I hate to start this tiny fantasy basketball journey with bad news, but it just has to be said. One of the more popular picks for “fantasy bust of the year” is right on track so far. Deron Williams left in the first quarter of last night’s game with a sprained ankle, one of which he could not put any weight on. Williams is reported as saying the sprain was not as bad as his last one, where he missed an entire month of action. So…..half as bad? So……maybe he misses two weeks instead of four? We won’t know more for a few days, but my guess is that he misses in between one and two weeks. That’s a guess. In the meantime, Shaun Livingston (18/3/6/2/1) will be a nice short term add until D-Will returns. I started off the with the worst news, so it can only get better from here on out right? Ok, lets get to the rest of last nights fantasy basketball action……
Khris Middleton – 11/7/1/1/1 Got another start and is definitely useful at the moment, but I’d much rather own John Henson (8/8/1/3blks) right now.
Kobe Bryant Update – Kobe told NBATV that if the playoffs were going right now that he would be playing. This is good news and I’m still hoping he can return around the end of the month.
Derrick Rose – DNP Rose got the night off after knee scare in his last game. He’s expected to play today against the Pacers though, so you can exhale now…..
Amir Johnson – 3/4/1/2/3 The Toronto Raptors were outplayed all night by the Bulls and Amir got just 20 minutes of run as a result. He should be just fine.
Dejuan Blair - 9/7/5/1/1 in 27 minutes. It looks like Blair has a big role in the rotation, at least until Brandan Wright returns.
Mario Chalmers – 4/2/3/1/1 Was ejected in the 4th quarter after elbowing Dirk Nowitzki in the head. He had to jump to get that high to deliver the elbow. Mario will likely be suspended a game or two.
Al Jefferson – DNP – Al Jeff is going to be a nightmare to own all year. The Bobcats will not hesitate to sit him down the stretch as they continue to lose games.
Bismack Biyombo – 0/12/3blks Need cheap boards and blocks?
Cody Zeller – 8/4 I think its safe to jump ship with this kid for right now.
Dion Waiters – DNP Will not play today, but he should be back for the Cavaliers next matchup.
Tony Wroten – 22/6/stl Had another nice game filling in for MCW who is still in a walking boot. He’s a very nice short term add.
Demarre Carroll - 21/6/2/stl w/ five treys. Carroll did his best Ray Allen impression last night. Im not real impressed, yet.
Mo Williams - 18/1/8/3stl Getting a lot of run right now as the Blazers want to keep Damian Lillard’s minutes down. Lillard led the NBA in minutes played last year.
Jared Sullinger – 26/8/2/stl The only Celtic big man I want to own right now.
Nikola Pekovic – 14/6/1/stl Pek had his foot wrapped in ice after last nights game. Hopefully it is just precautionary. He’s just got too many muscles for those feet to handle. He’s got muscles on top of muscles.
Wilson Chandler – 19/4/3/2stl Going to be a real nice player to own and should still be good once Danillo Gallinari returns.
Goran Dragic - 19/1/10/2stl Back in full force.
Line of the night – Josh Smith 21 points/8 rebounds/7 assists/5 steals/4 blocks. Just beautiful.
Isaiah Thomas – 18/2/7 Continues to outplay Grievis Vasquez (13/6/8turnovers). I.T. should be the better play all year.
Jodie Meeks – 25/3/stl w/ 5 treys. “Jodie shoot three-pointer. You need three pointer? Jodie shoot them.”
Lou Williams - 7/3/2/stl Big congrats to Lou Williams on finally returning from the dreaded knee injury. Always good to see guys back healthy. I’ll be monitoring Lou closely from here on out.
Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck everyone. See you tomorrow!