We all love fantasy basketball, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and if you’ve run marathons, you know that you get tired after half of it is done. I mean, I don’t have any clue at all, but it stands to reason, right? Doldrums is the running term for that. And doldrums is also a sailing term, and not at all related to running actually. But I get a little frustrated, depressed, let down, etc. this time of the season, realizing the cats who have under performed, or acted just plain goofy (I’m talking to you Kevin Garnett! you used to be so damn beautiful, and you’re tainting your legacy a bit with this sucky stuff). But like G.I. Joe said, knowing is half the battle, and we can turn our frowns upside down with a little creative trading and/or acquisition. Take a gander at these booms and busts:
Jae Crowder SF, PF
Crowder might not be the hero Boston wants, but he’s the hero they deserve. He didn’t get much play in Dallas, and with Jeff Green being shipped out, they are running out of scoring options in Beantown. He had an absolute monster game monday, posting a rainbow line, touching all categories, and while I wouldn’t expect anywhere near what he did then, in his last 4 games he’s posted 11.5/4.5/1.8/1.5/1, with .667 treys per, and a paltry .5 turnovers, shooting around 50%. That is definitely worth taking a look at in 12-14 teamers, no? He’s 12% owned, so IF you have somebody drop-worthy, Crowder might be the hero you deserve.
Talk about the hero Miami needs! I know that I’m a little late to the party with Whiteside, but he’s only 47% owned, and still producing. He has classic big man stats, with points, boards, crazy blocks, and high percentages. Whiteside has gone 14.8/10.8/0/.8/4 in his last 4 games. 4 Blocks per game, Jebus! Minutes are a concern, as he fouls a lot, but ride this south beach wave while he’s caliente!
Mo Williams PG, SG
Ricky Rubio is due back soon, but Mo just dropped 52 last night, with 6 treys and 7 dimes, ho hum. It’s just another day at the office. That is the most points from any Timberwolf ever. Sorry Kevin Love, sorry KG, not you guys, it’s Mo’s moment… a Momoment. He has been fantasy worthy even without this huge spike in production, so if you need cheap points and dimes and 3s with acceptable percentages, Have yourself a Mo, man!
Jrue Holiday PG
Holiday! Celebrate! If you took a holiday… Any Madonna fans?, No? Ahem. Fine, I’ll just take my feather boa elsewhere to be with REAL music fans. And speaking of taking, try to snatch Jrue from whomever owns him. He just tweaked his ankle, you may have a shot at getting him for a discount if this news has scared his fantasy GM. Which it shouldn’t, and don’t you be frightened either. History favours the bold. Or flavours the bold. Whatever.
Eric Gordon SG
As stated earlier, Holiday will be out for a while, and Gordon will get a bit of a bump. He’s been unremarkable, but should spike a bit in trey’s, points and add in the odd steal and a few dimes. This is what I feel is his sell high point.
Rudy Gorbert C
Do I think that the demotion to the bench will affect his output? It certainly didn’t last night, as Gorbert went for a rainbow of 16/11/4/2/3, in 32 minutes. Is this great production? Of course, but you probably didn’t draft Rudy, you likely scooped him off the wire, and you can turn that found gold into a top 40-50 stud, and I can’t imagine he’ll rise much higher in value than he is right now. Are you irritated with the dick way I ask obvious questions to further a point? You should be, it’s even giving me douche-chills, sorry I’ll stop. Will I actually stop? Yes. Sorry, that was a little much, even for me.
Kobe Bryant PG, SG, SF
I know that this is not a sell high recommendation, but as a Bryant owner, this constant benching spells doom, and he may even be shelved for the season. His yearly stats of 22.7/5.6/5.4 are dynamite, and his name still has cache. If you can move him, do it, before he becomes an outright drop.
Ok cool cats, that’s all I have for you right now. May all your shots be nothing but net!