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Jared Sullinger was wicked sick Friday night as he scored a season high 14 points adding 11 rebounds and shooting 7 for 8 from the field before fouling out. Sully’s been feeling the luck of the Irish lately as Friday’s game was his third straight game in double digits and his second game in a row with a double-double. With Jared’s outstanding play, its no surprise the Celtics have now won five games in a row. In fact, over the past five games, the rookie is averaging a double-double with 10.2 rebounds and 10.2 points a game, and adding 7 total assists and 4 blocks in that span. The Celtics are in desperate need of a big man’s presence down low to help ol’ man Kevin Garnett, and with Brandon Bass (4 pts, 3 rebs in 27 minutes) currently playing like a shell of what he was last season Jared should see plenty of time off the bench. Coach Doc Rivers is not known for playing youngsters so the major minutes Sullinger has been getting are certainly encouraging as well. Just ask a local Bostonian what he thinks, “OWAH ROOKIES AHRE BIGGAH AND STRONGAH AND FASTAH THAN YOURAH ROOKIES! GO SAWX!” My thoughts, exactly, and at just under 20% owned in most leagues, Sully could be worth grabbing if you need rebounds. The Celtics have been benefiting from his recent surge and so should your fantasy team. Pick him up if you’re feeling lucky.

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

Reggie Evans – 7 pts, 15 rebounds. Ten offensive rebounds! Chill Redge, you’re gonna make Brook Lopez look bad! He is averaging 12 rebounds a game over the past 8 games, but he won’t help much elsewhere, his percentages might hurt you though.

Andray Blatche – 15 pts, 8 rebs. Blatche was in this weeks BUY. His double-double streak ended Friday night but I’m still buying! Maybe you should, too…? Not if I do first!

Amir Johnson – 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk. Nice bounce back game after the double dribbling debacle. Amir claims he wasn’t clear on the rule, but now that he is he can move forward, just not after he stops dribbling.

Kyle Lowry – 9 pts, 6 ast, 2 reb. Call me crazy but I think K-Low has too much talent to continue to be coming off the bench. Consider this your opportunity to buy low. Or buy lowry.

Greivis Vasquez – 18 pts, 4 reb, 13 ast. Yep, this game sealed it. Greivis is now officially my favorite Venezuelan NBA player. I’m sorry, Oscar Torres,  I will never forget you.

Jason Smith – 14 pts, 5 reb, 7-8 FG. Now has double-digit scoring efforts in 4 of the past 5 games with a 17 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk gem on Wednesday night. Wait. Some white guy is taking all of Anthony Davis’ minutes and his name is not Ryan Anderson?

Andrei Kirilenko – 17 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast. AK-47 has been outstanding this season and with Kevin Love sidelined he’s someone I’d consider buying. And unlike the other AK, buying and trading for Andrei won’t require a permit or a background check.

Devin Harris – 24 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl in 35 minutes. The Wisconsin Badgers called, they want their All-Star back. Seriously, this came out of nowhere. It was his second game back from injury, and with Jeff Teague (7 pts, 4 ast) and Lou Williams (13 pts, 3 ast) getting all the shine, this might have been Devin’s only moment in the sun. Hopefully I’m wrong and this time next week Harris will be owned EVERYWHERE.

Randy Foye – 25 pts, 6 3pm. SIX THREES! DAAAYUM!

Jamaal Tinsley – 4 pts, 9 ast, 4 to. Tinsley is a nice fantasy option if you need assists and you hate yourself.

Jared Dudley – 18 pts, 4 ast, 5 reb. After a dudley of a game versus Boston on Wednesday, Jared bounced back and hit all four of his 3-point attempts last night like a studley.

Carmelo Anthony – 39 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk. After the game, Anthony waited patiently outside the locker room for Luol Deng (33 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast). When Deng exited, he asked Luol for his number and they gabbed it up like school girls on the phone later that night until dawn.

J.R. Smith – 11 pts, 4-17 FG. Smith was New York’s second highest scorer behind Melo’s 39 last night. Still trying to figure out how the Knicks lost this one.

Andre Drummond- 8 pts, 11 rebounds, 4 blk. If you own him for rebounds and blocks then hey, you’re pretty happy right now. Just keep away from the free throw line, Drums.

Tim Duncan – 13 pts, 15 rebounds, 4 ast, 3 blk. Old reliable.

Manu Ginobili – 14 pts, 6 rebounds, 5 ast, 1 stl. Played 36 minutes off the bench, and filled up the stat sheet. Yeah, he’s still got it. Monsieur Tony Parker added 30 points and 5 asts as the Spurs trio was fantasy gold last night. Somewhere David Stern is smiling.

Zach Randolph – 18 pts, 10 rebs. New reliable.

Kyrie Irving – 28 pts, 7 ast, 3 reb, 5 stl. Kyrie was battling illness all day. Will he play? I don’t think so. Maybe? Probably not. But wait, it’s possible. No, no actually, we don’t know. Yeah, he’s gonna play AND he’s gonna drop 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals! You’ve been kyrie’d!

Tristan Thompson – 16 pts, 7 reb. Tristan is still only owned in just over 50% of yahoo leagues and that is criminal. He’s practically averaging a double-double (9.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg) and the news that Anderson Varejao won’t be returning soon only ups his value. Somehow he is owned in over 95% of ESPN leagues, and I’m pretty sure they’ve all abandoned those teams months ago, so yahoo-ers get on it.

Tyler Zeller – 2 pts, 8 rebs, 2 stl, 3 blk. TyZell is another player who should benefit in Varejao’s absence. He’s been wildly inconsistent but is worth a look in deeper leagues due to all the minutes he’ll be playing.

Kosta Koufos – 21 pts, 6 reb. Denver’s Big Fat Greek starting center. The hot shot forward, Kenny Faried (17 pts, 11 rebs) may get all the rebounds, but his name is nowhere near as fun to say.

Damian Lillard – 37 points. 6 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl (7-12 3pm). Just when I thought I was out you puuuuull me back in. Lillard returned to his hometown of Oaktown Friday night and had much of his family and friends on hand to watch him dismantle the Warriors. Yep, he is good at basketball. #roy #theomen #lillard #he’sback!

LaMarcus Aldrige – 7 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl 2 blk. Off night from the field for LMA, but when you really look at the line, heck, you’ll take that every night out. The Blazers had a four game winning streak going before last nights loss. They’d been playing well despite Lillard’s struggles, funny how they take a loss when he finally breaks out again. I guess that’s Portlandia for you.

Harrison Barnes – 13 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl. I finally dropped Barnes only because I needed to drop someone. I will now regret the decision after every Warriors game until he a.) is injured b.) retires or c.) I or someone else decides to pick him up again. I’m sorry, Harri-ba, we shall meet again.

Jarrett Jack – 9 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb, Has cooled down considerably after averaging double digits points for a stretch there. I like Jarrett, but if you thought he was going to keep that up, you don’t know Jack.

Earl Clark – 10 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk, 1 stl in 37 minutes as he got the start. After Wednesday night’s 22 pts, 13 reb performance the Duke of Earl had our curiosity, but after last nights performance, now he has our attention! (yay django!) The Earl of Sandwich could provide some nice upside in the interim with Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard sidelined. In addition to rebounds and points, Clark will add some threes and blocks and could be worth a look while Pau and Dwight are out.

Antawn Jamison – 19 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast in 31 minutes. After recommending him to all the last time he broke out like this, I can’t recommend him this time around. With D-wight and Pow set to return at some point and Earl Clark playing like a pearl, I need to see more consistency from Antawn before even thinking about picking him up.

Kevin Durant – 42 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast and Kevin Martin  – 15 pts, 3 3pm. Los Kevin strike again! “We need to talk about the Kevins again, Doc.” said the Lakers. “They were coming from everywhere, both sides even! Scoring, rebounding, off the bench, in the paint, in the locker room. Just Kevins. Everywhere. They could not be stopped.”

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

 

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  1. Jay says:
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    12 Team Roto This is my team after a 3 for 3 trade gets processed on Monday.What should be the focus for me going forward trade target wise? Or is that dependent more on my bench health than anything right now?

    PG – Irving SG – Vasquez G – Conley
    SF – Igudola PF – Parsons F – Dunleavy
    C – Asik C – Monroe
    UTIL – Mayo UTIL – Stuckey
    BN – Jo.Crawford BN – Howard BN – Pau

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Jay: With Howard and Asik you are probably hurting with FT%. I would trade one of the two of those players, obviously you can probably get a lot more for d-wight.

      • Jay says:
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        Asik was one of the 3 i just traded for.Below 7th in BLK and below 10th in FT% already.So the upside to blocks helps more than the FT% hurts right now.As for Dwight, in this league even when healthy he is drawing less interest than Wizard tickets.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
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          @Jay: John Wall returns today!

          • Jay says:
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            @Blairtch:

            Was never dropped.I’m in a league where D.Harris,Hinrich,Henderson,Robinson,Salmons,Ross are the hottest available over the last 14.

  2. Lance says:
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    Curious about Blatche. He’s putting up nice numbers in limited minutes. Do you think his playing time increases? Better option than Ed Davis or Splitter?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Lance: With Reggie Evans playing so well and Kris Humphries coming back he’s probably not going to see more time than he is right now. But he’s playing well right now, and putting up the stats so he’s definitely worth owning.

  3. jakob says:
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    man i got McGee in my team and i dont know.. this guy is disappointing me all day long, fantasy-wise ;p

    should i get rid of him in a trade or should i wait and hope for a better time hopefully coming soon or should i even consider dropping him? (we have a deep league, 12 teams, 8 categories (thats why he is still useful for me because of him swatting shots)

    if i start making a trade, what would be a realistic equivalent for him?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @jakob: Another player who’s a one category specialist. Find a team that needs blocks and trade him for a category need. denver prefer Koufos right now, so until McGee is playing better his value remains low.

  4. J Money says:
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    12 -team 9 Cat H2H league
    Currently in 4th place and winning my week
    My Team:
    Greivis Vasquez
    James Harden
    Mike Conley
    Danilo Gallinari
    Ryan Anderson
    Kevin Garnett
    Kosta Koufos
    Alonzo Gee
    Matt Barnes
    Jarrett Jack
    Dwight Howard
    Kawhi Leonard

    Would you drop any of these players for Nate Robinson or Andre Blatche (both are FA currently). Right now I am leaning towards Leonard and/or Jack if I need to drop players but I am looking for a second opinion.

    Greivis Vasquez

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @J Money: I like Kawhi, but I would drop him for Blatche while he’s playing well.

  5. Shaun says:
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    Should I trade tristan thompson and marcus thorton for tyreke evans

    • Shaun says:
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      @Shaun: its a 20 team H2H pts league

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:
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        @Shaun: No I wouldn’t do that trade.

  6. Shawn Kemp's kids says:
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    in a keeper pts league,would you trade Vasquez straight up for Rubio?

    also,in a non keeper h2h league(FG%,FT%,3PT,PTS,AST,STL,REB,TO)….I was offered Jarett Jack and Collison for Lowry.I should hang onto Lowry,right?

    thnks.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Shawn Kemp’s kids: Rubio is tempting in a keeper league, but Greivis has been just as good this season. I would try to get more.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Shawn Kemp’s kids: Re: the Lowry trade. It’s not a bad trade, but you’re trading Lowry when his value is at its lowest. If you have faith he will be better, I would hold, but if you think this is his ceiling and he’ll be battling Calderon for minutes all year long then the trade might make sense.

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Nice joke with amir Johnson moving foward… LOL.. I like that one

  8. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey, so I had to drop Kevin Love and I looked on the wire for a replacement. I don’t know much about basketball. This is my first fantasy basketball season and I’m in 2nd place thanks to you guys by reading your blogs and working the waiver wire good. Anyway, I picked up Glen Davis.. I know he’s hurt but he’s supposed to return soon. Do you think that was a good pick-up or is there something wrong with him I don’t know about? If so then can you throw me a couple names to pick-up for losing Love?

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    Also if he was a good pick-up, he was supposed to return after there road trip but know they say maybe a couple weeks. Idk, I feel like if I drop him for the mean time that someone might scoop him up

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Yeah Davis is an OK stash, and you’re in 2nd so you can afford to hold onto him right now.

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    I also picked up Tristan Thompson last week and like you said, He’s F’n killing it!!!!

  11. Frank Lynch says:
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    By the way like I saidf the other time, I’m in Jersey so its 9:30 over here… lol

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Well Derrick William looks to see the biggest minutes bump with Kevin Love out. But you might want to look at guys like KoufosAmir Johnson, Drummond, or even Jared Sullinger as this post suggests.

  12. Frank Lynch says:
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    Well with Davis out I need games next week and I have Drummond but he’s only playing 2 games next week so I picked up Devin Harris. I read your blog and he sounded good. Plus i drop and pick-up Drummond all the time and nobody ever grabs him. Good move or no??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Drummond offers little beyond rebounds and blocks, and his percentages can actually hurt you. Harris had a great game Friday, but I’d be surprised to see more games like that from him in the future. Again, I’d give Sullinger a look, possibly Blatche if he’s out there, Earl Clark has played well.

  13. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey so I looked at the waiver wire and Amir johnson, Koufos and Sullinger are available… should I drop Harris and grab one of those guys??

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I mean, Harris could be a good grab but I don’t think he’s a good replacement for what love was giving you. I think Johnson would be the “safest” bet here for rebounds, but Sullinger has the most upside. Both Johnson and Sullinger play 4 games next week. I picked up Sullinger because I believe in him, but Amir would be a more conservative and safer approach.

  14. Frank Lynch says:
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    No Blatche but Clark is available

  15. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sullinger/ 4 games, Clark/ 3 games, Koufos/ 4 games and Amir/ 4 games next week

  16. Frank Lynch says:
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    I also just picked up Alexy shved again.. nobody ever picks him up but do you think any of those guys are worth picking up for him?

  17. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Kyle Lowry or Collison rest of season?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: This is a tough one. I like Lowry more, I think the talent is there, but Collison has less competition from other guards, and is the clear starter. Even if Lowry eventually started, Calderon will still get his minutes.

  18. Frank Lynch says:
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    ?? Wich guy would you pick up or keep?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Shved is good for assists, if you have the need for that. If you need rebounds Amir Johnson or Sullinger should serve you fine. I prefer Sullinger, but Amir is the safer bet.

  19. Frank Lynch says:
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    thanks dude

  20. Moez says:
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    yoyo hey guys
    I need some back up
    i think i know but i just would love to hear what anyone else thinks

    who’s the better player down the road, like keeper or for our up coming playoffs
    David lee or Jsmith?
    the league is board heavy with a DD stat, and 3 board stats+ Oboards,

    lee is rated third in that league overall
    BUT im thinking josh is up the up and up kinda, contract year and he’s still young.. does it all.. just kinda taking his time.. I shoudl trade for smith right?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Moez: I don’t know if I’d trade David Lee for him up and up but if you can pull off a trade for Smoove he’s one of the hottest in the league right now. (In fact, he’s playing so well you might want to wait till he cools down a bit before trying to trade for him).

  21. _au says:
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    DROP favors for sully?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @_au: Depends how deep your league is, but 10-team for sure, 12-team I’d strongly consider making that switch.

  22. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Moez, I just wanted to let you know that I’m not making you helping me a one way street it’s just that I don’t know shit about ball… Only what I see on Sportscenter. So I wish I could help with your questions if I could. I really appreciate your opinion though!!!

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