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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 10, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.10

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (photo. Nicky Woo)

Beast of the Night: Stephen Curry finished with 36 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and six three-pointers last night against the Nuggets. He shot 77 percent (13-17) from the floor, 57 percent (4-7) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. For the season, Curry is averaging top five numbers, which is a shade better than what was expected of him heading into the season. So long as he’s healthy, Curry will remain a fantasy beast.

Lines for Discussion:
Pau Gasol: 12-20 FG (60%), 1-1 FT (100%), 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Gasol has double-doubled in his last four games, averaging 17.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in that stretch. He’s clearly in a groove and will continue to be an elite fantasy big man.

Arron Afflalo: 8-16 FG (50%), 5-5 FT (100%), 5 threes, 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 TO; Afflalo has been a big disappointment his season, but this was a huge line. He’s playing through injuries so owners should be monitoring his condition.

Channing Frye: 8-17 FG (47%), 1-1 FT (100%), 4 threes, 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Frye has looked mostly solid so far in February and looks to be on the road to regaining some of that trust he broke with fantasy owners earlier this season.

Serge Ibaka: 2-5 FG (40%), 2-2 FT (100%), 6 Pts, 9 Reb, 10 Blk, 1 TO; Believe it or not, this was Ibaka’s second 10-block game this month. While he’s having a down season, his elite blocking numbers make him a valuable asset in head-to-head formats.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Klay Thompson: 19 Pts, 3 threes, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s been inconsistent all season long and is only worth picking up in deeper leagues.

Goran Dragic: 11 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; The Rockets are spreading minutes around that roster and so long as that’s the case, Dragic is worth a flier if you need a point guard.

Patrick Patterson: 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s become a decent source of points and rebounds.

Michael Redd: 11 Pts, 2 threes, 1 Ast, 1 TO; He’s only worth a look if you really need threes in a deeper league.

Donte Greene: 10 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; His last two games have been solid, but owners would have to see more in order to spend a move on him.

Injuries:
Tyrus Thomas (eye): expected to play tonight

Sasha Pavlovic (wrist): day-to-day

Keyon Dooling (hip): day-to-day

Corey Maggette (hamstring): practiced yesterday and will likely return Saturday or Monday

Anthony Parker (back): out tonight

Jason Terry (hip): won’t miss any time

Jason Kidd (calf): practiced lightly yesterday; monitor his status

Zach Randolph (knee): may be ahead of schedule

Ersan Ilyasova (back): day-to-day

Keith Bogans (foot): out for the season

For Tonight:
It should go without saying, but watch Jeremy Lin as the Knicks host the Lakers.

See if Brandon Jennings can bust out of his funk against the Cavs. Also, see if Carlos Delfino can put up another strong line.

For Next Week:
5 games: PHO
4 games: CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJN, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, UTA
3 games: ATL, BOS, CHI, CLE, LAL, NOR, SAS, TOR, WAS

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  • G

    What am I supposed to do with Dalembert??? Too good to drop? My team is hurting right now while I wait for Bargs and ZBO to come back.

  • McSimon

    thank god curry’s healthy, i have both him and monta on team. together thay make some beastly numbers

  • jwest

    should I trade manu for mo williams or paul george? how about blake griffin for dirk or josh smith?

  • Duck

    Pekovic or Sessions for today?

  • Youngwood

    JR Smith last regular season game in China is February 15 , would you pick him up ?
    thanks Doc

  • jwest

    should I trade blake for dirk or josh smith?

  • jwest

    what can you say about manu for mo williams or paul george?

  • Chris Shack

    Doc,

    My Ty Thomas and Brandon Bass for his B-jennings and then i picked up nic pekovic. I already did it, just want thoughts

  • one picture says it all

    i have chris paul, dwade, lebron, steph curry, pau gasol, and bynum on my team

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

    @G: Hold unless you’re in a shallow league — even then, he should be held a bit longer.

    @jwest: Nope, I’d keep Manu. Blake for either guy is OK, depending on how locked into punting your team is.

    @Duck: Sessions.

    @Youngwood: That’s a fine idea if you have dead weight to spare. Just don’t drop someone too valuable.

    @Chris Shack: I support all that.

    @one picture says it all: You must be in a two-man league.

  • Zona

    Should I drop Eric Gordon and add Linsanity?

  • colton

    I have a team consisting of john wall, darren williams, wes matthews, iggy, Paul George, javale McGee, amare, deandre Jordan, ray felton, Jeremy lin, teague, and Stephen Jackson… I just swapped ilyasova for z bo, and I see brook Lopez should be back soon too, should I keep zbo or swap him for Lopez? Or even drop someone else for brook?
    10 team 11 stat h2h.
    Thanks doc!