Welcome back from Thanksgiving! ¬†After a week of indulgent eating, I’m back with an extra 20 lbs of writing weight. ¬†Those drumsticks went right into my index fingers. ¬†So I didn’t learn the typical QWERTY typing method, sue me! ¬†I taught myself how to type in “Olsen Twins Turn 18 Countdown” chat rooms when I was in middle school… ¬†Fantasy hoops had a ton go down through the Turkey Day holiday, although Omer Asik wasn’t traded to the Magic for Hedo Turkoglu. ¬†Now that would’ve been a Turkey Day! ¬†Of all the things that went down, I am positively giddy for the run Patrick Beverley is about to give us with Jeremy Lin set to miss two weeks with a knee strain. ¬†Thanks in part to Slim’s water torture, I’m a big Beverley believer for some real mulit-cat upside. ¬†Early returns started slow, with PBev going 7/2/2/2/0 the game Lin got hurt during the first quarter, then only 5/4/1/0/0 in 24 minutes on the Friday night. ¬†But on Saturday against the Spurs, 11/6/5/3/1 no turnovers and three treys. ¬†“Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!” ¬†Thanks Maury Ballstein. ¬†Even though PBev isn’t a focal point of the offense, I buy the peripheral stats, and a must-have addition to your own “Balls Models” squads. ¬†Steals, boards a-plenty, with some dimes and out-of-position blocks will floweth like a river. ¬†Or Slim’s water torture device. ¬†You said you weren’t into S&M! ¬†This is my fantasy update writing of shame… Here’s what else I saw since we last checked in:
Anthony Davis – Would’ve been the lead if I hadn’t already written the open… ¬†It’s all the tryptophan… Making me lazy! ¬†Absolutely brutal injury for fantasy owners as he broke his hand last night. ¬†The fracture was non-displaced, which sounds better than displaced. ¬†When I played Operation, having anything displaced was never good… No official timetable has been released at the time of this writing, and I’d guess it’s at least 4 weeks.
J.J. Redick –¬†Out 6-8 weeks with a broken hand and torn ligament in his elbow. ¬†Pretty much what would happen to Bilbo if the dragon made him give him a handsy. ¬†“Isn’t Redick a shooter and a guy who relies on his hands?” ¬†You sir, inner monologue, are correct! ¬†Yeah, he’s droppable in all leagues. ¬†What’s up with these brittle hands?! ¬†Jamal Crawford gets a minor boost, but he was getting run and shots anyway. ¬†I think the biggest boost goes to Darren Collison, even though Willie Green is technically starting and ignorable. ¬†Wow, ignorable didn’t get a red underline! ¬†I thought I made that word up… ¬†Collison should stay at over 20 minutes a night for some cheap scoring/diming in deeper leagues.
Brandon Knight –¬†Whoa, look at this triple-double flirt! ¬†One of my big sleepers this year couldn’t get healthy, and is finally banking on some of what I hoped for with a 20/9/8 game with only 3 TOs and the Bucks actually won! ¬†And three straight games now he’s gone over 30 minutes. ¬†Should solidify his spot if there was any concern. ¬†He was spotted with some ice on his shoulder, but it’s better than having a chip on there! ¬†Be sure he’s owned in your league.
Derrick Williams – What the Shaq-ra-mento?! ¬†Got 32 minutes and a start in his Kings debut for 12/6/4 then 4/7 last night in only 22 minutes. ¬†What?! ¬†The Kings don’t play consistent rotations? ¬†Shocker! ¬†I think a new term I might try out is instead of saying “shocker” just yell “Wichita State”! ¬†You’ll have to let me know how that goes… Hey, the Kings are playing him and he has upside for the deeper leagues.
Kevin Durant –¬†Double rainbow line! ¬†I think only the second on the year to Josh Smith‘s on Nov. 15 but I mighta missed one. ¬†I would think they’re extremely rare… Where’s Olajuwon and his quadruple-double?! ¬†32/10/12/4/4 for probably the best slash of the year. ¬†Why he’s the King! ¬†Sorry Bron.
Martell Webster –¬†Sure I’m quoting some ThrAGNOF stats, but 18+ with 4+ threes in 3 of the past 4 since we last checked in. ¬†But he boards and steals too and has a place on every roster… If only someone had loved him for oh so long!
Ryan Anderson –¬†Hugo Weaving was watching his team’s stat tracker, and every time Ryan hit a three he grinned and muttered “Mr. Anderson”… He doesn’t really get that big a boost in value with the Brow out – he plays big minutes anyway and has his bum toe to deal with himself. ¬†But he’s been huge putting down 31 last night.
Victor Oladipo –¬†Becoming “Mr. Multi Cat”. ¬†Or the name for that creepy old dude that lives alone in your neighborhood.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist –¬†Got the ol’ Plantar’s Peanuts. ¬†I mean Fascitis. ¬†Was able to return yesterday for 6/4/0/0/0. ¬†I’ve been holding out for him despite ups and downs, but I don’t like anyone trying to play through that kind of injury. ¬†Especially such a young rookie without a refined game. ¬†Droppable nearly everywhere now, I’m giving up. ¬†Waive the white flag. ¬†Flog the molly.
Andrew Bynum –¬†Dude, he looks old slow and fat. ¬†Then when he gets into the paint he explodes. ¬†On the one hand, he kinda looks lazy any time he’s not down low, but on the other he looks like he’s able to manage he’s crappy knees. ¬†Got 30+ minutes and the first time over 23:27 all year for 20/10/3/0/5. ¬†I think he’s worth the gamble. ¬†As much as I don’t like him. ¬†But he’s an easy cut if he goes back down in either production or with injury issues.
Andre Drummond – You win Razzball readers… You win… ¬†Just a preposterous 31/19/0/6/2 line. ¬†In my defense, again no assists and shot 7-18 from the stripe – as both are black holes in his game. ¬†But with upside like that everywhere else, yeah, I was wrong to be shy on him. ¬†I was like a virgin at senior prom. ¬†Now I’m like David Duchovny at… a senior prom.
Jonas Valanciunas –¬†Luminescent Lithuanian sighting! ¬†18/11 with 3 blocks playing 37 minutes after only 17 last game. ¬†I tried to buy low and no one gave me the time of day. ¬†I was like, “camon I don’t have a watch!”
Chandler Parsons –¬†His back is giving out. ¬†Maybe it’s from Monica riding him too hard. ¬†“Dude, you are so lazy can’t you get on top for once?!” ¬†Keep an eye on his status as an inactive may be coming at some point.
John Henson –¬†Got a start!!!! Fantasy owners rejoice!!!! And ran with it, going 13/13/3/0/3 in his second-highest minute total of 34. ¬†I’ve been a big Henson believer through all the random iterations Larry Drew has been putting out there, and like Knight, should solidify Henson’s role off the W. ¬†Even if it did come at the expense of Ersan Ilyasova missing the game with a bum hammy. ¬†Henson should be owned in almost all leagues.
Pau Gasol –¬†Getting an MRI on his ankle today. ¬†Shot only 3-15 yesterday and pulling the ol’ Gordon Hayward “I was injured!” ¬†¬†The Lakers are so olddddd… ¬†Shawne Williams¬†has some upside should Gasol miss any time and you need some depth. ¬†He hits threes, blocks, and has 8+ boards in the past three.
Trey Burke –¬†Went for a career-high 20 in a Jazz win. ¬†The Jazz won a game…? ¬†Wichita State! ¬†20/6/3/2. ¬†Starting to come together. ¬†14+ shots in the past three as well, with two being wins. ¬†He’s like Rudy Gay, but a PG…
Jose Calderon –¬†Missing games with a bruised ankle. ¬†“It’s only the tapas of my ankle!” ¬†Gal Mekel¬†got a start going 6/7 but shot only 3-12. ¬†Still, in deeper leagues I gave you a Mekel radar sighting! ¬†A little surprising that Mekel got the start and 27 minutes to Shane Larkin‘s 17 off the bench, given it looked like Larkin had won the #2 PG role. ¬†Sure it’s only a bruised ankle, but Calderon has had injury issues throughout his NBA career and Mekel would be interesting even in 12-teamers should anything ever happen to Calderon long-term.
Andray Blatche – After a brutal game on Friday going 0-6, went for 21/8/1/1/1 with three 3s on Saturday. ¬†The Nets are so brutally bad, hurt and inconsistent that Blatche has to be believed a little bit. ¬†Even though in most leagues I’m in, I’m not exactly champing at the bit to grab him.
Tony Snell –¬†I didn’t see too many games the past few days, but I watched Bynum’s Cavs and Snell’s Bulls Saturday night. ¬†His slash of 18/4/2/1/0 didn’t do justice to how good he looked out there. ¬†Two straight games of 3 treys and double-digit scoring, plus I think he can chip in the ancillary stats. ¬†If he’s not owned in 14+ teamers, use your team to fix it!
I’m sure there’s a million more notes to hit on, but now that we’re back to the daily sched, I’m gonna be back on em all! ¬†I don’t have highlights until Wednesday, but I’ll be breaking down all the action every day again and good luck in week 6!