Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 24, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.24

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Love finished with 39 points, 12 boards, one assist, one steal and five three-pointers last night. He shot 68 percent (13-19) from the field, 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line and had five turnovers. While Love’s rebounding, assists and shooting percentages are down from last season, he’s improved his three-point making, scoring and stealing. There’s not much else to say about this top 10 stud.

Lines for Discussion:
Kevin Garnett: 5-9 FG (56%), 4-4 FT (100%), 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl, 2 Blk, 3 TO; This was a great all-around line from KG, who played just 28:31 last night in a blowout victory over the Magic. He’s putting up top 85 numbers so far this season, which is about what owners should’ve expected heading into 2011-12.

James Harden: 8-11 FG (73%), 3-3 FT (100%), 5 threes, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO; He’s been shaky recently, but Harden has been averaging top 25 numbers so far this season. Though he continues to come off the bench, much to the frustration of his fantasy owners, Harden’s minutes are up from last season, along with his field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, threes, points, rebounds and assists.

Kyle Lowry: 4-13 FG (31%), 7-8 FT (88%), 1 three, 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 TO; Lowry finally notched a triple-double after getting close a number of times already this season. His field-goal percentage and frequent turnovers have been the only knocks on his fantasy value so far in 2011-12, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a top five fantasy beast. Don’t be surprised to see him finish in the top 12 by season’s end.

Tony Parker: 8-14 FG (57%), 4-5 FT (80%), 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 17 Ast, 4 TO; Parker has dished out 30 assists in his last two games, and for the season he’s averaging a career-best 8.1 assists per game so far this season. As usual, his lack of threes limits his fantasy value, but Parker’s owners don’t have much to complain about.

Jarrett Jack: 12-22 FG (55%), 1-1 FT (100%), 1 three, 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 TO; Jack has struggled with consistency this season, which was expected. Nevertheless, he’s managed to average top 60 numbers, and will continue to be a prominent fixture in that Hornets offense, even when Eric Gordon returns.

Anthony Morrow: 7-14 FG (50%), 1-1 FT (100%), 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast; He started last night, thanks to MarShon Brooks‘ injury. However, without hitting a three-pointer, Morrow showed his very vulnerable fantasy value, even when he starts. He remains a risky start at this point.

Derrick Rose: 9-16 FG (56%), 2-2 FT (100%), 2 threes, 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; Rose is back and all is well with the universe again, right? Wrong. That toe is still hurting and could be a season-long issue. His owners will be walking on eggshells for the foreseeable future.

Shawn Marion: 11-21 FG (52%), 3-5 FT (60%), 4 threes, 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; With Dirk Nowitzki out two more games, Marion’s boost in fantasy value has a very small window. He’s a good start for those upcoming Diggler-less games. Now would be a great time to package him in a deal with a gullible owner.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Jordan Crawford: 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast; Crawford is averaging 16.4 points, 1.2 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.6 steals in his last five games, and is worth picking up in most leagues.

Jonas Jerebko: 11 Pts, 1 three, 5 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 TO; He remains a decent guy to stash for owners who can afford to be patient, especially in deeper leagues.

Goran Dragic: 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl; Three of his last four games have been decent, though Dragic won’t be a starter in most leagues.

Luke Ridnour: 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Ridnour has been a stalwart this season and should be owned in most leagues right now.

Tiago Splitter: 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl; He’s heating up in a small way and could be a nice stash.

Jordan Farmar: 22 Pts, 3 threes, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 TO; Farmar continues to post usable lines on many nights and should be a serious consideration for teams in deeper leagues.

Richard Hamilton: 22 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 TO; His frail health is a concern, but Hamilton is definitely worth a look in most leagues.

Zaza Pachulia: 9 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; Inconsistency will plague him, but at least he’s starting again.

Ersan Ilyasova: 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Stl; He’s producing some decent lines lately and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Markieff Morris: 7 Pts, 1 three, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s a game-to-game gamble but is worth stashing if you can afford some patience.

Injuries:
Kirk Hinrich (shoulder) aiming to return Wednesday

Rajon Rondo (wrist): could return Thursday

Chris Wilcox (calf): day-to-day

Mickael Pietrus (shoulder): day-to-day

Keyon Dooling (knee): hopes to return Thursday

Ray Allen (ankle): day-to-day

D.J. Augustin (toe): monitor his status

Taj Gibson (ankle): hopes to return by the end of the week

Luol Deng (wrist): consulting doctors before ruling out surgery

John Lucas (toe): day-to-day

Arron Afflalo (groin): hopes to play Wednesday

Rudy Fernandez (Achilles): questionable for Wednesday

Charlie Villanueva (ankle): day-to-day

Will Bynum (foot): day-to-day

Ben Gordon (shoulder): day-to-day

Baron Davis (back): returned to practice Monday; will see limited minutes when he returns

Nick Collison (ankle): monitor his status

Spencer Hawes (Achilles): day-to-day

Josh Howard (quad): returned to practice Monday; monitor his status

Wes Johnson (illness): day-to-day

MarShon Brooks (Achilles): day-to-day

Rodney Stuckey (groin): aggravated his groin injury; day-to-day

Marcus Camby (groin): day-to-day

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle): monitor his status

For Tonight:
See if Boris Diaw can get his footing back against the faltering Knicks, a team he’s torched in two games already this season.

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  • melvin

    Hey Doc, what do u think about dropping kemba walker for baron davis

  • Ari

    Zaza or Biyombo

  • Albert

    Kobe Bryant + Tim Duncan for Pau Gasol + Paul George.

    Even trade or does one side get a better deal?

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Yo Doc – last week I asked you, Russ Westbrook or DJ Augustin. I figured Augustin, since I needed 3s and assists and he was far and away ahead of Westbrook in those cats.

    You told me Westbrook, still.

    A week later and Augustin is ranked something like 100 and Westbrook is 20 or 30. Good lookin out!!!

  • jimmy

    hey doc,

    would you trade eric gordon for marshon brooks?
    I have dwade/dirk/gordon injured so I need a player who can contribute right away. Brooks seems like an efficient player n maybe I can buy him low while his owners are panicking about his achillies injury? Please help!

  • stunnaz

    kyrie irving or jrue holiday for gerald wallace. which guard would you choose to do this trade? is gwall worth it?

  • jason

    doc,

    would you drop markieff morris in 12 team leagues?
    he had a decent game w/ 7 points 11 rebounds against the mavs but he is shooting 43 % as PF and is their 4th-5th option basically.
    available free agents: zaza, jordan crawford, ben gordon, chris kaman, ian mahinmi.

  • G

    Is it time to drop Diaw? Potential pick-ups are CJ Miles, Richard Jefferson, Lamar Odom, Jordan Crawford, Markieff Morris, Jodie Meeks.

  • D Sternator

    Doc – Is Blair still worth owning? His playing time has taken a hit in the last few games. Is he a guy you just start and take his averages?

  • jkidd5

    hey doc,
    Diaw is on the FA. Do you think he can still up his game and worth picking up?
    If so who would you drop to take him: RJ,Paul george, zaza, nate, or beasley?

  • Neil

    Hey Doc,

    News of losing Luol Deng hurt. Who do you think is a suitable substitution for him?

    Ronnie Brewer, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Carl Landry, Tiaggo Splitter, or Ersan Ilyasova.

    Thanks doc!

    (12 team H2H, 9 categories)

  • Whoop

    Sup doc,
    Who wins the trade and why? They’ve been pretty evenly ranked the past 2 weeks or so.
    Monta ellis vs. John wall
    Thanks

  • Duck

    Points league. Non-keeper. Season averages and last-7 posted.
    Pts = 1, Asts/Rebs = 2, Blks/Stls = 3, DD = 10.

    Trade One:
    Team A receives Amare Stoudemire (Season = 45/ Last 7 = 49) and Jrue Holiday (Season = 35/ Last 7 = 35)
    Team B receives Russell Westbrook (Season = 46/ Last 7 = 54)

    Trade Two:
    Team A receives Nene (Season = 44/ Last 7 = 58) and Jrue Holiday (Season = 35/ Last 7 = 35)
    Team B receives Russell Westbrook (Season = 46/ Last 7 = 54)

    Trade Three:
    Team A receives Amare Stoudemire (Season = 45/ Last 7 = 49), Blake Griffin (Season = 60/ Last 7 = 53), Jrue Holiday (Season = 35/ Last 7 = 35)
    Team B receives Russell Westbrook (Season = 46/ Last 7 = 54) and Kevin Durant (Season = 59/ Last 7 = 59)

    A or B?

  • Duck

    PS – Trade Four:
    What if I counter and offer him

    Nene, Rondo (Season = 52/ Last 7 = 39) and Jrue Holiday

    for Westbrook and Durant?

    Points league, non-keeper

  • Fntsybsketbll

    Doc,

    Im in a 12 man league and I was wondering whether trading elton brand and nash for varejao, felton, and bogut is good.

    Thanks!!

  • Fntsybsketbll

    oh and it’s a points league, and I currently own brand and nash!

  • Fntsybsketbll

    sorry, no varejao. just brand/nash for felton/bogut. Points league!