Ugh, rebuilding teams are starting to rebuild earlier, which is good for the waiver wire hounds, but sucks for our stars! I wish teams would avoid the backlash of the shame they get by just shutting guys down like 2/3 of the way through the season. Suns even did that more-or-less with Tyson Chandler!
Last night we got word Eric Bledsoe wouldn’t be starting, then after the game we got confirmation the Pee-nix Suns are shutting him down for the rest of the season with “knee soreness”. Here’s Bledsoe’s response:
Hah! Well fantasy owners’ emojis would be a lot angrier than that! A few commenters have posted about a Bledsoe shutdown, but I certainly didn’t think it would be this soon… Redraft leagues you obviously have to cut him; in keepers – at anything beyond about a 3rd round value – you’re holding on. Which brings us to one of the of big nights from emerging must-adds from Wednesday’s action – Ulis S. Great! Big night in the start for Tyler Ulis, going 13/1/13/2/1 in 39 minutes in the youthfest against the Kings. Yeah, he’s pretty much must-own now. Above Cory Joseph, Malcolm Brogdon, all those iffy PG that are hanging around as your last roster spot or two in 10/12ers. So be Great, and add Ulis! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:
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Frank Kaminsky – Man, the Hornets were TERRIBLE last night! At least we saw Frank the Tank get over Frank the Shoulder and lead the team with a 20/4/1/1/0 line off the bench. Still only shot 1-8 from deep, but the team shot 3-23 from 3 point land! Damn!
Paul George – F’in A! My pick for 30 points on Tuesday night went for 39/5/3/3/0 with 6 treys one game later. Saving himself for the Hornets! Scrub.
J.J. Barea – Whoa, wait what?! After returning mad under-the-radar, blew up for a big dimebag last night! 6/2/13 in only 20 minutes, without committing a single TO. Yogi Ferrell only played 25 minutes and committed 5 fouls, and I feel like in comments through the past few weeks, I’ve been advocating for Ferrell because of perceived “safe” playing time. Oops! As the Mavs fight for a playoff spot, I could see more and more JJ. Barea is definitely in that fringe-PG mix now.
John Wall – Scary, scary moment when he limped off the court, and got X-rays on his sprained foot, which came back negative. He came back into the game but said he’s pretty sore, so we might be looking at a DNP on the Fri/Sat back-to-back this weekend. Ugh.
Ricky Rubio – What in the?!?!? Led the Wolves in scoring?! Who let this happen?!?! 23/3/7/1/0 on 8-14 shooting. He’s scored 22+ and shot 53%+ in 3-straight games. The world is officially upside down.
Nemanja Bjelica – Was on a strong run, but rolled his ankle last night. It apparently wasn’t a very clear roll when it happened, but he’s getting an MRI today. Obviously you just go ahead and move in on virtually all leagues.
Al Horford – Better late than never?! Hasn’t really had the season we hoped – minus those awesome dimes – but wow, actually as I write this, I semi-recant. He’s had a pretty exciting season! And gave his owners a 20/9/8/0/2 line last night with a trey. Horf and Giannis – your Ast/Blk guys!
Rudy Gobert – Add Monsieur Elbow to that list too!
12/9/5/0/4 for big Rudy.
Rodney Hood – Tried to play through some knee soreness, but only made it through 9 minutes. He’s already doubtful for today, so if he’s somehow on any playoff rosters, you can probably let him go. Joe Ingles hit 4 treys in 27 minutes in his stead, and if you need a little ThrAGNOFfin’ tonight and can make same-day moves, sure!
Reggie Jackson – Another turdmuffin, but not that surprising against the Jazz. Back-to-back blowouts for the Pistons against top-flight teams, so I still think he can get back to 30 MPG soon. Ish Smith cleaned up with 28 minutes for 16/3/3 in junktime.
Goran Dragic – 33/5/2/1/1 with 5 treys in a rip-em-to-shreds effort. The Heat are only 2 under .500 now, this is ridiculous. We were pairing them with the Mess for worst team in the NBA early on!
Wayne Ellington – Why you ThrAGNOF! I have him on a couple RCLs, and he hot right now! 19/2/1/1/0 with no TO and 5 treys.
Nikola Mirotic – Hit another 3 treys on a 14/5/2/0/2 line. While the Bulls didn’t win this one, hanging with the Grizz is still better than Chicago did in that losing streak while DNPing him…
Ivica Zubac – Poop. Got into bad foul trouble, and had a tough time defending the Houston pick-n-roll. Now as a starter, he won’t get minutes in horrible blowouts! Hah. Sheesh, losing by 39, LA?! Hold strong with Zubac if you can.
Julius Randle – 32 points in a 39-point loss. That has to feel encouraging for the franchise!
D’Angelo Russell – Also has to feel good for Lakers fans to see one of your “future cornerstones” now come off the bench and go 5/2/2/2/0 on 2-10 shooting with 7 TO in 25 minutes. I’m puking purple and gold, I knew I shouldn’t have made Goldschlager and grape juice cocktails!
Lou Williams – Revenge game! 30/4/7/2/1 on 11-17 shooting with 7 treys. I bet a team change never felt better than during this game…
Trevor Ariza – If you’ve survived with him this far, he may be finding his shot again! 7-9 from the field with 4 treys after a brutally long cold streak. Summer is comin’!
Damian Lillard – After losing Tuesday night to the Pels, held a team-only meeting, then goes out for 36/3/4/2/0 and hits every critical FT down the stretch as the Blaze beat the Spurs on the road. The Omen is real!
Kawhi Leonard – Tried to do everything he could on his unreal rainbow line of 34/9/6/3/2 with 4 treys, but twasn’t enough. Man, he had 2 big dunks towards the top of the NBA Top 10 plays, but the Spurs lost.
How anti-Spurs is that?! Highlight reel plays but they lose at home! Hah the game ended so funny too – the Spurs were down 3 and they fouled Manu Ginobili, who rattled an in-and-out trying to MAKE the first FT, then intentionally tried to MISS the second, threw it hard at the back rim, and it somehow bounced in. Hilarious.
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LaMarcus Aldridge – Asked the Wizard of Oz for a heart, and got one! All kidding aside – awesome to see his issue was nothing serious and he’s back on the court. Definitely didn’t think he’d be back nearly this fast. 19/7/4 in his return, but was a rusty 9-24 FG.
DeAndre Jordan – Dude, what is going on?! Rubio and DJ lead their teams in scoring on the same night?! 22/17/2/0/2 in a huge game for Jordan, AND hit 4-5 FT! FT-punt playoff teams might get a lucky extra cat at this rate!
Skal Labissiere – Aight, best for last! As in, the worst game for last, but so much fantasy goodness to be added last night in Sac @ Pho! Skal showing some straight Skill, going 32/11/0/2/0 on 11-15 FG (1-1 3PTM 9-11 FT). I immediately scoured wires for him, but man, it’s tough to give him an add on most of my RCLs. He’s gonna get a shot to score, but inconsistent in D stats and treys, and well, minutes too.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Hopefully you stayed true with WCS like I did! 14/11/5/4/4 in an epic double-rainbow!
“I cannot believe it! It’s a friggin double-rainbow! Oh my gosh!” Yeah, be sure WCS is on a roster in your 12ers. Obviously he’s not gonna get the lowly/young Suns every night, but the Kings want to feature him a ton. Oh, and the 2-6 FT is annoying – he was improving there lately, so hopefully just a fluke.
Buddy Hield – With all the youth on display last night, suddenly Hield only got 21 minutes of BARFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. Move along to hotter ThrAGNOFs.
T.J. Warren – No Bledsoe is going to open things up HUGE for Warren, who didn’t disappoint going 24/9/3/1/2 on 12-16 shooting. Meh, he was already 70% owned in Yahoo – I thought it would be less – but he’s a clear, CLEAR, must own now.
Marquese Chriss – We’ve been saying it for months now! Stash him for the playoffs! And whatya get?! 17/7/2/2/5. Unreal. So happy to have him in a few of my RCLs.
Alan Williams – Also didn’t disappoint off the bench, bringing all sorts of sauce on a 14/11/2/1/2 line. Shot only 6-16, but seeing the Suns run a pretty tight 6-man rotation and Williams destroying Alex Len in minutes (31 to 17) is really encouraging for Big Sauce.
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