Why do deer like salt licks? ¬†It’s one of the longest pondered mysteries in the world. ¬†Ok, that’s not true at all after I asked Jeeves. ¬†According to Wikipedia (I know Mrs. Hanson, I can’t use it as a source but this isn’t a research paper, bitch) “A mineral [salt] lick is¬†natural mineral¬†deposit where animals in nutrient-poor ecosystems¬†can obtain essential mineral nutrients.” ¬†Parallels! ¬†Those poor Milwaukee Bucks were having such nutrient-poor fantasy lines and highlights of late and just needed some salt to lick. ¬†Easy, “that’s what she said” guy (you know if you are). ¬†The Bucks had three plays in the Sportscenter top 10! ¬†Fantasy wise,¬†Monta Ellis hadn’t scored 30 in 2013. ¬†Brandon Jennings hadn’t scored more than 11 in his last four games. ¬†J.J. Redick¬†hadn’t scored more than 16 or hit more than 2 threes in a game for his new squad. ¬†And Larry Sanders hadn’t… Well he’s been playing awesome, and was awesome again last night. ¬†Let’s look at their lines and the rest of fantasy basketball’s noteworthy performances last night:
Monta Ellis –¬†15-21 34 Pts 1 3PTM 4 Rebs 3 Asts 4 Stls and 1 Blk. ¬†I watched the Bucks vs. the Jazz for those Yahoo player highlights, and man, was Ellis unstoppable as the stat line would indicate. ¬†I tried getting into moped accidents just to be good at basketball. ¬†Ok so that’s not me. ¬†But I don’t think it would work anyway.
Brandon Jennings – 8-14 FG (4-5 3PTM) 20 Pts 17 Asts and 3 Stls. ¬†Had 2 Pts and 10 Asts at half then 18 Pts and 7 Asts in the 2nd half and OT. ¬†Awesome to see a guy be able to transition roles from nothing but facilitator to all-around player at halftime. ¬†Also pretty unreal to see 17 Asts following the 19 he put up on Saturday. ¬†He’s so hard to guard when he’s on.
J.J. Redick – Had the most points he’s scored since being acquired by Milwaukee (17) and the most 3s (3). ¬†However, had eight of those points and two of the triples in OT. ¬†Huzzah for extra minutes! ¬†Without overtime, it would have been a brutal line of 4-9 FG (1-5 3PTM) 9 Pts 2 Rebs 1 Ast and 1 Stl. ¬†I’m still a seller if I can get anything for him with a rival owner seeing his best line since playing for the Bucks. ¬†Not to mention Ellis racking up 44 minutes and Jennings 47.
Larry Sanders –¬†The Colonel has been a roto gold mine with buckets of stats lately. ¬†8 Pts 16 Rebs and 6 Blks is Finger Lickin’ Good.
Carmelo Anthony – Left in the second quarter of what could be a Shaqtin’ a Fool-type injury tripping over himself. ¬†He had an MRI recently which revealed no damage and apparently he’s played with the injury for a while. ¬†Be crazy if the MRI revealed his knees were made of caramel like a Caramello. ¬†I don’t think he’ll miss Wednesday Night’s game.
Amar’e Stoudemire – With Anthony out, Stoudemire played a season-high minutes (32) and went 22 and 6. That’s closer to the good ol’ days!
Marreese Speights –¬†Scored a season high 23 points in 32 minutes with Tyler Z out with a tummy bug. ¬†Zeller had to go to the hospital though, so that musta been some questionable Indian food. ¬†Ask me about my buddy’s 21st birthday at a Thai¬†restaurant¬†some time. ¬†Zeller doesn’t have much bulk to lose when you’re puking your guts out, so I could see him missing 2-3 games giving Speights some good short term value in the interim.
Luke Walton – Dishing em out like butterscotches if he was on¬†The Waltons. ¬†Had 12 assists in 29 minutes off the bench for the Cavs. ¬†It was his most minutes in 2013 and I don’t see this being anything more than an odd function of the game. ¬†C’mon Knicks, he ain’t shootin’!
Raymond Felton –¬†Another guy not shooting the ball well of late is my boy Ray-Ray, who was able to rack up double-digit assists for the first time in over a month. ¬†If only he could hit those triples like early in the season.
Alec Burks –¬†Played a whopping 36 minutes off the bench for the Jazz and scored 19 Pts (7-10 FG) 3 Rebs 4 Asts and 3 Stls. ¬†He looked a little raw still, but played with energy. ¬†If he can rack a few games together like this (he has gotten 25+ minutes the past 9), he could have some value to deeper leagues.
Derrick Favors – Started monstrously with 8 Pts and 7 Rebs in the first six minutes and ended the night with 23 Pts and 15 Rebs in only 30 minutes. ¬†Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin played Enes Kanter and Paul Millsap down the stretch (no Al Jefferson still) instead¬†of leaving Favors in despite the huge numbers. ¬†Don’t do us fantasy players no favors!
Tobias Harris – Everyone loved to jump off the bandwagon because one bad game, but my boy T-Hair bounced back with 15 Pts 1 3PTM 5 Rebs 2 Ast and 2 Stls. ¬†Not huge, but still fantasy-worthy.
Arron Afflalo – Probably the Magic’s best scorer, Afflalo finally topped 20 after five games being under, going 26 5 and 5. ¬†Glad to have a full Nelson instead of an empty Nelson.
Jameer Nelson – Returned after missing six straight games with a Patella injury. ¬†And the Magic were extremely cautious letting him play 37 minutes!? ¬†Sheesh Orlando. ¬†I guess they think Nelson is back to 100%. ¬†Went 15 Pts 2 3PTM 4 Rebs 7 Asts and a steal. ¬†Not a bad return.
Brittney Griner –¬†Everyone laughed when I took her with my first pick in my hybrid NBA/Women’s NCAA Fantasy league. ¬†Went 21-28 for 50 Pts! ¬†Get her in the NBA.
Al-Farouq Aminu – The roto darling had another one of those lite-scoring, other-stats line of 7 Pts 8 Rebs 2 Asts 1 Stl and 3 Blks. ¬†Worth picking up if you need across the board peripheral stats.
Dwyane Wade – 15-23 FG 32 Pts 7 Rebs 10 Asts and playing unreal. ¬†Can he and LeBron get co-MVPs?
Derrick Williams – With Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko out, the surging other D-Will played a monster 45 minutes going 10-22 FG 25 Pts 10 Rebs and 1 Ast. ¬†Would be nice to see a steal and/or a block, but I’ll take it. ¬†I’m gonna try something new here. ¬†Gus Ayonin’! (Fantasy Basketball version of Cust Kayin’? ¬†Maybe?)
Dante Cunningham – With the aforementioned Wolves front line injuries, D-Cunn came off the bench to play 39 minutes! ¬†Not as shocking when you see that the ghost of Greg Stiemsma got the start. ¬†Cunningham wasn’t dominant in those minutes going 8 Pts 11 Rebs 2 Asts 1 Stl and 1 Blk, but that’s a usable line. ¬†Worth keeping on eye on if you need a spot start from a big.
Dahntay Jones – In proving that starts and minutes can mean absolutely nothing, Jones got the start with Kyle Korver and DeShawn Stevenson out and played 35 minutes. ¬†His line? ¬†2-7 FG 4 Pts 2 Rebs and 3 Asts. ¬†The Hawks should just have played 4 on 5.
Corey Brewer – Took over the Nuggets scoring off the bench, taking a season high number of shots with a fantastic line of 11-20 FG 22 Pts 4 Rebs 3 Asts and 2 Stls. ¬†Has 8+ points in all of the last 11 games and will get a handful of other stats. ¬†Worth a look in deeper leagues.
Meyers Leonard – Quietly had 12+ points in the last three games and played 21 minutes in the last two, with a line of 15 Pts and 6 Rebs last night. ¬†The Trailblazers need contributions off the bench (lead the league in scoring % from starters) and Leonard could get some extended run as the season wears down and young guys get a few more minutes.
Josh McRoberts – Another off the grid player since his move to Charlotte, McRoberts has three straight decent roto lines including last night’s 9 Pts 8 Rebs 3 Asts and a block. ¬†20+ minutes off the bench in those last three and McRoberts could be a baby-Aminu. ¬†That’s not really a nice compliment in truth.
Byron Mullens – Got benched after only 3 minutes due to his sore right knee. ¬†It’s apparently not a long term concern, but players in weekly leagues that have him in probably want to shoot themselves for owning any Bobcats.
Amir Johnson – Went 10-10 from the field to go 23 and 15. ¬†12 of those boards were offensive! ¬†Amir will show you offensive.
Andrea Bargnani – Vintage 2009! ¬†Bargnani went 8-18 FG (5-7 3PTM) 26 Pts 7 Rebs and a block. ¬†Hadn’t done much until last night, but looked confident and I would pick him up if he’s on your wire.
Next Game:¬†I’ve got highlights for Memphis @ Cleveland¬†on Wednesday Night so I’ll be watching for the much-publicized matchup of Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington against their old team. ¬†OK, so I’m stretching for a headline. ¬†As always post your questions and comments below!