FANTASY BASKETBALL Daily Show: Week 2 (Jan 2nd-Jan 9th)
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- Dorrell Wright, is losing trade value by the game. Now you have to wait for a couple big ones before unloading him for any talent. He feels the heat of Brandon Rush.
- Steve Nash, woke up with 21 points and 9 assists. Let us see if he can do it two games in a row.
- Rasual Butler, is doing just well enough to keep James Johnson from seeing all the playing time in the world.
- Toney Douglas, is the perfect time to sell high on. He had his big games with Amare out, once Baron Davis comes back he will get his shot at the PG role as well.
- Andre Blatche, welcome to the 2012 season. Do not trade him, he is too good.
- Brandon Bass, with no KG he played 31 minutes. But he did collect 5 fouls. He is must own after seeing that. His value will get higher as the season rolls on.
- Tracy McGrady, is ruining the consistency of the other Hawks Fantasy Players.
- Ben Gordon, is back. And that will keep Brandon Knight on the bench a little while longer before he sees 30 minutes consistently.
- MarShon Brooks, is now ownable in all leagues. He has elite scoring potential that he showed at Providence. Once he gets 30 minutes a game, it will be too late. ADD BROOKS NOW.
- Manu Ginobli, broken hand will allow Tony Parker to be a big fantasy guy for the forseeable future. He is the only player the Spurs will trust with the ball in his hands.
- Michael Beasley, is back and if any owners wanted to Sell on him. I would buy.
- Serge Ibaka, finally got 40 minutes in game. He only got 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal. This is not the Ibaka you drafted.
- Jason Kidd, 9 assists is good enough to sell him now. He doesn’t do enough of anything else to keep him around too long.
- Stephen Jackson/Danilo Gallinari, finally broke out of their shells. Might want to keep them both around a little while longer if you’re trying to get some trade value out of them. The good news is there is hope.
- Chris Kaman, is the big man to own out of all Hornets. He is probably the most talented.
- Al Jefferson, is a beast. He is the #3 center in my eyes behind Dwight and Bynum. For now.
- DJ Augustine, is playing the best basketball of his career. Will it last? Probably not, and it is making Kemba Walker a very cheap Buy Low candidate.
- Antwan Jamison, is a couple games away from proving that he is a safe play no matter what. Despite the inconsistent minutes, he puts up consistent numbers.
- Rudy Gay, enjoyed not having to share the ball with Zack Randolph. 23 points, 8 rebounds with a steal and a block is the reason we drafted him, lets see if he can keep it together.
- Sacramento Kings, had a bad night. Maybe Demarcus Cousins is distracting them. Keep an eye to see how they bounce back.
- Josh Smith, wins Hawk of the night. The award will switch every game with Joe Johnson having the best shot to get it. They are all eliminating each others fantasy potential.
- Joakim Noah, got in foul trouble and Carlos Boozer did nothing with the opportunity. It is Derek Rose and Luol Deng’s team.
- Portland Trailblazers, defense may be the real deal. They are shutting down teams and tonight held Durant to less than 20 points on 26 shot attempts.
- Gerald Wallace, tried being aggressive with his shot. 4-14 shooting, 13 points. Time to trade him.
- Stephen Jackson, is finally looking back to the player he once was. Good time to sell high before he starts missing random games again.
- Al Jefferson, the man crush continues. I would own him on every single one of my teams if I could. The man is a beast. 26 Points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals.
- Luis Scola, continues to not rebound. Only 5 Tuesday night, and only 5 per game for the season.
- Pau Gasol, had his days. Bynum is the clear #2 and it is time to trade the soft European.
- Andre Blatche, is starting to be the Demarcus Cousins of Washington. If you don’t want to deal with the headache wait for a few solid games in a row before trading the stud. 10 points, and less than 6 rebounds. That will not get it done.
- Ryan Anderson, continues his successful season. He is looking like the steal of most drafts as of now. If he was even drafted. 23 Points, 15 rebounds.
- DeMar Derozan, Andrea Bargnani, exploded Wednesday night. Derozan hit 5 three pointers. That is more than he had all of last season and continues to shoot the 3 ball. Bargs 31 points.
- James Jones, will be a good pickup if anything happens to LeBron or Wade in the near future. 4 three pointers.
- Corey Maggette, went down with a hammy. With his age, and his history. It could be a while before you see Uh-Oh-Maggette-O again. Boris Diaw is now a solid Sell High candidate as people will be buying into him with the vacant roster space. Cash in if you can get a 3rd round stud.
- Toney Douglas, was not happy to see Amare returned. He still took 17 shots but his fantasy value will slowly start to dwindle. Especially now that Shumpert is back as well.
- Paul Pierce, is a beast and will have a big season. Rajon Rondo’s value has dropped tremendously since his return.
- MarShon Brooks, is the real deal. Lets wait to see how long the injury is going to keep him out for before anyone starts panicking. (most minutes, most points, most shot attempts) and he left early.
- Carlos Boozer, (19 points, 7 rebounds) finally got it going again. He did this on a night where Luol Deng went 1-6 shooting. But we will take it anyways. Maybe his value will start to go up again.
- Ben Gordon, (2-10 shooting) lets see how the coaching staff handles one bad shooting performance. Stuckey going down helps hide the numbers.
- Tony Allen, (8-8, 20 points) had a night he will never forget. But a week from now fantasy owners will.
- Ricky Rubio, (12 points, 10 assists) is a stud and should be a must own in all leagues. Do not sell high, he is for real.
- Andre Iguodala, (6 points) games like this are going to happen. The 76ers have too many talented players that can handle the ball. Evan Turner off the bench had 21 points. If you can sell high on Iggy, I would. People will see this as a fluke, I see it as a trend that will continue to happen.
- Jarret Jack, (19 points, 11 assists) continues to perform at a high level despite Eric Gordon returning. Jarret Jack is a must own, must start in all leagues.
- Steve Nash, (15 Points, 12 assists) is officially on a hot streak. If you want to sell high you can, but it may take a couple more games to get the value where you drafted him. Keep a close eye on his minutes.
- Lamar Odom, (15 Points, 5 Rebounds) had a game that will finally give you the chance to trade him. Now that he’s starting to put it together, you can trade him. The minutes will not be there consistently all season.
- Monta Ellis, (38 Points, 7 Assists) had the game that made you draft him so high in the first place. With Stephen Curry twisting his ankle again, Ellis should put up monster numbers all season. Wait to hear about Curry’s new status before making any moves.
- Tony Parker, (21 points) is now the guy I would want on the Spurs with Manu out. Duncan chipped in an old school 15-11, you can try trading him but you have to get some consistency before anyone makes that deal.
- Marcus Thornton, (23 Points) is one of those guys that will either do nothing, or blow up. He will blow up more often than doing nothing.
- Denver Nuggets, ignore this game from a fantasy perspective. It was a blowout.
- Chris Paul, (20 Points, 10 Assists) is having the season we all expected. His numbers are only going to start going up as he gets more and more comfortable with his new teammates. LOB CITY!
- Gerald Wallace, (31 Points, 13-19 shooting) played like the version that made him get drafted so high in the first place. It is time to sell high on him. He has to compete with; Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Matthews, Nicholas Batum, and LaMarcus Aldridge for shot attempts. This is not going to be an every night type of game, and his value is sky high right now.
- DeMarcus Cousins, (19 Points, 15 Rebounds) looks to be happy to play with a new coach. Foul Trouble will be a common problem with him (fouled out again last night), but the big man can definitely play. His value is high right now, will it get any higher?
- Drew Gooden (18 Points, 9 Rebounds) is playing like a man who is still in his prime. He is a good waiver add as Andrew Bogut is far from a lock to be healthy the rest of the season when he comes back.
- Rodrigue Beaubois, (Filling in for Jason Kidd) could get a lot of playing time in the near future, and forward as Jason Kidd already hit the injury list. That did not take long at all, and Kidd will continue with his down season.
- Mario Chalmers, (29 Points, 8 Rebounds, 7 Assists) did enough damage to ruin Norris Cole for the rest of the season. When Wade and LeBron are healthy, Chalmers will not come close to these numbers. Don’t be fooled.
- Tracy McGrady (14 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists) T-Mac is back, and before you get all excited to add him, just know that when Hinrich comes back in a month McGrady will lose a lot of value.
- DeMar Derozan (3 Points, 1/6 shooting) reminds us that he is human. If there was a time to try to reach out to trade for him to, now is the time.
- Anthony Morrow (24 Points, 6 3PTM) MarShon Brooks worst nightmare. But it’s okay, how often is Morrow going to be red hot. Not enough to slow down Brooks from seeing consistent playing time.
- Josh Smith (23 Points, 11 Rebounds, 2 Blocks) is starting to get hot. Hopefully he stays consistent, because that has been his problem all season.
- Tyrus Thomas (7 Points, 5 Rebounds, 1 Block, 1 Steal) made his debut tonight. Pretty solid considering he has been hurt all this time. Definitely a must add with very high potential. One year he will put it together.
- Greg Monroe (22 Points, 7 Rebounds) is putting it together. Everyone expected it, and now it is officially for real. He is a great Center to own.
- Jrue Holiday (5 Points, 9 Assists) the 76ers have too many guards, Jrue will continue to get his minutes. Do not panic and you would be selling him for too low if you did.
- Iman Shumpert (10 Points, 5 Steals, 7 Assists, 34 Minutes) Shumpert is looking like he is ready to be owned in all leagues. He’s got great size (6’5) combo guard. He could start running the point.
- John Wall (22 Points, 9 Assists) is maybe the only consistent player on his team. He will live up to the draft value you got him at. Solid, Solid player.
- Paul Pierce (3-17 shooting) it will be interesting to see how he bounces back after single handily losing the game against the Pacers. In Boston…
- Danilo Galinari (23 Points, 3 3PTM) Galo has put together a couple solid games together recently. He could be looking to gain back the value that he once had.
- Jarret Jack (39 Minutes, 15 Points, 6 Assists) he has formed into a stud with Eric Gordon missing all this time. Once again he is a must own in all leagues if is not now..Last time I’m going to say it.
- Ryan Anderson (24 Minutes, 5 Points, 3 Rebounds) Don’t panic. But watch to see him bounce back, because that is the difference between a fluke and someone who is for real. Give him a couple games.
- Luis Scola (2 Rebounds) Scola? What are you doing out there? How does he get only 2 rebounds? His average is down to 4.7 rebounds per game.
- Ramon Sessions (11 Points, 7 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 20 Minutes) He is a guy to keep on your radar if you want a sneaky waiver wire pick. He is playing great all season.
- Darko Millcic (11 Points) he showed signs of life having 9 points after the 1st quarter. Maybe there is something there if you are desperate for center. Maybe, he was good for a short while last season.
- Derrick Williams (26 minutes, 12 Points) is still behind Beasley on the depth chart, but Beasley is playing terribly and it might be time for him to get traded. D-Will is the future for Minnesota.
- Tony Allen (6-9 Shooting, 21 Points) Tony Allen is starting to be a scoring machine for the Grizz. Unfortunately it probably will not last, and it is best to take this game with a grain of salt. If he gets over 20 again, then we can talk. The shot attempts are not going to be constant, and his production is going up with Zach Randolph out.
- Josh Howard (13 Points, 2 Steal, 26 Minutes) is now getting in game shape and is the 6th man for the Jazz. They need him to step up for the Jazz to take the next level. Not a bad move to get him on your team in deeper leagues.
- Markieff Morris (13 Points, 9 Rebounds, 31 Minutes) Played two of his last three games with 30 minutes plus. Phoenix won both of those games. The Suns like him, and so should you if that is the case. He could give you some big lines down the road.
- Gerald Wallace (1 Points, 2 Rebounds, 1 Assist) Gerald Wallace ladies and gentleman. I told you to sell high while you could, there just is not enough shot attempts to go around.
- Dorrell Wright (10 Points, 2 3PTM) he was heating up in the 4th quarter against the Lakers. He is about to go on a hot stretch which should allow you to trade him soon. Watch out for Dorrell while Steph Curry sits with his ankle injury.
- Pau Gasol (17 Points, 11 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 3 Steals) Pau is back. He looks hungry, he actually looks stronger in the arms as well. He will give you solid lines every night, and is finally playing like the player he was three years ago.