Boxscore Breakdown Day 105: Speights-tacular

Marreese Speights
Photo Courtesy Philadelphia 76ers
Marreese Speights

Photo Courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

MONDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2014

THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT

Marreese Speights, PF/C, Golden State Warriors:
32 points (12-15 FG, 7-8 FT), 1 three, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers

Every season there seems to be a guy going off inexplicably for one game. Last year, it was Samuel Dalembert while he was in Milwaukee. This year, it looks like Marreese Speights is the man to hold this dubious honour. It took Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal sitting out for him to achieve this ridiculous line, so he holds no real value unless you’re playing in a 30-team league or something crazy like that.

Honourable Mentions: Kyle Lowry, Stephen Curry

WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT

Marreese Speights, PF/C, Golden State Warriors (0.0% owned):
32 points (12-15 FG, 7-8 FT), 1 three, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers

YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT

Draymond Green, SF, Golden State Warriors:
11 points (3-8 FG, 4-4 FT), 1 three, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 4 blocks, 1 turnover

Green started his third straight game in place of Andrew Bogut and notched his first career double double. Bogut isn’t considered to be a long term injury, so Green isn’t someone that needs to be owned, but it was a nice performance nonetheless and he is obviously the Warriors go to guy in case Bogut or David Lee are out long term.

THE STINKER

Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets:
8 points (3-8 FG, 2-4 FT), 0 threes, 7 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers

It looked like Faried was getting back on track in the last few weeks, but his performance against the Pacers (and Pistons and Knicks) was woeful. It’s getting to that stage where Faried isn’t a guy who should be owned in 10 team leagues, but he must be held in 12 teamers.

NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION

After an odd DNP-CD, Tyreke Evans played and dominated against the Raptors on Monday. He’s hard to own, but also hard to leave on the wire. Quite the conundrum.

As expected Ty Lawson wasn’t able to play on Monday with his fractured ribs. He will also be out on Wednesday. A little surprising though, was that Quincy MIller started instead of Evan Fournier. Miller has no fantasy value.

In the first game under coach John Loyer, the Pistons retained the same starting lineup that they had used the previous two games.

Avery Bradley has said he won’t play all week, leaving Jerryd Bayless with the biggest opportunity to fill the minutes.

Tiago Splitter was out on Monday with a calf strain. He’s barely ownable in most leagues.

Marco Belinelli was able to play after sitting out Saturday’s game with back spasms.

Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal both sat out the Warriors thumping of the 76ers. Bogut’s injury isn’t considered serious, but he may wait until after the break to return.

Two guys who have been rumoured heavily in trades, Greg Monroe and Kyle Lowry, are now unlikely to be traded according to NBA.com.

Amir Johnson sat out Monday’s game with a sore ankle, pushing Patrick Patterson into the starting five. Patterson was superb and needs to be owned in all leagues and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him supplant Johnson in the starting lineup.

Larry Sanders has been ruled out until at least after the All-Star break after suffering a fracture of the orbital bone.  We have no solid return date for Sanders. John Henson is must-add and even Zaza Pachulia gains some value.

Ersan Ilyasova sat out again with back problems on Monday and is questionable for Wednesday. With all guys who are doubtful for their next game, I think a lot of teams will just rest them and give them the extended All-Star break to fully recover.

Randy Foye hurt his ankle in the first quarter against Indiana, but only missed a couple of minutes and post-game, he said he’ll be right to go for Wednesday.

Danny Green hurt his hand again, but said he will play on Wednesday.

The O.J. Mayo illness mystery continues as the Bucks’ guard sat out again versus Boston.

Patrick Mills sprained his ankle on Monday night, allowing him to only play 14 minutes, but expects to play on Wednesday. Mills had been ballin’ out before the injury.

Kevin Love and David Lee both returned to their respective lineups after missing the last game with an injury.

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Josh Lloyd

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Josh is the founder of RedRockbasketball.com and loves playing and writing about fantasy sports. He also writes for RotoWire.com as a fantasy analyst. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and once dunked a basketball wearing jeans.

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