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Kyle Korver was unstoppable Friday night, leading Atlanta to a huge 2OT win with 27 points, including 8 3-pointers made, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. The Korv started his second game in a row in place of Anthony Morrow, and again he took advantage.  He was actually calling for the ball in this one too, dude was absolutely en fuego, hashtag could not miss (did I do that right?). In the two games he’s started, he has 48 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Sure, we joke here at r-ball because the Korv looks like the Biebs, or more accurately, like the Hilary Swanks–but over the past seven days, this million dollar baby is averaging 16.3 pts, 3.5 reb, 2.3 ast, 1.0 stl and 4.0 (yes, four) 3pm. Sure, that last number is skewed a bit by the eight tres he hit last night, but it sure is pretty. Korv is just 54% owned in yahoo leagues and I expect that number to rise quickly this weekend. In this week’s buy/sell, Chris told you to BUY him, and if you need threes, Korver can really be the gold standard. But for seriously, all teams should take notice, Kyle is playing well enough right now to push your team korver the edge.

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

Derrick Williams – 18 pts, 11 reb, (6-17 FG) in 31 minutes in the start. His second double-dub this month (and year). Williams is seeing the time with the injury woes of the Wolves, he’s just not really playing well enough for me to recommend him. I have nothing if not my word, sir.

Mickael Gelabale – 15 pts 7 reb, in 26 minutes. First razzball mention! The former French Olympian from Guadeloupe is making the most of that 10 day contract!

Bradley Beal – 16 pts, 4 blk, 2 3pm. Beal is the real deal. Four blocks?! Are you kidding me. B-Rad, you da man. The starting line up combined for 7 blocks. I guess you could say it was a *pinkie to mouth* block…party.

John Wall – 14 pts, 5 ast, 2 steal. Started his first game of the season. Your buy low window has closed and in its place they built a brick wall.

Emeka Okafor – 8 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk. Emeka is emaking me like him a lot more, he’s averaging 10 pts, 11.1 reb, and 1.4 blks over the past two weeks.

Luke Ridnour – 14 pts, 4 ast, 4 reb, 2 stl. The force was strong with this one Friday night. (This will never get old, I’m sorry).

Ersan Ilysova – 30 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 3pm. Just when you thought your fantasy love for Ersan was Ilyas-over, he goes and drops a gem like this. Okay, fair enough, But you’re on notice, Ersan!

Kyrie Irving – 35 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, Took this game over, Irving is starting to realize what he needs to do for this Cleveland team to win: everything. Bucks. Ya’ll been kyrie’d!

Marreese Speights – 10 pts, 6 reb, 2 stl in 18 minutes. Admit it. You raised an eyebrow when you heard that the Cavs traded for Speights. “Oh reaaalllly?” you said. You were right to say that, Speights could see significant minutes now that Anderson Varejao is out for the  season with head lice, and Marreese should step right in backing up Tyler Zeller (6 pts, 6 reb). It’s fair to assume Speights could see good minutes every night, and if he performs the way he did in Memphis when he saw time he could be worth a look.

Larry Sanders – 14 pts, 11 rebs, 2 blk. Is this your homework, Larry? To be the best shot-blocker in the league?

Greg Monroe – 31 pts, 12 reb (7-8 ftm) The only other Piston to score in double digits was Will Bynum (13 pts, 2 reb). This guy made more shots than the Pistons did last night.

Dwayne Wade – 29 pts, 7 reb, 5 reb, 3 stl, 1 blk. The Flash rolls as the Heat crush Detroit. Natch. I hate to geek out on you all, but no Aquaman in the Justice League movie!? Come on, throw Adrian Grenier a bone. He could use the work.

Reggie Evans – 11 pts, 10 reb. Yeah, we get it. You can rebound.

Kris Humphires – 2 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk. K-Hump is doing nicely adjusting to his new role of being bad at basketball.

Kirk Hinrich – 25 pts, 4 ast, 2 reb, 1 blk, 6 3pm. Hello Hinrich! Kirk’s past 5 games points totals: 8, 3, 22, 0, 25. It’s that kind of consistency that will make you die a young fantasy-GM.

Jimmy Butler – 16 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk. Starting for Deng the Butler did it, and did it well.

Joakim Noah – 14 pts, 16 reb, 4 ast, 3 blk, 1 stl. It’s been a good month for Noah. I heard he’s also been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Master of Rebounds.

Nate Robinson – 22 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, 2 3pm. Also, benefited from Luol Deng’s DNP, but I can’t hate, Lil’ Nate had a big day.

Rajon Rondo – 16 pts, 10 reb, 11 ast. Fifth triple-double of the season for Raj-Ro, he leads the league but couldn’t keep the Celtics from losing their 6th straight (the longest losing streak in the KG era) after blowing a 27 point league.

Devin Harris- 14 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk, 2-9 3pm. Harris  wouldn’t be my top choice if I needed threes, but he remains a choice. So there’s that. As long as he’s getting minutes in Lou Williams’ stead, he’s worth a look.

Courtney Lee – 16 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl. The Celtics bench looked strong tonight, Jeff Green added 17 pts, 6 reb, and Jason Terry had 12 pts, with 2 3pm. Unfortunately, none of the three are consistent enough to count  on fantasy-wise, and obviously not consistent enough for the Celtics real-life-wise, either.

Roddy Beaubois – 19 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk, 2 3pm in 16 minutes. Ooh la la! 19 points in 16 minutes, is that even possible? Sacre bleu! I love me some, Rodrigue Beaubois!

Elton Brand – 8 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk. I told you to pick him up last Friday. This Friday, he’s in the starting five. #humblebrag

Tiago Splitter – 13 pts, 12 reb. Just 37% owned, grab him before he’s Tiagone!

Gary Neal – 18 pts, 6 ast, 2 reb, 2 3pm. The Spurs bench scored 46 points, Dejuan Blair added 22 pts, 4 reb as the Spurs took out the Mavs without Tim Duncan. David Stern was not happy.

Carlos Delfino – 14 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 4 3pm. Carlos of the Fino is still owned in just 29% of yahoo leagues. What are you waiting for?

Patrick Patterson – 18 pts, 13 reb, 1 blk. Pat-Pat has gotten off to a slow start since returning to the starting lineup, but he has scored in double digits the past two games, so he remains one to watch.

James Harden – 30 pts, 8 ast, 4 reb, 1 stl, 2 3pm, 12-12 ftm. I think I love him a little.

Greivis Vasquez – 2 pts, 6 ast, 1 reb, 1-6 fgm in 24 minutes. Ugh. Where did the real Greivis geaux?

Kevin Durant - 24 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl. Los Kevins strike again! Kevin Martin had 24 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl as well. Again, the two-headed Kevin monster grabs the win because, of course they won, oh yeah, and they were playing the Kings, too.

Derrick Favors – 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk. Nice game, but you’re not doing yourself any favors by picking him up.

Kobe Bryant – 14 pts, 9 reb, 14 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk. Mamba! Did you see Kobe throw that alley-oop to Dwight Howard (17 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk), and D-Wight gave Kobe the nod and point? Yup. That was special. Chills. Even Pau Gasol (15 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast) didn’t mind as the Lakers beat the Jazz by 18. Could this be the start of things to come? Will Kobe be happy with just 10 shots next game? Will he manage 10+ assists again in another game this season? Are the Lakers finally starting to come around? Find out next week, in another edition of fantasy basketball recap, as fantasy basketball continues next week, all week long!

15 Responses

  1. Jess says:
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    Add/drop help. I have Shannon brown and Matt Barnes who are closest to expendable (would like to wait to see if Barnes picks it back up when CP3 comes back) but I am looking at Devin Harris, Carlos Delfino and Kawhi on waivers. Make a move?

    Also debating about dropping Zeller for Mullens due to speights but I’m just not sure!!

    Thank you for your help!!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jess: Yeah, I’d probably want Delfino over Brown right now. Zeller requires some patience but he could be a nice fantasy asset, whereas we know Mullens will rebound and score but he’ll also kill your FG%. I would hold on dropping Zeller for now, but I’d keep an eye on his production because Mullens probably won’t last one waivers long.

  2. Nos says:
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    Should I drop Bargnani or Mullens for Splitter?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Nos: I’d hang onto Bargnani for now, but I wouldn’t blame you for dropping Mullens for Splitter.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I have a variation of the deal I asked Chris about under Friday’s post: so now, I give Harden, Millsap, Nash and Hawes, and get Chris Paul, M. Gasol, Beal and Taj Gibson. H2H pts league, and the playoffs track the NBA playoffs, which gives Paul and Gasol extra value. I’m in solid playoff position, so can afford to sacrifice some regular season value, as long as I don’t go on a big losing streak.

    Harden to Paul is roughly even on a PPG basis in our format. Paul has the injury risk which could hurt on a week by week basis, but the greater playoff value. Hawes (who’s been starting as my C2 with Varejao down) is obviously a huge upgrade at a scarce position, and could have decent playoff value. Losing Nash hurts, but with the Lakers in disarray the playoff value i thought he’d have is pretty much nil. He’d be replaced in my lineup with George Hill, with Beal the first G off the bench. Not a huge dropoff in my mind, maybe 10-15% at that lineup spot. At F, Gibson or a similar FA (Maxiell, Sullinger, whoever has a 4 game week) would replace Millsap, so that hurts.

    Anyway, overall this makes me thin at F and would at G as well if Paul misses too much time, but puts me in better position should i make the playoffs. I’m leaning toward taking it, but would appreciate anyone’s thoughts.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: It’s a fair trade. Paul is deadly when healthy but Harden has been almost as good so far this year. I prefer Gasol over Millsap but its close. I think if you want Paul enough then its a worthwhile trade, but its probably not a trade you need to make. Either way your team is solid.

      • Eric says:
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        @Blairtch:

        Don’t make the trade, CP3 is injury prone.

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @Eric: Understood, but that’s why Paul’s available at all and why my team is in a position to absorb the risk. Because of our quirky playoff format and the trading teams’ relative positions in the standings, I can afford to sacrifice some regular season value in exchange for stars on teams that are likely to make a deep playoff run, and the other team needs warm bodies to help make it into the playoffs at all. I can handle Paul being out a few games here and there (especially with Hill and Beal available), as long as he’s back for the playoffs. Yes, I had to overpay in terms of talent, but that’s the only way you can pry a playoff-bound star away from anyone in our league. You’re not going to get a playoff stud off any of the managers whose team is likely in the playoffs, and the teams at the bottom aren’t likely to trade either, so you have to find someone in the hunt for the last playoff spots with depth/injury issues. Last year I made the playoffs but then got crushed because I didn’t have enough guys on the conference finalists’ rosters.

          • Dan Pants

            Blairtch says:
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            @Steve Stevenson: That is a strange formatI can see your point but Harden/Millsap is almost as good Paul/Gasol and you’re also giving up Nash . If you really want Paul, make the trade and you’re right your more likely to get playoffs games out of Marc Gasol and Chris Paul than Harden and Millsap,

  4. nightpandas says:
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    Korver over Eric Gordon?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @nightpandas: Not sure I’d drop Gordon as he’s playing well, but if I had someone else to drop I’d pick up Korver for sure.

  5. Eric says:
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    Started in place of Anthony Morrow? He’s started all year buddy.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Eric: My mistake. Should have said he’s shared minutes with Morrow and WIlliams all year.

      • Eric says:
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        @Blairtch:

        It’s all good, we’re all human man. Although I wouldn’t say he was sharing minutes w/ anyone. He’s been the starting SG/SF all year.

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