Decisions decisions as is the case with just about every week in fantasy. Lets jump right into it with some quick notes and suggestions going into week 4′s edition of Love Em’ or Leave Em’ alone.
Gilbert Arenas: News broke last week that Arenas was still suffering from the foot injury that slowed him to begin the year. To his credit Arenas gutted it out and got better as the week progressed exploding for 30pts, 6rebs, 4asst, and 7 made 3 pointers in a loss to Chicago on Saturday. Wall and Blatche are both hurting and could be slowed or even miss games this week allowing Arenas to…..wait for it….WARM UP THE HIBACHI! I apologize I couldn’t help myself. Love Em’
Caron Butler: Caron is still slowed by injury and is officially day to day. Shawn Marion has been more than serviceable in Butler’s absence which makes no pressing need for Dallas to rush Butler back into service. He could play all or part of the week but I don’t see the need for you to take the risk this week. Leave Em’ alone.
Tyson Chandler: Chandler has taken hold of the starting center position in Dallas. The Mavericks have never been a team that played a lot of defense or pounded the glass. Enter
Tyson Chandler with those two skills as his speciality. He shouldn’t be on your waiver wire after a week where he averaged 11pts and 11rebs. If he is pick him up and love em’ in your lineup going forward.
DeMar Derozan: Derozan broke out last week against the Orlando Magic tallying 26pts and 7rebs. He followed that up with a 21pt and 6reb effort against the Heat. Finally showing some of the promise the Raptors drafted him for. Toronto is in desperate need of a # 2 scorer behind Bargnani…maybe Derozan can truly be that guy. A small caveat before I fully endorse DeMar. Linas Kleiza missed both games where Derozan went off that said I still would put him in your lineup until further notice. Love Em’.
Channing Frye: The Suns are hitting their stride thanks to the improving play of Nash. Robin Lopez is undergoing an MRI on his knee and Frye is the logical replacement for Lopez’s minutes. Nash seems to have a natural chemistry on the drive and kick with Frye as well as the pick and pop. Frye’s guardesque touch from outside is going to keep the Suns one of top scoring teams in the league if he can knock down his shots. He won’t grab a ton of rebounds but just enough to keep you satisfied. Depending on the length of Lopez’s injury you might have a nice 2nd center on your hands for a while. Love Em’
Jeff Green: The talented Mr. Do everything well but nothing great forward returned Sunday and then sat out the final 18 minutes of the contest. His ankle is still not 100% and even if he pushes through and plays you will get marginal production. He made a comment saying something to the effect that if it were the playoffs he would play but being that it is so early in the season there is no reason to risk further injury. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of one’s self. Leave Em’ alone.
Drew Gooden: Just when you finally punt and put this guy on waivers he springs back to life. Typical! If he is still floating on your wire or you had just benched him for anybody else who showed a pulse it is now time to give Mr. Gooden another chance. Carlos Delfino’s concussion has a lot to do with Gooden’s increased production but no matter the reason behind it Gooden has found new life. You got to roll the dice especially with Delfino still being uncertain when he will return. I don’t love anything about this but for purposes of this story Love Em’ at least for this week.
J.J. Hickson: Athletic big men who don’t rebound annoy me. It seems Byron Scott shares the same sentiment. Hickson is losing minutes to the improving health of Antwan Jamison. This sleeper pick is in a deep slumber when it comes to rebounding and I personally won’t stand for it. Leave Em’ alone.
Antwan Jamison: See above J.J. Hickson and that should tell you what you need to know about Jamison this week. The veteran was a little salty about coming off the bench to start the season but it seems he has made the best of his situation to the dismay of Hickson owners. Add the fact that Mo Williams is nursing his 2nd groin injury of the year and I think Jamison is in store for big minutes going forward. Wipe off the dust and Love Em’.
Kyle Lowry: Lowry is the kind of guard that does a little bit of everything. Think a very poor man’s Jason Kidd. With Aaron Brooks out for at least the next month the job and heavy minutes belong to Lowry. He might still be floating on your waiver wire. Do something about that immediately if he is. Plug him into your lineup and don’t look back for the next 3 weeks. You might want to shop him around if he plays particularly well, but for now. Love Em’
Mickael Pietrus: A very popular addition after knocking down 12 3’s in two games, Pietrus is a model of bad shot selection. Sure it is nice while he is making it rain but if the shot selection doesn’t catch up to him, Van Gundy’s rotation will. The Magic are in full development mode of their bench meaning on any given night somebody can get the call. This does nothing to bolster my faith in Pietrus going forward. If you have a spot to add him then by all means do so but I would wait another week before plugging him into lineups. Leave Em’ alone.
That’s all for this week. Good luck unless of course you are in a league with me then do the opposite of everything I wrote about. As a matter of fact leave me alone. Take care!
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Written by Warren Shaw
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