Happy New Year! Another week down and more players down opening up opportunities for some waiver wire talent to be added to your roster as well as players already owned who should get a boost. Let’s get to work.
Ryan Anderson/Brandon Bass: Bass is suddenly contemplating surgery on his knee. Apparently he injured it last Thursday against the Knicks. Ryan Anderson has been playing well since returning 2 weeks ago. He is a surprisingly adequate rebounder and is known for his range and 3pt shooting ability. Anderson can be added for insurance but no definitive word has been made on the status of Bass.
Andrea Bargnani: Still struggling with a calf injury Bargnani has missed 4 straight games and was questionable again this week. Word has just come in that he is probable for Tuesday game so I have to change my original prognosis. Even if he doesn’t play Tuesday it seems like he will be back this week. Love ‘Em.
Darren Collison: Without question Collison has been one of the biggest disappointments of the fantasy season thus far. Experts and non-experts all predicted big things from Collison and he has left us all standing at the altar waiting for his production. Over the last two games he has averaged 20pts, 6ast, 4.5rebs while shooting over 50% from the floor. He has been waived in a few leagues out of sheer disgust and if you were debating if you should pick him up I think the last two games should have your mind made up. I am not saying he is going to be consistent but wouldn’t you rather take a chance on him than say an Earl Boykins or some other guard on your wire? Love ‘Em.
Joey Dorsey: In case you were wondering he is the back-up center for the Toronto Raptors. He is really a power forward and is known for his defense and rebounding. I mentioned him a few weeks ago and probably should have gotten these pleasantries out of the way then. Click here for his profile. Anyway, Dorsey has emerged as the starting center in the absence of Andrea Bargnani. He is not adept at scoring but he will rebound and block shots with a couple of put-backs on the offensive glass. If you are in a bind at center you should Love ‘Em for the week.
Landry Fields: He has been slumping and owners are quickly forgetting some of the stellar lines he posted early in the year. If he was dumped in your league he can be added and stashed in the meanwhile till he gets his act back together. That could come this week if the below mentioned Danilo Gallinari misses any time. Love Fields as an addition and he can be played if we get word on Danilo before line ups need to be set in weekly leagues.
Danilo Gallinari: There is nothing more frustrating for a fantasy owner than lack of information going into the week. Gallinari apparently sprained his knee when Brandon Rush of the Pacers shoulder blocked Gallo’s left knee on a drive to the basket. Gallo is questionable for his next game and possibly the week. Questionable does not mean out and owners are left to gamble. If you saw it happen it didn’t look good but I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn express last night so I am not an expert. Better safe than sorry and I would Leave ‘Em alone as we await results of an MRI.
Marcin Gortat: Gortat has become the center of choice in the land of the Sun as he has gotten over 30 minutes in 3 straight games. Robin Lopez is the starter in name only and Gortat is clearly the guy to own. I think we all saw this coming. If you own Gortat I think he can safely be started and if he is on waivers scoop him up. Love ‘Em
The Dallas Mavericks: So in short 40% of the Mavs starting rotation is hurt, that is really short when you realize 40% equates to two people. Caron Butler might have a torn patella tendon in his knee and his season is in jeopardy (my condolences if you own him) just as he was starting to turn the corner this season. Dirk is technically day to day his knee injury as well and the Mavs are suddenly the Boston Celtics of the West struggling to keep their veterans in the lineup and remain near the top of the conference. So here is the skinny. Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler should be the biggest beneficiaries and should all be deployed with confidence. DeShawn Stevenson and Jose Juan Barea are worth looks and both posted nice lines in alternate games last week but I don’t think they are worthy of additions yet. Stevenson who was already starting might be worth keeping an eye on.
Brad Miller/Jordan Hill: Houston bigs are starting to be as unlucky as Portland bigs. Chuck Hayes is now out 4-6 weeks opening the door for Brad Miller and Jordan Hill. Miller is an exceptional passer and has good range on his jumper for a big man but the clock is ticking on his career. Jordan Hill is the guy Houston needs to develop and this is a perfect opportunity with Yao out for the year and Hayes gone for the next month and a half. These two guys probably split time, but Miller is the most ready to produce semi-consistently.
Mickael Pietrus: Largely considered a throw-in in the Orlando and Phoenix trade, Pietrus is suddenly the starting power forward. What will they think of next in Phoenix? Pietrus will hit 3’s and he will defend picking up a few steals and blocks along the way. If these are stats that you can use then Love ‘Em.
Andres Nocioni: “Noch” will be filling in for Iguodala who is suffering from the same achilles injury that sidelined him earlier in the season. Nocioni posted soild lines last week averaging 13.7pts, and 7.3rebs in about 30 minutes. He should continue that production for the next week while Iguodala continues to be out. Love ‘Em.
Rajon Rondo: He returned on Sunday with less than spectacular results. I watched him closely and he is not 100% but as long as he is out there you but there isn’t much question if you should be playing him or not. Love ‘Em and hope nothing else goes wrong.
Ramon Sessions: Sessions is the new Nick Young. Just when you think he is not worth owning somebody else goes down on his team. Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson are both ailing, although Williams returned on Sunday. Sessions deserves to be owned and can be started if there is a less attractive option on your team. Love ‘Em as an addition more than a starter.
Evan Turner: He is getting minutes now that Iguodala is out and he produced nicely last week depending on your definition of the word. I don’t trust him but he is worth a stash just in case.
Gerald Wallace: Crash lived up to his nickname and landed badly on his already injured left leg in practice last week. Details are sketchy and he was helped off the court by teammates leaving his status for this week very much up in the air. G-Dub is as tough as they come but I think there is almost no chance he plays this week and we need more information ASAP. Leave ‘Em alone.
Good luck this week everybody, catch you next time.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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