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Sean May has averaged 20 pts, 12 reb, and 2 bl in his last two
games but this comes right after not scoring in two games and
playing less than 10 mpg. He is worth taking a chance on but
realize for now his playing time could be quite variable.
Chris Duhon has continued to earn more playing time since being put in
the starting lineup for Ben Gordon. He has played over 30 min in his last
three games and has provided his fantasy teams pts, treys, steals, and some
Joel Przybilla returned to play his first game in a while. He had 10 reb
and 1 bl in 23 min. He is a candidate to help in the block and rebound
Nazr Mohammed will settle in as a 20 mpg player for Detroit just as he
has for his entire career erasing hope would earn the minutes made available
by Ben Wallace leaving.
Shaun Livingston showed his potential the other day with Sam Cassell
out. He had 20 pts, 5 reb, and 4 ast. However Cassell has returned although
he did not start in his most recent game.
Shavlik Randolph will be out with a broken ankle. This is significant in
that it may be what it takes for Chris Webber to return to the court AND get
decent playing time.
R. Foye has been emerging for the Wolves. In his last two games
he is averaging 16 pts which is 10 pts over his season average.
Jason Kapono has been
seeing more playing time and the three point specialist has hit 6 treys in
the last three games for the Heat.
Matt Barnes has started the
last two games for the Warriors and has averaged 18 pts, 7 reb, and 2.5
treys. This run of fantasy value will likely be short lived as the Warriors
get healthier (Pietrus, Davis, and Diogu did not play).
M. Jaric has seen increased playing time recently as a result of Mike
James struggling to be effective. James has not scored in his last two
games. In his last two games, Jaric has averaged 31 min, 11.5 pts, 6 reb, 4
ast, and 1 stl. Owners of James may want to consider picking up Jaric as
insurance if he is available.
Channing Frye will be out 3-6 weeks with an injury. This should propel
D. Lee to have fantasy value in many leagues. He has the capability to
average a double double.
Dorell Wright has started the last two games for the Heat and has been
excelling in the rebound category as he receives extended playing time. As a
starter, he is now a viable free agent pick up in many leagues.
Speedy Claxton has been playing poorly this season as his owners know.
Decisions will need to be made on whether to ride it out or take a chance on
an emerging player like Wright or David Lee.
T. Outlaw once again showed his potential when given playing time by
getting 22 pts, 2 stl, 1 bl, and 1 trey. His playing time though will likely
remain erratic as he is not a starter.
Luther Head has been
averaging 23 mpg on the season and providing 2 treys per game. With Kirk
Snyder out 8-10 weeks with an injury, Head may get the additional playing
time he needs to be playable in some fantasy leagues.
Over his last three games
Jamaal Tinsley has averaged 16 pts and 7 ast although FG% will likely
continue to be a problem with him. Owners should not forget his injury
Carmelo Anthony has been
giving his owners lots of goodies but has also stung them with 4.9 TO per
game including 10 yesterday.
My gut tells me Webber is
sitting out games and saying his back hurts. I wonder really if AI needed to
sit out with a bad tooth or whether he is showing his support of Webber's
protest. I expect Webber's DNPs may be chronic. If so, Shavlik Randolph may
have a shot at fantasy value. Yesterday Randolph had 9 pts, 9 reb, 1 stl,
and 1 bl.
Yesterday Damon Jones had
21 pts and 5 treys as Larry Hughes was a DNP.
Dan Gadzuric had 13 pts, 11
reb, and 1 bl. He may have some value with Charlie Villanueva out for a
Dorell Wright has been up
and down with playing time. Yesterday he had 10 pts and 12 reb. He has
shown the ability to contribute in multiple categories on a per minute
Kwame Brown had 10 pts and
14 reb and Andrew Bynum played only 17 minutes. I still feel Bynum will
continue to have value.
Hakim Warrick has
demonstrated proficiency in points and rebounds as evidenced by his 26 pt, 10
rebound performance yesterday but a lack of steals, blocks, assists, and FT%
makes him an average fantasy player in roto leagues at best. His owners
likely got him at a reasonable price and may want to consider trading away
this young version of Zach Randolph.
Warrick's teammate, Kyle
Lowry also had a nice game yesterday with 16 pts, 5 stl, 5 reb, and 6 ast.
For the season he is averaging 18 mpg and showing strong per minute averages
in steals and assists. Eddie Jones did not play in this game
Marquis Daniels has seen an
increase in playing time recently and has 9 steals in his last three games.
In his last game he started for the Pacers in place of Stephen Jackson.
Shaun Livingston has scored
only 6 points in his last three games while averaging around 21 mpg. It will
take an injury to Sam Cassell for him to have value so be prepared to react
if this happens.
Devin Harris has scored in
double figures in his last three games and seems playable again after a slow
start. I expect him to be decent while playing but he has not shown he can
Yesterday Paul Millsap 20
pts, 7 reb, and 2 st. Kirilenko did not play in this game.
Richard Jefferson returned
to play yesterday but note that Antoine Wright still got 38 minutes of
Monta Ellis is good with
Baron Davis and Jason Richardson in the lineup and really good when one
(Baron Davis) is out. Yesterday Ellis had 31 pts, 7 ast, and 3 stl. He
looks like a keeper.
Marvin William is expected
back by mid-December.
It appears David West will
be out at least another week.
Josh Boone should be ready
to go in December. Those looking to get lucky with a free agent may want to
keep an eye on him.
Jorge Garbajosa started at center for the Raptors yesterday and played 40
minutes which was twice his season average. He ended with 10 pts, 8 reb, and
4 st. Note he also has potential to contribute treys from the center
position. While he won't continue to get 40 minutes, he now appears to be a
candidate for teams needing a second center.
Willie Green has averaged 27 minutes in his last 3 games. With Chris
Webber now in a secondary role, the Sixers may be looking to him for some
offensive production - the only thing he has to offer. Last night he
delivered with 20 pts.
Amare Stoudemire played a season high 37 minutes and had 23 pts and 10
Erick Dampier has supplanted DeSagna Diop as the Mavericks starting
center and has played over 30 minutes in his last two games. Last night he
had 22 pts, 15 reb, and 2 bl. He is not a lock to continue getting 30+
minute runs but is certainly worth taking a chance on.
Stromile Swift has averaged 31 minutes in his last three games and seen
progressively better offensive production. Last night he had 21 pts, 7 reb,
and 2 bl.
Charlie Villanueva will be
sidelined for at least four weeks due to a torn ligament in his elbow. As a
result, Dan Gadzuric and Brian Skinner will likely go from playing around 10
mpg to about 24 mpg. So Charlie's injury does not appear as if it is fertile
ground for nabbing someone with emerging fantasy value.
Kenyon Martin will miss the
remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Eduardo Najera has
been starting but he is not the type to have much value even as a starter.
Reggie Evans could eventually win more playing time and offer teams support
in the rebound category.
David Lee is coming off a
10 pt, 15 reb performance although Channing Frye will likely continue to
start. Lee is a player to keep your eye on if available.
The situation with Chris
Webber could get worse before it gets better as he has complained about his
role and asked to be traded. He missed Thursdays practice with back
soreness. If he was playing more I am sure he would have found a way to
practice. His upside would be if the Sixers managed to trade him however
that would seem tough to do.
Yesterday Dorel Wright had
13 pts, 4 bl, and 3 treys however his playing time is still inconsistent.
Shaq did not play in this particular game.
Emeka Okafor has been
paying huge dividends for those who got him (likely with a relatively cheap
mid round selection). Yesterday he had 25 pts, 16 reb, and 7 bl and his
averages for this season are far improved over those from last season. There
is no reason for him to not continue at a high level of play.
Sean May has shown an
improvement in shot blocking averaging 1.6 bpg this season compared to 0.5
bpg last season. This helps his value in roto leagues. He also has good
potential in the point and rebound categories. Yesterday he had 18 pts and
Rookie Sergio Rodriguez had
8 ast in only 12 minutes for the Trail Blazers yesterday.
Over his last two games
Luol Deng is averaging 22 pts, 11 reb, 1.5 stl, and 1 bl. This type of
production will make it more difficult for Tyrus Thomas to see court time.
The Bulls moved Ben Gordon
back to the bench last game with Chris Duhon starting but he still played 35
minutes. He should continue to be productive whether he starts or not. Note
there will be nights where he is cold and misses many shots but for the most
part he will have decent fantasy value.
Morris Peterson was also
moved to the bench. This presents more risk for him than someone like
Gordon. Fred Jones started for Peterson. It is doubtful this will translate
into fantasy value for Jones. I would expect Peterson to eventually win back
his playing time however a negative reaction from him (which I have read
about) will not work in his favor.
As his owners realize,
Chris Kaman is off to a bad start including fouling out in 18 minutes
yesterday and shooting only 37.5% FG on the season. His stats are down
across the board. Note that he signed a big contract just before the season
Andris Biedrins is shooting
81% FG (yes field goal) on the season although he is averaging just 8.5 ppg.
The return of Ike Diogu may present some threat to his playing time.
Chris Mihm is now out for
the season with his ankle injury removing his threat to the playing time of
David West will miss a
couple games with an injured finger.
Kwame Brown played in his first game for the Lakers this season.
Despite the presence of Brown,
Andrew Bynum received 29 minutes of playing time which was just at
his season high. Other players such as
Ronny Turiaf and perhaps
Vladimir Radmanovic will likely take the hit in playing time with
Luke Walton may also see some impacts but it is my sense the Bynum
should continue to see playing time. This situation may change though when
Chris Mihm returns.
Stromile Swift has started the last two games for the
Grizzlies. Yesterday he had 9 pts, 7 reb, and 3 bl in 31 minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge played his first game for the Trail Blazers. He
had 10 pts and 8 reb in only 19 minutes.
Luther Head has hit 8 treys in his last three games.
Andrei Kirilenko is expected to miss several games with his ankle
Paul Millsap could benefit. In his last game he had 15 pts, 5
reb, 1 stl , and 2 bl.
Udoka has started all 6 games for the Trail Blazers this season but his
production really has not warranted him being acquired in most leagues. You
should key your eye on him thought to see if that changes as he is getting
Wright has gotten some decent playing time in his past two games and has
responded by scoring some points but he has not done much beyond that.
After a slow first four
Kendrick Perkins' last two games including tonight have been more
productive. In his last game he blocked 4 shots and tonight he had 12 pts,
11 reb, and 2 bl. If recently waived or available, he is a player to
Through 7 games,
C. Frye has been very unproductive which was quite an unexpected
scenario from the second year player. For the time being he has continued to
start for the Knicks however that may not last long. You would be justified
to give up on him in leagues with 130 or less if you have an good
Grant Hill did not play
tonight as the Magic don't want him playing in the second game of back to
back nights. This is an aggravation a fantasy manager does not need.
Ben Gordon is on a little
bit of a cold streak. He should turn it around. This represents an
opportunity for gamblers to trade for him.
Yesterday the Warriors
M. Ellis along with Jason Richardson and Baron Davis. Signs continue to
point towards Ellis maintaining his playing time and fantasy value for the
Diogu has not been playing because
of a sprained ankle. I still think he has a nice upside and the Warriors may
likely be forced to play him for his rebounding skills. He may be available
after a slow start and you should consider him as an option.
R. Foye has gotten off to a slow
start, not playing more than 10 minutes in his first three games. In his
past two games he has been seeing more than twice that playing time. He is a
player who if stashed on your bench may pay dividends later in the season.
The question a fantasy manager needs to answer is whether they can afford to
let certain players like Diogu and Foye ride the bench in hopes of them
Biedrins has started the last three games for the Warriors. Yesterday he
played 35 minutes and had 10 pts, 5 reb, and 6 bl. He also has historically
shot a very high FG%.
D. Wright had another multi category game with 9 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast, 1
stl, and 2 bl in 27 minutes. The incentive to pick him up has strengthened.
S. Claxton is now shooting 15% FG in his first 4 games.
T. Lue is getting more playing time as a result. Lue played 35 minutes
yesterday compared to only 14 min for Claxton. Those with Claxton should
consider benching him and picking up Lue.
S. O'Neal did not play due to a sore knee. He surprised even the
coaching staff before the game by not playing. He is considered day to day.
D. Wright got 29 minutes of playing time and had 15 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast, 2
st, and 1 bl for the Heat. He is a third year player for the Heat who has
not played much in his first two seasons. At this time he is a player you
should just continue to watch unless you are in a deep league and have a
player to waive.
Through his first
K. Korver is averaging 18.7 ppg included 82% from three point territory.
Orlando was a
fantasy graveyard yesterday as the team recorded only eight assists and 8
players logged more than 20 minutes.
C. Hayes started his second game in a row for the Rockets yesterday. He
has having a tough time staying on the court as he has 11 fouls in his last
40 minutes of playing time. But take note that yesterday he had 10 rebounds
in only 22 minutes of play.
While expectation for Tim
Thomas were low heading into this season with the Clippers, he has started in
2 of their 3 games and has been productive averaging 30 mpg. Although he is
shooting less than 40%, he is averaging 12.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, and 3 ast. He is
worth taking a flyer on in leagues with more than 120 players.
Through three games Luke
Walton is averaging 15 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, and 1 stl. He has also been hot
hitting 62% FG. He is also someone to consider taking a flyer on.
In three games Quentin
Richardson is averaging 21 pts, 2 treys, 8 reb, and 57% FG.
Chris Duhon is averaging 13
pts on 52% FG in his first three games including 1.7 spg. Considering he is
still a career 38% FG shooter it can be assumed his offensive numbers will
In three games Monta Ellis
is averaging 15.7 ppg on 51.7 FG% however has not done much outside of
In three games Ronnie
Turiaf is averaging 12.7 ppg, 5 reb, and 1.7 bpg.
Yesterday Travis Outlaw had
18 pts, 15 reb, 2 st, and a 1bl. This shows his multi category potential.
He is worth taking a chance on if you have someone to waive.
Nov 3 Notes
F. Oberto started for the Spurs but played only 15 minutes.
F. Elson was the most productive Spurs center playing 26 min with 12 pts,
6 reb, and 2 bl. Those in deeper leagues may want to monitor Elson if they
need a center.
J.R. Smith had a nice debut for the Nuggets after an un-noteworthy
preseason. He took 11 three pointers making 4 of them and finished with 21
pts in a game where Carmelo Anthony was ejected after 20 minutes of playing
time. You would be justified in taking a flyer on Smith since there is
decent chance he can maintain a role as a starting SG.
Nene was productive in 15 minutes
off the bench giving hope to the possibility of him making a full recovery
from last season's knee injury.
S. Cassell dominated the Clippers offense not leaving many shots for
others and not much playing time for Shaun Livingston. This comes as a
surprise for Livingston who should typically see more court time but perhaps
he needed the rest a he played 39 min the night before.
Nov 2 Notes
Anthony Parker had 22 pts,
2 treys, and 2 stls. He had healthy playing time as the starting SG and has
a good chance to maintain this role through the season.
Etan Thomas started and had
14 pts (7-7 FG) and 2 bls in 22 minutes. He is a consideration in deep
leagues but should not see extended playing time often. He typically won't
make all of his shots also (obviously).
Andrew Bynum had a great
opening night but came back to more expected levels of production in his
second game. While the first game was tempting, his further downside is the
return of Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown.
Hakim Warrick started and
had 22 pts and 12 reb in 42 minutes. He is a viable free agent pickup.
While I think Sarunas
Jasikevicius will be improved this year after having spent a year in the NBA
now, his 20 pts yesterday on 5-6 FG should not happen that often. If Tinsley
gets hurt, he should then be reconsidered if available.
Sean May had a double
double with Primaz Brezec out for two weeks. May is a viable free agent pick
up particularly in fantasy points leagues.
Emeka Okafor showed opening
night that perhaps he was a preseason sleeper.
Josh Childress got bonus
minutes as starters including Josh Smith struggled. He finished with 15 pts
and 10 reb. He should get plenty of playing time off the Hawks bench.
Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes
each came off the bench as the Celtics played Paul Pierce essentially as a
PF. Pierce delivered with 19 reb. Gomes still got 30 minutes of playing
time with modest results.
Owners of Larry Hughes must
be excited about his opening night performance and hope that his hand
troubles are behind him.
Reuben Patterson started
and played 35 minutes. His stat line included 7 reb and 3 stls. He is an
interim consideration in deeper leagues.
Quentin Richardson started
for the injured Jared Jeffries and had 31 pts and 5 treys in a triple
Luke Ridnour had 22 pts, 13
ast, and 3 stls in 42 minutes. There had been concerns about him splitting
time with Earl Watson but it was not an issue on the first night. Watson was
Monta Ellis had 22 pts as
Jason Richardson (recovering from surgery) played only 26 minutes. Ellis
remains a sleeper candidate.
Shaun Livingston played 42
minutes as a starter. This is a good omen for his future fantasy value.
Amare Stoudemire played 12
minutes in his first game and 24 in his second posting 15 pts. His owners
should hope the upward trend continues.