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Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes (2/24/11)

 

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Daily News and Notes from Wednesday night’s Fantasy NBA Action:

Chuck Hayes (HOU) – Blew up for a 12pt/17reb line.  This isn’t a true representation of his production, but rather a signal about the guy who was guarding him, J.J. Hickson.   Hickson could be a fantasy star, but he has to improve his defense to stay on the court.

Chase Budinger (HOU) – Nice offensive night, 30 points on 9 of 18 shooting.

Ramon Sessions (CLE) – He’s been on the trading block lately, but came through with a good game, 20pts/12reb, subbing in for Mo Williams.

J.J. Hickson (CLE) – 4 points, 3 rebounds.  Thanks a lot J.J. for destroying every daily cash game tournament team I had going last night.

Baron Davis (CLE) – Yes, that says Cleveland beside his name.  Davis was traded to the Cavs for Mo Williams.  Traded to the leagues worst team just as the Clippers are starting to rise with Blake Griffin.  This has attitude problem written all over it for Davis and the Cavs.

Mo Williams (LAC) – Williams gets a huge boost in fanasy value with this move.   He’s the outside shooter that the Clippers need to offset Griffin’s inside presence.  Williams is a happy man today, and fantasy owners should be too.

Greg Monroe (DET) – Showed why he could be a big part of Detroit’s future and a great pickup in keeper leagues, 27 points, 12 rebounds.

Rodney Stuckey (DET) – Finally finding his stroke, 8 of 14 for 21 points.

Brandon Rush (IND) – Mike Dunleavy is out with a broken thumb and Rush moved into the starting lineup.  He’s worth an add if you are desperate at SG.  Paul George could also be worth a look, especially in keeper leagues.

Marcus Thornton (SAC) – Traded to the Kings and could get a look over the next month so the Kings can see just what they have for next season with Thornton.  Worth a flier in keeper leagues, but still has to compete with Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih.  He’s probably going to be a sixth man type rather than a starter.

John Wall (WAS) – This is what he can do on a decent shooting night, 21 points on 8 of 19 shooting.   Hopefully, he can get that FG% up in the mid 40′s next season.  He also had 12 assists/5rebounds.

James Harden (OKC) – I know the Thunder love Thabo Sefolosha’s defense, but they really need to get Harden into the starting lineup for his offense.  It could happen next season.

Manu Ginobili (SAS) – Ginobili  has really been fading lately and I wonder if the Spurs didn’t run him a little too hard in the first half of the season.  Look for San Antonio to start resting him every opportunity they get.  Gary Neal and George Hill are both very capable of picking up the slack.

Joakim Noah (CHI) – Great return from the thumb injury, 7 points and 16 rebounds.  The scoring will come as the thumb continues to heal.

Carlos Boozer (CHI) – Wasn’t hurt by the return of Noah, 24pts/6reb.

Jose Calderon (TOR) – 17 assists in 40 minutes of action.

Sonny Weems/James Johnson (TOR) – Johnson got the start and looks to be the favorite to start at SF for the Raptors.  Weems only got 17 minutes.  Johnson is a great add for the stretch fantasy run, especially if you need threes.

Chauncey Billups (NYK) - Great debut for Billups, 21pts/6reb/8ast.  If D’Antoni could make Felton look good, just think what he’ll do for Billups.  Look for an uptick in assists as Billups now gets to feed Melo and Amare.

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – While I was more impressed with Billups, Melo still had a pretty good showing himself, 27 points, 10 rebounds.

Sam Young/Tony Allen (MEM) – The pair started again Wednesday night and both had pretty good lines.  Young, 16pts/9reb/2stl.  Allen, 16pt/3reb/2stl.

Anthony Randolph (MIN) – Traded to the Timberwolves, but he didn’t make it into last night’s game.   He’s stuck behind Darko and Love for now, but keep him on your waiver wire watchlist.

Andrei Kirilenko (UTA) – I’m really surprised that the Deron Williams trade didn’t include the Russian Kirilenko.  There had been rumors swirling all season about him joining the Nets.  It could still happen in the offseason and would be a nice move since Williams and Kirilenko work well together.

Devin Harris (UTA) – I’m not a Devin Harris fan, but I think this trade improves his fantasy value as he’s now the man in Utah.  Expect big minutes and a clear cut, stable role, which may get his head right.

Jason Terry (DAL) – He takes a cut in fantasy value with the return of Roddy Beaubois.  Roddy got the start last night while Terry came off the bench for 27 minutes.

Joe Johnson (ATL) – From a fantasy perspective, he hasn’t been nearly worth the huge contract the Hawks gave him over the summer, 12pts/6reb.

Kirk Hinrich (ATL) – Hinrich gets a huge bump in fantasy value with a trade to Atlanta.  He’ll start at PG for the playoff bound Hawks.

Mike Bibby (WAS) – Finds himself winding down his career backing up a future all-star in John Wall.  Hopefully, he can teach Wall a few things in the last month of the season.

Marcin Gortat (PHO) – Keeps putting up double-doubles, 13pts/12reb.

Chris Kaman (LAC) – Starting to build his minutes, played 25 last night.  DeAndre Jordan’s fantasy value is fading quickly, but I’d hang on to him in keeper leagues.

Willie Green (NOR) – It looks like the Hornets are content to roll with Green, 17pts/4reb,  as their starting SG after trading away Marcus Thornton.  He should have good fantasy value the rest of the way.

Ron Artest (LAL) – A rare offensive outburst from Artest, 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting. 

Kobe Bryant (LAL) – Great game Wednesday, 37pts/9reb/6ast/3stl.

Brandon Roy (POR) – I realize the Blazers are probably looking at this year as their prime shot to make the playoffs, but bringing Roy back this soon is just such a risky move.  I hope he doesn’t end up in worse shape because of it.

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) - Continues to be an elite fantasy PF, 29pts/14reb/4stl.

Kendrick Perkins (BOS) – Out three games with a knee injury.  Luckily, it isn’t the same one he had ACL surgery on.