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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 2, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.2

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (photo. Under Armour)

Beast of the Night: Brandon Jennings finished with 31 points, four rebounds, eight assists, four steals and seven three-pointers last night. He shot 36 percent (9-25) from the floor, 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line and had zero turnovers. Since Jan. 17, Jennings is averaging 24.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.6 threes per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. For the season, he’s putting up top 10 averages.

Lines for Discussion:
Hedo Turkoglu: 5-16 FG (31%), 4-6 FT (67%), 2 threes, 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; This was a nice bounce-back game after his previous three clunkers. Turkoglu’s hot start to the season is a faint memory, but he’s still a decent bet for all-around production on a week-to-week basis.

Channing Frye: 5-9 FG (56%), 5-5 FT (100%), 1 three, 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk; This was the first time Frye has cracked double-digit points since Jan. 13, which basically sums up his season. He’s been one of the bigger disappointments of the season, but owners should see if this game gets him going.

Darren Collison: 7-12 FG (58%), 5-5 FT (100%), 1 three, 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; This was Collison’s best game of the season, and it’s probably no coincidence that it came with George Hill out of the lineup. Collison should see a bump in value until Hill returns.

Drew Gooden: 7-12 FG (58%), 3-4 FT (75%), 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 TO; As a starter this season, Gooden is averaging 17.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.8 steals, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line. Owners should start him with confidence.

Serge Ibaka: 2-8 FG (25%), 4 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 10 Blk, 1 TO; The 10 blocks were a career high for Ibaka, who’s averaging 2.8 for the season. He remains a top 70 asset mostly due to his denials, but is still having a somewhat disappointing season for fantasy owners.

Russell Westbrook: 11-24 FG (46%), 9-10 FT (90%), 2 threes, 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 6 TO; In his last four games, Westbrook has accumulated 26 turnovers. Nevertheless, his comeback from a dreary start to the 2011-12 NBA season is obvious enough. Since Jan. 10, Westbrook has averaged top 10 numbers.

Dirk Nowitzki: 2-15 FG (13%), 4-4 FT (100%), 8 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; He’s a buy-low target, but fantasy owners should keep their expectations low.

Al Jefferson: 12-20 FG (60%), 3-5 FT (60%), 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; His ankle tendinitis doesn’t appear to be a long-term issue. Jefferson continues to be a top 20 stud this season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
C.J. Watson: 20 Pts, 4 threes, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO; He’s only worth owning in really deep leagues, unless Derrick Rose misses more time.

Rashard Lewis: 20 Pts, 3 threes, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; He’s still too unreliable to get too excited about and only warrants a pickup in deeper leagues.

Ed Davis: 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Blk, 3 TO; Give him a look if you need a big man.

Jerryd Bayless: 14 Pts, 2 threes, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO; He came off the bench but still looks to have his offensive touch.

Tayshaun Prince: 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO; He continues to put up decent numbers and should be given a look by owners who have dead weight to spare.

Jonas Jerebko: 14 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He got 31 minutes of run last night and seems to have stabilized his fantasy value for the time being.

Sundiata Gaines: 9 Pts, 1 three, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl; He could have increased value so long as Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson and MarShon Brooks are out.

Greivis Vasquez: 20 Pts, 3 threes, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO; His last three games have been fairly solid, making Vasquez worth consideration for teams desperate for a guard.

Nikola Pekovic: 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 TO; His streak of usable production continues, though a bench role limits his ceiling. A starting gig could be in his future though, so keep an eye on his situation.

Ersan Ilyasova: 9 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO; Andrew Bogut’s absence boosts Ilyasova’s fantasy value for the foreseeable future.

Injuries:
Keyon Dooling (hip): day-to-day

Rajon Rondo (wrist): likely to return Friday

Luol Deng (wrist): he’s close to returning

Richard Hamilton (groin, thigh): day-to-day

John Lucas (groin): day-to-day

Brendan Haywood (back): day-to-day

Lamar Odom (illness): day-to-day

Zach Randolph (knee): his MRI revealed his right knee is healing on schedule

DeShawn Stevenson (knee): out until at least Feb. 14

Anthony Morrow (ankle): day-to-day

Baron Davis (back): coach Mike D’Antoni said there’s no timetable for his return

Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle): monitor his status

Thabo Sefolosha (foot): day-to-day

Jason Richardson (knee): day-to-day

Spencer Hawes (Achilles): day-to-day

Jason Thompson (leg): monitor his status

Raja Bell (groin): out tonight

Rodney Stuckey (ankle): monitor his status

Johan Petro (flu): day-to-day

Linas Kleiza (knee): day-to-day

Shawn Marion (knee): played through it last night; monitor his status

Gerald Henderson (hamstring): day-to-day

Grant Hill (knee): day-to-day

Devin Harris (hamstring): played through it last night; monitor his status

Earl Watson (ankle): out indefinitely

For Tonight:
Tim Duncan is probably in for a DNP-rest tonight, which means Tiago Splitter could have a big game for the Spurs, who host the Hornets.

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  • http://Willy Willy

    Hi Doc,

    If you had to sit one player out of the list below (for tomorrow), who would you choose?

    Ty Lawson vs LAL
    John Wall @ TOR
    Danilo Gallinari vs LAL
    Rudy Gay @ OKC
    Greg Monroe vs MIL
    Andre Igoudala vs MIA
    Kyrie Irving @ ORL

    Thanks,
    Willy

  • Antouan

    Hey Doc,

    Would you drop Ben Gordon and add Manu…news reports say he’ll be back in 2 weeks

  • jkidd5

    hey doc is marvin williams and luke ridnour worth picking up?

  • k to the mart

    Doc whose better right now and long term??tayshaun prince or Evan turner?

  • Bricklayer

    Hey Doc,

    Im in a 14 team H2H league, standard scoring, i am punting blks.

    Who should i drop out of baron davis, t prince, bayless and dejuan blair?

    Possible free agents i am looking at are Nikola Pekovic, Greivis Vasquez… i am very weak at C, have M gasol and blair starting for next week, but blair only has 3 games…

    i have 3 bench spots but bargs is one of them.

    Cheers,

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

    @Willy: Iguodala

    @Antouan: Yep.

    @jkidd5: Maybe Ridnour, depending on who you give up.

    @k to the mart: Prince this season.

    @Bricklayer: Blair for Pekovic (since you need a C) seems good.