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2011 Fantasy Basketball: Stephen Curry, Andre Miller, Marcus Thornton and More

Line of the Night: Despite being taken out of the game in the fourth quarter after rolling his right ankle yet again, Stephen Curry (2.22 wins/week) led all fantasy lines last night with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals as the Warriors beat the Bulls 99-91. Curry owners will certainly take this performance over Sunday’s horrible outing, but it’s a little troubling to see him go down with an ankle injury in EVERY game. Curry is day-to-day and is expected to play in the Warriors next game, but eventually one of these injuries is going to get serious for Curry. I’m not saying you should shop him around, but as a Curry owner I’m taking offers…

Honorable Mentions: The condensed season is not going to be kind to the Dallas Mavs (and Jason Kidd’s defense in particular). Ty Lawson (2.13) made the Mavs look really, really old for their second straight game. He finished with 27 points on 10-15 shooting and added 3 threes, 4 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Even backup PG Andre Miller (1.82) had a great game, scoring 18 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. A microcosm of the Mavs season so far: Mavs’ backup Sean Williams was so gassed after playing 11 minutes that he threw up on the bench after leaving the court.

Andre Iguodala (1.99) scored 22 points, with 4 threes, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in 40 minutes of run as the Sixers lost an up tempo game to the Blazers. Louis Williams (0.85) did what he does best by scoring 25 points off the bench in this game, while LaMarcus Aldridge (1.46) led Portland with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Roy Hibbert (1.45) owners get to breathe a sigh of relief today after a strong 16 point, 14 rebound, 3 block performance in a 91-79 win over Detroit. Hopefully it’s a sign that last season’s malaise has worn off the talented big man. Rodney Stuckey (1.23) was Detroit’s best fantasy guy with 17 points and 6 assists on a night where the Pistons shot 36% as a team.

Feel the burn? That’s Marcus Thornton (1.80) coming by with 27 points on 9-13 shooting, adding 4 threes and 5 rebounds as the Kings pushed the Lakers to a 0-2 start. I was a little concerned basing Thornton’s preseason projection on what he did in 27 games with the Kings last season, but he looks primed to repeat last season’s breakout performance this year.

How about those Toronto Raptors? Jose Calderon (1.63) had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists in 30 minutes. Our boy Amir Johnson (1.34) double-doubled with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, and backup Ed Davis (1.23) somehow managed to finish with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in only 18 minutes of run. The Cavs didn’t do too much in this game (rookie Kyrie Irving (0.00) was 2-12 from the field, but did have 7 assists). Alonzo Gee’s big contribution was to show us all how not to dunk a basketball.

Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Ok, who had Spencer Hawes (1.74) playing 39 minutes in the Sixers debut and nearly finishing with a triple-double (10 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists)? If you’re raising your hand right now you’re a dirty liar. Hawes – who averaged 21 minutes a game last season – got a huge chunk of minutes as the Sixers only went 8 deep in their rotation (backup Marreese Speights got a DNP in the game). Much like Biedrins yesterday, this type of performance is not guaranteed to continue for Hawes, but the guy can put up big numbers when the minutes are there for him and is worth an add if your team needs a center.

Pick Up Lines: It’s a good sign that Louis Williams got 28 minutes off the bench for the Sixers (compared to only 13 minutes for starter Jodie Meeks) and is worth and add if you need some scoring for your team.

Metta World Peace(1.19) is like an insane party guest who wore out his welcome long ago, but won’t leave your house despite the fact that it’s 3am and you just want to go to sleep. Well, he’s still hanging around, scoring 19 points off the bench for the Lakers. I wouldn’t necessarily want to rely on him every week, but keep him mind as a plug and play option during weeks where the Lakers play 4+ games.

Ramon Sessions (1.10) had 18 points and 6 assists in 22 minutes off the bench for Cleveland. I say leave him on waivers for now. The team is committed to Irving at PG and it’ll be very tough for Sessions to carve out consistent fantasy games getting 18-22 minutes a night.

J.J. Redick (1.09) got 28 minutes off the bench for Orlando and was 8-12 from the floor, scoring 20 points. With Arenas purged from the team, Redick is positioned to get plenty of run off the bench and is worth a look in bigger leagues if you need a sharpshooting guard type.

Finally, the Raptors’ James Johnson (0.85) looks to be worth an add after getting 36 minutes in a start at SF against Cleveland. He’s not going to score a lot (he only had 5 points on the night), but he’ll fill up the box score in other ways, as he did with 6 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.

Quick Hits: Jonas Jerebko got 38 minutes of run for the Pistons and is worth a quick play while Charlie Villanueva is suspended (and maybe even after). Robin Lopez channeled Brook and scored 21 points in 27 minutes again the Hornets. Keep an eye on that timeshare with the slightly injured Marcin Gortat (Gortat owners might want to stash Robin if you’ve got the room). Despite being David West’s backup, Tyler Hansbrough got 32 minutes off the bench and finished with 15 points and 13 boards. I predict long-term inconsistency with him backing up West however. Alonzo Gee got 28 minutes off the bench for the Cavs. Despite almost breaking his neck, he did finish with 13 points on 5-7 shooting. Keep an eye on him in deep leagues.

Biggest Loser:Kevin Martin (-0.76) was 1-10 from the field in Houston’s lost to Orlando. He finished with a barren 4 points, 0 boards and 1 assist in the game.

And then there is Tony Allen (-0.92) who got a measly 15 minutes in a start against the Spurs. He scored 2 points on 1-4 shooting and had 1 steal and 4 turnovers in that span. In fairness to Allen however, every Memphis player other than Rudy Gay was pretty horrible in the 95-82 loss.


* Daily rankings and stats 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. These stats will be provided on the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version) shortly.

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