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The Phoenix Suns have arguably the least exciting line up in the NBA on paper, but that’s not to say these nobodies, err, “role players” aren’t without some fantasy value. We’re talking door buster deals, ladies and gents! Major fantasy bargains! And it all starts at midnight in the parking lot! The first 200 people get souvenir baseball bats! Don’t miss it! Anyway, as hard as it may be to believe, Jermaine O’Neal (yes, that Jermaine O’Neal) has proven to be quite valuable over the past week. Last night, he had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. In just the past four games, Jermaine “Crazy Knees” O’Neal has totaled 27 rebounds, 5 steals, and 7 blocks, and scored at least 10 points in all four games. In addition, Markieff Morris had 19 points and 7 rebounds in his first start on Wednesday and followed that game up last night with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He played 35 minutes and also hit 2 three’s to lead Los Suns to a win. P.J. Tucker is also a name to watch, last night he played 34 minutes and scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 3pm. This is now back to back games with double digit scoring for P.J., and if this trend continues he could be worth a look. Sure, O’Neal, Morris and Tucker definitely aren’t the sexiest names on the wire but they are all logging major minutes and producing stats right now that shouldn’t be ignored, and they’re available almost everywhere. So even though Jermaine O’Neal might look like his knees are going to explode at any second if he lands on them wrong, who cares, we need rebounds!

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

Byron Mullens – 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 6 stl, 2 blk. His 38% FG percentage is almost as ugly as his Yahoo fantasy profile photo but Lord Byron still averages 12.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg and can contribute in all categories. Those six steals are definitely impressive and could certainly justify him being owned in more than 60% of leagues.

Anderson Varejao – 19 pts, 17 rebs, 3 ast, 1 stl. I feel like every year he’s underrated on draft day and every year he ends up being an absolute beast on the boards. Note to self: next year draft Wild Thing.

Dion Waiters – 25 pts, 3 rebm 5 ast, 2 stl. Waiters served up an impressive line in 37 minutes last night. With Kyrie Irving sidelined for the time being, look for Waiters to be the major contribute offensively for the Cavs. Naturally, he should be owned in all leagues right now.

Tyler Zeller – 13 pts, 9 reb. Another beneficiary of Irving’s injury, Zeller played 30 minutes last night and was finally able to get something going. If he ends up logging minutes like this consistency he could be worth a look.

Jeremy Pargo – 15 pts, 1 ast. Not nearly as impressive as his start Wednesday (28 pts, 5 ast), but he still played 39 minutes. Pargo is worth  flier while he’s starting point guard as Kyrie is on the shelf and he’s available almost everywhere.

Moe Harkless – 6 pts, 4 reb. Started for the second game in a row but played just 16 minutes. Harkless has the skills to contribute in fantasy across the board but until he’s seeing more minutes there’s nothing to see here.

Nikola Vucevic – 10 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast. Just under 60% owned in Yahoo leagues, if you need rebounds Nikola is averaging almost 10 rpg over the past 7 days. Plus, his name sounds like a Russian mobster, so pick up Vucevic if you need rebounds or he’ll break your legs.

Brook Lopez – 26 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 3 blk. Another nice game and Bropez has been doing it all lately, except the only thing you need him to do: rebound. The 6.1 rpg is a disappointment so far, I mean, what’s sadder than a center who can’t rebound? A football player that can’t throw? Tim Tebow?

Kris Humphries – 2 pts, 3 reb. I’ve heard he’s almost as infuriating to own in fantasy as he is to be married to.

Manu Ginobili – 19 pts, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk. Manu played 28 minutes off the bench as the Spurs 2007 All Stars really shined tonight. Tim Duncan had 22 pts and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker added 33 pts and 10 asts. Classic Spurs. Unfortunately, none of them were available for comment post game, because they collectively had to “lie down for a few minutes.”

Andrea Bargnani – 34 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk. Remember when you thought he was going to be the next Dirk Nowitzki? Yeah, me neither. But hey, nice game!

Andre Drummond – 13 pts, 13 rebs in 24 minutes. Andre teases me with games like this, showing us glimpses of what may one day be a reality, but until he can show some more consistency he’s remains on my watch list. Older brother (not really) Greg Monroe had 19 pts, 11 rebs and 5 asts. Something tells me in two years the Pistons could have one of the most fearsome front courts in the NBA.

Rajon Rondo – 6 pts, 8 rebs, 16 ast. He pass ball good…and the Celtics grab a huge win against the Thunder. Actually it was the 36th straight game Rondo has logged over 10 assists. Pro tip!* That will help your fantasy team. Jason Terry added 16 pts and 4 3pm and Jeff Green finally showed some life against his former team with 17 points, but I need to see more from Green before I’m ready to commit.

Kevin Martin – 3 points on 1-7 FG. Last night K-Mart couldn’t buy a bucket despite all the black Friday deals.

Serge Ibaka – 17 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk. Man, I wish I drafted this guy. And unless you own him, you probably do too.

Chandler Parsons – 31 pts, 5 rebs, 4 ast, 4 stl, 1 blk. The kid does it all, folks! Pars has been one of the biggest surprises of this young season and the 31 points was a career high, yet he’s still under 70% owned in Yahoo leagues. He should be owned everywhere by now so go do your thing, I’ll wait, and yes you should drop that other player for him.

Omer Asik – 18 pts, 14 rebs, 3 ast, 1 blk. Omergerd! I love this guy, too.

James Harden – 33 pts, 4 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk. By the beard of Harden! The Houston Rockets sure are fun to watch, especially last night when they dropped 131 points on the Knicks. Houston grabbed the W despite Carmelo Anthony‘s 37 points and 7 3pm.

Zach Randolph – 17 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl. Z-Bo was zebowing all over the Lakers last night, as the Grizz take down LA to silence any doubt that they are one of the leagues elite. Marc Gasol also outplayed his big bro handily with 14 pts, 5 reb, 8 ast and 2 blk. You’re not the boss of me anymore, bro! You’re not my dad!

Antawn Jamison – 16 pts, 7 reb, 2 3pm, 1 ast, 1 blk. I only mention him because I think this is the first time the Lakers bench has done anything all season, so yeah, naturally they lost.

Andre Iguodala- 29 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk, 3 3pm. I am going to start citing his performance in last night’s game as the reason why he is the perfect fantasy player. You da man, Dre! AI II.

Jarrett Jack – 17 pts, 4 asts, 2 stls. Golden State is without a true point guard and Jar-Jack should continue to see major minutes at point for them this season. If you are hurting for points and assists, Jarrett could be a Jack-pot.

Derrick Favors – 16 pts, 14 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk in 28 minutes off the bench. After a brief stint in the starting line up, Favors was back to coming off the bench last night with Marvin Williams (20 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast) getting the start. But after Favors’ showing last night, I’d guess he’d be back to starting in no time. The Jazz can’t hold him down much longer, I’d grab him if he’s available.

Ryan Anderson – 34 pts, 11 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk, 8 3pm. Here’s what I said about Anderson last week, “Shouldn’t Anderson be playing more than 21 minutes a night? Do it for the tall, awkward, young white boys everywhere who look up to him.” Last night? 47 minutes starting for Anthony Davis, and Anders absolutely explodes with that pretty little line you see above. Hopefully New Orleans can find major minutes for him every night.

Greivis Vasquez – 25 pts, 14 asts, 5 reb. I benched him because, of course I did. Sonovabench.

Damian Lillard – 28 pts, 4 reb, 8 ast, 4 3pm. The Omen has been quite the opposite to the city of Portland, as he’s been every been as good as the hype, if not better. Finally, Lillard has given the PDX fans something to be excited about. Maybe he should switch nicknames with Greg Oden.

Kevin Love – 24 pts, 13 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl. Welcome back, old friend.

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

  1. Fahed says:
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    I’m in a head to head league with 12 teams. original 5 stats plus FG%/FT%/3pm..should I trade Parsons and Evan Turner for Anthony Davis and Paul George. I have a core of Durant/Irving/Monroe/batum. What do you think?

    Love this blog..you guys are really freaking funny.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Fahed, I think I like Davis and George long term more than Parsons and Turner, especially in keepers. But you can’t deny what Parsons has been doing lately, and Davis is battling injuries. Tough to trade for an injured Davis when you already have Kyrie, but might be your only chance to buy low. Keeper league I’d do it, otherwise might hold for now.

      • Fahed says:
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        @Blairtch,

        I failed to mention we have 3 IR spots..so Irving/Rose are on my IR list until healthy so I am not losing a spot.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
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          @Fahed, In that case, gotta like Davis’ upside

  2. nightpandas says:
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    Drop Jamal Crawford for Parsons, Gee, or Asik? 7 team roto

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @nightpandas, Crawford has played well, but Chandler’s been better. If you need rebounds I’d go with Asik for sure.

  3. ChrisV

    ChrisV says:
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    Girl band or boy band?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @ChrisV, I choose death

  4. Moez says:
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    I traded Hibbert and Wesley Matthews for Lillard/jj.Hickson.
    If lillard is for real, almost a lock for rookie now that Davis is so brittle and can’t stay on the floor
    d00d has a summer of working out ahead of him.
    none the less..
    Watching Lillard reminds me of a young Rose who can shoot already.
    im sure a lot of ppl will disagree with the trade but I took over the team and why not
    now I have Ivring/lillard/Bynum/ Bosh or dirk for my 4th keeper.. that will be a toss up i guess now that Bosh is Bosh the Beast… il lhave to decide come end of season, im sure ill be asking u guys what u think.

    none the less, my question is
    LIzard lillard for real????
    im not even sure Irving played as well as liliard is his rookie season, I mean, Lil is winning games for them Lol

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Moez, Lillard has a far better team surrounding him than Kyrie did but yeah, for sure, Lillard is no joke.

  5. e money says:
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    Hey i’m in a head to head league where scoring system is basically like fantasy football. Not by categories so to speak. 1 point to pts, assists, rebounds, and two for steals and blocks. I’m looking to pickup for this upcoming week either markief morris or michael beasley. I know morris has been picking it up as of late but it’s hard to ignore beasley being a free agent. I’m thinking of dropping harrison barnes for one of them, or drop him and ersan ilyasova. Thoughts?

    • e money says:
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      also we receive an extra 5 points for double doubles. My team is perfect except for my small forward and powerforward, and ersan is killing me. I’m a bucks fan and skiles just doesn’t seem to like the guy in favor of sanders, udoh, and henson

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rank the bench G (one of whom will start till Nash returns): Calderon, Jack, Terry.

    If Seraphin has another good game tonight, dump Hawes for him? Or let someone else grab him and take O’Neal for his nice 4-game week instead?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Jack, Calderon, Terry (Terry for 3’s)

      And yeah, I might ride O’Neal next week while the knees are still strong

  7. Rob says:
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    So my biggest mistake so far has been drafting Bynum. Considering dropping him for Hickson (or Sanders). 12 team roto with my team in fifth.

    My team..biggest weakness rebounds

    Paul, Richardson, Hill
    T. Young, Garnett, Millsap, B. Lopez
    Gee, Terry, Vasquez, Hilario, Rubio, Bynum.

    Normally would hold but afraid Hickson won’t last.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Rob, I might hold out until Bynum’s MRI (Dec. 10) if you could, maybe drop Terry for Hickson, but I can’t blame you if you want to dump Bynum now. It doesn’t look good.

  8. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I’m in need of a PG, when do I try to get a jump on everyone else in my league and pickup Rubio? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @BringDaRuckus, Now is the time to grab rubio if you want him. If your looking for a more short term solution Jeremy Pargo is a solid option.

  9. Mr. Ballistik says:
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    I’m at 0-2-1 in a 12team H2H. Top 8 make it to the playoffs.
    My roster is as follows:

    Guards: Rondo, Rose, Lowry, Sweet Lou, JJ
    Bigs: Love, Monroe, Manimal, Crash, Beez, Jonas V, Hawes, and R Lopez

    1. Do you think its worth dropping either Hawes or Lopez to add Ilyasova?

    2. Do you think it would be unwise to drop BOTH Hawes and Lopez to add Ilyasova and Gordon? Between Love, Monroe, Manimal, and Rondo I’m fairly strong on the boards.

    • Dan Pants

      blairtch says:
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      @Mr. Ballistik, Ilyasova has been real bad, but he did start and play 30 min last night. If you think better things are ahead I wouldn’t blame you for dropping Hawes for him. I might hold onto Lopez for now while Davis is hobbled by injury.

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