Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (1/3/11)

Hope you guys all had a great Christmas Holiday.  Now the real NBA season can begin!

Gerald Wallace (CHA) - He aggravated the recent ankle injury Sunday at practice and had to be helped off the court.  Check his gametime status before using him.  Gerald Henderson could get another start if Wallace can’t go.

Danilo Gallinari (NYK) – Suffered a sprained knee and will have an MRI today.  Shawne Williams could get a crack at some extra minutes if Gallinari misses time.

Roy Hibbert (IND) - He’s coming off the bench and Jeff Foster is drawing some starts at Center.  If you need some cheap rebounds, give Foster a look.  Hibbert just needs to get his confidence back and he will return to the starting lineup.  Avoid him for now in daily cash games.

Caron Butler (DAL) – Tore a tendon in his right knee and will miss 2 months.  Shawn Marion will probably slide down to SF and makes a great pickup.  Rodrigue Beaubois should also have an easier time cracking the rotation if he can get healthy.  J.J. Barea may also see some extra minutes.

Marvin Williams (ATL) – He’s going to be out for another week with a bruised back.  Jason Collins will get a couple more starts and makes a useful one week replacement.

Blake Griffin (LAC) – 31 points, 15 rebounds.

Eric Gordon (LAC) – Tough night shooting, 3-14 for 10 points.

Rajon Rondo (BOS) – Rondo made it back on the court, but he’s having a difficult time getting it going again, 4pt/8ast.  It might take a couple of games, but he’ll be fine so plug him back into your starting lineup.

Glen Davis (BOS) – Almost recorded a triple-double starting for the injured Kevin Garnett, 15pt/11reb/8ast/2stl.  Definitely worthy of a short term add.

Paul Pierce (BOS) – Pierce tweaked an ankle, so check his next gametime status just to be safe.

Jermaine O’Neal (BOS) – He’s working his way back to decent action and managed 23 minutes Sunday.  His production is still weak.

Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – Missed again Sunday and could be out Tuesday too.  Joey Dorsey got another start and had a nice game, 13pt/13reb.

Jerryd Bayless/Jose Calderon (TOR) – Bayless is dealing with a sore ankle, so Calderon should play big minutes this week and makes a good start.

DeMar DeRozan (TOR) – Heating up, 11-25 for 27 points. 

Antawn Jamison (CLE) – Great line, 35pt/10reb.

Ramon Sessions (CLE) – Got some extra time with Daniel Gibson out with a leg injury, 19pt/7reb/12ast.  He’s more of a point guard, but could claim the starting SG spot if he continues to play well.

Jordan Hill (HOU) – Grab him if you are in a keeper league.  There is a possibility that can claim the starting center spot next season if Yao Ming retires or gets traded.

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – He has really become the primary offensive option for the Blazers.  The rest of the roster is really inconsistent and it’s very difficult to determine which player will shine on any given night.

Mickael Pietrus (PHO) – Pietrus is getting a great opportunity to show his skills in Phoenix and could be worthy of a pickup.  He got 35 minutes Sunday putting up 7pt/4reb/2ast.  It wasn’t a great showing, but at least he’s getting a chance.

Marcin Gortat (PHO) – He’s looking good in Phoenix, 16pt/6reb/3blk.

Francisco Garcia (POR) – It looks like Garcia is the pick to replace Tyreke Evans.  He got the start Sunday and put up 20pt/11reb and even added three blocks.

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – He’s still immature, but he’s playing like a pro, 28pt/8reb/6ast.  The Kings are just going to have to run him out there, even if it means putting up with some attitude.  He’ll eventually grow out of it.

O.J. Mayo (MEM) – I figured he would move back into the starting lineup, but it’s looking like he’s settled into the sixth man role for the Grizz.  He’s still getting decent time with 26 minutes last night, 15pt/5ast.

Andrew Bynum (LAL) – He got 27 minutes Sunday and had a nice line, 9pt/11reb/5blk.  Lamar Odom’s fantasy value has taken a hit, but I’d hang on to him for awhile just to be safe.

Brandon Bass (ORL) – Still dealing with knee problems and could have arthroscopic surgery in the future.  Have a backup plan if you are relying on Bass.  Ryan Anderson would step in if Bass misses any time.

Brandon Jennings (MIL) – Jennings estimates that he’ll return mid-January.  I wouldn’t count on that though, it’ll probably be late January if the Bucks play it safe.

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