Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 1, 2012 / 11:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.1

Jamal Crawford

Beast of the Night: Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and five threes in his second consecutive start last night. He shot 53 percent (8-15) from the floor and had one turnover. Crawford looks set to continue being the Blazers’ starting point guard, relegating the struggling Raymond Felton to the bench. So long as he’s starting, Crawford will see a nice bump in value.

Lines for Discussion:
Drew Gooden: 7-15 FG (47%), 9-9 FT (100%), 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; Gooden toughed it out yesterday after a hard fall the night before. His health, as usual, remains something worth monitoring throughout the rest of the season.

Kevin Garnett: 9-18 FG (50%), 7-9 FT (78%), 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; This was Garnett’s seventh start as a center this season, and his fantasy owners should hope he starts even more games at the five going forward. All his numbers (except for his turnovers) are better when he’s a starting center this season.

Jeremy Lin: 6-12 FG (50%), 7-9 FT (78%), 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; Lin played 33 minutes last night, which is much more sustainable than the minutes load he shouldered early in his storybook run. If Baron Davis can continue to give a solid 15-20 minutes a night, and if Lin can continue to keep his turnovers down, the Harvard grad will have a shot at maintaining top 35 value.

Marc Gasol: 8-14 FG (57%), 6-6 FT (100 %), 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Blk, 3 TO; With Zach Randolph getting closer to returning, Gasol’s owners should already be gauging his value on the market.

Kobe Bryant: 11-23 (48%), 9-10 FT (90%), 31 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 TO; Are you surprised?

Waiver-Wire Watch:
Trevor Booker: 3-9 FG (33%), 1-1 FT (100%), 7 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; He’s getting 30+ minutes a night this month and is worth a pickup if you need a big man.

Ekpe Udoh: 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO; He’s not much more than 2+ blocks a night, but at least he’s that.

Linas Kleiza: 21 Pts, 5 threes, 4 Reb, 1 Stl; When healthy, Kleiza is worth owning in most leagues.

Steve Novak: 17 Pts, 5 threes, 1 Reb, 1 Stl; Novak continues to be a solid source of threes.

C.J. Miles: 27 Pts, 3 threes, 1 Reb, 1 TO; He’s been inconsistent this month, and even when he’s productive, Miles isn’t the most dynamic player to own.

Gary Neal: 21 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; Neal will continue to have decent value so long as Manu Ginobili is out.

Zaza Pachulia: 13 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 TO; This isn’t sustainable, but Pachulia will be a decent low-end center until Al Horford returns.

Amir Johnson: 7 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk, 2 TO; Johnson is in something of a groove right now and is worth having on your bench.

Marco Belinelli: 20 Pts, 2 threes, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 TO; He’s having a stellar month and should really be owned in more leagues by now.

Derrick Williams: 10 Pts, 2 threes, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO; He started in place of an ill Kevin Love last night and should be monitored closely.

Injuries:
Al Horford (pectoral muscle): has been given clearance to begin rehab and could return sooner than expected

Jason Collins (elbow): expected to begin rehab Friday

Vladimir Radmanovic (illness): day-to-day

Nene (calf): day-to-day

Rudy Fernandez (back): day-to-day

Quentin Richardson (Achilles): day-to-day

Kurt Thomas (concussion): day-to-day

Jamaal Tinsley (illness): day-to-day

Raja Bell (groin): day-to-day

Paul Millsap (heel): day-to-day

Andray Blatche (calf): targeting March 3 for his return

Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day

J.J. Barea (calf): day-to-day

Luke Ridnour (finger): monitor his status

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder): day-to-day

Devin Harris (nausea): monitor his status

For Tonight:
See how Crawford fares as the Blazers host the Heat.

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  • William

    Hey Doc,

    I know there is no set timetable yet for Horford, but if you had to guess, how far away would you estimate him to be at? weeks away or more like months?

    thanks,
    Willy

  • Rban

    Monroe beasting again. 19pts 20rbs

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    i got the same question as #1.
    also, with andray blatche set to come back… how do you assess trevor booker’s minutes? they are quite crowded with mediocre talent up front…

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    Doc,

    Two trades I’ve been offered…

    I get: Kevin Garnett, 11th round pick
    I give: Kemba Walker, 4th round pick

    I get: Danny Granger, 10th round pick
    I give: Antawn Jamison, 4th round pick

    Thoughts on either or both?

  • http://dimemag.com/2012/03/5-burning-nba-questions-the-central-division/ Mike Julius

    -Nikola Pekovic’s minutes have been down last few games, still worth holding onto or he’ll get back 2 how he was playing?
    -I picked J-kidd a few weeks ago but he continues 2 struggle, Some FA available are A. Miller, Stuckey, Beasley, Kaman. Keep Kidd or get a FA?
    Thanks Doc