The last week in fantasy has been anything but slow! I have lots to get to so forgive the short analysis.
Gilbert Arenas: New team for Gil but likely the same situation with him coming off the bench in Orlando. He will have an opportunity to do a little more playmaking and also have Superman down on the blocks. Van Gundy says he is too good of a talent to not get at least 30 minutes a night. Play him as you ordinarily would. Love ‘Em.
Brandon Bass: Coach Van Gundy said he does not want to start the re-acquired Turkgolu at the 4 at least for now. Bass should be safe as a starter and with the lack of Orlando bigs should see a good portion of minutes. I think he is a solid and sneaky play while Orlando gets their rotation in order. Love ‘Em.
Aaron Brooks: AB came back to play 9 minutes on Sunday and is still very rusty. The only thing he does right now is kill the value of Kyle Lowry. His minutes will increase over the next few games but I would leave him stashed until next week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Andrew Bynum: His progress is coming along slowly but he did post a solid 16 and 7 line in his last outing in only 18 minutes. His time will increase gradually and he will move back into the starting lineup despite Odom’s all-star level play. Bynum said after Sunday’s game he felt twinges in his knee and that he felt like he couldn’t jump or get off the floor but he is going to play through it. Umm, no thank you Mr. Bynum. Leave ‘Em alone and watch his progress this week.
Will Bynum: He played like a beast on Sunday night and is surely on your waiver wire. Rodney Stuckey was a late scratch with a toe injury, and Bynum’s value is attached to the hip (or toe if you will) to Stuckey. If you have a spot he might be worth an addition but do not pick him for anybody of real value. Love ‘Em as insurance to Stuckey.
Stephen Curry: I think GSW is doing the right thing and making Curry rest his ankle. He has sprained it 4 times that I have counted already this season. Curry is trying desperately to get back in the lineup no later than Christmas. I admire the kid’s desire to play through injury but rest is what he needs. Leave ‘Em alone.
Keyon Dooling/Brandon Jennings: Apparently a MRI is forthcoming on the foot of Brandon Jennings. I am not sure where this came from but Keyon Dooling stands to benefit a great deal as the only other point guard capable player on the Bucks roster. Love ‘Em for the week.
Chris Douglas Roberts: The rotation in Milwaukee is forever changing and now it is CDR’s turn for heavy minutes. He was slowed by an eye socket injury to start the season, how bizarre. In any event he is getting heavy run and has supplanted the prince Luc Richard in the starting lineup. Love ‘Em but keep a close eye on his minutes under the very fickle Scott Skiles.
Taj Gibson: With Joakim Noah out 8-10 weeks there is no bigger benefactor than Taj Gibson. Boozer will probably play more of the centers in the league but Gibson should see a huge boost playing power forward. Gibson suffered a concussion in his first start in Noah’s absence but the team seems unconcerned. I guess it is not as bad as the one suffered by Carlos Delfino in Milwaukee 6 weeks ago. Gibson is a must add and you should Love ‘Em as long as his concussion does not become a bigger issue.
Ben Gordon: Like a vulture Gordon is circling threatening to take Rip Hamilton’s job. He has been heating up some and should not be on the wire. Love ‘Em as an addition but not yet as a starter.
Marcin Gortat: The “Polish Hammer” is the newest member of the Phoenix Suns. I am not sure where that nickname originated from but I digress. Minutes should be at a premium for him in Phoenix once he gets familiar with the system. He will play behind Robin Lopez for now but the fact that he has a better touch around the rim and can rebound with same effort as Lopez should allow him to overtake Lopez soon. Love ‘Em as a stash.
Spencer Hawes: Hawes was on quite a tear last week before running into Dwight Howard on Saturday where he had 2pts and 2rebs. Despite that dud Hawes should be picked up and given a pass for that game. After all it was Dwight Howard he was matched up against. Love ‘Em
Josh Howard: Finally making his debut last week Howard came off the bench on Saturday and had 13pts and 4rebs against the Heat. He could end up starting if Flip Saunders moves the newly acquired Lewis to power forward. Howard is worth a pick-up in all formats. Love ‘Em.
Stephen Jackson: X-rays on Captain Jack’s forearm came back negative but he claims it feels like its broken. He typically guts out all of his injuries but even if he does I think his numbers will be down this week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Linas Kleiza: Kleiza had a torrid week picking up the slack left by the absence of Sonny Weems. Yes the same Sonny Weems who stole his job earlier in the season when Kleiza went out with injury. Barganani has been battling injury as well allowing Kleiza a few extra touches but I see no reason Kleiza should not hold on to the starting nod after his play last week. Love ‘Em.
Ty Lawson/Chauncey Billups: Billups has ligament damage in his wrist but hopes to be back this week. Lawson played great basketball last week and that should give Denver the confidence they need to rest Billups until healthy, unfortunately I doubt they will. Mr. Big shot will return this week but I am not convinced he will be effective leaving the door open for Lawson to play the majority of the minutes. Love ‘Em on Lawson, leave ‘em alone Billups.
Rashard Lewis: The future can only be brighter for his statistics in Washington. Right? Owners have to hope so. I am not a fan of Lewis and I don’t think he is going to be much better in Washington overall. Leave ‘Em alone until we see how he will be used in Washington.
Mike Miller: He is self proclaimed ready for his first action of the season. He should command minutes almost immediately if he can get his legs under him. No need to start Miller just yet but Love ‘Em as a pickup.
Darko Milicic: In a center thin league I was forced to rely on Darko last week. He played well against GSW but that 2 minute outing in Portland single handily ruined my week. I think you know where I am going with this one. He said he wants to take it easy and not rush back. Once again…No thank you. Leave ‘Em alone.
Rajon Rondo: Out for the next “couple of weeks” the answer is obvious. Leave ‘Em alone.
Jason Thompson: Out for the next 2 games. He provides up and down minimal value when healthy anyway and he plays for the Kings. Leave ‘Em alone.
Martell Webster: On a team that lacks scoring punch Webster has been very efficient since his return 14.5pg, 4.5rebs, 2.5ast. He could or should join the starting lineup for the T-Wolves this week and is a great pick up for the week. Love ‘Em.
Gerald Wallace: Bad ankle and in walking boot. He is usually a warrior but I think this one is going to sideline him for most of the week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Nick Young: Young has had an amazing knack for finding minutes this season. Washington can’t seem to stay healthy and Young has been there every step of the way to benefit. With Arenas now in Orlando the door is wide open for Young to start at shooting guard for the rest of the year. I doubt he is still on the wire but if he is pick him up. Love ‘Em.
Have a great week ladies and gentleman and Happy Holidays!
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Written by Warren Shaw
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