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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 22, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.22

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

Beast of the Night: Dwight Howard posted 28 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks last night. He shot 82 percent (9-11) from the field, 83 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line and had four turnovers. With this monstrous line, Howard has amassed eight steals and nine blocks in his last two games. Though his boost in scoring has received the lion’s share of attention this season, it’s worth noting that Howard has also boosted his rebounding and thieving from last season’s marks.

Lines for Discussion:
Marcus Thornton: 9-14 FG (64%), 5-6 FT (83%), 2 threes, 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO; Thornton has been straight-up nasty since he joined the Kings, but with Tyreke Evans possibly set to return by the end of the week, the good times might be coming to an end. Thornton should still maintain some value, but not this much.

Ty Lawson: 7-10 FG (70%), 7-7 FT (100%), 2 threes, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 TO; He only played 30:31 last night despite Raymond Felton notching a DNP, thanks to a blowout victory. Felton should return Wednesday, though this has little bearing on Lawson’s newfound stud status.

Manu Ginobili: 9-18 FG (50%), 6-6 FT (100%), 4 threes, 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; Ginobili’s production hasn’t dropped off as much as some expected in this latter portion of the season. Despite playing just 28:18 per game so far this month, Ginobili has averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 threes.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Jordan Farmar: 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; This wasn’t a brilliant game, but Farmar’s worth owning until Deron Williams returns – if that even happens.

Sasha Vujacic: 14 Pts, 4 threes, 2 Reb, 2 Ast; Vujacic isn’t usable in many leagues, but he continues to tease owners with value every now and then. Give him a look if you need threes in a deeper league.

Ryan Anderson: 12 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 2 TO; He’s hit at least one three-pointer in all his games since Feb. 27.

Daniel Gibson: 16 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Boobie should see a nice boost in value until Baron Davis returns.

Tony Allen: 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Allen remains a solid source of steals and a smattering of other stats on most nights.

Darrell Arthur: 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk, 2 TO; Arthur has been relatively steady lately and has become a decent source of blocks.

Omer Asik: 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; He got some extra run in the Bulls’ blowout victory. Asik is usually good for some decent lines when he gets enough minutes.

Ekpe Udoh: 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; With Andris Biedrins likely done for the season, Udoh is worth a sniff if you need help up front.

Acie Law: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 TO; He’s a decent option when he gets minutes, which means to just monitor him for now.

Tiago Splitter: 10 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; He could be in for some extra run in these last few weeks of the season, thanks to Tim Duncan‘s injury. Scoop him up if you can.

Injuries:
Stephen Jackson (hamstring): says he’ll play Wednesday

Baron Davis (back): day-to-day

Arron Afflalo (hamstring): probably won’t return until next week

Raymond Felton (ankle): expects to play Wednesday

Anthony Morrow (finger): playing through it

Kelenna Azubuike (knee): will have to have another knee surgery

Marcus Camby (ankle): questionable tonight

Tim Duncan (ankle): will miss about two weeks

Devin Harris (hamstring): day-to-day

Damion James (foot): day-to-day

Amir Johnson (ankle): sprained his other ankle; day-to-day

Derrick Favors (ankle): day-to-day

For Tonight:
See what Jeff Teague can muster against Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

Jordan Crawford and Trevor Booker should be decent plays again as the Wizards visit the Blazers.

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  • http://www.conradburry.com Conrad

    League scoring: All stats = 1 pt, asts = 2 pts, TOs = -1 pts.

    Jor Crawford, Toney, T.Allen, Javale, Splitter, or Hayes?

    Thanks, Doc!

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

    @Conrad: Crawford, Allen or Hayes, in about that order.

  • Shot In Ya Face

    Should I dump DeAndre Jordan for D. Blair? I’m figuring with Duncan out, Dujuan will get more PT.

  • Boom Boom

    DeAndre Jordan or Splitter?

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

    @Shot In Ya Face: I’d support that.

    @Boom Boom: I’d lean toward Splitter, though he’s more of a gamble.

  • Peace

    Doc, u think E. Watson is good pick up? How long is Harris out?

  • http://www.conradburry.com Conrad

    Aye, their matchups for my Week 1 playoffs are:

    Crawford: @UTA/MIA/CLE/@CHA
    Allen: GST/@NO/MIN
    Hayes: @NJ/PHI/SA/ATL

    So, who has the best avg-based matchups?

  • Who Dat

    Hey Doc,

    Do you think E Watson is a good pick up? How long is D Harris out?

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    @Doc,

    ekpe udoh or d.blair or splitter? need solid big men stats without hurting %s

  • GSP

    Whats up Doc,

    Thanks for all the help during the regular season. With your help, I was able to net a playoff spot this year. But now I have a tough decision to make. I need to drop Amir Johnson or Shane Battier and want to pick up AntRan from Minny, now that Love may miss the season. Which guy should I drop? Amir is more producture, but Battier is healthy. Unfortunately, I don’t have many moves left, so this decision will stick moving forward.

    Regards,
    GSP

  • Finn

    Hey Doc,

    In the playoffs, going against a guy stacked with C’s/PF’s.
    with rudy gay out who would be the best pickup for REB/BLKS/FG%. Don’t care about TO’s and FT% cause I have rondo and dwight howard.

    Ant Rand/splitter/patterson/udoh

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

    @Peace: He’s aiming to return to practice on Friday, so yes, in the meantime Watson is a solid pickup.

    @Conrad: I’d probably rank them in just about that order.

    @Who Dat: See my response to @Peace.

    @hakasan: Blair, definitely.

    @GSP: Congrats, and I’m glad I could be of some help. Tough call, but I’d stash Amir.

  • Finn

    (sorry for the repost,looking for an answer)

    Hey Doc,

    In the playoffs, going against a guy stacked with C’s/PF’s.
    with rudy gay out who would be the best pickup for REB/BLKS/FG%. Don’t care about TO’s and FT% cause I have rondo and dwight howard.

    Ant Rand/splitter/patterson/udoh

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

    @Finn: Go for Patterson.