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Elton Brand played 33 minutes in the Mavs/Thunder OT thriller Friday night and scored 10 points with 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and he has now double-doubled in back to back games. You’ve been Branded! EB is starting to get comfortable with his new sixth man role, and Friday’s game was his fourth in a row scoring in double-digits, including a sweet season high 20 point game last Sunday. Sir Elton is averaging 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 block over the past seven days, and he is playing well enough right now to warrant a pick up in most standard leagues. Dallas needs all the help they can get and let’s face it, so does your fantasy team. Ol’ grey Brand, he ain’t what he used to be, but he can still be helpful. He’s owned in just over half of Yahoo fantasy leagues, but that number is rising quick. I know, he may have burned you in the past, but it’s a brand new day, and hopefully a brand new Elton.

Here’s what else happened Friday night in fantasy basketball:

Kyle Lowry – 11 pts, 5 reb, 11 ast (3-11 fgm), 2 3pm. Played 36 minutes (i.e. 16 more minutes than Jose Calderon, who played well, 13 pts, 4 ast) despite the poor shooting. We’ve been telling you to BUY Lowry low (or by Low-ry) for weeks now. For those of you who have done so, you suffered through this poor shooting performance last night, but 11 assists, pretty gooood, amirite!? For those who have not bought low, now’s your chance!

Bradley Beal – 23 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk, 4 3pm. The Wiz grab the huge upset win in Denver! And the crowd goes wiiilld! B-Rad, you are the most magical of all the Wizards. Dark horse ROY, anyone? Anyone?? Expelliarmus!

John Wall – 14 pts, 12 ast, 4 reb, 2 blk. Might be too late to buy low, but Wall’s still not starting yet, so now might be the last chance you get. Wall can be a bonafide fantasy stud when healthy, just hope the other owner doesn’t know that.

Emeka Okafor – 10 pts, 7 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk. Averaging 10.7 points and 9.1 rebounds over the past two weeks. Seriously, I won’t tell anyone if you pick him up.

Ty Lawson – 29 pts, 6 ast, 2 stl, 4 3pm. The Wizards fought the Lawson, and well, the Wizards won. But nice game Ty Law, and I’m not referring to the ex-Patriot All-Pro corner back.

Jarrett Jack – 20 pts, 2 reb, 10 ast, started and played 43 minutes. Jarrett should be owned everyone while Stephen Curry is sidelined. He’s still just under 60% owned in Yahoo leagues, and if you don’t pick him up soon, well, you don’t know Jack about fantasy basketball.

Tim Duncan – 24 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk. Old reliable.

Tiago Splitter – 19 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast. Tiago is averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds over the past two weeks and as long as he’s seeing the minutes, he’s worth keeping an eye on. (Seems like all of Friday’s BUYS have started the weekend with a bang. – ed.)

Marreese Speights – 10 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl. Started for Zach Randolph, but unfortunately, with Z-Bo set to return soon, Mo doesn’t have much value outside the deepest of leagues.

Marc Gasol – 18 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk. Buenisimo! Como esta tu hermano? No bien? Que lastima…

Tony Allen – 14 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk in 37 minutes. Tony is a great “real life” player, but unfortunately that doesn’t translate to fantasy as well. However, TA’s averaging 1.8 steals over the past two weeks (if you’re into that sort of thing).

DeMarcus Cousins – 22 pts, 12 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk. DMC was the only one on his team to score in double digits. If this was your team, you’d probably have an attitude problem, too.

Devin Harris – 17 pts, 3 ast, 3 3pm. Now has 34 points over the past two games. Welcome to Devin’s Heaven. Where everyone’s an all star! Lou Williams left Friday’s game with an injury, which could mean more consistent time for Devin. He’s a hot schmotato right now and available in over 75% of Yahoo leagues.

Reggie Evans – 2 pts, 20 rebs. Twenty rebounds! TWO-OH! Why can’t I pick him up again?

Andray Blatche – 11 pts, 8 reb in 16 minutes. Played just 16 minutes and still managed to throw his fantasy owners a bone. Thanks ‘Dray.

Omer Asik – 22 pts, 12 reb, 3 blk. Omergerhd! He made 6-7 free throws!

Carlos Delfino – 17 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl. Carlos of the Fino is one of the hottest schmotatos in the league right now. He’s averaging 12.6 pts, 2.3 ast, 2.6 reb, 1.4 stl and almost 3 3pm per games over the past two weeks. Chances are he’s available in your league and that’s just del-fine-o.

James Harden – 17 pts, 5 reb, 7 ast, 1 stl, 4 blk. The Bearded One is a top 5 fantasy player right now. Before the season started, he was still coming off the bench. Funny how things change.

Nikola Vucevic – 11 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk. Don’t you wish you picked him up a month ago?

Kemba Walker – 25 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl. Kembadabing! “And the Bobcats win a thriller!” said nobody.

Ed Davis – 18 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk. Oh hello there double-double+5, always nice to see you here. Amir Johnson had a nice little game himself with 9 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl. But this night–this was was Ed Davis’ night.

Jrue Holiday – 33 pts, 14 ast, 3 stl in 46 minutes. In the immortal words of Frank the Tank, “You my boy, Jrue!”

Jared Sullinger – 7 pts, 15 reb, 1 stl. I told you to BUY him and he’s been pretty underwhelming since. So I was happy to see him beast 15 boards on Friday. He fouled out again, womp womp, and there are going to be some rough patches with the rookie, but the upside is definitely there.

Vince Carter - 29 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk. I’ve been waiting 3+ years to type the word “Vinsanity!” again.

Kevin Durant – 52 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl. You think you’re soooo good at basketball, don’t you, KD? Well you know something? Thunderstruck was terrible and you can’t act. So take that! Ha! Also, can I have your autograph?

Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap, as fantasy basketball continues next week, all week long!

  1. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats up!!! If you had a choice, who would want on your team, Kevin Martin or Jameer Nelson?

    • Tony says:
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      @Frank Lynch: both injury risks, jameer when healthy is more valuable i believe, but this year I’d go with Kmart the way things have been going… jameers GTD for sunday already and he’s about a GTD every night it seems like this yr.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Tony is right, Kevin Martin although inconsistent at times, is a lot less risky than Nelson. Obviously if you need assists, you’d want Nelson, but Martin is the man when the Thunder are winning and the Thunder are usually winning.

  2. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well i got a trade proposal and accepted and i wanna know what u think.. He’s giving me Martin, Blake griffen, and derrick Rose fir Greg Monroe, Tony Parker and T Thompson

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Its not a bad trade if you think Rose will return strong. But you need to compensate for Griffin’s FT% and Parker and Monroe are having great years. Its risky but if Rose returns to form, it could pay off big.

  3. Frank Lynch says:
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    I also have Duranton my team so i think I’d be stacked.. What u think? I hate to get Rudd of Thompson but i have to for that.. Also that’s why i asked you, Martin or Nelson cause he said eather or. So Wii would you pick?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I think it’s a high-risk, high-reward trade. If Rose can come back and dominate, it’s worthwhile but you still gave up a lot. And yeah I’d go Martin over Nelson.

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    I’m just worried about getting rid of Thompson.. I wanted to give him Okafor and glen Davis instead but do you think keeping those guys are better then giving away Thompson? I had Love but i had to drop him and i picked up Davis off the wire.. What u think?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I think if the trade is done there is no use dwelling on it now. You are now the owner of Derrick Rose, who when healthy, is one of the best players in the league hands down. You have to give up a lot to get players like him.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    yeah i know.. Thanks your right. I have to wait a couple days so it aint done yet so thats why i’m asking

  6. Travis says:
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    Who do you like better the rest of the season Griffin or J smooth?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Travis: I got to go with Josh Smith, Griffin’s FT% is too damaging.

  7. T$ says:
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    Rank these 3

    Drummond, Elton, Tiago for the rest of the season

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @T$: Elton, Drummond, Tiago

  8. Shogun says:
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    Ed Davis vs. Amir Vs. Elton?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Shogun: Ed or Amir, probably Ed.

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @ChrisV: Actually, Amir for the blocks.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Shogun: Yeah, it’s close Shogun. Honestly, I though they were the same person.

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Blairtch: They are basically Voltron.

  9. Locifer says:
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    Glen Davis for JJ Reddick in a straight trade?
    What do you all think about that?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Locifer: Who gets whom?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Locifer: Also, it seems fine, I’d lean towards Reddick I guess.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Locifer: Depends on need. If I need rebounds I want Davis, if I need 3′s I want Reddick. In a vacuum, Davis will play more and start, but Reddick’s ratios can really help you as well. Its a wash, but Davis will probably put up better numbers if only because he will play more minutes.

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