Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 7, 2011 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.7

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Beast of the Night: Carmelo Anthony finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and five three-pointers last night. He shot 52 percent (12-23) from the field, 67 percent (2-3) from the free-throw line and had no turnovers. Anthony’s fantasy value has taken a step in the right direction since landing with the Knicks, thanks mostly to his 1.8 threes per game – one whole three-pointer more per game than his career average.

Lines for Discussion:
Gilbert Arenas: 9-14 FG (64%), 1-2 FT (50%), 6 threes, 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 TO; This line came way too late for most owners. Arenas started in place of Jason Richardson and did well. However, with Richardson set to return sooner than later, this could be Arenas’ last hurrah for a hugely disappointing season.

Jordan Crawford: 9-23 FG (39%), 10-10 FT (100%), 1 three, 29 Pts, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; You know his deal by now – prolific scorer who tanks it from the field on most nights. He contributes in a few other categories, but his scoring is where it’s at.

Elton Brand: 11-16 FG (69%), 2-2 FT (100%), 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk, 1 TO; Brand had himself a fine season. He improved in all nine major statistical categories from his marks in 2009-10.

Rodney Stuckey: 8-16 FG (50%), 6-6 FT (100%), 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 5 TO; He made an appearance after two games in the dog house. He’s a restricted free agent after this season, so keep an eye on how that players out — or if coach John Kuester sticks around.

Michael Beasley: 10-23 FG (44%), 4-4 FT (100%), 24 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 5 Stl, 5 TO; Beasley certainly showed us he has a pulse this season. He should finish the season on a high note. Though he’s still a flawed fantasy player, Beasley should still make for an intriguing player to consider in next season’s drafts.

Eric Gordon: 7-18 FG (39%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; He just hasn’t been the same since injuring his wrist, and maybe he isn’t meshing as well with Mo Williams as he was with Baron Davis. Whatever the case, Gordon still managed to average top-40 numbers this season and should be a solid fantasy player for years to come.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Jerryd Bayless: 28 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl; Even with Jose Calderon back, Bayless tore things up. He remains a solid start.

Gerald Henderson: 32 Pts, 1 three, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO; With Stephen Jackson all but shut down for the season, Henderson looks like a fairly safe bet to finish the season strong.

Dante Cunningham: 16 Pts, 1 three, 10 Reb, 2 Ast; He’s worth a look if you need a big man.

Paul George: 23 Pts, 5 threes, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Keep an eye on him.

Toney Douglas: 17 Pts, 3 threes, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Douglas continues to do good things. With Chauncey Billups banged up again, he could finish the season strong.

Richard Hamilton: 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; He should be scooped up if he’s still floating on your league’s waiver wire.

Jordan Farmar: 18 Pts, 4 threes, 2 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 TO; He got the start in place of Deron Williams. If Williams shuts it down, Farmar could be the difference between first and second place for fantasy owners.

J.J. Barea: 12 Pts, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; He benefited from extra run with Jason Kidd resting. Barea also got more minutes than Rodrigue Beaubois, who started last night. This was Barea’s second double-double in three games this month — he had just one double-double this season heading into April.

Injuries:
Josh Smith (knee): day-to-day; coach Larry Drew said Smith would’ve played Tuesday if it had been a playoff game

Jason Collins (ankle): mild ankle sprain; day-to-day

Stephen Jackson (hamstring): day-to-day

Shaun Livingston (tailbone): day-to-day

Tyrus Thomas (knee); day-to-day

Keith Bogans (knee): sat out Wednesday’s practice with soreness in his right knee

Tyson Chandler (back): day-to-day

Jason Kidd (rest): didn’t play last night; monitor his rest situation down this final stretch

Arron Afflalo (hamstring): day-to-day

Ryan Gomes (knee): questionable for the rest of the Clippers’ road trip

Dwyane Wade (thigh): day-to-day

Anthony Morrow (knee): day-to-day

Deron Williams (wrist): coach Avery Johnson said he’ll update Williams’ status Friday

Kris Humphries (ankle): may be done for the season

Jason Richardson (knee): just got the night off, should be back shortly

Marcus Camby (neck): out tonight

Amir Johnson (ankle): day-to-day

Leandro Barbosa (finger): day-to-day

Andrea Bargnani (ankle): day-to-day

Devin Harris (hamstring): game-time decision tonight

Andrei Kirilenko (knee): doubtful tonight

Raja Bell (foot): ditto

Ronnie Price (calf): ditto

Ben Wallace (knee): day-to-day

Chauncey Billups (thigh): monitor his status

Will Bynum (calf): day-to-day

Darko Milicic (ankle): day-to-day

John Salmons (head): got 12 stitches last night and didn’t return to the game; day-to-day

Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle): tweaked it last night; questionable for Friday

Andre Iguodala (knee): monitor his status

For Tonight:
Nicolas Batum could be in for a solid night with Camby sidelined, as the Blazers visit the Jazz. See if Derrick Favors gets another start, too. Even if he doesn’t, he should put up a decent line.

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  • goattree

    Hey Doc,

    In a 12 man league, where we keep 3 players each year. During the draft our keepers are selected in the rounds that they were originally selected. This year I had Durant, Rondo and Nash as top 3 picks, but I’m thinking it’s time to let Nashty ride off into the sunset as he’s not getting any younger.

    If I keep Eric Gordon he’ll be a midround pick (I think 6th or 7th round), but if I keep Greg Monroe I’d only lose my last round pick, cuz he was a FA pickup. What do you think Monroe’s ceiling is? Worth keeping over E Gordon, knowing that I will then have a stronger draft position?

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    just when i drop GHend, SJax decides to shuts it down… is he worth trying to pick up if my only option at SG is harden (needing 3 more games at SG)

    also dropped chase B for calderon, even after that horrible shooting game… i’ll probably try to max both calderon and kidd to max assists, but who would you say is the better bet to finish the season?

    also contemplating dropping jrich for odom…. jrich is just having a horrible stretch right now… do you think he’s got anything left in the tank or just saving energy for the playoffs now?

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

    @goattree: Monroe as a keeper is a no-brainer — and yeah, he’s a bit more appealing than Gordon, given his low position. Gordon in 6/7 isn’t shabby either though. I suspect Monroe has the potential to be something close to an Al Horford minus the solid FT%.

    @hakasan: Yeah, Henderson is definitely worth a pickup. I’d give the edge to Calderon, though Bayless and his hamstring will limit his potential. J-Rich’s knee is bothering him. With a night off, he could have a shot at finishing the season on a decent note, but he’ll most likely conserve.

  • rban

    Monroe is steadily improving his free throw shooting and has been all season, I believe he’s made 24 of his last 29. He’ll be better then Al Horford, not buy much but he’s bigger and a better passer.

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    one more… rondo… play or sit tonight?

  • goattree

    That’s what I was thinking too….nice to have some confirmation from the Doc