Last week I led in with a headline entitled “The Bayless isn’t dry”. One of my readers then emailed me and said he didn’t get the headline. I responded saying what’s not to get: bay=water=wet. Simple concept I thought, but I digress. Anyway, here’s what I said in that magnificent post about Jerryd Bayless: 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. Um, guess what? Bayless’ injury turned out to be more serious so now it’s a whole other story. Lose him quick, quick and take a look gander at Gary Forbes and Linas Kleiza who should get burn at the two and three. If I’m picking one I’d have to go with Linas and his blanket but deep leaguers could do worse than adding Forbes. I also expect Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan to play like a gazillion minutes a night as long as they stay healthy. The definition of gazillion in this case being 35-40 minutes per. Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Jodie Meeks – 31/2/2 with 7 threes on 11-16 FG in 36 minutes. I feel really bad about this but I have a little secret to tell: I streamed him last night in one of my leagues and forgot to tell y’all to do the same thing. My bad! Now I feel like the Rotoworld guys telling you to go ahead and stream him while Andre Iguodala is out after the fact. Oh well. Sorry about that.
Kirk Hinrich – 10/2/4 with a steal and a three in 37 minutes. Here’s what I said about Avery Bradley just yesterday: Avery Bradley – 11/4/0 with a block in 40 minutes. When Kirk Hinrich heard the news he said, “Oh, yeah? I can do even less in 41 minutes!”. See? I wasn’t kidding. Ha.
Ersan Ilyasova/Carlos Delfino – Both out and are listed as day to day. Carlos speaks Spanish. Ersan speaks Turkish. That has absolutely nothing to do with anything but I just thought I’d mention it.
Ekpe Udoh – 8/10/1 with 2 steals and three blocks in 31 minutes. Making up for the failure to advise you to stream Jodie Meeks I did tweet before game time last night to stream Ekpe. I hope you did. I care man, I really do. I love you. Wait, what?
Mike Dunleavy – 13/4/1 with 3 threes in 31 minutes. Go, go, go grab him in standard leagues if he was dropped. I remind you that in the 5 previous games before the Monta Ellis deal Mike D averaged 35.6 mpg/.462 FG/.100 FT/15.4 ppg/5.2 rpg/4.8 apg/1 spg/1.2 3pm. After the Ellis deal he was at around 21 mpg but managed to stay fantasy relevant due to an outrageously hot hand from the floor, something like .670 FG over his last 5 or 6. I’m all over him like white on rice until Carlos Delfino is back. It’s purely coincidence that Dunleavy is also white.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 12/5/2 with 2 steals on 6-7 FG. I’ll make you a deal Luc, you keep shooting .857 FG and I’ll keep trying to spell your name without having to look back 16x. Or I could just cut and paste I suppose but I’m not that smart. Stream in deep leagues while Ersan AND Carlos are sidelined.
Dante Cunningham – 13/14/1 with 2 steals and 4 blocks. Nice game, brah, nice game. Unfortunately, only his mother had him active and that’s just her enabling him again. Marc Gasol was a late scratch but should be back Friday so just leave Dante on the wire. Insert sad face emoticon here.
Wayne Ellington – 15/2/1 with a steal and 2 threes in 27 minutes. Here’s what I told you on Monday: Wayne Ellington (17/3/3 with 3 threes) is the guy to stream in deep leagues when J.J. sits. Wayne Ellington, such a nice name. Sounds very regal if I do say so myself, right up there with Byron Scott. I can’t actually pick these guys up for you, you have to do your part too, man.
Brandan Wright – 13/7/0 on 6-7 FG. Keep streaming Brandan as long as Brendan Haywood is sidelined. It’s funny, I have literally at times spelled Brendan Haywood as Brandon Hayward. I admit it. I also admit that I look at the picture of the hot girl on Twitter who follows me before I report as spam.
Shannon Brown – 32/1/3 with 5 threes on 11-18 FG in 42 minutes. What’s up with Shannon friggin’ Brown? I ignored his last game when he posted 16 points with a three on 7-12 FG so that makes him, according to my addition skills, 18-30 from the field over his last 2. Didn’t even need a calculator for that one. Stream him while Grant Hill is sidelined. Son gots a hot hand right now.
Stephen Jackson – DNP-Rest. Rest from what? Homey sat out basically all February and most of March and has averaged 22 mpg since joining San Antone’. I warned you not to drink the Kool-Aid in standard leagues.
Kawhi Leonard – 14/7/1 with a steal and a three in 32 minutes. Here’s what I told you on March 19: Stephen Jackson – Pardon me but I’m not as excited about Captain Jack as other fantasy media seem to be. Nope, I’m not dripping the Kool-Aid because he’s reunited with Pop in San Antone’. Go ahead and take a whirl in deep leagues but I already warned you not to go dropping anyone getting steady minutes for him. Kawhi Leonard seems like a better option but that’s just me. Maybe I’m just crazzeeee. Yeah, crazeee like a fox!
J.J. Hickson – 21 points. Yay! 4 rebounds. Boo! 9-10 FG. Yay! 3 steals and a block. Another yay! 26 minutes. Medium yay! Let’s say he reverts to a more realistic 5-10 FG, you’ve got yourself 10/4. Blech. Sorry to rain on your J.J. for President parade. I soured on J.J. a long time ago but I have no choice but to give a lukewarm add recommendation in deep leagues of 14+ teams. My Magic 8 Ball made me do it.
Nolan Smith – 3/2/3 on 1-9 FG in 26 minutes. He and Jonny Flynn got some burn last night but Raymond Felton should be back Thursday to help kill your field goal so don’t you worry your pretty little face.
Charles Jenkins – 12/1/3 with a steal in 26 minutes while Nate Robinson sits and kills his owners head to head playoff dreams. Stream Chuck in the meantime but you knew that already.
Matt Barnes – 18/10/3 with 3 threes in 30 minutes. Matt Barnes has a hot wife. Good for him but it doesn’t help his fantasy owners. Monitor to see if he’s going to get burn.
Jeremy Lin – Will be a DNP on Wednesday night so stream Baron Davis. Jeremy Lin can cut scissors with paper.