Hope all is well in your fantasy leagues my friends. Let’s get busy with Week 8 of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em alone.
Brandon Bass: Bass is the starting power forward in Orlando at least for now. Coach Van Gundy claims he is going to continue to change his lineup based on matchups but I still believe Bass is worth grabbing. He has been incredibly efficient all season and if he does hold on to the starting gig he could average close to a double double with high percentages. I wouldn’t start him just yet in fantasy leagues but would add him where available. Love ‘Em
Jose Calderon: A lingering foot problem has caused Calderon to miss 2 straight games. Jerryd Bayless and Leandro Barbosa have been explosive in his absence. The Toronto offense seems to be running just as efficiently as both Bayless and Barbosa are better scorers than Calderon although they lack his passing ability. I believe Calderon is fine and shouldn’t lose his job or end up in a time share just yet. That said the uncertainty of his foot this week has me wanting to Leave ‘Em alone until next week.
Baron Davis: Davis has returned to the starting lineup for the woeful Clippers. Obviously that team belongs to Blake Griffin and Davis knows and accepts that. It might be nostalgia talking but I think Davis is going to turn things around this week. He didn’t play well on Sunday in his first start back but Davis admitted that he is pressing after such a stressful and awful start. To complicate matters there is a disturbing article explaining how Clippers owner Donald Sterling is heckling Davis during the games. What a classless act Sterling continues to be. Hopefully Davis responds like a professional and delivers to spite his owner and doubters. Love ‘Em or better yet hope for him.
Glenn Davis: I don’t know if Big Baby is on your wire or not. He shouldn’t be but if he is get on your grind and pick him up. I have been slow on the uptake regarding Davis and the reality of the situation is that he plays the majority of minutes at center for the Celtics. Shaq has been playing well when healthy but only plays 22 minutes/game. Davis gets 29 minutes/game and is usually very productive. I won’t waste more time here plug him in and Love ‘Em.
Tyreke Evans: Rest is finally on the way for Tyreke and his plantar fasciitis. He is expected to miss the next 3 Sacramento games while the team is on the road. Owners can only hope that he can finally get on track after this time off. I still think he is an excellent buy low option but that’s a discussion for another article. No brainer here, Leave ‘Em alone.
Derrick Favors: The next starting power forward for the New Jersey Nets is anyone not named Troy Murphy apparently. The dictator Avery Johnson claims that he can envision Favors starting very soon especially if the losing continues in New Jersey (and it will). Favors needs to beat out Kris Humphries, which apparently is no small order under Johnson. Humphries is a nice hustle player and allegedly has Kim Kardashian gracing the Net’s crowd but is that enough to give him starter’s minutes? On a normal team no but the situation in New Jersey is anything but normal. Love Favors as an add and stash.
Francisco Garcia: With news that Evans will be out at least the next 3 games Garcia should get a boost in production and could possibly even start in Reke’s absence. I don’t trust Coach Westphal nor will I claim to have any clue as to who he might start next. Garcia is the logical choice but Luther Head, Omri Casspi, or Pooh Jeter could get the nod. Who knows? This uncertainty screams thumbs down on Garcia at least as starter this week. Leave ’Em alone but adding him with the wait and see approach is probably the most prudent thing to do.
Daniel Gibson: Reality has caught up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They quite simply are not a good team. Coach Scott has now resorted to having his bench players become the starters (and play the majority of the minutes). In steps Daniel Gibson as the starting two guard. He has been good enough to own and start for most of the season but if you weren’t starting him, this should be your sign that he is good to go. I have been most impressed with Gibson’s maturity and growth this season and he has developed into more of a play maker. There will be games, lots of them, where his minutes are limited due to the blowouts that are coming Cleveland’s way. So be wary and understand you will have a few duds every couple of games. Love ‘Em
Ryan Gomes: Gomes has been re-inserted as the starting small forward. Yipee! Gomes is too inconsistent to be relied upon. Leave ‘Em Alone.
DeAndre Jordan: When Jordan can stay out of foul trouble he is actually very productive, providing nice rebounding and block totals. He is abysmal at the free throw line and regularly air balls one of his two attempts. With Chris Kaman out another 3 weeks I like Jordan as an add. He can be started if you are in a bind at center knowing his production will be a direct result of his ability to stay out of foul trouble. Love ‘Em.
Kyle Lowry: Last week I encouraged owners of Lowry to push one more week and for the most that was the right decision. Lowry started the week off on fire but slowed down dramatically in next two. Aaron Brooks is due back soon but that is a relative term. Brooks still hasn’t practiced so I think Lowry might still have value this week again. Love ‘Em.
Jodie Meeks: Meeks can shoot it. He is getting the minutes and will be very inconsistent as he develops his game. It looks like he is going to continue to get plenty of run and although I don’t think he does enough outside of shooting 3’s he is worth an addition. Love ‘Em but don’t start him just yet.
Darko Milicic: A thigh injury is slowing down the NBA’s 2nd leading shot blocker. I can’t believe I just wrote that and it is actually true. Darko is having a career year obviously and wants to be on the floor. I might regret this but I am not ready to turn the page on his past just yet. Leave ‘Em alone
Terrence Williams: If you saw T-Will’s stats in the D-League than you already know what it is when it comes to Williams. Coach Johnson demoted Travis Outlaw to the bench last week and then decided Damion James would be the new starting small forward. James ended up breaking his foot after one start leaving the door open for T-Will you would think. NOPE…Johnson started Quinton Ross at small forward on Sunday vs. the Lakers. Madness reigns but Williams has to gain the bulk of those minutes at some point. Grab T-Will and stash him until Avery Johnson gets his life together when it comes to coaching. Love ‘Em.
That is all for now. Enjoy your week and good luck everybody.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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