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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 17, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.17

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Chris Paul

Beast of the Night: Chris Paul continued his hot post-concussion streak with 26 points, five rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two three-pointers. He shot 56 percent (9-16) from the field, 86 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. Owners who endured Paul’s mediocre play in February and earlier this month are definitely being rewarded.

Lines for Discussion:
Greg Monroe: 9-14 FG (64%), 3-5 FT (60%), 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk; Monroe has done some serious damage for his owners since the middle of February. He’s a strong candidate to hold onto in keeper leagues.

Andrei Kirilenko: 7-14 FG (50%), 1-2 FT (50%), 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; AK-47 has posted three consecutive lines of solid output. He and Al Jefferson are thriving for the Jazz lately. Kirilenko is always a strong play so long as he has his health, and for the moment it looks like he does.

Dirk Nowitzki: 10-22 FG (46%), 12-12 FT (100%), 2 threes, 34 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Age is just a number. Despite seeing declines in his points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and free-throw percentages, Diggler has remained one of the five best fantasy players of the season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Josh McRoberts: 14 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; This was McRoberts’ first notable line in a while. He might be worth owning in deeper leagues, but whether he even starts in those formats is questionable at best. Just keep an eye on him.

Nenad Krstic: 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk; Krstic should continue to be the Celtics’ main center going forward this season. He’ll be pretty reliable, though his ceiling is certainly set.

James Johnson: 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 TO; Johnson has been a pretty solid asset, given his minutes. He’s certainly worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Leandro Barbosa: 18 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Barbosa is on a nice little scoring binge lately and is worth a look if you need points, threes and steals.

Richard Hamilton: 24 Pts, 4 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He’s worth a chance if you need points, but is not reliable by any means.

Jared Dudley: 25 Pts, 5 threes, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; Dudley is certainly capable of this kind of line when given enough minutes. The problem is that his potential is capped so long as Vince Carter is healthy.

Chuck Hayes: 9 Pts, 17 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Pick him up if you’d benefit from owning a solid big man.

C.J. Miles: 40 Pts, 6 threes, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; After you read this sentence, go and see if Miles is available – if he is, pick him up.

Jodie Meeks: 22 Pts, 5 threes, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl; He’s worth owning in most leagues. Meeks has scored 11+ points and hit 2+ threes in 10 straight games.

Injuries:
Joakim Noah (illness): expected to play tonight

Carlos Boozer (ankle): will travel with the Bulls for tonight and tomorrow’s games

Richard Hamilton (personal): will leave the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral Friday; he’ll rejoin the Pistons for Saturday’s game

Luis Scola (knee): day-to-day

Andrew Bogut (migraine): monitor his status

Channing Frye (shoulder): could return for Friday’s game

Brandon Roy (back): missed practice yesterday but he’s expected to play tonight

Paul Millsap (knee): day-to-day

Rashard Lewis (knee): will seek a third opinion on his sore right knee in New York

Eric Gordon (wrist): coach Vinny Del Negro said he expects Gordon to play Saturday

Tyreke Evans (foot): should return in a week or two

Andris Biedrins (ankle): check his status

Luther Head (calf): day-to-day

Jason Thompson (ankle): day-to-day

For Tonight:
Gerald Wallace is set to get another start tonight as the Blazers host the Cavs. Baron Davis could return for this one.

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  • beiber newz

    HEY DOC
    trade ?, should i pull the trigger: I HAV THORTON, BEING OFFERED hickson.
    with tyreke’s impending return and clevelands weak front court, is this a deal i should do? and oh yea, my league’s deadline ends after TODAY

  • beiber newz

    ^marcus thorton of course

  • beiber newz

    n no injury news 4 gay? last i heard he needs 1/2 weeks of rehab b4 another evaluation

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

    @beiber newz: I’d do it. And yeah, Gay might not be much help for owners unless their playoff period goes all the way through to the end.

  • Zippy

    Hey Doc,

    Roddy Beaubois got 37 minutes last night. Do you think he could see that kind of time for the rest of the season?

    Thanks,
    Zippy

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

    @Zippy: It’s possible, definitely. He looks like a good guy to stash.

  • rban

    Greg Monroe baby!

    21 10 and 5

  • beiber newz

    i’d feel so sick if thorton still drops 20 , 25. but his inconsistency is making me agree with u all the more

  • beiber newz

    thx 4 the recent advice, its kinda fun lol i dunno, any1, wat do u think, i hav ridnour, should i swap him for roddy b? i like ridnours %s but at times luke disappears from assists. i’d rather have some1 who can score and occasionally get me 4 or 5 ass. in roddy. but shud i stick with luke becuz he can get 8/9 assists any given night?

  • beiber newz

    ^anyway*

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

    @beiber newz: Roddy does seem to have a sexier upside, so that swap seems fine.

  • beiber newz

    thanks