Let’s lead today with J.J. Hickson, the man who played just 12 minutes last night because his defense was, shall we say, lacking. Son, you don’t let Byron Mullens dunk on LeMarcus Aldridge’s head like that! Now go sit on the end of the bench. Don’t even bother getting on the stationary bike, you’re not going back in! boo hoo. That’s what I can imagine the coach saying to J.J., how embarrassing and awkard! Anyway, you J.J. owners just chalk this one up to one of those nights. Everyone has one of those nights so it be what it be. Ebonics! The guy is averaging close to a double-double on just 28.5 mpg on the season. Would I like to see his blocks per game come up from his current .6 per? Suuure, but you could do worse for front court help. Just ask Tristan Thompson. Doh! Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Omri Casspi – 10/4/1 with a block and 2 threes. Leave him out on the wire, don’t you grab him, mmm-mmm. Don’t do it.
Daniel Gibson – 3/2/1 with a three in 29 minutes. When Kyrie Irving got hurt I saw other, um, experts telling you to grab Daniel Gibson and not Jeremy Pargo or Donald Sloan. Gibson is a shooting guard, Pargo and Sloan are at least point guards. Um, okaaay.
Tyler Zeller – 8/4/1 with a block in 20 minutes. There are rumors that Anderson Varejao may get moved at some point. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t but if he does Tyler will be your Huckleberry for the second half. He’s getting a smidgen of minutes now as it is. Keep your eye on him, y’all. No, I’m not from the South.
Marquis Daniels – 2/3/2 with a block in 16 minutes. Marquis has been in the league for many years now and he’s the same guy he’s always been, you know, the one sitting on your waiver wire. Leave him there! Whhheeeeee.
Gerald Henderson – Returned from injury and posted 5/1/0 with a three in 15 minutes. I’m seeing other, um, experts telling you to run out and grab Gerald. Hurry, hurry, don’t trip! Wait, standard leagues only. He’s really not the bee’s knees, too many guys back there, only one ball! Temper expectations. You’ve been behooved!
Jeffrey Taylor – 11/4/2 with a steal and a three in 27 minutes. It’s all over but the fantasy rent for Jeffrey with Gerald back. If you had him in a deeep league, feel free to lose for a hot free agent.
Ben Gordon – 29/3/5 with a steal and 8 threes. He’s now hit a remarkable 18 in his last 3. The other day this is what I said about Ben: Ben Gordon – 26/4/3 with a steal and 7 threes. I’m just not seeing enough out of Ben to recommend a pick up. Nice game though, well done! Ben: Hey, hecman, you said what? Swish. hecman: I said I just don’t see enough to recommend you get picked up. Swish. Ben: Oh, in that case, I’ll have to prove you wrong. Swish. Swish. Swish. Swish. Swish! hecman: Fine, fine, go get ‘em if you need cheap threes!
Damian Lillard – 24/4/9 with a steal and a three on 1-8 from downtown and 6-16 FG. Last week I told you just for fun I’d track Damian’s FG. Over his last 5 he’s shot a putrid .338 and is averaging 37.6 mpg through 18. Fatigue may be a major factor second half so just watch your team’s FG, you don’t want him tanking you there. Just something to keep an eye on. You’re welcome!
Kyle Singler – 15/6/1 with a block and 3 threes. I chuckle when I see other, um, experts telling you now to go grab Kyle. Um, really? Thanks for the update?
Andre Drummond – 7/12/1 with a steal and 3 blocks in 20 minutes. I’ve been saying all long that talent isn’t the issue for Andre, it’s minutes. I still don’t expect him to earn big minutes anytime soon but if you’re in need of cheap blocks for your H2H league, give him a look-gander! Or a look-see which is the more popular phrase but rather boring.
Roger Mason, Jr. – 5/4/4 with a steal and a three in 26 minutes. That’s two games in a row with 26 minutes of burn. Keep your eye on him in deep leagues. I mean deeeeeep.
Ekpe Udoh – 7/6/2 with a block in 27 starter’s minutes. He’s really not doing enough to get onto the fantasy radar despite starting the last few games. Just monitor. Or ignore. Your call. I’m cool with either.
Larry Sanders – 8/7/1 with 2 steals and 7 blocks. Now has 22 blocks over his last 3. Here’s what I told you back on November 27, just one short week ago: Larry Sanders – 2/6/0 with no blocks in 12 minutes. Over his last 5 Larry is only averaging 17.8 mpg/4 ppg/4.6 rpg/1.8 bpg. To say I’m concerned would be fairly accurate. I know because I said it! Hold him for another few games to see if he gets his minutes back up, if he doesn’t then feel free to launch. To clarify for you English challenged folks out there, a couple means two, a few means three. As in three games! He exploded in games 2, 3 and 4 since I told you to hold him and not drop. I hope you listened. You better have listened!
Kosta Koufos – 10/10 with 2 steals and a block in 28 minutes. He’s only averaging 20 mpg over his last 5. Meh.
JaVale McGee – 17/6/1 with 5 blocks in 23 minutes. What stood out to me was his 17 trips to the free throw line. He aborted 7 of them. That means he made 9. Sorry to confuse you. Anyway, he’s only averaging 17.8 mpg over his last 5. Damn you, George Karl! I don’t see him getting big burn on this team.
Harrison Barnes – 9/4/2 with a steal, three and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. The lines have been disappointing to say the least but let’s focus on the positive. That’s what I do, I challenge positive energy through my fingers and onto your eyes. Over his last 4, he’s still averaging 30 mpg. Hold him a bit longer to see if he breaks out. The minutes are there anyway!
Chauncey Billups – 9/1/1 with a three in 22 minutes. I advised you last week to let your league mate pick him up. Aren’t you glad you did so far?
Randy Foye – 19/2/2 with 2 steals and 2 threes in 37 minutes. Do you remember what a monster Randy was last year when Billups went down for the count? Yes, he’s doing it again with Derrick Favors now sidelined. Hurry and scoop him up but remember he’ll just go back to being a threes specialist once Flava Favors comes back. I like that nickname for Derrick but nobody seems to enjoy it. I don’t care, I’m using it!