Well, it looks like Chris Kaman went, so hopefully this Brand is here to stay!
See what I did there? That literally took me over a half hour to dream up. I’m kidding, it just Kaman to me……Ok, so that’s where we’ll draw the line….Elton Brand (8/13/2blk) got the start last night while Chris Kaman (8/3/stl/blk) was moved to a bench role. This should mean very good things for all of you Brand owners. I think we can expect close to a double double with a block or two on a nightly basis. I’ll take that all day baby. As for Kaman owners, not so much. I don’t see Kaman’s value returning unless we get a Brand injury, which could very well happen, since Elton has never been known to be unbreakable. I’m hoping it sticks fantasy wise, because I like Brand’s skill set a bit more than Kamans. Especially the blocks. As for the Dallas Mavericks, it didn’t make a difference in last nights game as they still lost the Tim Duncan-less and Manu Ginobli-less (8 minutes) Spurs. Greg Popovich just sent Tony Parker and about ten other randoms and got the job done. Just another day in the great state of Texas….or however the hell that goes…..
Here’s your best (and worst) of the rest…..
Ersan Ilyasova – 30/7/2/1/1 Ersanity continues! He looks like he has his confidence back and should be owned everywhere right now. Hopefully you held onto him.
John Henson – 4/1 Looks to be getting no run when Ersan is hot. I think he’s droppable at this point. He had a me excited there for a while.
Marreese Speights – 10/6/2stl in 18 minutes. He should be useful in deep leagues for now, but if Tristan Thompson (18/6/2/1/3) or Tyler Zeller (6/6/1) are ever injured or benched, he becomes ownable everywhere.
Kirk Hinrich – 25/2/4 Old Kirky was doing his best Stephen Curry (21 points) impression. Don’t expect this again anytime soon.
Jimmy Butler – 16/12/blk Got another start with Luol Deng out again. Should be short lived though, as it sounds like theres a chance Deng could play today.
Deron Williams – 12/5/6/2blk Bad News : Deron left the game after he banged knees with Marc Gasol and it did not look good. Good News : Deron is expected to play in todays game. Nervous were you? I like to keep it suspenseful. Better keep a close eye on D-Will in the meantime, but just in case he misses a game or two, CJ Watson (9/3/1) would be your guy.
Gerald Wallace – 1/3/4/1/1 I won’t lie, I gave him the boot in a 10 team league. I’m sick of staring at these lines and contemplating whether the steals and blocks are worth it anymore. He also doesn’t get many shots with Joe Johnson and crew letting shots go like the basketball is a hot potato. I decided I could do better and you probably can too.
Tony Wroten (11/4/2) and Darrell Arthur (6/5/1/blk) are making some noise now that Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington are gone. Deep Leaguers should monitor them.
Jeremy Lin – 13/5/8/6 steals/blk I don’t mean to brag but I called this bounce back and actually happened to win a couple buckets of cheddar on the deal. Lin will give you some stinkers, but he has to be owned. Someone dropped him in a 10 team league of mine. I’m scooping him up directly. I mean look at that line, doesn’t it make you smile? Just a little? Thought so.
FART OF THE NIGHT: Greivis Vasquez – 2/1/6 Was absolutely awful and was benched in the 4th quarter, which was well deserved. I’m not worried though. He’s had a great season and has been very consistent. Hold.
Derrick Williams – 18/11/stl Should be a nice play til Nikola Pekovic comes back, and still useful until Kevin Love returns.
Greg Stiemsma – 2/2/6/2stl and no blocks? In a start? C’mon Greg if you’re not gonna block shots then why would I want to own you? Ta, ta, ta, taday Junior!! Time’s up. Moving on….
Ricky Rubio – 4/5/6 in 31 minutes. Line is decent but minutes are up. I think Ricky will come around, but it may take a few more weeks. Just warning you.
Mikael Gelabale (15/7/stl) and Chris Johnson (9/5/stl/blk) had nice games and could be useful in very deep leagues for a while. Or until Pekovic returns. Just make sure you grab the correct Chris Johnson because apparently there are like eight of them that play in the NBA.
John Wall – 14/1/5/2blk Returned to the starting lineup, but still played only 20 minutes. This a good step and the minutes will come. John Wall will soon be back in full strength for the stretch run!
Jordan Crawford – 19/3/stl in 22 minutes. Got a good game from JC and I see him sticking as a 6th man scorer type. I think he can be owned in 12 team leagues or deeper. Lets just call him “our poor mans Jamal Crawford”. Ok, deal.
Al Horford – 24/13/3/2stl Returned. Get him back in your lineup.
Ivan Johnson – 11/1/1 “Ivan the terrible” Got another start but this time it wasn’t against the lowly Bobcats. Add that in with him getting benched in the 2nd half and theres your crappy line. The Atlanta Hawks were getting slaughtered at half by 19, so Devin Harris (14/3/2/2/1) was moved to the starting lineup. Next up, was a 21-2 run that forced overtime, then double overtime, and lastly a “W”. Needless to say, Ivan won’t be starting anytime soon, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Kyle Korver – 27/6/4/3/2 with 8 threes! Hand Down! Man Down!! – Mark Jackson
– Kyle was absolutely infuego last night. My advice to the Celtics would be to defend the white guy from Creighton next time around, cause the kid can shoot the lights out!
– My advice to you is to snatch him up if you need threes and he’ll also sprinkle in some boards, dimes, steals, and blocks. He’s a very nice play in any format.
Jared Sullinger – 0/5/2/2stl and 6 fouls. Sully has fouled out nine times this year (which leads the league) and in six of his last thirteen games. Woof. If you own him just expect a lot of duds.
Greg Monroe – 31/12/stl This is why we love his upside. I expect more of these lines down the road.
Andre Drummond – 6/7/1/3/2 Can we all just start grabbing this kid so I don’t have to mention him anymore? With the boards and blocks alone he is ownable in 10 team leagues, and should only improve with an uptick in minutes along the way.
Chris Anderson – 2/2 in three minutes played. The Birdman made his Heat debut and could be useful if he ever reaches 20 mpg. Just keep an eye on his minutes. Or we can do that for you. Stay tuned.
$75,000 – Is the amount of money a Miami native made on a half court hook shot during the break after the 3rd quarter. $75k. Wow. He just drained it, and then was tackled at mid-court by Lebron James in a hilarious, but well deserved celebration. Just to put it in perspective for you, this guy made $75k on one shot while Lebron had to play an entire game to make his $214k. Needless to say, both brought the bread home last night.
Kevin Martin – 24/3/1/2stl K-Mart is heating up. If you need some threes and points, he may be your huckleberry.
Isaiah Thomas – 7/1/stl I’m not holding him in 10 team leagues anymore, but continue to monitor. If you can drop him for, say, a Jeremy Lin, go for it! Ha!
Derrick Favors – 14/5/2stl/blk This guy just passes the eye test. He is very salty defensively, and still needs some work on the offensive side, but looks promising. What more can I say? He is the future and I could see the Jazz moving Paul Milsap at the trade deadline. The Jazz desperately need some guard help and this could be the solution. Jamal Tinsley (6/3/6/stl) is their starting PG for cripes sakes! If that were to happen, Favors is a must own immediately.
Kobe Bryant (14/9/14/3/1) and Dwight Howard (17/13/2blk) led the way for the Laker win over the Jazz while Steve Nash (15/2assists) took a backseat view. This looks very good for Kobe and Dwight owners, but very bad for Nash owners, if this is a sign for things to come. Lets see how it plays out though….
Pau Gasol – 15/7/3/stl Came off the bench but was very productive. Pau thinks he is a starter and he should be, but I think he is a better fantasy wise coming off the bench because he get his touches down low. Pau hardly sees the ball when starting, so this could be a good thing for him. Who knows what Mike D’Antoni comes up with next though. It’s at least some signs of life for Pau owners so I’m just hoping for the best.
Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck everyone. See you tomorrow!
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