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Travis Outlaw had his best game of the season with 26
pts, 7 reb, and 2 stl. He had been getting decent playing time but had not
been this aggressive offensively. Considering his ability to fill out the
stat sheet he deserves consideration in all formats. Channing Frye may see
less playing time as a result.
In the two games with Korver in the lineup, Lou Williams
has seen less playing time and points but his assists have increased with 6
per the last two games. Those who had them on their roster should hang on a
With TJ Ford day to day with an injury, Jose Calderson
started and had 13 pts and 10 ast.
Al Horford has started the last three games for the
Hawks at center and is averaging 9 rpg over the period.
Lebron James is day to day with an injured finger. The
Cavs play next on Friday.
Chris Bosh missed the second half of yesterdays game
with a groin injury.
Okur is day to day with back spasms.
Jason Terry started for the first time this season and
played 36 minutes but scored 12 points which is below average.
Beno Udrih has scored in double figures in 8 of his last
9 games for the Kings
Jamaal Tinsley has been hot for the Pacers with 15 pts,
10 ast, and 5 stls yesterday. His owners should hope he stays healthy for
once this season. Shawnee Williams returned to the bench in this game and
played only 20 min.
With Keyon Dooling not playing and Jameer Nelson playing
only 24 minutes (bruised hand), Carlos Arroyo played 24 minutes and managed
14 assists. This is likely an isolated occurrence.
Kurt Thomas started for Nick Collison who has a broken
nose and had 6 pts, 14 reb, and 2 stl. Collison is expected to miss at least
Shawnee Williams played a season high 32 minutes as a
starter with Troy Murphy coming off the bench. Williams produced 21 pts, 11
reb, and 2 treys in the Pacers victory. Jermaine O’Neal did not play as he
rested his sore knee. The Pacers say they intend to rest O’Neal until he is
able to come back 100%. It would be a good scenario for O’Neal owners for
him to come back and then give a solid effort for the remainder of the season
but this may be wishful thinking. Murphy lost his starting role after
failing to shoot over 50% in five straight contests. Williams has the
potential to provide some interim fantasy value but with the return of
Jermaine O’Neal immanent, he should not be counted on for the long term.
Anthony Carter has the potential to fill the Nuggets
need for a point guard. Yesterday Carter had 17 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast, and 5
stls. Mike Wilks was also waived from the roster. Note that Chucky Atkins
is still out with a groin strain. Those in need of assist and steals may
want to pay attention to Carter.
With Kirk Hinrich continuing to struggle, Chris Duhon
played 26 minutes and had 11 pts and 7 ast in a Bulls win. Those in deeper
leagues with Hinrich may want to consider Duhon as insurance. In the same
game, Tyrus Thomas had 12 reb in 20 minutes. It was Thomas’ third game in a
row in the starting lineup.
After not playing in the previous three games, rookie
Daequan Cook had 19 pts in 21 minutes. At this time though he should only be
a consideration in leagues with around 180 players or more as his playing
time can vanish again quickly.
I normally do not comment on players we expect big
things from but Lebron James performances over the past couple weeks have
been extra special – even beyond the high expectations that had been set for
Marko Jaric has come to life for the Timberwolves in the
past three games. Over his past three games he has averaged 15 pts, 6 ast,
and 1.7 stls while playing over 30 min as a starter. He has been
contributing treys and even blocks in these games. However the projected
starter Randy Foye is due back soon making his run of fantasy value
potentially short. Sebastian Telfair also had a strong game tonight with 20
pts and 8 ast. If both guards are productive, the Timberwolves can afford to
ease Foye back into the rotation slowly.
Stephon Marbury appears to be back in the good graces of
the Knicks coaches. He has had decent value since returning to the starting
lineup and tonight had 28 pts, 8 ast, 2 stl, and 3 stls in a Knicks win.
Jeff Green has played more than 30 mpg over the past two
games, the most playing time he has received all season. He is showing a
rebounding prowess averaging 14 per game in those two games.
Playing against the up-tempo Suns, Ruben Patterson had
one of his better statistical games in a blowout loss with 18 pts, 11 reb,
and 2 stl. The point and rebound totals are his high of the season and come
after having been taken out of the starting lineup (started the previous
Antoine Walker has scored in double figures in his last
five games and has hit a total of 13 treys over the period.
Over the past two games Brandon Bass is averaging 30
mpg, 15 pts, and 7.5 reb. He should continue to play a substantial role for
the Mavericks particularly when Dirk plays the center position.
With Jermaine O'Neal out with a sore knee, Jeff Foster
played 41 min and had 10 pts and 11 reb. Those with O'Neal should consider
Foster as a backup.
Luis Scola has scored 20 pts in three of his last four
games however that other game he scored no points. When Chuck Hayes is not
effective, Scola gets more playing time.
Jason Maxiell had 14 pts and 6 reb as a starter as
Rasheed Wallace DNP-sore knee. I would guess if Detroit was playing a
stronger team Wallace could have played.
Over his last five games Louis Williams has seen
increasing playing time. Yesterday he played 31 minutes and had 15 pts, 5
reb, and 4 ast.
Over his last 6 games Vladimir Radmanovic has hit 15
treys. He is getting extra playing time recently with Brian Cook traded
Rudy Gay is day to day with an injured finger.
Anthony Carter played in his first game of the season
for the Nuggets. He has the potential to earn decent minutes at the PG
I regret to inform those who own Gilbert Arenas that
he is expected miss 3 months after he incurred an injury in last Friday's
game. It appears to be an injury separate from the one he had last year.
This is the type of sudden injury that can wreck a team's fantasy season as
he was likely a first round pick (or a high salary player). Those who owned
Arenas should immediately see if Antonio Daniels is available as he will
likely start at least in the near term. This might also present an
opportunity for DeShawn Stevenson to play a more prominent role in the
Wizards offense. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler will likely play a greater
role as well in the next couple months. The decision on whether to waive
Arenas or not may depend on the depth of your bench. Those with shorter
benches may want to just let him go.
The Lakers traded Brian Cook and Maurice Evans to the
Orlando Magic for Trevor Ariza. The Magic are looking to fortify their front
court with the signing of Cook. With the Lakers, Cook had been averaging
around only 11 mpg and was very cold from the field shooting only around 19%!
This could perhaps be written off to bad luck. I foresee the maximum
number of minutes Cook might earn with the Magic to be around the low
twenties. At that level of play I estimate your league would need to have at
least around 150 players on rosters to give Cook any chance of fantasy
value. His value comes from being able to hit some treys from the PF
position and he gets a few rebounds, blocks, and steals as well. The
potential is there, that Turkoglu's minutes could be trimmed a bit with the
addition of Cook.
Ariza was having a tough time getting minutes with the
Magic and that will likely continue with the Lakers. The addition of Ariza
will add an extra challenge for Luke Walton who has been a fringe fantasy
player in even deeper leagues so far this season.
Daniel Gibson had 26 pts and 5 treys. He is averaging
around 2.5 treys per game and shooting over 50% from three point land. He
should continue to produce as a Cavs starter.
Shawnee Williams had 24 pts and 3 treys. He took
advantage of a couple extra minutes in a blowout loss to the Lakers.
Louis Williams had his second consecutive strong outing
with 25 points in 29 minutes. I think the Sixers will continue to find
minutes for him as he has been more effective than Willie Green.
Andray Blatche took advantage of some early playing time
when Brendan Haywood got in foul trouble and went on to score 26 pts on 12-14
shooting. Those with Haywood should consider adding him as back up. This
game demonstrates Blatch's potential.
Kwame Brown sprained his ankle and knee after playing 3
minutes. Andrew Bynum finished with 14 pts, 10 reb, and 1 block in 31
minutes, his longest playing time of the season. He should expected to at
least get similar playing time until Brown returns (no date set). He had
already been averaging nearly a double double as a reserve.
K. Hinrich has
begun the season cold shooting only 33% FG. His assists and steals have been
OK but the poor shooting may start to cut into his playing time. Yesterday
he played only 24 min. With Deng potentially slowed with a slow back, the
Bulls need him to step up.
Jason Maxiell was unable to take advantage of a start as
he fouled out in 16 min.
B. Udrih has been delivering after being taken from the scrap heap and
thrown into the Kings starting PG position. Yesterday he had 23 pts and 6
ast in a Kings victory. He will continue to get playing time until things go
bad for him or Mike Bibby returns.
J. Moon continues to get playing time and is showing the ability to
contribute in multiple categories. His playing time comes at the expense of
Jordan Farmar has been productive lately playing a
season high 24 minutes in each of his past two games. As a result he is
essentially playing half of the game and Derek Fisher the other half.
At least in shallower leagues, it looks like Tyrus
Thomas, despite his potential, may be a candidate to cut. Thomas lost his
starting role to Andres Nocioni who has done well has a starter. In his last
three games Thomas has averaged only 14 min including 8 yesterday.
Ben Wallace appears as if he may be healthy now with his
best game of the season including 13 reb, 6 stl, and 3 bl.
Rookie Al Thorton was a DNP- sprained ankle yesterday.
Note in the first 8 games of the season he had played only 16 mpg and was
shooting only 32%.
No one on the Knicks played more than 30 minutes in a
blowout loss to the Nuggets. Expected more rotation instability in the
In the Grizzlies last two games Juan Carlos Navarro has
emerged averaging 32 mpg and hitting 10 treys. He has also chipped in 4 apg.
While owners in shallower league in need of treys are justified in picking
him up (assuming he isalready taken in deeper leagues), it would not be
unexpected for his minutes to be reduced quickly if he cools off.
Grant Hill is averaging 35 mpg over the Suns first ten
games without any injury reports making him a likely draft day steal so far.
He is attempting a career high 3 treys per game but hitting only 28%.
Luis Scola has emerged in the last two games averaging
20 ppg at the expense of Chuck Hayes making him a free agent pickup
Steve Francis played in his first game of the season but
was only 3-11 FG. He had been out of the rotation. After a hot game Bonzi
Wells is 1-15 FG in his last two games likely giving Francis the opportunity
and new Wells’ owners a big headache.
Andrew Bogut has been hot the last two games averaging
20 pts, 11 reb, and 4 bl.
Jannero Pargo started for Chris Paul yesterday who has a
sprained ankle. He is considered day to day.
No one on the Jazz played more than 28 min in a blowout
loss to the Pacers.
Shawnee Williams had 16 pts, 8 reb, 3 bl, 2 st, and 2
treys. His production has been irregular though and this came in a blowout
While Steve Blake has continued to start, he has shot
only 26% as a starter making the return of Jarrett Jack as starter a logical
Andray Blatche played a season high 26 min yesterday.
He has blocked 12 shots in his last five games. His minutes come at the
expense of Brendan Haywood.
Gilbert Arenas DNP because of a sore knee yesterday.
Darko Milicic is day to day with a sprained thumb.
Ronny Turiaf is day to day with an ankle injury.
Corey Maggette is day to day with a strained hamstring.
Luol Deng is day to day with a sore back.
Raja Bell is day to day with a sprained ankle.
Larry Hughes will be out for about a month with a leg
injury. There are a number of players who could see an increase in value as
a result including Daniel Gibson, Devin Brown, Ira Newble, Damon Jones, and
Sasha Pavlovic. It may take a couple games to see in there is a "winner" in
the race to take Hughes playing time or perhaps everyone will just get a
little bit more time collectively.
In his last two games Nets rookie rookie Sean Williams
has averaged 10 pts, 7.5 reb, 1 stl, and 4 bl in 24 min. Continued good play
will result in him continuing to get more minutes. Over his last four games
he has played progressively more minutes. In the three games where he played
more than 19 minutes, he blocked 4 shots in each of them.
Maurice Ager played 20 minutes as a surprise starter for
the Mavs yesterday. His future role will be unstable but he is getting this
opportunity while Eddie Jones is out for a couple
Morris Peterson had his best game of the season with 27
points including 6-9 3-pointers and 6 rebounds. His previous high had been
only 13 pts on October 31. Owners hope it is a positive change in him and
not an indictment of the shorter player guarding him (Willie Green).
Rashad McCants had 33 points including 13-22 FG and 4-7
3-pointers. Right now his fantasy value is coming almost exclusively from
treys and points. He is shooting 52% from three point range. It must be
assumed when he cools off to expected levels, his fantasy value will be
After missing the first seven games of the season,
Dwyane Wade had 15 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. If he plays the
remaining games he will play in 75 games which is a respectable number.
Marquis Daniels had his best game of the season with 19
points and 3 steals. Troy Murphy did not play in this game. Before he
becomes desirable in most leagues he will need to continue to get steady
Gilbert Arenas had 30 points including 9-11 FT, 6
rebounds, and 11 assists - the performance his owners have been waiting for.
Bonzi Wells had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
With Tracy McGrady out for a week, he should get more opportunities to fill
the stat sheet.
Over his last three games, rookie Jeff Green is
averaging 16 pts, 6, reb, 1.33 st, and 0.7 bl. The Sonics are 0-7 and when
in blow out games like last night the playing rotation is unstable. However
the trend of late as been to give Green more playing time.
Shane Battier's struggles continue making owners in
shallower league have good reason to drop him. Perhaps just a little more
patience is in order though.
The playing rotation for the Memphis guards last night
was Lowry 32 min, Stoudemire 15 min, Navarro 10 min, and Conley inactive.
This happens just when there were signs that Conley could become part of the
rotation. Lowry put up mediocre numbers in his extended minutes.
Mardy Collins started for Stephon Marbury but played
limited minutes due to injury. Free Jones started for Q. Richardson and
other than 7 TOs was the Knicks most productive player with 19 pts, 9 reb, 2
treys, and 3 stls. Jones had played in only two games prior to this.
Richardson is day to day with a hyper extended elbow. It is safe to assume
Marbury will not play for the Knicks again. Renaldo Balkman left yesterdays
game with an injury. If he misses games, David Lee's playing time should
McDyess aggravated a shoulder sprain. If he is slowed
Jason Maxiell should see additional playing time.
article discusses the Blazers current use of Jarrett Jack. It seems
after a cold start the Blazers will be finding minutes for Jack whether at PG
or SG and whether starting or coming off the bench. Yesterday he had 20 pts
and 4 ast.
The New York Post reports that Stephon Marbury has left
the Knicks after a feud with coach Thomas. It seems this event has the
potential to result in an extended absence for Marbury from the Knicks. Nate
Robinson is a prime candidate to see an increase in playing time (and fantasy
Ron Artest will return in the King's next game.
Combined with the addition of Beno Udrih, Francisco Garcia could see a sharp
decrease in playing time. Owners of John Salmons should not feel his playing
time is safe either despite his good play of late.
JR Smith had 29 pts yesterday including 7-8 treys.
Owners could use this as an opportunity to trade him realizing he is at risk
to lose playing time without much notice.
While Vince Carter is out with a sprained ankle, Antoine
Wright should get additional playing time. Tonight Wright started for Carter
and played 41 minutes however he was only 4-14 from the field. He finished
with 12 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, and 2 stl. On other nights though with the same
playing time, Wright has the potential to fill out the stat sheet.
Let just say Brandon Roy's heel does not seem to be
having any impacts as were concerns in the preseason. He is averaging 21 pts
and 6 asts however his steals are down.
Steve Blake has been averaging 36 mpg as a starter, 10
more than he had off the bench. He main attribute as a starter is assists (9
apg). The Blazers have won all three of his games as a starter and lost all
three when he did not so it would seem for now his job security is there
(despite mediocre shooting). Jarrett Jack's productivity has actually
increased coming off the bench.
After missing a game, Theo Ratliff has blocked 9 shots
over two games. He is looking like a reliable source for blocks - and his
team is looking as a reliable source of losses.
Ryan Gomes struggled yesterday giving rookie Corey
Brewer an opportunity to have his best game of the season with 15 pts, 8 reb,
and 2 stl.
B. Udrih played 26 min off the bench for the Kings and had 9 pts and 5
reb. He has a chance to earn more time as he gets familiar with the Kings
After being inactive in his first two games, Mike Conley
has received progressively more playing time over the last three including 23
yesterday. If it becomes apparent the Grizzlies are not competitive this
year, his playing time could be expected to grow.
With Raja Bell out with an injury,
L. Barbosa started and had 39 pts, 8 treys, 7 reb, 6 ast, and 2 stl.
Bell is day to day with a sprained ankle.
Erick Dampier's imminent return could remove Desagna
Diop's marginal early season value.
Vince Carter is day to day with a sprained ankle.
Little known Jamario Moon has been eating into the
playing time of Jason Kapono.
Keith Bogans through five games is averaging 33 min, 11
pts, 6 reb, and 2.6 treys as the starting SG for the Magic. It appears JJ
Redick is not in the mix at all at this point.
Channing Frye may be available in your league after his slow start. He
started yesterday and played a season high 21 minutes but has not broken out
of his time share at center. Frye started at the expense of
Joel Przybilla who now may be a candidate to be dropped from fantasy
Just after it was announced
Jarrett Jack lost his starting role it seemed dropping him was the right
thing to do as he showed little productivity in his first four games.
Yesterday however he showed life with 20 pts in 24 minutes but only 1 ast and
Sam Cassell had 35 pts and 8 ast yesterday after shooting poorly in his
first three games. It is doubtful he will come close to this often but he
seems to be reliable handling the ball with a 4:1 A/TO ratio. If ever was a
time to bundle up Cassell and ship him off in a deal it is now.
Rajon Rondo is not a PG who can claim he has a high A/TO with 8 total
assists and 8 TO through three games. He is however providing steals as
expected averaging 3.3 over his first three games.
After five games Carmelo Anthony’s numbers are down
across the sheet including only 41% FG. Braves owners may want to take a
chance to buy low for him in a trade as he is likely going through a cold
spell. The eventual return of a PG on the Nuggets could contribute to some
Ronnie Brewer continues to shoot well and rack up steals. He had four
yesterday in the first quarter alone and finished with 5 in the game.
Lamar Odom should be returning soon. Owners with Luke Walton should
brace themselves for a potential reduction in minutes but Ronny Turiaf should
be the one the that bears the brunt of the minute reduction.
Rookie Al Horford is showing a strength in rebounds,
steals, and blocks early on which is a nice skill set to have. Through four
games he is averaging 11 reb, 1.5 st, and 1.3 bl.
Shaq appears as if he will be marginal at best this
season as his FT% continues to sink. His rebounding and points have also
dropped dramatically. I don’t think the shape he needs to be in is something
he can play into anymore during the season. He has arrived at the inevitable
stage of a career where he is mediocre.
A. Hardaway logged 29 min at the expense of Dorel Wright and managed 8
pts, 5 ast, 4 reb, and 3 stl. I would be impressed if he could keep up this
kind of production.
Paul Millsap played 27 min and had 24 pts, 5 reb, and 5
stls. He should remain a bench player who depends on the foul trouble of
Kirlenko, Boozer, and Okur for playing time. All three though are known to
sometimes get into foul trouble as Kirilenko did last night early on. Owners
of Kirilenko should be somewhat concerned about the threat that Millsap does
present in the event he continues to be hot as he was last night.
Day to Day List
Josh Howard sprained ankle
Nene Hilario thumb injury.
Larry Hughes bruised knee
Devin Harris thigh bruise
Brevin Knight sore back
Ruben Patterson finger
Cuttino Mobley injured groin
Rashad McCants sprained ankle
Amare Stoudemire knee
James Posey back spasms
Q. Richardson’s playing time has been decreasing and
R. Balkman was a spark off the bench in his place in the Knick’s last
game. Richardson’s ineffectiveness presents an upside for his backup Balkman
however considering the energy he plays with it is tough to see Balkman
getting more than 30 mpg. Yesterday he had 11 pts, 3 bl, and 1 st in 27 min.
L. Kleiza looks to be the most effective substitute for the Nuggets
injured PGs. Yesterday he had 18 pts and 2 treys but not much else.
A. Law appears to have already worked his way into the Hawks starting
lineup although yesterday had 0 ast and 4 TO.
A. Wright has continued his productivity off the bench including
contributing stats in multiple categories. He has been consistent in the
Nets first three games to the point where owners should give him serious
consideration as a free agent acquisition.
C. Arroyo was productive in his start in place of Jameer Nelson but
Nelson is expected to return soon.
S. Telfair continues to fail as a starting PG and I would think his time
as a starter will be coming to an end. The next candidate to be given a
chance might be
M. Jaric who had 10 pts and 10 ast yesterday.
R. Swift returned to action as a starter and played 18 min. He may
become a deep league consideration if he progresses.
P. Stojakovic made a big statement with regard to his condition after
being injured last season with a 36 pt, 10 trey game.
Diogu will be out 4-6 weeks with torn calf muscle. S
Williams is a dark horse candidate to step up and get some playing time.
He is currently serving a suspension.
The Mavs are committed to having
J. Terry as a sixth man and that commitment has shown by having him come
off the bench even when Devin Harris is not playing. This has resulted in a
10% drop in playing time (35 to 32 mpg) through the first four games of the
season but has not affected his productivity partly because he has been hot
shooting 58% from the field so far.
D. Diop had 10 pts, 13 reb, and 4 blocks yesterday. On the season he is
averaging 7.5 pts, 9.3 reb, and 3.5 bl.
E. Dampier has begun practice and his eventual return will take away some
of Diop’s current value.
S. Battier has begun the season cold shooting only 34% FG, 28% trey, and
67% FT. These are all far below his career averages. He is healthy so it
should be expected he will turn things around soon.
Tay Allen has been serving as a three point specialist
but has been REALLY good at it averaging 4.5 treys per game at 56%. At some
point he will cool off and perhaps settle into average value as is the case
with most three point specialists.
After two easy wins, Chris Bosh finally broke the 30
minute barrier which is important for his owners looking (and depending) on
the big stats from him. His 44 minute run against the Celtics is an
indication all systems are GO for him. He delivered with 19 pts, 10 reb, and
5 blocks. Also note that he is shooting 94% from the free throw line.
Through three games Damien Wilkens has been a surprise
stat stuffer averaging 18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, and 1.3 treys. However note
that Seattle is 0-3 which always puts the playing rotation at risk.
Chris Kaman has arrived in shape and is averaging 18
pts, 16.5 reb, and 2 bl in his first two games.
Sebastian Telfair has responded to his two starts by
shooting only 29.6% from the field however he is at least contributing 6 ast
and 2 st. There are no recent reports on a projected return date for Randy
Ryan Gomes picked up where he left off last season from
three point land and is averaging 2 treys per game at 50% shooting in his
first two games. Yesterday he had 19 pts in 36 minutes and is now a prime
candidate to emerge for the Timberwolves.
Quentin Richardson is getting plenty of playing time but
is receiving very few shot attempts and is not getting many other stats
Miami is off to an 0-3 start which should add some
urgency to the return of Wade who is reportedly close to being healthy enough
Through his first three games Jason Maxiell is seeing
progressively more playing time. Yesterday he had 15 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl, and
4 bl. I like his potential to continue to be productive particularly playing
behind Antonio McDyess who may be better suited to go back to the bench.
Through three games Allen Iverson is shooting 34%. This
is a big OUCH to his fantasy owners considering the number of shots he
takes. He has been better in other areas such as steals where he is getting
3.7 per game and FT% (87%).
Marcus Camby owners should enjoy the 21 rebound game but
remember that any game night can be a DNP for him.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has begun the season averaging 14 rpg
in three games. There is no reason to believe this productivity will
Raja Bell has begun the season shooting only 20%. It
appears he is being affected by a lingering injury. I expect him to improve
but the damage he may inflict until that time is uncertain.
Andrew Bynum has been very productive in limited time
off the bench but has been getting in foul trouble. Playing behind Kwame
Brown he must be considered to have upside still.
The Trail Blazers have begun 0-3 while Jarrett Jack has
struggled. This could translate into Steve Blake seeing more playing time.
Amare Stoudemire is day to day with a sore knee. He DNP
Going against a bigger lineup, Golden State started Al
Harrington for the first time this season in place of Monta Ellis.
K. Azubuike started with Monta Ellis coming off the bench. Al Harrington
had a big game with 38 pts, 6 treys, and 7 reb in the loss. Monta Ellis
played a season low 28 min and scored 11 pts on 3-10 shooting. Note that
when Stephen Jackson returns the Golden State rotation will be further
muddled. A question for fantasy owners will be whether the early season
fantasy value of Azubuike will survive the return of Jackson. In many cases
he was acquired cheaply (free agent) so it just may be a case of searching
for a new free agent. Fantasy owners with Warriors on their team need to
live with the volatility of the Warriors sometimes playing unconventional
small lineups and sometimes bigger lineups which results in unpredictable
playing time for their players.
Through his first three games Ronnie Brewer is averaging
16.7 ppg and 3 spg. He is also showing more three point range than he has in
the past which adds to his value in roto leagues.
The Bulls have opened the season 0-3 which should add
some risk to Tyrus Thomas continuing to start particularly when he throws in
a poor game as he had yesterday. He is shooting only 40% FG on the season.
Joe Smith had 14 pts and 10 reb yesterday.
Jianlian was able to stay out of foul trouble yesterday
and went on to score 15 pts in 33 minutes. Through his first three games he
is averaging 1.7 bl in 24 mpg.
Jarret Jack has played himself into a timeshare with
Steve Blake shooting only 20% FG through the Blazers first three games
(losses). Through three games Brandon Roy's heel has not been an issue as he
has been productive and playing over 37 mpg.
Bonzi Wells played a season high 26 minutes but is
shooting only 39% on the year.
J.J. Barea started for Devin Harris who did not play
because of a bruised thigh. He finished with 25 pts and 5 pts on 9-11 FG.
Perhaps he can have value while Harris remains out but most likely he will
return to a reserve role with little value in most leagues when Harris
Josh Howard returned from suspension to have a big game
and take playing time away from Eddie Jones and Jerry Stackhouse.
Mike Dunleavy has begun the season hot averaging 22 pts,
9 reb, 3.7 ast, and 1.3 treys. It was anticipated he would fall into his
past average play but perhaps he can thrive playing for a new coach, Jim
Kyle Lowry led Memphis with a career-high 19 pts yesterday. Continued
strong play could threaten the playing time of Damon Stoudemire.
Keith Bogans played a season high 41 minutes as JJ
Redick was a DNP-CD.
Gilbert Arenas is shooting only 33% on the season and
may need to get his knee drained. He has gone through cold spells in the
past but the news on his knee should be of concern to fantasy owners.
Through three games Brendan Haywood is averaging 10 pts,
13.7 reb, and 3 bl. He is prospering not needing to share time with Etan
Thomas. This has also led to Andray Blatche receiving limited minutes.
Louis Williams ending up playing the fourth quarter in
place of Willie Green as he was more effective. Williams ended with 13 pts,
3 ast, and 2 st in 18 minutes.
Through three games Antoine Wright is averaging 27 min,
13 pts, 2 treys, and 1 bl. He has been a key player for the Nets off the
Although he only shot 32% FG, from a fantasy perspective
Kevin Durant had a fine opening game as he led the team in field goal
attempts by 8. He also contributed 3 steals, 1 bl, and 2 treys, helping to
offset his mediocre 5 reb output.
Damien Wilkins started at shooting guard and had 21 pts,
8 reb, 4 treys, and 1 stl. He looks like an attractive free agent pickup if
Earl Watson played only 23 minutes despite Luke Ridnour
not playing because of a broken nose, an injury players typically play with
Delonte West was very productive in 24 minutes off the
bench and rookie Jeff Green opens the season in a bench role playing only 18
Robert Swift will be held out of the first few games of
Linas Kleiza followed his strong preseason with a
productive game off the bench. He had 18 pts and 5 treys and is a good free
agent prospect in deep leagues.
Kenyon Martin started but played only 18 minutes (7 pt,
5 reb, 3 bl) and Nene (conditioning issues) played only 15 minutes off the
Desagana Diop played 37 min for the Mavs (only 2 fouls!)
and had 8 pts, 11 reb, and 4 bl. With Eric Dampier out he is a definite
consideration as a free agent C.
Lebron James had an off night with only 10 pts and 5 TOs.
He should be at his expected levels of production soon. Larry Hughes was
able to salvage his fantasy night with 7 steals.
Stromile Swift and Hakim Warrick began the season with
limited roles off the bench. Darko Milicic started, played 27 minutes, and
had 8 pts, 7 reb, and 2 bl. Milicic and Swift may end up in a center time
John Salmons was the major beneficiary of Mike Bibby
being out. Quincy Douby played limited minutes and also was hurt
(concussion). Salmons should have value in all leagues until Bibby returns.
With Ron Artest also out, Francisco Garcia had 17 pts and 6 reb.
Peja Stojakovic got off to a good start with 19 pts and
4 treys but not much else. His early role will be as a three point
Tyrus Thomas started but was off shooting only 1-7 FG in
only 22 min and no blocks. He also had early foul issues. He remains a
player with a big upside.
Antoine Wright had a good game off the bench with 21
pts, 4 treys, and 2 bl (OT game). He is a free agent consideration in deeper
leagues. Realize he could drop off quickly.
Okafor will become a free agent at the end of the
season. This is important in that he should be motivated to stay healthy and
put up big numbers.
Brendan Haywood started and played 29 min with 10 pts,
13 reb, and 1 bl. He is a free agent candidate in deeper leagues.
Ike Diogu started with Troy Murphy and Jermaine O’Neal
sitting out and had 13 pts and 3 reb. O’Neal is expected to play Friday.
Carlos Delfino played 30 minutes off the bench for the
Raptors and had 13 pts, 6 reb, and 2 st. This is a larger role than was
expected for him.
Chris Bosh’s minutes may be limited as he continues his
recovery from a knee injury.
JJ Redick played only 8 minutes which is less than what
was expected based on his play in the preseason. Note that he is recovering
from a hand injury. Keith Bogans started but played only 17 minutes.
Bobby Simmons scored 18 pts but would approach him with
caution, particularly in roto formants, due to a lack of production
After a shaky preseason, Morris Peterson had 13 pts and
3 treys in the opener. He should get a steady diet of minutes at SG this
season and contribute many treys.
Brandon Roy played 38 minutes but being guarded by Bruce
Bowen was only 2-10 FG. It is too early to say if his problematic heel
affected his play.
Jarrett Jack started but split time with Steve Blake
including Blake playing most of the fourth quarter. This could be headed
towards a time share more than first anticipated.
Joel Przybilla had a good first game with 13 pts, 10
reb, and 1 blk. The 13 pts is out of the ordinary as he usually has more
fouls than points. He should get substantial playing time IF he can stay out
of foul trouble. Channing Frye began the season out of the rotation.
Martell Webster looks like he will be taking his
offensive game to another level this season as he scored 21 pts with 3
treys. Do not look for him to get much outside of these areas. Travis
Outlaw was limited to 19 minutes but got off 10 FG attempts.
There were not too many surprises in the San Antonio
Rafer Alston and Mike James were in the opening Rockets
rotation and Luther Head and Steve Francis were not.
Luis Scola played only 8 minutes with Chuck Hayes
starting and playing 26 minutes (4 pts, 8 reb). It must be expected Scola’s
playing time will grow.
Bonzi Wells played 18 minutes but generated 7 pts, 6
reb, and 3 stl. Continued productivity will result in more playing time for
Kwame Brown started and split time with Andrew Bynum
with Chris Mihm out of the rotation (8 min). It is expected Bynum will
eventually play the most center minutes and was held back in this one because
of the match up with Yao Ming. Chris Mihm is still recovering from injury
and made need an injury to Bynum or Brown to get playing time.
Luke Walton received extended playing time with 39
minutes which is a good sign for the versatile player.
Ronnie Brewer started, played 27 minutes, and had 18 pts
and 4 stls. I expect he will maintain in important role for the Jazz this
season and be a good source of steals.
With Okur in foul trouble, Paul Millsap had 16 pts, 10,
reb, and 2 bl.
Andrei Kirilenko got off to a good start with 9 pts, 9
reb, 8 ast, and 5 bl. These are classic AK47 numbers and those who acquired
him must be encouraged they got a steal.
K. Azubuike started and played 30 mediocre minutes. His
playing time will decline when Stephen Jackson returns from suspension.
A number of experts fell in love with Marco Belinelli in
the preseason (from expert drafts I participated in) but he opened up firmly
behind Monta Ellis. Lesson learned (for those experts) is to be careful
about over valuing some of the international players such as Scola and
Below are links to two expert drafts I was in:
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