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NBA Fantasy: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng

Line of the Night: Not even a close one today. Kevin Durant (3.46) takes home the LotN by a huge margin with a 43 point performance against New Orleans Hornets. Durant was an incredible 14-19 from the floor and also hit 5 threes, adding 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. We are in line of the year territory with this performance by Durant.

Honorable Mentions: Blake Griffin’s (0.82) 32 points, 13 boards and 7 assists wasn’t enough for the Clippers as they lost to Derrick Rose (2.36) and the Bulls. Rose finished with 32 points with 11 assists, while Luol Deng (2.05) contributed with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.

Joe Johnson (2.20) dropped 37 points on the rich-man’s Cavaliers (aka, the Raptors), going 5-8 from three and adding 8 assists. Josh Smith (1.91) went for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the game. For the Raps, Amir Johnson (1.85) led the way with 20 points (going 8-11 from the field) and also grabbed 13 rebounds with 2 blocks.

Roy Hibbert is not the only player benefiting from the Frank Vogel era in Indiana. Darren Collison (1.86) finished with 22 points, 9 assists and 4 steals to help hand the Cavs their 22 straight loss. Every Pacer’ starter was good in the game with the exception of Josh McRoberts, who is well on his way to losing his starting job to Tyler Hansbrough.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Sam Young (1.62). Yes, THE Sam Young. The second-year guard for the Grizzlies has been starting for the team over the past couple of weeks, but his fantasy value really got a big boost with OJ Mayo suspended 10 games for consuming an “energy drink” that caused a positive steroid test. Against the Wolves Young got nearly 40 minutes on the court and finished with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. He’s available in 99% of leagues at the moment and makes a decent pickup in deep leagues at least while Mayo is out.

Pick Up Lines: Wilson Chandler’s injury combined with the Knicks getting blown out by the Mavs combined with Ray Felon and Landry Fields unable to make a basket all lead to Toney Douglas (1.61) seeing more minutes (28) than he had in the past 5 games. Douglas delivered with 22 points, 3 threes and 3 steals, but with Chandler expected back as soon as the Knicks’ next game, Douglas won’t see enough consistent minutes to be worth a pickup.

Two guys with ownerships creeping towards 50% (and rightly so) are Tracy McGrady (1.49) whose 12 points, 8 assists and 3 steals against the Bobcats is typical of what he’s been doing over the last month in his new PG role. Ramon Sessions (1.45) scored 25 points, adding 9 assists in a loss to the Pacers. It may have taken injuries to both Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson, but Sessions is rolling right now. Look to add him if he’s available and your team needs assists.

Erik mentioned him on the podcast, but Manny Harris (0.98) is not only getting good run for the Cavs as their starting SG, but putting up impressive lines like last night’s 19 point, 8 rebound and 2 three game (in 31 minutes). The minutes will probably go down a little when Daniel Gibson returns from injury (which is probably sometime this week) but you can’t argue with the 19.7 points he’s averaged over the Cavs last 3 games.

With Andrew Bogut sitting with a bruised knee, Ersan Ilyasova (0.89) got the start at center and performed well as usual, finishing with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Bogut is day-to-day can could be back for the Bucks’ next game, but Ilyasova has been playing well lately no matter what position the Bucks’ stick him at. GMTR has clearly (and I mean clearly) stated its position on Ilyasova. May I point you here, here, here, here, here and here just as examples.

Biggest Loser: I’m not sure who that guy was playing center for the Wolves at the beginning of the season, but the Darko Milicic (-1.05) we know and love is back and playing as inconsistently as ever. Against the Grizzlies, Darko scored 3 points, adding 2 rebounds 5 turnovers in only 20 minutes on the court. While the blocks are still there for him on a nightly basis, Darko has not double-doubled since January 13 and looks to be a pretty risky play after a stretch of dominance earlier in the season.

John Salmons (-0.71) is back in the lineup for the Bucks, but you may want to let him sit out a few before getting him back in your lineup. His return against the Suns saw Salmons shoot 1-7 from the field in only 11 minutes, scoring 2 points and grabbing 2 boards. Good to see his confidence is already at 100%.

Got to love rolling the dice with young players – as good as J.J. Hickson (-0.67) can look some nights is as bad as he can look on others. Last night against the Pacers was bad Hickson, as he was 3-11 from the floor, scoring 10 points, with only 3 rebounds and no 0 assists in 31 minutes. Expect a rollercoaster ride all season.


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