Line of the Night: Kind of misleading headline, I guess, cause it wasn’t like “Big” Al Jefferson (1.71) was playing poorly with Deron on his team and then all of a sudden started stepping up after Deron was traded. And his 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks last night really only shot to the head of the class because he made it a 6-block wide party. His 28 and 19 on Monday were just as impressive (and he did get an Honorable Mention for that).
Honorable Mentions: My guess from the early game for LotN was Dwight Howard (1.58) who secured two rebounds in the last minute of the game to help the Magic overcome a 24-point defecit to beat the Heat. Superman ended up with 14 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. But don’t worry Miami Heat fans, LeBron James (1.51) was next in line on the fantasy radar with 29 points (11-16 from the field, 7-7 from the line), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Devin Harris (1.24) seems to be adjusting well to his new team as he scored 21 points (4 threes), and dished 9 assists in a loss to the “melted gold ore” hot Denver Nuggets.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: After 3 pretty bad games and then 2 pretty good ones, Ty Lawson (1.22) has probably reached his fantasy saturation point at 43%. Last night he helped Denver to their 5th straight win with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. For comparison, Charlie Sheen reached fantasy saturation at 92% in only 1 day.*
Pick Up Lines: Ryan Anderson (0.96) looks to be breaking out of his slump as he went for 15 points (3 threes), and 5 rebounds. That’s two good games in a row nice. If he hits a trifecta, he’s a must add for the fantasy stretch run. (37% owned)
C.J. Miles (0.71) seems like he has popped up in my Pick Up Lines more often than not. Maybe the Player Rater thinks I have a thing for him or something. Or, maybe it think you’ll have a thing for 22 points (6-6 from the line), 6 rebounds, and 2 steals (32% owned).
Is it time to start considering Kenyon Martin (0.56)? I know, scary, right? But he’s had 3 good games now and the Nuggets are hotter than American Idol right now. Okay, no they’re not. But if you scale their hotness relative to the NBA, then it might be an okay comparison. Anyway, Martin had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals and is up to 20% owned.
A Lil Sumthin for My Deeps: Erick Dampier (0.31) is still a guy I’m not going to touch with a 94-foot pole, but if you need some stats to show up in your fantasy scores, well, he can probably do something of an approximation of that. Of course, the fact that he’s starting and getting close to 30 minutes per game and still ending up with lines like: 9 points, 2 steals, and 2 blocks means that you’ll probably want to get your own 94-foot pole with which to prod him before picking him up. (2% owned)
I’m not sure why the player rater didn’t like Chris Andersen’s line more than a -0.37, but for a guy who’s coming in at 12% owned, he’s had some good games, and is, of course, part of that “hotter than Jennifer Lawrence” Nuggets team. (I believe we have established J-Law as the new standard of hot for the rest of the season. At least until Deron Williams has a breakout game and we can talk about how he should steal Kim Kardashian.**)
Biggest Loser: All of the worst performances come from the winning teams, but that doesn’t mean they’re not bad. On the opposite end of the “Al Spectrum” from Al Jefferson was: Al Harrington (-0.87), who scored a mere 2 points, with 3 rebounds and nothing else. Harrington had his last good game (by normal fantasy standards) on Feb. 9th, so it’s probably time for his ownership percentage to get to a point where he’s no longer eligible for the Biggest Loser. He’s still owned in an impressive 63% of leagues, though he’s only started in 38%. Still seems like a high number for someone who’s giving you about 7 points and 4 rebounds.
So that leads us to J.R. Smith (-0.72) who had 8 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Certainly not what you hope for, especially at this point in the season, which is basically fantasy basketball crunch time. Don’t these guys know they need to step it up so all the fantasy playoff bubble teams can stay hopeful?
* Yes, I feel terrible for making a Charlie Sheen joke. Someone’s got to do it, though, right?
** Yes, that was intended to stir some emotions. It’s in the spirit of: Now I’ll speak from the heart, you all fronting/Everybody feels a way about K/ But at least y’all feel something.
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