Man, is it really Thanksgiving Day again? Seems like yesterday that I was thanking that the Wizards were a playoff team….
Paul Pierce is gone and now we got Kris Humphries and Jared Dudley thinking they can play the stretch four. And how has that worked out for us? A 17-point loss to the Pacers on Tuesday and another 14-point loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. The Wizards are looking closer to the Redskins everyday. At least one doesn’t have a racist name.
So rather than complain about my home team, let’s say thanks to all teams and players that have actually helped us on Wednesday – I can try to enjoy Marvin Williams (14 pts, 11 rebs, 2 3s), Nicolas Batum (16 pts, 11 asts, 7 rebs), and Jeremy Lamb (18 pts., 7 rebs., 3 asts.) putting up fantasy worthy numbers against my Wiz kids.
On the Wizards side, Marcin Gortat had a monster double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Gary Neal had 18 points off the bench. Neal is straight buckets off the bench, but consistency will be a problem. I’d suggest investing in Bradley Beal, while he’s getting back into the swing of things after missing a few.
Moving onto the rest of the games:
I told you Melo wouldn’t be terrible forever. 28/13 with 3 threes, he’s slowly building up his field goal percentage. I hope you bought low while you could.
Jose Calderon – 23 points and only 4 assists. We expect much higher assists, but the points? Yeah, it’s weird, but invest in JC because Derek Fisher keeps playing him, for some reason.
Nikola Vucevic – Monster double-double with 22 and 12. He’s healthy for now, so keep him in your lineup.
Tobias Harris – Vucci Mane wasn’t the only one to get a double-double for the Magic. 17 and 10 ain’t bad.
Elfrid Payton – Who cares what his hair looks like, if he’s throwing up 12/11/6 numbers.
Victor Oladipo – Don’t forget me! Just because I came off the bench doesn’t mean I can’t produce: 24/4/2. Once these head injuries go away, he’ll be killing it for your fantasy lineups.
Hassan Whiteside – 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He’s still my bust of the year, but is making it harder for me to say that each day.
Andre Drummond – I knew he wasn’t going to go 20/20 every night. 18/20 on Wednesday with 5 blocks and 2 steals. What a disappointment.
Tristan Thompson – Usually I don’t recommend guys that can only score and grab rebounds, but now that Timofey Mozgov is out, TT has been balling. 8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block is good for a waiver wire pickup. Just don’t expect the defensive stats every night.
Kevin Love – 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 threes. Finally a game like his T-Wolves days.
Bismack Biyombo – 11 points, 12 rebounds, but no blocks? Jonas is out for a while so that means lots of Biyombo minutes. The blocks will come. Grab him off the waiver wire while you can.
Courtney Lee – Lee’s minutes have been up and down lately, but it is nice to see him do well off the bench with 17 points and 2 steals. He should be getting more minutes than recently acquired Mario Chalmers.
James Harden – Fantasy monster (40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists), but these lines should result in more wins. Maybe Kevin McHale wasn’t the problem?
Rudy Gay – I’ve always been gay for Gay. He produces across the board, no matter who he’s playing for. 36 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal and block each for the Kings in their win over the Bucks.
Rajon Rondo – Triple double King or should I say Queen, after he goes 10/13/9 on Wednesday. Rondo should be able to grab another rebound with all his bricks, right?
Paul Millsap and Al Horford – Both Atlanta big men double-doubled, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Timberwolves. The T’Wolves had Zach LaVine, 18/5/6, and Gorgui Dieng going 10/11 with 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks off the bench for the win. Invest in Dieng before the T’Wolves realize he’s their best big man.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – RHJ has been getting the minutes, but it’s nice to see him actually do something for once. 11/11 in 28 minutes. Let’s see some more before we race to the waiver wire to invest.
Dion Waiters – We are all about what Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can bring, but Waiters finally brought something to the table with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. I still think he’s way too overrated, but maybe my hate has gone too far.
Dirk Nowitzki – He may be old, but 13/14 is nice for an almost 40 year old.
Tony Parker – Why he was on the waiver wire in so many leagues I’ll never know, but 16/8/8 is a nice line for those that grabbed him while he was playing poorly.
Ish Smith – I keep expecting Smith to stop playing well. And for some reason it hasn’t happened yet. 20 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds off the bench. I’m pretty sure your last roster spot isn’t producing that well.
Anthony Davis – In case you were upset with your #1 pick. 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 2 steals/blocks each. Yes, he’s still the best fantasy player.
Gordon Hayward – Slowly the days that you can buy low on Hayward are going away. 33 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. TRADE FOR HIM NOW!!!
I wish I could write about everyone who played on Wednesday, but I have some stuffing to eat. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I’ll try to respond to your comments while everyone else is Black Friday shopping!