As I mentioned the past couple weeks, every Wednesday I will release tiers for G/F/C in rotating fashion. Here’s the original tiers, updated Guard tiers, and last week’s Forward tiers. Starting next week, I’ll split this into a morning and afternoon post (morning for recap and afternoon for tiers) to better explain the movement taking place. As always, if you disagree with the tiers then go f*ck yourself. BUT FIRST, the recap of last night’s games:
Nene Hilario – Nope, the Wizards did not play last night but he will return TONIGHT! We’ll see how much playing time he gets, but he is the most offensively-talented big man on the Wizards’ roster. If you own Kevin Seraphin, this is probably the time to drop him if you haven’t already.
Kyle Lowry – More good injury news! Kyle Lowry returned and played 30 minutes off the bench going 13/7/7 (although 5 of 14 from the floor). He should regain the starting role in Toronto quickly because Canadians hate Spanish people like Jose Calderon. Or maybe it’s because Lowry is really, really, really good.
Jonas Valanciunas – If you’re a center and want to have a good game, then seeing Kwame Brown in the opposing teams’ starting lineup is like Christmas. Val went for 11/11/3/0/3 and 5 of 6 from the line in 25 minutes. One other thing to notice here is that he did not commit any fouls on the court, however he did fart during a timeout. It’s known as a bench foul.
Thaddeus Young – It was a good day to be young in Philly. 18/7/2/2/2 with shooting 8 for 13 from the floor in 39 minutes.
Nick Young – 23/3/4/0/1 with three 3PM AND going 7-13 from the field. HOW DID HE GET THOSE ASSISTS?! HOW!? FIRE THE SCOREKEEPER!
Raymond Felton – 15 points, all by 3-pointers…and for you non-math whiz’s that would be five-3’s. Throw in 2 boards and 6 assists and you have yourself a nice little fantasy day.
J.R. Smith – After being in last week’s sell he’s cooled off a touch, but is still putting up great numbers. Last night he went 15/5/1/2 while shooting 43%.
Ryan Anderson – With Anthony Davis sitting out due to an ankle injury (day to day), Anderson got the start. 15/8/1 with three 3PM. Let me state on record that just because I put Ryan Anderson ahead of someone like Davis, it does not mean I think he’s a better NBA player. Only a better fantasy player. For you stat heads out there… there is a strong, positive association between talent and fantasy ranks but not a direct correlation.
Al-Farouq Aminu – 0 points, 6 boards, 1 assist and a steal (0-4 FG). I think he caught whatever Mario Chalmers had last week.
Gerald Wallace – 7 points (2-7 FG), 5 boards, 2 assists, FIVE steals, and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. A great sign after Wallace’s putrid first game back. Look for the offense to come around as he gets back into the groove.
Brook Lopez – It’s good to see BroLo back and healthy. Probably a tad too underrated coming into the season, he is putting together a nice year so far averaging 18/6/1/0.5/2.4 while shooting nearly 55% from the field. Another solid line last night,23/7/3/1 on 11-18 shooting. Unfortunately, Kris Humphries is such a rebounding hog that Lopez’s rebounding numbers will never be that great (for a Center).
Metta World Peace – I hate this stupid name and I hate having to write it when he has good games like last night. 17 points, 8 boards, 2 steals, and 4 3PM will make any fantasy owner happy. He came into the season in shape (mentally and physically) and it’s paying dividends on a top heavy roster.
Darius Morris – I’m not going to write the line because it’s garbage. Did I mention he’s starting at point guard for the Lakers? I can’t even recommend him. Steve Nash better come back soon.
Now on to the tiers:
Wanna know my shoe size?: Al Jefferson, Marc Gasol
You’re HUGE: Dwight Howard (move to #1 in H2H), Greg Monroe, Marcin Gortat
I <3 you: Serge Ibaka, Joakim Noah
O-ver-Ra-ted (clap, clap, clapclapclap): DeMarcus Cousins
I might be insane: Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Nikola Pekovic, JaVale McGee
Playing with fire: Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani, Nene Hilario, Chris Kaman, Andrew Bogut, Amare Stoudemire, Andrew Bynum
Lob City: DeAndre Jordan
OMFG Byron Mullens: Byron Mullens
Lob City (cont’d): Omer Asik, Nikola Vucevic, Larry Sanders, Jonas Valanciunas
Ugh: Kosta Koufos, Robin Lopez, Tristan Thompson, Samuel Dalembert, Spencer Hawes, Emeka Okafor
More desperate for attention than Amanda Bynes: Greg Stiemsma, Marcus Camby, DeJuan Blair, Ekpe Udoh, Bismack Biyombo