Back again this week with Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em alone week 13. I feel like this is the injury edition as so many of the players listed are here as result of injury to themselves or others as opposed to just improved play. Let’s get to work.
Ryan Anderson: Right now Anderson is the only “Big” in Orlando playing well besides Dwight Howard of course. Scoring double digits in 5 straight games and 6 of 7, Anderson is getting minutes and worthy of play until further notice. Love ‘Em.
Michael Beasley: Beasley is bothered by a hip and ankle injury and looked like a shell of himself in the games he tried to play last week. He sat out the final two games and I doubt he plays this week despite wanting to get on the court. Leave ‘Em alone.
Carlos Boozer: Word has already come that Boozer is likely to miss the next two games with his ankle injury. Boozer and injury do not mix and this could be a problem well beyond this week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Chris Bosh: He suffered an ankle injury towards the end of the game on Saturday against the Bulls. More of that karma Lebron was tweeting about I suppose. The Heat have no reason to force the issue with Bosh and caution will surely be used by Heat ownership. Fantasy owners should do the same. Leave ‘Em alone.
Kwame Brown: DeSagna Diop is lost for the year and Nazr Mohammed has been slowed by a knee injury. Enter Kwame Brown inexplicably on another Michael Jordan roster. You would think Jordan would refuse any association with Brown, instead Jordan’s ego gets the better of him in hopes to prove he knew something was special about Kwame all along. Yeah right..take a chance on Brown if you like but he will eventually disappoint. Leave ‘Em alone unless you are really desperate.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Do you remember that 2007-2008 Miami Heat team when Dwayne Wade got injured? The one with Chris Quinn and Earl Barron starting regularly along with those perennial all-stars Blake Ahearn and Stephane Lasme? If you do then I am sorry, because I would hope I am the only one who still remembers those names. Anyway the 2010-2011 Cavaliers are quickly giving me flashbacks of that putrid Heat team. Mo Williams is battling multiple injuries and rumors are he doesn’t fancy playing for the franchise any more. Daniel Gibson could/should be back this week and could really step into a leadership role if Williams decides to miss time. Manny Harris, Christian Eyenga (hurt), and Alonzo Gee are all seeing big minutes while the Cavs fight all of their injuries. So the skinny is this; Jamison, Hickson, and Gibson Love ‘Em. Williams, Manny Harris, and Alonzo Gee leave ‘em alone but to be diligent you should keep an eye on Harris and Gee.
Danilo Gallinari: Has it been two weeks already? Apparently Gallinari practiced this weekend and is aiming for a return on Monday. Get him back in your line ups. Love ‘Em
Kevin Garnett: Those Boston Celtics do not play around and have no regard for fantasy owners. Hopefully you didn’t plug Garnett into your lineup after reports said he would return last Wednesday. Interestingly enough all signs now point to his return Monday night against the Orlando Magic. It should be ok to get him back in your lineups this week. Love ‘Em
Taj Gibson: With the news that Boozer is likely to miss the next two games and who knows how many others Gibson should finally deliver some usable lines week. Rose and Deng will pick up the bulk of the slack but Gibson is looking at about 30-35 minutes per game while Boozer is out barring something unforeseen. Love ‘Em
Rip Hamilton: DNCP has been the monger for Hamilton the last 3 games all in anticipation of the Melo trade. He desperately needs to get out of Detroit to have any value and could be added as a stash in anticipation or anti-climax depending on your take. Love ‘Em as an add and stash.
Lebron James: Not much to say here. Turned his ankle last Wednesday, missed the last two games but has reportedly improved greatly over the last 2 days. With Bosh probable to miss time this week look for Lebron to join Wade as the Heat look to right the ship after dropping 3 straight games. Love ‘Em.
O.J. Mayo: For a guy who showed so much promise it is unfortunate how he has fallen off in Memphis. He might already be on your waiver wire but if you were holding on to hope for Mayo his last 3 games should have given you incentive enough to cut the cord (4pts, 8pts, and 2pts). He is still getting over 20 minutes a night and might make for a buy low candidate if he can manage to get traded. Surprisingly nobody seems to want him. Leave ‘em alone.
Tracy McGrady: T-Mac is currently the Pistons best player. Scary as that is he has been surprisingly productive. He left his last game with a shin injury but said he could have returned and sat out for precautionary reasons. Precaution and McGrady seem to go hand in hand. I am little late to the party as his past continues to haunt my fantasy dreams but there is no denying his recent play. If you take him at his word he should be back this week. Love ‘em…if you dare.
Dirk Nowitzki: Diggler played and got ejected in his return game Saturday. That’s pretty ironic but shouldn’t have mattered as I can’t imagine anybody had him their lineups last week. The knee is still not 100% but the Mavericks are reeling without him. Dirk will fight through the pain and help your fantasy team this week. Love ‘Em.
Enjoy the full slate of games on Monday, Martin Luther King day. 13 games are on the slate starting at 1pm eastern standard time. Be sure to set your lineups early. See you next week!
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Written by Warren Shaw
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