By: John Fortney – Staff Writer (@jfort753)
I’m sorry to say, but it might be time to Parker in the garage.
One of these weekends I’m gonna come at you with nothing but good news where the Fantasy NBA season is made of lollipops and gumdrops covered in chocolate sprinkles. On second thought, that sounds disgusting, but you see my point right? I hate to keep being the bearer of bad news but it is very necessary. Tony Parker. Ok, now take a deep breath……. Calm now? Last night, Tony Parker went down with a nasty ankle injury where he was later carried off the court. $%*^! I know right. We cant change the result. All we can do is deal with the consequences. Latest news is that TP will miss about a month, but I will gladly take the under on that, say three weeks or so. Even then, most leagues playoffs start in three weeks and even IF he is back and healthy then, you know Popovich will rest his starters often down the stretch for their very own playoff run. Greg can be so selfish….. Anyways, Tony Parker owners are at a fork in the road. Do you cut bait and try your best to find a replacement for the stretch run? Or do you hold on and hope he returns in time for your playoffs? That answer lies with you depending on your leagues timetable, roster requirements, etc. I just want everyone to be aware that the end of the fantasy season may be closer than you think. Take Kevin Love for example. He is being held onto in most of my leagues and sounds like he wants to play in the last 15-20 games this season. Say he comes back in time, healthy, say you still make the playoffs, what if he doesnt produce in that first week back? What if he sits a game or two? Your answer is that you get beat in the first round and your 20 week regular season was a waste of time. My point is that you need to evaluate your timetable along with injury timetables, minute restrictions, and how motivated your player will be to come back and play the last few weeks. My gut says hold on to Parker in case he comes back in a couple weeks and is ready for playoffs. On the other hand I wouldnt blame anyone for grabbing a hot free agent point guard for him in the meantime. TP’s replacements will be Patty Mills (12/3/1) and Gary Neal (DNP) with Manu Ginobli (9/4/15/3stl) needing to step up for the Spurs. I like Patty Mills to get most of the point guard run, but that’s just a guess. Well see what Popovich has up his sleeve this time…….
There was a lot of action last night so lets get to it. Here’s you best (and worst) of the rest……
Roy Hibbert – 18/3/2blk in 33 minutes. Returned from suspension but how a 7 footer can only collect 3 rebounds in a full game is unbelievable. You should be embarrassed Roy.
Danny Granger – 8/3/stl in 10 minutes. Will be on a minutes restriction for awhile. I would expect him to be starting with a full work load by playoff time.
Amir Johnson – 2/3/1/blk Yuck. Dont worry though, he was in foul trouble all night.
Alan Anderson – 14/2/1/2/1 Got a lot of run with the Raptors being behind the entire game. Ignore.
Bradley Beal – 29/11/2 Bradley is scorching hot right now and the full minutes should be there all season. Enjoy the ride.
Trevor Ariza – 15/6/5/2stl Playing well right now as the Wizards 6th man. Very ownable in 12 team leagues or deeper. Maybe even 10 teamers if you need steals.
Donatas Motiejunas – 17/3/1 Starting and producing. The Thomas Robinson (2/2/1) project may have to wait til next year as the Rockets are trying to hold on and still make the playoffs. D-mo is the guy to own right now.
Tobias Harris – 27/10/2/stl with 3 treys. The fact is he is a better player than Andrew Nicholson (17/1) or Moe Harkless (13/4/3) right now. Make the move if you havent already.
Beno Udrih (4/1/8/stl) and E’Twaun Moore (9/3/11/stl) are useful if you need assists.
Carl Landry – 11/4/1 Carl is a nice play with Bogut out but I’d rather own Tobias Harris right now just for the added threes and blocks.
Jeff Green – 18/5/2/3blk Officially the 3rd most valuable Celtic right now for the rest of the season. Will get all the run he can handle. (See Bradley Beal)
Lamar Odom – 10/7/1/1/1 In game shape and is starting to shoot a higher percentage. Very nice play when he gets the minutes.
Dirk Nowitzki – 20/8/2/1/1 Looking more like the old Dirk Nowitzki and less like the Dirk Diggler. Which is very good.
Chris Kaman – 8/4/1/3/1 Back and starting (23min) and Elton Brand (8/2/3/2/2) is coming off the bench. Both are doing a nice job of destroying each others value.
Ryan Anderson – 19/13/1 Got the start with Anthony Davis out with injury and Jason Smith out for the season (torn labrum).
Marcus Thornton – 25/1/5/stl Getting all the 6th man minutes and is shooting with confidence. Attacking the second units. A very nice add if you need a scoring punch.
Derrick Favors – 8/7/1/blk Got the start with Al Jefferson out but was in foul trouble much of the night. He’ll bounce back. That is if he sees another start.
Enes Kanter – 23/22/1/blk Was in absolute beastmode last night. Couldve been my headliner had he not got the start for Paul Milsap (DNP) and played the lowly Bobcats. Definitely worth monitoring though. Congratulations to the Utah Jazz on stockpiling 17 very good power forwards and having no talent anywhere else. As soon as im done with this peice Im heading to the post office to mail them my resume. Sorry Hec, they might pay better….
Goran Dragic – 19/2/6/3stl/blk Went down with a nasty fall, played a few possesions afterwards, and then left the game. It didnt sound good last night but apparently Goran says he’s playing in the next one. Thats my warrior! Someone get this guy a raise!
Jermaine Oneal – 12/5/2/stl Continues to get more run that Gortat but I’m not buying it. Oneal will be injured within a week or two and Gortat will be back to full minutes. Lindsey Hunter really thinks he’s playing his cards right but someone needs to tell him that beating the Hawks is not a legitimate win. Its ok though Lindsey, I’ll send you a cookie in the mail.
Fart of the NIght: Marcin Gortat – 2 points and 2 boards in 20 minutes. Wooof!
Wesley Johnson – 15/6/2stl/blk Nice add right now in deep leagues. I love the threes and goodies he adds. Lets just hope he keeps getting the minutes.
Danilo Gallinari – 7/2/stl/blk Returned from injury and looked very rusty.
Wilson Chandler – 35/3/1/2stl with 6 treys. If Wilson ever gets a starting gig, he becomes a must own throughout the universe. Either way he is ownable virtually everywhere.
Andre Iguodala – 4/6/5/stl Fell back to earth after his big game in the last one.
Thabo Sefalosha – 8/12/5/2/3 Meh. Chalk this one up a nice game. I dont see it coming again for quite a while.
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