It’s been a somewhat quiet week but there is always something going on. News broke on Sunday that Pacer’s coach Jim O’brien was fired, just two weeks after being given the dreaded vote of confidence by Larry Bird. Let’s take a look at week 15 of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em alone.
Gilbert Arenas: I would assume that owners have him firmly planted on their benches and the news out of Orlando is his arthritic knee is flaring up. He missed Sunday’s game against the Cavs. I can hear the collective sighs of frustration everywhere. If you have been debating whether or not to waive him this might be your neon sign. Leave ‘Em Alone.
Randy Foye: By now it should be too late to scoop Foye off of waivers but you should check just to be sure. Somehow I forgot to mention him last week when discussing Eric Gordon’s injury but that was because Gordon’s injury turned out to be serious after lineups were set. C’est la vie. Foye has averaged 18.6pts , 3ast, with 8 made 3’s last week. Love ‘Em.
Daniel Gibson: Gibson just can’t stay healthy. He left Sunday’s game with the same quad injury that has plagued him recently. The game was out of hand so there was no need for him to return. To make matters somewhat worse Coach Byron Scott decided he prefers Gibson coming off the bench and is opting to start Manny Harris instead. Um OK? Leave Gibson alone this week unless we get late word about his injury being minor.
James Harden: Harden is getting spot starts with Thabo Sefolosha out but isn’t doing much with the time. He is in a terrible funk and can’t be trusted. Sefolosha should return this week anyway. Leave ‘Em Alone.
Manny Harris: Somehow someway he has wrestled the starting gig from Daniel Gibson. With injuries ravaging the Cavalier roster attrition should call your attention to picking Harris up. I don’t trust him enough to insert him into lineups but with Gibson questionable this might be the only time you can play him. Love ‘Em as a pickup and stash unless you are in a bind at guard, then this would be the week to play him.
The Indiana Pacers: With the firing of Coach Jim O’brien the Pacers lineup could be in store for some changes. I have no idea what style interim coach Frank Vogel will implement but Roy Hibbert, and Darren Collison owners should rejoice as O’brien was clearly holding them both back. Mike Dunleavy has been hot as of late and might stay locked and loaded for fantasy lineups going forth. Rookie Paul George who has a very similar skill set to Granger might also get more minutes going forward. George is worth an add and Dunleavy should be plugged into lineups with confidence. Love ‘Em.
Brandon Jennings: Jennings returned on Saturday and it might take a while for him to get back up to the speed his owners are used to. The Bucks play four times this week with a track meet in Golden State looming on Thursday. If I had other options I would leave Jennings alone this week but I think this is a real toss up depending on your lineup. I wouldn’t blame anybody for playing him.
Greg Monroe: The future is bright for Monroe and after some average lines recently he exploded on Sunday for 15pts, 17rebs, 2stl, and 2ast. This was done against the up-tempo New York Knicks and might be the best game he has all year. That said he is a talent and should be owned in your league. Started? That’s another question. Love ‘Em.
Anthony Morrow: Morrow is finally getting into a groove after returning from his hamstring injury. The Nets are still terrible and lack offense so Morrow should continue to get regular minutes as he has avoided the Little General’s doghouse thus far. Love ‘Em.
Timothy Mozgov: So after receiving 15 DNCPs in the last 17 games and tallying 8 minutes in the two games he did play, Mozgov got 40 minutes of action on Sunday. The Knicks were short handed against the miniscule big men of the Detroit Pistons and gave Mozgov a shot. To his credit he responded with a line that will be sure to get him scooped up off the wire. 23pts and 15rebs on 9-15 shooting. Say what? The Knicks have struggled as of late and maybe D’Antoni will be willing to give Mozgov more burn after this showing. Start him? That’s a big NEGATIVE but picking up off the wire seems to make sense for now. Love ‘Em as a pickup.
Rodney Stuckey: Stuckey has sat out the last two games with his shoulder injury. He is listed as day to day but I think he will be back this week. Go ahead and get him in your lineup this week. Love ‘Em.
Marcus Thornton: Dare I say it appears Thornton is out of the Monty Williams doghouse for good? The Hornets have been hot winning 10 of their last 12 and Thornton’s play off the bench has been a large part of that success. He is probably floating on your waiver wire as he hasn’t been overwhelming with his numbers but the minutes are there. He double doubled Sunday against the Suns with 10pts, 10rebs, and 4ast. Love ‘Em as a pickup.
Earl Watson: He had a great game on Friday 10pts and 13ast with Deron Williams out of the lineup. As I write this he is playing well against Golden State with 8pts, 4ast, 3rebs at the half. Williams reportedly wanted to play Sunday but Utah rested him anyway. So Watson’s run albeit a successful one will be short lived. Leave ‘Em alone.
That’s a wrap for now. Good luck in week 15 everybody.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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