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2012 Fantasy Basketball: Chris Paul, Paul Millsap, Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant and More

Line of the Night:Chris Paul (3.16) was his impressive self as he led the Clippers over the Detroit Pistons in an overtime win. He was one rebound shy of achieving a triple-double performance, but I’m sure his owners aren’t complaining. Especially after Paul just delivered  19 points, nine rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and ZERO turnovers!

Honorable Mentions:
As great as CP3 was last night, I think some credit is due Paul Millsap (2.74) who capped off an insane week in fantasy with yet another mind-blowing night. Millsap had 24 points, nine boards, five dimes, 5 steals, and two blocks; all while matched up against no less than Pau Gasol. Not yet impressed? Well I’m dubbing it “Paul Millsap Week” because he was an utter beast, averaging 16 PPG, 10 RPG, 4 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 4.4 SPG; all at less than two turnovers (1.6) per game. Sick! I had a two-way perspective of his awesomeness as I owned him in one league, while on the other hand struggled to defeat an opposing team that owned him in another. After this season, Millsap will be underrated no more in fantasy.

In other news Kevin Durant (2.55) was his usual Kevin Durant self – you know, business as usual – as he led the Thunder againsthe the rebuilding Trail Blazers. KD finished the night with 26 points (4 threes), seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

I’m so stoked to have drafted Kyrie Irving (2.08) in GMTR’s Keeper League. I can’t wait to see him develop into the elite point guard that he’s clearly destined to be. Seeing him drop 19 points (6-6 from the line), 10 assists, accompanied by two steals and blocks is just a sign of greater things to come. R.O.Y. nuff said.

Marcus Thornton (2.06) showed that the Kings may not really need Tyreke Evans after all. Evans missed yet another game, but Thornton took care of business for Sacramento as exploded for 24 points (6-6 from the line), five boards, four dimes and four steals. He seems to be working well alongside Isaiah Thomas and it looks like DeMarcus Cousins may end up being the franchise piece that the Kings will be building around moving forward.

Speaking of guards, Joe Johnson (1.86) appears to be flourishing under Atlanta’s recent three-guard starting lineup. JJ’s slid into the SF role, while Kirk Hinrich has continued to start at SG while Willie Green and Marvin Williams have been out, dealing with injuries. Johnson got a lot of flack from fantasy circles earlier in the season for his slow start, poor outings and missed games due to injury, but it’s been so far so good for him since coming back healthy and he seems to have found some kind of groove going. Seeing him bring 28 points (3 threes, 11-16 from the field), and five assists is just what his owners wanted out of him on draft night.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Quentin Richardson (1.59) took advantage of poor shooting nights from both Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson. Nights like this should be considered as the exception and not the rule as far as assessing Q’s fantasy value is concerned. While his 15 points (5 threes, 5-8 from the field) were kind of nice, he’s still not much more than 3PTM-category stream material in daily changes leagues. (1% owned)

Pick Up Lines: In spite of Michael Beasley‘s return to action it was Derrick Williams (1.41) who wound up sounding off a ping on fantasy radars last night. Nikola Pekovic missed Sunday’s game with a sore ankle, but it was nonetheless encouraging to see Derrick chuck up yet another game that signals his rapid development as a pro baller. He was a board shy of dropping a double-double with 16 and nine. He did shoot well for the night  via going 5-8 from the field and 4-4 from the line. (49% owned)

It honestly boggles my mind as to how Isaiah Thomas (1.36) still has less than 50% ownership. While he isn’t an elite PG by any standards, but he is getting quality minutes and translating them into quality production, like contributing 18 points (4 threes, 6-10 from the field), for example (43% owned)

Chuck Hayes (1.30) was reasonably productive for the Kings against the Timberwolves, but at this point it’s hard to put out a “stream” let alone an “add” order on him. His  12 points (5-7 from the field), 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks aren’t really indicative of a change in his mostly underwhelming status. (31% owned)

Phoenix waived its magic wand and mystically turned Michael Redd (1.30) into a version of himself that we’d remember about five years ago. It was nice to see the vet deliver 25 points (3 threes, 10-13 from the field), but his minutes have been far too inconsistent so far and this can just possibly be chalked up as a fluke game. (2% owned)

Biggest Loser:
Chris Paul is not easy to be matched up against, and that’s something Brandon Knight (-1.25) learned the hard way. Knight still has a long ways to go as far as growing into a reliable PG is concerned and nights like he had like last night where he brought 6 points 1 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 3-14 from the field; simply reinforce that we should wait for his game and subsequently his value to ripen.

Dwight Howard (-1.01) didn’t have an easy night against Miami, and he odds are hurt his owners’ FT% and turnover categories for his finish for the week. His 18-11 double-double was not enough to offset his 40% (4-10) free-throw shooting and four turnovers.

Zach Randolph’s return has signaled the end of O.J. Mayo (-0.93) and what he managed to salvage of his fantasy value this season. Expect more nights where Mayo will leave you underwhelmed. Seeing him produce 10 points, two rebounds and one assist may be more common now that Z-bo is back to take a big chunk of the Grizzlies’ scoring load.


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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