Line of the Night:/Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Let’s not get too excited about Shane Battier (1.91) winning LOTN, especially since it was by a mere 0.02 WARP points. His 1.91 comes solely from the 6 three pointers (okay, he also had 2 blocks), but on the offensive end, he went 6-7 from the field to end up with 18 points. Not exactly the kind of performance that makes you think he can achieve that sort of thing with any sort of consistency. I didn’t watch the game, but I’m sure everyone had that look that actors get in tv shows or movies when the super hot girl walks out of the dorky guy’s bedroom in the morning.
Honorable Mentions: Then there’s the guy who hooks up with super hot stat lines 3.4 times per week: LeBron James (1.89). Last night his owners got another 27 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 blocks. The only people who don’t need a cigarette after that one are the people who have Triple Doubles as a category.
In case you missed the latest episode of The Walking Dead, spoiler alert, it featured Jason Kidd (1.54) starting for the Knicks and finishing with 14 points (4 threes, 5-8 from the field), 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
Deron Williams (1.53) is only at #58 on the Player Rater so far this year, but if he continues to put together lines like: 24 points (3 threes, 9-9 from the line), and 8 assists, he’ll definitely end up as the first round pick that most people expected. I think most people expected much less from Deron’s teammate Brook Lopez (1.35), but Lopez with lines like 24 points (11-14 from the field), 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks, Lopez is actually up at #54 right now. He still can’t seem to manage an average of more than 6.x rebounds per game, but he is getting 2.6 blocks, so we’ll just have to take that. The Nets beat the Celtics despite a strong effort from Paul Pierce (1.38) with 22 points (8-12 from the field), 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. At some point, I know I’ll have to stop including Pierce in my “Old Reliable” category (in my mind), but as he sits at #13 on the Player Rater, now is not that time.
Not so reliable is JaVale McGee (1.36). After 18 points (9-12 from the field), 6 rebounds, 4 blocks he looks good, but he has not had a single double-double so far this season and is only averaging 5.9 rebounds. So far, it looks like we’re in for a repeat of exactly what we saw from him in Denver last year (which was, of course, a disappointment after watching him go for 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in Washington).
Back to the old reliables: Kawhi Leonard (1.31) is not really there yet, but he’s getting plenty of minutes and averaging 2 steals, just like last night when he had 16 points (3 threes), 9 rebounds, and 2 steals. I like the 5.4 rebounds we’re seeing from a guy who can play Guard. Is he the new Paul Pierce? Then there’s old reliable himself: Tim Duncan (1.10) with 14 points (6-10 from the field), 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Somehow those two performances (plus Stephen Jackson’s after the jump) were not enough to defeat the undefeated New York Knickerbockers (also featuring Zombie Rasheed Wallace).
After Battier’s Once-A-Year line, we have some more sensible picks…
Pick Up Lines: Andre Miller (1.57) checks in at only #119 on the Player Rater despite last night’s 19 points (7-9 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 7 assists (46% owned). Of course at #119, he’s worth owning in more than 46% of leagues, so if you’ve got a Small Ball team and he’s available, you can’t really go wrong.
Courtney Lee (1.40) played 33 minutes off the bench for Boston and put up 13 points (4-4 from the line), 9 rebounds, and 3 steals (30% owned). 30% seems high for a guy who is not even in the Top 200. I know a lot of that is because of his upside potential, but with Jason Terry continuing to start and Jeff Green soaking up minutes and Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo slated to come back soon from their injuries, I don’t see there being much room for upside potential.
Speaking of logjam at the Celtics Guard positions: Leandro Barbosa (1.02) started in place of Rondo and got 30 minutes of floor time to score 17 points (6-6 from the line), with 2 steals (3% owned). Much like Lee, that sort of thing isn’t going to happen regularly unless Rondo is out for an extended period.
Mike Miller (0.70) tried to keep up with Shane Battier, but managed only 12 points on 4 threes to go with 5 rebounds (1% owned). Miller has been in and out this year, but if he can put his right foot in and shake it all about, then he’ll be a valuable source of three pointers with pretty good efficiency and a few rebounds.
Stephen Jackson (0.62) is someone to watch in deeper leagues (5% owned). His 10 points, and 11 rebounds were his best game so far this year, but he’s getting some pretty good minutes for the Spurs and seems to be able to play pretty well in their system.
Finally, the zombified body of Rasheed Wallace (0.57) shambled around the court for 15 minutes and managed to score 10 points and grab 3 rebounds (1% owned). I don’t want to say that New York is where players go to die… but I think you could make a pretty good case. And I can’t really say anything bad about that strategy, at least not right now… since they’re the only undefeated team left.
Biggest Loser: Brandon Bass (-0.93) is 64% owned but his 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 turnover and 4-14 from the field don’t really scream out -0.93 to me… I mean, that’s a pretty bad score. That means, compared to everyone else last night, he’s practically going to lose you a category by himself… Much more painful, I would argue, is the continued inability of Ty Lawson (-0.47) to hit the backboard from 2 feet out. Okay, I don’t actually know if he did that, but the guy is shooting 38% on the year so far and managed 0 points on 0-7 from the field last night. His saving grace was 8 assists and 2 steals. He’s averaging 7.8 assists and 2.1 steals, so really, if you’ve got a Small Ball team where you don’t care about FG%, he’s kind of ideal. Sure, 12 points is pretty weak, but 7.8 and 2.1 is enough to actually give him a positive WARP score for the year despite the aforementioned 38% from the field and 54% from the line (not to mention the 2.9 turnovers).
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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