If you recall back to last week, I remember talking up Jon Leuer as an interesting deep league play. ¬† Loved the out-of-position threes, the boarding, the all-around production. ¬†I said I would probably go after him in REL, and then Slim tells me he’s probably not bidding on him this week. ¬†So I figure, I can dangle a few bucks and if someone beats me to him so be it. ¬†But it shouldn’t have been you Slim!! ¬†He Leuered me in with scoffing and brush-off ness. ¬†Slim, you want to repay me for this horrific slight of hand? ¬†Trade him to me! ¬†I guess I should talk more about Leuer than rant… ¬†Just over 27 minutes last night for 16/12 with a three on 7-14 shooting. ¬†This now marks five straight games of 23:30+ minutes, averaging nearly a double-double a game on top of almost a three a game with a few blocks. ¬†He’s not going to turn into some superstar, but he’s a great stretch the court center, which fits Mike Conley trying to drive and dish. ¬†Sorry Kosta Koufos, but your outside shots are labradoodles! ¬†That term needs to be added to the glossary… ¬†I see Leuer continuing his PT as a double double threat while Marc Gasol is out, with a handful of threes, steals and blocks to help out deeper leagues. ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy hoops:
Quincy Pondexter –¬†Nooooo, the Lone Ranger?! ¬†Just like studio exec’s expected returns for that movie, they only got 20% which is all Quincy P is gonna be able to play this year. ¬†That was a convulted stretch, no? ¬†Stress fracture in his foot that looks like it’ll cost him the rest of the season, and we wish him all the best.
Jerryd Bayless –¬†11/1/4/1/1 in 29 minutes as the starting 2 with Tony Allen out with a bad hip. ¬†The Grizzlies are dropping like flies. ¬†I like JB to get out of his shooting rut (can’t get much worse than 0-11!) and they have to play him. ¬† I included him in my Leuer offer Slim!
Kosta Koufos –¬†Racked up the stats, 7/11 with three blocks, but shot only 3-10 and didn’t look comfy offensively. ¬†Plus only got 26:16 to Leuer’s 27:18. ¬† Kosta is still gonna start, but he had 30 minutes plus the six games prior, so a little cutback could be in order.
Andrew Nicholson –¬†Nice game for St. Nich, going 19/11 with two threes and 4 blocks. ¬†Now, the Grizzlies big men just lobbed up some real softies up there, and I’m still not the biggest Nicholson fan with his funky shot. ¬†I mean, he’s no Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Shawn Marion, but I don’t think he goes 8-12 that often. ¬†Plus Nikola Vucevic is close to back and Tobias Harris isn’t much further off. ¬†Not buying any Magic Fs.
Glen Davis –¬†Could rival Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer as the most annoying guy who yells every single time he gets a putback opportunity. ¬†The worst! ¬†Bruised his knee last night but was able to return for 16/9 with a shocking 3 blocks. ¬†Well, not unless you saw how weak Koufos was Greek yogurting them up!
RainbOladipo – 10/6/3/3/0 for another nice multi-cat effort. ¬†Looks really good out there, even if his long ball (1-6 3PTM) didn’t look great. ¬†But he’ll for sure have some double rainbows coming his way the next few years.
Arron Afflalo –¬†Was awful. ¬†As you’d expect. ¬†Yet still a 17/5/3 game in his 5-16 ice cold effort.
DeAnre Jordan –¬†Owned Spencer Hawes. ¬†11/21 last night on 5-7 “shooting”. ¬†I know at least one was a slamma jamma, probably all were. ¬†12+ boards in 7 straight. ¬†With a 9 block game in there. ¬†Unfair.
Evan Turner –¬†Was the only good Sixer last night for 25/8/5 on 11-23 shooting. ¬†He’s having a ridiculous dream season. ¬†Still can’t hit threes to save his life, but hitting everything else. ¬†Including my ego.
Tony Wroten –¬†Got another start for the injured Michael Carter-Williams. ¬†MCW has some sort of knee infection that sounds all sorts of disgusting, so Wroten could see action in a few more games. ¬†While Wroten shot awful (2-12), he had yet another trip-dub flirt of 9/10/7.
Hollis Thompson –¬†Getting more and more minutes with 39:06 in another start last night. ¬†James Anderson is like, “dude, remember me, I scored 38 once!” ¬†Thompson only went 8/5/1 with three steals on 1-7 while Anderson went 8/0/2/0/0 and 0-4 from deep off the bench.
Wilson Chandler –¬†Willllssssoooonnnn! ¬†Nice to see you’re still alive… 17/8/1/0/2 shooting 7-10 and 3-6 from deep. ¬†Couldn’t miss inside the arc! ¬†Been a rough year for one of my breakouts, but standing tough.
Ty Lawson –¬†Chandler apparently spread his bum hamstrings germ to Lawson, who missed last night. ¬†Then the Nuggets went out and scored 75 points. ¬†But they won! ¬†Nugs need their engine back.
Timofey Mozgov –¬†As you’ll see in my REL recap this afternoon, damn that huge Mozgov run and it costing me three wins! ¬†4/5 with a block and 4 TOs in 19 minutes. ¬†Typical he’d have a 17/20 against me…
J.J. Hickson –¬†9/8 and still quietly very consistent.
Trevor Booker –¬†Dub-dub! ¬†I wish I knew his middle name, because if it started with T he would so be a Booker T playing for Washington… ¬†12/12 with two blocks in 33 minutes,¬†and with Nene still nursing injuries, worth deep league streamer looks. ¬†At least 8 boards and 25 minutes in 3 of the last 4.
Stephen Curry –¬†This just in! ¬†He’s good. ¬†43/6/9 but in a losing effort. ¬†Break up the Bobcats!
Kemba Walker –¬†31/5/5 in a huge second half. ¬†While he’s still playing great, Pts, Asts and Stls are all down. ¬†Got one pick somewhat right!
Anthony Tolliver –¬†Got the start for the injured Jeffery Taylor, who had started for the injured MKG. ¬†So many SF injuries! ¬†Very boring 6/5/2. ¬†We need Taylor!
Josh McRoberts –¬†Almost didn’t make the game because he thought there was a Pirate door. ¬†“No dude, that says Private! ¬†We’re going into the arena!” ¬†Flirted with a milk steak, er, triple double for 11/10/6. ¬†McRoberts keeps trying to prove us he’s not a dumpster baby!
Nicolas Batum –¬†So many triple-double teases! ¬†It’s like that chick that only wants to use you for a ride and flirts with you, but then you get nothing out of it! ¬†Ok, so it’s not apropos since you got a ton out of Batum’s 3-5 FG night going 7/8/11.
Alec Burks –¬†Plays awesome, plays terrible, now playing awesome again. ¬†16+ in the past three with a 20/3 line last night on 8-11 (4-4 FT) but no other stats. ¬†Will give you a handful of everything but blocks albeit sporadic… Back on the 12-team stream radar. ¬†Give me consistency or give me death!
Enes Kanter –¬†Gets benched, plays terrible on the bench, then injuries get him back in the starting line-up and he’s great again. ¬†The Jazz are such a headache… 19/5/2/2/1 in a near rainbow and 3 of the last 4 games have been great lines. ¬†Play the hot hand while you can.
Derrick Favors –¬†A lot of Kanter’s value relies on when Favors can get back in there, nursing a sore back. ¬†Marvin Williams¬†is also hurt with a bum heel the past 4 games. ¬†I don’t think Kanter¬†¬†is a long-term solution, but worth streaming and seeing.
Jeremy Evans –¬†Go go gadget Evans didn’t shoot too well (3-9), but was a steal away from rainbowing in his first start going 6/8/2/1/2 and also encouraging was no turnovers in 38 minutes. ¬†Like Kanter, a lot of value depends on injuries and who can come back when, but worth a deep league look.
Derrick Williams –¬†Break it out! ¬†Prison Break! ¬†Derrick Schofield went 12-16 for a career-high 31 Pts with 5 Rebs and 5 Stls. ¬†There’s the Williams breakout many were looking for! ¬†Too bad it’s the last 16 shot game he’ll get when Rudy Gay gets into town…
DeMarcus Cousins –¬†Thinking the same thing with the ball hog comin’, for a huge 32/19/3/3/1 game, shooting 10-17 and 12-14 FT. ¬†Did have 9 TOs though. ¬†Asked why he lost the ball so much he answered because it’s still knocked in his stomach from that Dennis Schroder ball tap.
Isaiah Thomas –¬†Welcome to the starting line-up! ¬†Didn’t shoot too hot at 7-16, but did hit 4-6 from deep for a 24/12 game. ¬†Love me some of that dime bag! ¬†IT2 is gonna be such a kind bud.
Jose Calderon –¬†I think I said it two weeks ago, but to reiterate, he droppable. ¬†He was on tapas his game years ago and is now just a ThrAGNOF lurker. ¬†Don’t get Phoebe started on lurkers!
Dirk Nowitzki –¬†Rainbow line! ¬†Love em. ¬†18/6/7/2/2. ¬†But still a little shocking the Kings blew em out.
Jimmy Butler –¬†Is reportedly 75-80% healthy. ¬†I am 75-80% unhealthy. ¬†I drank sooooo much egg nog over the weekend. ¬†Unfortunately, it made me equally as nauseous as my Panthers did… Still don’t think he’s a grab right now in shallow leagues, I need to see him play as effectively as we saw last year and pre-injury, hope he’s not limited even when back on the court.
Deron Williams – Playing tonight! ¬†Rejoice! ¬†And by rejoice, I mean ankle splint salesmen. ¬†About to get a very rich client again… But I keed I keed, I hope he can turn the Nets around and stay healthy.
Next Game: ¬†I’ve got MIL @ CHI tonight. ¬†For the Bucks, I am pumped to see Khris Middleton get some big run again and hoping Brandon Knight goes off. ¬†Hope your week started well and good luck tonight!