We’ve been down this road before with Pau Gasol and it just doesn’t appear to be in the cards this season for him and his owners. Last night disaster struck again in the form of plantar fasciitis, don’t try to pronounce it at home. What is plantar fasciitis? In short, your foot hurts when you have it, that’s all I know. As many of you astute fantasy owners also know by now, Pau may have torn the plantar in the fasciitis which means he could be out up to a month or even more. If he’s out for a month I’d lose him in shallow leagues, it’s just time to cut bait on him. Don’t even give him a kiss, just dunk his head into the water really hard and hold it down while he flops around until he lay still. That’ll be best for all! Oh, I’m so mean! Anyway, yes, the usuals, Antawn Jamison is most available out there so go grab him quick. Earl Clark should be owned everywhere by now but if he’s not then go do the needful. No, I’m not Indian but I eat Indian food! Metta World Peace should continue to do what he do when he’s not punching people in the head so that’s good news for you MWP owners and Mike D’Antoni should continue to look like an idiot with that moustache of his so, you know, the more things change the more they stay the same. It was kind of a slow night in fantasy basketball with only 5 games, here’s what else I saw:
Kyle Korver -10/1/8/with a steal, block and 2 threes. If 8 dimes, a block, two threes, a steal and low double digit points constitutes a bad game from Kyle these days you’re in pretty good shape! Little known fact, I had him and a bunch of others playing very well in my pre-season Sleepers post. Go check it out, it’s old skoooool by now.
Paul George – 29/5/4 with a steal and 5 threes. Playing out of his mind, y’all! People ask me all the time if Paul will lose value when Danny Granger comes back and my answer is naw. Yes, I say naw, not no. No is sooo boring. I’d trade David West high though!
Lance Stephenson – 14/6/3 with a block and 2 threes. I usually ignore Lance for fantasy but he’s been doing what he do lately, which is better than what he do (did!) the first couple months of the season! It’s called improvement! Don’t get too excited though, said Danny Granger.
Gerald Wallace – 9/3/4 with 3 steals and a three. Everyone hates Gerald! Everyone loves Raymond! Who is Raymond? It’s not Raymond Allen!! That much I know. As I mentioned last week, when evaluating Gerald’s value, look at him the same way you look at a guy like Kawhi Leonard. They are practically fantasy twins separated at birth these days! So what that means is if a guy like Kawhi is floating out there in your shallow league wire and you want to drop Gerald for a hot free agent who may not ultimately pan out, you can always fall back on the lesser name that Kawhi brings and get essentially the same stats. We straight, Skippy? That’s your new name.
Jared Dudley – 0/3/2 in 17 minutes. Here’s what I told you last Friday when I had Jared on the wrong side of my Add/Drop post: Jared Dudley – 69% – More of a continued monitor situation. As I’ve mentioned, I think his best fantasy run is behind him. That huge run led to his ownership skyrocketing. No reason to launch yet but keep an eye on it anyway. I swear I don’t make these predictions, it’s my Magic 8 Ball, he sees into the future. He knows everything! I got him on eBay. Keep an eye on Jared over the next few games. Downward trending, y’all! But you already knew that.
Kendall Marshall -11/0/4 with 3 threes in 33 minutes. Hurry and grab him in standard and deep leagues. Better hurry now, hurry along.
Jerryd Bayless – 29/2/2 with a steal and 3 threes in 29 minutes. Jerryd sat at the top of the Bay(less) last night. Did you grab him?
Tayshaun Prince – 11/6/4 with 3 steals. Immediately stepped in and played 37 minutes which kind of made Bayless’s explosion all the more surprising. Tay should just be Tay. Let him be Tay! That’s who he is. Same Tay, different jersey. Or is it uniform?
Harrison Barnes – 7/1/0 in 17 minutes. He really just isn’t good enough, really. He isn’t. Not at this point in his career anyway. Sigh. You can lose him for a hot free agent if you’d like. Try to win!
James Harden – If I told you before the game the Rockets would drop 140 last night, what would you have put the over/under on points for Jimmy Beard? Whatever it is, you lost!
Sam Dalembert – 35/12/2 with a block. Feel free to call him Dalembear if you want to speak French and impress your girlfriend. Hey, Kosta Koufos, look, they are selling souvlaki in the first row! Swish. Hey, Kosta Koufos, they are doing ouzo shots in the cheap seats! Layup. Hey, Kosta Koufos, look, an Olympic flag is hanging in the rafters! Dunk! I had Sam in my Add/Drop post last Friday and sometime last week had a projection of around 5 or 6 boards with a block or two in 20ish minutes but this is ridiculous! I’m still sticking to my original forecast with him now clearly in the rotation but go ahead and grab him and hope for more. Just don’t hold your breath. You’ll probably turn blue!
Larry Sanders – 12/7/1 with 5 blocks before exiting stage left with a hip injury. He’s traveling with the team though so it looks like he be aaaiight. Just a bruise! Be ready with another option tonight though. I wouldn’t count on him. Stream Sam!
Monta Ellis – 12/6/6 with a steal and three blocks on 6-21 FG and 0-5 from deep. Now shooting an even more putrid .397 FG. If you own him and your FG is in the tank, now you know why. Either dump FG or dump Monta on someone. Those are your two choices. Tough love!
Andre Iguodala – 8/5/5 with 4 steals and 2 blocks. He’s not scoring a lot of points but he’s definitely better a helluva lot better than me!, said Gerald Wallace.
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