Let’s lead off with some good news.
Line of the Night: Deron Williams (3.88) exploded against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. He torched them inside (16 of 29 from the field), outside (4 treys), from the foul line (21-21 from the line), from the pop corn stand, and even waited for them in the parking lot after the game to torch them even more (sadly, points scored outside were not credited towards his fantasy totals).
57 points were a career best for D-Will and it’s scary to think what he’d be capable of doing if he was surrounded by reasonable talent. He rounded out the night by adding 6 rebounds and 7 assists to his VERY productive outing. Williams was only one of three players who managed to score in double figures for the Nets. Even Deron himself was pleased. Well sort of.
Bad News: Brook Lopez (-1.24) rolled his ankle and left the arena on crutches. This was such a bitch-slap in the face to his owners who were only recently reveling in the fruits of his return from injury. We have to wait and see if there is any structural damage, but needless to say it should be expected that he may miss a game or two this week. He played a total of 15 minutes and only managed to notch six points and three rebounds for the night.
Rajon Rondo (1.43) led the Boston passed New York with a monstrous triple-double performance, going 18-17-20. Unfortunately his poor shooting from the field (7-20, 35% FG) and the line (4-7, 57.1 FT%), plus four turnovers dragged down his overall WARP rating. However, being only two points and three boards shy of a phenomenal 20-20-20 line was just too impressive to leave unmentioned.His teammate Paul Pierce (2.36) was a lot more efficient even score more points (34) Pierce added four threes, seven rebounds and two steals to his effort for the evening.
Derrick Rose (2.21) added to the impressive night dominated by guards with 35 points and 8 assists for the Bulls.
Ty Lawson (2.15) followed up his last game with another fantasy eye-catcher. He was just a board shy of logging a trip-dub performance of his own. He scored 22 points (6-6 from the line), grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists for the Nuggets as he led them to victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Andrew Bynum (2.04) is not a guard (obviously) but his performance was undoubtedly something that couldn’t be left unnoticed. I know, sorry. That sentence was filled with far too many negatives. What want something positive? Then you’ll have to appreciate Bynum’s 16-point, 13-rebound performance. He even added 4 blocks just to make sure his owners were left smiling from ear to ear.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Metta World Peace (1.98) was surprisingly the second leading scorer for the Lakers last night. It was amazing that he had the opportunity to post 17 points (6-10 from the field) while being preoccupied as he was defending LeBron James for most of the night. He also added 7 rebounds and 4 steals (11% owned) He’s definitely worth a look in deep leagues at this point as he has been able to put together a pair of fantasy-acceptable games.
Pick Up Lines: James Johnson (1.04) had a solid night in yet another Bargnani-less game for the Toronto Raptors. He posted a double-double, going 12-12 while adding four assists and two steals. If you can get passed his erratic and generally poor shooting percentages, Johnson should be a good counting-stat filler. (39% owned)
Kawhi Leonard (0.96) had 13 points and6 rebounds but it’s hard to figure for him to consistently be serviceable now that Manu Ginobilli is back in action. (8% owned)
Matt Bonner (0.77) has had four straight, consistently productive games already and is a solid add candidate if your team is pining for more three-point-shots made. He finished with 11 points (3 threes) and 6 rebounds (14% owned)
MarShon Brooks (-1.36) brought on more bad news for the Nets last night as it appeared that he was way off his game as he only managed to score three points and dish three assists. His going 1-6 from the field and 1-4 from the line didn’t help his fantasy cause any, at all.
DeJuan Blair (-1.28) was simply awful as he gave his owners one of those “dud games”, as he played only three minutes where he failed to score and rebound the ball. He banged knees with another player which caused it to bruise. It’s understandable that the Spurs are playing it safe with Blair as his knees were the biggest scare factor on draft day.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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