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Kevin Garnett sat out Friday night (DNP – old and tired) and  Jeff Green finally got his chance to start. Doing the best KG impression he could muster, he tore up Los Suns with a season-high 31 points and added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks. Oh, hello there! What did you say your name was? I don’t believe we’ve met. They traded you for who–Kendrick Perkins!? Pffft! If we step into the Razzball DeLorean back to several weeks ago, let’s see what I said about Jeff: “I don’t think we’ll see the real Jeff Green until he gets his chance to start…If he can ever put it all together he’s got all the tools to be a fantasy stud.” And that’s me quoting me! Green shot a fantastical 11-of-14 from the field, scored 15 in the first half alone and even hit 3 shots from downtown. If you haven’t picked him up yet you should go pick him up now, he’s still available in about a third of yahoo leagues but that number will shoot up over the weekend, especially with the Celtics fans clamoring for Doc Rivers to start Green on a day-to-day basis.  Jeff is averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 3pm and 1.5 blk in the past 7 days, and after last night’s performance, is worth adding in all standard leagues if you’re feeling lucky.

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

Jordan Crawford – 10 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 3pm in 15 minutes. Pretty sweet debut in green for Jordan too, but note that Garnett sat this game out and the Celtics blew out the Suns by 25. Probably won’t see enough minutes to be a consistent option but worth a look in deeper leagues for those in need of threes.

Isaiah Thomas – 30 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast in 37 minutes. Coach Smart commented post game that IT2 played “OK.” Sheesh, with a coach that tough to please no wonder this team has no motivation. Lil’ Zeke is averaging 18.5 pts, 3.8 asts in the past two weeks, unfortunately the rest of the Kings are already packed and moved to Seattle, except for DeMarcus Cousins (26 pts, 13 reb) who already lives on another planet.

Deshawn Stevenson – 17 pts, 5 3pm, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl.  Stole Kyle Korver’s secret vintage game-worn Jordan’s from his locker and shot the lights out. (Spoiler: they are magic sneakers.)

Josh Smith – 18 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk. Do you see what you’re missing Milwaukee!? Your loss!

Carlos Delfino – 22 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl. Carlos of the Fino got the start last night at PF and put up this killer line. Don’t run to the WW yet though. Unfortunately, The Rox still anxiously await their newly acquired toy Thomas Robinson. JB told you to BUY Robinson so T-Rob could take most of the minutes as soon as he arrives, but Delfino should still be able to see 25-30 minutes a night even if he doesn’t continue to start. I think Carlos is worth a flier either way.

Brook Lopez – 27 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk. Yaaawn. Come on, Bropez. Call me when you get 5 more rebounds and a couple more blocks. #centerswhodontrebound

James Harden – 22 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 4 3pm. Another player the Thunder traded for Kendrick Perkins (sort of). Kevin Martin is nice and all, but this guy? C’mon. Harden is one of the most exciting players in the league. And I would have said that even before he scored 46 points on Wednesday. Also, I am kind of in love with him.

Viacheslav Kravtsov – 14 pts, 10 reb. Type that 3 times fast. Or just once even. Yikes. VK played 29 minutes, more than anyone else on the team. How wild is that! No, I wouldn’t pick him up, and no I can’t pronounce his name, but I did get a post game quote, “I vill crush you.” Thanks Viacheslav, you sound just like Ivan Drago in my head.

Kemba Walker – 27 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 4 3pm. Kemba finally puts it all together–and the Bobcats lose by 30!

Bismack Biyombo – 7 pts, 12 reb, 3 blk. The other bright spot on the B-Cats last night, the best name in basketball is averaging 9 rebs and 2 blks a game in the past two weeks. The Bissy-Biy is doing work!

Bradley Beal – 17 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk, 2 3pm. JB told you to BUY him and B-Rad is averaging 25 pts, 4 reb, and 3 3pm a game over the past week. *Pro tip* that will help your fantasy team!

Martell Webster – 15 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 3 3pm. The healthy return of Beal has hurt his value a bit but he’s still producing some decent stats and seeing plenty of minutes to be worth a look.

Emeka Okafor- 17 pts, 13 reb. Emeking me crazy! Okafor is averaging 15.4 pts, 10.3 rebs over the past 4 games. Okie for me, if its Okie for you.

Ty Lawson – 27 pts, 12 ast, 4 reb. It was the night for the point guard for Denver last night as Andre Miller also had 19 pts, 7 ast, 4 reb, 3 stl. Unfortunately, no one else on Denver decided to show up and they got beat by the lowly Wizards. Do you believe in magic?

Rudy Gay – 32 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl. I think someone really likes the Great White North, aye! Must be the french fries and gravy!

Kyle Lowry – 15 pts, 7 ast, 2 reb, 1 stl, 4 3pm. I think someone really likes his new teammate!

Jonas Valaciunas – 3 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk in 21 minutes. His name is Jonaaaaas. And like any rookie, there are gonna be some woes. However, if you can take the bad with the good, the rebounds and blocks will be there.

Moe Harkless – 19 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk, 1 3pm in 32 minutes. Harkless the Orlando Magic Stink! Moe is the prime beneficiary of the JJ Redick trade and should see plenty of minutes now that the Magic have no players left. Moe is just 13% owned right now and averaging 17.5 pts, 7 reb, and 1 ast/stl/blk over the past week and should be picked up everywhere as he has the skills to fill up the stat sheet. With 46 minutes last night, expect the rookie to log major minutes going forward. He’s your Pickup of the Week! So go pick him up!

Andrew Nicholson – 14 pts, 2 blk. Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2012-13 Orlando Magic! Sigh. Nicholson is worth a look as long as he’s playing, and he will play.

E’Twaun Moore – 12 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl. Not quite done yet, still mining fantasy gold from the ruins of the Magic. With Jameer Nelson sidelined more often than not, Moore should see the majority of time at point (sharing time with Beno Udrih). Those in need of assists and points would be wise to keep an E’ye on E’Twaun.

Ricky Rubio – 13 pts, 5 reb, 9 ast, 5 stl. Did I tell you to buy him yet? Because you should probably own him by now.

Russell Westbrook – 37 pts, 7 reb, 9 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk, 2 3pm. It’s not all about Los Kevins, you know. This one is pretty good, too.

Dirk Nowitzki – 25 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 3pm. Dirkish! Always good to see you’re doing well.

Jarrett Jack – 30 pts, 10 ast, 3 reb. First player to put up that kind of line from the bench since Magic Johnson in 1996. MAGIC JOHNSON, FOLKS! That’s pretty good company. Is he the sixth man of the year or do I not know Jack?

Tim Duncan – 19 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 4 blk. Old reliable.

David Lee – 25 pts, 22 reb. New reliable? For real, why do I not own you anywhere.

Jason Smith – 22 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk in 10 minutes. I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know a Jason Smith from a Jason Collins, but this dude took 15 shots Friday night and put up a monster line in just 10 minutes! To put that in perspective, Anthony Davis had 10 pts and 11 reb in 23 minutes. Maybe if Davis took 15 shots every 10 minutes his fantasy owners wouldn’t hate themselves so much (update: Davis left the game with an injury but it is considered minor). Regardless, Jason Smith owners in your 20-team West Only leagues, that was for you.

Antawn Jamison – 16 pts, 6 reb. Major meh right here. He is just 30% owned, and I guess you could do a lot worse.

Kobe Bryant – 40 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl. The Kobester was in full Mamba-mode last night, especially in the final two minutes. Love him or hate him, Kobes sure is a joy to watch.

Dwight Howard – 19 pts, 16 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk. If the Magic knew this was all it took, they would have offered Dwight a statue months ago!

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

From Around The Web

  1. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats up!!! I read your blg, Nice!! I’m tryin to drop Speights and every payer I wanted got taken within hours I’m so pissed.. Do you thimk like u put on ur blog, that maybe E Moore or A Jamison one of them good replacements or should I keep him??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Drop Speights for either of those two

  2. Frank Lynch says:
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    Also I’m in 2nd place but I’m never gonna win the playoffs without Rose.. Do u think I should try to trade him or drop him if he isn’t back soon??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Trade Rose if you still can

  3. Frank Lynch says:
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    Which one is gonna produce more for me through the playoffs?

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Or should I say which one would u take?? Keep in mind I already have someone else on the Lakers. I got a couple players on same team if that matters.. Thanks for helping me. Also Jameer Nelson is on waivers till tomorrow but thats if nobody else grabs him

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Depends on what you need. Assists Moore could be a good grab. I can’t tell you who will produce more for the playoffs, you need to play the waiver wire week to week. Speights was a good add two weeks ago, but you have to cycle him out for the next hot hand.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    K.. I picked up Jamison cause he plays tomorrow but I might switch to Moore tomorrow for nexxt week.. Hey I also dropped splitter cause Duncan is back for Earl Clark,, You like that or should i drop clark for Moore?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Not sure I would have dropped Splitter, but I would rather have Clark over Moore or Jamison.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey I hope I’m not bothering you with all of these questions… When you get a chance can u look at the kast comment I left? Thanks Bro!!

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well I thought Duncan was back? Hey I just offerd someone Rose and I think he’s interested but he wants a center with him and I asked for a top guard.. he has Calderon, Affalo, Westbrook, Josh Smith, R. Felton, Joe Johnson, Henderson and Crawford.. And My centers are Hibbert, B Griffen PF C, Okafor n T Chandler. What would be a good offer with Rose. I would like Smith or Johnson or any top guard to replace Rose?? What u think

  8. Frank Lynch says:
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    And if I give him 2 guys for 1 then I can always pick Splitter back up

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Obviously trade Okafor if you can. If you can get Smith or even Felton for those two that’s pretty good. But be aware that the news of Rose’s progression has been positive and it is possible he will return. I don’t like waiting for injured players but you are in 2nd and can afford to hold onto Rose a bit longer.

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    Or should I ride Rose and maybe he’ll be back for the fantasy playoffs? I am in 2nd place by like 13 games but i’m getting spanked this week and last week which was a half but still counted. I hope my team aint falling apart

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    Thanks man you’ve been great help. You’re the man!! Yeah I know I can afford it but like I said for som reason I’ve beengettin spanked the past 2 weeks and also I’m playing the #1 guy next week with one guy short and he’s been dominating.. I’m def in the playoffs but I just dom’t wanna lose 2nd place cause thats a first week buy.. U think I shouldnt worry about the buy and take a chance on Rose or just offer him Rose and Okafor for Smith?? I know basically U just told me but I just wanna know what you would do if it were your team??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I wouldn’t wait for Rose, it’s too risky and if he doesn’t come back you get nothing. Not to mention he probably won’t be at full strength for a while if he does return.

  11. Principle Blackman says:
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    Hello! Thanks for writing these posts and responding to people’s questions. You guys do a great job here.

    I’m in a 12-team, 10 cat. (3pt%), roto league. I am strong in all categories except 3’s and ft%, and I am currently sitting in 4th place. I have been offered Danny Green in exchange for Demarcus Cousins. My gut reaction is to reject this deal, but I would appreciate a second opinion. This is my roster at the moment:

    pg Calderon
    sg Beal
    g Jeff Teague
    sf Josh Smith
    pf Bosh
    f Afflalo 13
    c Horford
    c Cousins
    util Tristan Thomson
    util Monta Ellis
    BN: Isaiah Thomas, Jeff Green, Evan Turner, Nick Young, Thaddeus Young

    Follow up question: would you drop anybody for Moe Harkless?

    Thanks a million.

    • BigMan says:
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      @Principle Blackman:

      Definitely reject that trade. That’s insulting, despite Danny Green playing very well. ANd that’s tough, you have a very good roster, I think I’d hold.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Thats a pretty good team. I’m surprised you need threes with guys like Ellis, Young, Beal and Afflalo. Cousins is giving up way too much but a guy like Green could certainly help. See if you can make a different deal. I might drop Young for Harkless but you do need threes so I’d probably hold for now.

  12. Pops says:
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    I took over a keeper league team this year. (8 team league) I’m fighting for a playoff spot.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.

    Guards–Rubio–Walker–Jack- – K Thompson–Beal– Danny Green

    Forwards–Pierce–Ilyasova–A Davis– Faried

    Center/forwards–Bosh–Garnett–Vucevic–Pekovic — Tristan Thompson
    I can keep 8 next year.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Pops: Rubio, Davis, Faried are obvious keepers. All keeper league rules are different, I don;t know if its by round or if those are your top 8 picks, etc. You might consider keeping less than 8 but If you have to keep 8 I’d go with rubio, davis, faried, bosh, garnett, pierce ilyadova and beal.

  13. Pops says:
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    Tried to trade Bosh for a top Point Guard to every team and they all turned me down.

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Pops: Good luck, from what I can see, that is a terrible team in an 8 team league…blow it up.

  14. Frank Lynch says:
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    Goodmorning bro… Well a lil early to you’ll on the westcoast. Anyway I was thinking, It sounds like Rose is coming back mid-March so I’m def in playoffs but without him I have a feeling I’m gonna get beat up next week by the number 1 guy cause he wins huge every week all season but I got Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison n there both on the Lakers and only play 3 games next week. They play tomorrow so I can get one game from them cause I was thinking I should pick up Jameer Nelson. He should be out for A week and He’ll be back and I’ll have him through the playoffs.. What u think?? If u agree then which one should I drop? Can you let me know as soon as u can cause everyone has been killing the wire .. Thank dude!!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I think carrying two injured point guard is a lot, grab ETawaun Moore instead.

  15. Frank Lynch says:
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    for Jamison?? Also is he a good pick-up near his comeback?

  16. Frank Lynch says:
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    I meant pick Moore up for who, Jamison or Clark?? Also, I know what u mean about carrying 2 injured players but overall when Nelson is healthy in a week, Is he a must grab or is there something wrong with him??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Drop Jamison, not Clark. Nelson should def be owned when healthy.

  17. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sorry I hope I’m not annoying but unlike football I don’t know squat about Basketball except for the players on Sportscenter.. So all these questions are guys that I never heard of thats why I need so much help. I do the waiver by reading your guys blog and off stats… LOL

  18. brian niccum says:
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    Nice blog my friend.
    Im in a weekly league where you CAN change your players in and out of the lineup every day.

    I have 2 questions for you:

    1st, we have 6 bench spots with no injury spots, and right now Bynum is holding one of them. Would you pick up Mo Williams and put him on the bench now, since he’s probably within weeks of coming back? My league is very very active on the wire, not sure how long I can hold off before he is gone. I would be dropping Beno Udrih (I just picked up after his 1st game in hopes jameer misses time and he turns into the Eric Bledsoe of Orlando for 5-10 games)… I know you mentioned E’twan a couple times, but everything I am reading elsewhere is saying E’ is shifting to back-up Afflalo now and giving way to Beno. (thoughts?)

    2nd, would you consider dropping Favors (since big Al and Milsap stayed put through the trade deadline) for Mo Harkless?

    Here is my team (took a lot of hard trading to get it as is):
    Kyrie
    Jennings
    Kobe
    Waitors
    Durant
    Danillo
    Tristan T.
    Nikola Vuc.
    Howard
    West
    Mullens
    Amar’e
    Reserve, aka fill in guys are: Felton, Isaiah (He is borderline Starter for me now), Favors, Crawford, Bynum and Sessions.

    Thanks for any assistance!
    B

    • brian niccum says:
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      @brian niccum:
      Believe it or not Im in 4th place in a 10 team league…. Scoring is as follows:
      fgm, fg%,ftm,ft%,3’s,pts,reb,assts,blks,stls,t.o’s
      head to head weekly matchups

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @brian niccum: I should have mentioned Beno but he didn’t play, You’re right, he’s probably got a bit more value than E-Twaun, as it stands but both are back ups when Nelson is healthy. There is still no timetable for Williams return so I wouldn’t stash him just yet, especially since you already have Bynum. Stick with Beno for now and see how things shake out in Orlando.

  19. Frank Lynch says:
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    Thanks man… Hey also I was looking at the waiver wire and Luis Scola is on there and he’s 81% owned.. Is there something wrong with him or is that a good pick-up??

    • Dan Pants

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      @Frank Lynch: Hey Frank, Scola can be useful for rebounds points, especially if you need to fill a slot at center but can also be pretty inconsistent on the scoring end. He’s definitely ownable, I don’t know that I’d drop anyone of value to get him though.

  20. Frank Lynch says:
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    What about dropping Clark for him??

    • Dan Pants

      blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Yeah, I’d want Scola over Clark.

  21. Frank Lynch says:
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    Or Trevor Ariza

    • Dan Pants

      blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Ariza is actually pretty hot right now. I’d want him the most of the three right now, but long term Scola is probably the best bet.

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