NBA Fantasy: Blake Griffin, Mike Conley, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd

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Line of the Night: This is one of what will be many appearances for Blake Griffin (1.96) as the top fantasy player of the night. The Bucks were visiting the Clippers, so we got a taste of what happens when Ersan Ilyasova attempts to guard Griffin: 32 points on 13-20 shooting, with 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. The only weak part of Griffin’s fantasy game at the moment is that he’s shooting 62% from the line (and taking a lot of free throws).

Honorable Mentions: Mike Conley (1.95) scored 26 points adding 11 assists as the Grizzlies took care of business against Orlando. It’s his second double-double point/assist performance in a row as coach Lionel Hollins has told him to be more aggressive out on the court (Mike Conley is super coachable apparently). Dwight Howard (0.83) had a 25 and 14 for the Magic, but also turned the ball over 7 times.

On a night where Dwyane Wade (1.83) pulled a bunch of ridiculous highlight-type plays out of his ass, he also brought it home for fantasy owners with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Rick Ross approves…

Jason Kidd (1.77) scored 11 points, with 9 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Wizards to almost triple-double yet again. His running mate Dirk Nowitzki (1.31) scored 24 points on 7-11 shooting. The Wizards’ best fantasy performance came from a surprise player, but more on that below.

Finally, like any good movie about high school, Carmelo Anthony (1.63) played the hot girl, dropping 37 points (with 9 boards) on the Nets just to give them a taste of what they’ll never have. But of course the Nets had the last laugh, as they beat the Nuggets 115-99. They were led by Anthony Morrow (1.37), with 18 points and 4 threes, and Travis Outlaw, who we’ll get to below.


Waiver Wire Line of the Night: The Wizards had a nice game from John Wall last night, but strictly fantasy speaking, Yi Jianlian (1.51), with his 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals was their best performance. Yi is only owned his 4% of leagues at the moment because A) he’s averaging 17 minutes, 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds a game so far this season and, B) last night was his first double-double of the season.

The Wizards front line pretty clearly consists of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee with Trevor Booker coming off the bench (and Yi a distant 4th option), so leave him on waivers unless all three of those guys all tragically lose their arms in a wood chipping accident. His 28 minutes last night came because McGee is still working his way back from the flu.

Pick Up Lines: Travis Outlaw (1.22) had his once a month good performance last night. It came against Melo and the Nuggets. He scored 21 points and was 3-7 from three. He’s too inconsistent to worry about unless you’re in a deep league.

Randy Foye (0.82) continues to do what he do with Eric Gordon out of the lineup. And that’s take shots (he was 6-13 from the field) but also rack up some decent counting stats, like 20 points, 5 assists, 3 steals. As we said in the podcast, it’s now or never if you want grab Foye.

Who knew that the solution to Miami’s rebounding problem was actually Mike Miller (0.81)? Miller had his third double-digit rebounding game in the past two weeks and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds against the Cavs. His three point shot also seems to be falling again (he’s 4 for 7 from three over Miami’s past 2 games) and he’s been getting minutes even with Wade and Bosh back in the lineup. Miller is a player who is primed for a strong finish to the season and you should try to hop on that bandwagon if you still can.

Frank Vogel Deserves a Valentine’s Day Card from Roy Hibbert Owners: We got our first look at the Frank Vogel coached Indiana Pacers and it’s great news for Roy Hibbert (0.60) owners. Grated the game was against the Toronto Raptors (losers of 11 straight going into the game), but Hibbert looked better and had more energy out there than that at anytime in the past month, finishing with 24 and 11 for his first double-double in nearly two weeks. Also encouraging was the fact that Hibbert played 30 minutes for the first time since Jan 7th. All-around great news from this game if you own Hibbert.

As far as the rest of the team goes, Paul George (0.83) is making a case for even more playing time with a 16 point, 2 block performance while playing less than 25 minutes. He’s only owned in 6% of leagues and makes a great pickup in deep leagues. Josh McRoberts started at PF and was meh, while Tyler Hansbrough had a much more impressive 14 and 6 in only 15 minutes on the court. According to people who know things, expect these two guys to split time evenly going forward, which ultimately makes neither of them worth owning.

Biggest Loser: I always judge the biggest loser by how much the lines make me cringe. Today – as far as I can see – is a pretty non-cringe day compared to some others. Zach Randolph (-0.61) had a pretty empty 10 points and 9 rebounds on 4-11 shooting. Not great, but it’s nothing that is going to kill your team for the week.

Andrea Bargnani (-0.48) finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Raptors, while shooting 3-15 from the field.


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