Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (2/17/11)

John Wall (WAS) – Great scoring night for Wall with 27 points, but he only managed a single assist and 5 turnovers.

Josh Howard (WAS) – Having a tough time getting going after returning from injury, 1 of 11 for just 3 points.  He’s still a nice pickup though.

Dwight Howard (ORL) – 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks.  The Wizards tried to hack him with three different centers, but nothing could stop him.  The move backfired on the Wizards when JaVale McGee picked up early fouls and was limited to only 14 minutes.

Nick Young (WAS) – Young was a gametime decision, but didn’t play due to a sore left knee.  Kirk Hinrich and Cartier Martin got some extra minutes.

Chris Bosh (MIA) – Had a satisfying return to Toronto, 27pts/6reb and a win.

Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – Bargnani exposed the Heat’s weakness for defending centers, especially mobile ones, 36 points on 15 of 26 shooting.

Paul Pierce (BOS) – It didn’t look like the foot and hand injuries were limiting Pierce in any way, 31 points on just 18 shots.  He should be good to go after the All-Star break.

Pau Gasol (LAL) – Monster double-double for Gasol, 30pts/20reb.

Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 7 more turnovers Wednesday.  He’s been having some issues with this lately.

Mo Williams (CLE) – Injured his ankle after only three minutes and didn’t return.  Ramon Sessions took over and scored a season high 32 points.

J.J. Hickson (CLE) – He didn’t play much defense on Gasol, but still put up a good line and continued to rebound well, 13pts/15reb.  

Daniel Gibson (CLE) – Tried to play through his quad injury, but managed just 1 of 6 for 3 points.  He should be healed up after the break.

Roy Hibbert (IND) – Another great line from Hibbert, 29pts/9reb.  The opportunity to buy low on Hibbert is probably gone, but I’d make one last offer just to try and steal him in keeper leagues.

Greg Monroe (DET) – Monroe continues to start at PF for the Pistons and he could carry that right through to next season.  He’s a great add in keeper leagues.

Marvin Williams (ATL) – Rare good line from Marvin, 17pts/8reb/2stl.

Wilson Chandler (NYK) – Chandler was back coming off the bench again Wednesday, but still got 35 minutes putting up 20 points.  He’s a great cheap play in daily cash games.

Chris Kaman (LAC) – Returned to action and played 10 minutes.  This probably puts an end to DeAndre Jordan’s great fantasy run.

Baron Davis (LAC) – Played through a sore knee, but looked horrible going 2 for 10 for 6 points.

Randy Foye (LAC) – Made the most of what will probably be his last start with the return of Eric Gordon expected right after the All-Star break, 21pts/6ast.

Jonny Flynn (MIN) – He’s out for a week with a couple of nagging injuries and soreness.  Luke Ridnour will get the benefit of extra minutes while Flynn is out.

Kevin Love (MIN) – Solid double-double, 18pts/18reb.

Jermaine Taylor (SAC) – Got a start for Tyreke Evans and put up a nice line, 17pts/5ast/4stl.  He’s not worth a pickup unless the Kings decide to shut Evans down at some point.

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – The Kings started both Cousins and Samuel Dalembert Wednesday.  Cousins had a nice line with 16pts/12reb/3stl, but he’s going to have to cut down on the 7 turnovers.  Dalembert was decent too with 10pts/9reb/2stl.

Jason Kidd (DAL) – Kidd was on last night hitting 7 of 9 shots for 20 points.  He was 6 of 7 from three.

Rodrigue Beaubois (DAL) – Returned for his first action of the season and played a solid 21 minutes, 13pts/6ast/3stl.  It’s only going to get better with Beaubois, so grab him off the wire if the owners in your league forgot about him.

Andre Iguodala (PHI) – You would think Iguodala had a bad night looking at his 3 for 15 shooting, but he still managed a triple-double against the Rockets with 13pts/12reb/10ast and 4 steals.

Thaddeus Young (PHI) – Continues to tease fantasy owners with another good performance, 19 points on 9 of 14 shooting.  He really needs a starting spot to be worthy of a pickup.

Kyle Lowery (HOU) – Couldn’t  miss last night, 15 of 18 for 36 points.  The Rockets really just need to cut their losses with Brooks and make him the backup so both guys can get comfortable in their roles.

Luis Scola (HOU) – Good line from Scola, 26pts/13reb.  He’d been slumping a little lately, so it was good to see him bounce back.

Carmelo Anthony (DEN) – Had a good line in what could be his last game for the Nuggets, 38pts/12reb.  Get ready for some trade activity over the ASB weekend.

Ty Lawson (DEN) – Lawson is a prime pickup if Chauncey Billups follows Melo out the door in Denver.  I’d put Lawson as one of my first waiver wire pickups if it happens.

Kenyon Martin (DEN) – Martin is progressing as the season goes along and almost got into triple-double territory last night against the Bucks with 11pts/9reb/7ast/5blk.

John Salmons (MIL) – Salmons had a surprising scoring outburst going for 33 points on 13 of 23 shooting.

Brandon Jennings (MIL) – Jennings really killed me in last night’s $4000 Fantasy Basketball Tournament by going 1 for 11 for just 4 points.  I was looking to cash in the tourney, but fell to 66th place out of 44o teams with the poor showing from Jennings.

Stephen Curry (GSW) – Curry was my second choice behind Jennings last night, so I was pretty much screwed no matter which one I picked.  Curry was actually worse than Jennings, putting up only 4pts/4ast on 1 of 7 shooting.

Monta Ellis (GSW) – 35 points on 16 of 25 shooting.  I’m just waiting for the ‘Curry and Ellis can’t play together’ rumors to start flying again soon.

Al Jefferson (UTA) – He’s been on a roll lately and could be a great second half play now that he has settled in.  It’s a shame that the Jazz changed coaches just as Jefferson was picking up the offense, but it looks like the current system still suits his game.

C.J. Miles (UTA) – Another good game filling in for Raja Bell, 20pts/6reb.  Bell might not get that starting spot back.

Willie Green (NOR) – Has taken over the starting SG spot for New Orleans and might not give it back any time soon, 24 points on 11 of 19 shooting.  Marco Belinelli got 6 minutes, Marcus Thornton got 12 minutes.

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – Continues to dominate, 34pts/7reb.

Wes Matthews (POR) – He actually did more than just score last night, 24pts/8reb.  Brandon Roy could come back after the ASB, so it might be a good time to shop Matthews if the deal is right.

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