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Moe Harkless struck the Thunder for a career high 25 points last night and the rookie added 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks and hit 3 threes. I’ve been pushing Moe for a while now, so this performance was a long time coming. Maurice is averaging a mediocre 10.7 pts and 5.4 rebounds over the past two weeks, but what really raises my fantasy eyebrow is the 3 steals a game. Do you know where your wallet is? No? Probably because Harkless just took it. Just like that. He’s that good. In fact, Moe has 21 steals in the past 6 games alone! Hashtag cleptomanic! Nikola Vucevic sat this game, and Arron Afflalo left the game in the first quarter in some serious pain. This explains Moe’s 45 minutes, and he should get major burn and plenty of touches going forward. Harkless is available in over 20% of leagues, if your looking for a playoff push, Harkless has all the tools to fill up all a stat sheet. And the steals! *drools  Go steal him from waivers before someone else does!

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

Beno Udrih – 13 pts, 5 ast, 3 reb, 2 stl. Arron Afflalo’s  hamstring injury was one of a few fantasy-player casualties last night. It’s a tough time to lose a player, but on the bright side, with every injury, another waiver wire opportunity presents itself. In Afflalo’s case, Beno could be a beneficiary and he played 36 minutes Friday night. Udrih should be a good bet for 10-12 points a game with 4-6 assists if he manages to see 30+ minutes a night.

Tyler Hansbrough – 22 pts, 12 reb in 27 minutes. David West sat this one out with a bad back. Doctor says he needs a backiotomy. Not really though. Hansbrough got the start and Tyler has proven a capable starter (18.2 pts, 11.7 rebs in 4 games this season). West’s back continues to be an issue and Big-Ty is a great add as long as West stands to miss time.

Kenyon Martin – 19 pts, 11 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk in 36 minutes. 2003 called, they want K-Mart back! If you’re desperate for rebounds, Kenyon is averaging eight a game over the past week, but don’t expect a lot more games like this from the 35 year old.

Alan Anderson – 35 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 6 3pm. Anders blew up last night for a career high in points, including a 20-point third quarter! Rudy Gay left this one with a back injury and Toro has already said he won’t play Saturday. Uh oh. Until we know more about Rudy’s status Anderson is an instant add. That’s right. OMFG!1!! Go pick him up quick you guys!

Lebron James – 29 pts, 8 reb, 8 reb, 8 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk. And the Heat win 25 in a row. Hot dog! Lebron was about to lay down a killer dunk on poor Brandon Knight standing all alone in the lane, but Knight quickly ran to the locker room. Good move.

Al Horford – 15 pts, 17 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl, 3 blk. Bring on the playoffs! Al is obviously ready.

Devin Harris – 8 pts, 5 ast, 2 3pm. If you can deal with being consistently underwhelmed, Devin is available in most leagues and a decent-to-not-very-good option if your looking for assists on the wire.

JJ Redick – 4 pts, 3 reb (1-11 fgm) Milwaukeeans, your $40 million dollar man!

Shaun Livingston – 14 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk. I told you to BUY him last week. The stats are underwhelming but he’s seeing plenty of minutes. If there’s something much better out there I wouldn’t blame you for dropping, but there probably isn’t something much better out there.

Thomas Robinson – 15 pts, 6 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk in 22 minutes. T-Rob! Yes! Finally. Didn’t get the fantasy boost we thought he would after being traded to Houston, and he only got extra minutes Friday because of the blow out, but this was still nice to see.

Jeremy Lin – 4 pts, 6 ast. But Harvard beat New Mexico! Excelsior!

Anthony Davis – 18 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk. Yup. Starting to really look like the player we all drafted way too early. Averaging 16.4 pts, 10 reb, 1.4 blk over the past two weeks. Ask UPS, that’s what Brow can do for you.

Robin Lopez – 23 pts, 10 reb, 4 blk. Ropez is a frustrating own, which is why he’s available in over half of leagues. His past four games totals: 6 pts/2 reb, 20 pts/11 reb, 4 pts/2 reb, 4 pts/4 reb. Just like his brother. Own him if you hate yourself.

Tony Parker – 22 pts, 5 ast, 2 reb. Sacre bleu! Tony returned to start Friday night and if he’s somehow hanging out on your waiver wire you need to grab him quick. Like, Tony-Parker-in-the-lane quick.

Kawhi Leonard – 21 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk, 3 3pm. Every Spur has his days–Friday night was one of Kawhi’s.

Brendan Wright – 23 pts, 8 reb, 1 blk.  There are pieces of food in Dirk’s hobo-beard that are more exciting than these pickups but Wright’s averaging 11 pts, 6 reb over the past two weeks and could be worth a look in deeper leagues. Meanwhile, Mike James (7 pts, 6 ast) could be a deep league add for those desperate for assists, and sleep. Yawn.

Greg Stiemsma – 14 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk. The Steimsma-roller was the standout with 34 minutes as the Wolves bench got some major burn in their 31-point bashing of the lowly Suns. Dante Cunningham scored in double digits for the second game in a row and put up 18 pts, 8 reb and 2 stl in 30 minutes. So if your question was, can the Timberwolves bench beat the Suns starters, the answer is yes, by 30.

Trevor Ariza – 25 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast. Averaging 15.3 pts, 5 reb and 2.5 asts over the past 3 games. With Nene banged up and Emeka Okafor, Bradley Beal and A.J. Price out Friday, Trevor took advantage of the extra minutes and hit 7 threes in the process! Clearly, he’s still upset the Lakers didn’t resign him. Bittermuch? Still available in about half of leagues, Ariza’s a good grab if you need a bit of everything.

Kobe Bryant – 21 pts, 11 ast, 2 stl. But Mamba couldn’t stop John Wall (24 pts, 6 reb, 16 ast, 3 stl) and the Wiz pulled one out of the hat with a huge comeback and grabbed the win in the final seconds. Antawn Jamison (11 pts, 7 reb) also left this one with a wrist injury. But there is good news Lakers fans, Pau Gasol returned to the starting line up with 4 pts and 8 rebs. Pau was a bit rusty (2-10 fgm), but we ain’t mad at cha. It’s just nice to see the whole gang back together.

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

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  1. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Drop West. Add Harkless?

  2. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Never mind. Harkless was added ten hours ago by one of the teams with a bye.

    I am up 6-3 but have small leads in some of my categories and am down big in two.

    My opponent has an inferior team but has been streaming. He has eight guys in action tonight. I have four who will play and two who may not (Wilson Chandler and West). Chandler and West are both off on Sunday. I will almost certainly drop both to maximize my lineup. To hell with the second round of the playoffs. Will worry about that if I get there.

    My lineup for Sunday-
    PG- Collison
    SG- Korver
    G- Westbrook
    SF- T. Evans
    PF- Millsap
    F- ?
    C- Duncan
    C- Noah
    Util- Leonard
    Util- ?

    Bench- J. Green, M. Gasol, R. Anderson, West, W. Chandler

    For forward I am looking at Reggie Evans, Taj Gibson and Patterson. Who do you project to have the best Sunday performance?

    For the utility spot I will add best player available.

      • sn24 says:
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        @sn24: Just kidding neither are playing tomorrow. Not sure why I posted that. I’l go with Evans for F, hes been grabbing a million rebounds per game recently.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Reggie Evans has been crazy hot lately, but he can really help you in only one category. Taj is hurt so if you need more than rebounds go with Pat-Pat.

  3. Zandy says:
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    Drop JV for McRoberts or Brendan Wright?

    Harkless, Marion or Ariza?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Zandy: Not sure who JV is? Totally blanking. Van Jesely? Regardless I want Harkless of the three.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Zandy: jan vesely*

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:
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        @Blairtch: joey votto

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Blairtch: @Zandy: Sorry was confused by the question. I’d want McBob over Wright for sure. And Harkless out of Marion and Ariza

      • Zandy says:
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        @Blairtch: JV = Valanciunas haha

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup dude, long time no talk!! Anyway, I dropped Ariza a week ago for Corey Brewer.. Do you think I should switch back?? Brewer is off the hook lately but is he gonna lose all the minutes he’s been getting when Chandler comes back??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Yeah, I might switch back. Ariza is a safer bet for PT. Hold for now and see how it plays out Wednesday.

  5. Michael says:
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    Hi, I’ve clinched a playoff spot in a 12-men league and need some advice on my team.

    My team: Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Ricky Rubio, Jameer Nelson, Evan Turner, Kawhi Leonard, Tobias Harris, Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Andrei Kirilenko, and McGee.

    Notable FAs: Irving, McRoberts, Mullens, Harkless, Love, Granger, Danny Green, Marion, Dudley, Beasley, Bradley, Chalmers, Koufos.

    Which adjustments would you make? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Michael: I might drop McGee for Harkless. Moe can contribute across the board whereas McGee is really only helpful with blocks.

  6. Zandy says:
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    Given Marc Gasols injury – Ed Davis with 4 games, Valanciunas with 3 games or McRoberts with 3 games?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Zandy: Great. Now Gasol is injured? I was wondering why he had no stats tonight. I guess Noah has the night off too?

      My lead is now 5-4. I am definitely going to lose assists and will definitely win turnovers. The other seven categories are up for grabs but the other guy built a nice cushion in points and rebounds today.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Zandy: I’d go with Ed Davis.

  7. Zandy says:
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    Is Ed startAble?

    • Daniel N. says:
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      @Zandy:

      With the injury to Gasol, I’d certainly think so.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Zandy: Sure, with Z-Bo nursing an injury and Gasol out Ed should see plenty of PT and I’d say Davis is a nice start especially with his four game week. McBob would also be a good play, but I give the edge to Davis because of the extra game.

  8. Daniel N. says:
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    In a super shallow league (8 man)…I’m looking to drop Deng for: Harkless, Green, Hawes, or Henderson. It’s too damn tough to choose! Any opinions?

    I hate shallow leagues.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Daniel N.: I love me some Jeff Green (he’s got a four game week), but I think you have to go with Hawes here. Spence has been on fire lately and he’s also got the four game week.

      • Daniel N. says:
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        @Blairtch:

        Alright I did that, thanks for responding! Hawes has been absolutely on fire…he’s been doing awesome for me in my other league.

        Another question for you – am I crazy for wanting to to drop Monroe or Cousins for Harkless. Moe’s schedule is a bit better and I am a bit too thick at PG/C and those two are my “worst” players.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
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          @Daniel N.: I wouldn’t drop those guys. You may be deep at that position but Harkless isn’t going to give what they give, outside of some threes maybe. It’s not a bad thought, but you don’t want your opponents to grab one of those guys just in time for their playoff run. If your really really deep at C I would drop Hawes of those three.

          • Daniel N. says:
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            @Blairtch:
            Yeah my other Cs are Cousins, Brook Lopez, Monroe, Pekovic and Sanders. I could just keep all of them and drop Parsons for Harkless though. He’s the only other “droppable” guy I have.

            • Daniel N. says:
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              @Daniel N.:
              My PGs are Westbrook, Parker, Wall, Lillard, and Ellis.

              • Dan Pants

                Blairtch says:
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                @Daniel N.: I don’t think you need Harkless. He’s a nice pickup and all but not better than any of the players you have on your roster. I would stick with what you got.

  9. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Still up 5-4. I have a 9-8 advantage in players today. It will be 10-8 if Noah plays.

    I added Patrick Patterson and Josh McRoberts last night. I need to win the shooting categories, blocks, turnovers and three pointers made. I am down by 98 in points, 13 in assists, 30 in rebounds and about seven in steals.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Good luck. I like Westbrook and Duncan to have big games tonight.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Blairtch: Thanks. It will be really tight. My team is shooting .495. That is usually good enough to win, but my opponent is at .491. The other closest category is 3PTM. I have a 26-25 lead there.

        If I lose this matchup it will be because I did not stream on Friday night to give myself usuable players for Saturday. Then having Gasol and Noah out yesterday was huge too.

  10. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    McRoberts getting the day off for whatever reason was awful for me. Ten minutes ago I was losing 4-5. The key category is shooting pct. I was losing .498 to .498! Now I am down .495 to .498. To see the other playoff matchup with .452 and .470 is annoying.

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