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After a small hubbub over Kevin Love‘s return date, the smoke has cleared a bit and tells us that he’s still targeting Sunday as his return date. I’m not sure how smoke clearing can tell anyone anything, or whether I should have gone with kerfuffle instead of hubbub, but the point is, your Anthony Randolph pickup has a shelf-life. Randolph dropped 31/11, with a little of this and a whole lotta that in 36 minutes against the Mavericks last night. The good news here is that a) it proves that Randolph is still capable of the big things fantasy owners have known he was capable of for three seasons. It suggests too that Randolph might see some playing time alongside Love both this season and most importantly next season. If Beasley can have the type of year he’s had, why not Randolph? I’d run Randolph out there for the one remaining Love-less game, then stash him as either a keeper for next season or in case Love gets shut down at any other point this season.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy basketball last night.

Baron Davis - Should return to the starting lineup tonight, but isn’t sure he’ll play many minutes. While we’re applying the word ‘should’ to things, let’s add that Dizzle probably should not return to the starting lineup this season, and definitely should not return to your fantasy roster until he shows he can play at least 25 effective minutes.

Derrick Favors - Returned to the lineup after missing a game with a bum ankle. I missed the game where Favors missed the game, which should tell you all you need to know about his fantasy value right now.

Gordon Hayward - Showed enough last night to make me think he’s ready to contribute on a more consistent basis than C.J. Miles has. Like alligators and crocodiles, the similarities between these two fill-in forwards ultimately keep me from loving either one.

David West - Left the game in a wheelchair due to a trauma in his knee. Better than drama with his knees. His two knees are such jealous bitches.

Carl Landry – 3/1 in 13 minutes last night. If West’s MRI results land him on the shelf, Landry should see about 26-36 minutes a night. That equals about a 9/3 average – hooray! Actually, he’s averaged 14/6 in 32 minutes this season as a starter, which is right about where I’d expect him to land if he makes the starting five later in the week.

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  1. do you think I should be concerned about playing two blazers (gerald n wes dog) against the spurs? Should I maybe sub in a salmons vs the knicks over wes seeing as no one on the knicks enjoys playing defense? Or maybe Dwill if he’s playing? or would you wait a game on deron see how it goes then play him?

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jeremy: Williams won’t play this weekend, so forget him. And Salmons has been mostly solid, yet slightly erratic (but DID go 22/3/3 against NY five days ago). I’d play Gerald and Salmons.

  3. Lou says:
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    have to sit one of the following tonight:

    Bosh v. Philly
    Fry v. NO
    Noah v. Mem

    Probably focusing on %’s and rebounds for the rest of the week. I’m punting blks.

  4. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Lou: Bench Frye.

  5. Larry says:
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    With Lawson sick would you roll with felton or sessions tonight?

  6. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Larry: Felton.

  7. Mike says:
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    Lawson is going to play but would you say it’s safer to go with Kaman tonight against the Lakers over Lawson against the Wizards?

  8. for tomorrow should i add teague, neal, brooks, or bibby? the goal is 3’s

  9. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Jeremy: Neal is your best bet. But none of those are particularly safe bets.

  10. @Adam,

    i want to add a SF to my rotation by dropping GHenderson, but not if Henderson is much more valuable than the SF to be added….
    choices I have are: Mbah a Moute, trevor booker, tayshaun prince, and AK47… any thoughts?

    thanks.

  11. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @hakasan: Go with Mbah a Moute, Booker, Prince, Henderson and Kirilenko in that order.

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