Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (1/25/11)

J. J. Hickson (CLE) – So close to breaking through, but he just can’t seem to get there.  His shooting was terrible last night going just 6 of 19 for 12 points.  He’ll continue to get opportunites, but he has to start capitalizing.

Ramon Sessions (CLE) – Was able to go 39 minutes, so the ab strain shouldn’t be a concern, 16pts/6ast/5tov.  Daniel Gibson also got 39 minutes, 19pts/5ast/1tov.  Both players have a high short term fantasy value as long as Mo Williams remains out.

Anthony Morrow (NJN) – His minutes restriction has been lifted, he got 26 minutes last night, 6-12 for 16 points.  Grab him if he’s still on your wire.

Tayshaun Prince (DET) – The guy is a professional.  With all the distractions of possible trades and benchings, he just keeps producing, 20pts/6ast.

Austin Daye (DET) – 4 of 4 from three point range and he’s shooting 33 of 74 (44.6%) from three this season.  He’s a sneaky source of threes from the PF position if that’s fits with your strategy.

Greg Monroe (DET) – Ben Wallace has returned and Monroe’s minutes have been cut.  Hang on to him though, the Pistons could blow that team up soon leaving Monroe as a starter.

Ryan Anderson (ORL) – Another guy who fits the same PF strategy as Daye.  Anderson launched 10 threes last night, hitting 4 of them.

Vince Carter (PHO) – After a great start in Phoenix, Carter has crashed and burned lately, 1-6 for 2 points.  He’s 21 of 60 (35.0%) over his last five games, and that includes an 11-20 performance in one of them.   His shot attempts have dropped to an average of 12 a game.

Robin Lopez/Marcin Gortat (PHO) – Played a combined 24 minutes as Phoenix went small.

Thaddeus Young (PHI) – Young is starting to be worth a fantasy look, 24pts/7ast.  He’s getting around 30 minutes a night and could move into a starting role if the Sixers trade Iguodala before the deadline.

Zach Randolph (MEM) – Tough shooting night, 8 0f 24, but he still managed a respectable line, 17pts/12reb.

Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – Broke out of his shooting slump going 13 of 27 for 29 points.

Jerryd Bayless (TOR) – Calderon was out with the flu and Bayless got the start.  He nearly put up a triple-double, 15pts/8reb/11ast.  He’s not playable as long as Calderon is around, but if Jose ever gets traded, be ready to grab Bayless.  Might be a good gamble in keeper leagues if you are already rebuilding for next season.

John Wall (WAS) – He’s going to be a fantasy stud if his shot ever starts falling.  He’s still sitting at 40.0% shooting this season, but the rest of his game is there, 18pts/7reb/9ast.  He’s still got some nagging injuries, so maybe that’s what’s affecting his shooting.

Landry Fields (NYK) – Fields has been disappearing lately and the rookie might be getting a little tired.  The All-Star break should do him some good. Keep an eye on the wire and if anyone panics and drops him, be ready to pounce.

Chris Paul (NOR) – Nice to see him get 14 shot attempts Monday and I’m sure his fantasy owners would like to see that continue, 24pts/9ast/3stl.  He did tweak an ankle at the end of the game, so check his next gametime status.

Marcus Thornton (NOR) – I have to admit that I’m getting a little impatient with Thornton, 3 of 12 for 10 points in 27 minutes.   Not sure how much longer I’m going to hang on to him in a couple of leagues.

Chris Douglas-Roberts (MIL) – Had a 30 point game Monday.  If he were more consistent, he’d probably be starting.   Put him on your waiver wire watchlist and give him a gamble when he strings a couple of good performances together.

Kurt Thomas (CHI) – He’s definitely earned his salary this year filling in for Joakim Noah, 22pts/9reb/5ast.  He played 44 minutes, which is a lot for a 38 year old, but enjoy the ride until Noah returns.

Chuck Hayes (HOU) – One of the most underrated players in the league, 9pts/8reb/7ast/1stl/1blk.

Kevin Martin (HOU) – True efficiency, 34 points on 18 shots.

Kevin Love (MIN) – If the boards, points and threes weren’t enough, now he’s adding assists to his fantasy resume’.   Seven of them last night.  He’s always had the great outlet pass skill, so maybe his passing is evolving.

Wesley Johnson (MIN) – Trying to work himself back into meaningful minutes, 19pts/4ast/3stl/2blk.  Keeper league owners should keep an eye on the wire just in case anyone gets frustrated and drops Johnson.

Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 42 more minutes Monday and I guess the feet are fine, 26pts/6reb/6ast.  Use him as normal, but be aware that he could miss any game without warning.

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – Finally let owners down with a subpar scoring game, but the rest of the line wasn’t too bad against the Kings going for 9pts/7reb/5ast/1stl/1blk.  He’s got a sore left hip, so check his next gametime status.

David Lee (GSW) – If you wanted to buy low, you probably missed your chance, 31pts/12reb.

Brandon Jennings (MIL) – Could be back Saturday.

Mario Chalmers (MIA) – He’s moved into the starting PG role for the Heat.  He should be good for a few threes and steals, but not much else.


Tim Duncan
– Knee, probably minor, but check his next gametime status.
Jose Calderon – Out, flu.
John Salmons – Out, hip injury.
Charlie Villanueva – Out, ankle.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Hip, check his next gametime status.
Chris Paul – Rolled an ankle, check his next gametime status.
Anthony Parker – Out, back.
Kirk Hinrich – Out, arm.
Shaq O’Neal – Out, hip.
Eric Gordon – Out, wrist.
Chris Bosh – Out, ankle.

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