I hope everybody had a good week. I have definitely had better from a fantasy standpoint but the time for sulking does not exist. Onward we go towards week 22 of Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em alone.
Mike Bibby: If for some reason you were playing Mario Chalmers here is your replacement. Bibby might knock down a couple of extra 3’s while Chalmers misses the next two weeks but I wouldn’t bother with him. Bibby is more likely to play a “Derek Fisher” type role as a starter with Miami. Leave ‘Em alone.
Andray Blatche/Trevor Booker: Blatche is nearing a return from his strained shoulder but the exact date of that return is still very much in question. Trevor Booker has picked up the slack averaging 12.7pts, 9.5rebs, on 55% shooting this week. One of those games was a 2pt and 4 reb performance in which the Wizards got blown out so the numbers could have been even better. I like Booker this week and don’t trust Blatche to come back and be effective if he comes back at all.
Jordan Crawford: More from the wounded Wizards. Jordan Crawford has had the opportunity to shine with Nick Young dealing with a sore knee. 21.2pts, 3.7ast, and 3rebs were his averages in 4 games this week. I think he has earned some serious playing time even if volume shooter Nick Young returns. Love ‘Em.
Samuel Dalembert: Sammy lost his mind this past week playing the best basketball of his life. Unfortunately in one of my leagues he was picked up and used against me to the tune of 18.7pts, 12rebs, 1.7blks. Needless to say I caught a “L” thanks to that. Don’t let it happen to you. Make sure he is not available. Love ‘Em.
Baron Davis: Still grieving the loss of his grandmother and now has back spasms. Leave ‘Em alone. Ramon Sessions lives on.
Toney Douglas: Douglas had an absolutely torrid week. It looks like the Knicks are going to implore a 3 guard rotation for the rest of their games, although they aren’t exactly winning with that philosophy. Douglas owners should care not as he averaged 18.2pts, 6.7ast, and made 18 threes in the 4 games the Knicks played this week. Love ‘Em.
Tyreke Evans: Reke is rumored to be making a return towards the end of the week. If that is the case Marcus Thornton owners should be a bit bummed. Evans can’t be used this week if he does return and it only complicates the situation in Sacramento further. Leave ‘Em alone.
Eric Gordon: Back from his wrist injury and ready to reward owners who have been waiting on him. Love ‘Em.
Jordan Farmar: After his 10pt, 17ast,and 4reb peformance on Sunday that clicking sound you hear is owners frantically searching for Farmer’s availability on waiver wires everywhere. Hopefully you grabbed him early, I know I am glad I did especially being a Deron Williams owner in multiple leagues. Williams has not definitively been shut down but he is expected to miss at least the next two games. Farmar is a must own. Love ‘Em.
Channing Frye: He returned from his shoulder injury about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and didn’t skip a beat. He is in a nice groove scoring 19 and 17 in two games over the weekend. The 3′s are there as well. Love ‘Em.
Stephen Jackson: The Bobcats are vying for a playoff spot and Captain Jack is the straw the stirs Charlotte’s drink. Even with a gimpy hamstring look for Jackson to play this week. Love ‘Em.
Courtney Lee/Chase Budinger: Budinger turned his ankle in the early going on Sunday’s game. The severity of the injury is unknown and owners can’t take risks this late in the season. Courtney Lee logged 40 minutes with Budinger out but only produced 8 points on 2-9 shooting. Lee is worth scooping up while the we await the news on Budinger but owners should leave ‘em both alone.
Kevin Love/ Anthony Randolph: The double double machine (Love) left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. Anthony Randolph showed signs of life in Love’s absence with 14pts and 4 rebs. He also managed 7 turnovers in the 24 minutes he was out there further proving how much of risk he really is. I am torn on this as I would think Love would play if at all possible but there just isn’t enough information yet. I reluctantly advise to Leave ‘Em alone. As far as Randolph add and stash.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: He isn’t the most exciting player to own but he usually produces two solid lines per week that can be useful for owners. Check him out if you are short at forward and need a stop gap for the week.
Paul Milsap: Back with a vengeance after missing 5 games, Milsap delivered 35pts, 10rebs, 4ast, and 3blks against Houston on Sunday night. Chi-ching! Love ‘Em.
Rajon Rondo: He is clearly playing hurt and has been awful over his last 5 games. The Celtics are still tinkering with their new parts and exploring different rotations with Rondo. Owners have no choice but to ride out this cold spell. Plug him in as you usually would and cross your fingers.
Luis Scola/Patrick Patterson: Scola came back on Sunday as well after a 5 game absence. He played 20 minutes but was not in the lineup for much of the 4th quarter as Houston scrambled to hold of Utah. Instead it was the ever improving Patrick Patterson, who tallied his 3rd straight double double, in the Houston lineup when it was closing time. I think they both have value going forward, with Scola still the obvious starter. This week should give us some insight as to how Houston is going to move forward (no pun intended). For now Scola should probably be put back into your lineup and Patterson should be added and stashed.
Ekpe Udoh: Andris Biedrins might be shut down for the year clearing the way for Udoh to start. I am not sure you should be excited Udoh though. He is as athletic as they come but is as raw as sushi on the offensive end. Couple that with the fact that the Warriors just don’t look for players on the post and I don’t see the point in even adding Udoh yet. The Warriors could potentially slide Lee to the center and give more minutes to guys like Vladimir Radmanovic, or Al Thornton. I think you know where I am going with this leave Udoh alone as a starter but you can pick him up to see how it develops if your interested. (His picture is to the left for those unfamiliar)
Deron Williams: As mentioned before he has been ruled out of the first two games New Jersey plays this week. He could potentially play on Friday but could also be shut down, or given the entire week off. I am not playing with that fire. Leave ‘Em alone.
In closing be careful with any San Antonio Spurs you own. Coach Pop said he is going to start resting his players randomly. Tim Duncan got an unexpected night off on Saturday and who knows which Spur if not multiple ones will be next. Good luck this week as always!
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Written by Warren Shaw
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