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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 11, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.11

Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

Beast of the Night: Chauncey Billups posted 30 points, five rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and five three-pointers. He shot 53 percent (10-19) from the field, 100 percent (5-5) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. This was especially good to see given that he missed the game before this with a knee injury, which appears to have been minor now. Trade possibilities aside, Billups has worked past his early-season struggles to be a top-25 fantasy player once again.

Lines for Discussion:
Pau Gasol: 8-13 FG (62%), 4-6 FT (67%), 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk; Not enough can be said about how strong of a season Gasol is having. Through five games in February, he’s playing 38:17 per game and averaging 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks. When Andrew Bynum misses his next set of games, Gasol will be an even bigger force.

Jason Terry: 9-17 FG (53%), 1-2 FT (50%), 6 threes, 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Terry has scored 21+ points in each of his last four games. It’s almost as if he knows his role is at risk when Roddy Beaubois returns to the lineup in the near future. Monitor how that situation evolves.

Carmelo Anthony: 17-25 FG (68%), 3-3 FT (100%), 5 threes, 42 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; Ho-hum. His fantasy owners are probably looking forward to the passing of the trade deadline so they (and everyone else) can get on with their lives.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Kendrick Perkins: 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk, 3 TO; If you’re in the market for a big man, Perkins should be on your short list.

Reggie Williams: 16 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 TO; Williams has been getting consistent minutes lately and is on a three-game hot streak. Pick him up if you need a short-term fix.

Ekpe Udoh: 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Stl, 2 TO; He got extra run in last night’s blowout loss to the Suns, but he’s worth monitoring in deeper leagues.

Jose Juan Barea: 17 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Ast, 2 TO; Barea should be owned in deeper leagues and is worth a look if you need some scoring, threes and assists.

Injuries:
Al Horford (back): doesn’t plan on playing on Saturday

Nate Robinson (knee): monitor his status

Kwame Brown (personal): expected to return tonight

Chris Kaman (ankle): doubts he’ll return before the All-Star break

Ronny Turiaf (ankle): questionable tonight

Brandon Bass (ankle): out tonight

Goran Dragic (toe): day-to-day

For Tonight:
See if Willie Green starts again for the Hornets, as they visit the Magic.

The Jazz play their first game in a while without coach Jerry Sloan, as they host the Suns. See if anything changes for that rotation.

Guys like Nikola Pekovic, Wes Johnson and Jonny Flynn could have nice nights as the nicked-up Timberwolves visit the Pacers.

For Next Week:
2 games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GS, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJ, NO, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SA, UTA
1 game: BOS, CLE, MEM, NY, OKC, ORL, TOR, WAS

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  • http://www.conradburry.com Conrad

    Aaron Brooks is worth stashing, right? Someone just dropped him in my league, and I can drop Ty Lawson for him…pull the trigger?

    Also, who of these Fs is the best option in my points (not cats) league for next week: Delfino, Ibaka, Monroe, R-Anderson, Humphries, D-Jordan, Morrow, Ilyasova, CJM, Hansbrough, W-Johnson, M-Will, R-Will, S-Young and McBob.

    Thanks, Doc!

  • ahan

    Hey Doc,

    My team needs 3s badly. I have Boozer for sale. Can you tell me what kind of player I can get in return for equal value or players to target? thanks

  • jryu

    if i trade for stuckey, chandler, and ibaka and give up brook lopez, wes matthews (sell high) and sam young, you think that’s fair for both sides? i need rebounds + blocks…

  • http://dimemag.com/author/the-fantasy-doctor/ The Fantasy Doctor

    @Conrad: Tough call, given how much Lawson’s value would be helped if Billups was dealt. As it stands, yeah, the safer road is to hold onto Brooks, who has more trade value at the moment anyhow. I’d roll with Monroe, Young or Humphries.

    @ahan: Boozer’s been struggling lately, so you’d be selling a bit low. Target guys like Frye, Gallo, VC, J-Rich or D.J. Augustin.

    @jryu: It’s pretty fair, though as it stands, you lose slightly overall. But given Young’s short-term value until Mayo returns, and given your needs, this looks worth it.

  • PippenAintEasy

    Doc, Any word on Rudy Gay’s status for tonight?