Fantasy Basketball Daily News (1/09/10)

It was a night of returns Friday in the NBA with Troy Murphy, Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger, Chris Andersen, Erick Dampier and Mike Miller all getting back on the court for their teams.  Rafer Alston also made his return, but with a different team.  Eight games on the schedule for Saturday.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Carmelo Anthony missed Friday.  No word on how many more games he will miss.
  • Ty Lawson missed with a sore ankle.
  • Randy Foye is starting at PG in place of Gilbert Arenas and doing a pretty good job.  He got four stitches in his mouth last night but should be good for his next game.  Grab him if he’s still out there.
  • Rafer Alston got the start at PG for Miami and went 35 minutes.   It doesn’t seem like there is going to be a timeshare and Alston may have 35+ minutes a night all to himself.  Pick him up.  Carlos Arroyo is likely a drop, he got a DNP-CD, while Mario Chalmers only got 13 minutes.
  • Pau Gasol missed his third straight game, but he may return on Sunday.  Keep him benched until he actually sets foot on the court.
  • Erick Dampier returned after missing two games with a knee injury.  He played 25 minutes.
  • Allen Iverson had his knee drained again on Friday and he is probably out for Saturday’s game at Detroit.  He is a really tough daily start due to his inconsistency.
  • Eddie House returned from the flu but seems to have passed it to Tony Allen who was home suffering with it.
  • The Celtics are leaning hard on Paul Piece running him 43 and 41 minutes after his recent return from a knee injury.   He’s a good daily play, but could go down anytime with the excessive usage.
  • Vince Carter injured his left shoulder and exited the game in the second quarter.  He didn’t return.  J.J. Redick should get a start if Carter can’t go in his next one.
  • Mike Miller returned for Washington and got 39 minutes of action.  If you missed him, it’s probably because of the buzzcut. Get him back in your lineup, as they will need him now that Arenas is out.
  • Danny Granger returned for Indiana and went 31 minutes.  Get him back in your lineup.
  • Troy Murphy also returned for Indiana after missing 4 games with an ankle injury.
  • The Indiana PG timeshare was Earl Watson 27 minutes, A.J. Price 22 minutes.  Price was the better player in this one, but Watson has way more experience.  T.J. Ford didn’t get off the bench.
  • Chauncey Billups returned Friday from a groin injury.  He went 33 minutes.
  • Anthony Randolph went down Friday with an ankle fracture.  Early estimates are that he’s out 4-6 weeks.  Corey Maggette and Andris Biedrins should see an uptick in minutes.
  • Lester Hudson was picked up on waivers by Memphis.  Solid pickup that adds some depth to the Grizzlies.
  • Cartier Martin might the the callup from Golden State.  Put him on your watchlist if you’re in a keeper league.
  • Not sure how I missed this, but Houston’s Carl Landry and New York’s Marcus Landry are brothers.
  • Deron Williams will likely miss Saturday with his wrist problem.   Ronnie Price should get the start, but he is dealing with a shoulder problem.  Sundiata Gaines may see decent minutes, it would be interesting to see what he’s got.
  • Move Antawn Jamison up on your daily draft sheets.  Washington will lean on him heavily and you should play him while his salary is still low.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts suffered an eye injury last night, check his status before the next game.
  • Steve Blake hopes to return Sunday from pneumonia.  Given the Andre Miller/ Nate McMillan confrontation, Blake could be in line for more minutes.
  • Derek Fisher may be losing his grip on the starting PG spot in LA.  How would you even notice that Fisher had a bad game?  Fantasy owners shouldn’t have him on their teams anway.
  • Al Harrington is dealing with a strained calf.
  • Chris Andersen returned Friday and played 27 minutes.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a sore ankle and should be avoided for now in daily cash games.
  • Ryan Gomes could return to the starting five soon.  Pick him up if you need a fill in forward.

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