Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 2, 2011 / 9:30 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.2

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Beast of the Night: Jose Calderon started March off in a huge way, posting 22 points, seven rebounds, 16 assists, one steal and three three-pointers. He shot 70 percent (7-10) from the field, 100 percent (5-5) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. This was the first time in a while that Calderon’s offense was as good as his dishing. He remains a strong fantasy play, especially if you need assists.

Lines for Discussion:
Chauncey Billups: 4-12 FG (33%), 18-20 FT (90%), 4 threes, 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; Billups flew under the radar in that big trade that brought him to New York, but fantasy owners should know by now that he’s clearly benefited from the change in scenery. He’s averaging 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, six assists, 1.8 steals and 2.5 threes in his first four games with the Knicks, all marks that are higher than the ones he posted in Denver this season. He did leave the game early with an injury, but shouldn’t miss too much time, if any at all.

Danny Granger: 5-11 FG (46%), 16-16 FT (100%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO; As with Billups, the free-throw shooting was a big boon for Granger’s owners. Granger has been a top-70 fantasy player this season, proving that it was wise to allow him to drop out of the first round of many drafts.

Amir Johnson: 3-10 FG (30%), 2-3 FT (67%), 8 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 7 Blk; After going two games without a block, this was a refreshing line for Johnson’s owners, though they could’ve done without the poor shooting from the field.

Jason Kidd: 3-8 FG (38%), 4-4 FT (100%), 3 threes, 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl; This was a near-flawless line from Kidd, who has been a resilient top-40 fantasy player this season. Expect him to get a few extra minutes of rest in the final few games of the season.

Jason Terry: 13-18 FG (72%), 1-3 FT (33%), 3 threes, 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; Clearly, Terry hasn’t been affected much at all by Roddy Beaubois‘ return. He’s still scoring, dishing and hitting threes at a solid rate, and is even shooting the ball well lately.

Gerald Wallace: 5-11 FG (46%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 TO; He’s still not starting, but that doesn’t matter. Wallace has been reunited with his headband and is playing on a squad that lightens his load, which makes him a solid play.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Ryan Anderson: 16 Pts, 4 threes, 5 Reb, 1 Ast; He’s lost his magic touch lately but this was a nice flash in the pan. Anderson remains worth stashing in deeper leagues, and is worth monitoring in others.

Reggie Williams: 25 Pts, 5 threes, 4 Reb, 2 Ast; This was a great line from Williams, but with Al Thornton set to sign with the Warriors and eat into his minutes, long-term expectations for this Warrior should be kept low.

Tyler Hansbrough: 14 Pts, 6 Reb; Hansbrough remains a decent player to own in deeper leagues. It would be interesting to see what he’d do if set free in the starting lineup, but that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

James Johnson: 13 Pts, 1 three, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 3 TO; Johnson has shown his ability to fill up the stat sheet since joining the Raptors. Reggie Evans‘ possible return in the near future limits Johnson’s long-term appeal.

Gary Neal: 14 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; He’ll be a solid play so long as Tony Parker is out.

Darrell Arthur: 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Blk, 3 TO; He got extra run thanks to a blowout victory, but Arthur could be a decent add in deeper leagues if you need points along with some rebounds and blocks.

Richard Hamilton: 10 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl; The masked man who cusses out his coach is back. The Pistons lineup is in reset mode, which means Rip could be worth a speculative add.

Carlos Delfino: 16 Pts, 3 threes, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Delfino will be a solid producer so long as Ersan Ilyasova is out.

Wes Johnson: 20 Pts, 3 threes, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; His last three games have been solid. Pick him up if you can, but know that Martell Webster‘s return could dent Johnson’s value.

Chase Budinger: 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; Pick him up if you can make room for him.

Shaquille O’Neal (Achilles): will miss 1-2 more weeks

Jermaine O’Neal (knee): will miss 3-4 more weeks

Baron Davis (knee): not expected to play tonight

Tayshaun Prince (back): day-to-day

Andrew Bogut (side): out for at least a week

Martell Webster (back): day-to-day

Semih Erden (shoulder, groin): a few games away from playing for the Cavs

Tyson Chandler (ankle): monitor his status

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (flu): day-to-day

Gilbert Arenas (knee): day-to-day

Brandon Roy (knees): will sit out tonight for rest

Eric Gordon (wrist): set to return tonight

Rudy Fernandez (illness): day-to-day

Dorell Wright (ankle): should be fine for tonight, but monitor his status

Darko Milicic (personal): not traveling with the team for tonight’s game

Chauncey Billups (thigh): questionable tonight

For Tonight:
Gordon makes his long-awaited return as the Clippers host the Rockets. Randy Foye‘s days of steady fantasy value are over for the time being.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/DonCharlionne hollywud15

    hey doc i offered someone Josh Smith and ray felt for chauncey and nene. Good or no? and i have another offer for josh smith where i can choose from dwill or monta, which one of the two is better for me

  • north

    No update on Josh Smith from you guys either? Why are we all being left in the dark on his knee?

  • http://www.conradburry.com Conrad

    Wes Johnson, Josh Howard, Anthony Morrow, James Johnson or Tyler Hansbrough? (format is: 1pt for all stats except asts which are 2pts, and -1pts for TOs) What ya think, Doc?

  • Hollllaaaa

    Hey Doc,

    S Jack for Jose Calderon? What you think?

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

    @hollywud15: Yeah, decent deal there. For the other, it really depends on the stats you need/want. D-Will’s injured wrist/hand is a concern, but overall he’s the superior option.

    @north: He’s out tonight. The Hawks are calling it a sprained knee — doesn’t sound serious.

    @Conrad: Wes Johnson and Morrow are the guys to pick from that pack.

    @Hollllaaaa: Pretty even, though I’ll give the razor-thin edge to S-Jax.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/DonCharlionne hollywud15

    Hey Doc, 2 things. first, i offered Josh Smith and ray felton for Chauncey Billips and nene… good or bad for me?
    and 2nd, i have another offer for Josh smith where i wud get my choice of Monta ellis or deron williams, which one of those two wud be better?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/DonCharlionne hollywud15

    sorry about the double post, my comp wasnt loading. thanks doc

  • Boom Boom

    Ed Davis or DeAndre Jordan?

  • ian

    someone just dropped t parker in our league. do I take chance on him?our playoffs start in 2 weeks. I’m thinking dropping marion or c hayes for him. what do you think? thanks!


    JOSE C – picture substitute those shoes for fruits and take him to the side streets of EAST LA LOL for reals

  • mules

    My Amir Johnson for his Luol Deng…reasonable trade offer?

    In case he doesn’t bite, is it worth dropping Wall, Foye, Afflalo, or Ibaka to pick up Anthony Parker, Wes Johnson or Morrow… I just swapped Gallinari for Sessions and Boozer and I’m real weak at SF right now.

    My line-up as it stands now:
    PG – Wall
    PG – Foye
    SG – Monta
    SG – Afflalo
    SF – Delfino
    SF –
    PF – Blake
    PF – Amir Johnson
    C – Pau
    C – Stoudemire
    Bench – Sessions
    Bench – Ibaka
    Bench – Boozer

  • hakasan

    i think foye is the logical drop here… what type of league are you in and what do you need your sf to do?

  • Shaq Attack

    Hey Doc,

    I need 3s, Rebs and FG% bad. I dropped Rashard Lewis and Jamal Crawford for Wes Johnson and Chase Budinger, good move?

    I also still have Vince Carter (just can’t hit the drop button) would you swap M. Bibby, S. Battier, C. Villanueva, T. Lawson, R. Lewis or J. Crawford for him?


  • kesaber

    Hey Doc,

    My team is in a good position for playoffs, trying to make it stronger. I was offered Dirk and Wesley Matthews for my Steph Curry and Kirilenko. Should I bite?

  • kesaber

    Hey Doc,

    I was offered Dirk and Wesley Matthews for my Steph Curry and Kirilenko. Should I bite? If not, I have more PG’s than I have room for. Is Conley for his Mathews a bad trade? Should I wait for a better deal?

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

    @hollywud15: No problem.

    @Boom Boom: Davis, but that’s a tough call.

    @ian: If you need the PG help, sure. TP isn’t really better than either of those guys though.

    @mules: Yeah, decent offer. Maybe Foye for any of those guys, now that Gordon is returning. Delfino could be a guy to swap once that Bucks frontcourt heals up a bit. Afflalo could be another swap to make, but I’d hold off on that for now.

    @Shaq Attack: Yeah, I like those swaps. VC is a tough guy to figure out but he’s worth swapping out for a solid free agent — maybe CV or Lawson.

    @kesaber: Though Matthews is struggling, Yeah, that deal seems solid for you.

  • hakasan


    i got battier, harden, jgreen, and mmiller on the wire with a roster of


    detroit is a mess so even though i was hoping for 5ast/5rb from tmac, i’m not sure if he’s going to get off the bench… could use some help with %s, still good in blk/rb but losing my edge soon since i traded my 2+blk centers… who would you take off the wire??

  • kesaber


    Sorry my computer was weird and I posted twice, Drink and Matthews for Steph and Kirilenko seems good? Or just Conley for Wesley Matthews?

  • BobbieBrown

    Hey Doc,

    Should I be worried about monta ellis’ recent struggles, or will he shoot himself out of the slump? Perhaps the heavy minutes are finally getting to him?

  • Duck

    Blair worth the pick up over Budinger?

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

    @hakasan: Harden looks the best.

    @kesaber: I’d go big and get Dirk.

    @BobbieBrown: He should get back on track eventually, but yeah, the minutes might finally be affecting him.

    @Duck: If you really need boards. I like Budinger’s overall value more though.