2012 Fantasy Basketball: Kevin Garnett, Rudy Gay, Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers

Line of the Night:Eli Manning, 296 passing yards, 1 TD, led the Giants…

oh wait, wrong sport.

Line of the Night: There was no way that the NBA was going to compete head-to-head with the Super Bowl, so yesterday’s slate consisted of only two early games. That means Rudy Gay’s (1.64) relatively modest 21 points and 7 rebounds in a 98-80 lost to the Celtics was the best fantasy line of the day. It’s four straight 20+ point games for Gay after that disastrous 1 point game on Jan 30.

Honorable Mentions: Kevin Garnett (1.63) channeled young KG yesterday and led the Celtics with 24 points (on 9-12 from the field) and 9 rebounds. He also hit a three for his third game in a row and is shooting 100% from behind the arc this season. Who needs Ray Allen when you’ve got KG? Paul Pierce (1.61) also chipped in 21 points (going 10-10 from the line), with 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

In the day’s other game, Mario Chalmers (1.19) actually had the Heat’s best fantasy line with a boxscore filling 11 points, 3 threes, 4 assists, and 2 steals as Miami held off a Raptors’ fourth quarter comeback to win 95-89. Although right behind him on today’s list are LeBron James (1.02) with 30 points and 9 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade (1.00) with 25 points and a couple blocks. For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan (0.97) bounced back from three horrible shooting games to score 25 points, adding 2 steals.

Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Jerryd Bayless (1.50) got his fourth start in the Raptors’ last five games and made the most of it, scoring 17 points, with 4 threes and 2 steals. Even coming off the bench, Bayless is getting over 25 minutes a game and should be own in most league formats at this point, especially given the 23-year old’s upside.

Pick Up Lines: Ed Davis (1.07) is owned in 39% of leagues, but he’s a decent short-term play if still hanging out on free agency if you need boards and blocks as long as Bargnani is out. Against the Heat, Davis chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks off the bench.

With the Celtics’ Brandon Bass out with a swelling in his knee, Chris Wilcox (0.80) somehow managed to score 12 points and grab 5 rebounds in 11 minutes, while rookie PF JaJuan Johnson (0.73) got 22 minutes off the bench and chipped in 10 points with 2 blocks . Both I’d consider for deeeeep leagues only as Bass’ injury doesn’t sound serious.

Jermaine O’Neal (0.15) is also someone to take a look at in deep leagues if you need blocks – his 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks against the Grizzlies is about the best you can expect from him these days.

I’m not the biggest fan of inefficient scorers on my fantasy teams, but Linas Kleiza (0.02) has been getting some decent run lately, including 24 minutes off the bench against the Heat. Kleiza finished with 17 points and 5 boards, although he was also 5-13 from the floor. He’s inconsistent and inefficient, but he will score, hit threes and grab some boards.

Biggest Loser: Gay may have had the line of the night, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates. This included Marc Gasol (-1.91), who was 3-14 from the floor against Boston and finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 turnovers in 34 minutes on the court. Consider it a one-off bad game for Gasol who must have had his mind on other things.

In addition, Mike Conley (-0.53) had a quiet 4 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 2-8 from the field against the Celtics.

Finally, the usually non-error prone Jose Calderon (-0.92) had 5 turnovers to only three assists against the Heat and was thoroughly outplayed by both his opponent and his backcourt mate Bayless.


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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