Should I drop Jerryd Bayless? I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked that in the last 24 hours. It’s a fine question, excellent question. You fantasy owners are always on top of things yet can be so impatient. Here’s what I said last Friday about our boy, Jerryd: Jerryd Bayless – Slight bump with Barbosa out of the way since he may see combo minutes once Jose Calderon is back. I’m assuming he’s owned since Calderon has been out but don’t lose him for at least a few games after Jose returns just in case he turns out to be productive with 24-28 minutes of burn. Me thinks he can be. No, I’m not Scottish but I said me instead of I because I felt like it. Anyway, yes, Bayless only saw 13 minutes of burn last night but he pointed his hip and was limited. One poor night isn’t going to cause me to lose him quick, quick. No sir, I’m holding. Two important things to remember here, boys and girl: 1) As mentioned above, Leandro Barbosa is gone clearing the way for Jerryd to get some combo minutes, and 2) Jose Calderon isn’t exactly the Cal Ripken, Jr. of the NBA. If Bayless’s injury turns out to be more serious than that’s a whole other story but right now don’t lose him in standard leagues and beyond. You’ve been behooved! Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Tyreke Evans – 13/4/3 with a steal in 23 minutes off the bench. He directed the “coach” to start John Salmons because he liked the way the team was rolling. Ok, so now Tyreke is running the show in Sacratomato, huh? When Carmelo Anthony heard the news he reminded everyone that he discovered Jeremy Lin. Nobody one ups Carmelo!
Boris Diaw – Bought out this morning by Charlotte and is now free to roam around the United States looking for a new basketball team. Boston looks mighty fine for Boris. Go ahead and spec add him in deep leagues. You can always lose ze Frenchman who has a Russian name. He doesn’t look Russian though so that’s weird.
Isaiah Thomas – 18/5/7 with 2 steals in 34 minutes. Over his last 5 he’s averaging 17/3/5 with 1.8 3pm and 1.2 spg on a crazeeee .580 FG. The kid is hot tonight, so hot tonight. What else is there for Loverboy to say? Keep riding him, his minutes seem to be back. Phew.
O.J. Mayo – 6/1/2 in 17 minutes. I warned you that the O.J. was spoiled the other day and last night his minutes got squeezed just a little bit more. I really wouldn’t hesitate to drop him for a hot free agent getting minutes. Insert sad face emoticon here.
C.J. Miles – 10/5/2 with 3 steals in 28 minutes. Hey, did you hear the news about Josh Howard? He got hurt and is out for the year. What, he got hurt?? I can’t believe it, really, damn, that’s shocking. Go grab C.J. in 14+ team leagues and monitor in standard leagues. Or grab him if you have room. I won’t hate on you if you did. I’m nice like that.
Gordon Hayward – 11/8/2 with 2 steals and a three in 32 minutes. Go ahead and add him in standard leagues if he was dropped. Didn’t you hear, Josh Howard is out for the season. Pass it along. I’d say something really cheesy like
onward Hayward! but that’s just straight up pathetic.
Leandro Barbosa – 12/1/3 with a 3 in 18 minutes. What’s a fourth guard worth on a basketball team that’s only allowed to play two at a time? Hmmmm.
Randy Foye – DNP-CD. See same question 1/4 inch above.
George Hill – 15/4/6 with 3 threes in 28 minutes. Go ahead and add him in standard leagues if he’s available. Darren Collison blows. Did I mention that the other day? Sometimes I tend to repeat myself but some things are just worth repeating. I care, man. I want you to win!
Channing Frye – 2/4/2 with 2 steals and 2 blocks on 1-7 FG in 25 minutes. I see it clearly now, Miami was on a mission to stop FryeFecta. Must stop FryeFecta, win ball game, good dee very important, eat hot dog with mustard after game to celebrate. Say it with a Russian accent, it’s very affective.
Lebron James – 20/8/6 with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Holy crap a friggin’ Lebron James blurb! Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you how good Kevin Durant is too. Anyway, he looks fine since he’s clearly too tough to get a concussion. Good thing he won’t be getting hit by Jason Pierre-Paul anytime soon.
Courtney Lee – 23/5/4 3 threes and 2 steals in 37 minutes. Obviously, if you have room you should be streaming him everywhere while Kevin Martin is sidelined. Why do I have to always repeat myself. Don’t make me give you a timeout, man. I’ll do it.
Ekpe Udoh – 2/6/3 with 4 blocks in 16 minutes as he integrates into the Bucks rotation. If the Bucks were a baseball team, Ekpe would be like the number 3 starter behind their ace Drew Gooden and number 2 starter Ersan Ilyasova. It’s baseball season, man, so come on gimme a break. Deep league block specialist, y’all!
Jamal Crawford – 3/1/0 with 3 steals in 25 minutes. Over his last 3 he’s averaging 26 mpg but has only hit double digit points once. Girl and boys, fantasy basketball is a buy low/sell high game. You’ve heard that before, I know you have. Right now Jamal is under performing so I’d take a look gander at him if his owner is frustrated. Oh, and if your trade deadline hasn’t passed yet then click here for some fantastical trade strategies. It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I copied and pasted that.
Jeremy Lin – 18/3/10 with a steal, block and 2 threes. Death once had a near Jeremy Lin experience.