Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 30, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.30

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Dorothy Hong)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Durant finished with 39 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three three-pointers last night. He shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field, 83 percent (10-12) from the charity stripe and had two turnovers. Is it possible to have a quiet season while putting up No. 1 averages throughout an NBA season? Yep. Though he hasn’t drawn nearly as much attention as he did last season, KD has met the high expectations most owners had for him heading into this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Kyle Lowry: 6-13 FG (46%), 1-1 FT (100%), 3 threes, 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Despite being questionable with a foot injury heading into yesterday, Lowry put up a big line. He continues to make a strong case to be drafted in the earlier rounds of next season’s drafts.

LeBron James: 10-21 FG (48%), 6-10 FT (60%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 TO; This marked James’ fourth triple-double of the season. Though he’s averaged top-10 numbers for the season, James will have difficulty breaking into higher ground so long as he’s in Miami, a reality some fantasy owners will find hard to accept.

David Lee: 11-17 FG (65%), 2-3 FT (67%), 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; Lee is on a mini-roll right now, which could be classified as too little, too late. Call it a hunch, but if he can avoid another tooth in the elbow, next season Lee should recover much of the value he lost in 2010-11.

Tyreke Evans: 4-9 FG (44%), 3-3 FT (100%), 11 Pts, 10 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Evans continues to come off the bench, but his minutes are steadily rising. He seems like he’ll help patient owners who stashed him for so long. The other piece of good news is that Marcus Thornton (24 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three three-pointers) appears to be just fine with Evans back.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Chuck Hayes: 8 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl; If you need a big man, Hayes should be on your short list.

Sasha Vujacic: 11 Pts, 1 three, 1 Ast; He’s scored in double figures and has hit as least one three-pointer in five straight games.

Mike Bibby: 23 Pts, 7 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Don’t get too excited. Despite his starting gig (for the time being), Bibby remains a marginally appealing player in deeper leagues only.

Anthony Parker: 20 Pts, 4 threes, 7 Reb, 2 Ast; Parker has been very quiet since his relatively strong run at the end of February, so don’t put too much stock in this line. Just keep an eye on him.

Ramon Sessions: 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 TO; Despite losing his starting job to Baron Davis, Sessions remains a decent player to consider, especially in deeper leagues.

Ryan Hollins: 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk, 2 TO; This was his fourth straight start, though Hollins is only worth a look if you need blocks in a deeper league.

Ekpe Udoh: 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 Blk; He should be scooped up if you need help in the blocks column.

Jared Dudley: 21 Pts, 1 three, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk; Pick him up now. He could bridge the gap between you and a fantasy basketball championship.

Mike Dunleavy (thumb): practiced Tuesday and was shooting without a brace on his hand

Joe Johnson (thumb): practiced Tuesday and is ready to go tonight

Kwame Brown (personal): expected to rejoin the Bobcats before tonight’s game

Shaun Livingston (tailbone): questionable tonight

D.J. Augustin (ankle): ditto

Ben Gordon (migraine): practiced Tuesday; check his status

Ben Wallace (knee): day-to-day

Tracy McGrady (back): practiced Monday; check his status

Chris Wilcox (knee): expected to play tonight

Acie Law (wrist): didn’t travel with the team for their two-game road trip

Darren Collison (ankle): monitor his status

Mike Miller (knee): doubtful tonight

Shawne Williams (back): unlikely to play tonight

Nick Collison (ankle): day-to-day

Thaddeus Young (adductor): game-time decision tonight

Mickael Pietrus (quad/knee): day-to-day

Brandon Roy (back): monitor his status

Andrea Bargnani (ankle): was limited to the weight room and cardio work Monday; day-to-day

Reggie Evans (foot): practiced Monday; day-to-day

Samuel Dalembert (ribs): questionable tonight

For Tonight:
Kevin Love is set to return tonight, which spells yet another death for Anthony Randolph‘s teasing fantasy value.

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  • juanronin

    Doc, I need a player for tomorrow, Peja, Jeff Green, DeJuan Blair, Richard Jefferson

  • Peace

    Steph Curry was a beast yesterday!

  • http://www.mmajunkie.com rangerjohn

    in the finals, should i drop anthony randolph for a guy like reggie evans? i could use some rebounds and randolph was nice for a couple games.

  • juanronin

    Doc, I need a player for tomorrow: Peja Stojakovic, Jeff Green, DeJuan Blair, Richard Jefferson

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    need to sit one tonight… help!
    kidd (lac)
    mowill (dal)
    ghend (cle)
    harden (pho)
    jrich (atl)
    chaseb (phi)
    dirk (dal)
    brand (hou)
    horford (orl)
    frye (okc)
    ibaka (pho)

    stats i need are stl/ast and decent %s… i don’t like horford vs. dwight howard… i think henderson is the worst player on the roster but he’s playing cleveland… chase is inconsistent, and frye is playing a good team with a good pf… what say the doc?

  • Zippy

    Hey Doc,

    Out of the otpions below, who do you think will have a better fantasy finish for this season (or who would you rather have on your team).

    Gerald Henderson or Jared Dudley

    Carl Landry or A. Blatche


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

    @juanronin: I’d roll the dice with either Peja or RJ, in that order.

    @Peace: Yes he was.

    @rangerjohn: That sounds fine to me. Just keep an eye out for reports about Evans’ status for tonight and going forward.

    @hakasan: Horford’s been pretty solid against Orlando this season, so don’t worry too much about him. Given your needs, I’d consider sitting Harden, Frye or Henderson.

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

    @Zippy: Dudley and Blatche.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Is there any way to tell if Kyle Lowry is going in the earlier rounds of next year, or if he’ll pull an Aaron Brooks/Darren Collison – strong out of nowhere last year, and off the radar this year?

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

    @dagwaller: That’s certainly a risk. What will help him avoid Collison-itis is the fact that (assuming nothing drastic happens) Lowry will be on the same team, with the same core — fewer adjustments to be made, if any at all.