Evan Turner – There are whispers that even after Iguodala returns from injury tonight that Turner will remain at the “two.” Clean cup, clean cup, move down, move down! The weirdest part of those whispers is that they all came from Doug Collins who had several microphones at his disposal. Just lean in a little, buddy. We’ve got people out here that want to hear what you’ve got to say. E.T. is averaging 14.5/9/2 as a starter. That’s only two points and a rebound less than Blake Griffin has averaged thus far. And while 20 percent more fantasy leagues own Griffin than Turner, you could own the rookie who will sink free throws efficiently. I’m not telling you to go batty, smear your face in plain yogurt and drop Griffin for Turner. I would never do that – plain yogurt is delicious and has too many recipe uses to just go a-smearin’ willy-nilly. I am telling you that Turner is more available than he should be given the development he’s already shown and the mpg reward he may get for showing it.
Here are some additional adds and drops to get you through your weekend:
Sonny Weems – I’m rooting for teams rostering Taj Gibson to grab Weems, if for no other reason then the two of them would be able to form one helluva blues band in two weeks when everyone simultaneously drops them both after more talented players return from injury.
Rudy Fernandez – If Brandon Roy wants fewer minutes, RuFer is the big winner here. Don’t sell the farm to grab him, as he’s not an efficient shooter and doesn’t score in bunches, but go ahead and give away the silo, as he’s in line to sink two treys a game with 1-2 steals ta’boot.
Brandon Rush – Paul George is out of the four-man wing rotation in Indiana. Neither Dunleavy nor Granger are the healthiest cats out there. Rush is worth a flier, if you’re into flying.
Serge Ibaka – He’s averaging 10/8 with three blocks in his last three games and has started the last two. He’s the Biedrins you wanted when you drafted Biedrins a month ago.
Amir Johnson – In the first two games of the season, Reggie Evans was grabbing rebounds from games he wasn’t even playing in and Johnson was on the court a mere 16 minutes averaging 5/2. But Evans is hurt, might miss a game or two and it just so happens Johnson improved over his last six games to 9/7. If you blew your chance at grabbing Evans, might as well grab Johnson before you blow it again. *sigh* I just know that last sentence is going to attract Google searchers.
Kyle Lowry – The Rockets are a hot mess. So messy, in fact, that I’m recommending you pick up a guy who is playing hurt and backing up an unproven rookie we’ve been instructed to call Ishmael. There’s some shameful shizz going down in Houston town.
Jordan Hill – Yao’s out a week (or more – probably more) and Brad Miller is playing hurt, which he is too old to be doing. Everyone wanted Jordan on their fantasy teams in the ’90s and if there’s one thing I learned from that decade, it’s that the ladies love hypercolor shirts and bajas. If I learned two things from the ’90s, it’s that if you’ve got a Jordan in red, the other team’s dead.
Sebastian Telfair – Here’s your short buy …
Jonny Flynn – … And here’s your long buy. I doubt either will net you more than 10/6 steals though, so whether you go short or long, make sure your league is deep before taking them in (*sigh* Hello again, Google searchers!)
Chauncey Billups – Here’s what I said 10 weeks ago, “Death may not be breathing down Billups’ neck, but Ty Lawson, and George Karl’s health, and Carmelo’s contract are. This is going to be a very trying year for ol’ Chauncey.” I just quoted myself so I can point out how wrong I was. He’s scoring fewer points, distributing fewer assists and shooting like one of his contacts keeps sliding behind his eyeball. He’s actually significantly worse than I predicted. So here’s another bad prediction: you’re going to have an easy time trading him to some other owner.
Luke Ridnour – He’s injured and when he comes back there will by a Flynn in his soup. Get rid now ‘er be stuck with a mediocre backup later.
George Hill – There’s really nothing wrong with Hill. His neck probably isn’t totally fine, but the bigger problem is that both Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson are totally fine. Better than fine, actually. They’ve both started as huge value picks this season. Unfortunately, that’s bumped Hill’s minutes and USG% when he does get on the floor. I’d bump him to your bench if you can afford it, and dump him if you can’t.
Mo Williams – This is a soft sell, or Soft Cell if your love for Mo has been tainted. He’s shooting poorly, and on the shelf again with groin soreness. Yeah, love will do that. It also doesn’t help that The Cavs aren’t short on guards to fill in for Williams. If there’s an owner out there that wants him, let him have it. You’ve got to – Dun! Dun! – run away!