I hate you Larry Drew. First you go and make your son Larry Drew II feel like he’s some sort of special talent and have him quit UNC, then you take over a Bucks team that all want to leave too. Why do I have so much invested in the Bucks?! I hate the Bucks! In a game where the Spurs doubled Milwaukee’s points in the first quarter (32 to 16), then went up by 23 at halftime, then after 3 were up 38, Drew decided to kill fantasy teams by playing their F-team virtually the whole second half. As in, a D-League team could beat those guys. Brandon Knight got 18 minutes after an impressive game two nights ago. John Henson got 21 after the huge breakout. O.J. Mayo, yes that terrible, horrible, not gelling on this awful team O.J. Mayo led the starters with 22 minutes on a 3/0/0/0/0 line with a TO. Ok, ok, so Drew let his scrubs play in the blowout, good to see Giannis Antetokounmpo get some development time at just over 33 minutes, but the icing on the cake was Drew gave Ersan Ilyasova, a guy that looks like a humanoid Turkey, 39 minutes?! How is that developing young talent?! Ersan goes out and shoots 3-16 for an 8/6/2 game. The Bucks are the worst. Drew is like, “at least I can stick to those idiot fantasy players!” No, you the idiot Drew! You’re holding Henson obviously and Knight I think you stick with, but I don’t want any of these other guys on a 12-teamer. I know I like Khris Middleton, but he was part of the starting mess and I just dropped Mayo in some sort of RCL travesty I should probably take my name off of. I still think Knight, Mayo, Middleton and Henson are locked in as starters for now, but man, I really hope they look good facing the even worse Bulls again on Friday. Enough ranting from me! Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:
Orlando Magic – 7 players went into double-figures in a win. Spreading the Holiday cheer! “What’s with the team-wide analysis JB, you lazy or somethin’!?” Maybe! But nothing really stuck out. Victor Oladipo was a block away from a RainbOladipo! And Nikola Vucevic returned from the ankle injury. And all was what you were hoping for if you own your Magic. I hope you were taking notes Larry Drew…
Jeffery Taylor – Very unsatisfying 8/1/2 in a 31 minute start. Although he was the only positive +/- starter. Not that that really means anything…
Jeff Green – Took over the main scoring role, but it didn’t end up a win for the Cs. 10-23 for 29/4/1 hitting three treys. Hey, it made the Celtics competitive with the Clippers!
Jordan Crawford – I think I turned my nose up at Crawford way too much. Turning into a really really good PG. Of course, when Rajon Rondo is back that changes everything, but 20/9 last night and 20+ Pts 7+ Asts in three of the last four. Slim, why do you own everyone interesting in REL?!
Jamal Crawford – Shocking that Jordan is the Crawford you want to own in fantasy. Well, except Cindy Crawford… That’s a different fantasy! Also shocking Crawford almost pitched a rainbow line tent, for 21/3/3/1/2. He’s not just a scorer! Except that he is…
Jason Smith – Maybe because he chucks up labradoodles all the live long day, I guess I never took him seriously as a boarder. Border terrier maybe! 12+ boards in three of the past four and 9+ in the past four. Huge 22/16 night with two blocks against Razzball Commenter favorite Andre Drummond. Andre wasn’t so much of a giant last night. huh?! HUH?!?! I feel like Smith has been a common fringe-owned guy in 12-teamers’ questions, and should remain in that range, but with a hint of more solidification.
Al-Farouq Aminu – Another big game. El Burro is just drooling at his fantasy team. Aminu is like the bell to his Pavlovian instincts. 11/14/4/1/2 in a near rainbow-delight. So now the past two, since our guesses, it’s an average 9/12/3.5/0.5/1. I think mine was closer! But he’s playing better than I expected with the giant Unibrow hole in that lineup…
Tyreke Evans – Shocked… SHOCKED. SHOCKED I SAY!!!! Wichita State shocked that he was back in the lineup after going down in so much pain last Friday night that he had to have help into the locker room. I really like watching Tyreke play so I won’t dog his pain threshold, but the numbers had him looking pretty out there at 14/7/3/2/0 in just over 24 minutes shooting 4-7 (6-6 FT). Still, I’m flabbergasted. Even if he was back I figured he’d be sub-20 mins. Sorry to flip-flop on you, but I thought this would be a lingering injury so see if someone cut bait, or if you did, send me a vine of a tomato coming at the screen.
Rodney Stuckey – Proves he can never just go away. 20/4/4 in 33 minutes shooting 7-16 with 6-6 at the stripe. I have personal bias, so take this with a grain of salt, but I still don’t trust him as a sure-fire 12-teamer guy.
Kyle Singler – My bias on Singler is much more honed in. He a Dookie! But wanted to point out the 8/2/2/1/3 near rainbow. But it was a mere anomaly as he had 7 blocks on the season heading into this game.
Jeff Ayres – Started at C for the Spurs, played over 25 minutes, grabbed 10 boards, but didn’t take a single shot. 10 boards without a FG attempt?! Stop it Reggie Evans! But look how happy Ayres is to be a Spur… I might cheer for him on that picture alone.
James Anderson – Had a resurgence back into fantasy relevance last night with 32 mins off the bench for 16/8/2. Mister Anderson! Still not a huge fan.
Evan Turner – Racked up 9 turnovers last night. The last time someone put together 9 turnovers in a night it was Shawn Kemp at a buffet table…
Tony Wroten – Another start for the injured Michael Carter-Williams. Another solid line. 20/3/4/1/1 on 8-13 shooting and didn’t have his sub-60% FT percentage kill you going 3-4. He’s as good a streamer as it gets until MCW is back.
Kevin Martin – Brutal! Was ice cold shooting 1-9 for an atrocious 5/0/2/1/0 line. He even missed a free throw! Automatic tough night for Kmart right there. Maybe temporary buy low smidge of a crack if you wanna toss an offer out there, I like what he’s doing even if his ROS isn’t quite up to what he’s on pace for.
Mike Dunleavy – This was unfortunately the game I had to watch last night against the Knicks. So, so bad. When you have an offense so brutal you are giving Dunleavy 24 shots, you know it’s over. Yes, even in the East. 7-24 FG (3-11 3PTM) for a 20/8/3/3/1 line. I unfortunately think he’s getting into the 12-teamer mix based on just pure talent depravity on the Bulls. Will get shots, shots will lead to increased run which will equate to decent enough ancillary stats.
D.J. Augustin – Officially signed by the Bulls as Slim reported early yesterday morning. Kirk Hinrich was getting clowned by Barry and Tirico on ESPN for being on something like a 1-23 shooting slump. And Marquis Teague is horrible. So Augustin could find his way into some slightly relevant run deeper into the season, so keep on your radar.
Amar’e Stoudemire – Lord help us… Looked like the second best Knick out there last night. 7-11 for 14/9/1/2/1. Played 30 minutes and it was his first back-to-back appearance. Big run on no rest has me thinking he’s feeling like 20% of his old self. Which shockingly is ownable in 12-teamers.
Andrea Bargnani – Less shocking is Bargnani looking awful lately. 8/3/1/1/1 in 27 minutes. If you harken back to when I said he was an own in all leagues, I said he needed to be at 30+ minutes. Hasn’t topped that in 4 of the past 5. Now droppable in almost all leagues. But you have to admit, he gave you a good run! A-thank you Il Diva!
Kenyon Martin – Had a series of three blocks on one possession. Was friggin’ awesome. And ended with a rainbow! 3/7/3/3/4. So colorful like his tatts…
Jon Leuer – Speaking of colorful! Look at that rainbow line! Awww, my lead pick has never felt so much better… 17/6/2/2/2 in 32 minutes last night with two threes and 5-5 FT. Leuer me in! Needs to be on 12-team squads right now, at least until Ed Davis is back.
Steven Adams – Speaking of awful… Sprained his ankle/knee on a non-contact. Sadface. I will sing Kumbaya with ya Slim…
Enes Kanter – Why I’ve been hesitant on him in his nice renaissance this past week. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors retuned from injury and Kanter got shipped back to the bench for 17:15 mins for 8/3 ball and racked up 5 fouls. Enes Angry!
Alec Burks - Officially still hot. 7-11 for 17/3/2. Ride the wave, baby! But then again, a shark could bite off his left leg again at any point…
Derrick Williams – As Will Smith would say, “Welcome to Earff!”
Ben McLemore – White flag! Not to be confused with White Castle. Because while they may be smaller, at least White Castle gives you something! While McLemore gives you nothing… Rudy Gay is going to steamroll his upside. I’m cutting in 12-teamers.
Isaiah Thomas – Love ya IT2! 20/3/7. I think he might average 20/7 without breaking too much of a sweat.
Stephen Curry – Would have given you even more points if game-winners give you bonus scoring! Let’s be honest, would be a pretty cool stat addition… 33/4/10 with 6 treys. Unreal.
Klay Thompson – Why the teachings of Razzball should be followeth and carryeth! 11/3/1 on 3-14 shooting, with all 3 makes treys. ThrAGNOF!
Next Game: It’s a TNT OT night! LAC @ BKN. Blowout alert! Over/under a… 18-point win for the Clips? I actually take under, but barely. Man, Doc gets the Celtics last night then his hall of famers tonight. Hope your matchups are going well this week and thanks for stopping by!