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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 17, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.17

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Joe Johnson (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Beast of the Night: Joe Johnson posted 27 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, three blocks and three three-pointers last night. He shot 45 percent (9-20) from the field, 86 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line and turned the ball over once. Johnson has really turned things up a notch lately and is putting up top 40 numbers so far this season, a notable improvement from last year’s disappointing averages. There’s not much reason to think he can’t keep this up.

Lines for Discussion:
Mike Conley: 9-13 FG (69%), 1-1 FT (100%), 1 three, 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 5 TO; Conley continues to impress. Though his scoring, field-goal percentage, rebounding and threes are down from last season’s marks, he’s shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe and is stealing 2.5 balls per game, which helps his top 30 value so far this season.

Ryan Anderson: 11-19 FG (58%), 1-1 FT (100%), 7 threes, 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He leads the league with 3.6 threes made per game – significantly ahead of the next guys on the list, who are each making 2.8 per game. Anderson continues to maintain top 10 value.

Kemba Walker: 6-21 FG (29%), 1-2 FT (50%), 1 three, 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Walker started his second consecutive game and put up another solid line. That Bobcats team needs all the scoring help it can get, so Walker should continue to have the green light to launch shots, which is great for his fantasy value.

Samuel Dalembert: 9-11 FG (82%), 2-2 FT (100%), 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO; Dalembert is averaging 10.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks in his six starts this season for the Rockets. He’s also shooting 62 percent from the floor and 91 percent from the free-throw line so far this season.

John Wall: 13-22 FG (59%), 12-16 FT (75%), 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He’s not out of the woods yet, but fantasy owners should expect him to find his way sooner than later.

Andray Blatche: 4-8 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; He returned after missing three games and played 34 minutes last night. His shoulder is still a concern, so owners should expect more DNPs and limited minutes in the future.

Anthony Morrow: 0-2 FG (0%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 Pts; After a solid six-game run, Morrow was relegated to the bench last night. All’s not lost yet, but owners should monitor his situation closely before making any decisions.

Blake Griffin: 9-15 FG (60%), 5-13 FT (39%), 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Though he hasn’t improved his free-throw shooting (54 percent this season, down from 64 percent last season) or his blocking (0.5 per game this season, down from 0.6 last season), Griffin has improved his scoring (23.1 points per game, up from 22.5) and stealing (1.1 per game, up from 0.8). It hasn’t been quite the improved season owners had hoped for, but he’s still a stalwart.

Josh Smith: 13-19 FG (68%), 2-4 FT (50%), 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Smith has cut down on his three-point attempts this season (0.6 per game), and it appears to be helping his overall value (increased field-goal percentage, rebounding and scoring). Though his horrible free-throw shooting (49 percent) weighs down his fantasy value, Smith is having an otherwise improved season.

Kobe Bryant: 7-22 FG (32%), 0-1 FT (0%), 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; The magic carpet ride is over, but Kobe should be working on another hot streak soon.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Marreese Speights: 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Give him a look if you need some points and rebounds.

Alonzo Gee: 10 Pts, 1 three, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; With an injury to the starting lineup, Gee could be in for a more prominent role for the near future.

Greivis Vasquez: 3 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Consider him in deeper leagues if you need some assists.

Jordan Farmar: 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; He continues to put up numbers worth having on your bench in case of an emergency.

Randy Foye: 13 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 5 TO; Whenever CP3 is out, Foye is a solid spot start.

Leandro Barbosa: 22 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO; He’s on a hot streak and should be scooped up if he’s still available in your league.

Mickael Pietrus: 14 Pts, 3 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Blk; Give him a look if you need threes.

Jason Thompson: 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk; He’s inconsistent but might be worth a look in deep leagues.

Wayne Ellington: 15 Pts, 3 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk; That’s two solid lines in a row from Ellington, who should be closely monitored.

Luke Ridnour: 25 Pts, 4 threes, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He lost his starting PG job to Ricky Rubio, but shifted over to the starting SG spot and continues to hold top 70 fantasy value.

Injuries:
Keyon Dooling (knee): day-to-day

Anthony Parker (back): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Rudy Fernandez (Achilles): doubtful tonight

Charlie Villanueva (ankle): out Tuesday and Wednesday

Monta Ellis (knee): monitor his status

Courtney Lee (calf): seems close; day-to-day

Mo Williams (foot): day-to-day

Chris Paul (hamstring): day-to-day

Zach Randolph (knee): he’ll soon start 4-6 weeks of rehab

Carmelo Anthony (ankle): aggravated his ankle injury last night; monitor his status

Jason Richardson (knee): likely out the next two games

Andrea Bargnani (calf): day-to-day

Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day

Tracy McGrady (back): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Derrick Rose (toe): could miss tonight’s game

Vince Carter (foot): questionable for Wednesday

For Tonight:
C.J. Watson and John Lucas III could be decent spot starts again in deeper leagues if Rose doesn’t go for the Bulls, as they face the Suns.

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  • john

    i have d west and varejao, should i drop either of them for dalembert?

  • abpin

    Kinda mad you suggested Evan Turner has better value than Marshon Brooks. Ha. Hope it turns around soon.

  • jryu

    just picked up beasley off the waiver wire. any idea on his time table for return?? haven’t been able to find much..

  • gsdubs

    my bargnani and harden for rondo, nick young, and paul george?

  • Mr. Injury

    Hey Doc:

    Who would you rather have: Brooks, Paul George, Lou Williams, Ridnour or Blatche the rest of the way?

  • YUP

    Doc,

    Is it a good time to trade Wall n what is his trade value?

    Thanks.

  • gsdubs

    also if i do that trade i have to drop either haslem or prince

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

    @john: Yes to swapping out West.

    @abpin: Did I? Well, I initially didn’t think Brooks could sustain minutes/production like this, but he has.

    @jryu: I know as much as you do. Don’t expect much from him when he initially returns.

    @gsdubs: You can do better.

    @Mr. Injury: George or Williams.

    @YUP: It’s a decent time, given his strong game last night. But it’d be better to wait until he strings a few more together. Owners will still want to low-ball for Wall right now.

  • Kingsley

    Hey Doc!

    Would u trade Blake for either Curry or DWade?

    Second, which injured player would u add to stash? ZBo, Brook, or Manu?

    Thanks!!!

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

    @Kingsley: Unless your squad is build to handle Blake’s stats, yes for Curry. I’d be a little more hesitant with Wade. I’d stash Manu.

  • Kwanza

    What up Doc…First Post on here..

    I want to ride out my boys Marcin Gortat and Greg Monroe but still think their value will drop a bit what do you think? With that..I need a boost in 3’s and was thinkin about either swapping one of them for JTerry & Dorrell Wright (still trying to buy low)

    And what do you think about Paul Millsap? Do you think his value will drop a little bit with Utah giving more mins to their youth movement? They’re winning games with him n AlJeff getting the lions share…

    Thanks.

  • http://www.lobcityclips.com Conrad

    Pts league (ast = 2pts, TOs = -1pt). For next week: Dorell (mem, por, okc), Harrington (sac, tor, lac), or Parsons (min, mil, was, nyk)?

  • chouchou

    Hey Doc.

    Should I give Jameer and Speights (or Markieff Morris) for Nene?
    It’s a 20 team H2h league. I would pick up Bayless or Hinrich.

    Thanks!

  • rorky

    Doc,
    I got offered Al Jeff for Monroe and M.Morris. Would you accept this? Deep h2h league.

    thank you.

  • kwan

    i want to hear your take on the values of dwright, dwilliams, gortat, milsap, and greg monroe

  • jkidd5

    yo doc,
    Trade proposed D west and amare for my nene and cousins? worth it?

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

    @Kwanza: Thanks for commenting. I think Gortat and Monroe will be fine the rest of the way. Trading either for those two won’t do you any favors — you can give up less. Later in the season, if the Jazz’s playoff standing becomes clear, yes, I suspect Favors and Kanter will get more run.

    @Conrad: I’d roll the dice with Parsons if it’s based on totals.

    @chouchou: Yes, I’d rather give up Speights though.

    @rorky: In a deep league, I might want to own the Monroe/Morris side. Depends on who you can grab on the wire.

    @kwan: Wright: patience, he’ll have decent value down the stretch; D-Will: he’ll struggle, Lopez’s return could help; Gortat: solid the rest of the way; Millsap: solid unless the Jazz play Favors more later in the season; Monroe: solid the rest of the way

    @jkidd5: I’d rather have Nene and Cousins.