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.
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
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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