Wow is Paul Millsap a beast. He might have had a career high last night with 32, but it was certainly no aberration. He’s been a double-double monster ever since Boozer went down. I will say this â€“ the fact that Boozer is traveling with the team to Boston is not a good sign for Millsap’s value. It means that Boozer is pretty close and should at least rejoin practice soon. It will be very interesting to see what happens with Millsap’s fantasy value when Boozer returns. The Jazz have some trade value on their hands as well and could definitely use a big time off guard. Millsap had tough competition that game for the night’s MVP. Is Rajon Rondo turning into an All Star?
Boris Diaw â€“ As soon as I saw the trade go down I picked up Diaw and got a post out to you guys to do the same (selfishly, I picked him up before posting though). Diaw is showing the old flashes and last night had his best scoring game in as long as we can remember going for 25 points. He should be a very productive forward the rest of the way.
Jameer Nelson â€“ This really may be the break out season we’ve all been waiting for from Jameer. Jameericle has been scoring like crazy, including a solid 32 last night. His assist numbers could be a little higher, but I don’t think owners are complaining.
Marcin Gortat â€“ I mentioned that scouts think really highly of Gortat and he showed a little something-something last night with 16 points, 13 boards and 3 blocks. Two ways that Gortat should be picked up. 1. If Dwight was seriously injured. 2. If you’re in a very deep league and own Howard, Gortat would be a good handcuff.
Marco Belinelli â€“ 19 last night and 4 out of the last 5 in double digits. He’s not ownable yet, but in Nellie’s crazy system you have no idea who is going to be the flavor of the week. Roto owners should pay a little bit of attention because of the potential for threes.
Josh Howard â€“ J-Ho returned last night off the bench for the Mavs and although looked a little rusty owners should just be happy to see him in uniform. JJ Barea had good numbers (12 and 9) but shot terribly from the field. Howard should be safe to start next week.
JR Smith â€“ JR had 25 off the bench last night for the Nuggets, blah blah blah. Own/play him at your own risk.
The Kings â€“ New coach and definitely a new substitution pattern. 10 guys played at least 17 minutes. We didn’t even know that was possible. Francisco Garcia put up the best numbers on the squad with 21 point, 5 dimes, 3 threes, and 2 blocks. We don’t love the crazy platoon though.
Kevin Love â€“ Love had 15 boards last night in only 26 minutes. He only scored 7 points and clearly needs to adjust his offensive game a little bit to the NBA level but he has big time potential down the line and certainly in next year’s draft.
Ryan Gomes â€“ Ouch. The minutes were still decent (25) but he scored only 1 point last night.
Craig Smith â€“ Smith does it again, going for 17. I don’t trust him, but he is in a nice streak right now. Congrats if you’re riding it out as a 4th forward.
Nate Robinson â€“ Nate jacked 27 shots last night and went 1-10 from behind the arc. I’m not saying don’t take the threes but let’s just say for a second he decided not to gun those 10 threes last night. He would have finished 11 for 17 for 24 points, 9 boards, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Instead he was 12 for 27.
Matt Barnes â€“ The good news is that the Suns played Barnes 27 minutes. The bad news is that he scored just 9 points. Grant Hill can’t keep up the 30+ nights and I expect that Barnes will get his shot at starting again.
Leandro Barbosa â€“ Barbosa had actually played 4 pretty good games in a row, but the minutes are streaky right now. Last night he scored only 6 points in 18 minutes.
Ryan Anderson â€“ Welcome to the (Almost) Daily Fantasy Mr. Anderson. 33 minutes and 21 points deserve a hello. Now do it again… and again… and again… and then we’ll really talk about you.
Jason Kapano - I know he played 40 minutes last night. I know he hit 5 threes. Yes you should consider grabbing him if you need threes, but I guarantee this doesn’t last. If you need to or want to ride it out than go for it.
Andray Blatche â€“ That’s two straight games with 30 minutes. Definitely worth watching. We got you.
Paul Pierce â€“ Pierce went down with a knee injury late in the 4th but it looks like he’ll be okay to play the rest of the week.