So I’m feeling a little like a savant this week, because although I’m losing week 3 so far in my pools, I did predict that Steve Blake would be a good pick up while we was 6% owned, aaaannnnd BAM! Down goes Steve Nash! I know that this is me gloating, but trust me, when you’re writing pieces about who will be hot, and who will be not, you’re gonna whiff once in a while, so savour the small victories, my Auntie Grace would always say. And speaking of savoury treats, Place your eyeballs on these potential gets and drops:
Tony Wroten PG
Michael Carter-Williams went down with an foot injury, And Tony went all “Hulk Smash!” on Houston, booking a triple double in his first career start, with a line of 18/10/11/0/1 on 7 of 18 shooting. I’m not saying he’s gonna keep these numbers up, nobody can claim that they expected this kind of production from the kid. Call me a wagon-jumper? Fair enough. But Tony has played well off the bench, and he is a great get, only owned in 7% of fantasy leagues, and will start and be productive as long as MCW is out. If you’re looking to stream a dude, this is as good a rise-from-obscuirty story as it gets.
Nate Wolters PG
Nate is on an island, with Both Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour out with injury. He hit 3 3pts, 3 dimes, 3 boards and a steal last night. I know, I know, not flashy whatsoever, but this was an off night, and the most telling stat was that he played 40 minutes. I’m predicting he will produce better numbers while the other 2 PG’s are down. Another streaming option if Wroten is already taken in your league, or you’re in need of guard depth.
I sometimes scream at the TV, when I see things transpire on Friday, and I have to wait a week until I can write about it here in the Buy/Sell. If you’ve been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know that Markieff is killing them softly. And loudly, and just about anyway he pleases. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week, averaging 19.7/6.3/2.7/2.7/.3. He is currently only owned in 64% of yahoo leagues. So you have a 1 in 3 chance that he’s still there. Go check, he is worth it.
Andrea Bargnani PF, C
Those of you, who clearly have a lot of time on your hands, who have read my earlier buy/sells, know that I said drop Andrea in week one. I did preface that first week drop list by mentioning that I only named him, because I had to name someone, and to not actually drop him, but that he looked bad in preseason. Flash forward to today, and Bargs is the only real replacement for Tyson Chandler. Bargnani posted a 20/11/2/0/1 game Wednesday night, with 2 3pts. The boards are an aberration, don’t expect more that 5-6 per going forward, but he’s only 60% owned. There you go, Mangia!
JJ Hickson PF, C
JJ got the start again, and he was Dy-no-mite!! Sorry. The sad thing is most of you gentle readers are likely too young to even understand that reference. Truthfully, he was ok, only getting 6/8/0/1/1, but he is the beneficiary of Javale MeGee going down for the count, and he’s only 41% owned. If you need boards and blocks, he’ll get you some in a pinch, and the starter for now. Timofey Mozgov, is someone you should keep an eye on as well, as he came off the bench to pot 23/9/0/0/4. Career numbers for the big Slav. JJ is supposed to keep the starters job for now, they say.
James Anderson SG, SF
James has started all year, but had a killer stat line last game: 36 points, 5 boards, 3 steals, 6 3pts, and shot 12 of 16. Hibachi! His season average is much less sexy: 10.1/3.7/1.8/1/.2. If you need scoring help, however, he is only 11% owned, and will get more burn with MCW out. Somebody’s gotta score in Philly, and it can’t just be Hawes.
John Henson PF, C
Caron Butler is injured now in Milwaukee. To go along with Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, ZaZa Pachulia, Brandon Knight, and Gary Neal. The basketball gods have spoken – they are not Bucks fans. Henson, who for some crazy reason did not start last game, still had a respectable stat line of 10/9/0/0/5. Since Caron went down in the game as well, Henson is all but guaranteed a start. And is only owned in 25% of leagues.
Steve Nash PG
The oldest active player in the league is, well, old. The official diagnosis is: bad back. Just a reminder, Steve Blake is still only 37% owned, you can go replace Nash with relative ease. He’s supposed to be out for at least 2 weeks, but don’t expect him to be any good when he gets back.
A bad end to a disappointing season. On the plus side, he won’t dominate “Shaqtin a Fool” all year again. Mozgov, and Hickson will snatch up his minutes.
Larry Sanders PF, C
He’s out for minimum 6 weeks with thumb surgery. He’s another big disappointment. Zaza and Henson will be the beneficiaries, but Pachulia is out short term at the moment as well.
Andrei Kirilenko SF, PF
Vot Da Fuckski? You used to be so beautiful, with your flowing golden locks. AK 47 was a fantasy dream. I realize that last sentence is redundant, but it makes sense. The dream is over, sadly, as Kirilenko’s back is flaring up again. He will not join the team on their west coast swing. My advice? Rub an ample amount of hot borsht, and cold vodka on the affected area, it couldn’t make it any worse.
Ok, crime fighters, I hope that this helps. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility – Steve Blake!