Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (1/22/10)
Fanduel.com has a $1000 Fantasy Hockey Tournament scheduled for Saturday night for all you fantasy puckheads. I didn’t have any luck in the $2500 Friday Fantasy Basketball Tournament. Joe Johnson really hurt me with his 15 fantasy point performance. The next fantasy basketball tournament at Fanduel.com will be the $3500 Slam Tourney on Wednesday.
News and Notes from Friday’s Fantasy Basketball Action:
Greg Monroe (DET) – Cooled off a little with only 5pts/10reb, but I’m still liking him as a keeper league pickup. Charlie Villanueva suffered an ankle injury in this one, so Monroe should continue to get minute with Wallace and Villanueva out.
Anthony Morrow (NJN) – Returned after missing about a month and played 14 minutes. His minutes were capped at 15, but should creep back up slowly to his pre-injury level. He shot the ball well, 2-3 from three and 4-8 overall for 10 points. Check your wire to make sure he isn’t floating around out there. His return hurts the fantasy value of Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic.
Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – He’s in a shooting slump right now, 3-14 last night for 11 points. He’s shooting 34 of 97 (35.1%) over his last 5 games.
Marcin Gortat (PHO) - Making a strong case to be the starting center for the Suns, 13pts/14reb/3stl. Grab him in keeper leagues and also single season leagues if you need help at center.
Nick Young (WAS) - Settled into the starting SG role for the Wizards and should remain there for the second half of the season, 10 of 20 shooting for 25 points. Great pickup at SG. His backup, Kirk Hinrich, only got 13 minutes and left the game with an arm injury. Young’s value is even greater if Hinrich is going to miss time.
Al Horford (ATL) – The Hawks managed only 59 points in a loss to the Hornets. Think Horford isn’t important to that team? He’ll probably be out for another game or two.
Trevor Ariza (NOR) – Missed Friday with tendonitis in his right ankle. No word on how long he’s going to be out. Quincy Pondexter got the start, 7pts/3reb.
Utah Jazz - Utah got blown out by the Celtics and most of the starters got less than 25 minutes. Bad fantasy night for Jazz owners.
Shaq O’Neal (BOS) – I’ve been loving Shaq’s performance lately, but the big guy suffered a hip injury last night and will be out at least one game. Hopefully it isn’t serious. Glen Davis and Semih Erden should both get some extra run. The Celtics really need Kendrick Perkins to come back soon.
Monta Ellis (GSW) – Suffered an ankle injury at the end of Friday’s game. No word yet on the severity. Reggie Williams would likely start if Ellis can’t go.
J.J. Hickson (CLE) – Hickson is really getting jerked around by Byron Scott. Hickson got just 18 minutes, 2pts/5reb Friday. The Cavs aren’t going anywhere so why not just throw the kid out there and let him get some experience? The Cavs will destroy his confidence if they keep treating him like this.
Amare Stoudemire (NYK) – Had a good line on the surface with 18pts/15reb/4stl/2blk, but his shooting was horrible going 8 for 25.
Wilson Chandler (NYK) – Chandler came off the bench last night, but fantasy owners shouldn’t panic, it was just a matchup based decision. He still got 31 minutes.
Tim Duncan (SAS) – Got close to a triple-double, 21pts/16reb/8ast. He also added 6 blocks. The only problem for fantasy owners with Duncan is the uncertainty of his minutes from game to game.
Gary Neal (SAS) - Richard Jefferson got benched in Friday’s game and Neal took over. If Neal can work himself into 25-28 minutes a night, he could be an interesting fantasy prospect.
Aaron Brooks/Kyle Lowery (HOU) – They combined to shoot 4 of 18 for 14 points. This is a case where the timeshare really isn’t working. Houston needs to pick a starting PG and just roll with him.
Zach Randolph (MEM) – Another moster line, 29pts/19reb.
Ron Artest (LAL) – Surprisingly good offensive game, 8-12 for 19 points.
Carmelo Anthony (DEN) – Missed shootaround with a ‘personal matter’, but it was never disclosed what it was. He didn’t shoot the ball very well last night, needing 24 shots to score 23 points. He still seems distracted.
Tyreke Evans (SAC) – Another 48 minutes Friday night. Ride him ’til the wheels fall off I guess.
Omri Casspi (SAC) – Moved into the starting lineup and had a decent showing, 14pts/9reb. He got 15 shot attempts, hitting 6 of them. He’s got some skills and just needs steady playing time. Put him on your waiver wire watchlist.
Jason Thompson (SAC) - Flavor of the week at PF for the Kings, 12pts/12reb. He’s a decent pickup, just don’t get attached to him.
Stephen Curry (GSW) – Bounced back with a 34 point game on 12-21 shooting. Ellis suffered an ankle injury Friday, so Curry could get some extra touches if Ellis misses time. Hopefully he’s heating up right on time.
David Lee (GSW) - Quietly getting back to the old David Lee after his elbow injury, 22pts/10reb.
Carlos Delfino (MIL) – Returned from injury and managed 23 minutes, 4-11 for 9 points. The fact that he got 11 shot attempts makes him an attractive pickup off the wire. He can also help in the steals and rebounds categories.
Deron Williams (UTA) – Gets the award for the worst line of the night, 5pts/0reb/6ast with 5 turnovers. His teammate, Al Jefferson, wasn’t too far behind, going 1-11 for 7 points.
Chris Bosh (MIA) - Will probably miss tonight’s game with his ankle injury. Too bad for Bosh, as I’m sure he wanted to put a beatdown on his old Toronto team.