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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 15, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.15

Marcus Thornton

Marcus Thornton

Beast of the Night: Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 42 points to go along with three rebounds, one assist, four steals and four three-pointers made. He shot 65 percent (13-20) from the field, 86 percent (12-14) from the free-throw line and had no turnovers. With Tyreke Evans still struggling to return from a bout with plantar fasciitis, it looks like Thornton’s hot fantasy value is safe for the time being.

Lines for Discussion:
Serge Ibaka: 5-10 FG (50%), 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Blk; It’s time to recognize Ibaka as one of the elite shot-blockers in the league. From a fantasy perspective, he’s proving to be more than a one-trick pony and should draw a lot of appeal in drafts next fall.

Deron Williams: 4-11 FG (36%), 4-6 FT (67%), 4 threes, 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; It was good to see him back in action after missing two games for the birth of his fourth child. Fears about Williams shutting things down for the season should be put to rest now, especially with the Nets rolling with five straight wins. With a strong fantasy playoff schedule, D-Will should be a strong play the rest of the way.

Raymond Felton: 7-12 FG (58%), 2-4 FT (50%), 6 threes, 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; This was his best game since joining the Nuggets and shows that that wacky backcourt has room for him yet. Felton will have a tougher time getting major minutes once Arron Afflalo returns, but he continues to hold decent fantasy appeal.

Chris Paul: 9-16 FG (56%), 7-9 FT (78%), 2 threes, 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 7 Stl, 2 TO; His two games back from his concussion have been nothing short of monstrous. Paul should finish the season strong, but the Hornets’ weak playoff schedule is a bit of a downer.

Chris Bosh: 10-16 FG (63%), 10-10 FT (100%), 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; This was a sweet line from Bosh, who has maintained top-50 fantasy value throughout the season. Despite his public image, Bosh remains a pretty strong fantasy asset.

Al Jefferson: 11-26 FG (42%), 8-9 FT (89%), 30 Pts, 17 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 TO; The man is possessed and the absence of Paul Millsap lately has only helped his beastly run. If he keeps this up for the remainder of the season, Jefferson could make a case to be taken in the top 15 slots in drafts next season. Considering his slow start to the season, that’s a huge statement.

Samuel Dalembert: 10-16 FG (635), 7-10 FT (70%), 27 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Blk, 5 TO; This was a huge line from Dalembert, whose 27 points were a career-high. The fact that he did this against the Warriors puts a slight damper on this performance, but Dalembert has been more valuable lately than he was earlier in the season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Trevor Booker: 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk; So long as Andray Blatche is out, Booker will be worth a flier if you need a big man.

Jordan Crawford: 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; He’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Glen Davis: 16 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 TO; Big Baby has been a marginally appealing player for much of the season and he’ll remain just that the rest of the way.

Kenyon Martin: 10 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; His health is spotty but he’s worth a look, especially in deeper leagues.

Eric Bledsoe: 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Bledsoe continues to put up usable lines and is worth a pickup if you don’t have to drop anyone too valuable.

Chuck Hayes: 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk; He faded out earlier this month but Hayes remains an efficient big man.

Al Thornton: 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; This was a big line from Thornton, who hasn’t done much lately. That said, unless he does this again in his next game, treat him like Britney and leave him alone.

Kendrick Perkins: 6 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; He’ll need a few games to get back into game shape but will eventually be a good source of rebounds and blocks.

Injuries:
Al Horford (ankle): will play tonight

Baron Davis (personal): could rejoin the Cavs on Thursday

Peja Stojakovic (back, neck): will not travel with the Mavs for their two-game road trip

Danny Granger (strep throat): day-to-day

Ryan Gomes (knee): day-to-day

Marc Gasol (ankle): X-rays came back negative; monitor his status

Rudy Gay (shoulder): could miss another week or two; no timetable for his return

Luke Ridnour (personal): has been excused from the team

Steve Nash (pelvis): questionable for Wednesday

Marcus Camby (knee): check his status

Devin Harris (hamstring): monitor his status

Terrence Williams (abdomen): day-to-day

Andre Iguodala (knee): day-to-day

For Tonight:
Jeff Teague should be a very intriguing player to watch as the Hawks host the downtrodden Bucks. If he keeps his starting gig, he could finally put up some usable numbers to end the season. Better late than never, right?

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  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Doc – what do you make of Aaron Brooks?

  • shourjo

    is there any word on the return of eric gordon?

  • The Mamba King

    Sup doc?

    Finally clinched that playoff spot and climbed from 7th to 3rd place in just a couple of months!! Yess!!
    Anyway, I just picked up James Harden to replace a struggling John salmons. What do you think of Harden for the remainder of the season? And also I want to drop Kaman for either FranGarcia or Frye who I heard is progressing from his shoulder injury. Any thoughts?

    Thanks doc!

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    @Doc – what do you make of Aaron Brooks?

  • WuMan

    Luv your comment on Al Thornton. :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/dworlds David Brandon

    Doc,

    i’d like your opinion on this. our H2H playoffs started this week and here’s how my roster’s looking. i wanna know if i should pick up kaman or not. my current roster is:
    mo williams
    joe johnsonson
    deron williams
    ray felton
    wilson chandler
    luis scola
    wes mathews
    pau gasol
    joakim noah
    andrea bargnani
    dj augustin
    landry fields
    jameer nelson

    now i know that kaman’s always a risk health wise, but in the few minutes he’s been getting recently, he’s been nice. added to the fact that scola’s dealing w/ knee issues, i’m just not too sure. i never care about TO’s and usually, not too much about FT%. so with knowing a little bit about it, is there anyone on the current roster you think i should drop and pick up chris for? or just let it ride…

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

    @dagwaller: With Nash likely returning Wednesday, I wouldn’t lean on him too much.

    @shourjo: He’ll be evaluated again today. No bad news yet, which is good news.

    @The Mamba King: I like the Harden move. He should be solid the rest of the way. I’d lean toward Frye if you’re looking to make the Kaman swap.

    @WuMan: I’m glad to entertain. Thanks for reading!

    @David Brandon: I’d support swapping out Fields for Kaman, for sure.

  • nbaman

    shud i drop turk and pick up ibaka?

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

    @nbaman: Yep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dworlds David Brandon

    this is why we’re boys lol

    thanks doc!

  • beiber newz

    cj miles or tyrus thomas in a rotation with: ellis, joe johnson, durant, hickson, bogut, hibbert, blatche, gay, tyreke, camby

  • beiber newz

    i hav a good balnce of scoring and bigs. so its a choice between scoring and blocks when it comes down to miles or tyrus.

    this is actually a first me asking for advice, meaning i hav no clue what to do, and my playoffs start next week. i usually choose based on my opponents’ stregths/weaknesses (did i jus tell a secret?) but hey its not so ez to tell.

  • Jon

    Blake Griffin for Rajon Rondo. Yay or Nay?

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

    @beiber news: Miles. He just gives you more across the board and could stick in the starting lineup for the Jazz. Good thinking looking at your opponent’s strengths/weaknesses.

    @Jon: Completely different stats, as you know, so it depends on what you’d benefit most from. Overall though, very slight edge to Rondo.