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NBA Fantasy: Samuel Dalembert, David Lee, Monta Ellis, John Wall

I have to imagine that at this point, the only people who still care about the Waiver Wire and Pick Up Lines are those who still have daily changes to make. With only a week left, they’re probably streaming like crazy, trying to figure out the optimal time to start dropping the marginal players in order to get even more marginal players who might be able to provide one extra game. I’m sure they’re clicking and scrolling like madmen (and perhaps madwomen) trying to get to the picks section, but first, there were some admirable and interesting performances from last night’s games.

Line of the Night: Somehow, Samuel Dalembert (2.33) has stayed in the good graces of the majority of owners long enough to make it to the Line of the Night. He did have a nice line with 21 points (8-12 from the field), 15 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, and he averaged 10 points and 10 boards in March, but his game log looks like a sine curve riding a roller coaster.

Honorable Mentions: David Lee (2.29) has been holding it together enough to stay in the Top 50 putting up another 29 points (13-17 from the field), 20 rebounds, and 2 steals. I’m afraid the Warriors just have too much talent for him to get higher than #45 on the player rater. Speaking of talented Warriors, Monta Ellis (2.11) had 30 points (4 threes, 4-4 from the line) and 5 assists, while Stephen Curry (1.93) went for 28 points (3 threes), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Now you know why Lee is only averaging 16 this season.

John Wall (2.05) would be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year if it weren’t for the hulk of a man known as Blake Griffin. Wall had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Wow. Anyone have him in a keeper league?

Speaking of keeper leagues, how about Greg Monroe (1.98)? Dude put up 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals last night.

Speaking of keeper leagues, I kept Marc Gasol (1.91) in the GMTR keeper league. That worked out…. not as well as expected. Too bad Marc’s 14 point, 15 rebound, 4 steal, and 3 block performance came after the GMTR leagues have already ended.

Two last shout outs to Andray Blatche (1.90) and his 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals, and 2 blocks, and my man Kevin Durant (1.69) with 32 points (11-12 from the line) and 9 rebounds.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night:Toney Douglas (1.94) has come out of the woodwork again with 28 points (6 threes, 10-15 from the field), 5 assists, and 2 steals (40% owned). Probably not available, and I’d say probably not worth picking up to plug in anyway.

Pick Up Lines: Sasha Vujacic (1.86), on the other hand, has been starting (at least a little) for the Nets and last night had 17 points (4 threes), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals (6% owned). I’d throw him in a game or two if you’ve got the room to spare.

If you’re really hard up for guys to play, Daniel Gibson (1.42) will at least give you a three and some other stats that will probably resemble something like 10 points (3 threes), 5 assists, and 2 steals (23% owned).

Okay, it’s officially an Attack of the Point Guards! Earl Watson (1.16) came up with 11 points (3 threes), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals last night (4% owned). Definitely worth a look if you need to rack up some assists real quick.

Maurice Evans (1.11) has played 30+ minutes in each of the last six games and had 4 good games of those 6. Not bad odds if you’re looking for some nice points (like the 20 he had last night on 9-13 from the field) and maybe a couple other stats (8% owned).

Ed Davis (1.04) had a very nice double-double with 22 points (10-14 from the field), and 13 rebounds, but he’s a risky play since he could come up with another double-double or he could give you 2 and 5 (20% owned).

When Gordon Hayward (1.03) gets the playing time, he actually seems to make pretty good use of it. Last night he played 34 minutes and ended up with 22 points (9-14 from the field), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals (6% owned). His minutes have been trending up ever since he muffed the first few games of the season and was dropped back to barely a reserve. Still risky, but for Points, Threes, Rebounds (for a Guard) and Steals, he’s not bad given that he’s probably available if you need him.

Biggest Loser: The Bucks kind of tag-teamed this one with Brandon Jennings (-0.89) going for 8 points (3-15 from the field
- ouch!), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 5 turnovers while teammate Andrew Bogut (-0.76) finished just above him on the rater with 2 points (1-4 from the field – not quite as bad), 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. I do recall Patrick or Erik saying that Dwight Howard was SHUTTING PEOPLE DOWN, so make sure when you do your streaming that you be careful of anyone playing the Magic.

Congrats again to Sam Dalembert! Preferred by 4 out of 5 Sacramento Kings Dancers!


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