Line of the Night: The Jazz beat the Warriors 108-95 last night, so it’s no surprise that the best fantasy line belongs to the best Jazz player. Deron Williams (2.47) scored 30 points in the win, adding 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 threes. Williams is currently playing a career-high 38 minutes a game and – as a result – is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, threes, steals and free throw percentage. Expect him to keep this high flying act up the rest of the year since he’s 26 years old and in his prime.
Honorable Mentions: The Bucks rallied from 20 points back to ruin the Mavs 12 game win streak. Brandon Jennings (1.77) led the Bucks with 23 points and 10 assists. He went to dinner with Jason Kidd the night before, so his ploy of keeping the old man out late so that he was tired and sluggish on defense the next day apparently worked. Andrew Bogut (0.99) also had another strong game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki’s (2.06) 30 points and 7 boards couldn’t give the Mavs their 13th win in a row. Despite staying out past his bedtime, old man Kidd (1.78) was actually pretty good with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists.
Also in the Jazz/Warriors game, Al Jefferson’s (1.79) 6 blocked shots catapulted his otherwise pedestrian 13 point, 8 rebounds into fantasy goodness. Reggie Williams (1.63) had the best Warriors fantasy line with 19 points (on 4-6 from three), 5 boards and 6 assists. Technically Williams is only owned in 40% of Yahoo leagues, but since every league worth a damn grabbed Williams when Stephen Curry got injured, we’ll keep him out of the waiver wire discussion.
For what could be the first time this year, Chris Bosh (1.68) led the Miami Heat to a win (their 9th straight) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Right behind him on the rater is Dwyane Wade (1.58), who shot 8-12 from the floor on his way to 32 points. Poor New Orleans didn’t stand a chance.
And we can’t forget Zach Randolph (1.57), who had a 25 point, 20 rebounds double-double against the Blazers. According to Tony Allen, “It ain’t Chinese algebra,” which is good because I don’t think that Randolph would be very good at that.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: I cannot remember thinking about Keyon Dooling (1.37) since I starting writing for GMTR, which is an indication of how forgettable his career has been. Dooling got 27 minutes off the bench for the Bucks, scoring 16 points, while hitting 3-4 from three. He was getting about 13 minutes a game leading up to this, so I think it’s safe to leave the 11 year veteran as a free agent.
When Keyon Dooling is your WWLotN, it’s not a great night. C.J. Miles (1.22) is only owned in 27% of leagues and put up another 20 point game for the Jazz. He’ll be solid while Raja Bell is out. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (0.79) had 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 21 minutes for the Heat. If you squint really hard, you might see something decent out of his last 4 games. Chris Douglas-Roberts got 27 minutes of run for the Bucks and scored 14 points. He’d be worth a pickup if the Bucks didn’t have five wings all fighting for minutes.
Scare of the Night:
He’s fine, he’s fine.
Biggest Loser: No trouble finding some bad performances today. Caron Butler (-0.84) shot 4-11 from the floor in the Mavs loss, scoring 9 points and not doing much else in 28 minutes.
Darren Collison (-0.73) shot 4-12 from the floor, also scoring 9 points. But most glaring of all was the fact that he had 0 assists and only played 21 minutes because he was benched the entire fourth quarter. Collison is only averaging 4 assists per game on the season, which is down from 5.7 his rookie year and is apparently still having trouble grasping Jim O’Brien’s offensive system.
Ok, you have GMTR’s official aye to drop Nicolas Batum (-0.75) if you’re still holding onto him. Batum played a whopping 9 minutes against the Grizzlies and put up an invisible 0/0/0 line. His role has been completely usurped by Wesley Matthews.
On Tap: Minnesota (6-18) at Golden State (8-16), which means Kevin Love is probably going to get 50 rebounds. If Reggie Williams is available in your league, you know you want to hit that.
Orlando (16-8) at Denver (14-9) – The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are so hot their boiling over. In fact, people are just making shit up at this point. But my league sources actually tell me the Nuggets are close to finalizing a trade that will send Melo to the New York Liberty for Cappie Pondexter, cash, and some picks in April.
LA Lakers (17-7) at Washington (6-16) – All John Wall, Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans want for Christmas are body parts that work. Wall is questionable for this one as is Andrew Bynum, which means we might see the big guy for the first time this year.
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