SATURDAY 1ST MARCH 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards:
40 points (14-23 FG, 4-5 FT), 8 threes, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers
What exactly is happening? Trevor Ariza is absolutely out of his mind and is a top 20 player this season in a development absolutely no-one saw coming. He set a career high against the Sixers and had 24 points in the first quarter alone. Don’t try to understand it — just enjoy it.
Rest of the top 10:
- Andray Blatche
- Courtney Lee
- LeBron James
- John Wall
- Zach Randolph
- Rudy Gay
- Mike Conley
- Andre Drummond
- Paul George
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (19.5% owned):
19 points (5-12 FG, 9-9 FT), 0 threes, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers
It doesn’t seem to matter that Blatche doesn’t start. He is the most effective big man on the roster and is a must own guy in 12 team leagues. This was against the Bucks so a big night was expected, but still Blatche is a top 120 player for the entire season.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons:
16 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 FT), 0 threes, 17 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
Another monster night from Drummond, catapulting him into the tp 30 for season long value. The free throws may never be there, but he doesn’t take enough for it to be a huge issue. If you’ve got him in a keeper league, value him highly.
THE STINKER – First Annual Joe Johnson Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Mediocrity
Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Orlando Magic:
10 points (2-6 FG, 6-10 FT), 0 threes, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
The Heat shut hm down, giving nothing bar a solitary assist and 10 points, whilst also hurting both your percentages. He’ll bounce back with the Sixers on deck.
NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
Jimmer Fredette has cleared waivers and signed with Chicago Bulls. His value will be limited, but higher than it was in Sacramento.
Paul Millsap will travel with the Hawks on their upcoming road trip so should be able to return at some stage next week.
Jared Sullinger returned from his concussion, but it was in a bench role. I imagine he’ll be back in the starting lineup before long.
Chandler Parsons sat out Houston’s game on Saturday due to an illness. He shouldn’t miss too much time.
LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action for Portland after being out since the All-Star game. Feel free to deploy him next week in your matchups.
Most Points – Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 40
I’ve already discussed how amazing Ariza has been. Keep in mind, it was Philadelphia though, but that doesn’t take anything away from his performance.
Most Threes – Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 8
Most Rebounds – DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings – 17
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons – 17
Cousins returned from his suspension and didn’t skip a beat, scoring 21 ponts an blocking three shots. The only thing hurting his value was his free throw shooting.
Most Assists – John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards – 16
Wall also scored 17 points with two steals and took full advantage of the horridness of the Philadelphia 76ers. Wall has silenced quite a few doubters this season with his level of play.
Most Steals – Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies – 4
LeBron James, SF/PF, Miami Heat – 4
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, Washington Wizards – 4
This is a big surprise for Z-Bo, who normally just gives you points and boards. He did that too, scoring 23 points with 14 boards, but the steals are a nice addition.
LeBron was pretty standard. And in saying that I mean he approached a triple double with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Most Blocks – DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers – 4
Jordan continues to excel, also scoring seven points and grabbing 12 boards. He actually hit five of his eight free throw attempts, so that’s an upgrade for him.
GAMES ON SUNDAY 2ND MARCH
Each day after looking back on the games of the day, I will spend a little time having a ‘peek ahead’ of what to look for in the coming day’s games. I will name one player from each position who is likely to exceed their usual production given their upcoming matchup.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
Much like what we saw from the Wizards yesterday, the Magic should be able to feast on the remains of the Philadelphia ‘Professional” Basketball Team. Nelson was rumoured to be traded all season, but that didn’t eventuate and he will continue to put some some fantasy relevant lines.
Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
Oladipo has thrived in the starting role, posting a double double in his last game against Philadelphia.
Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks
Butler is back to playing huge minutes and will be able to put up some great numbers here. His steals and blocks are very important to both the Bulls and your fantasy team.
Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
I pegged Harris to have a big game last time out against the Sixers and while he was good, he wasn’t as good as he could be. He should right the ship here.
Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
Yet another Magic player (I hate these singular team names, it’s not like I can just call Vucevic a Magic!) He tore apart the Sixers last time out and I’d expect nothing less.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY
This section highlight players who are available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking for a guy to stream in for a day to give you the edge in your matchup.
If you need points: Mike Scott, PF, Atlanta Hawks @ Phoenix Suns
Paul Millsap is out again, so more time for Scott to show what he can do.
If you need threes: Patrick Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks
Even though Tony Parker may return, Mills is still a chance to go off and drop a bushel of three-pointers.
If you need rebounds: Elton Brand, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks @ Phoenix Suns
No Millsap, no Antic, no Ayon = More Brand! He’s been fantastic lately and should be able to do it again against a struggling Miles Plumlee.
If you need assists: Shelvin Mack, PG, Atlanta Hawks @ Phoenix Suns
Mack has been starting in Millsap’s absence and should do again on Sunday. He dished eight dimes last time out and has allowed Jeff Teague to play the two more often.
If you need steals: DeMarre Carroll, SF, Atlanta Hawks @ Phoenix Suns
Carroll is a must own player who currently sits at under 50% ownership. Take the plunge and grab him.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, C, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers
O’Quinn has blocked 1.7 shots per game in the last week and should dominate the terrible Sixers.
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