Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 29, 2011 / 1:30 pm

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.29

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James had himself a typically big line to the tune of 35 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. He shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field, 100 percent (9-9) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Through three games, James is averaging 32.7 points on 59 percent shooting from the field and 87 percent shooting from the charity stripe. The odd thing is that he has yet to attempt a single three-pointer. The fact that he’s been such a stud without a three-pointer says volumes about his fantasy value. It’s early, but James looks like the probable top dog in fantasy basketball this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Paul George: 5-11 FG (46%), 4-4 FT (100%), 4 threes, 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; George isn’t creeping up on anybody this season, as he’s already owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s in for an intriguing season. His fantasy owners should enjoy the ride.

Andrea Bargnani: 9-17 FG (53%), 2-5 FT (40%), 1 three, 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 4 TO; His lack of rebounds is maddening but Bargnani obviously retains value as a center-eligible player who can knock down threes and shoot well from the free-throw line (despite last night’s display).

Boris Diaw: 7-14 FG (50%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 16 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 6 TO; Diaw is thriving in his first two games of the season as the Bobcats’ starting center. It’s unlikely that he can keep up this near-triple-double pace, especially since Tyrus Thomas has yet to play a game this season, but Diaw looks primed to reward his fantasy owners handsomely in 2011-12.

Ramon Sessions: 4-11 FG (36%), 6-6 FT (100%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; He’s off to a great start, but if Kyrie Irving eventually finds his way (and the smart bet is that he will), Sessions could see his value drop. His owners should just enjoy the ride in the meantime.

Nick Young: 6-12 FG (50%), 6-6 FT (100%), 3 threes, 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast; It’s good to see that his foot injury isn’t a big deal. Young is certainly making the case for that starting SG job for the Wizards. Regardless, he’ll remain a strong source of points and threes this season.

Jarrett Jack: 8-17 FG (47%), 5-5 FT (100%), 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; No surprise here. Jack played 38 minutes in a blowout victory. With no reliable backup PG on the Hornets’ roster, Jack is in for serious minutes and stat lines for the foreseeable future.

Russell Westbrook: 0-13 FG (0%), 4-4 FT (100%), 4 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 TO; He’s off to a disconcerting start to the season, but Westbrook will bounce back. Now’s the time to buy low if you can.

Manu Ginobili: 6-10 FG (60%), 7-7 FT (100%), 5 threes, 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl; Not bad for 27 minutes of court time. Ginobili is starting the season off like he did last season. Barring any injuries or serious minute constraints, he’ll be a fantasy stud again in 2011-12.

Andre Miller: 2-7 FG (29%), 3-5 FT (60%), 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Miller is averaging 27:30 in two games (both blowout victories) and is clearly going to have helpful fantasy value this season, despite coming off the bench behind Ty Lawson.

Landry Fields: 5-10 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 1 three, 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 TO; With Iman Shumpert out at least a couple weeks, Fields’ minutes at SG are safe for the near future.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
James Johnson: 6 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; He might not score too much, but Johnson does everything else. Don’t be surprised if he takes the starting SF gig from the underwhelming Rasual Butler sometime in the near future. Pick Johnson up and don’t look back.

Jerryd Bayless: 13 Pts, 2 threes, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO; Jose Calderon (7/3/6) fell back to earth last night, and if he continues to struggle, the door will open for Bayless. Stash him if you’re feeling up for a gamble; otherwise, just keep a close eye on him.

Brandon Knight: 23 Pts, 3 threes, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; He came off the bench to play nearly 29 minutes and did very well with them. Knight will be inconsistent, especially as he fights for minutes with Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon, but he could be worth a spot at the end of your bench if you really need a guard.

Marvin Williams: 17 Pts, 2 threes, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk; He’s off to a strong start to the 2011-12 season and is still available in the majority of leagues. With five games for the Hawks next week, Williams is worth a short-term stash at the very least.

Carl Landry: 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Landry is a meat-and-potatoes power forward. He won’t dish out assists or block too many shots, but he grabs rebounds, shoots well and doesn’t turn the ball over often.

DeJuan Blair: 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; He’s a flawed fantasy asset, for sure, but Blair has that starting center job and should accumulate plenty of points and rebounds going forward.

Spencer Hawes: 9 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 4 TO; That’s two rock-solid outings for Hawes in two games this season. It’s still hard to trust that Hawes will maintain this for the rest of the season, but if you need a big man, he looks like a fine addition for the time being.

Jeremy Pargo: 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; If Mike Conley misses games, Pargo will be worth a look.

Brandon Rush: 19 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; He’s looking good in the early going and is worth a spot on your roster.

Ishmael Smith: 11 Pts, 1 three, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; So long as Stephen Curry is out, Smith has some value.

Eric Gordon (knee): a swollen knee made him a late scratch last night; monitor his status

Mike Conley (ankle): monitor his status

Jrue Holiday (knee): doesn’t sound serious but keep an eye on him

Chris Wilcox (shoulder): day-to-day

Tyrus Thomas (ankle): day-to-day

Jeff Foster (back): day-to-day

Mike Miller (hernia): day-to-day

Eddy Curry (hip): day-to-day

For Tonight:
See if Kevin Martin can get things going tonight, as the Rockets host the Spurs. Also, keep an eye on Terrence Williams.

See if Westbrook and Serge Ibaka can break out, as the Thunder host the Mavericks.

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  • Youngwood

    Hi Doc !

    I’m in a 12 teams league ,my roster looks like this :
    Steph Curry
    Tyreke Evans
    DeMar DeRozan
    Blake Griffin
    Brook Lopez

    Anderson Varejeo
    Brandon Jennings
    Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Williams
    Ed Davis
    Derrick Favors

    Ive been offered Joe Johnson ,Demarcus Cousins and Michael Beasley for Steph Curry ,Derrick Williams and Favors ? Should i pull the trigger ? I like the all around game of Curry and Favors could explode this year …

    And also should i drop Brook Lopez ,its a short season ,will he have and impact ?

    Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays !

  • http://www.lobcityclips.com Conrad

    Points avg-based league (asts = 2pts). Thinking of dropping Ryan Anderson…here’s the available Fs:

    – M-Will
    – Bass
    – J. Johnson
    – B-Rush
    – Harrington
    – Metta
    – RJ
    – Hayward

    Who to switch out for? Or stand pat with Anderson? Thanks, Doc!

  • dk

    Lopes is gonna miss around half the season…

    Pull the trigger unless this is a dynasty, you have enough PG’s and need the numbers those other guys bring. Gl.

  • Antouan

    Yo. Would you drop stephen jackson for paul george?

    And who do you like better?

    Pyscho T
    Carl Landry
    James Johnson

  • zippy

    hey Doc,

    if you were going to gamble on one player from the list below (to breakout and have a good season). who would it be?



  • thrillah

    Here’s a tip, James Johnson’s numbers are looking real good, but his minutes will decrease once Linas Kleiza returns(mid-january). Just a heads up.

  • zippy

    do you think Marco Belinilli would be a good short term pickup while Eric Gordan is out?


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

    @Youngwood: I wouldn’t do that deal. If you’re really struggling, sure, drop Lopez. But in a 12-team league, I’d try my best to stash him. If he does come back after eight weeks and works off the rust relatively quickly, he could help down the stretch.

    @Conrad: I’d think about swapping him out for Rush.

    @Antouan: Yep, I’d support that swap. I like James Johnson of that bunch.

    @zippy: Bayless or Miles. And yes on Belinelli, but don’t drop too much to pick him up.

  • Drig

    Doc, help me out here :

    Eric Gordon
    Larry Fields
    Robin Lopez

    Should I waive Lopez for Blair or should I retain my faith in Nash?

    Any other changes?

  • EL Guro

    Wdup doc?

    Im going to drop Beasley for some boards and some bigman stats who should i get:

    Andy Varejao
    Carl landry

    And also pick one among these PGs:

    Jeff Teague
    Jose Calderon

    Thanks doc!

  • EL Guro

    James johnson also available for bigman stats