By: John Fortney – Staff Writer
I hate to lead you all off with bad news time after time but it is my obligation. One of my personally favorite players to own and watch, Rajon Rondo, tore his ACL in Friday’s game against the Knicks. $%^&$%@#!!!!! Ok now breath…… You back? Ok. After a few cuss words directed at your computer monitor, next step is to fixing this problem. You can’t replace a player like Rondo but you sure can make some adds to ease the pain. I think the first two adds here are Avery Bradley (who should start at the point) and Courtney Lee (who should move to starting shooting guard). Next in line to get a bump in minutes are Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa but should only be added in deeper leagues. As for the Celtics, I dont see them making the playoffs without Rondo and I fully expect them to trade what is left of the big three in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to contenders. Golden State needs a Center! Memphis needs a scorer! Works right? Ok, its not that easy but you get the point. Chances are, if they get moved, their value will decrease so if you can sell them high, go for it.
Rondo Owners : Here are some guys to check for on the waiver wire.
Raymond Felton – 8/3/2stl Returned for the Knicks last night. Make sure he isnt available.
Ricky Rubio – 14/1/8/5stl May have been dropped by a frustrated owner.
Jeremy Lin – 14/5/9/stl and 6 turnovers. Apparently it is a requirement to turn the ball over an average of 3-5 times a game to play for the Rockets. It starting to get out of hand but they are winning so I dont see anything changing in the future.
Eric Bledsoe – 11/9/5/2/1 A very nice play until Chris Paul returns. Stream, stream, stream!!!
Here’s your best (and worst) of the rest…..
Deron Williams – 27/4/11/2/2 Looks to be fine. At least we avoided one disaster.
Mareese Speights – 17/5/blk/stl Playing well off the bench and looks to be ownable in deep leagues. Maybe even in a 12 team league. I’d also like to thank Mo’s mother for giving him the most excruciating name to remember and spell. Instead of running to NBA.com to check it now I just have it on a yellow postet stuck to my monitor. Good Grief!
Spencer Hawes – 4/5/1/4blk Got the start over Lavoy Allen (1/5) and didnt have a great game due to his matchup with Tyson Chandler, but the stats will come. He should be owned everywhere!
Alan Anderson – 17/2/3/2stl Getting the lionshare of the bench minutes and is a nice play if you need a shooting guard.
Greg Stiemsma – 11/7/2blk Stream if you need blocks.
Nene Hilario – 16/6/4 Left the game with a rolled ankle but returned. Don’t be surprised if he misses time though since old Nene has the pain tolerance of a 2 year old.
Gordon Hayward – 15/3/6/3/1 Hurt his shoulder in last nights game but X Rays were negative. Sounds like a shoulder sprain and he may miss some time. Of course it happens right as he is starting to play well…..
Ty Lawson – 26/3/6/4/1 I hope you bought low!
Fart of the Night : Demarcus Cousins 3/2/4/4/1 I didnt expect such a crappy game against a great matchup. Not even you DMC! Dont worry, he’ll bounce back.
Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck everyone. See you next weekend!
Oh, also, don’t forget to check out hec’s show tonight at 9:30, the Rotoinfo Fantasy Basketball Breakdown show. Just click on that little link and you’ll magically be taken there. Also can be heard on iTunes!