Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 29, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.29

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (photo. Rob Hammer)

Beast of the Night: DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks last night. He shot 78 percent (7-9) from the field and shot not free-throw attempts and had no turnovers. This was Jordan’s third straight game with double-digit rebounds. He remains a fantasy stud for owners punting free-throw percentage.

Lines for Discussion:
Chris Kaman: 7-18 FG (39%), 3-4 FT (75%), 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Since Feb. 13, Kaman is averaging 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and a block per game. However, in that stretch he’s shooting just 40 percent from the field and is averaging 3.6 turnovers per game. His value will take a hit when Emeka Okafor returns.

Derrick Rose: 11-24 FG (46%), 9-11 FT (82%), 1 three, 32 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; His owners have to be happy to hear that Rose didn’t get any treatment on his back during the All-Star break. Still, his health should be closely monitored.

Brook Lopez: 17-28 FG (61%), 4-5 FT (80%), 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; This was a very encouraging sign for Lopez’s owners. While it’s a bummer to see that his habit of poor rebounding might continue this season, Lopez remains a must-start fantasy center when healthy. Monitor those trade rumors.

Isaiah Thomas: 6-12 FG (50%), 4-4 FT (100%), 2 threes, 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 TO; He’s not quite Jeremy Lin, but Thomas has been a hugely helpful fantasy pickup since Feb. 15. He’s been a top 30 asset since that date and should continue to be valuable so long as he starts.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Tristan Thompson: 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Blk; The rookie continues to get enough minutes to do damage and should be scooped up for owners in need of a power forward who can block shots.

Tyler Hansbrough: 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO; He remains appealing only in deep leagues.

Taj Gibson: 5 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 5 Blk, 1 TO; Gibson is a decent source of blocks for owners in deep leagues.

Chris Singleton: 16 Pts, 2 threes, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk; He has flashes like this, but good luck trying to guess which nights they’ll happen.

Trevor Booker: 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; His 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game so far in February are impressive.

Mike Dunleavy: 28 Pts, 5 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; He’s streaky but is worth having on your bench.

James Johnson: 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Johnson’s steals and blocks make him a valuable player to have on your roster, making him worth a pickup in most leagues.

Brendan Haywood: 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk; Haywood is a decent low-end center, though he’s not worth dropping anyone too valuable for.

Derrick Williams: 27 Pts, 4 threes, 5 Reb, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Pick him up if you’re feeling up for a gamble; otherwise, monitor him closely.

Injuries:
Al Horford (chest): no longer wearing a sling, could be cleared to start rehab today

Joe Johnson (knee): game-time decision tonight

Corey Maggette (knee): practiced without a setback Tuesday; monitor his status for tonight

Gerald Henderson (hamstring): practiced Tuesday and should be ready for tonight

Lamar Odom (personal): day-to-day

Ty Lawson (back): expected to return tonight

Rudy Fernandez (back): ditto

Charlie Villanueva (ankle): practiced Monday; day-to-day

Kobe Bryant (nose, head): monitor his status for tonight

Zach Randolph (knee): hasn’t resumed contact drills yet

Jordan Farmar (groin): could return Friday

Jason Smith (concussion): day-to-day

Emeka Okafor (knee): out tonight; day-to-day

Nick Collison (quad): will play tonight

Manu Ginobili (oblique): partially practiced Tuesday; day-to-day

Andrea Bargnani (calf): day-to-day

Raja Bell (groin): day-to-day

Andray Blatche (calf): day-to-day

Zaza Pachulia (calf): expected to play tonight

Drew Gooden (back, elbow): returned last night but left early after a hard fall; monitor his status

Gary Neal (hamstring): questionable tonight

Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day

For Tonight:
Dwight Howard should have another nice line against the Wizards.

The Knicks and all their storylines host the Cavaliers. See if Jeremy Lin has fresher legs thanks to the All-Star break.

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  • Antouan

    Hey Doc,

    I got Manu on my squad…should I hold on to him or look to drop him? Also holding on to the Rooster and Z-Bo, so Im missing out on a bunch of games.

    Some guys available are Jordan Crawford, Dudley, G. Henderson or Delfino. Thx

  • http://kesaber@gmail.com Kesaber

    Hey Doc,

    When should I be looking to pick up Blatche if at all? Also, is Gerald Henderson worth an add? 10 team standard 9 cat H2H league

    Thanks

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    Doc,

    what’s your take on the horford situation? do you think he’ll be able to get 10 games in at the end of the season?

  • Row

    hey doc,

    i’m being offered Brandon Jennings for Ty Lawson.

    Also being offered Gerald Wallace for Ty Lawson.

    Ty has no use on my team as i dont care about assist. which trade should i accept ?

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

    @Antouan: I’d hold Manu.

    @Kesaber: In a 10-team league, you can afford to wait on both guys unless you have dead weight.

    @hakasan: It’s possible, but even then, he’ll have rust to work off.

    @Row: Definitely G-Wall.