Last night the Frenchman Nicolas Batum played 29 minutes but posted just 5/4/0 with a steal and a three before exiting stage left with a bad back/shoulder and what not. Uh, oh, not what you want to see from your fantasy basketball small forward extraordinaire, son! On the season Nic is returning solid 2nd round value with season averages of 16/6/3.2 to go along with 1.7 spg, 1.1 bpg and a whopping 2.5 3pm. The boy is a stud and his owners can’t afford to lose him but you already knew that! Currently, Nic is just day to day but if he’s to miss any games, I’m educatedly guessing that Luke Babbitt would be your Huckleberry to stream. In 4 starts last year, Luke averaged 37 mpg/10 ppg/5.3 rpg/1.3 apg/2 3pm, not too shabby! Sure, he’s no Batum but then again who is?? Keep your eye on the situation, just one eye is sufficient, use your other eye to watch X-Factor, that Carly Rose is the goods! Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Bismack Biyombo – 2/12/1 with a block in 30 minutes. Byron Mullens ended up in foul trouble so Bismack got some extra burn. The other day I said I wasn’t asking for much, just 23-25 minutes of burn was all I was asking, it’s not much, I’m not greedy! Let’s hope he can at least get that going forward. If he does, he’ll be useful. If he doesn’t, then meh.
Gerald Henderson – 18/6/0 with a block and 2 threes in 25 minutes. Here are your back court minutes from last night: Kemba Walker 34, Ben Gordon 26, Jeffery Taylor 39, Ramon Sessions 14. As I’ve said all along, it’s crowded back there, yo! Actually, I think I said, “y’all”, but you know what I mean. Temper expectations. As for Ramon, you can lose him for a hot free agent if you’d like. Or hold for a game or two more to see how his minutes shake out. Your call! Your team!
J.J. Hickson – 14/12/1 with nothing else in 26 minutes. Nice bounce back from J.J. after his benching on Monday night. Order has been restored so carry on!
Damian Lillard – 23/3/6 with a three on 9-15 FG. Hey, Anthony Davis, you gots lots of catching up to do, son! Right now Damian is running away with the Rookie of the Year title like he stole something. He did steal something … the basketball!
Jason Terry – 17/5/2 with 3 threes in 37 minutes. This is a typical line I was hoping to see out of JT regularly this season but it hasn’t materialized and it will only get worse, me thinks, when Avery Bradley is back in January. If he has a nice month this month, I’d look to sell high. We straight, Jimmy? That’s your new name. Unless that’s already your old name.
Carl Landry – 7/4/0 with a block in 26 minutes. That makes single digit points in 3 of his last 4 but with Andrew Bogut still nursing his ankle bone injury and seemingly no where near a return, I have faith in Carl. He should continue to do enough to fly your kite, so fly away!
Jarrett Jack – 8/0/4 with a steal in 24 minutes. Now averaging 9.9 ppg/4.4 apg and less than a three and steal per. I was sure Jarrett would get more burn than the 25 minutes he’s getting but the emergence of Harrison Barnes at the 3 and the continued health of Stephen Curry has suppressed his value. As I’ve said many times before, if I owned Curry I’m handcuffing him with Jack, I’d be scared shit not to but then again I scare easily. Boo!
Rodney Stuckey – 17/4/9 with a steal and a three in 31 minutes. He’s useful, I’ve been telling you that but everyone is hatin’ on poor Rodney. Insert sad face emoticon here.
Andre Drummond – 15/12/1 with 2 blocks in 31 minutes. 31 minutes!!! Yee haw! Wait, hold up. Anomaly!? Yes, yes, an anomaly but this portends what’s to come at some point so you best go grab him if he’s still sitting out there. If he goes back to 17ish minutes per, you can always lose him. Yep, I used portend in a sentence, what are you going to do about it? … look it up if you don’t know it! I can be such an obnoxious jackass sometimes. I’m sorry.
Greg Monroe – 9/5/3 with a block in 22 minutes. That makes 4 out of 5 sub-par scoring games for Greg so you know what that means. Go try to buy him low. Give it a shot! You’re so damn astute!
Ty Lawson – Exploded with 32/1/7 with 5 steals and 5 threes. Could this be the game that jumps starts Ty? Could it, could it? I don’t know. I hope so! Let’s see.
Lou Williams – 16/1/6 with 2 steals and 2 threes. It’s clear that my mother can be on Atlanta’s roster and still start at the 2 ahead of Lou but he’s getting his minutes anyway. Lou is their sixth man, deal with it! It’s all good.
Marco Belinelli - 23/3/0 with a steal and 2 threes in 41 minutes. Yesterday I told you to monitor. That’s my job, I identify guys for you to keep an eye on. Today your eye sees 23 points, 41 minutes and 2 threes. Your eyes also see Rip Hamilton has a torn something or other so go add Marco if you need cheap threes. Minutes, y’all, he looks like your Huckleberry at the two … for now anyway.
Donald Sloan – 14/1/4 with 2 threes in 24 minutes. Got some burn last night but I’m not expecting much. Just monitor. Sloan! Pardon my French, but you’re an asshole! If you get that reference, I’m impressed!
Chris Duhon – 3/5/10 with a three in 33 minutes. Cheap dimes! That is all.
Jodie Meeks – 9/2/1 with 3 steals and 3 threes in 26 minutes. Cheap threes! That is all.
Austin Rivers -s 1/1/3 with a steal on 0-5 FG in 21 minutes. He’s had a month to prove to fantasy owners he was worth holding and he’s clearly not so let him go if you haven’t lost him already. Opportunity lost. Such a shame. Sniff.
Ersan Ilyasova – 17/5/0 with a steal and a three in 30 minutes. He’s hot and he’s cold, he’s yes and he’s no, he’s in and he’s out, he’s up and he’s down. You know, like the Katy Perry song! Hold to see if he can build off this but sing the song again if you want. It was written for him.
Larry Sanders – 4/7/2 with 2 steals and a block in 17 minutes. What, you thought he was going to block 7 balls a game every night?
Gary Neal – 22/6/2 with 2 threes in 31 minutes. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green sat this one out so Gary not the burn. Kawhi may return on Saturday, he may not, only his quad knows and I didn’t interview it. Green is day to day with a hammy so feel free to stream Neal on Friday night! The carriage may turn to a pumpkin on Saturday night though.
Jameer Nelson – 17/5/5 with 2 steals and a three. Jameer is slightly above his career averages this season in every category except FG. He’s a career .454 but only at .396 this season. Ironic! So, in other words, you miss me, said Dwight Howard.
Gordon Hayward – 4/5/2 with 2 steals in 23 minutes. This breaks a nice 4 game stretch where Gordon scored double figures and averaged 16.5 per. Carry on my Hayward son! >>>> lame
Jonas Valanciunas – 3/3/0 with a block in 16 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson were just too big and athletic for JV to handle last night. It happens, it’ll happen again. You have to say it in like that New York Billy Crystal Jewish type voice. It works a lot better! Anyway, I’d only lose him for a hot free agent. The upside, blocks, FG and smattering of boards are there but the situation is too fluid in Toronto. Sigh.
Mikael Pietrus – 21/6/1 with a steal and 2 threes. Oh, gosh, I’ve been down this road before with Mikael. I’m not going down this road with him again, it’s a long and winding road and leads to only one place … a dead end!
DeMarcus Cousins – 25/13/1 with a block on 11-18 FG and 4 tovs. On the season, DeMarcus is averaging 15.6 FGA per and shooting just .432 FG. So many readers send me their teams and wonder why their team isn’t doing well, it looks great on paper! Well, perhaps your underestimating the power of the percents. The bad percents that is! If your big man is shooting the basketball 15.6 x per and aborting almost 57% of those heaves and your opponent’s big man is shooting the basketball 14ish times per and connecting on 51% of them, that adds up pretty quick! DMC is a monster though, just hope he gets that FG up to at least 46%. Just don’t hold your breath, you’ll turn blue!
Chauncey Billups – Out at least two weeks, I told you not to waste your time last week. Don’t even try to say I didn’. Mmmm-mmm.
Darren Collison – 8/2/2 with a steal in 18 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Derek “Pescador” Fisher started and dropped 15/1/2 with 3 threes in 27 minutes. Here’s what I told you last week: Darren Collison – DNP – Finger. It’s been a strange, strange week for DC owners. First, he comes off the bench on Tuesday but plays 30 minutes anyway. Then the coach says Collison is his starting point guard. Then he’s a DNP last night with the finger bone problem. Then Dallas announces they are signing Derek Fisher today. Then the coach says he likes Darren coming off the bench and Fisher will start. Um, okaaaaay. If you read me regularly you know I’ve never been DC’s biggest fan. That said, I was totally cool with him as long as he was getting 32 minute of burn nightly like he has been but if he’s only going to get say 26 minutes of burn? Meh, not so much. If I owned him (and I don’t anywhere) I’d look to move him for fair value quick, quick. Did you move him quick, quick like I suggested? I don’t mess around you know! You probably didn’t move him quick, did you? Sigh.