By: John Fortney – Staff Writer (@jfort753)
We just start to beat the Drummond it breaks!!
The injury news was just flowing on Andre Drummond last night as he was originally reported as a game time decision against the Spurs, but, as it turns out, we were not so lucky. Not even a little bit. Next update, out for at least two games. Ouch! Ok, I can deal with that….Then, not even a half hour later, Drummond is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured vertebrae. Shaaat! That went from salvageable to catastrophe in about 45 minutes. The guy we’ve been touting for 2 months, who had been playing well and was expected to get even more run down the stretch, is now gooone. If AD misses the full six weeks, he will officially have only 13 games left on the year. Yes, sadly to say, he should be dropped. We don’t even know how he will perform once he returns from the dreaded back injury. (ala Dwight Howard) Who to grab you ask? Well I would’ve recommended Jason Maxiell (7/3/blk) but as it turns out he can’t stay out of foul trouble. Oh, and he’s not any good. Next Piston in line would probably be Charlie Villanueva (21/8/2blk) who played very well in 33 minutes last night. Outside of those two options, Byron Mullens (20/12/1/1/1) returned to the starting lineup and is a must-own almost everywhere. For other options see below …..
Here’s your best (and worst) of the rest of what I saw in fantasy basketball last night ….
Return of the Clippers
Chris Paul – 3/1/2 in 20 minutes returned to action. Phew, let’s now just pray for health. Maybe we should start going to church more often?
Blake Griffin – 13/5/3 Also returned. Should be good to go.
Chauncey Billups – 7/1/4 Finally back after almost a year off. Deep leaguers be aware.
Eric Bledsoe – 7/4/6/stl It was a great carnival ride, but we’re all out of tickets. If you sold high, great! If you can still get something for him, do it. If not, I’m not sure he’s ownable outside of deep leagues, as the minutes just won’t be there anymore.
Dwayne Wade – 20/6/7/4stl Or Dwyane if you’re his mother. Looks to be healthy. He WAS a buy low candidate…
Ray Allen and Chris Bosh – DNP’s due to the flu. I have a question. Which NBA players haven’t had the flu this year? Can we get everyone a bottle of hand sanitizer already?
Rashard Lewis – 10/7/2stl Ignore. Minutes won’t be there.
Chris Andersen – 8/4/2/2stl The Birdman got some garbage time run as the Heat blew out the Clippers. If you’re in a very deep league, just monitor him.
Jerryd Bayless – 14/2/3/blk in 27 minutes. The minutes are there lately, but I don’t love him unless he’s starting. Definitely useful though, definitely.
Jarrett Jack – DNP Should be back soon, if not next game.
Draymond Green – 4/6/1/blk Got a little more run (16 min) but I wouldn’t pay too much attention.
Nicolas Batum – 24/2/3/3blk That wrist injury is still bothering him but hopefully getting better. Either way he is undroppable and still ownable everywhere.
Ricky Rubio – 18/2/11/stl Should now be owned everywhere. Looking like the old Rubio lately…..
Marreese Speights – 18/5/1 Playing well and I still hate his name.
Arron Afflalo – 23/4/3 Returned to action. Get him back in your lineup.
Andrew Nicholson – 21/8/3/2blk While I love this line, I have no clue when he does it again. If you do, could you please let me know? Thanks.
Jose Calderon – 7/2/8/stl If you need assists, Caldy is a great buy low right now. I’m betting you can count on him for double digits assists for the rest of the season as he works in to full starter minutes.
Carlos Delfino – 5/1 Returned from injury. Once fully healthy, a great source of threes and steals.
Rudy Gay – 23/5/2/5stl/2blk Wowsers, Congrats if you own Rudy. Looks to be energized after the trade. I’m not sure if I want to sell high or buy low. I’m leaning sell high as the Raps are going nowhere fast.
Jonas Valancuinas – 14/13/1/2stl Hey Drummond owners!!!!!!! JV is back so go make sure he’s not on your waiver wire.
Andrea Bargnani – 14/2/1/2stl Oh look! Pretty boy $%&*, $%&*, is back. I’m selling him faster than I would my used underwear.
Nate Robinson – 18/4/9 Enjoy the ride or sell high? You decide.
Trade Watch – Rumors are Kris Humphries and Ben Gordon may be swapped in the future, so just in case, Andray Blatche would become a must own and Kris Humphries stock would go up, especially is he starts for the Bobcats. Kris went from banging the hottest Kardashian in the world, to possibly playing for the Bobcats? Sorry for your losses K-Hump……..As for Ben Gordon, I don’t see his value changing, as he will still be coming off the bench.
Line of the night – Grevis Vasquez 21/11/12/stl She’s a Beaut Clark!
Fart(‘s) of the night – Marcin Gortat 2/5/2to’s in 26 minutes and Kyle Lowry 2/1/6/1/2 in 35 minutes. Both are buy low candidates right now, but remember don’t give up too much! That’s the point of buying low!
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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