Tyreke Evans dropped 32 points on the Clippers in 40 minutes, but couldn’t drop a free throw that might have saved the game for ’em. Then he dashed to the locker room and dropped a bombshell that he’s considering having laser surgery that will heal his foot and lay him low for the next 3-4 months, or as simplists like to call it, the rest of the season. If this happens, it’s a problem. If it doesn’t, it’s still a problem. Where’s the rub? Because Evans had one of the better games of his season and within an hour said that he might shut it all down, suggests that he perhaps can play through the injury but sees little reason to do so. Oh, there’s the rub. If Evans stays, opts not to have the surgery until the offseason, and plays on your fantasy team, how sure will you be for the next 19 weeks that he won’t poop in your kitchen every third game as he has this season? Would you prefer no Tyreke Evans or one that screws you once a week? That was a pop quiz. And this is me telling you to put your pencil down because the answer is, you want the one screwing you. Because getting screwed a) still allows for those games in which he doesn’t, and despite a disappointing season, he’s still worth owning in standard leagues and more importantly b) you can’t trade away guys that aren’t playing. Just ask Troy Murphy. As long as Evans averages 17/5/5, he’s tradeable. Grab Francisco Garcia (gently and politely, of course. Dude has a temper) in case the fit hits the shan and Evans bids adieu to you and you and you. Then send out trades like they were late Christmas cards.

Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:

Drew Gooden – Missed Monday’s game with plantar fasciitis, not to be confused with missing games because of Planter Fascism, which is where players miss games because government figureheads forced them to eat too many peanuts. Why this would ever happen is beyond me, but what can I say? You were the one confusing the two! Anyway, he won’t be back until at least January 1.

Keyon Dooling – He’s averaging 11/2.5/5.5 in 34 mpg as a starter (including 14.5/4/7 in his last two) while shooting over 90 percent from the free throw line. If Gooden is suffering from Planter Fascism, Dooling has a case of Shot Communism: he’s only making 37 percent of his shots from the field and apparently only wants the free throws, not the throws he has to work for.

Andrea Bargnani – Missed Monday, likely out Tuesday. Start Joey Dorsey if you can. Otherwise, sleep soundly knowing you weren’t reduced to starting Joey Dorsey on your fantasy team.

Gerald Wallace – Will miss “two more games.” That’s the bad news. The good news is that when he returns, Paul Silas is gonna have Crash running wind sprints up and down the floor like he was trying to catch the last train to work. I’ve said before that the Bobcats were flush with quick players playing in a slow offense. Hang onto Charlotte’s top five players for now, they might all show big improvements in the weeks to come.

Tyrus Thomas – 14 points, 5 blks, 6 tov last night and if you told me he’d average this for the rest of the year, I’d believe you. Then I’d adapt it into an O. Henry story.

Stephen Jackson – Scored 23, but lost it nine times. Crikey StackJacks, stack ‘em a little lower, would ya?

Richard Hamilton – After exploding for 35 points in his first game as a reserve, he has since exploded for 15 and nine in the next two contests. That’s more sparkler than bottle rocket, no?

Rodney Stuckey – 6/1/3 as no one told Rodney the Bobcats were gonna actually try last night. Rodney’s not used to teams trying when they play his team.

Trevor Ariza – 13.5/7, with 2.5 steals and a .455 FG%. This is what we hoped he’d do all season. He’s only done it six other times in the previous 31 games. He owes his owners and until he pays off, the juice is still running.

Russell Westbrook – As Durant finally has his groove back, the portrait of Westbrook hidden in the attic has grown older and a bit more haggard. He’s shooting .397 and averaging 19/5 in his last three games.

Dirk Nowitzki – Left after playing just 11:32 minutes. Original reports claimed he hurt his ankle, but Nowitzknee. He might miss a game, maybe two. Don’t let their fair skin fool you, Germans are tough.

Andrei Kirilenko – Speaking of fair skin! It’s that time of the year again where I tell you that Andrei Kirilenko hurt himself. Lower back this time. We should be coming up on a Marcus Camby hurt himself announcement shortly.

Marcus Camby – Hey, whaddya know! Marcus Camby hurt himself after stepping on Paul Millsap like he was a Lilliputian (Milliputian?) Anyway, there was no structural damage and he shouldn’t miss much time.

Hedo Turkoglu – 20/7/5 last night. He’s averaging 13/4/5 for the Magic after averaging 10/4/2 on the Suns. What is Orlando’s strange voodoo making Hedo do so well?

Ryan Anderson – 10/12 Double-double. Settle down. He shot sub-.400 from the floor and is surrounded by guys who play his position. What are the odds he remains the big team breakout?

Wesley Johnson – He sank six treys on his way to sinking the Hornets, who were already sinking just fine without Johnson’s help, thank you very much.

Vladimir Radmanovic – Three steals, a pair of treys and a block against the Sixers and he’s been averaging this all week. For those of you waiting for Carlos Delfino to return, might I point you in Rad-man’s direction?

Amir Johnson – 15/9, followed by two crap games. Then 12/12, followed by three crap games. Then 14/6 followed by his last two crap games. Those non-crap games weren’t non-crappy enough to justify hanging onto him. Drop him like he’s rot.

Linas Kleiza – In the last four games he’s shooting .547 while averaging 21.3/7.8 and 2.5 treys a game. He won’t maintain this forever, but that shouldn’t stop you from digging  in now.

Leandro Barbosa – 0-for-6 from the arc. Threejerk!

  1. brad says:

    thinking of proposing my luke ridnour for his ty lawson. what do you think?

  2. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: I wouldn’t do it. There’s much less risk in keeping Ridnour and having him lose his starting job than trading for Ty Lawson and hoping he moves into the lineup at some point in the season.

  3. brad says:

    @Adam: thanks for the perspective.

    hey where do you put j-rich’s value going forward?

  4. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: No problem! Although I think his value will dip a bit on the Magic, he’s still a top 60 fantasy option. If he averaged 19.5/4.5/1.5 with 2.5 treys and a steal on the Suns, I’m guessing when he gets settled, he averages somewhere around 16/4/1 with a steal and 2 treys a game. Worse, but still valuable.

  5. brad says:

    @Adam: word. so getting him for ridnour’s a win. don’t think the guy will bite, but my real goal is to talk up ridnour to this guy and include him in a g-wall trade.

  6. Larry says:

    What value do you think Ryan Anderson of the Magic has going forward? Is he a better pick up than Cousins at this point?

  7. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Not a bad strategy. In the end, I’d rather have Ridnour than Lawson right now.

    @Larry: Mmm … about the same. Maybe even a bit less valuable than Cousins. I just don’t think there’s a lot of room for Anderson to shine on the Magic.

  8. Ryan says:

    @adam where do you put Hibbert going forward?

  9. paul says:

    1. Looks at Tyreke’s stats after the game: nods with approval and relief
    2. A minute later reads Reke is considering season-ending surgery: wait whaaat?!?

    Even when Tyreke wins, he loses.

    In my 14 team, should I drop Chalmers for Garcia? Waiver wire is pretty thin, and Chalmers has been playing decent as of late. Garcia still the better option here?

  10. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Ryan: On the bench.

    If not there, I think he turns it around a bit, but teams are starting to understand that Hibbs doesn’t adapt well. He starts a lot of games well and then gets punched in the mouth a bit and falls silent for the remainder of the game. Until he figures out how to keep his confidence up and stay out of his own head, we won’t see the 18/12/3 block Hibbert from November.

    @paul: I’d hang on to Chalmers. Garcia already had the starter’s gig and lost it before Evans returned. I just don’t trust anything going on in Sacramento right now.

  11. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Is DarCo worth a stash in a 12 teamer? He was just dropped in my league. I can either pick up him, Taj or Diaw. I’d be dropping Ty Lawson first, and Landry Fields second if you feel there are two worth picking up. Thanks!

  12. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Adam – GHill looking great for SAS tonight. TChandler’s been weak lately and Ibaka’s on the WW. Worth the swap?

  13. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: I’d prefer DarCo over the other two, but not if you have to drop Lawson or Fields. Not until Jim O’Brien does … well, anything other than what he’s done so far.

    @AnotherFalstaff: He absolutely killed L.A. in the fourth quarter, didn’t he? I love that guy. I’d grab him for Ibaka.

  14. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Adam – Grabbed Hill this morning off the WW. Pop will need to give him minutes just for his defense alone. Do I drop TChandler for Ibaka? Thanks!

  15. Adam

    Adam says:

    @AnotherFalstaff: I hope you played him tonight. Kudos to you if you did. Not much scoring, but he made up for it everywhere else.

    I’d only drop Chandler for Ibaka if you need the blocks. Otherwise, Chandler’s the more reliable of the two generally unreliable centers.

  16. Nick says:

    @Adam: Hey Adam, would you drop Milicic or Hill for Garcia
    or Redick. Don’t have much spaces on my team with Noah on bench and
    Bynum just coming back…I’m weak in FTM and PF, currently in 5th
    of 10.

  17. Larry says:

    Would you hold Bass or drop for George Hill, Grant Hill or Affalo?
    Really digging your daily write ups, thanks.

  18. Tony says:

    @Adam: OR ANYONE: ASAP need some help here, its my 20 team league, im done for this year, a guy offered me brandon roy $52, devin harris $36, and brendan Haywood $10 which is basically junk but completes the deal and keeps the cap good….

    IN TURN i give him, cousins $33, mayo $44, and west $32……

    He will give me $7 for next yrs draft and I’d get his 1st round pick and deal him my 5th round pick.

    20 team league, you can keep 4 which most teams do, if i accept, i’d have curry, david lee, harris, and i think big baby glen davis ($7) at a total of $110. I could keeep brandon roy at $52 but he’s such a liability, tough call…

    this would leave me $90 dollars to buy my other 4 players, plus i’d have an addittional $9 extra from this deal and another deal…..

    what do you think?

    20 team league, curry, david lee, harris, and glen davis would beeee my keeps then totaling $110 combined, and leavin me a total of $99 to draft my other 4 doodes in the draft…

    whatcha think guys? ughhhh, im really thinking about takin this, im done this year, already let joakim noah $16 slip away and othr dealy haven’t panned out, this is alot of draft dollars, plus i might be able to flip ROY for something…. doubtful i can keep him…. thoughts, suggestions?

  19. Tony says:

    @Tony: Bosh was just dealt/sold for 4 drft dollars and swapped a 1st round pick for lke a 3rd or 4th….. just to give you an ideal.

  20. Tony says:

    and he had a $49 salary…. man im drunk, help me out with the ABOVE…. ty is out, i’ll rely on some razzball help in the AM,,,,zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  21. 24hourjack says:

    Adam….in a H2H league where I need help in multiple categories,I was offered Blatche straight up for Tyreke Evans….

    because of the threat of season ending surgery,and the fact that Evans has been craptastic 2/3 of the time so far this yr,I’m tempted to jump all over the offer,however….

    my team is loaded w/ guys who contribute a little bit in a lot of ways,but no explosive scoring types other than Melo’ and Boozer,so….should I quit overthinking it and just accept or what?….

  22. 24hourjack says:

    Adam,one more question….

    you mentioned that the top Bobcats may begin showing improvement under Silas,but do you see any good reason why someone would offer me Blake Griffin straight up for Gerald Wallace?….

    because thats what just happened in one of my H2H leagues.Am I missing something?

  23. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Nick: Garcia: Milicic, yes. Hill, no. Redick: Milicic, yes. Hill, no, unless Redick sees a constant uptick in minutes.

    @Larry: I’d drop Bass for any of those three.

    @Tony: Maybe that’s you’re problem, Tony. You’re doing all your fantasy deals late at night with 40 oz. of 4Loko in your tummy! As long as you’re not planning on keeping Roy at $52 (way too high for him at this point. I’m not sure I’d pay 1/3 of that) and you’re no longer trying to stay competitive this season, I’d go for it.

    @24hourjack: I’d do it. There’s a chance Blatche is on his way out of D.C. after his spat with McGee, but that risk isn’t as great as the one you’re facing with ‘reke.
    Re: Griffin/Wallace. Perhaps the guy making the offer sees a much larger uptick among the Bobcats than I do, or maybe he likes some of the secondary stats that Crash offers that Griffin doesn’t. Maybe Griffin’s FT% is burying him. Hard to tell.

  24. Kitchenworks says:

    dropped Tyreke Evans for Tony Allen, I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have. Great advice/articles btw! great site.

  25. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Kitchenworks: Well, you’re good for the next three weeks anyway.

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