2012 Fantasy Basketball: Paul Millsap, Luke Ridnour, John Wall, Kevin Durant and More

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We’re going to do this rapid-fire style… hang on…

Line of the Night: Paul Millsap (2.37) had a nice across-the-board line with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, oh and 8 [email protected]#*&!!ng steals!

Honorable Mentions:
Luke Ridnour (2.35) continued to play like a poor man’s Ricky Rubio (which he is) with 18 points, 13 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Meanwhile scoring Point Guard John Wall (2.29) had 26 points (11-16 from the field, 4-4 from the line), 12 assists, and 3 steals. I’m not sure how Channing Frye (1.88) rated so highly, but it must have been his shooting since he only had 12 points (4 threes), 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. I don’t have time to check though…

Kevin Durant (1.64) had a pretty average night for him: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; as did Dirk Nowitzki (1.47) with 27 points (3 threes), 6 rebounds, 5 assists. DeAndre Jordan (1.45) continued to try to outpace JaVale McGee in blocks with 4 while adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Finally, James Harden (1.23) continued a strong campaign (in the general sense, not like he’s actually campaigning for something) with 18 points (4 threes), and 4 assists.

I’m not sure how relevant any of these WW pickups will be since there were a lot of players being shuffled around with the trades… Like, for example…

Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Roger Mason (1.59) came out of pretty much nowhere to score 19 points (4 threes, 7-9 from the field) (1% owned). He violated the 70% rule, but that’s just a rule of thumb, and not an actual rule we use in awarding WWLotN, so he still gets it. Congrats Roger. Now pass to Captain Jack.

Pick Up Lines: Gordon Hayward (1.35) played in a basketball game. He might have had 26 points, but let’s everyone in leagues with 14 or less teams just forget it happened (28% owned). We’ll all be happier.

Just when you thought it was safe to drop Gustavo Ayon (1.16) (and you probably did drop him because it was safe to drop him), he scored 16 points (4-4 from the line), with 9 rebounds (10% owned). Granted, this was against a Washington Wizards front line of Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin… so let’s wait to see if it’s safe to pick him back up again.

Shannon Brown (0.93) had 21 points (3 threes) (13% owned). So, that’s that.

The aforementioned Kevin Seraphin (0.88) had 12 points (5-7 from the field), 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (0% owned). I hope he had fun with that, cause Nene’s coming to town and those 29 minutes will be the highlight of his season.

Derrick Favors (0.81) had 4 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 blocks, but still has a negative WARP in every time frame we look at (22% owned).

Definitely time to get on the Rodrigue Beaubois (0.76) fan express if you’re in a deep league. His WARP score was aided by the fact that his 14 points came on 7-9 from the field, cause the 2 steals is just kind of, well, his 18% ownership tells the story. I know a lot of people are real interested in him right now. I’m very hesitant to admit I’m almost one of them.

Biggest Loser: Marcin Gortat (-0.73) did pretty bad, even if he was a Waiver Wire big man, with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. His 3-10 from the field really hurt, though, and those counting stats are not what owners expect from him these days.

Also, the days of Mo-mentum might be over for Mo Williams (-0.71). He had 10 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 4 turnovers while going 4-14 from the field and adding a new roommate who’s going to steal all his minutes without even asking and probably pick up a lot more chicks at the bar too.


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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