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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 14, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.14

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Mannion)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James finished with 35 points, eight boards, three assists and a steal last night. He shot 76 percent (16-21) from the floor, 100 percent (3-3) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. James has improved his scoring, rebounding, blocking and accuracy from the floor from his marks last season and is the king of fantasy basketball this season.

Lines for Discussion:
Kemba Walker: 6-15 FG (40%), 6-9 FT (67%), 3 threes, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 TO; D.J. Augustin is set to return for the Bobcats’ next game, so the window to sell high on Walker is nearly shut. Still, barring a rookie-wall experience or an injury, Walker will maintain decent value for owners who can stomach his poor field-goal percentage.

Nikola Pekovic: 6-13 FG (46%), 4-6 FT (67%), 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; In his eight games this month, Pekovic is averaging 16.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, a steal and 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 62 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line. Those are top 50 averages.

Carlos Delfino: 8-12 FG (67%), 3-3 FT (100%), 5 threes, 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; He’s getting a steady diet of minutes nowadays and has hit 16 threes in his last four games. Delfino’s a fairly strong start for owners who want help in the threes column.

Chris Kaman: 12-22 FG (55%), 3-4 FT (75%), 27 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; He filled in quite nicely for a Hornets squad without its other prominent big man. Kaman’s value is difficult to predict on a game-to-game basis, but he’s worth starting for the time being in most leagues.

David Lee: 13-22 FG (59%), 2-4 FT (50%), 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Lee is back to being his double-double self this season. He’s giving his owners top 50 value, which falls a bit short of expectations.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Corey Maggette: 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 TO; He’s worth a look if you need points – and DNPs.

Reggie Williams: 14 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; He could lose significant value once Gerald Henderson returns, but Williams is worth consideration in deeper leagues until then.

Gustavo Ayon: 13 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk; Ayon is a decent source of blocks for fantasy owners in deep leagues.

Kenyon Martin: 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk, 1 TO; It’s strange seeing his name in NBA box scores again, but Martin is worth monitoring.

Delonte West: 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Even with Jason Kidd back, West is producing solid all-around lines.

Markieff Morris: 10 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He’s a low-end option whose appeal lies in his ability to hit threes and block shots on most nights.

Klay Thompson: 10 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He’s racked up 14 three-pointers in his last five games.

Injuries:
Gerald Henderson (calf): could return by week’s end

D.J. Augustin (toe): expected to return Wednesday in a limited role

Nene (calf): not expected to play tonight

Zach Randolph (knee): cleared for non-contact work

Sam Young (ankle): wearing a walking boot on his right ankle

Luke Ridnour (personal): day-to-day

Emeka Okafor (knee): day-to-day

Jason Smith (concussion): day-to-day

Baron Davis (back, elbow): worked out on the side during practice yesterday

Carmelo Anthony (groin): didn’t practice yesterday

Thabo Sefolosha (foot): day-to-day

Stephen Curry (ankle): monitor his status

For Tonight:
See how Amar’e Stoudemire‘s return affects Jeremy Lin, not to mention Steve Novak, as the Knicks visit the Raptors.

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  • http://Willy Willy

    Hey Doc,

    Since it looks like Kemba is heading to the bench, would it be a good idea to drop him for someone like Jeff Teague, DJ Augustin, or Jarret Jack (kinda freaked of Jack’s knee). If so, who would be the best option.

    Thanks,
    Willy

  • Fantasy Wiz

    @Willy: I would go with DJ Augustin, Jack, and J.Teague in that order. All are better options than kemba.

  • http://Willy Willy

    thanks Fantasy Wiz

  • 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?

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

    @Willy: I’d support a swap for Augustin, Teague or Jack, in that order. Jack’s knee is a bit worrisome.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Also, who would you rather have, Vasquez or CJ Watson? Long run, Vasquez, because he can keep playing after the guy in front of him gets back.

    Short run, though, which would you rather have?

  • Fantasy Wiz

    @dagwaller: unless there is a really good option on the waiver wire I would strongly be against it. I would target like a player like K. Humpries as a trade target for him. His name not his play will carry more value movin forward. Trade him sooner than later.

    Vasquez no brainer

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    @Doc,

    would you play jimmer/t.evans against the bulls tonight? or deng vs sac? what about novak?

    thanks!