The other day I bragged about how I could spell Valanciunas without looking and I spelled it wrong! Then I got called out by a reader. How embarrassing! In any event, yesterday Jonas Valanciunas dropped 22/7/3 with 3 blocks in 39 minutes. Yeah, sure it was a double overtime game but you had to like what you saw. On Friday JV posted 9/6/1 with 2 blocks in 31 minutes. The game before that he went for 16/10/2 with a block in 35 minutes. You starting to get my drift here, good peoples? Over his last 5 he’s at 31 mpg/12.8 ppg/8.2 rpg/2 bpg/.610 FG/.667 FT. I’ve been talking about him since pre-season, told you to grab him, then told you to be patient, then told you to give him 10 more games. Those 10 games have passed and so has he! Frequent Commenter Andrew saw this coming last week. Do you read the Comments? You should, you could learn a lot! You can even ask questions, it’s really good stuff! Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball yesterday.
Andrea Bargnani – 4/8/1 with a steal, a block and no threes on 2-19 FG and 0-7 from downtown. I can just imagine what Andrea was thinking. This is an easy layup. Blocked. Pass it, pass it, no, forget that, I’m open! Brick. Oh, gosh, I just can’t help myself. Brick. We need to win, I need to score the ball. Clunk. I’m due! Airball.
Ed Davis – 15/14/0 in 22 minutes. The points and boards are nice but the minutes? Meh, not so much. I’m not very interested, Mr. Boring Name.
Manu Ginobili – 15/7/5 with a steal and a three in 36 minutes. Over his last 5 he’s averaging 14.8 ppg/3.6 rpg/4.2 apg/1.4 spg/1.8 3pm/.387 FG/.850 FT and I still think he can and will do better, especially that FG. I advised a buy low two weeks ago but maybe that window is closing. Better hurry to find out!
Rodney Stuckey – I’m getting tired of writing about Rodney. Rodney, you’re boring me! Now he’s hurt. I think he’ll be fine when he’s healthy and if you drop him you know he’s going to be picked up by someone pretty quickly. That’s when you know you probably shouldn’t drop someone, instead explore a deal if you don’t really want him anymore. I like to look for two for one type deals where, in this case, Rodney would be the second player you include for one better player. Hey, if you’re willing to drop him, you may as well try to move him first. You never know, someone may see him as a buy low opportunity and take you up on it. Am I right or am I right? Rhetorical!
Gerald Wallace – 2/1/0 with a steal in 27 minutes. Buy low, buy low. Keep chanting it as you email his owner. Don’t just ask what he wants for Gerald Wallace either. That’s not very smooth!
Markieff Morris – 8/10/2 with a block in 26 minutes. There are certain coaches I don’t trust and Alvin Gentry is one of them. I don’t know why, I just don’t trust him to keep playing Markieff big minutes. I could be wrong but if I owned him, I’m looking to sell high. Sell high, young man! Or girl or old man or woman!
Luis Scola – 10/7/2 in 22 minutes. I’m still not dropping him in standard leagues. Go ahead and lose him in 10 team leagues though for someone playing minutes.
Michael Beasley – 21/1/1 with a block in 32 minutes. Way to crash the boards, B-Easy! Gosh, I hate having to cover all these fools on Phoenix but someone gots to do it! I advised a hold last week in standard leagues and still feel the same but I’m not happy with him or anyone there. Except Goran Dragic. I like you, Goran. You’re ok in my book!
Jrue Holiday – 33/3/13 with a three on 13-21 FG. I liked him for a bounce back year and he’s been even better than I expected. Don’t sell high, don’t you do it! Mmm-mmm.
Evan Turner – 16/9/3 on 4-13 FG. Evan couldn’t throw it in the ocean yesterday but still posted 16 points so he’s getting it done. Last week I foresaw the good times continuing to roll and he’ll have his 3-5 games where he disappears but, for the most, part, this is his break out year. Dorell Wright? Phooey! I had him in my Drop post on Friday. Hope you did the needful!
Spencer Hawes – 6/2/2 with a steal and a block in 20 minutes. Maybe he has a sore knee that’s hindering him, maybe he doesn’t but what I do know is the guy can’t even dominate minutes on a team with a front court consisting of Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown. If you lost him for a hot free agent, I’m cool with that.
Jason Terry – 5/2/3 with 3 steals and a three in 27 minutes. JT only launched 6 shots from the field. 6! Last week I told you I wasn’t buying low and he hasn’t given me any reason to feel otherwise. Make me feel otherwise, JT! I double-triple dog dare you! I bet you can’t.
Josh McRoberts – 7/14/2 with 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (6/3/1 in 17 minutes) had an off game so Joshy got some burn. Just keep an eye on Josh in deeep leagues. Just one eye is sufficient, use the other eye to watch The Voice or some other similar show of that ilk.
Robin Lopez – 14/5/1 with 2 steals and 4 blocks. I’m warning you, man, move him now while the gettin’ is good. You’ve been behooved!
Al-Farouq Aminu – 2/2/0 in 15 minutes. No real reason to panic but if he has a good game or two this week and you wanted to sell him high, I wouldn’t begrudge you. Hell, I don’t even know you! I may know you actually, not sure.
Brian Roberts – 17/2/5 in 22 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Austin Rivers dropped 5/6/6 with 2 steals, a three and a block on 2-10 FG in 33 minutes. If Austin had dropped 12/6/6 he’d probably be a pretty popular pick up today. I still want Austin on my reserves, he’s slowly doing his thing! Let’s see if he improves. As you know, the minutes are there anyway.
Corey Brewer – 8/2/2 with a steal in 28 minutes. I see his name thrown about as a decent deep league pick up but I don’t know, I’m not really feeling it. You like 9.4/2.6/1.2? That’s what he’s done over his last 5. Meh.
Ty Lawson – 17/1/6 with 2 steals. He’s been picking up the pace since I advised a buy low last week. You gots to move quick on these buy lows, man! Listen! Like the Beyonce song!