FANTASY BASKETBALL Daily Show: Week 10 (Feb 27th – Mar 5th)

FANTASY BASKETBALL Daily Show: Week 10 (Feb 27th – Mar 5th) 2012

By: Muntradamus

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This article will be updated every day this week. Saturday and Sunday are specifically designed for Q&A, though questions will be answered throughout the week.

Last Updated: 3/3/2012 (am)

In this column, Muntradamus will share Fantasy Basketball Observations that you can take or leave to help your team get better.  Feel free to ask questions, our experts will answer them. Check this page daily to see what I have to say about your players.

(First Half Recap)

Articles coming this week:

(Daily Rankings)
(Guard Rankings)
(Forward Rankings)
..Coming Later
(Center Rankings)
..Coming Later

(Trade Analyzer)..Coming Later

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Tuesday (2/28/12)

HEADLINES

  • Paul Millsap.  Left with Heel injury.
  • Devin Harris is getting Hot.  Look to add him.
  • Kevin Love. Left with injury, could have returned.
  • Stephen Curry will try to play Wednesday.
  • Javale McGee benched for another dumb play.
  • Jordan Crawford Still Red Hot.
  • Mike Dunleavy explodes for 28 Points.

Boston Celtics 86 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 83

BOS:

  • Ray Allen (35 Minutes, 22 Points, 4 3PTM)
  • Rajon Rondo (33 Minutes, 0 Points, 11 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Kevin Garnett (33 Minutes, 18 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Brandon Bass (35 Minutes, 12 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Paul Pierce (35 Minutes, 12 Points, 6 Assists, 2 3PTM)
  • Chris Wilcox (23 Minutes, 5 Points, 11 Rebounds)

Rajon Rondo failed to score a point but his fantasy owners will take the 11 assists.  Ray Allen started out the second half with a bang.  All veterans including Kevin Garnett should be revitalized with all the rest during the ASB.  Paul Pierce had a decent all-around game, his owners want more.  Chris Wilcox is behind Brandon Bass who looks to be a full-time starter and a safe fantasy option.

CLE:

  • Kyrie Irving (27 Minutes, 24 Points, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 3 3PTM)
  • Antawn Jamison (36 Minutes, 4/15 FG, 8 Points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Steals)
  • Tristan Thompson (27 Minutes, 13 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)
  • Ramon Sessions (21 Minutes, 13 Points, 1 Assist, 2 Steals)
  • Alonzo Gee (26 Minutes, 8 Points, 3 Steals, 2 Assists)
  • Anderson Varejao (DNP)

Kyrie Irving dominated in limited playing time.  His minutes have been an issue all season, hopefully he starts seeing 30+ consistently.  Antawn Jamsion had a bad shooting but still ended up with a near double-double.  His value will be great while Anderson Varejao is out.  Tristan Thompson is going to be a great fantasy asset as we head towards the playoffs.  Alonzo Gee and Daniel Gibson both back up Anthony Parker.  Gee might have the best value, but neither is ownable.  Ramon Sessions needs to get traded to be a consistent fantasy option.

Golden State Warriors 78 @ Indiana Pacers 102

GS:

  • Monta Ellis (28 Minutes, 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 7/19 FG)
  • David Lee (30 Minutes, 12 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Dorrell Wright (18 Minutes, 1/8 FG, 2 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block, 1 Steal)
  • Brandon Rush (35 Minutes, 14 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 3PTM, 1 Steal)
  • Ekpe Udoh (17 Minutes, 8 Points, 1 Block, 2 Rebounds)
  • Stephen Curry (DNP)

Steph Curry was reported out for the week, but now may return Wednesday.  In his absence you would expect Monta Ellis, and Dorrell Wright to blow up.  Instead both had bad games, Dorrell has 3 duds in his last 4 games, and Brandon Rush stepped up to have a big performance.  Rush will not get 30+ Minutes on most night, but he is a guy that can easily step up to make a difference in the 3PTM category at the forward positon.  David Lee had a bad game to his standards, but the 4 assists are nice.  Ekpe Udoh would be a great fantasy option if he got the minutes.

IND:

  • Danny Granger (30 Minutes, 25 Points, 2 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • David West (30 Minutes, 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Roy Hibbert (20 Minutes, 12 Points, 9 Rebounds, 3 Blocks)
  • Paul George (11 Points, 9 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 4 Steals, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Darren Collison (30 Minutes, 11 Points, 4 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • George Hill (22 Minutes, 2 Points, 1/6 FG, 2 Assists)
  • Tyler Hansbrough (16 Minutes, 15 Points, 9 Rebounds, 1 Steal)

Danny Granger had a really nice game and continues to show his 3rd round value.  David West was decent in a blowout, owners want to see the double-double.  Roy Hibbert was dominant in 20 Minutes of play.  Paul George showed why he made the BEAST DOME ALL-STAR TEAM.  Not many fill up the stat sheet like this guy.  Darren Collison is close to worthless now that George Hill is back, and Tyler Hansbrough would be a good fantasy option if West or Hibbert went down.

Philadelphia 76ers 97 @ Detroit Pistons 68

PHI:

  • Jrue Holiday (25 Minutes, 10 Points, 5 Assists, 3 Steals)
  • Jodie Meeks (36 Minutes, 12 Points, 2 3PTM, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals)
  • Louis Williams (25 Minutes, 13 Points, 7 Assists, 1 3PTM, 1 Block)
  • Andre Iguodala (30 Minutes, 12 Points, 6 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 4 Steals, 2 3PTM)
  • Thaddeus Young (30 Minutes, 9/17 FG, 20 Points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Elton Brand (22 Minutes, 10 Points, 3 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 3 Blocks)
  • Evan Turner (25 Minutes, 8 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Steal)

Jrue Holiday continues his inconsistent play.  The reason for lack of PT was the blowout factor.  Jodie Meeks and Evan Turner took advantage of the situation, both are currently waiver wire options.  Lou Williams managed to get 7 assists which will put a smile on his fantasy owners faces.  Thaddeus Young is a monster and would dominate if he was on another team.  Elton Brand is showing his age.  Andre Iguodala continues to be a huge X Factor with his assists and intangibles from the forward position.

DET:

  • Greg Monroe (31 Minutes, 7/16 FG, 20 Points, 8 Rebounds)
  • Rodney Stuckey (31 Minutes, 17 Points, 4 Rebounds)
  • Brandon Knight (28 Minutes, 8 Points,  3 Assists)
  • Tayshaun Prince (29 Minutes, 2/10 FG, 4 Points, 2 Steals)
  • Ben Gordon (26 Minutes, 1/10 FG, 3 Points, 3 Rebounds)
  • Austin Daye (5 Minutes, 0/2 FG)

Greg Monroe is a fantasy beast and should be treated like one the remainder of the season.  Rodney Stuckey looks to be the top guard option of the bunch.  Brandon Knight is starting to look really inconsistent, while Ben Gordon needs to do better than hit 1/10 shots.  Tayshaun Prince is going through a little slump, if Austin Daye can get it together he would be a huge fantasy option.

Washington Wizards 118 @ Milwaukee Bucks 119

WAS:

  • John Wall (43 Minutes, 19 Points, 15 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Nick Young (20 Minutes, 3/11 FG, 7 Points, 1 3PTM, 2 Rebounds)
  • Jordan Crawford (28 Minutes, 19 Points, 3 3PTM, 1 Steal)
  • Javale McGee (17 Minutes, 4 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Trevor Booker (31 Minutes, 20 Points, 11 Rebounds, 1 Block)

John Wall once again dominated in a close game.  He is always a good fantasy factor when he gets the appropriate minutes.  Nick Young is really starting to struggle and played very little in the second half.  Jordan Crawford is one of the hottest guards in fantasy and could leap frog Nick Young entirely very soon.  Must add option if he is available in your league.  Trevor Booker was solid, but his days could be limited once Andray Blatche returns.

MIL:

  • Brandon Jennings (30 Minutes, 6/18 FG, 14 Points, 10 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Drew Gooden (23 Minutes, 15 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Carlos Delfino (38 Minutes, 11 Points, 2 Steals, 4 Assists)
  • Mike Dunleavy (33 Minutes, 9/17 FG, 28 Points, 3 Steals, 5 3PTM)
  • Ersan Illysova (27 Minutes, 13 Points, 11 Rebounds, 1 3PTM)
  • Stephen Jackson (DNP-“Hamstring”)

Mike Dunleavy was the story for the Bucks.  He could easily be their leading scorer every night, especially when Brandon Jennings shoots 33% from the field.  Carlos Delfino remains a decent option that is best left for benches.  Drew Gooden looked spectacular before leaving with a back injury.  His timetable is still uncertain.  Ersan Illysova continues to be a fantasy monster off the waiver wire.

New Orleans Hornets 95 @ Chicago Bulls 99

NO:

  • Jarrett Jack (28 Minutes, 10 Points, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Greivis Vasquez (21 Minutes, 12 Points, 3 Assists)
  • Chris Kaman (39 Minutes, 7/18 FG, 17 Points, 11 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Trevor Ariza (34 Minutes, 16 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Gustavo Ayon (27 Minutes, 5 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 2 Steals)

Jarrett Jack played the entire 4th quarter and only ended up with 28 Minutes.  Montey Williams has to figure out how to get his team together, his best player should not play 28 Minutes.  Chris Kaman is a beast with no Emeka Okafor or Carl Landry to compete with.  Gustavo Ayon is getting nice hustle stats, while Trevor Ariza has turned into a solid fantasy option.  Ariza is playing like his Houston Rocket days.  Greivis Vasquez is slowly fading.

CHI:

  • Derrick Rose (41 Minutes, 11/24 FG, 32 Points, 9 Assists, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Joakim Noah (39 Minutes, 15 Points, 16 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Blocks, 2 Steals)
  • Luol Deng (42 Minutes, 14 Points, 11 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Carlos Boozer (30 Minutes, 14 Points, 7 Rebounds)
  • Rip Hamilton (17 Minutes, 5 Points, 5 Assists)

Derrick Rose reminded everyone that he is a fantasy beast.  Joakim Noah is red hot and had a great game coming off that 3×2.  Luol Deng is a great fantasy forward to have, that wrist injury appears to be a non-issue.  Carlos Boozer was solid, hopefully he gets more PT than 30.  Rip Hamilton is healthy, and when he starts getting his minutes the points will be more skewed.

Toronto Raptors 85 @ Houston Rockets 88

TOR:

  • Jose Calderon (23 Minutes, 7 Points, 7 Assists, 1 3PTM)
  • DeMar DeRozan (27 Minutes, 6/14 FG, 17 Points, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks)
  • James Johnson (33 Minutes, 16 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Amir Johnson (29 Minutes, 10 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Leandro Barbosa (26 Minutes, 11 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 3PTM)
  • Ed Davis (22 Minutes, 5 Points, 15 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Linas Kleiza (20 Minutes, 3/10 FG, 7 Points)
  • Jerryd Bayless (12 Minutes, 4 Points, 2 Assists)

Jose Calderon is slowly losing fantasy value now that the Raptors are getting back to full strength.   Jerryd Bayless did not even play 20 minutes and Calderon failed to get double digit assists or points.  Ed Davis had a big game which will create less playing time for Amir Johnson, especially when Andrea Bargnani comes back.  James Johnson had a great game, though his owners should be aware of Linas Kleiza who returned from an ankle injury.  If Kleiza shot better he would have received more minutes from Johnson.

HOU:

  • Kyle Lowry (38 Minutes, 8/12 FG, 26 Points, 5 Assists, 4 3PTM)
  • Kevin Martin (32 Minutes, 3/15 FG, 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 3PTM)
  • Luis Scola (33 Minutes, 15 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Chandler Parsons (32 Minutes, 6 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 3PTM)
  • Samuel Dalembert (27 Minutes, 10 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)
  • Patrick Patterson (24 Minutes, 4/11 FG, 8 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block)

Kyle Lowry is a fantasy beast.  Jason Kidd 2.0 and some, the 20+ Point games are coming more frequently than we could have imagined.  Kevin Martin had a poor shooting night and it will be interesting to see what kind of minutes he gets.  Luis Scola was solid with a big double-double, he needs more games like this to get his trade value to Kris Humphries level.  Samuel Dalembert is getting more consistent playing time but still remains a bench option.  Patrick Patterson is someone to keep an eye on as he is getting good consistent minutes.  He would be must-add if Dalembert or Scola went down.  Chandler Parsons is the leader of “Triangle Slash”, but that is only good for mediocre fantasy numbers.

New Jersey Nets 93 @ Dallas Mavericks 92

NJN:

  • Deron Williams (38 Minutes, 3/15 FG, 12 Points, 12 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 3PTM)
  • MarShon Brooks (34 Minutes, 2/4 FG, 6 Points, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 3 Assists)
  • Brook Lopez (36 Minutes, 17/28 FG, 38 Points, 6 Rebounds)
  • Kris Humphries (37 Minutes, 10 Points, 15 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • Anthony Morrow (28 Minutes, 5/15 FG, 3 3PTM, 15 Points)

Brook Lopez dominated.  He right away showed off that he is going to be a top fantasy option at the center position.  Look out for the March rankings coming out later this week.  MarShon Brooks only took 4 shots with the emergence of Lopez, an alarming number for his fantasy owners.  Check the situation closely.  Deron Williams still had a monster fantasy night despite shooting 20% from the field.  Kris Humphries is staying relevant with Lopez, and should all season long.  Anthony Morrow is a 3PTM machine.

DAL:

  • Dirk Nowitzki (36 Minutes, 7/19 FG, 24 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 3 3PTM)
  • Shawn Marion (31 Minutes, 5/16 FG, 11 Points, 8 Rebounds)
  • Brendan Haywood (29 Minutes, 18 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • Jason Kidd (30 Minutes, 3 Points, 8 Assists, 4 Rebounds, 1/7 3PTM)
  • Vince Carter (22 Minutes, 2 Points, 1 Rebounds)
  • Jason Terry (33 Minutes, 4/14 FG, 12 Points, 4 Steals, 2 Blocks, 2 3PTM)

Dirk Nowitzki has really bounced back strong since returning from that knee injury.  He is back to 1st round value.  Shawn Marion is staying relevant as long as he gets 30+ Minutes.  Brendan Haywood had a big game and is now on the waiver wire watch.  If he can duplicate or put up similar numbers the rest of the week he will be a must-add.  Jason Kidd took 7 3PT shots, and only made one, his potential for a big 2nd half is there.  Vince Carter looked old, while Jason Terry struggled to make his shots.  For now Terry should get the necessary minutes to be a good fantasy option.

Utah Jazz 96 @ Sacramento Kings 103

UTA:

  • Al Jefferson (29 Minutes, 12 Points, 8 Rebounds, 6/14 FG, 1 Block)
  • Paul Millsap (25 Minutes, 4 Points, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Josh Howard (29 Minutes, 15 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 3PTM, 2 Steals)
  • Devin Harris (31 Minutes, 3 3PTM, 18 Points, 7 Assists, 2 Steals)
  • Earl Watson (17 Minutes, 1 Points, 2 Assists, 3 Steals)
  • Derrick Favors (25 Minutes, 7 Points, 11 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)

Al Jefferson will see a huge boost in value if Paul Millsap is out for a while.  Josh Howard looked great in his start, and will be starting for the forseeable future.  Fantasy owners should add him if you need a forward.  Devin Harris is back.  Add him if he is sitting as FA.  Harris has been solid in his last 3 games.  That most likely means the end of Earl Watson.  Derrick Favors will be a great starting fantasy option if Millsap misses time with the heel injury.

SAC:

  • Isaiah Thomas (40 Minutes, 18 Points, 8 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Marcus Thornton (29 Minutes, 7/14 FG, 21 Points)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (32 Minutes, 8/17 FG, 22 Points, 18 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Tyreke Evans (32 Minutes, 13 Points, 4/12 FG, 2 Assists, Started at Forward)
  • Jason Thompson (36 Minutes, 10 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Blocks)

Isaiah Thomas is officially Jeremy Lin 2.0.  Remember that, and do not let him sit on any waiver wire.  Marcus Thornton is a scoring machine, usually steals and 3PTM come along with performances like these.  DeMarcus Cousins is a monster among beasts.  Tyreke Evans started at forward and is on his way to being eligible.  Jason Thompson is a solid Forward if you need rebounds and blocks.  He should have the job the rest of the season to himself.

Minnesota Timberwolves 109 @ Los Angeles Clippers 97

MIN:

  • Kevin Love (25 Minutes, 4/13 FG, 10 Points, 7 Rebounds)
  • Ricky Rubio (29 Minutes, 1/8 FG, 2 Points, 9 Assists, 7 Rebounds)
  • Nikola Pekovic (22 Minutes, 12 Points, 4 Rebounds)
  • Michael Beasley (30 Minutes, 11/15 FG, 27 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 3PTM)
  • Derrick Williams (27 Minutes, 9/10 FG, 27 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block, 4 3PTM)
  • Martell Webster (21 Minutes, 5/7 FG, 1 3PTM, 11 Points)

Kevin Love left the game with a rib injury, but could have come back if it was close.  Ricky Rubio needs better shooting nights to remind of us current Jason Kidd.  The rebounds and assists are nice.  Nikola had a bad game, I would not be concerned.  Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams both broke out for huge games off the bench.  If anything they will find a way to go extra big to incorporate more minutes for both of these guys.  Can you imagine a lineup of; PG Rubio, SG Beasley, SF Williams, PF Love, C Pekovic.  Maybe one day.

LAC:

  • Chris Paul (37 Minutes, 11/17 FG, 27 Points, 6 Assists, 4 Rebounds)
  • DeAndre Jordan (36 Minutes, 7/9 FG, 14 Points, 14 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 4 Blocks)
  • Blake Griffin (37 Minutes, 10/19 FG, 30 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists)
  • Caron Butler (29 Minutes, 1/10 FG, 2 Points, 4 Rebounds)
  • Randy Foye (28 Minutes, 6/14 FG, 13 Points, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Mo Williams (29 Minutes, 4/12 FG, 8 Points, 6 Assists)

Chris Paul is starting to score a lot more which will make his fantasy owners happy.  Time to raise those assists to double digits more consistently however.  DeAndre Jordan is back to getting the minutes he deserves.  If any owners dropped him out of fear, add him.  Blake Griffin has is a fantasy beast.  Caron Butler is on the bad end of a cold streak, he needs to pick it up if the Clippers are going to do anything.  Especially when Randy Foye and Mo Williams are failing to put up good games.

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Wednesday (2/29/12)

HEADLINES

  • Kevin Love sat with rib injury. 
  • Kevin Martin continues to struggle.
  • Paul Millsap sat with heel injury.
  • Dirk Nowitzki left game with back injury.
  • Bismack Biyombo left game with a shoulder injury.
  • Manu Ginobili may play Friday.

Oklahoma City Thunder 92 @ Philadelphia 76ers 88

OKC:

  • Russell Westbrook (22 Points, 13 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Kevin Durant (23 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 3 3PTM)
  • Serge Ibaka (27 Minutes, 10 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • James Harden (33 Minutes, 16 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)

Russell Westbrook is a beast getting 13 Rebounds from the guard spot.  Kevin Durant had an okay game for his standard, expect him to heat up at any moment.  Serge Ibala needs more minutes but still gets plenty of blocks.  James Harden would be a monster if anything happened to KD or Westbrook.

PHI:

  • Jrue Holiday (34 Minutes, 18 Points, 3 Steals, 2 Assists)
  • Jodie Meeks (31 Minutes, 13 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 3PTM)
  • Andre Iguodala (39 Minutes, 18 Points, 5 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Steals, 2 3PTM)
  • Elton Brand (33 Minutes, 10 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Thaddeus Young (29 Minutes, 16 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)
  • Louis Williams (26 Minutes, 3/11 FG, 11 Points, 6 Assists, 2 Steals)

Jrue Holiday put up a solid game though still remains an inconsistent fantasy option.  Jodie Meeks is heating up at the moment.  Andre Iguodala is fantasy gold this season with the 76ers so competitive.  Elton Brand showed he still has something left in the tank with a double-double.  Thaddeus Young would be a star on another team where he could play 35+ Minutes a night.  Lou Williams is starting to rack up some decent assist numbers averaging 6.5 per game since the break.

Orlando Magic 102 @ Washington Wizards 95

ORL:

  • Jameer Nelson (32 Minutes, 12 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4 3PTM)
  • Jason Richardson (30 Minutes, 12 Points, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Dwight Howard (38 Minutes, 14 Points, 12 Rebounds, 5 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • Ryan Anderson (37 Minutes, 23 Points, 15 Rebounds, 4 3PTM)
  • Hedo Turkoglu (11 Points, 7 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks, 2 3PTM)

Dwight Howard owners expect more than this less than 20 Point spree.  Expect the Magic to change that soon, though they won.  Jameer Nelson knocks down 4 3’s and remains fantasy relevant.  Jason Richardson is starting to cool down after that hot streak he went through.  Ryan Anderson is a fantasy machine with those 3PTM.   The 15 Rebounds is a very nice bonus.  Hedo Turkoglu is Andre Iguodala version 0.8

WAS:

  • John Wall (43 Minutes, 33 Points, 4 Assists, 2 Steals)
  • Jordan Crawford (30 Minutes, 18 Points, 5 Assists, 4 Rebounds, 2 3PTM, 1 Steal)
  • Trevor Booker (40 Minutes, 7 Points, 13 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Nick Young (19 Minutes, 5 Points, 1 3PTM)
  • Javale McGee (16 Minutes, 9 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Block)

John Wall once again is a fantasy monster when the Wizards stay close.  Jordan Crawford is turning into a nice all-around stud and is gearing up for a huge fantasy playoffs.  Trevor Booker solid PF until Andray Blatche returns.  Nick Young left with injury, Javale McGee is now coming off the bench.  Both of their fantasy values are heading down, I would keep them both as they should bounce back.

Charlotte Bobcats 94 @ Detroit Pistons 109

CHA:

  • D.J. Augustin (29 Minutes, 8 Points, 10 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Gerald Henderson (28 Minutes, 6/12 FG, 13 Points, 3 Rebounds)
  • Corey Maggette (29 Minutes, 5/11 FG, 17 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 3PTM)
  • Boris Diaw (24 Minutes, 5 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Bismack Biyombo (9 Minutes, 4 Points, 2 Blocks)
  • Kemba Walker (19 Minutes, 6 Points, 5 Assists, 2 Steals)
  • Reggie Williams (18 Minutes, 14 Points, 1 Steal)

Bismack Biyombo was on his way to a huge game with 2 blocks in the 1st quarter.  D.J. is a fantasy machine this season.  Kemba Walker and Reggie Williams are now buried on the bench because Gerald Henderson resumed his role before the injury.  I would keep Walker and let the other two stay on waiver wires.  When the Bobcats are eliminated Kemba will get his PT again.  Corey Maggette is a nice fantasy option because of his ability to get to the FT line.  Boris Diaw’s fantasy train has passed.

DET:

  • Rodney Stuckey (36 Minutes, 29 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists)
  • Brandon Knight (36 Minutes, 20 Points, 5 Assists, 1 3PTM)
  • Ben Gordon (23 Minutes, 5/11 FG, 10 Points, 2 Assists)
  • Greg Monroe (33 Minutes, 19 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Tayshaun Prince (31 Minutes, 14 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Block)

Rodney Stuckey is looking like a star as he usually goes through phases like this once a season.  Do not be surprised to see a 30+ Point game in the near future.  Brandon Knight is playing well as well which is giving Ben Gordon little playing time.  Greg Monroe is a fantasy beast on a higher level than DeMarcus Cousins.  Tayshaun Prince had a big game that will keep Austin Daye sidelined.  If Prince is on your waiver wire scoop him, he gets plenty of opportunities.

Milwaukee Bucks 96 @ Boston Celtics 102

MIL:

  • Brandon Jennings (33 Minutes, 2/11 FG, 6 Points, 8 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Drew Gooden (34 Minutes, 23 Points, 8 Rebounds)
  • Ersan Illysova (35 Minutes, 25 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Carlos Delfino (34 Minutes, 8 Points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Stephen Jackson (DNP- Hamstring)
  • Mike Dunleavy (30 Minutes, 10 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists)

Brandon Jennings is going through a huge slump since his 44 Point outbreak against the Heat in January.  Drew Gooden came back from his injury to put up a monster game.  It was good to see Ersan do so well with Gooden healthy and in the lineup.  Carlos Delfino is putting up solid numbers from the G/F spot.  Mike Dunleavy did not repeat, but the potential for big games are there.

BOS:

  • Rajon Rondo (15 Points, 11 Rebounds, 10 Assists)
  • Ray Allen (15 Points, 2 3PTM, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Paul Pierce (10 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists)
  • Brandon Bass (37 Minutes, 16 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Kevin Garnett (31 Minutes, 25 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Chris Wilcox (26 Minutes, 7 Points, 13 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block)

Rajon Rondo is a fantasy machine.  Ray Allen is staying consistent and semi-hot.  Paul Pierce is going through a bit of a rough scoring streak, he should get it together at some point.  Brandon Bass is a solid fantasy option, especially when he is getting 37 Minutes.  Kevin Garnett qualifying at center is such a luxury to his owners.  Chirs Wilcox is very relevant on this team, and will be a great plug start if the big men in front of him go down.

Golden State Warriors 85 @ Atlanta Hawks 82

GSW:

  • Monta Ellis (35 Minutes, 10/27 FG, 24 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • David Lee (40 Minutes, 22 Points, 12 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks)
  • Dorrell Wright (28 Minutes, 7 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Ekpe Udoh (31 Minutes, 12 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 3 Blocks)
  • Brandon Rush (29 Minutes, 2 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Stephen Curry (DNP)

Dorrell Wright continues to struggle, luckily for him Brandon Rush had a bad game.  Monta Ellis took control of this game, I would hate to play on a team with him.  He is all about his scoring numbers.  David Lee continues to have a great bounce back season.  Ekpe Udoh is starting to get the minutes and should be added in every league if you need a center or blocks.

ATL:

  • Joe Johnson (37 Minutes, 18 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2 3PTM)
  • Jeff Teague (37 Minutes, 15 Points, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Josh Smith (39 Minutes, 5/20 FG, 14 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)
  • Marvin Williams (40 Minutes, 11 Points, 12 Rebounds, 2 Steals)
  • Zaza Pachulia (37 Minutes, 13 Points, 16 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)

Joe Johnson just missed scoring 20 Points, and the Hawks lost.  They are 12-1 when Joe scores over 20.  Jeff Teague is starting to bounce back his fantasy season after a rough stretch.  Josh Smith plays like an elite forward every night.  Marvin Williams got a lot of PT, if that continues he could be worth the add.  Zaza Pachulia is a solid low-end #2 fantasy center.  A bit inconsistent but he will hit near double-doubles or games like this.

Cleveland Cavaliers 103 @ New York Knicks 120

CLE:

  • Kyrie Irving (34 Minutes, 22 Points, 7 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Antawn Jamison (38 Minutes, 23 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Ramon Sessions (17 Minutes, 6 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists)
  • Daniel Gibson (30 Minutes, 13 Points, 3 Assists, 3 3PTM)
  • Tristan Thompson (30 Minutes, 11 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Block)

Kyrie Irving is a great guard to own.  Assists, Points, and now confidence in his 3PT shot after hitting 8 in the futures game.  Antawn Jamison is elite with no Anderson Varejao.  Ramon Sessions needs to get traded.  Daniel Gibson was the best of Alonzo Gee, and Anthony Parker.  For now avoid all three.  Tristan Thompson will be a beast to close out the season in the final month.

NYK:

  • Jeremy Lin (33 Minutes, 19 Points, 13 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Carmelo Anthony (34 Minutes, 22 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 3PTM)
  • Tyson Chandler (31 Minutes, 13 Points, 15 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 4 Blocks)
  • J.R. Smith (20 Minutes, 9 Points, 1 Block, 0/4 3PTM)
  • Landry Fields (20 Minutes, 2 Points, 3 Rebounds)
  • Iman Shumpert (22 Minutes, 12 Points, 3 Steals)
  • Amare Stoudemire (28 Minutes, 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block)

Jeremy Lin led NY to a huge 2nd half comeback where they were down by double digits.  His value will stay high as long as they realize they need him to win their games.  Carmelo Anthony got his numbers, his owners want more.  Tyson Chandler remains very active on a team that does not need him as an offensive weapon.  J.R. Smith had a bad night, luckily Landry Fields did as well.  Iman Shumpert is going to be a headache to both of those guys when healthy.  Amare is really have a tough season, and it does not appear getting better anytime soon.

Toronto Raptors 95 @ New Orleans Hornets 84

TOR:

  • Jose Calderon (32 Minutes, 12 Points, 6 Assists, 2 3PTM)
  • DeMar DeRozan (40 Minutes, 21 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists)
  • James Johnson (21 Minutes, 6 Points, 6 Rebounds)
  • Linas Kleiza (32 Minutes, 21 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Leandro Barbosa (23 Minutes, 15 Points, 3 Assists, 1 3PTM)
  • Amir Johnson (35 Minutes. 7 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 5 Blocks)
  • Ed Davis (21 Minutes, 0 Points, 3 Rebounds, 3 Blocks)

Jose Calderon is barley holding onto his fantasy value.  Bayless only played 16 Minutes, that will not happen for long, and when Bayless starts playing 25+ that will be a huge blow to Calderon.  DeMar DeRozan is assuming the scoring role with no Bargnani.  James Johnson saw his minutes take a hit to Linas Kleiza like I predicted.  When Kleiza is on he needs his minutes.  Ed Davis did not have a repeat rebound performance, as Amir Johnsn was too active to bench with 5 blocks.

NOH:

  • Jarrett Jack (31 Minutes, 10 Points, 6 Assists, 5 Rebounds)
  • Greivis Vasquez (24 Minutes, 4 Points, 6 Assists)
  • Trevor Ariza (36 Minutes, 11 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Chris Kaman (25 Minutes, 17 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks)
  • Gustavo Ayon (27 Minutes, 11 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block)

Jarrett Jack may continue to come off the bench, however he is still playing starter minutes.  Greivis Vasquez has taken a huge fantasy hit but should still be a nice source of assists.  Trevor Ariza continues to play like his Rocket days and is putting up Paul George type performances.  Chris Kaman is a solid option going forward as Emeka is not close to returning.  Gustavo Ayon needs double-digit rebounds to be a good fantasy option.

Houston Rockets 83 @ Utah Jazz 104

HOU:

  • Kyle Lowry (13 Points, 6 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 2 3PTM)
  • Kevin Martin (20 Minutes, 6 Points, 2/10 FG)
  • Luis Scola (31 Minuntes, 18 Points, 10 Rebounds)
  • Samuel Dalembert (23 Minutes, 4 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks)
  • Chandler Parsons (25 Minutes, 4 Points, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)

Kyle Lowry put up Jason Kidd 2.0 numbers to the extreme.  Kevin Martin is going through one of those slumps again.  Luis Scola is on his way to getting some serious trade value.  Samuel Dalembert needs more minutes to be productive, same goes for Chandler Parsons.

UTA:

  • Devin Harris (21 Minutes, 19 Points, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Al Jefferson (14 Points, 10 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Blocks)
  • Derrick Favors (29 Minutes, 6 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals)
  • C.J. Miles (26 Minutes, 27 Points, 3 3PTM)
  • Josh Howard (26 Minutes, 14 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Earl Watson (26 Minutes, 0 Points, 8 Assists, 6 Rebounds)

Devin Harris is officially hot and it is time to add him.  Earl Watson may still take some playing time, but it is not often Harris will get benched for scoring 19 Points in 21 Minutes.  Al Jefferson needed to have a bigger performance with no Paul Millsap.  No Paul Millsap meant Derrick Favors had the chance for something, he did not impress.  Josh Howard now has to compete with C.J. Miles for PT.  Howard should continue to start.

Chicago Bulls 96 @ San Antonio Spurs 89

CHI:

  • Derrick Rose (35 Minutes, 29 Points, 4 Assists, 1 Block, 1 3PTM)
  • Joakim Noah (10 Points, 13 Rebounds, 3 Assists)
  • Carlos Boozer (8 Points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Rip Hamilton (15 Minutes, 2 Points, 1 Steal)
  • Luol Deng (10 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 3PTM)

Derrick Rose continues his fantasy dominance.  Though those 4 Assists leave a bad taste in his owner’s mouth.  Joakim Noah is continuing his hot play and remains a great candidate to either upgrade at another position or keep riding the hot streak.  Carlos Boozer is cold as a player, which should not last too much longer.  Rip Hamilton is still getting back in the swing of things which will have an effect on everyone’s offensive value when he does.  Luol Deng put up an okay Ryan Anderson type game.

SAS:

  • Tony Parker (38 Minutes, 11 Points, 9 Assists, 6 Rebounds)
  • Tim Duncan (33 Minutes, 8/21 FG, 18 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Dejuan Blair (23 Minutes, 9 Points, 9 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Gary Neal (24 Minutes, 21 Points, 2 3PTM)
  • Richard Jefferson (19 Minutes, 2/2 3PTM)
  • Tiago Splitter (DNP)

Tony Parker continues to be a great fantasy option with no Manu Ginobili.  Who could be returning soon.  Tim Duncan drinks from the fountain of youth.  Dejuan Blair is putting up solid numbers, keep in mind this is without Tiago Splitter active.  Gary Neal had a nice game off the bench, that will not happen very consistently.  Richard Jefferson only hits 3PTM.

Dallas Mavericks 85 @ Memphis Grizzlies 96

DAL:

  • Dirk Nowitzki (9 Minutes, 1 Points, injury)
  • Jason Kidd (26 Minutes, 8 Points, 2 3PTM, 3 Assists)
  • Vince Carter (30 Minutes, Points, 3 Rebounds)
  • Shawn Marion (32 Minutes, 7 Points, 8 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Roddy B. (38 Minutes, 16 Points, 1 Steal, 3 Assists)
  • Brendan Haywood (26 Minutes, 10 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Jason Terry (32 Minutes, 18 Points, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)

Dirk Nowitzki left his team dry when he left the game.  Jason Kidd is not the same player from a year ago, that is completely clear.  Vince Carter is getting too much PT for a guy over the hill.  Jason Terry does not have enough offense to carry a team.  Shawn Marion is a decent fantasy option only because he gets minutes.  Roddy B. tried to be a spark, but was not.  Brendan Haywood is still on my watch, but I am not looking to add him anytime soon.

MEM:

  • Mike Conley (38 Minutes, 20 Points, 10 Assists, 4 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Marc Gasol (41 Minutes, 22 Points, 11 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 4 Blocks)
  • Rudy Gay (18 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 8/19 FG)
  • O.J. Mayo (28 Minutes, 7 Points, 2 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Tony Allen (28 Minutes, 6 Points, 1 Steal)

Mike Conley continues to be a great fantasy option with his steals, and assists.  Scoring 20 Points helps as well.  Marc Gasol is putting up a beastly fantasy season which could come to an end when Zach Randolph returns.  O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen completely lock each other up. Rudy Gay could care less about that situation as he will make sure to take his shots when he can.

Portland Trail Blazers 95 @ Denver Nuggets 104

POR:

  • Jamal Crawford (21 Points, 5 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 2 Blocks, 1 Steal, 5 3PTM)
  • Nicolas Batum (33 Minutes, 9 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (42 Minutes, 7/16 FG, 20 Points, 9 Rebounds)
  • Gerald Wallace (34 Minutes, 4 Points, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Marcus Camby (10 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Blocks)
  • Wesley Matthews (11 Points, 3 Rebounds, 28 Minutes)
  • Raymond Felton (6 Points, 7 Assists, 1 Steal, 24 Minutes)

Jamal Crawford is turning into a fantasy beast with starting minutes.  He is a must-start player as I have reiterated time and time again.  Nicolas Batum manages to have a productive fantasy game even if it was not that great in real life.  LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most consistent fantasy players out there.  Gerald Wallace is really having a rough season, wait for a couple big ones then deal him.  Marcus Camby stays relevant with 3 blocks.  Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton are elite bench options in the NBA, but not great fantasy options.

DEN:

  • Ty Lawson (18 Points, 9 Assists, 5 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Aaron Afflalo (36 Minutes, 12 Points, 6 Assists, 3 Blocks, 1 3PTM)
  • Kenneth Faried (13 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 17 Minutes)
  • Al Harrington (31 Minutes, 13 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block, 1 3PTM)
  • Andre Miller (29 Minutes, 4 Points, 5 Assists, 2 Steals)

Ty Lawson is on his way to having a great 2nd half of the season.  Aaron Afflalo owners hope that Wilson Chandler does not sign with the Nuggets.  Kenneth Faried is a solid fantasy option until Nene returns.  I would not trust him, more of a desperation play.  Al Harrington is the guy you really want if you need a forward with no Nene.  Andre Miller is not a trustworthy fantasy option when Lawson is healthy these days.

Minnesota Timberwolves 85 @ Los Angeles Lakers 104

MIN:

  • Kevin Love (DNP)
  • Ricky Rubio 25 Minutes, 3 Points, 9 Assists, 2 Steals)
  • Nikola Pekovic (26 Minutes, 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals)
  • Michael Beasley (26 Minutes, 6/13 FG, 14 Points, 6 Rebounds)
  • Derrick Williams (27 Minutes, 10 Points, 7 Rebounds)
  • Martell Webster (14 Points, 2 Assists, 5/7 FG, 21 Minutes)

Kevin Love left the Wolves out to dry.  Ricky Rubio is going through a huge shooting slump.  Nikola Pekovic needs to have a big game soon to let his owners know everything is going to be alright.  Michael Beasley is getting his opportunities again.  Derrick Williams needs to take better advantage of his.  Started and did not double-double..

LAL:

  • Kobe Bryant (33 Minutes, 31 Points, 7 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 1 Steal)
  • Andrew Bynum (34 Minutes, 13 Points, 13 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 Steal)
  • Pau Gasol (31 Minutes, 15 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 Steal)

Kobe Bryant showed why he is still ranked the #1 fantasy guard on Beast Dome.  Andrew Bynum was a beast and has double-doubled 21 of his 30 games this season.  Pau Gasol had a quiet 1st half but still managed a respectable game because of the 3 blocks.

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Thursday (3/1/12)

HEADLINES

  • Manu Ginobili could return Friday.
  • Russell Westbrook Sprained his ankle. Day-to-Day.
  • Kevin Love returned.

Oklahoma City Thunder 105 @ Orlando Magic 102

OKC:

  • Russell Westbrook (29 Points, 10 Assists, 1 Steal, 11/21 FG)
  • Kevin Durant (38 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 3PTM)
  • Serge Ibaka (23 Minutes, 4 Points, 1 Steal, 2 Rebounds)
  • James Harden (32 Minutes, 15 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists)

Russell Westbrook sprained his ankle but should be fine.  Kevin Durant blew up like he always is capable of.  Serge Ibaka’s value takes a weird turn.  Hopefully coach Brooks does not starting giving him the limited minutes treatment again.  James Harden is making an easy case for 6th man of the year, especially with great lines like this.

ORL:

  • Dwight Howard (33 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Jameer Nelson (15 Points, 9 Assists, 6 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)
  • Jason Richardson (34 Minutes, 5/14 FG, 16 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 3PTM, 1 Steal)
  • Hedo Turkoglu (37 Minutes, 11 Points, 3 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Ryan Anderson (6/12 FG, 15 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 3PTM)

Dwight Howard usually performs well in big games.  His fantasy owners are happy to see him finally get over 20 points after struggling to reach that mark for the past week plus.  Jameer Nelson is starting to look like his vintage self and is ready to be a fantasy contributor in all leagues.  Jason Richardson had a good comeback game after going through a mini slump.  Hedo Turkoglu remains Andre Iguodala version 0.8.  Ryan Anderson owners want more rebounds, but you cannot complains about those 3PTM.

Minnesota Timberwolves 95 @ Phoenix Suns 104

MIN:

  • Kevin Love (40 Minutes, 23 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Ricky Rubio (31 Minutes, 3/7 FG, 13 Points, 2 Assists, 2 Steals)
  • Nikola Pekovic (37 Minutes, 14 Points, 9 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Wesley Johnson (28 Minutes, 12 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks)
  • Martell Webster (23 Minutes, 9 Points, 3 Rebounds)
  • Luke Ridnour (43 Minutes, 15 Points, 8 Assists)
  • Derrick Williams (19 Minutes, 2/10 FG, 6 Points, 3 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Michael Beasley (19 Minutes, 1/3 FG, 3 Points, 3 Rebounds)

Kevin Love returned and continued right where he left off.  Ricky Rubio is going through some rough times, he should be fine in the long run.  Luke Ridnour got more playing time which is a bit concerning, but then again the game was not that close.  Nikola Pekovic had a game that put him back in the right direction after struggling to start the 2nd half.  Wesley Johnson is someone to keep a close eye on as he can make a difference in many categories from the forward position.  Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley went back to worthless with Love’s return.  Bad news for both of them that Martell Webster continues to get consistent 20 Minutes a game.

PHX:

  • Steve Nash (34 Minutes, 13 Points, 17 Assists, 8 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 3PTM)
  • Marcin Gortat (17 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks, 6/10 FG)
  • Channing Frye (23 Minutes, 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 3PTM, 2 Blocks)
  • Markieff Morris (17 Minutes, 4 Points, 2 Steals, 1 Rebound)
  • Grant Hill (37 Minutes, 20 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block)
  • Jared Dudley (34 Minutes, 12 Points, 7 Rebounds)

Steve Nash had a beautiful line for his fantasy owners.  Nash’s value can go up if he gets traded to a contender.  Marcin Gortat faced up against his 2.0 version, and the original Gortat was the better player.  Channing Frye did enough damage in limited minutes to be a huge factor going forward.  Markieff Morris is not much of a factor to steal too many minutes with the way he is playing right now.  Grant Hill busted out with a season best performance.  Jared Dudley got involved and is heading in the right direction for his owners.

Los Angeles Clippers 108 @ Sacramento Kings 100

LAC:

  • Chris Paul (9/18 FG, 22 Points, 9 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Blake Griffin (7/12 FG, 14 Points, 9 Rebounds, 1 Steal)
  • Randy Foye (26 Minutes, 6/13 FG, 3 3PTM, 16 Points, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
  • Mo Williams (25 Minutes, 7/14 FG, 4 3PTM, 18 Points, 5 Assists, 3 Steals)
  • Caron Butler (21 Minutes, 5/11 FG, 13 Points, 2 Steals, 1 3PTM)
  • Bobby Simmons (24 Minutes, 5/8 FG, 13 Points, 3 3PTM)
  • DeAndre Jordan (22 Minutes, 1/3 FG, 2 Points, 3 Blocks, 6 Rebounds)
  • Kenyon Martin (23 Minutes, 8 Points, 3 Blocks, 3 Rebounds)

Chris Paul continues to score at a high level.  It would be nice to see those assists get back to double-digits.  Blake Griffin had a bad game for his standards.  He needs to find a way to get 20 Points every night.  Randy Foye and Mo Williams are creating a bit of a log jam for eachother, both are useful fantasy options with the edge going to Mo Mo.  Bobby Simmons is now a factor for Caron Butler’s fantasy value.  I would watch that situation closely as Caron was struggling for a bit before this game.  DeAndre Jordan and Kenyon Martin are also in a close log jam.  DeAndre needs to be more aggressive offensively to remain a fantasy factor, three shot attempts will not cut it.

SAC:

  • DeMarcus Cousins (23 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 1 3PTM)
  • Marcus Thornton (33 Minutes, 18 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 3PTM)
  • Tyreke Evans (Forward, 7/21 FG, 18 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 3 Assists)
  • Jason Thompson (27 Minutes, 1/1 FG, 2 Points, 1 Rebound)
  • Isaiah Thomas (30 Minutes, 10 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 3PTM, 1 Block)

DeMarcus Cousins is a beast and has moved all the way to #2 on the center rankings.  Marcus Thornton needs to add those steals along with more 3PTM to be a great fantasy contributor.  Tyreke Evans started at forward again, and is now eligible.  He becomes an elite forward immediately in all leagues.  Isaiah Thomas had an okay game, a lot of people are worried but nobody will take his place in that lineup.  Plus it really was not that terrible of a game, Jrue Holiday owners would have had a lot more worse games than this to worry about.  Jason Thompson is going through DeAndre Jordan struggles with not being aggressive enough on offense.

Miami Heat 107 @ Portland Trail Blazers 93

MIA:

  • Dwayne Wade (35 Minutes, 12/23 FG, 33 Points, 10 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block)
  • Lebron James (38 Points, 11 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 5 Steals, 1 Block, 2 3PTM)
  • Chris Bosh (DNP-Personal)
  • Mario Chalmers (34 Minutes, 12 Points, 1 Steal, 2 3PTM)

Dwayne Wade and Lebron James owners like to see no Chris Bosh in that lineup.  Both players exploded for monster performances and did not feel obligated to get anyone else involved.  Mario Chalmers continues to do what he does best, steals and 3PTM.

POR:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge (40 Minutes, 20 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Block)
  • Jamal Crawford (33 Minutes, 8/16 FG, 18 Points, 4 Assists)
  • Gerald Wallace (36 Minutes, 12 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 3PTM, 4/9 FG)
  • Wesley Matthews (34 Minutes, 15 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 3PTM, 1 Steal)
  • Nicolas Batum (31 Minutes, 17 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks, 1 3PTM)
  • Marcus Camby (21 Minutes, 2 Points, 2 Blocks, 7 Rebounds)
  • Raymond Felton (15 Minutes, 3 Points, 3 Assists)

LaMarcus Aldridge has definitely lost some value since that ankle sprain.  He is not getting the monster performances we expect.  Jamal Crawford and Nicolas Batum have a lot to do with this  as their roles have increased in the offense leaving less opportunities.  Gerald Wallace is not the best fantasy option anymore, no steals or blocks.  Wesley Matthews is looking like a better fantasy option now that he is coming off the bench.  Marcus Camby got his blocks and rebounds.  Raymond Felton is heading in the wrong direction quickly.

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Friday (3/2/2012)

HEADLINES

  • O.J. Mayo is seeing more PT than Tony Allen.  33 vs. 25 Min.
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 4 Points.  Jerryd Bayless scores 18.  Bayless Alert.
  • Brook Lopez takes 21 shot attempts.  Next Best is on Nets is Gerald Green with 10.
  • MarShon Brooks leaves game with wrist injury.  Anthony Morrow Alert.
  • Chris Wilcox outplays Brandon Bass.  KG goes for 20-10.
  • Brandon Jennings explodes for 36 Points.  Is he finally ready to be elite?
  • Joakim struggles with 6-6.  Carlos Boozer finally double-doubles. First since Feb 16.
  • Antawn Jamison is still on FIRE. Last 13 games.  21-8, 18 3PTM.
  • Roddy B. Started at SG.  31 Minutes, 25 Points, 4 Steals.  Jason Terry 23 minutes.
  • Jarrett Jack is completely back.  39 Minutes, 15 Points, 5 Rebounds, 6 Assists.
  • Ty Lawson primed for huge 2nd half.  22 Points, 15 Assists, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals.
  • Kevin Martin lets his fantasy owners breathe.  35 Points, 6 3PTM.
  • Stephen Curry still hurt.  Brandon Rush 32 Minutes.
  • Jrue Holiday continues to struggle.  40 Minutes, 13 Points, 4 Assists.
  • Spurs Blowout Bobcats.  Richard Jefferson leads way with 4 3PTM, 7 Rebounds.
  • Lebron and Wade both go for over 30 with no Chris Bosh again.
  • Al Jefferson scores 20 Points on 20 attempts, Paul Millsap takes 7 shot attempts.
  • Kings get blown out. DeMarcus Cousins still gets double-double in 22 minutes.
  • Kobe plays 37 Minutes in blowout, puts up 38 Points and 8 Rebounds.  MVP.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY (3/3-4/12)

(MUNTRADAMUS PLAYER UPDATE)..Coming Soon

19 Comments

  1. Would you pick up Isaiah Thomas or Jordan Crawford? They’re both available in my league.
    What other moves should I make?
    Here’s how my team looks (as of tomorrow):

    PG Steve Nash
    SG Black Mamba
    G Nicholas Batum
    SF Durantchula
    PF J-Smoove
    F James Harden
    C Marcin Gortat 2.0
    UTIL Jason Kidd 2.0
    UTIL Marcin Gortat

    Bench: Illyasova, Lin, Gallo, Tyson Chandler, Thaddeus Young

  2. Hello,
    Enjoy the analysis very much and it has helped me out in my league.

    I recently traded Garnett for Rubio in a H-2-H category format league and was wondering if that was the correct move given my team. I’m playoff bound and was looking to gain more assist/steals and felt KG is risky going into the 2nd half of the season given his age plus all the big men I currently have. My team is as follows:

    Lowry – PG
    Lou Williams – PG/SG
    Tyreke Evans – PG/SG
    DWade – /PGSG
    JR Smith – SG/SF
    Ginobli -PF/SF
    Gerald Wallace – PF/SF
    Zach Randolph – PF/C
    Pau Gasol – PF/C
    Bargnani – PF/C
    Mark Gasol – C
    Brook Lopez – C
    Kevin Garnett (gave up for Rubio)

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Would you suggest dropping Walker for Derozan? I need a solid second option for SG. I’m ok with not having Walker starting for a couple weeks, I’m just looking for who will perform the best around playoff time. Walker is annoying as a bench option but Derozan will take a hit when Bargnani comes back.

  4. Do you think Kevin Martin will rebound and finish the season as a stellar fantasy contributer and is now is a good time to buy low on him? If so who might you offer if you were working with my roster. Thanks M.

    PG – Ty Lawson
    SG – Tyreke Evans
    SF – Carmelo Anthony
    PF – Kevin Love
    C – Nikola Pekovic
    U – Jamal Crawford
    U – Marcus Thornton
    U – Josh Smith
    U – Channing Frye
    U – Bismack Biyombo
    B – Ramon Sessions
    B – Devin Harris
    B – Jordan Crawford
    B – J.R. Smith
    B – Mike Dunleavy

  5. Ersan Illysova should not be a free agent in any league. I would say drop Brooks over Ginobili because Brooks looks to lose his big scoring role now that Brook Lopez is healthy.

    Hopefully Brooks is not your worst option, if he is I take it your team is in great shape!

  6. Playoff option hands down goes to Kemba.

    When the Bobcats are eliminated from the playoffs there is no reason why they should not be playing Kemba 30+ Minutes a night. The safer option of the two however is DeMar DeRozan, I expect the Raptors to continue to roll DeMar 30+ Minutes a night, but as you said his scoring will take a hit when Andrea comes back. We all remember how inconsistent he DeRoz was to start out the season.

    Safe: DeMar
    High Reward: Kemba

    I personally like Kemba for the playoff time and have had that mindset about him since draft day.

  7. I do like Kevin Martin to bounce back. He is one of the best scorers in the NBA, and I personally think coach McHale is getting in his head too much.

    Eventually it will all work out, and since his trade value is so low you can probably offer Marcus Thornton and make that trade. If you feel Thornton is a safer option, which he might be at this point then you can offer Jordan Crawford while he is red hot.

    I do like Crawford to go for a repeat of Fantasy Playoffs MVP, but if you want to acquire a potential super star then that is the move it will take If the owner wants a forward I would not give him anything more than Channing Frye and Ramon Sessions.

    Kevin Martin does come with a lot of risk, but now is the time to make a move if you want a potential 3rd/4th round value talent.

  8. Both players are must add.

    However your team is so talented I would not drop any of your guys.

    Get ready for that championship run.

  9. Thanks Smeev glad my advice is helping!

    I personally am not a big fan of that trade because KG is so valuable qualifying at center in fantasy leagues.

    Though if you were to ask me back in December would you want KG on your team down the stretch of the season I would say no. So you probably made the right move.

    Your team looks ready for a championship run. Tyreke will qualify at Forward soon and be a top notch option at that position.

  10. I’m thinking of offering Jordan Crawford, J.R. Smith and Devin Harris for Monta Ellis. Would that be to much to give up even though Monta is rated considerably higher than anyone of those players?

  11. I’m not sure if he’s my worst option. I also have Al Harrington, DeAndre Jordan, and Ramon Sessions. Harrington helps me out all around, Jordan helps me with blocks and rebounds, Sessions helps me with assists and field goal percentage. I’m lacking in Field Goal percentage so that makes me want to keep Jordan and Sessions. Harrington has star potential and is in the running for six-man of the year. I’m not sure who my worst player is.

  12. Hey M,

    Someone offered me Mike Conley and Chris Paul for my Lebron James. Shall I make the deal?

  13. Hey Muntra!

    Would you drop anyone on my team for Ginobili? I have 2 problems, 1 is that I like everyone on my team (except Beasley who is not reliable). And 2 – Manu’s game logs are not very impressive. However, I did see him ranked pretty high in your Guards page. Please advise, thanks!

    Jrue Holiday
    Kobe
    Ilyasova
    Gooden
    B Lopez
    Calderon
    Gay
    CP3
    Joe Johnson
    Jordan Crawford
    J McGee
    Beasley
    Galinari

  14. Just one fantasy owner to another I wouldn’t give up the best player in basketball for anything less than two top tier players. Lebron is almost a lock to have the most efficient season in NBA history. That’s just my take…

  15. Al Harrington will lose a lot of value if Wilson Chandler signs. Either way Harrington is looking at Nene and Farried for competition when its comes to PT.

    If you want to drop Brooks you can, as it appears his ceiling has been reached with Brook taking every shot attempt he can. I personally would waive Al before Brooks, as Al will be horribly inconsistent.

    Either way. Add Ersan.

    Reminder. I will be live on the chat room in all articles at 4:00PM pacific time if you have immediate fantasy basketball questions.

  16. I agree. Lebron will have some games where he outscores both of the two players combined. If CP3 was getting Deron Williams assist type numbers I would say yes, but he is having trouble reaching double digits in that category which makes him less valuable than he is.

    Lebron is the #1 fantasy basketball player by far, and trading him away from the forward position will leave you with a huge gap to fill.

    Reminder. I will be live on the chat room in all articles at 4:00PM pacific time if you have immediate fantasy basketball questions.

  17. You are giving up a lot and I would not make this trade.

    Jordan Crawford could score 20 Points in a game easily with some intangible numbers. J.R. Smith can explode for a monster game but is best left for the bench for now. Devin Harris is starting to look like his old self and is on his way to seeing 30 Minutes a game again, especially after hitting the game winner against the Heat.

    If either J.R. or Harris emerge from their role into a bigger one, you will lose the trade. Crawford is looking to be an elite option down the stretch like he was a season ago.

    Monta has been horribly inconsistent and although he is a great fantasy option, he is not the monster “Beast” he was a season ago. You will want Jordan Crawford on your roster during the fantasy playoffs.

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  18. I would drop Beasley.

    Unless he gets traded, which is semi-likely since his contract is so hard to move, Beasley will be a bench option in fantasy and reality. His days of shooting the ball every time he touches it has now landed him on the bench behind Derrick Williams and Martell Webster.

    Manu was very impressive in the beginning of the season, and when he came back he was still getting into game shape. He is easily a 15 Point 5 Assist guy with intangibles when healthy, and I would pick him up for the demoted Beasley who could potentially rot on the bench the rest of the season.

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