February 20, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nuggets 116-99. (John Smierciak/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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Yes, James Johnson 7-of-11 shots on his way to 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks. A magnificent line (albeit with two turnovers and four fouls). He also threw down the sick dunk above. But this type of line from Johnson is far too rare. There are too many 0-fors or 1-fors and foul plagued nights to get excited.

There's no questioning Johnson's athleticism, just like Tyrus Thomas. So much ability and untapped potential. But how many years have fantasy players been saying this about Thomas? Thomas is a tease. We saw it on January 25 when the injury-prone Bobcat blocked nine -- nine! -- shots to go along with 13 points, nine rebounds and four steals. But Thomas quickly reverted to his inconsistent self, likely leading to you benching him. You'll likely never have him in your lineup at the right time to get the rewards.

Same with Johnson. Coming into Wednesday night, he'd scored in double figures in only six games.  Johnson gets into foul trouble, taking him out of games. He played 30 minutes Wednesday, something he hadn't done since January 25. If you need steals and blocks, I don't blame you for sitting on him. But don't expect consistency.


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