Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 3, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 1.3

Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack

Beast of the Night: Jarrett Jack posted 27 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, a steal, two blocks and a three-pointer last night against the Jazz. He shot 65 percent (11-17) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. This was a nice bounce-back game after putting up mediocre lines in his previous two games. Jack remains a strong fantasy starter in most leagues, as he’ll rack up plenty of minutes and numbers for the Hornets this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Jared Dudley: 6-14 FG (43%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 threes, 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; After two terrible games to start the 2011-12 season, Dudley seems to be finding his groove. He’s an efficient all-around producer who should be a solid utility player in most weeks.

DeMar DeRozan: 7-13 FG (54%), 5-6 FT (83%), 2 threes, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 TO; His reported offseason work on his three-point shot appears to be paying off, as DeRozan has hit 63 percent of his three-point attempts so far this season and is averaging a three-pointer made per game. The rest of his stats are nearly identical from what they were last season, which is a great thing for his fantasy owners.

Andray Blatche: 10-20 FG (50%), 8-10 FT (80%), 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; This was Blatche’s first standout game this season. His consistency will be an issue the rest of the way, which is why he was a middle-of-the-pack draft pick heading into this season.

Paul George: 8-10 FG (80%), 5 threes, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Owners who began to get worried after two consecutive clunkers from George can breathe a sigh of relief now. He’s worth starting until further notice, though ups and downs should be expected.

Ben Gordon: 8-15 FG (53%), 8-9 FT (89%), 2 threes, 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 TO; Gordon appears to be on track to make the type of comeback some optimistic fantasy owners expected on draft day. If you need points, threes, assists and a solid free-throw shooter, look no further than this guy.

Michael Beasley: 8-15 FG (53%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 threes, 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO; This line’s especially noteworthy because Beasley broke a finger on his shooting hand the night before. Props.

Kevin Love: 8-15 FG (53%), 4-5 FT (80%), 4 threes, 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 6 TO; He’s hit nine three-pointers in his last two games. If only Love would steal and block like this every night.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Brandon Rush: 13 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 TO; He’s alternating bad games and good ones, but Rush is the undisputed sixth man for the Warriors and is worth owning.

Markieff Morris: 16 Pts, 1 three, 9 Reb, 2 Ast; He’s compelling but hard to trust at this point in the season, but feel free to stash him if you have roster space.

Shannon Brown: 10 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; Brown’s been doing just enough lately to warrant some attention.

MarShon Brooks: 21 Pts, 2 threes, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 TO; He’s clearly going to get his opportunities to indulge his inner-gunner in blowout losses this season, so pick him up if you need points and threes.

Jonas Jerebko: 8 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; With Charlie Villanueva struggling to make a full return to the court, Jerebko is likely to hold onto his starting gig for the foreseeable future. He’s worth owning in most leagues.

Tracy McGrady: 16 Pts, 3 threes, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; Take a flier on him if you need some points on your bench, but don’t expect too much from him.

James Anderson: 4 Pts, 1 three, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; The line wasn’t great, but a key injury to the Spurs’ starting lineup opens the door for Anderson to be worth a flier.

Danny Green: 9 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Ditto.

Jason Smith: 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Don’t go overboard, but give Smith a look if you’re in a deeper league and need a big man.

David Lee (illness): questionable for Wednesday

Manu Ginobili (hand): he broke a bone in his left (shooting) hand and could be out 4-6 weeks

Charlie Villanueva (foot): a minor injury appears to be hindering him

Nene (foot): day-to-day

Jeff Foster (back): targeting a Wednesday return

Zach Randolph (knee): scheduled for a precautionary MRI today

Mike Dunleavy (illness): day-to-day

Kris Humphries (shoulder): MRI scheduled today; day-to-day

Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle): day-to-day

Jared Jeffries (calf): could return in the next few days

Steve Nash (ribs): playing through bruised ribs

Josh McRoberts (toe): questionable for tonight

Trevor Ariza (groin): day-to-day

Thabo Sefolosha (foot): day-to-day

Daequan Cook (illness): day-to-day

For Tonight:
DeMarcus Cousins should rejoin the Kings as they visit the Grizzlies. Keep an eye on how J.J. Hickson is affected going forward.

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  • J

    What do you think of Landry, Delfino and Tyrus for the rest of the season?

  • Wha Up

    Hi Doc,

    Who will benefit from the Manu injury? Do you think RJ is a good pick up?

  • YUP

    Doc, Delfino or D. Gibson?

  • Jonathan

    Given that I pulled of a pre-season trade for Ginobili and Aziza (and Aldridge), in a team where I also have Humphries, last night was not kind to me… Any advice?

    Also, my other team has Salmons and V. Carter, who I am thinking of dropping… any names I should be seeking in the free agent pool?

    Thanks for the advice!

  • William

    Hey Doc,

    Is it safe to play CONLEY tonight? I play 13 team, 9 category roto and I need all the help I could get right now.


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

    @J: I like Delfino the best, Landry will be fine, don’t trust TT’s health.

    @Wha Up: He’s a decent one. James Anderson and Danny Green will get a bump in value, too.

    @YUP: Delfino every time.

    @Jonathan: You’ve got to tough it out. It depends on who’s out there, but guys like Jerebko, Rush, Markieff are good to target.

    @William: Conley won’t play tonight, so don’t use him.

  • RichardDumas

    If Ed Davis is on the wire do you think he’s grab and stash? What’s his deal so far anyways?

  • michael

    hey doc, would you trade joe johnson for noah?

  • ellie

    would you rather have Ben Gordon or Afflalo. 9 cat H2H

  • Duck

    Doc, posted this on the last post, but not sure if they become irrelevant once you post a new article, so here goes another shot.

    Who do I start on Wednesday?

    I have the following:

    Jarrett Jack vs Phi
    Greg Monroe vs Chi
    Nene vs Sac
    Tyler Hansbrough vs Mia
    Amare vs Cha
    Okafor vs Phi
    Jrue Holiday vs Nor
    Andre Miller vs Sac

    Choose five.

    PS – Should I drop any of those players for Carlos Delfino? My only other SF is Gerald Wallace.

    Can I package any of those players in a 2-for-1 for Marc Gasol? Any ideas?

    I also have Rondo and Griffin.

    The person I would be trading for also has James Harden, Dirk and Chris Bosh.

  • Antouan

    Hey Doc – Should I trade away Ben Gordon for David West? I already have Ryan Anderson & Ray Allen for 3’s….what you think? Will West pick it up this season?

  • http://dimemag.com/2012/01/daily-fantasy-diagnosis-1-3/ Mike Julius

    Hey doc how’s it going? I’m in an 8 team league stats are
    Here’s my team
    PG – Kyle Lowry
    SG – Kobe Bryant
    G – Jared Dudley
    SF – James Harden
    PF – Kevin Love
    F – Carlos Boozer
    C – Andrew Bogut
    C – Tyson Chandler
    Util – Kevin Martin
    Util – Boris Diaw
    BN – Eric Gordon
    BN – Emeka Okafor
    BN – Ray Allen
    So My question is I don’t have a backup PG incase Lowry goes down so who is a better option Augustin or Collison? & who should I drop Diaw or Okafor?

  • http://dimemag.com/2012/01/daily-fantasy-diagnosis-1-3/ Mike Julius

    ^Or Andre Miller?

  • Jason

    Hey Doc,

    With the shortened schedule and injury worries… Should i just drop Manu for someone else?

  • NTstateOFmind

    Corey ‘bad pron’ Maggette just made his way to the FA pool in a very deep league (14 teams/14 roster spots)
    …is he worth picking up given his horrible start?

  • NTstateOFmind

    ^btw- ive got bibby, anthony morrow, and delonte west killing time on my team

  • D Sternator

    How would you rank these available guards: Kemba Walker, Jerryd Bayless, Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions, Norris Cole? Thanks!

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

    @RichardDumas: Dude’s struggling. If the swap won’t be too expensive, he’s worth a stash.

    @michael: That sounds good to me.

    @ellie: At this point, gotta go with BG.

    @Duck: I’d roll with Jack, Monroe, STAT (if he plays), Holiday and Okafor. I’d swap out Hansbrough for Delfino.

    @Antouan: That’s a fine trade, though you’d be sellling yourself a bit short on BG.

    @Mike Julius: Augustin is the way to go. I’d drop Okafor.

    @Jason: If you’re in a shallow league, maybe. But he’s still too valuable to drop.

    @NTstateOFmind: If you have a droppable player, sure. Bibby sounds like the guy.

    @D Sternator: Sessions, Mo, Walker, Bayless, Cole.