Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (2/23/11)
Hope you guys all had a great All-Star break! It’s time to get back to some fantasy basketball and what better way to get things going than with tonight’s $4000 Fantasy Basketball Tournament at Fanduel.com. The entry fee for tonight’s $4k tournament is $10 and the field is limited to 440 entries. There is also a $1000 tournament tonight on Fanduel with a $10 entry fee which is open to unlimited entries. Registration at Fanduel.com is free and you can deposit funds with Paypal or a credit card. Good luck in tonight’s tournaments!
Roy Hibbert (IND) – He’s getting back to being himself and it is a huge relief to patient fantasy owners, 16pts/6reb/4blk. Congrats if you had the discipline to ride it out with Hibbert.
John Wall (WAS) – Wall is looking to have a big second half and nearly started it off with a triple-double, 15pts/8reb/10ast.
Kirk Hinrich (WAS) – Missed last night’s game with a calf bruise. No word on how long he’s going to be out.
Sonny Weems (TOR) – Weems seems to be back in favor as the starting SF for the Raptors now that Kleiza is done for the season, 19pts/4reb.
Gerald Henderson (CHA) – Still getting good run with Bobcats and could be a prime pickup if Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace get moved before the trade deadline. Keep your eye on him and be ready to snatch him off the wire.
D.J. Augustin (CHA) – Great bounceback game for Augustin, 23pts/8ast. It seems like the time off really allowed him to get that sore wrist healthy.
Aaron Brooks/Kyle Lowry (HOU) – Still no resolution of this timeshare, which makes both guys really unattractive. Lowry started and got 23 minutes, while Brooks came off the bench for 28 minutes.
Patrick Patterson (HOU) – Had a surprising offensive outburst in his 22 minutes going for 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Keep an eye on his role and minutes going forward.
Rodney Stuckey (DET) – Stuckey is starting to pick up his game and could be a decent PG option down the stretch as the Pistons try to get organized for next season, 19pts/3reb.
DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – Tough night shooting going 3 of 14, but you have to give the Kings credit for sticking with him through all of his growing pains, both on and off the court.
Samuel Dalembert (SAC) – Good line from Sammy, 18pts/13reb. The Kings really need to try and move Dalembert at the deadline and get Cousins settled at Center for next season. Miami would be a pretty good spot for Dalembert.
Tyreke Evans (SAC) – The Kings finally got what they deserved for riding Tyreke so hard, he’s out for at least the next three weeks with foot problems. They should have just shut him down a couple of months ago and got him healthy for next season. What’s the worst that could result, a better draft pick?
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (MIA) – Missed last night’s game, but it doesn’t appear to be injury related. Maybe the Heat are just playing it safe and giving the 36 year old a little extra long All-Star rest.
Michael Beasley (MIN) – Beasley is back for the Timberwolves and should be a good option in the second half, 21 points on 10 f 17 shooting. Martell Webster’s value takes a hit with Beasley’s return.
Jonny Flynn (MIN) – Will probably miss another game or two, so give Luke Ridnour a few starts this week if you are desperate for a PG.
Brandon Jennings (MIL) – Jennings is doing his best to regain last season’s form, 27pts/7ast/3stl/2blk. Much like last year, the Bucks could go on a nice second half run to make the playoffs with Jennings leading the way.
Blake Griffin (LAC) – Nothing is going to stop Griffin except an injury and the ROY trophy is pretty much locked up. He rolled again last night with 28pts/11reb/8ast. If Blake can work on that free throw shooting in the offseason, he should be a top 10 pick. If the Clippers are wise, they will cool the big guy as the season winds down so that he’s healthy and ready to go next year.
Tony Allen (MEM) – Got the start last night for Rudy Gay and put up a great line, 26pts/8reb. He’s a must add for the next two or three weeks.
Sam Young (MEM) – Young also got a start last night, but wasn’t quite as impressive as Allen, 10pts/7reb/2stl/2blk. It’s still great production off the wire, so give him a flier.
Ty Lawson (DEN) – Lawson has been sitting on my bench all season in one of my keeper league and this is the reason: 21pts/5reb/7ast/6stl. He should start the rest of the way for the Nuggets and be the starter next season so grab him off the wire in all leagues. Raymond Felton could easily just be passing through Denver on his way to somewhere else, either before the deadline or in the offseason.
J.R. Smith (DEN) – I’m also excited about Smith, but Danilo Gallinari might be a roadblock for Smith grabbing that starting SF spot. Keep an eye on what the Nuggets do with Gallinari.
Rajon Rondo (BOS) – Good line from Rondo, 19pts/6reb/15ast/2stl.