On Saturday night I was just hanging out at home washing my hair, doing my nails and what not when around 6:30 I received an email from a friend of mine in the fantasy sports writing industry. This unnamed fantasy sports writing expert enjoys playing daily fantasy basketball and he had a “who to start” lineup question for me. His choices were Jason Thompson, Derrick Favors or Ersan Ilyasova. My initial response, being the smart ass that I sometimes can be was, “What is this, suck ass night?”. Hey, I had just washed my hair, I was feeling good! Anyway, my suggestion was to go with Ersan under the theory that he was due. Was just a hunch! I have hunches. Needless to say Ersan went out and dropped 27/14/4 with 3 threes and a block in 26 minutes that night. Needless to further say my friend couldn’t get to his computer in time to get Ersan in and didn’t win any money that night. Oops! Then last night Ersan followed up his Saturday night performance with 27/16/2 with a block, 3 steals and 2 threes in 36 minutes. Whoa! Back on the January 13 edition of my weekly Rotoinfo Fantasy Basketball Breakdown show (with co-host Michael Pichan aka the Fantasy Nomad) I told you standard leaguers not to drop him but you shallow leaguers to consider losing him for a hot free agent since he was only getting around 26-27 minutes of burn even after entering the starting lineup. I thought that was certainly a reasonable recommendation. Hopefully, you standard leaguers (12 teams!) listened (literally!) and didn’t lose him so quickly because this is exactly why I said to hold him, upside! If you lost him in your shallow league for someone like say Andre Drummond, c’est la vie, you’re still doing ok! If he’s still floating around on your shallow league wire then you know what to do! Doubt he’s there anymore though. Sigh. Here’s what else I saw on a slow night in fantasy basketball:
Avery Bradley – 7/1/1 with 2 threes and a block in 27 minutes. You fantasy owners who were stashing him all year having fun yet? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Jared Sullinger – 12/10/0 with a block in 26 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the farm, his arch fantasy basketball enemy, Brandon Bass dropped 8/6/1 in 28 minutes. I don’t think they are really enemies. I’d rather Sully over Bass but you already knew that. Do they call black people Sully? Is that even allowed?
Tyler Zeller – 6/10/4 with 3 blocks on 2-10 FG in 38 minutes. His minutes will regress once Marreese Speights is in uniform but 30ish from Tyler would be great. I think he’ll still be able to do his boards and blocks thang! Or thing if you want to be all proper about it.
Luke Walton – 7/3/7 with a steal in 18 minutes. C.J. Miles sat this one out with an illness and Wayne Ellington was on a bus to Cleveland. Greyhound! It’s safe to continue to ignore Luke.
Glen Davis – 11/3/1 with no blocks on 4-16 FG. His fantasy shortcomings shined brightly last night. Or is it shone? I can never remember. Anyway, poor FG and the lack of blocks are his shortcomings in case you didn’t notice. Accept it if you own him!
Arron Afflalo – 0/9/5 with a steal on 0-4 FG in 38 minutes. Zero points in 38 minutes!! WTF? Ah, just carry on. Shitty line though despite the boards and dimes. Small consolation!
Jason Maxiell – 11/11 with a block in 23 minutes. Nice line from Jason but he’s quickly losing ground, and by ground I mean minutes!, to Andre Drummond. I guess I could have just said losing minutes in the first place but what fun is that? Jason is still useful in deep leagues though.
Rodney Stuckey – 14/2/1 with 2 threes in 25 minutes. With the emergence of Will Bynum and Rodney’s chronic injury woes I’m sad to report that it’s best to leave Rodney on the wire outside of deep roster standard leagues and deep leagues in general. I’ve thrown in the towel on you, Rodney! Insert sad face emoticon here.
Kyle Singler – 6/7/1 with a steal in 33 minutes. Kyle appears more and more to be a useful professional basketball player and a useless fantasy basketball player. Ok, semi-useless, I’ll give him semi-useless! Feel free to grab him again in deep leagues if you’d like since he’s getting burn lately.
Evan Turner – 23/6/7 with a steal, block and 4 threes in 45 minutes. Oh, that’s funny, here’s what I told you just yesterday: Evan Turner – 18/12/7 with a 3. As I’ve noted in the past, Evan is a streaky player, y’all. I advised a buy low recently and hope you did, I think he’s about to get hot again. Let’s see. That’s why they play the games! Was just another hunch. Educated hunch!
Spencer Hawes – 21/12/2 in 36 minutes. No threes, steals or blocks. Bummer! Why am I being greedy? Why???? I shouldn’t that was a great line from Spencer. He’s been better lately so let’s see if he can keep it up. Doubt it though so I’d look to sell him high off his last few games if at all possible. Yes, I believe in miracles!
Nick Young – 20/3/3 with 2 threes in 32 minutes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Dorell Wright played just 4 minutes. If you read the blog and listen to the podcast, you know I’m not a big fan of Dorell but this is embarrassing. Feel free to stream Nick while Jason Richardson remains sidelined.
Eric Bledsoe – 12/2/4 with a steal in 36 minutes. Yeah, Chris Paul is without a time frame for his return so you know what to do. Just don’t expect CP3 to be out too long, doesn’t sound too serious but I wouldn’t know, I didn’t interview his knee.
Monta Ellis – 18/5/10 with 2 steals in 44 minutes. If you’re wondering why your team looks fantastic on paper but your FG is in the tank then look no further than your boyfriend Monta. He’s top 5 in the NBA in FGA (17.5) while averaging a putrid .404 FG. Yep, that’ll do it! Just an FYI. If you want to move him then search out other teams with bad FG, convince them to dump that category and try to get full value for him in a trade. Other teams won’t give you full value. It’s like that, y’all!
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