Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 22, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.22

Dwyane Wade

D-Wade (photo. Mannion)

Beast of the Night: Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out 10 assists, stole three balls and blocked two shots last night. He shot 69 percent (11-16) from the field, 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Wade has quietly maintained top five value so far this season, despite dips in his scoring, rebounding and three-point making. He has cut down on his turnovers and had increased his steals and blocks to make up for those declines.

Lines for Discussion:
Trevor Ariza: 8-15 FG (53%), 2-2 FT (100%), 3 threes, 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; His wild inconsistency should make fantasy owners roll their eyes at lines like these. Nevertheless, for the season Ariza is putting up top 60 numbers, which isn’t too shabby.

Jarrett Jack: 8-17 FG (47%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 threes, 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 TO; Barring any setbacks with that knee, Jack should be back on track after the All-Star break.

Roy Hibbert: 11-17 FG (65%), 8-12 FG (67%), 30 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO; Hibbert is in the midst of a three-game streak of double-doubles. He’s quietly put together a solid season and is close to averaging a double-double along with 1.8 blocks a game.

Greg Monroe: 8-16 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Monroe continues to impress this season. He’s a center who scores, rebounds, dishes, steals and shoots solid percentages — not much more you can ask for. He also looks to be a no-brainer keeper.

Kyrie Irving: 8-15 FG (53%), 6-6 FT (100%), 3 threes, 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 6 TO; Irving has been better than many owners expected heading into the season. He has no statistical weaknesses and should be an awesome keeper.

Mario Chalmers: 7-14 FG (50%), 6 threes, 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Chalmers should be applauded for what he’s done this season. A guy who was supposed to be a do-little point guard for the Heat has managed to give his fantasy owners top 60 value so far this season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Ben Gordon: 16 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 2 TO; He’s worth scooping up if you want points and threes.

Alonzo Gee: 16 Pts, 1 three, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; He’s not perfect, but Gee fills up the stat sheet on most nights.

Isaiah Thomas: 24 Pts, 5 threes, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 TO; He’s a must-add at this point.

Lavoy Allen: 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; He’s worth watching, but nothing beyond that just yet.

Kawhi Leonard: 24 Pts, 2 threes, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; This was an outlier, which makes it tough to read much into it.

Gary Neal: 10 Pts, 1 three, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 TO; He should hold extra value so long as Manu Ginobili is out.

Injuries:
Joe Johnson (knee): out for tonight and Thursday

Kevin Garnett (personal): expected to return tonight

Gerald Henderson (hamstring): out tonight

Anthony Parker (back): day-to-day

George Hill (ankle): day-to-day

Elton Brand (thumb): day-to-day

Linas Kleiza (knee): questionable tonight

Raja Bell (groin): game-time decision tonight

Wesley Matthews (ankle): monitor his status

John Salmons (hip): day-to-day

For Tonight:
Willie Green could be a decent spot start as the Joe Johnson-less Hawks visit the Knicks.

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  • http://Willy William

    Hi Doc,

    Should Jamal Crawford be owned in a shallow 8team, 5 cat, H2H league. If so, would it be worth dropping Bargnani, Gallo, Ty Lawson, or DJ Augustin for him?

    Thanks for all your help
    Willy

  • Terry

    Hi Doc,
    I have to sit two guys in a 8team, 5 cat, H2H league league tomorrow. What are your thoughts?

    Jason Terry – Lakers
    Ray Allen @ OKC
    Pierce @OKC
    Josh Smith @NY
    Dirk – Lakers
    Cousins @ Was
    Boozer – Milwaukee
    Westbrook – Boston
    Marshon Brooks – ORLANDO
    Andre Miller @LAC
    Paul George @CHA
    Isaiah Thomas

    I am thinking Paul George and Marshon.

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    @Terry,

    i’m thinking miller and brooks… CHA has no offense or defense, but playing against cp3 might be difficult…

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

    @William: He’s on the cusp. I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for him though.

    @Terry: Brooks and Thomas are the guys to probably sit. Sit Miller instead of Thomas if Lawson plays; if Lawson sits, I like Miller’s chances.