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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 13, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.13 (Weekend Recap)

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Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

Weekend Wonder: Kevin Love came up big this past weekend, averaging 32.0 points, 16.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and a three in two games. He shot 49 percent from the field, 100 percent from the line and averaged 4.0 turnovers in that stretch. For the season, Love is averaging top five numbers, which is exactly where he was pegged by most fantasy owners in this season’s drafts.

Lines for Discussion:
Jeff Teague (2/10): 6-11 FG (55%), 1 three, 13 Pts, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; After a strong start to the season and a hot stretch in January, Teague has looked pedestrian so far in February. His season averages place him in the top 60 players in 2011-12, but he hasn’t proven worthy of starting in most leagues lately. Look for him to bounce back sooner than later.

Jeremy Lin (2/10): 13-23 FG (57%), 10-13 FT (77%), 2 threes, 38 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 6 TO; There’s not much to say about Lin that hasn’t already been said, so let’s just leave it at this: Since Feb. 4, Lin has put up top 30 averages in leagues that count turnovers. In leagues that don’t count turnovers, Lin has been a top 15 stud.

Dirk Nowitzki (2/10): 11-19 FG (58%), 7-10 FT (70%), 4 threes, 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO; Diggler’s back to his efficient ways. Since Feb. 3, Nowitzki’s averaging top 10 numbers.

David West (2/10): 8-13 FG (62%), 6-10 FT (60%), 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He followed this up with a 22/7/2 line Saturday. West’s shooting from the floor has improved steadily through the course of the season, and through seven games in February, he’s hitting 56 percent of his shot attempts from the field.

Manu Ginobili (2/11): 4-7 FG (57%), 8 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO; He’s finally back after missing nearly all of January and the beginning of February with a broken hand. Ginobili will be worked back into the rotation and should see his regular load of minutes in the next week or so.

Raymond Felton (2/11): 4-17 FG (24%), 0-1 FT (0%), 1 three, 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; Felton is having a forgettable season, mostly thanks to his 37 percent accuracy from the field and sparse three-pointers made. He might still be bothered by his foot injury, but his owners will just have to be patient and hope he can turn things around, since his trade value is pretty low.

Brandon Jennings (2/11): 3-14 FG (21%), 1-1 FT (100%), 7 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO; This clunker followed his 24/5/8 game. Jennings remains a viable starter in most leagues, but his inconsistency will be maddening for his owners (who should’ve sold high when they had the chance).

Jared Dudley (2/11): 8-13 FG (62%), 1-1 FT (100%), 3 threes, 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 5 TO; The comeback is in full effect. Fantasy owners should start Dudley with confidence going forward, especially this week, when the Suns play five times.

Rajon Rondo (2/12): 11-22 FG (50%), 10-13 FT (77%), 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 15 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 TO; Rondo finally broke out in a big way after some ups and downs so far in February. He remains a top-tier fantasy point guard for owners who can stomach his lack of threes and poor free-throw percentage.

Kevin Martin (2/12): 7-16 FG (44%), 9-10 FT (90%), 5 threes, 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; The drought is over – for now. K-Mart had four miserable games before this one but should be safe to start going forward.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Amir Johnson: while he’s still not a reliable starter in most leagues, Johnson is looking better and better; he’s grabbed 10+ boards in three of his six games this month

Jordan Farmar: he’s averaging top 60 numbers in February and should be owned in more leagues by now

Ersan Ilyasova: he’s a solid option if you need points and rebounds

Ramon Sessions: he continues to have good value while Kyrie Irving is out

Steve Novak: if you need threes, give him a look, but monitor how his role is affected by the returns of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony

Marco Belinelli: five of his last six games have been decent, and Belinelli is worth picking up if you need points and threes

Nikola Pekovic: he’s had some monster lines this month and should be scooped up immediately if he’s still available in your league

Klay Thompson: if you need threes in a deeper league, give Thompson a look

C.J. Watson: whenever Derrick Rose is out, Watson is a good bet to be a solid spot start

Gordon Hayward: he has averaged 14.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 threes in his last nine games

Injuries:
Sasha Pavlovic (wrist): day-to-day

Jermaine O’Neal (shoulder, knee): day-to-day

Brandon Bass (knee): out for the next 10-14 days

D.J. Augustin (toe): out tonight, but could return Wednesday

Richard Hamilton (groin): could be out a week or longer

Dominic McGuire (knee): day-to-day

George Hill (ankle): day-to-day

Darko Milicic (ankle): monitor his status for tonight

Dexter Pittman (shoulder): questionable for tonight

Nene (calf): will miss a few games

Jeff Foster (back): out indefinitely

Marcus Camby (ankle): day-to-day

Anderson Varejao (wrist): fractured wrist puts him out indefinitely

Carmelo Anthony (groin): unlikely Tuesday, but monitor his status

Amar’e Stoudemire (personal): will return to the team today

Chris Kaman (ankle): day-to-day

Jarrett Jack (knee): will miss at least a few more days

Derrick Rose (back): day-to-day

For Tonight:
See if Pekovic can continue his roll as the Timberwolves visit the Magic.

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  • http://Willy Willy

    Hey Doc,

    I’m 1st in my 8 team H2H league and I have a great team with a fairly good lead. I’m currently sitting on two hurt guys (Bargnani + Gallinari). My matchups have been much closer lately so i was wondering if it would be smart to drop Gallo for a guy like JR Smith or Jared Dudley. Or do you think it would be smarter to sit on Gallo since I should have no problem making the playoffs.

    Thanks,
    Willy

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Strongly considering dropping Nene in all leagues.

    He’s out for a few games and other than his name, has been a 150 rank performer all season.

    Talk me back from the ledge?

  • MeloMan15

    Whos a better pick up? Pevlovic or Okafor? And what are your thoughts on Varajao; Drop him or wait it out?

  • asdf

    Hey doc, should I drop Dalembert for Camby? Is it worth the health risk of Camby because it doesn’t seem like Dalembert is going to be out of that doghouse anytime soon. Thanks.

  • juanronin

    Any news on Brook Lopez?

  • nbaman

    Doc,

    Should I drop Henderson for Farmar?

  • nbaman

    or Kidd is available as well