So… It was a ridiculous weekend of injuries with the NBA pulling its best NFL impression. ¬†“Look how many people we can hurt too!” ¬†Right now the safest big sport might be hockey… The survivors of this NBA-wide injury bug should barricade themselves in a giant prison. ¬†OK, so that’s not exactly the best analogy… Look out for the Governor! ¬†Arguably the biggest injury over the weekend was another knee giving out for Derrick Rose, who tore his meniscus and is having surgery some time today. ¬†This is about the worst thing that could’ve happened for fantasy this season. ¬†No, not because I’m a Rose owner… But because of all the Rose questions! ¬†Of course this would happen for a second straight year. ¬†So obligatory memo, statement, press release – Razzball’s official stance on answering questions on Rose will involve no guesses or speculation to his return! ¬†Well, Pete, Slim, & Dan can… I guess. ¬†But I’m not doing this again! ¬†“Hey JB, when’s the end of the world?” ¬†“When am I going to win the lottery?” ¬†“How in God’s green earth did the Patriots win last night?” ¬†“When will the Spurs finally kick out all the vets and give Kawhi Leonard superstar touches?!” ¬†I just don’t have the answers! ¬†We saw Russell Westbrook go down with a meniscus injury, only to need a second clean-up surgery. ¬†Rose has said he’s leaning towards a reattachment procedure that would cost him the season, plus Rose has his other knee just off the ACL. ¬†His knees have gone the way of Kyle’s knees in that South Park episode after his expletive-plasty. ¬†Hopefully Rose’s surgeon is part-Borg and can get something mechanical going on in there. ¬†“He’s more machine now than man…” Dude, I just crossed sci-fi swords there in a major fail… Here’s what else went down across fantasy hoops over the weekend:
Marc Gasol –¬†The other big injury. ¬†Has a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL. ¬†Yikes. ¬†Gasol has a more definable timetable of 6-8 weeks floating out there and doesn’t have to go under the knife. ¬†And that’s a saving grace for surgeons as I don’t think any operating tables are that big! ¬†I saw a couple comments get in over the weekend about the injury, and I think Gasol should be a hold in almost all leagues, even without IR spots. ¬†I just think his upside is too big to cut and let someone else snatch him up on the wire. ¬†And when he’s back, he’ll get his minutes as his knee allows, which I don’t think is comparable for a guy like Larry Sanders, who has been cut in a lot of leagues as well. ¬†Send Gasol get well soon cards and hope you can eat the lost time!
Trey Burke –¬†Was inserted into the starting line-up yesterday, and shot like Gordon Hayward! ¬†Going to be a season long joke… ¬†Went 2-9 in just over 20 minutes for 4/2/4. ¬†Yikes. ¬†Two straight blurbs with yikes… Bust out the Thesauras! ¬†What do we have here… ummm… no results! ¬†Eff you Thesaurs.com! ¬†Brutal game for Burke, but at least he didn’t get hurt.
Marvin Williams – Started as well in a big Jazz shake-up. ¬†The most fantasy relevant 73 point game for a team in recent memory. ¬†I had to put “for a team” in there as to not mislead you into thinking Marvin dropped 70+! ¬†Hey, us Heels fans are flying high after beating the Pitinos… Anyway, I think Marvin is a solid role player, and while the stat sheets have been filling out decently before this start, I’m not his biggest fan for fantasy. ¬†Disappointed last night for 4/3/0/1/1 in 22 minutes. ¬†Only an add in the deepest of leagues, even with the starting role.
Enes Kanter – “Cause you had a bad day!¬†You’re taking one down! ¬†You sing a sad song…” You get the picture. ¬†Benched then sprained his ankle. ¬†Look out 2012 Charlotte Bobcats! ¬†Jazz are coming for ya. ¬†The fact they had to do X-Rays is no good news, plus we’ve seen ankle injuries derail some players thus far. ¬†Droppable in most leagues even though I like him, in the deepest of leagues like REL, a semi-buy low. ¬†Williams would continue to start at the 4 in the interim most likely.
Jeremy Evans – I couldn’t believe he went 11-11 in his first two games this year! ¬†Pretty remarkable… Finally missed a shot going 1-2 2/6/1/1/1 in 18 minutes last night. ¬†He’s got some raw-athletic upside and a starter’s role upside with Richard Jefferson and Marvin your starting Jazz Fs. ¬†Worth a look in deep leagues.
Diante Garrett –¬†So I’m a little biased as his REL owner, but he keeps being a useful NBA player. ¬†He’s not going to all the sudden pull a Lin-sanity, but 7/1/2 in 21 minutes and the only player over 11 minutes for the Jazz that was a plus in +/- on the court.¬† He single-handedly almost brought the Jazz back against the Mavs on Friday, not playing until the third quarter going 3-3 for 7 Pts 8 Asts in 16 minutes in a crazy comeback charge. ¬†His last four games he has a 21:3 AST:TO ratio. ¬†John Lucas III went from starter to 7 minutes yesterday, and I think Garrett is in line for backup-PG minutes and some time on the court with Trey Burke against small backcourts at times. ¬†Only a guy to keep an eye on in the deepest of leagues, but he looks great when he’s on the court.
Reggie Jackson –¬†10/3/7/2 last night in a surprise start with Westbrook getting the night off. ¬†Decent line in 26 minutes, but I think it’d shock you that the 7 dimes are a season-high. ¬†Why I don’t think Jackson needs to be owned right now in 10 or 12 teamers.
Steven Adams –¬†Slim’s boyfriend went 3/7/2/1/0 in 27 minutes of run, but coughed up 4 TOs. ¬†Everyone and their mother knows Kendrick Perkins is hot garbage, so I’m with Slim he has upside and worth a stash in deep leagues. ¬†He looked good last Thursday when I last saw him play.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope –¬†Shooting worse than me trying to aim at a solo cup instead of a urinal. ¬†It’s a long way down for me, OK! ¬†2-10 yesterday for 5 points, a steal, and a three. ¬†Fin, that’s it. ¬†Now 11 for 45 in his last 4. ¬†At least he’s starting which is good for my REL, but it’s getting brutal and may not last that long. ¬†Wish Thesaurus had come up with some words for yikes… Hey, at least the kid has 3 TOs on the ENTIRE SEASON! ¬†And only one in the past 10 with 2 in his debut. ¬†Pretty crazy, even for a shoot-first guy, to average 0.3 TOs a game in 20+ minutes.
Josh Smith –¬†Returned to the starting line-up for 13/8/3/3/0 and a three. ¬†You’ll take it. ¬†Stop being late for practices!
Rodney Stuckey –¬†Despite the steady decline the past few years, won’t go away with a big 27/4/6/2 yesterday. ¬†I’ve never liked Stuckey, but this 6th man role is doing wonders. ¬†I mean, it’ll give anyone confidence watching KCP try to make a basket! ¬†Still not a full believer, but worth an add for scoring and a handful of dimes in 12 teamers. ¬†But it won’t be me.
Andre Drummond –¬†In the epic battle of Razzball readers vs. JB on Andre the Giant, had a subpar 9/10/0/1/0 shooting 4-6 but 1-4 from the stripe. ¬†Just over 27 minutes, but that is going to become the norm because teams will start Banging the Drummond Slowly!
Joe Johnson –¬†Trying his best to make the Nets salvage this season. ¬†Wasn’t this supposed to be a contending team?! ¬†Yikes… Dammit Thesaruas! ¬†Enough of that… ¬†34/2/4 on a hot 12-18 shooting and ridiculous 8-10 from three point land. ¬†Who is this guy, Arron Afflalo?
Shaun Livingston –¬†A meh-of-a 4/2/7 game, and banged his head hard in the 4th quarter and had to exit. ¬†No word yet if he suffered a concussion or will miss any time. ¬†If he doesn’t miss a start, I still think he’s fringe-ownable in 12-teamers with the assists upside and terribleness of everyone else unable to create on their own. ¬†Deron Williams¬†is still day-to-day, and while they desperately need him, I don’t think anyone wants him to push it. ¬†If both are gone, Tyshawn Taylor might have to start as the Nets PG. ¬†The QB for the Ravens? ¬†No that’s Tyrod Taylor! ¬†I’m so confused… The Nets are dropping like flies!
Mike Dunleavy –¬†Another start, 14/2/3 of decent production for very deep leaguers. ¬†Should get a lot of run the rest of the season.
Marquis Teague –¬†He’s not very good, he shot 0-7 yesterday, but I still gambled on his upside in REL in hopes to completely tank my FG% pairing him with KCP…. Just kidding… Unfortunately my $22 bid could’ve been $4 and won. ¬†Perils of FAAB in such a deep league. ¬†I thought some bidding would be made on a very possible starting role should Kirk Hinrich suffer another injury in what has plagued his career. ¬†Plus I needed PG eligible guys.
Chris Paul –¬†Another dub-dub with dimebags, dishing out 17. ¬†Getting pretty unreal.
Jared Dudley –¬†What the hey?! ¬†21 points yesterday, but only 1 Reb and 1 Ast to go with it. ¬†He shot 8-10 and 4-5 from deep. ¬†He and Kendrick Perkins are the first two picks on my elite hot garbage team.
DeAndre Jordan –¬†Now this was the Dudley. ¬†2/7/2 with one block in 27 minutes. ¬†Did Vinny Del Negro coach this game?! ¬†Sheesh. ¬†The Clips destroyed the Rose-less Bulls and they didn’t need a DJ. ¬†Kinda like getting married to someone who’s family is an A Capella group.
Antawn Jamison –¬†Made his debut in mop up duty. ¬†Any time I hear “mop up” I think of Michael Ironside in Starship Troopers. ¬†I guess that makes Jamison mobile infantry…
Gerald Green –¬†Won’t go away as Eric Bledsoe is killing fantasy owners with a shin bruise. ¬†Green with a 20/8/2/2/0 line shooting 4-9 from deep. ¬†Bledsoe reportedly warmed up, but couldn’t get the shin… warm? ¬†I dunno, I guess it’s a deep bone bruise. ¬†Green I don’t think can sustain value when both Bledsoe and Dragic are out there, but both are proving indurable. ¬†Which isn’t a word. ¬†How about feeble? ¬†Didn’t even need that cursed website to cook up that one!
Victor Oladipo – Another near rainbow line in his third start, going 6/5/5/2/1 in a whopping 40 minutes. ¬†Shot only 3-12 with another 4 TOs (he was leading the NBA in TOs for a bit), but you’re loving the multi-cat.
Glen Davis –¬†Returned over the weekend for a big debut of 7-13 20/5/1/2/0 in 27 minutes on Saturday, then 22 minutes of 6/4/4/2/1 near-rainbow last night. ¬†More on the Magic-mess below:
Tobias Harris –¬†The return is nigh, nay, here! ¬†Just over 16 minutes yesterday going 3-8 for 6/1 and nada. ¬†With Glen Davis returning (Baby back! ¬†…ribs…) the game prior, it’s all the sudden a jumbled mess with Afflalo getting the run at the 3 with VO at the 2. ¬†Andrew Nicholson¬†was a little hot and got a surprise 26 minutes, the most in three weeks. ¬†Then there’s Maurice Harkless starting as of now too, getting a very low 14-minute run yesterday. ¬†It’s a mess. ¬†I like Harris the most, but I don’t think he’s a sure-fire must add. ¬†Sucks for him coming off what he did last year to be slowed by the ankle.
Shawne Williams –¬†He’s been a really under-the-radar producer with a near-rainbow last night of 3/6/2/1/3 hitting a three pointer as his scoring. ¬†Shot only 1-6, but in the deepest of leagues, he can give you some surprise counting stats available everywhere.
Xavier Henry –¬†The return of Wheels! ¬†Welcome back! ¬†21/2 and ummm, two threes! ¬†And ummmm… 3 TOs… Yup that’s it, but he can rack up some points when he’s hot.
Steve Blake –¬†Another dimebag. ¬†I called it for real and a must-own a while ago. ¬†I am a happy Blake owner in a few leagues. ¬†Mugatu voice: “Happy! ¬†Happy! Hahahahaha!”
Jordan Hill –¬†He’s pretty much a dub-dub guy every single night now… Ridley’s Believe it or Not! ¬†10/13 with a block.
Blake Griffin – Had to have his elbow drained after yesterday’s game. ¬†I guess it puts a ton of stress on his elbow to block shots (three against the Bulls yesterday) and that’s why he rarely does it. ¬†I still don’t get why a leaper like him can’t block more! ¬†Doesn’t look like he’ll miss much, if any time.
Spencer Hawes –¬†Missed Saturday’s game with knee soreness. ¬†Lavoy Allen¬†got the start at the 5 against the Pacers and got a near rainbow line of 4/9/2/1/2 with Thaddeus Young out for his third game due to personal matters. Still, most leagues want none of the cleaner-uppers while Hawes and Young are out.
Michael Carter-Williams –¬†The up-and-down season continues! ¬†11-21 29/6/3/7/1 huge line with only 2 TOs. ¬†That’s so up that you don’t mind the valleys.
Tony Wroten –¬†Strained his back. ¬†Probably from carrying MCW around while his foot was hurt.
Roy Hibbert –¬†Offensive outburst! ¬†No, not like Michael Richards, but a season-high 27 raising his scoring average to 12.2 or about what you’d expect.
Raymond Felton –¬†Can’t get his hip working. ¬†He’s probably not back until next Friday when it’s the battle of the UNC PGs at Denver. ¬†I’m still holding in most leagues, but shallower 10-teamers can definitely move on.
John Wall – Blew it up over the weekend with two 30+ point games on Friday and Saturday. ¬†What kind of moron woulda had Wall as a first-rounder though?! He’s still not shooting ridiculously well but it’s passable, as I told you he has added some 3-point shooting (1.2 a game) and the TOs are bad, but way down per/48 from last year and career averages. ¬†Nice to see something right!
James Harden –¬†Expected to miss tonight’s game. ¬†Maybe he should get some Rogaine on his toes and grow out his toe hair so it’ll be more beard-ly.
Milwaukee Bucks –¬†They’re terrible and Larry Drew said there will be some starting line-up shake-ups. ¬†John Henson might start! ¬†And he called the team selfish while¬†Brandon Knight had 7 Asts in 26 minutes. ¬†Sure he shot 1-8, so it wasn’t exactly like he was only passing, but if his hammy is holding up, I like both of them to get a little run as starters. ¬†Plus Khris Middleton was the only guy who did anything against the Bobcats going 8-13 (2-2 3PTM) 20/4/2/1/0 with no turnovers, so he could be in the mix as well. ¬†Caron Butler was awful going 2-8 after dropping 38 Pts out of nowhere on Friday night. ¬†His AST:TO is atrocious on the year, not boding well for a coach calling out “selfish” play. ¬†Volatile in Brew Crew Nation.
LaMarcus Aldridge –¬†Goromotaro! ¬†Rainbow Line! ¬†He does it all! ¬†Huge 30/21/3/3/3 line in Saturday’s win over the Warriors. ¬†Huge line after a rough 4-20 shooting game on Friday. ¬†I tried buying him in REL when he was put on the block, but it didn’t end up working. ¬†Thanks for checking your trade on Sunday Night after this line instead of hitting accept!
Andre Iguodala –¬†Strained his hammy and out indefinitely. ¬†Another casualty of a weekend of injuries. ¬†Tough news for Iggy owners who were flying high.
Harrison Barnes –¬†Most own in all leagues now. ¬†Got a huge 45 minute run on Saturday for 4-12 13/4/5/1/0 with two threes. ¬†I think he can improve vastly on that and be big while Iggy is out.
Stephen Curry –¬†Returned to action and shared a dimebag! ¬†I guess medicinal marijuana helped him get back from the head injury.
Klay Thompson –¬†30 points! ¬†2 threes! ¬†1 Reb 1 Ast 1 Stl 4 TOs. ¬†ThrAGNOF!
Aaron Brooks –¬†What in the wide world of sports?! ¬†26 points on Saturday?! ¬†This one was baffling. ¬†With Harden out, Brooks got hot coming off the bench for 10-14 shooting and 6-7 3PTM. ¬†Not too much to see here though.
Kelly Olynyk –¬†Set to miss about two weeks with a sprained ankle. ¬†Hey, that’ll happen when you wander the desert! ¬†Jared Sullinger is playing well and should man the 5, but cracks open the door for former waiver-wire favey Vitor Faverani, who got just over 14 minutes for 11/5 with a block and a three. ¬†It’s a small crack though. ¬†A fissure.
Matthew Dellavedova –¬†An out of nowhere 14 points on 6-8 shooting on Saturday, for 14/2/2/4/0 and a three. ¬†Poor man’s Corey Brewer? ¬†I actually kinda think so, Mike Brown likes him and hates what he’s seeing from his other 2s.
Next Games:¬†I’ve got three tonight with BOS @ CHA, DEN @ DAL, and NYK @ POR. ¬†Nothing really stands out in any of these, except hoping to see the Blazers go 11 in a row. ¬†Hope you crushed in week 4 and good luck in week 5!