Line of the Night: Congratulations if you got yourself a piece of Jared Dudley (2.31) over these last few weeks of the season. With Vince Carter relegated to light duty off the bench (and out entirely last night) Dudley has been starting for Phoenix and has averaged nearly 16 points, 6 boards and 2.5 steals a game in his starts. Last night, with the Suns going to overtime against the Wolves, Dudley did a lot of everything and finished with 26 points, 5 threes, 8 rebounds and 5 steals.
Honorable Mentions: The Suns scored 135 points in the game, so there was plenty of pie to go around. Channing Frye (2.19) scored 33 points and was 9-14 from three in 42 minutes on the court. Grant Hill (1.19) also had 21 points and 8 assists. Luke Ridnour (1.38) had the best fantasy line for the Wolves, just missing a triple-double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Over the Pistons last four games, Rodney Stuckey (1.62) has been showing us the goods in hopes that we’ll be buying on draft day next season. His 29 points and 14 assists against the Cavs was his third 20+ point, 10+ assist game out of his last four, but just remember that four games does not a season make, especially if the team decides to keep player-killer John Kuester at the helm next season. That would be insane, but not out of the realm of possibility.
Tyreke Evans is out again for the Kings, which means that Beno Udrih (1.61) is in. As he is known to do when getting the minutes, Udrih scored 21 points, adding 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in a loss to OKC. Beno-time doesn’t mean good things for the Kings’ W/L record, but it does work for fantasy owners.
Thanks to an injury that kept him out 19 games, Brandon Jennings’ (1.52) sophomore season has been a step backwards over his solid rookie year. But on the positive side, he’s finishing the year strong as witnessed by his 21 points and 4 steals against the Raptors. He’s now averaging 2.6 steals per game in the month of April.
And I have to mention LeBron James (1.50), whose 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists not only helped lead the Heat to a win over Atlanta, but also clinched the second seed in the East for Miami (meaning they will face off against the Pacers rather than the Knicks). LeBron is second on the GMTR player rater for the season behind Durant, so the move to the Heat hasn’t had the negative effect on his fantasy value that some people feared it would.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Dwight Howard was back in the lineup for the Magic after serving a one-game suspension, but Ryan Anderson (1.72) still put up a solid game off the bench, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in only 22 minutes on the court. If Anderson can find a way to get a consistent 30 minutes a game next season, I’d definitely put him on my sleeper list for next year. As it stands now with Brandon Bass? Not so much.
Pick Up Lines: Is there a team with a more depressing short-term future than the Cavs? Possibly the Bobcats, I guess. The Cavs do have a couple NBA players somewhere on that roster, one of which is Daniel Gibson (1.43). Gibson scored 17 points in a win over the Pistons, going 4-7 from three and adding 3 steals.
Goran Dragic (1.40) is making a case for an expanded role in 2011-12 with his strong play for the Rockets with Kyle Lowry out. His latest line included 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals in an overtime game against the Mavs. Yeah, he needed all 53 minutes on the court to rack up those stats, but it is still a solid line.
Chris Andersen (1.38) saw his first action in about two weeks due to a sprained ankle. He made the most of his return, scoring 14 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 4 shots in only 22 minutes on the court for the Nuggets. While the Birdman can be a per-minute stat machine at times, the injuries always seem to slow him down. Well, that and the cocaine.
Dunk of the Night: You do not try and tug on Superman’s cape (c/o Howard the Dunk):
Biggest Loser: I feel like I’ve bagged enough on Trevor Ariza (-1.01) this season, mostly because of the high(ish) expectations he had going into the year. And while he’s been a decent source of steals and threes at times, his tendency to completely disappear in some games (like last night’s 5 points on 0-4 shooting against the Jazz) makes him a tough player to own in just about any type of fantasy league.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version).
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