Fratello’s Fantasy Pick: Kris Humphries

One of four players to return from last season’s roster, seventh-year power forward Kris Humphries has worked his way into the starting rotation for the Nets. A good compliment to Brook Lopez, Humphries brings physicality and toughness to the Nets’ front line.

Coach Avery Johnson has done a very good job of communicating to Humphries what he wants out of him and how he can contribute to help his team get wins. Humphries has followed his new coach’s instructions to a T and executed what he’s been asked to do, making a difference on both offense and defense.

Having matured as an offensive player, Humphries has shown patience this season in waiting for high-percentage shots. On Friday he scored a team-high 18 points against the Kings, going 9-for-12 from the field.

Humphries has also been effective in the paint on D. He adds a solid presence to the interior of the Nets’ defense and has done a good job guarding his opponents’ front-line scorers. Moreover he’s been a force on the glass for New Jersey, rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. Earlier this season Humphries helped snap a five-game losing streak with 13 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds against the Cavaliers.

Humphries is averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds per game and is available in around 70% of fantasy leagues. The Nets kick off a four-game week against the Hawks at home on Tuesday night.