Fantasy Basketball Daily News (1/09/10)

It was a night of returns Friday in the NBA with Troy Murphy, Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger, Chris Andersen, Erick Dampier and Mike Miller all getting back on the court for their teams.  Rafer Alston also made his return, but with a different team.  Eight games on the schedule for Saturday.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Carmelo Anthony missed Friday.  No word on how many more games he will miss.
  • Ty Lawson missed with a sore ankle.
  • Randy Foye is starting at PG in place of Gilbert Arenas and doing a pretty good job.  He got four stitches in his mouth last night but should be good for his next game.  Grab him if he’s still out there.
  • Rafer Alston got the start at PG for Miami and went 35 minutes.   It doesn’t seem like there is going to be a timeshare and Alston may have 35+ minutes a night all to himself.  Pick him up.  Carlos Arroyo is likely a drop, he got a DNP-CD, while Mario Chalmers only got 13 minutes.
  • Pau Gasol missed his third straight game, but he may return on Sunday.  Keep him benched until he actually sets foot on the court.
  • Erick Dampier returned after missing two games with a knee injury.  He played 25 minutes.
  • Allen Iverson had his knee drained again on Friday and he is probably out for Saturday’s game at Detroit.  He is a really tough daily start due to his inconsistency.
  • Eddie House returned from the flu but seems to have passed it to Tony Allen who was home suffering with it.
  • The Celtics are leaning hard on Paul Piece running him 43 and 41 minutes after his recent return from a knee injury.   He’s a good daily play, but could go down anytime with the excessive usage.
  • Vince Carter injured his left shoulder and exited the game in the second quarter.  He didn’t return.  J.J. Redick should get a start if Carter can’t go in his next one.
  • Mike Miller returned for Washington and got 39 minutes of action.  If you missed him, it’s probably because of the buzzcut. Get him back in your lineup, as they will need him now that Arenas is out.
  • Danny Granger returned for Indiana and went 31 minutes.  Get him back in your lineup.
  • Troy Murphy also returned for Indiana after missing 4 games with an ankle injury.
  • The Indiana PG timeshare was Earl Watson 27 minutes, A.J. Price 22 minutes.  Price was the better player in this one, but Watson has way more experience.  T.J. Ford didn’t get off the bench.
  • Chauncey Billups returned Friday from a groin injury.  He went 33 minutes.
  • Anthony Randolph went down Friday with an ankle fracture.  Early estimates are that he’s out 4-6 weeks.  Corey Maggette and Andris Biedrins should see an uptick in minutes.
  • Lester Hudson was picked up on waivers by Memphis.  Solid pickup that adds some depth to the Grizzlies.
  • Cartier Martin might the the callup from Golden State.  Put him on your watchlist if you’re in a keeper league.
  • Not sure how I missed this, but Houston’s Carl Landry and New York’s Marcus Landry are brothers.
  • Deron Williams will likely miss Saturday with his wrist problem.   Ronnie Price should get the start, but he is dealing with a shoulder problem.  Sundiata Gaines may see decent minutes, it would be interesting to see what he’s got.
  • Move Antawn Jamison up on your daily draft sheets.  Washington will lean on him heavily and you should play him while his salary is still low.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts suffered an eye injury last night, check his status before the next game.
  • Steve Blake hopes to return Sunday from pneumonia.  Given the Andre Miller/ Nate McMillan confrontation, Blake could be in line for more minutes.
  • Derek Fisher may be losing his grip on the starting PG spot in LA.  How would you even notice that Fisher had a bad game?  Fantasy owners shouldn’t have him on their teams anway.
  • Al Harrington is dealing with a strained calf.
  • Chris Andersen returned Friday and played 27 minutes.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a sore ankle and should be avoided for now in daily cash games.
  • Ryan Gomes could return to the starting five soon.  Pick him up if you need a fill in forward.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News: Arenas Suspension Edition (1/06/10)

Dwight Howard is killing me in my daily fantasy cash games at FantasySportsLive.com.  There is nothing worse than spending a big chunk of your salary budget on a good center, only to see him on the bench after the first three minutes of the game with 2 fouls.  I figured it would be his opponent, Roy Hibbert, on the bench half way through the first quarter.  It didn’t get much better from there since Howard fouled out early in what should have been a great matchup against a weak Indiana team without Foster, Hansbrough and Murphy.  And the ironic thing is that Mr. Foul himself, Roy Hibbert, managed to play 35 minutes with only 4 fouls and had a career night.   It’ll be awhile before Superman is on my daily fantasy roster again.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Ron Artest returned Tuesday and played 33 minutes.
  • Paul Gasol was out Tuesday, but Lamar Odom filled in nicely almost recording a triple double.
  • Ty Lawson suffered a sprained left ankle last night and Nene also suffered an aggravation of a previous ankle sprain.  No word yet on the availability of each for the next game.
  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Chris Anderson all missed Tuesday for Denver.
  • Erick Dampier missed Tuesday with a left knee injury.  Drew Gooden got the start and managed to grab 18 rebounds in 33 minutes.
  • Allen Iverson will be with Philadelphia for the rest of the season since his contract was guaranteed yesterday.  He’s on that downward slope though, 5 points/4assists and 7 turnover last night.
  • Brendan Haywood missed Tuesday for Washington.  Andray Blatche got the start.  Blatche was horrible on defense allowoing Samuel Dalembert to put up 20 points and 20 rebounds. 
  • Thaddeus Young is really slumping lately and his minutes have been cut to around 20-25 over the last 5 games.  No word of any injury, but avoid him for awhile until his breaks out of it.
  • Blake Griffin is scheduled to return January 20.  I hope they let him fully heal, it would be a shame to pull an Oden by rushing him back.
  • New Jersey bought out Rafer Alston.  Miami is rumored to have an interest in bringing him in to play PG after he clears waivers.
  • Chris Quinn was traded to New Jersey for a second round draft pick.  Seems like the Alston/Quinn combination of transactions was some creative moves to make the trade fit.
  • Deron Williams is a gametime decision Wednesday.  Utah signed Sundiata Gaines, so maybe that’s a clue that Williams probably won’t play.  Ronnie Price will likely get the start if Williams can’t go.   Bet they wish they had Eric Maynor back.
  • Jose Calderon should return Wednesday, but won’t start.
  • Paul Pierce says he’ll play Weddnesdy, Rajon Rondo is less certain and is listed as questionable.
  • Kendrick Perkins is likely out Wednesday with the flu.   Eddie House will also be out with the flu.
  • Jermaine O’Neal is questionable Wednesday with a hip injury.
  • Start grabbing any speculative picks on the Wizards, especially Randy Foye and Andray Blatche.  I see a complete demolition of the team coming soon.  Also, keep an eye on guys who might get traded to the Wizards.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News (1/04/10)

Just saw Jay-Z’s latest video, ‘On To The Next One’, courtesy of Dime Magazine.   Love Jay-Z, but Blueprint III feels like he just showed up at the studio, spent 15 minutes laying down lines over canned tracks and then cut out because he had something better to do elsewhere.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still better than most, kind of like a hurt Kobe is better than most, but it isn’t quite as good as it could be.  Maybe the next one will be a better effort.  Four games on the fantasy schedule tonight.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Ron Artest has been cleared to return to full contact practice.
  • Jose Calderon should return Wendesday at Orlando.
  • Hedo Turkoglu missed Sunday with the flu.  Antoine Wright got the start.
  • Pau Gasol strained his left hamstring in the first quarter and didn’t return.  It cost me one of my daily cash games.  Lamar Odom could get the start if Gasol can’t go in his next one.
  • Erick Dampier missed Sunday with a knee problem.
  • Chris Andersen sprained and ankle Sunday and left in the second quarter.  He didn’t return.
  • Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony both missed Sunday.  Ty Lawson had a great game filling in for Billups.
  • Will Bynum will miss at least two more games.
  • Vince Carter practices Monday and should play on Tuesday.
  • Mike Miller practiced and should be back soon.
  • Jermaine O’Neal is questionable Monday with a hip problem.  Check his gametime status.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News (1/03/10)

I’m worried about Kevin Garnett.  This is how his knee problems started last season and this is also just how the Celtics handled the secrecy of the injury last season.  He missed a couple of weeks, came back and tried to play and then shut it down for good.  Let’s hope that pattern doesn’t repeat this season.   I don’t own Garnett in any of my leagues because of his previous injury, but I’d recommend trying to move him if you can take advantage of another owner who values the name more than the current Garnett ability.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Troy Murphy, Jeff Foster and Tyler Hansbrough will all miss Sunday for Indiana.   Look for Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert to get starts.  If Hibbert can stay out of foul trouble, he could have a nice game against the Knicks.
  • Chauncey Billups is a gametime decision Sunday.  Ty Lawson got the start for him on Saturday and put up a nice line.  Even though quality PGs are thin, I’d still avoid him today.  Tony Parker makes a good play against Toronto instead - and his salary is much lower than Billups’.
  • Carmelo Anthony missed Saturday with a sore knee and he’s a gametime decision for Sunday.
  • Steve Blake will miss about a week with pneumonia.  Jerryd Bayless picked up the slack for him on Saturday, collecting 40 minutes of action.  Andre Miller also go some extra run with 44 minutes.
  • Tyreke Evans was able to return Saturday logging 38 minutes.  Donte Greene moved back to the bench.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge will likely miss Monday and return on Tuesday.
  • Andris Biedrins looks terrible.  He only got 21 minutes Saturday and I’d recommend keeping him benched for now.
  • Vince Carter suffered an ankle injury on Saturday.  Not sure of the severity, so check it for his next game.
  • Put Sam Young on your watch list if you are in a keeper league.  If Rudy Gay gets traded, Young could step in and produce.  He got 20 minutes in garbage time on Saturday, putting up 22 points.
  • Michael Redd played 43 minutes Saturday, scoring 27 points.  Not sure why he is still pushing the knee for so many minutes.  He has some good games, but is just too inconsistent to use in daily cash games.
  • Peja Stojakovic is in a huge shooting slump right now.  Avoid him.
  • Matt Barnes is producing since being moved into the starting lineup.  He could keep the spot for awhile and makes a good short term pickup if you need a sub.
  • Tyrus Thomas got 15 minutes and Joakim Noah got 18 minutes Saturday.  Taj Gibson got 33 minutes and Brad Miller got 30.  Keep an eye on this situation to see how it develops.
  • T.J. Ford has been kicked completely out of the rotation.  Earl Watson will start while A.J. Price moves into the primary backup role.
  • Luther Head continues to start for Indiana.  Give him a look if you need 3′s.
  • Kevin Garnett is likely to miss 10 more days with his knee problem.  This is how it started last time with Garnett’s knees.  Might be a good time to dump him if you can take advantage of the name recognition.
  • Delonte West pulled himself from Saturday’s game.  I had been plugging Delonte in as a cheap SG in daily salary cap cash games, but it looks like he is starting to have problems again.  Avoid him for now.
  • Trivia:  Who leads the NBA in the +/- category?  Anderson Varejao.

Fantasy Basketball Daily News (1/02/10)

Damn, more snow today with a high of 20 degrees.   Where is the global warming?  Can I get some global warming over here?  What a scam that environmental ‘crisis’ turned out to be.  At least we have 12 NBA games going tonight.  Cavs/Nets starts at 1:00 EST, so get your rosters in early.

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Fantasy Basketball Player News and Notes:

  • Spencer Hawes finally showed up to play, putting up 30 points, 11 rebounds against the Lakers.  It was a nice surprise for my GiveMeTheRock.com keeper league team.  Hawes bought himself another week on the squad.
  • Tyreke Evans missed another game, Donte Greene got the start but didn’t do much with it scoring 8 points in 30 minutes.  Evans says he’ll be ready to go Saturday, but I’m not betting on him.  Keep him benched.
  • Ron Artest missed Friday, but should be back early next week.  Lamar Odom got the start for Artest and had a great game, 20 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Matt Barnes has moved into the starting five for Orlando, sending Mickael Pietrus to the bench. 
  • Jonny Flynn got 33 minutes Friday, Ramon Sessions got 15.
  • Nate Robinson finally got off the bench and responded with 41 points in 38 minutes.  Give him a few games to see if he is going to get consistent time before using him in daily cash games.
  • Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo will all miss on Saturday.  J.R. Giddens, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen should get starts.  Kendrick Perkins might be able to have a big game since he will likely be on the court for heavy minutes against a weak rebounding Andrea Bargnani.  Look for Ray Allen to bomb away from three point land all night.
  • Portland can’t catch a break.  Steve Blake will miss a few games with pneumonia.  Andre Miller should get heavy minutes and Jerryd Bayless may see extra time as well. LaMarcus Aldridge is also doubtful Saturday with a left ankle injury.
  • Jose Calderon hopes to return Wednesday against Orlando.