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2012 Fantasy Basketball: Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Ryan Anderson and More
Line of the Night: Jamal Crawford (2.39) is making a case to remain in the Blazers starting lineup permanently over Raymond Felton.
In his second start for the team, Crawford scored 21 points on 5-9 from three, adding 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a couple blocks against the Nuggets.
Here are some highlights from the game:
Honorable Mentions: A huge game for Marc Gasol (2.15) in a win over the Mavs. He finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and seems to be enjoying his run without Zach Randolph in the lineup. Mike Conley (1.78) added 20 points, 10 assists and 4 steals in the game.
Ryan Anderson (2.04) started off the second half of the season exactly where he left off – scoring 23 points, with 15 rebounds and 4 threes in 37 minutes against the Wizards. Before this game, Anderson was apparently challenged by Stan Van Gundy to focus more on his defensive rebounding. Mission accomplished Stan.
The good Hedo Turkoglu (1.75) also showed up for this game and filled the box score with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. John Wall (1.15) dropped 33 points in the game, but otherwise had a pretty forgettable 4 assists, probably because the rest of his team shot 37% on the night.
If he keeps this up, people are going to have to stop calling Kevin Garnett (1.87) an old man who is past his prime (fortunately, people won’t have to stop calling him an asshole). With the Celtics’ short on big men thanks to a Jermaine O’Neal wrist injury, KG stepped up to score 25 points in a win over the Bucks, adding 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Rajon Rondo (0.78) was on clear display for a potential trade with a 15 point, 11 rebound and 10 assist triple-double (NBA teams – call within the next 30 minutes and the Celtics will throw in free shipping).
For the Bucks, Ersan Ilyasova (1.14) kept his great fantasy run rolling with a 25 and 10 in the game.
A 19 point and career-high 20 rebound game for Greg Monroe (1.35) against the Bobcats. Of course, any career high rebounding night is going to come against the Bobcats. Rodney Stuckey (0.59) added 29 points in the game. As usual, the Bobcats best fantasy line came all the way down at #39 on the night thanks to an 8 point, 10 assist game from D.J. Augustin (0.91). Is there a worst team for fantasy than the Bobcats this season? What, do they have two and a half players worth owning in 12-man leagues?
The Knicks ripped the Cavs a new one 120-103, led by Tyson Chandler’s (1.47) 13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Some guy named Jeremy Lin (1.37) – maybe you’ve heard of him – also contributed 19 points and 13 assists (and only 1 turnover!) We’ll get to the Knicks’ third best contributor below.
Look in the sky; it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Masked Mamba, Kobe Bryant (1.20). Kobe scored 31 points, adding 7 rebounds and 8 assists while wearing a mask that made him look an awful lot like a crazy serial killer in a 104-85 win over the Kevin Love-less Timberwolves. Andrew Bynum (1.41) added 13 and 13 with 3 blocks.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Ekpe Udoh (1.69). Maybe I picked the wrong shot blocking big man in my breakout post the other day…
Udoh came off the bench again for the Warriors, but got 31 minutes of run compared to Andris Biedrins‘ 9 minutes, and he finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Udoh is about as inconsistent as any player in the league and typically if he’s not blocking shots he’s not going to do much for you. But if you’re in desperate need of a big man and some blocks, I’d snatch up Udoh now, especially in deep leagues. Given the way Biedrins has played this year, it’s only a matter of time before Udoh gets the starting job for good.
Pick Up Lines: Linas Kleiza (1.41) miss some time leading up to the break with a knee injury. But he’s back now and against the Hornets, Kleiza scored 21 points on 5-7 from three. He’s not going to do any favors to your teams FG%, but he can score, hit threes and bring down some decent board numbers for a SF. He’ll be worth owning in most leagues as long as he’s healthy. Just don’t keep him around when he inevitably hurts himself again.
Amir Johnson (1.38) is nearly 50% owned in fantasy leagues, so while technically a waiver wire guy, he’s probably not available in competitive leagues. Playing PF now for the Raptors (Aaron Gray stepped in at center) Johnson finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and – the reason why he’s on this list – 5 blocks. He also saw his second highest minutes total in February (35) which is good news. It’s sort of feast or famine when it comes to Johnson. He’s got two 5 block games this month, but also has a number of games where he didn’t do much of anything on the court. Still as long as Andrea Bargnani remains sidelined, I’d keep Johnson in my lineup and pray for the best.
Steve Novak (1.34) just won’t go away. And I mean that in the best way possible. Jeremy Lin has apparently found his version Ray Allen, and he just so happens to be shooting guard stuck in a 6-10 power forward’s body. Against the Cavs, Novak went 5-8 from three and finished with 17 points in only 17 minutes on the court. He’s not going to do much else for you given the limited minutes, but if you need threes, Novak hit 41 in February.
Trevor Booker (1.27) makes another appearance on our rundown with a 7 point, 13 rebound, 3 steal, 2 block game against the Magic. This is a night after he doubled-doubled with 20 points and 11 rebounds. My problem with Booker is that he goes into these week long funks where he’s not doing much of anything on the court, then he explodes for these huge lines. It’s tough to sit through night-after-night of mediocre lines waiting for the good ones. Plus Andray Blatche is expected to make his return over the weekend, which may push Booker out of the starting lineup, but will definitely squeeze him for minutes.
C.J. Miles (1.25) scored 27 points in 27 minutes off the bench for the Jazz. An injury to Raja Bell is giving Miles a little more run than usual, but unless he’s knocking down over 60% of his shots every night, he’s not going to do enough to be worth owning in normal sized fantasy leagues.
Against the Grizzlies, Mavs forward Brandan Wright (1.10) finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. He’s currently available in 99% of leagues and a quick look at his game log explains why. Despite a nice run of 20+ minute games in mid-February, the Mavs go too deep right now for Wright to get consistent minutes off the bench.
Zaza Pachulia (0.77) finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court against the Warriors, but he was also 5-14 from the floor. Pachulia is getting a ton of minutes on a nightly basis and last night was his second double-digit rebounding game in a row and three out of his last five, but other than that he’s not doing much for fantasy teams. I’d consider him in deep leagues only.
With Jermaine O’Neal out, Chris Wilcox (0.77) got 26 minutes off the bench for the Celtics and grabbed 13 boards with a block. If you’re in a deeper league and Brandon Bass is already owned, Wilcox should be in for solid minutes as long as O’Neal is sidelined.
In a surprise move, Mark Jackson started Dominic McGuire (0.07) in place of the injured Stephen Curry. He didn’t score in 36 minutes (taking only 1 shot) but did manage a season high 15 rebounds. If Curry were to go down long term, Nate Robinson would still be the guy with the most fantasy upside out of that Warriors bench crew.
Biggest Loser: Kevin Martin’s (-0.66) woes continue. Martin only played 20 minutes against the Jazz and thanks to some strong defense by Josh Howard, he finished with 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist on 2-10 shooting from the field. Unfortunately for Martin owners, it appears that he and Kevin McHale don’t exactly mesh well together, so things could actually get worse for Martin this year.
Dirk Nowitzki (-1.01) left last night’s Mavs game after 10 minutes with some back tightness, finishing with 1 point and 4 rebounds before he left the game. The preliminary diagnosis is old man back and it shouldn’t be serious, but we’ll have to wait and see if it causes him to miss any time.
Hopefully you don’t play in an average-based scoring league or a league that caps games played and had Stephen Curry (-0.80) in your starting lineup yesterday. Mark Jackson decided to put in Curry for the final 3 seconds of the game to use as a decoy. The result was a game played for Curry and an empty stat line.
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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