Line of the Night/ Waiver Wire Line of the Night: If you had asked me at the beginning of the season to pick all the players we might be writing about in this spot, Randy Foye (2.70) would have come up right after Semih Erden about 500 names in. But here we are at the tail end of January – Eric Gordon is out with a sprained wrist, Foye is starting for the Clippers and getting 40 minutes of run a game. As he is known to do, Foye came out shooting yesterday against the Bobcats and (although his shot wasn’t really falling) he managed to score 21 points (going 4-10 from three), with 4 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Gordon is expected to miss about 2-3 more weeks, so grab Foye if you need a scorer over that span.
Honorable Mentions: It was a quieter night for fantasy lines than most, highlighted by Kevin Love (1.79), who “only” regular double-doubled in a blowout win over the Raptors. Love had 21 and 12 for his 42nd double-double of the year and helped hold Toronto to 34% shooting as a team.
Against the Mavs, Joe Johnson (1.61) was able to get to the hoop at will during the first three quarters and he rode the hot start to 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The Mavs took over in the fourth quarter for the win and were paced by Jason Terry (1.58), who had 18 points and a season-high 11 assists and Jason Kidd (1.56), who was a very Kidd-like 4-8 from the field on his way to 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Zach Randolph (1.61) continues to pull down monster double-doubles of his own. He had a 24 point, 20 rebound game against a Wizards’ team that was without JaVale McGee because of the flu. Not many players can stop Randolph right now and Trevor Booker was certainly not going to be that guy.
And a little love to Andrew Bogut (1.51), who had a monster 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 blocks in a win over the Nets. Just in terms of rebounds and blocks, Bogut is the top player in the league according to our player rater. Yes, even better than Dwight Howard thanks to his league leading 2.8 blocks a game.
Pick Up Lines: Nels brought up Ryan Gomes’ (2.01) name the other day. He’s currently starting at SF for the Clippers (Gomes, not Nels) and put up an 18 point game with 3 threes and a couple steals against Charlotte. Gomes is available in nearly every fantasy league, and while his upside is low, he is getting minutes and producing right now.
Good news – you can put that Josh McRoberts’ (1.72) poster back up on your wall. Because of Tyler Hansbrough’s inability to stay healthy (poor guy now has pneumonia), McRoberts has gone from starting, to having his ass glued to the bench, to now starting again. Against the Bulls, he scored 20 points adding 8 rebound and 2 blocks in only 27 minutes on the court. McRoberts has a little fantasy value in the short-term, but who knows what JOB is going to do when Hansbrough returns (probably something that pisses off every Pacers’ fan on the planet).
With Chris Douglas-Roberts out due to personal reasons, Carlos Delfino (1.57) got his first start since he returned to the court 6 games ago. Delfino responded well, scoring 21 points, with 4 threes and 5 rebounds. I’ve stated my position on Delfino, I think he’s undervalued at the moment and should get plenty of run with the Bucks as their 6th man at the very least.
DeJuan Blair (1.45) is the ultimate fantasy rollercoaster ride, alternating between monster double-doubles and lines that put some stink in San Antonio. Last night was a good one, as Blair scored 14 points against the Rockets, adding 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. We can’t really recommend picking him up as a free agent unless your league runs 14+ teams deep. Or Duncan gets hurt.
Biggest Loser:A night after literally throwing one down against the Sixers, Rudy Gay (-0.60) couldn’t get any shot to fall against the Wiz. Gay finished 2-11 from the field on his way to 4 points and 3 rebounds. Rarely do we cap the biggest loser with a highlight, but this “dunk” from the other day was pretty awesome.
The Michael Beasley (-1.01) had an even worse shooting night – going 2-12 from the floor and scoring 7 points with 6 rebounds. Both players should bounce back for their next games.
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