Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 15, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.15

Nick Young

Nick Young (photo. Keith Allison)

Beast of the Night: Nick Young makes an unexpected appearance here thanks to his 35 points, three rebounds, two steals and seven three-pointers last night. He shot 71 percent (12-17) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. After starting the season on the bench, Young has managed to give his owners reliable value as a scorer and three-point maker. So far in February, he’s averaging top 25 numbers.

Lines for Discussion:
Jeremy Lin: 9-20 FG (45%), 7-11 FT (64%), 2 threes, 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 8 TO; The kid is probably the most exciting fantasy player to own this season. STAT‘s return didn’t seem to hinder Lin’s value last night, but the thing to monitor will be how the young point guard meshes with Carmelo Anthony.

Amar’e Stoudemire: 8-22 FG (36%), 5-5 FT (100%), 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast; First off, it’s good too see him back on the court after what he’s been through. Second, fantasy owners can expect his fantasy value to see a bit of a resurrection thanks to Lin’s command of the point guard spot.

Jose Calderon: 11-17 FG (65%), 3 threes, 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Yes, he gave Lin a bit too much room at the end of the game, but for fantasy purposes, Calderon did no wrong last night. He’s on a nice roll right now but will probably hit another rough patch soon enough.

DeMarcus Cousins: 10-20 FG (50%), 7-9 FT (78%), 1 three, 28 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 6 TO; In his last six games, Cousins has been a top 25 fantasy asset. Owners who took a gamble on him in their drafts or by trading for him earlier in the season are reaping huge rewards.

Luol Deng: 6-17 FG (35%), 9-9 FT (100%), 2 threes, 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Deng will see heavier minutes so long as Derrick Rose is out. He continues to have a stellar season, averaging numbers that place him among the top 40 fantasy players in the league. However, he’s struggled with consistency this month, especially when it comes to his accuracy from the floor. Expect him to get back on track before the All-Star break rolls around.

Arron Afflalo: 7-11 FG (64%), 4-7 FT (57%), 2 threes, 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Afflalo is on fire right now, hitting 20+ points in each of his last three games. His owners should think about selling high.

Pau Gasol: 9-22 FG (41%), 1-2 FT (50%), 1 three, 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk, 1 TO; Gasol has double-doubled in all seven of his games so far this month and has maintained top 20 value this season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Linas Kleiza: 15 Pts, 1 three, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; Kleiza has looked good for most of the month and warrants a pickup in most leagues.

Norris Cole: 20 Pts, 1 three, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 TO; He got 30 minutes of burn thanks to an injury to the starting lineup, which means Cole could have some value for the near future.

A.J. Price: 12 Pts, 1 three, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; That’s two usable lines in a row, which makes Price worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Tiago Splitter: 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He isn’t doing anything spectacular lately, but Splitter’s been steady enough to be worth stashing on benches in need of big-man depth.

Courtney Lee: 13 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Lee’s working on a solid string of games and is worth consideration if you need points and threes.

Kyle Korver: 18 Pts, 4 threes, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; He’s a good source of threes but isn’t a starter unless you’re in a deep league.

Markieff Morris: 21 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk; He’s heating up and is worth a stash if you need threes and blocks.

Michael Redd: 20 Pts, 3 threes, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 TO; He started last night (thanks to Grant Hill‘s DNP) and is worth a look if you want some points and threes.

Chris Andersen: 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 6 Blk, 1 TO; Nice line, but Birdman still isn’t worth owning unless you’re in a seriously deep league.

Rudy Fernandez: 11 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; He’s been inconsistent but is worth stashing in deeper leagues for the time being.

Injuries:
Jason Collins (elbow): rejoined the team but is doubtful for their upcoming five-game road trip

Jermaine O’Neal (shoulder): could return tonight

Mickael Pietrus (knee): doubtful tonight

Kevin Garnett (hip): ditto

D.J. Augustin (toe): expected to play tonight

Richard Hamilton (groin): at least a week away from returning

Nene (calf, heel): day-to-day

Danny Granger (ankle): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

George Hill (ankle): day-to-day

DeShawn Stevenson (knee): hopes to be ready for tonight

Brook Lopez (foot): practiced yesterday

Emeka Okafor (knee): questionable tonight

Thabo Sefolosha (foot): day-to-day

Mario Chalmers (hand): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Shawne Williams (shoulder): day-to-day

LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Gary Neal (toe): day-to-day

Jimmer Fredette (flu): day-to-day

For Tonight:
Linsanity continues its raging path through the NBA as the Knicks host the Kings.

Dahntay Jones could be a good spot start if Granger can’t go for the Pacers, who visit the Cavaliers.

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  • Duck

    Do I start Manu or Kemba today?

  • SWAT

    hey doc-james johnson and evan turner-i have these 2 and dont seem to get alot out of them. between Kleiza, redd, morris, and korver wld u swap the prior 2 out for any one from your waiver pick ups. Im looking for 3′s.

  • Susej R.

    Doc,

    I am currently firmly in second place of a 12 team, 9 Cat, H2H league.

    My team consists of:

    Deron Williams, Wall, Holiday, Ray Allen, Manu, Cousins, Hibbert, D. Howard, D. Jordan, A. Bynum, Booker, James Johnson and Bargnani.
    Also I just picked up Delfino, and dropped Eric Gordon. (out at least 6 weeks, if not the entire season)

    What if any changes would you recommend?

    Among others, the Free Agent pool has: Jarret Jack, J.R. Smith, Gerald Henderson, Zach Randolph, Wilson Chandler, Al Horford, Jonas Jerebko, Luke Ridnour, Gordon Hayward, Mike Dunleavy.

    I know that in the last two weeks of the playoffs, the Grizz play 5 games in each week. And the final week, Charlotte, Boston and Cleveland also play 5 games.
    For me this makes Henderson and Randolph the first adds – dropping any two from the trio of Booker, Johnson and Delfino.

    Somehow I feel like I’m missing something. Should I target different players? Your thoughts please.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    @doc,
    now that we’re about half way through the season and that i’m stuck in the middle of my 14 team league, i’m trying to pull some trades to revive my horrific fg% (dead last)

    please let me know if you think i’m under-offering in these trade proposals…

    i’m trying to land dwight horward…
    so thinking about sending off luol deng and rip hamilton to get dwight and eric gordon… (i’m actually surprised why the other owner is not jumping all over this trade)

    also trying to land steve nash… the nash owner has horrible C stats, having brook lopez and ABarg…
    so i’d like to send my LMA+tyreke+stucky for his stephen curry/nash/lopez… (other than the fact that lma turned the ankle… i’m also not sure why this owner doesn’t want to fill his C void)

    am i over-valuing my side of the trade?

    thanks doc.

  • Fantasy Wiz

    @Duck: Manu against the raps no brainer

    @Swat: Stick with JJ, I would swap Turner for Kleiza or Korver (Kleiza long term, Korver short-term n for 3′s)