Fantasy basketball is such a fluid, funny game. One day you’re a sell high candidate and the next you’re a buy low guy. Let’s take a look at the most recent example of this phenomena, O.J. Mayo. Over his last 5, O.J. is averaging 33.6 mpg/8.8 ppg/2.2 rpg/4 apg/.6 3pm/2.2 spg/.321 FG/.636 FT. Pretty putrid numbers if you ask me and not very becoming! As if! Did everyone and their mother expect some regression with Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup? Suuuuure they did but nothing like this so go ahead and try to buy O.J. a bit low if his owner is panicked. Oh, and don’t just email the guy/girl asking what he/she wants for O.J., that’s not very subtle. You’re much smoother than that! Just send out a feeler saying you’re looking for a guard, anyone available? See if you get a bite. You clever fantasy player you. Oh, part 2!, speaking of trade strategy, feel free to check out my trade strategy post from last month. Just click on the link there and you’ll be magically taken to trade strategy nirvana. Or Nirvana if you like grunge rock. Anyway, there were just 4 lonesome games in the NBA yesterday, here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball:
Darren Collison – 18/5/8 with a steal in 33 minutes. Here’s what I told you back on November 29: 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. With Derek Fisher now fishing (pun alert!) DC has averaged 35 mpg over his last 3. Like I said last month, I’m cool if he’s getting 30+ minutes of burn. Let’s see if the coach looks for some other reason to limit his minutes in January. Wouldn’t shock me at all. Gzzzz.
Dirk Nowitzki – 8/5/2 with 3 blocks in 18 minutes. Speaking of buy low, your window is closing soon, boss. May I call you boss? I know you like that.
Larry Sanders – 4/3/0 with 2 steals and a block in 20 minutes. Quick, try to buy him slightly cheap. Quick, quick. You probably won’t be able to though. Insert sad face emoticon here.
Mike Dunleavy – 9/2/0 with 3 threes in 28 minutes. Cheap threes, y’all!
Ersan Ilyasova – 24/5/2 with 3 threes in 27 minutes. Your guess is as good as mine when he’s going to go off. In H2H or rotiss leagues with no games played cap, he’s fine as a plug and play. In leagues with a games cap, I’d be ssscaaaaaaaared. Booo!
Will Bynum – 8/2/5 with a block in 24 minutes. What, you thought he’d drop 30 every night? Continue to stream if Rodney Stuckey is to miss more time.
Brandon Knight – 11/3/3 with 2 threes in 35 minutes. I’ve gotten a lot of “What’s going on with Brandon Knight?” questions over the last week. My response: Nothing, carry on!
Kyle Singler – 8/3/0 with 3 steals in 31 minutes. Kyle’s been pretty bad but he seems to be getting his second wind a bit lately. Go ahead and consider as a streamer in deeep leagues while Rodney Stuckey gets fitted for a new ankle.
Jason Maxiell – 10/10/3 in 26 minutes. Hard hat guy is only averaging 21.6 mpg over his last 5. He still averaging 5.4 rpg and a block per over that span but it’s slowly becoming Andre Drummond time so brace yourself!
Tiago Splitter – 13/6/1 with 2 steals in 27 minutes. Over his last 5 he’s averaging 24.2 mpg/8.6/5.6/.6 bpg. Sounds about right. Can’t really expect more so if that floats your boat then float away.
Jason Terry – 20/3/0 with a steal and 2 threes in 33 minutes. I’m still selling him if I could off these strong games. Avery Bradley lurks.
Isaiah Thomas – 27/4/5 with a steal and 3 threes in 40 minutes. Importantly, he only had 2 tovs which has been his shortcoming. We’ve gone over Isaiah many times in the past few weeks here and here and here so I’m not going to continue to pimp him. I just hope you picked him up two weeks ago! I want you to win! I care! Sniff.
DeMarcus Cousins – 12/10/10 with a steal on 4-12 FG as he showcased his mad skills for his potential future employers. Or so I”m hearing anyway. Hope they took note of the poor FG!
Brandon Bass – 6/3/0 in 20 minutes as he continues to suck. Hey, maybe he’ll end up in Sacramento. You never know!
Caron Butler – 29/3/1 with 2 steals and 6 threes as all his deeeeep league owners rejoiced. Monitor but don’t hold your breath on consistent production. You’ll turn blue!
DeAndre Jordan – 14/6/1 with 3 blocks in 30 minutes. I actually bought DeAndre about a week ago after he had a few games of minutes in the teens. Sold Jared Dudley for DeAndre and Andrew Nicholson. Buy low/sell high, y’all! Let’s see if it pans out.
Gordon Hayward – 16/5/2 with 2 steals and a three in 28 minutes. Marvin Williams has a bad knee bone so Gordon benefits. Sad that a guy like Marvin has to kill the fantasy hopes and dreams of Hayward owners. Sigh. I feel your pain, said Derick Favors’ owner.