Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 31, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.31

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)

Beast of the Night: Chris Paul posted 26 points, 14 assists, two steals and two three-pointers last night. He shot 75 percent (12-16) from the field and had two turnovers. His hamstring injury was a bummer earlier this month, but CP3 is back to business as usual. His averages are second best to LeBron James this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Joakim Noah: 5-6 FG (83%), 4-4 FT (100%), 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 TO; That’s five consecutive double-doubles for Noah, who is also dishing out 4.6 assists per game in that stretch. He’s clearly found his groove after struggling earlier this season and should continue to roll barring any other injuries.

Ryan Anderson: 6-13 FG (46%), 2-4 FT (50%), 14 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 TO; It wasn’t the most dynamic line, but Anderson found a way to make up for his lack of threes last night by grabbing a career-high 20 boards. He’s maintaining first-round value so far this season.

Michael Beasley: 10-14 FG (71%), 12-12 FT (100%), 2 threes, 34 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; His last two games have been solid, which means his owners should be looking to sell high. Beasley’s not the type of guy you take home for the rest of the season, if you catch my drift.

Jared Dudley: 3-8 FG (38%), 6-6 FT (100%), 3 threes, 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast; Dudley has looked decent in his last two games, both of which were starts. Let’s see if he can keep things going before raving about a return to relevance.

Mo Williams: 4-11 FG (36%), 4 threes, 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Williams has found his role as a scoring spark off the bench for the Clippers. He’s hit at least two three-pointers in each of his last seven games.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Kyle Korver: 17 Pts, 5 threes, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 TO; He’s always a good bet for threes, but has extra value so long as Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out.

Trevor Booker: 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk; He’s a good source of steals and blocks in deep leagues.

Evan Turner: 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO; Turner continues to put up numbers that might be appealing to stash on your bench.

Martell Webster: 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 3 TO; Monitor him for now, as Webster is capable of having decent fantasy value when healthy.

Kawhi Leonard: 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He’s too inconsistent to rely on in most leagues, but he’s worth monitoring.

Austin Daye: 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Daye should be picked up in most leagues.

Mike Dunleavy: 20 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s been hot lately but owners should be wary of his notoriously fragile health.

Derrick Favors: 8 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; Favors is worth a short-term add if you need a big man.

Josh Howard: 11 Pts, 1 three, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 TO; Howard is worth a look if you need a swingman, but his health is always a concern.

Delonte West: 25 Pts, 5 threes, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; His production was helped by a blowout victory, but West has increased appeal so long as Jason Kidd is out.

D.J. White (knee): expected to play tonight

Gerald Henderson (back): ditto

Luol Deng (wrist): day-to-day

Richard Hamilton (groin): day-to-day

Anthony Parker (back): out tonight

Daniel Gibson (neck): ditto

Ty Lawson (ankle): monitor his status

Darko Milicic (illness): day-to-day

DeShawn Stevenson (knee): out tonight

Carmelo Anthony (ankle, wrist): doubtful tonight

Thabo Sefolosha (foot): day-to-day

Jameer Nelson (concussion): earliest return date would be Feb. 6

Jason Richardson (knee): day-to-day

Spencer Hawes (Achilles): day-to-day

Steve Nash (thigh): day-to-day

Al Jefferson (ankle): could miss a couple more games; day-to-day

Raja Bell (groin): day-to-day

Andray Blatche (calf): out 3-5 weeks

MarShon Brooks (toe): out tonight; monitor his status

Nicolas Batum (knee): monitor his status

O.J. Mayo (ankle): probable tonight

For Tonight:
See if Jerryd Bayless gets another start tonight, as the Raptors host the Hawks.

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  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan


    should i drop brandon rush for trevor booker/austin daye/mike dunleavy? if so, in which order?

    what are your thoughts on starting kemba against the lakers tonight? he is coming off a triple double, even if he can destroy any la pg off the dribble, can he be effective once he’s in the lane against the bigs?

  • BoogerSugarDumas

    Yo Doc, What’s your opinion on stashing some of the China guys until they get back? I’m in a pretty deep league and there’s slim pickings on the wire, of the guys over there who would you target?

  • YUP

    Yoo Doc,

    Z. Randolph is on my waivers. Is it a good time to pick him up?

  • stunnaz

    melo n kyrie for kevin martin n gortat? who would u prefer?

  • Chris


    Injuries are killing me. I have had Horford, Nash, Rondo, MarShon Brooks, Tyrus Thomas and Stephen Jackson all hurt. It is a daily update, 12 team, H2H league. 11 cats (9 normal + o rebounds and ast/to ratio). I’m still somehow currently 7.5 games in the lead but that will change if i don’t make moves. I have two roster spots.

    Who should i fill those roster spots with? list of available players:

    Markeiff Morris
    Jor. Crawford

    Sorry for the long post but thanks Doc

  • Jerry

    Hi Doc,
    What do you think about G. Henderson’s back issue? Will it affect him long term this season? I just dropped him because the Bobcats have only 3 games this week but might pick him back up at week’s end since he is playing tonight.

  • http://kesaber@gmail.com Kesaber

    Hey Doc,

    Dalembert or Ibaka? I have Ibaka, but he basically only gets blocks. His points are low, which means his FG% doesn’t help that much, and he isn’t getting as many boards as a player should that was drafted that early at that position.

    Also, Turner or Daye long term?

    10 team 9 cat H2H

  • Popo

    Hey Doc,

    Thinking of trading my Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat for Lebron James. That sound good?

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

    @hakasan: Yes, for Daye or Dunleavy, in that order. Sorry for the late reply re: Kemba.

    @BoogerSugarDumas: Unless you really have dead weight on your roster, I’d wait till things get clearer. But Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith would be the guys to covet most.

    @YUP: It is if you can afford to wait and worry. A return this season isn’t guaranteed.

    @stunnaz: K-Mart/Gortat.

    @Chris: Good job keeping that big of a lead. I’d go with Gooden and Splitter, with Beasley a close third.

    @Jerry: He should be fine going forward.

    @Kesaber: Dalembert and Daye.

    @Popo: Yep.