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January, 2008 Regular Season Notes

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1/30 Notes

Tony Parker will be out indefinitely with bone spurs in his ankle.  Manu Ginobili should see more playing time and Damon Stoudemire could have some value as a pickup by the Spurs.  Stoudemire may be available in your league as he has not played recently.

Caron Butler is day to day with a hip flexor.  Andray Blatche could have some short term value as his replacement.  On Tuesday Blatche had 19 pts and 8 reb as a starter. 

Andrea Bargnani had a productive game on January 23rd but has been progressively worse since then.  This year he looks like a bust and next year we will wonder if he will follow the career path of Darko Milicic or break out.

Travis Diener has started the last three games in place of Jamaal Tinsley.  Tinsley though is just day to day with an injured knee.

With Kevin Garnett out, Leon Powe had 25 pts and 11 reb.  Garnett remains day to day with an abdominal strain.

If Jason Kidd gets traded as he has requested, his backup Marcus Williams could get more playing time.

Williams has seen limited playing time so far this season.

Randy Foye played in his first game and had 11 pts in

18 minutes.  Marco Jaric and Sebastian Telfair will likely lose playing time as Foye’s minutes increase.

Luther Head had an opportunity to play and produce (20 pts, 6 ast) with Tracy McGrady out with the flu.

McGrady will likely be back soon and push Head back into a reserve role.

Grant Hill’s return from back spasms will likely reduce the playing time of Boris Diaw.  The two are at risk to be in a time share that limits the value of both.

Ronnie Turiaf had one of his better games (14 pts, 9 reb, 5 bl) since Andrew Bynum went out.  He is worth keeping an eye on as a source of blocks.

1/23 Notes

Nene will miss two months as he recovers from a malignant tumor and Carmelo Anthony is day to day with a sprained ankle.  Kenyon Martin has returned and could see heavier minutes while he is in the lineup.

Linas Kleiza is also a candidate to have increased value.  Kleiza has played at least 28 minutes in his past four games.

Shawn Marion is averaging 16.1 ppg, his lowest of the past eight seasons.  Oddly he is shooting only 67% FT this season whereas his career average is 82%.  His playing time has been slightly less this season with the addition of Grant Hill.  Those in leagues with FT% may want to consider trading him as he has not been performing as a top twenty player but some may still value him that way.

Over his past two games Yi Jianlian has played less than 23 mpg leading his current owners to consider waiving him.  There has been concern that he may wear down as the season progresses.  Charlie Villanueva’s playing time has the potential to increase if the Bucks decide to continue to limit Yi’s minutes.

Mo Williams is out with an injured finger and is day to day.  Charlie Bell has been getting more playing time recently.  He tied his season high of 8 assists yesterday.

Owners of Antonio Daniels should be aware that Gilbert Arenas may return in 3 to 4 weeks.  Daniel’s value will decline in a manner similar to Beno Udrih when Mike Bibby returned.

Acie Law had 7 pts, 5 reb, and 5 ast in 20 minutes as a starter when Anthony Johnson missed a game due to suspension.  It will likely be next season when he has consistent value.

Kareem Rush has 12 treys in his last three games and has scored at least 19 pts in each of them.

Anderson Varejao is averaging 11 pts and 12 reb over his past four games.

Jordan Farmar has hit 16 treys over his last six games.  Trevor Ariza will be out for two months with a broken foot.

1/20 Notes

Jameer Nelson is day to day with a strained tendon in his foot.  Carlos Arroyo and Keyon Dooling will see additional minutes while he is out.

Maurice Evans has started the last six games for the Magic scoring at least 9 points in all of them.  He is also averaging 1 trey and 1 steal per game.

Jermaine O’Neal is out 2-3 weeks with a knee injury.

Jeff Foster could average a double double with the increased playing time.  Yesterday Foster had 11 pts and 11 reb.

Willie Green has scored at least 15 pts in four of his last six games and has hit 7 treys in his last six games.  Louis Williams has scored single digits the past two consecutive games – the first time this has happened since Dec 28 and Dec 30.

Nate Robinson had 19 pts, 7 ast, and 6 reb.  He should have good fantasy value with Stephon Marbury out for the season.

Dorell Wright had 8 pts, 9 reb, and 2 bl.  This is his best game since Dec 28th.  He should continue to get playing time as a starter.

The Bucks started Royal Ivey along with Mo Williams.

He ended with 14 pts and 8 ast.  Ivey deserves consideration in deeper leagues.

Thabo Sefelosha had 13 pts and 12 reb as a starting guard.  Note that Kirk Hinrich played in this game and Sefelosha’s time could decline as Hinrich plays more minutes.

Linas Kleiza should get more playing time than usual while Kenyon Martin and Nene are out. He scored 41 pts two games ago but had just 9 points yesterday.  Note that Nene may be out for the season.

Josh Boone had 17 pts, 16 reb, and 4 bl in an overtime game.  He has “big” double doubles in three of his last four games.

Al Thorton scored 22 pts breaking a streak of three single digit scoring games.  Going forward he will likely continue to be erratic.

1/17 Notes

Stephon Marbury will be out for the year as a result of ankle surgery.  Nate Robinson, who has been hot lately, would be a good player to add as a free agent.

With Kirk Hinrich out the past two games, Chris Duhon has seen a little more playing time which for him though may just mean the opportunity to do even greater damage to your field goal percentage.  It will be interesting to see who can shoot worse this season, Larry Hughes or Duhon.  However Duhon has averaged around 6 assists the past five games for those who may be looking for specific help in that area (and do not have the FG% category).  Thabo Sefolosha has started for Hinrich the past two games and has done a nice job of shooting going 10 for 13.  There is no specific word on when Hinrich will return (back spasms).

Jason Williams has averaged 3 treys, 17 pts, and 4.7 assists over his past three games.  However he has already gone out of the lineup three times this season due to injury.

With Mike Bibby returning, Beno Udrih received his lowest playing time of the season (31 games) although he did manage 7 assists.  Bibby had 19 pts in 29 minutes but no assists.  Ron Artest also played 29 minutes.  John Salmons and Francisco Garcia will likely lose most of their fantasy value with the Kings healthy now.

Over his last nine games, Gerald Wallace has averaged

26 pts, 9.6 reb, 4.8 ast, 2.1 stl, 1.3 blocks, and 1.8 treys.  It is hard to imagine his fantasy value being any higher than it is now.  Considering he has missed at least 10 games in each of his four seasons in Charlotte, trading him away is a consideration. 

Jameer Nelson played limited minutes due to a strained tendon in his foot and is day-to-day.

Jameer Nelson was a DNP yesterday due to disciplinary reasons.

Over his past eight games, Josh Boone has been up and down but is averaging 11 pts, 9 reb, 1 bl, and 1 stl.

He looks like he is settled into his role with the Nets and has the potential to improve.

Over his past three games Jarrett Jack has averaged 15 pts, 2 treys, and 6 asts.  He could start to earn more playing time at the expense of Steve Blake.

Rajon Rondo could return on Saturday and take away recent playing time from Eddie House.

Royal Ivey saw additional playing time with Mo Williams out with the flu in yesterdays game.  He ended with 9 pts, 8 reb, and 6 asts.

1/11 Notes

Juan Carlos Navarro played over 25 minutes for the first time since December 19th but was only 2 for 13 from the field.  Mike Conley has been responsible for his drop in minutes.  He should not be counted on for consistent playing time for now.

Francisco Garcia and John Salmons each had big games and played over 42 minutes yesterday but the imminent return of Mike Bibby and then Kevin Martin reduce their playing time.

Ronnie Brewer had one of his better games since the acquisition of Kyle Korver but Matt Harpring and Andre Kirilenko were not in the lineup. His playing time should continue to be inconsistent. 

Thaddeus Young has been emerging for the Sixers with double digit scoring in three of his last four games.  If the Sixers look like they are not a playoff team, his chances for playing time will increase.  The Sixers are currently 4 games out of the last playoff spot.

Jamario Moon is once again getting extended playing time with at least 36 minutes in each of his last four games.  He is showing a strength in rebounds and blocks.

Rafer Alston has scored in double figures in 11 of his last twelve games and is averaging 17 pts, 6 ast, and 1.6 st over his past five games.

Nate Robinson is averaging 16 pts and 2.6 treys over his past five games.

Charlie Bell is averaging 14 pts, 4.6 reb, and 1.4 treys over his past five games.  Michael Redd has not played in four of these games.

1/7 Notes

Over his past four games, Michael Finley has averaged 36 min, 12 pts, 6.3 reb, and 2 treys.  His assist, steal, and block numbers are non-existent so he is better in roto formats with the trey or fantasy point formats.  He has shown to be somewhat reliable although still only warranting a spot in deeper leagues (more than 130 players).

Baron Davis has played in 35 games without missing a game and has put up career type of numbers.   His owners need to consider what to do now considering over the past five seasons he has not played more than 67 games.  Trading him away could potentially lock in value at his roster spot for the remainder of the season. In a similar way, Marcus Camby has missed only one game out of 33 this season.

Marcus Banks has 10 treys for the Suns over the past two games while averaging around 20 minutes.  Considering his numerous recent DNPs, only those in deep leagues should give him consideration right now.

TJ Ford remains out with neck and arm injuries.  Jose Calderon has prospered with him out making major contributions in assists and also chipping in some points.

Rookie Al Thornton is showing signs of being a contributor after a rough start to his career.  In his last game he had 17 pts and 8 rebounds in 39 minutes as a starter.  He has been playing more like a small forward averaging more treys than blocks.

Al Jefferson continues to crank out points and rebounds on the losing Timberwolves team.  Everyone else is hit or miss on a given night.

Mike Conley has started the last three games for the Grizzlies and has played at least 34 minutes in each of them.  He is getting assists and steals for his fantasy teams.

Brandon Roy is day to day with an injured tail bone.  Jarrett Jack and Steve Blake could see more playing time.

Ray Allen is day to day with a pinched nerve.  Tony Allen could see more playing time.

Dwyane Wade is day to day with a number of ailments.

1/3/08 Notes

 

Ron Artest underwent surgery on his elbow to remove bone chips.  He is expected to be out 3 to 4 weeks. Francisco Garcia had 22 points on 5-15 FG and 10-13 FT, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals and should provide value while he is out.

 

Boston activated Rajon Rondo. He had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

 

Miami placed Dorell Wright on IL with a sprained ankle.

 

Atlanta activated Tyronn Lue.  This will likely put an end to the fantasy value Anthony Johnson had.

 

Devin Harris had 17 points and 5 assists and was 1-2 in three pointers.  He has dramatically increased his three point attempts this season to 1.8 per game and is shooting a career high 34%.

 

Al Harrington had 21 points including 4-6 3-pointers and 6 rebounds.  He has been more consistent lately.

 

Richard Hamilton is averaging a healthy 4.5 ast from the shooting guard position.  Yesterday he had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists.

 

Antonio Daniels returned and had 18 pts in 35 minutes.  Roger Mason played only 16 minutes.

 

Chris Quinn started for Jason Williams who is out with an inflamed knee.  Quinn fluctuates between being on the IL to playing 38 minutes as a starter.

 

Bonzi Wells has played at least 29 minutes in his past four games with Tracy McGrady out. He had 25 points including 9-12 FT and 9 rebounds yesterday. McGrady is expected to be out another 7-10 days with a strained tendon.

 

Ben Gordon had 22 points including 3-4 3-pointers and 6 rebounds.  The coaching change has been good for him as he has scored at least 22 points in his last four games.

 

Joakim Noah had a season high 17 points including 7-10 FG, 6 rebounds, 4 ast, 2 st, and 1 bl.  This should earn him more playing time and limit the opportunities of Tyrus Thomas who was a DNP-CD.

 

It did not take long for Charlotte to find a reason to only play Nazr Mohommed around 19 mpg - in line with his 10 year average.  He has been traded four times in his NBA career.

 

Eddy Curry was put back in the starting lineup after one day out.  He had 24 points on 10-17 FG and 4-11 FT and his usual high totals in TO and fouls.  David Lee was still able to achieve a double double.

 

Jameer Nelson has come off the bench the past two games.  Carlos Arroyo took his place when he had back problems and the Magic have decided to keep Nelson off the bench for now.  Carlos Arroyo on the season (and recently) had had an excellent A/TO ratio, which would bode well for him keeping the starting job.

 

Mike Conley received his first start of the season and had 7 pts, 8 ast, and 3 stl.  Considering his high draft selection and Memphis' grim prospects, he is a good candidate for increased playing time.  However the Grizzlies PG position has been unstable all season.  Note Memphis won the game that Conley started.  Memphis has placed Damon Stoudamire on IL.

 

Andre Owens has started the last three games for Jamaal Tinsley who is expected to remain out another week.  In recent games Owens has contributed some points, treys, and steals.

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