Line of the Night: It’s the power of Shane Battier – take him off the Rockets and all of a sudden they turn into the early 80’s Denver Nuggets. That could mean good things for Kevin Martin (2.39), who led all scorers with 30 points in a 123-108 win over the Nets. He was also 4-6 from three and 9-15 overall to go with 6 boards and 4 assists. It’s Martin’s second 30 point game in a row, although those two games came against the Nets and the Cavs, so I’m going to temper my expectations a bit for now.
Honorable Mentions: A little behind the scenes look at the Pistons by Adrian Wojnarowski shows a team that is more uncomfortable than one of Hannibal Lecter’s dinner parties. But that didn’t stop them from putting up a whole bunch of strong fantasy performances in a 120-116 win over the Jazz. A night after being benched for player revolt, Rodney Stuckey (1.74) led the way for the team with 28 points (going 10-11 from the line), 8 assists and 5 boards. We’ll get to some other strong Pistons lines in a bit.
Paul Millsap (1.59) fantasy-led the Jazz with 23 points , 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks in the loss.
Jason Kidd (1.52) continues to outdo himself when it comes to strange lines. Kidd only attempted 1 shot against the Wizards (a three that he hit) to finished with 3 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists, and 3 steals. On the other hand, Tyson Chandler (1.44) wasn’t afraid to shoot the ball. He went 10-14 from the field and scored 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Chris Kaman (1.50) continues to look better and better on the court. He scored 16 points, with 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a loss to the Celtics. Likewise, Joakim Noah’s (1.07) third game back for the Bulls’ was his best, as the big ugly pulled down 17 boards and blocked 3 shots. You could say he’s very excited to be back.
Deron Williams’ (0.66) second game with the Nets was an interesting one. He only shot 3-12 from the floor, but did have a season high 17 assists. Once his shooting comes around, he should be a force in that lineup.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Randy Foye (1.94) scored a season high 32 points for the Clippers hitting 4 threes and adding 7 assists in a loss to the Celtics. It was a good run for Foye, but this might have been his last game as a starter. If Baron Davis would actually take his physical, Mo Williams could officially join the team. It’s not like Davis has anything to worry about, right?
Pick Up Lines: Immediately go and grab Chase Budinger (1.69) if he’s available in your league. In his first start for SF since the Battier trade, Budinger dropped 27 points on the 8-11 shooting, hitting 3 threes and grabbing 6 boards. He saw a team high 34 minutes in the game, although it was a bit of a blowout against the Nets.
With Ersan Ilyasova out with a concussion, Luc Mbah a Moute (1.54) got his fourth straight start for the Bucks and scored a season-high 16 points, with 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Unless Ilyasova’s concussion takes two months to heal like teammate Carlos Delfino, Mbah a Moute isn’t worth a pickup long-term.
Amazingly, Greg Monroe (1.16) is still available in 53% of Yahoo leagues even after his fourth straight monster double-double. This one included 12 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 steals. Add him if he’s available. And with Ben Wallace out for personal reasons, Austin Daye (0.87) got the start against the Jazz and scored 18 points, going 4-5 from three. He’ll have decent short-term value while Wallace Is out.
In his third game back for the Celtics, Delonte West’s (1.03) had 9 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 19 minutes. Nate Robinson’s departure in the Jeff Green trade should open up some additional time for West off the bench. Keep an eye on him over the next week.
Finally, the Nets’ Ben Uzoh (1.18) scored 18 points and added 5 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. On the plus side, he’s available in nearly every league that exists. But the game was a blowout, so don’t pick up Uzoh unless he somehow repeats that performance.
Biggest Loser: Only 4 points on 2-6 shooting for Brandon Jennings (-0.62) against the Bulls. He added no rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes on the court. I’m not going to say you should bench Jennings if you own him, but he Is doing his best to single handedly destroy fantasy team’s FG% since his return to the court.
Jeff Green (-0.47) debut with the Celtics probably wasn’t what owners were hoping for. Green only played 17 minutes off the bench, scoring 7 points with 1 rebound over that span. I wouldn’t panic if you own Green yet since it is just one game, but his future doesn’t so look good in green.
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