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2012 Fantasy Basketball: DeAndre Jordan, Paul George, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and More

Half of the Top 10 performances from last night come from guys who are less than 50% owned. One of them is one of the 1% (and should probably stay that way), but among the others, there are some interesting players that other owners might have given up on. But first, the traditional dominators…

Line of the Night:DeAndre Jordan (2.51) grabbed 4 offensive rebounds, which made his 7-9 shooting much easier, I’m sure. He ended with 14 points and 14 rebounds, along with 2 steals and 4 blocks. Can’t ask for much more from a big man than that.

Honorable Mentions:
Derrick Rose (2.44) was strong in his return from the All-Star break, his 32 points, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks giving hope to fantasy owners who will certainly need him for the fantasy playoffs. Just after Rose, with the 3rd overall best line of the night is our Waiver Wire Line of the Night. He’s after the jump, and after him is the 4th best line of the night before we get to: Paul George (2.04) and his 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. After George comes another surprise pick-up you’ll find below… a Center who managed to outplay Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah (1.92) (fantasy-wise at least, they weren’t playing head-to-head). Noah had 15 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks, so that tells you what kind of Waiver Wire picks we’re looking at today. Intriguing to say the least.

Finally, DeMarcus Cousins (1.86) put up a big, fat double-double with 22 points, 18 rebounds, even managing to shoot 8-17 from the field… ever so close to 50%.

Other Notes: Brook Lope (1.29) had 38 points, but still managed only 6 rebounds. Way to be 7 feet tall, Brook. He did shoot 60% from the field and 80% from the line, so if you drafted him as a Small Ball Center, you can’t be too upset. Also, John Wall (1.02) had 19 points and 15 assists, but committed 7 turnovers. That’s why he was only #33 on the night. (There now nobody has to comment on those two. And yes, there were a bunch of other good performances from guys who aren’t available in your league unless you want to trade for them. The reason we try to focus on guys on the WW is because they don’t require any negotiation and can appeal to a much more general audience.)


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Third best line of the night goes to Mike Dunleavy (2.41) for his 28 points (5 threes, 5-5 from the line) and 3 steals (10% owned). Yes, it was Dunleavy’s best game of the season and he’s been very erratic (to put it mildly), but if he can put together a few solid games, he seems like a good add for a small ball team to put in at Forward.

Pick Up Lines: I know a lot of (or at least some) people were wondering how the Other D-Will would fare in the second half of the season… If Derrick Williams‘s (2.35) 27 points (4 threes, 9-10 from the field, 5-5 from the line) and 5 rebounds are any indication, you’ll be seeing his 36% ownership rate skyrocket. It was, of course, Williams’s best game of the season and he went 9-10 from the field (both of those are negative indicators to me), so I’m going to hold out and probably miss out on picking him up. If you’re a bit more aggressive or have some filler-type players on your bench, then feel free to snag him and see if he can keep it up.

Next up, the man I mentioned above who beat out Joakim Noah to be the second best Center of the night: Brendan Haywood (2.02), who went for 18 points (7-10 from the field), 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks (19% owned). Once again (please don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before), it was his best game of the season and he shot over 70%. I certainly don’t think people are going to jump all over him like they probably already have with Derrick Williams, but he’s probably worth a watch to see if he can string a few good games together… You never know, the Mavericks turned Tyson Chandler into a Top 40 Center… perhaps Haywood learned something from him (and only took half a season to implement it).

Now we get to the 1%: Chris Singleton (1.87) (of the Washington Wizads) put up 16 points (6-6 from the line), with 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (1% owned). Again, best game of the season, but he shot only 28% from the field. I know, super enticing, right? But he did play 40 minutes in a close game against Milwaukee. Rashard Lewis was sitting with a sore left knee, but the Wizards have been struggling to find someone to play SF all season… And as bad as it is, Singleton seems like their best bet.

Surprise! It’s Devin Harris (1.85)! Just when you thought it was safe to give up on the Jazz starting Point Guard, he puts up his best game of the season: 18 points (3 threes, 7-10 from the field), 7 assists, and 2 steals (49% owned). That ownership number suggests he has probably been dropped by most owners who are paying attention, which means in active leagues, he’s probably available (or else those same attentive owners have already picked him back up). I’ve got a Small Ball team in one of my leagues, but I’m going to wait. Call me Mr. Conservative, but after the season Harris has had, I need more than 1 game to convince me.

Bad Ex-Girlfriend James Johnson (1.56) showed up at your friend’s party last night and tried to convince you to get back together with his 16 points (4-4 from the line), 8 rebounds, and 3 steals (34% owned). After you caught him going 3-8 with 3 turnovers with your best friend, he’s put together 3 solid games in a row and your bros wouldn’t say anything to your face if you picked him back up again, at least just for a little bit of statistical action.

Biggest Loser:Vince Carter (-1.27) is at the same ownership percent (49) as Devin Harris, but I’m sure anyone who started him this week is regretting it… He kicked things off with 2 points, 1 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 turnovers, and 1-4 from the field.

Their scores are a lot better (than Vince’s), but their ownership rates are nearly double, so I am sure that Tyreke Evans‘s (-0.85) 13 points on 4-12 from the field, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 turnovers, and Monta Ellis‘s (-0.82) 14 points on 7-19 from the field, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 turnovers impacted a lot more owners than Vince’s bench stats. That said, you kind of expect bad shooting and high turnovers from those guys, so maybe it worked right into everyone’s master plan.


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