Only 5 days in and we have our first Line of the Night/Waiver Wire Line of the Night combo! Mike Dunleavy (3.33) shot too well to technically qualify as the WWLotN since we don’t like to let people get in with 70%+ FG shooting… but with 29 points, 6 threes, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals, we’re going to let the 10-12 from the field have a pass on this one. Dunleavy is only 31% owned (mostly because everyone – myself included – was out picking up Tobias Harris, who only played 13 minutes in this one). I’m going to say Dunleavy got 34 in this game because he was on fire, and because Cleveland is a fairly small team. Samuel Dalembert only got 10 minutes against them, so I think the Bucks just weren’t putting out the big guys. I used my waiver claim on Harris, so he better come through. (Let me also say, this is the awesome thing about Continuous Waivers – a new option that Yahoo added this season. I had to pick up Harris off waivers and use my waiver priority because all the players in the league are on waivers. It’s kind of the greatest thing ever. It gives everyone a chance to pick up the hot guys, and it also makes you really think about picking guys up since every time you do it drops you to the back of the waiver priority list. It’s not like there’s always someone else trying to pick up the same guy as you, but it means that if there and when there is, the waiver priority actually means something. Although I did just discover in making some changes to my team in the GMTRoto league that I’ll have to start checking on Saturday since trying to pick a guy up on Sunday means that you don’t get him until Monday… Not such a problem for a Roto league, but big time difference for H2H leagues)
Honorable Mentions: Nicolas Batum (2.61) came back from an awful game with 17 points (4 threes), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, and 2 blocks. The Blazers went into overtime against the Rockets, so that certainly helped as Batum got 44 minutes of PT. James Harden (-0.03) traded places with Batum (almost) going 8-24 from the field to end up with a mere 24 points. Harden was only #109 on the night.
Ray Allen (2.32) made 3 threes in the 4th quarter including a go-ahead bucket with 6 seconds left en route to 23 points (6 threes, 8-12 from the field), 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a Miami victory. The Lakers better get their **** together if they hope to compete with LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Allen, and Ringo. Speaking of LeBron and Bosh: Chris Bosh (2.16) was also an Honorable Mention with 40 points (15-22 from the field, 9-10 from the line) and 7 rebounds, while LeBron (2.04) was close behind with 20 points (4-4 from the line), 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2 blocks. Sorry to all the people out there in leagues with Triple-Doubles as a category.
Mo Williams (2.29) showed off what Mo Williams does with 29 points (9-13 from the field, 9-9 from the line), 9 assists, and 2 steals.
This guy would have been a good pick for leagues that count triple-doubles (you know, if you couldn’t get LeBron James): Kyle Lowry (2.22) had 28 points (4 threes), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Why does it seem like NBA teams don’t really want him? I mean, I guess for the Rockets, it worked out since I’m guessing they picked up a lot of new fans by installing Jeremy Lin at PG, but Lowry is a workhorse at least as far as stats are concerned… does that just not translate into wins?
I know I was down on O.J. Mayo (2.17) coming in to this season and for the first 2 games, I was right. Last night, though, Mayo went for 30 points (7 threes), and 6 rebounds and showed that maybe if he keeps getting 31 minutes per game, he’ll be able to pick his fantasy rank up and take it to the prom.
Maybe our Indiana expert Trevor can explain what’s going on with Paul George (2.03) and his 16 points (2 threes), 17 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. I don’t think you can argue with a line like that, cause I mean, who knew he could rebound like that? I bet people who drafted him in leagues where Double-Doubles count are very happy. Going against George, but unable to stop the Pacers assault was Marcus Thornton (1.89), who had 26 points (4 threes, 4-4 from the line), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Sacramento is now 0-3, Indiana is 2-1. No real commentary on that one… I think that’s about what we’d expect.
Finally, another double-double machine (so far): Anderson Varejao (1.72) had 20 points (10-13 from the field), and 17 rebounds.
Injury of the Night (sort of): Steve Nash has a small left leg fracture and will be out for at least a week. The Yahoo article says that the Lakers will re-evaluate him next weekend. It wasn’t as if he was playing well, so get him out of your lineups for weekly changes leagues.
Pick Up Lines: Jarrett Jack (1.46) got 31 minutes off the bench for the Warriors while Harrison Barnes only got 20 minutes on the floor. The Warriors went small against the Clippers who gave Jamal Crawford 23 minutes off the bench. Crawford is already owned in 62% of leagues (and if he keeps scoring like he has been, that number is sure to keep going up), but Jack, who had 16 points (5-8 from the field, 6-6 from the line), 6 rebounds, and 7 assists is only 30% owned.
I just picked up Danny Green (1.44) in one of my leagues after his 3rd pretty good game: 21 points (3 threes, 8-9 from the field) (35% owned). He did shoot above 70% so I’m a little skeptical, but it seems like they want him in the game in San Antonio…
I strongly considered adding Larry Sanders (1.32) in one of my leagues are his 17 point (8-9 from the field), 7 rebound, 4 block game (1% owned). It looks like with Drew Gooden not playing and Dalembert’s minutes getting squeezed that Sanders is kind of the man in Milwaukee now.
The Bobcats definitely did the right thing by letting DJ Augustin go and picking up Ramon Sessions (1.23). I feel like Sessions never gets any respect despite that he always puts up solid numbers like: 22 points (8-13 from the field, 5-5 from the line), and 5 assists (23% owned). I think he might have gotten a little bonus time since the Bobcats got blown out by the Mavericks, so for now, I’m going to say just keep an eye on him.
Alonzo Gee (1.17) also deserves a look after his 18 points (4-4 from the line), 6 assists, and 2 steals (8% owned). The Cavs have a halfway-decent starting lineup now, but the key for fantasy is that they don’t really have anyone on the bench worth putting out there for more than the minimum amount of time. That means that Gee, Varejao, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson are all going to log heavy minutes this season. Obviously Irving is already a fantasy stud, Varejao was sort of a known commodity, and people are picking up Tristan Thompson pretty quick from what I can see. That leaves Waiters and Gee and the latter is definitely the better option there.
Biggest Loser: Ersan Ilyasova (-0.99) was 1-8 from the field and 1-2 from the line to end with 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 turnover. Pretty awful for 27 minutes of basketball and certainly painful for the 94% of fantasy ballers who own him.
Bradley Beal (-0.74) is down to 71% ownership and that number will probably continue to plummet with performances like last night’s 2 points (0-5 from the field), 1 rebound, 1 assist output. Ouch.
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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