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Garrett Temple aka the Silver Snake aka the Blue Barracuda had his best game of the season last night with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in 47 minutes. Take that Olmec, you giant, ominous Mayan head! Although he didn’t shoot very well (just 3-10 FG) the rest of that line is certainly encouraging. Besides its tough to shoot well with those temple guards all up in your face. His performance should put him ahead of Shelvin Mack on the depth chart, and he will likely start at point guard for the Wiz going forward until John Wall returns. Since his debut with the Washington, Temple is averaging 6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and a steal in six games played. Not exactly purple parrots, however, the Steps of Knowledge tell me if you need assists Temple could be a nice add. The choice its yours and yours alone, but for those desperate for dimes, I say Garrett Temple is worth a look.

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

Kyrie Irving – 33 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl, 3 blk, 3 3pm, 10-10 ftm. Good show, old boy! Now that is a fantasy line, keep it up and we’ll have to start calling you Julius.

Ben Gordon – 27 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast in 28 minutes. Averaging 16.5 points over the past four games Air Gordon is heating up, and that’s the only time I’d recommend owning him.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 7 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast in 21 minutes. Came off the bench as he’s still nursing an injury, but should be back in the starting line up in no time.

Tristan Thompson – 19 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast. Sockingly under 40% owned. Tristan has seven double-doubles over his past eight games, with 10+ rebounds coming in seven of those games as well. He should be owned everywhere you need rebounds as long as Anderson Varejao is out.

Jamaal Tinsley - 2 pts, 5 ast, 3 reb. Ugh, with Mo Williams sidelined, the point guard duties in Utah have falling on Jamaal, and it looks like they’re crushing him.

Jared Dudley – 16 pts, 5 ast, 6 reb. Dudley-do-right, but the Suns do everything else wrong.

Carlos Delfino – 22 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl, 6-7 3pm. If you needs threes, Carlos of the Fino could be just what you’re looking for.

John Henson – 11 pts, 15 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk in 27 minutes. The Milwaukee bench is a crowded one, but Henson found the rainbow connection last night and certainly made a case for more time. Coming off the 20 pts, 9 reb performance on Wednesday, if you need rebounds, Henson is worth a look and available almost everywhere.

Nick Young – 21 pts, 4 reb, 5 3pm in 28 minutes. Now if he could just do it two games in a row he might be worth owning.

Kevin Martin – 16 pts, 3 reb, 4 3pm. We need to talk about the Kevins. Whenever Los Kevins both play well the Thunder win. Kevin Durant added 26 pts, 6 reb and 3 ast and the Dual Kevins handled the 76ers.

Marreese Speights – 22 pts, 13 reb, 1 stl. Speights is taking his game to new heights! Am i rights!? Starting for the Zach Randolph who was out with illness (Z-bola?), Marreese “Two R’s Two E’s” Speights tore it up in just 27 minutes. I’d be surprised if this didn’t  at least buy him some more minutes off the bench in the future.

J.J. Hickson – 19 pts, 11 reb, 2 blk. His 19th double-double of the season. Aren’t you glad you picked him up when you did?

Tyler Hansbrough – 19 pts, 4 reb, 1 stl in 23 minutes. Psycho Tyler, Qu’est-ce que c’est! Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa. Yeaah. Psycho T’s big game is more a testament to how bad everyone else on the Pacers played as they got smoked by the struggling Celtics.

Avery Bradley – 6 pts, ast, stl, blk. A-B-rad started at SG last night for the Celtics as they blew out the Pacers. I’m seeing Bradley being scooped up in leagues all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Avery Bradley and  I don’t think he’ll shoot as poorly as he did Friday night (3-11 FG), but I definitely ain’t buying A-B-rad as the offensive savior the Celtics or your fantasy team needs right now. He will contribute a little of everything and a lot of nothing.

Jared Sullinger – 7 pts, 10 rebs, 1 blk. Sully played 30 minutes in the blow out and managed, sadly, one of the better rebounding efforts from a Celtic this year. Unlike Bradley, Sullinger could be the savior Boston needs, as they are in desperate need of a solid presence down low. The C’s need Sullinger to be a beast on the boards, but he might not be ready just yet.

Kirk Hinrich –  10 pts, 4 reb, 8 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk in 29 minutes. If you can accept games like this as Hinrich’s ceiling then he could help your team in a few categories. But its not gonna be much better than this.

Al Horford – 18 pts, 15 reb, 3 ast. Someone finally woke up three months into the season.

Brook Lopez – 27, 13 reb, 3 blk. OMG Where was this Bropez when I drafted you in the top 20 the past two years. You are looking like everything I dreamed you’d be…two years ago. Of course I don’t own you this year, you burned me, BroLo, I hate you so much right now. #yoloBroLo.

Bradley Beal - 24 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk. B-Rad played 48 minutes in the double OT thriller, so the stats are inflated a bit but it was still the young’n’s best game of the season and the 24 points were a career high. I dig your moves, B-Rad!

Nene – 20 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl. He grows stronger every day.

Emeka Okafor - 13 pts, 7 reb. Averaging 10.5 pts and 11.3 rebs over the past seven days. If you need these stats, you should pick him up. I won’t tell anybody.

Demarcus Cousins – 31 pts, 20 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl. Don’t look now but the Kings have back to back wins. Maybe the Mayans were right?

Isaiah Thomas – 11 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast. We talked about IT2 last week, and he’s still just over 50% owned in yahoo leagues. What are you waiting for?!

Kyle Lowry – 24 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 4 3pm in 28 minutes off the bench. Why is he coming off the bench you ask? Blame Canada.

Ed Davis – 11 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk, 1 stl. Also lead Toronto players in minutes with 41. A few weeks back I said I preferred Amir Johnson to Davis, and since then Amir has been exposed for his criminal double-dribbling, and last night he fouled out in just 9 minutes. Ouch, I take it back. Ed Davis is the guy to own, and he should be owned in more than 30% of leagues.

Dwight Howard – 21 pts, 15 rebs, 2 blk. Suffered a stinger to the shoulder last night, whatever the heck that means. Regardless, he should be good to go by Sunday.

Mike Dunleavy – 12 pts, 4 reb, 1 stl, 2 3pm. Dunleavy has been sneaky good lately and his play definitely warrants ownership, despite still being available in over half of yahoo leagues. He’s averaging 14.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 1.8 ast and 1.3 stl over the past seven games. Pro tip!* that will help your fantasy team. He’s not the sexiest player on waivers but he’s probably the dunleaviest.

Pau Gasol – 2 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk in just 27 minutes. Just when you thought things were normalizing for Pau–POW! Back to this business. Sigh, even Jodie Meeks played more minutes than Pau. He is set to meet with Coach Dan Tony Saturday to discuss his role, which is never a good sign. Meanwhile, his broseph Marc Gasol continues his elite fantasy play with 12 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl, and a team record 8 blks. Talk about a sibling rivalry, Marc keeps rising up the fantasy ranks as his brother is falling faster and faster. I can only imagine how awkward their Christmas dinner must have been.

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

18 Responses

  1. Tony says:
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    Al Horford – 18 pts, 15 reb, 3 ast. Someone finally woke up three months into the season.

    He’s averaged 16/10, 3 assists, a block and .75 steal for all of November and December. Do you hate AL Horford or are you just unaware he’s having a nice season bouncing back from an injury?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Tony: I got nothing but love for Horford, but maybe I was being a bit hard on him. He’s certainly having a “nice” season but maybe not one that justified where he was being ranked in for fantasy. I realize now, outside of that ugly 56% from the line this year, his numbers are in line with his career averages. But fantasy wise those FTs can kill you.

      • Tony says:
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        @Blairtch: haha ya I do a fpts league, so ft% isn’t a factor, and thank god, like i need another thing to calculate….

  2. dan says:
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    what do u think about larry sanders and nene for al jefferson?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @dan: I’d want the Jefferson side

  3. Thrilla says:
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    Hey,

    this trade just went down in my league. Who wins and your thoughts on it in general??

    A. Davis
    D. DeRozan

    for

    C. Parsons
    K. Leonard

    12 Team H2H league, standard scoring. Thanks man

    • Tony says:
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      @Thrilla: the brow/derozan side….

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:
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        @Tony: Yeah, I definitely prefer the Davis side

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Thrilla: Yeah, I definitely prefer the Davis side

  4. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats goin on!!! I have Kahwi Leonard and he’s been playing like absolute shit.. I kept him the whole time he was hurt and he’s not producing. My question is should i stay with him or, I have Kevin Love which is hurt, Do you think I should drop Leonard for someone like Robin Lopez? if not then can you throw me a couple names and see if there on the wire?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Really depends on what stats you need, but I wouldn’t blame you for ditching Leonard for someone who’s playing well. Robin Lopez was playing well but has cooled off a bit and you might be better off with Leonard.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well I read your blog and picked up tristan thompson and dropped Andre Drummond earlier but I guess I’m a little worried about the PF, C, position cause of Kevin Love’s injury and that including Leonard I have 7 guards. So If you have any players in mind that you can throw at me that might be on the wire, I can check, that I can replace Leonard for can you hook me up,, unless you really think I should keep him

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Maybe Temple like you said in your blog?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Temple doesn’t really fill your PF/C need. I think Thompson was a good grab for you. Maybe John Henson could be worth a look? Okafor or Ed Davis if they’re available. Or grab Drummond again if you can take the FT% hit.

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Henson and Okafor are both available and Drummond is on waiver wait till the 8th… Do you think I should grab Henson or Okafor for Leonard??? By the way, Thanks for the help

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I’d go with Okafor for now. I might consider Drummond when he clears waivers too

  8. tententenen~! says:
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    what would be a fair trade for marc gasol or greg monroe that would least hurt my team?

    *i am willing to offer 2 players for these monsters.

    my team is composed of:

    kyle lowry
    james harden
    OJ Mayo
    gordon hayward
    MWP
    ersan ilyasova
    Paul Milsap
    Anthony Davis
    Ed Davis
    Ricky Rubio
    Jrue Holiday
    Matt Barnes
    Jason Thompson

    Thanks and More power!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @tententenen~!: You need to look at this other guys team and see what he needs, he may not want to give up the big man. But if he needs guards help you have Harden, Holiday, Rubio to offer. Harden is popular so I’d start by offering him. Gasol is a top 10 player and Monroe is not far off so make sure you’re offering close to equal value.

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