Last night Jonas Valanciunas dropped 18/8/2 with 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. As usual, I examined the box score closely for you to make sure there were no obvious reasons for such a line, you know, like an injury, a blow out, etc. and, sure enough, there was no obvious outlier! Here’s what I told you last week when he wasn’t playing great but sometimes you have to look past that. You have to look at opportunity and strike! Jonas Valanciunas – Yes, I’m well aware that Andrea Barganani has been lost for the year and maybe you Bargnani owners are looking for some pity words but you won’t get none of that here, man. Nope, let’s just let him go silently into the night! JV is back, y’all! Go ahead and grab him in your 12 team league if he was dropped. You can always launch him if he farts on your pillow … again! I’m guessing he’s still floating around out there in some leagues so go for it if you haven’t already. It’s called opportunity, ladies and germs! Old school joke! Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night:
Wayne Ellington – Started and dropped 20/7/4 with a steal and 3 threes in 41 minutes. Fabulous! C.J. Miles was also productive with 10/3/5 with 2 threes in 24 minutes. Just grab whomever is on the wire, if both are still on it then I still lean C.J. but if starters are your thing then no shame in grabbing Wayne-o. This could be a 7 of one, half a dozen of the other type thing! Who’s the 7 though? That’s the question! You know where I stand, hoss, but it’s a toss up. What’s a hoss?
Shaun Livingston – 14/3/6 with 2 steals. Here’s what I told you last week: Next on the pecking order for me is Shaun Livingston who I said this about on Friday: Shaun Livingston – 1% – If you own Kyrie Irving than you best make room for Shaun, son! If you don´t own Kyrie Irving then go ahead and stream Shaun until Kyrie comes back and even then I might hold onto him a bit. I hope you listened, I don’t mess around up in here, at least my Magic 8 Ball doesn’t! Shaun is the closest thing to a true point guard the Cavs now have, temper expectations though, he hasn’t exactly lit it up but he offers the most upside. Over his last 5 he’s at 12.6 ppg/3.4 rpg/5 apg/1.4 spg. Actually, I didn’t say any of this stuff, my Magic 8 Ball dictates everything, I just type it!
Kyle O’Quinn – 12/14/4 in 25 minutes. I’ve seen O’Neil, O’Reilly, O’Flanagan but never an O’Quinn! Now I know it exists. O’Brother! Leave him on the wire or stream if Nikola Vucevic is to miss more time puking his lungs out.
Kenyon Martin – 11/3/0 with a steal in 28 minutes. If you’re desperate for a low level production then I have the perfect guy for you, said Kevin Martin!
Larry Sanders – 19/14/2 with a steal and 4 blocks. I wonder how many people grabbed Larry Sanders way way way back in November. I hope you did, that was certainly your only shot to add him. If you weren’t reading me then, don’t worry, I promise next November I’ll have your next awesome free agent(s!) right here for you, man. I care! Sniff.
Andre Drummond – Won’t be returning Friday as hoped and seems to be out indefinitely which blows because I grabbed him in my FSWA league where I’m in a dog fight for first place out of 24 and I needed those damn blocks! I’ll probably be losing him soon and if you’re in a H2H league where you need to win now then lose him pronto! No times to waste, son! ****** UPDATE ******* Andre practice today so hold for further news!
Kevin Martin – 17/1/0 with 2 steals and a three in 31 minutes. The day after I complained he’s not getting enough burn he goes out and plays 33 minutes. Halelujah! Now give me an Amen! Now pray he continues to get 30ish MPG. He better! Don’t hold your breath though, you may suffocate!
Brandon Bass – 11/6/2 with a steal and a block in 31 minutes. He’s got a great playoff schedule so use that to your advantage. It’s called production by volume! With Brandon you’ll need plenty of volume, because, he, um, aint not very good. Double negative! Or something like that.
Gordon Hayward – 27/8/2 with a steal and 3 threes. On the podcast I have mentioned numerous times how I hate Marvin Williams because all he does is block our wanna be fantasy heroes like Gordon Hayward. Get out your cape Gordon, you’re my hero! As long as you’re starting anyway.
Donatas Motiejunas – 5/5/0 with a steal and a block in 26 minutes. Not much new insight I can give you here. It looks like he and Thomas Robinson are canceling each other out making them both only deep league plays only. Hmmph!
Darren Collison – 8/0/3 with a steal in 20 minutes. You know I’m not a fan but when he starts he’s ok, when he doesn’t start, he’s fantasy fodder. You don’t like fantasy fodder, do you? Rhetorical!
Brandon Wright – 9/3/0 with a block in 12 lonely minutes. The other day I told you I wasn’t giving Wright much love but since he was getting burn go ahead and take a whirl. Looks like the ride stopped. Hope you didn’t get whiplash!
Manu Ginobili – 16/3/7 with a steal and 2 threes. Unfortunately for Manu’s owners, it looks like Tony Parker may return as soon as Friday so expect some regression in minutes and production. Hey they go hand in hand, like boyfriend and girlfriend! Same goes for Danny Green. Just an FYI. Don’t kill the messenger! (me)
Kevin Seraphin – 16/5/1 with 2 blocks in 30 minutes. Sure, leave it up to Kevin to beat up on a Suns front court that the Duke girl’s basketball team could have schooled. Let’s see him do it again before even considering a pick up. I dare you, Kevin! I triple-dog dare you! Emeka Okafor will be back anyway so whatevs on Kev. Bully!
Bradley Beal – 6/5/1 before leaving with an ankle bone injury. This brother from another mother seems cursed and if you want to lose him then go for it. It’s a shame though because he’s sooo good when he’s healthy but we gots to win now! No time for dreamers!, said Derrick Rose.
Markieff Morris – 0/2/0 with a steal in 11 minutes. Benched! I seriously, seriously hate the Suns from a fantasy perspective. Weeks ago I told you that Lyndsey Hunter was looking like that coach. You know, the one who is clueless and consistently tinkers with his rotations all while simultaneously losing like every game. He graduated from the Keith Smart School of Coaching. Fake diplomas are apparently given there!
Luis Scola – 11/5/2 with a steal and a block. As long as Jermaine O’Neal is sidelined I trust Luis. Otherwise, I’m only trusting Goran Dragic, Jermaine O’Neal and, like I told you last week, Wes Johnson. The rest can go F off. Pardon my F-rench!
Byron Mullens – 25/5/2 with 2 steals, 3 blocks and 4 threes. Dayum!! Best hurry and grab him, suddenly he’s back! Talk about ups and downs! Jeez.
Gerald Henderson – 21/7/5 with a steal. Did you add him quick when I told you to last week. I don’t like to beg. Is he helping you to fantasy basketball glory? If so, you’re welcome! Now buy a damn t-shirt!