Just a quick recap tonight, as technology is not agreeing with me, but I’ll do my best.
MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2013
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors:
43 points (14/32 FG, 10/12 FT), 5 threes, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
What a great performance! From a guy who was consensus top 5 in drafts, he is delivering that value back to you, which is all you can hope for from your first round pick (cough, Kyrie Irving). The 32 field goal attempts are quite high, but it’s really just nitpicking when Curry returns a line like this.
Honourable Mentions: Andrew Nicholson, Derrick Williams
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Andrew Nicholson, PF, Orlando Magic (3% owned)
19 points (8/12 FG, 1/1 FT), 2 threes, 11 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 4 blocks, 1 turnover
I’d been hoping Nicholson would get minutes like this all season, and with Vucevic out, he was able to get that juicy playing time. Vucevic is back soon though, so it’ll drop back down and along with it, most of his standard league value.
Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets:
6 points (3/8 FG, 0/2 FT), 0 threes, 7 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover
Faried is currently ranked 123 for the season in nine category leagues, and that to me makes him very close to droppable. He has only averaged 22 minutes a game in his last eight games and Brian Shaw just seems to refuse to use him for longer stints. I’m glad I don’t own him and I’d try to trade myself out of owning him if I could.
GAMES ON TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER
Each day after looking back on the games of the day, I will spend a little time looking forward, prognosticating if you will, what to look for in the coming day’s games.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers
Could Bledsoe be matched up against Kobe? Possibly and there is no way Kobe can keep up with Bledsoe’s athleticism, particularly in his second game back. Expect a big game.
Jordan Crawford, PG/SG, Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Deron Williams should be back for Brooklyn, but he no doubt will have some rust and Crawford has been absolutely ballin’ lately.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls
He has been brutal most of the season, but against the Bulls who will be most likely without Luol Deng, Ilyasova should be able to get back on track.
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
After the horrendous performance of the Knicks against the Celtics, Melo will be determined to get back on track and should take it out on the porous Cleveland team.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Noah was terrible against the Pistons, but against the Bucks, who allow great value to opposition big men, he should be able to grab a double double with some blocks and assists.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY
This section highlight guys who are available in less than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking to stream a guy in for a day to give you the boost to put you over the edge in your matchup.
If you need points: Avery Bradley, PG/SG, Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Bradley has hit double digit scoring in nine of his last 12 games and is a good bet to do so again against the struggling Nets.
If you need threes: Steve Novak, PF, Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs
Novak has hit a three in his last eight games and attempted nine long range shots against the Lakers without Rudy Gay hogging the ball. Expect more of the same and a couple of threes.
If you need rebounds: Amir Johnson, PF/C, Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs
Owned in 48% of leagues, Johnson needs to be on your roster. It’s unknown if Patrick Patterson will suit up and Tyler Hansborough is still sidelined, so Johnson has a legitimate chance to grab 12 or more rebounds.
If you need assists: Kirk Hinrich, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Looking to bounce back from his horrible game against Detroit, Hinrich should be able to get at least five assists against the Bucks.
If you need steals: Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
Chalmers is great at steals, no matter who he is playing. Grab him.
If you need blocks: Ekpe Udoh, C, Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls
Udoh is averaging 2.5 blocks a game over the last seven days and with Pachulia sidelined along with Larry Sanders, he will be in line for 25 minutes plus and a couple of blocks.
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