WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY 2014
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks:
38 points (13-21 FG, 11-11 FT), 1 three, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
At this stage, it would be a minor shock if Dirk wasn’t selected amoung the Western Conference All-Star reserves when they are announced on Thursday night. Such has been the enormity of his return to form season. He’s currently the eighth ranked player in fantasy and is averaging over 21 points per game for the season. Shockingly, the 38 points on Wednesday isn’t even his season high!
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets (44.6% owned):
33 points (12-21 FG, 6-7 FT), 3 threes, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover
Why is Foye sitting below 50% ownership? He is the 21st ranked player over the last month, putting up incredible numbers. He is averaging 16.8 points, 2.9 threes, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Stop what you are doing and check that he is not available in your league.
YOUNG GUN OF THE NIGHT
Evan Fournier, SG, Denver Nuggets:
19 points (8-21 FG, 0-0 FT), 3 threes, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
I am extremely high on Fournier. Perhaps unreasonably so. But this is what he can do for your team if he gets the minutes. His night was aided by the fact that Ty Lawson missed the game against the Bobcats, but Fournier is a great guy to add in dynasty leagues and is worth having in deeper leagues because of his great ability to go off like this. Please Brian Shaw, give him more minutes!
Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Orlando Magic:
12 points (3-14 FG, 5-8 FT), 1 three, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers
Oladipo is a rookie, so you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad and tonight, his shot was just plain bad. Nothing to be too concerned about, but with Nikola Vucevic returning to the lineup, the Magic’s minutes distribution will have to change.
NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
Anthony Davis missed Wednesday’s game against Minnesota due to the finger dislocation he suffered on Tuesday. He said he would be ok to play, so it was surprising he missed. He should be right to go on Saturday.
Ty Lawson missed the game against Charlotte due to a strained rotator cuff. He is doubtful for Friday, meaning another bump for Foye and Fournier.
Nikola Vucevic made his return to the Magic lineup and not a moment too soon for his owners. He’s not 100% owned, so just check your waiver wires and snap him up if he’s available.
Rajon Rondo missed the fantasy gold that is the Philadelphia 76ers, but will be back for the Celtics’ next game.
James Harden missed Wednesday’s game against Dallas due to a thumb injury.
Nate Robinson played only six minutes, replacing Ty Lawson in the starting lineup after hurting his knee. He is scheduled to have an MRI on the knee to assess the damage, but it doesn’t seem that serious.
Nikola Vucevic – returned from a concussion to immediately to look dangerous, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds. Grab him if available.
Tobias Harris – moved to the bench but was still productive with nine points and 11 boards.
Kyle O’Quinn – blocked four shots in a reserve role. Deep leagues only.
Arron Afflalo – struggled for only 10 points with three assists and his form has definitely cooled since his white hot season start.
Kyle Lowry – was amazing again. 33 points, six threes, seven rebounds and 11 assists. It will be a major shock if he isn’t named to his first All-Star game.
Jonas Valanciunas – backed up his breakout with 14 point and 15 rebounds. Could he be figuring things out?
Terrence Ross – not spectacular, but still productive. Scored 12 with eight boards.
Kevin Durant – still amazing, scoring 33 points with four threes, seven rebounds and five assists. What’s the level above elite?
Thabo Sefolosha – great fantasy night for the Thunder SG, scoring nine points, with five boards, four dimes and six steals. He’s a great player in punt points team builds.
Jeremy Lamb – hit four threes for 18 points and is a must own guy at the moment.
LeBron James – scored 34 points, but was empty in the other categories relatively speaking.
Dwyane Wade – returned to action and scored 15 with two blocks. One of the most infuriating players to own.
Mario Chalmers – six rebounds and eight assists are fantastic, but the four points is putrid.
Spencer Hawes – hit four threes for 20 points with eight boards and just keeps producing for his owners. One of the steals of the season.
James Anderson – productive again scoring 13 points with six boards. He’s ranked 94th in the last month and deserves a look in all leagues.
Evan Turner – shot poorly, but hit the game winner. Also scored 16 points with six rebounds and eight assists.
Michael Carter-Williams – went for 10/5/7 with a steal and two blocks. Shot below 30%.
Jared Sullinger – had a monster game despite a finger injury, scoring 24 points with 17 rebounds. He took 25 shots, almost double what anyone else took on the Celtics.
Kris Humphries – back on the bench, but still contributing. He had 13 points and nine boards in just 21 minutes.
Phil Pressey – started for Rondo, but was useless, save the two steals.
Goran Dragic – hurt his elbow, but still finished the game with 30 points, four threes, four rebounds and six dimes.
Gerald Green – continues his breakout season, scoring 23 points with four triples and two steals. What a trade the Suns made in the off season, getting Green, Miles Plumlee and a first round draft pick in exchange for Luis Scola.
Marcus Morris – scored 16 points with four boards and four dimes. Not worth adding in all leagues, but is interesting in deeper leagues.
Alex Len – career high 10 boards, showing his potential for the coming seasons. He is going to be a fantasy animal.
Ersan Ilyasova – went for a season high 27 points with three triples. Could he be on the way back? I say grab him and see what happens.
Brandon Knight – 24 points and eight assists and continues to be the Bucks best player.
Larry Sanders – returned from illness to have a great line for his owners. Scored 14 points with nine boards and two blocks.
Al-Farouq Aminu – with Anthony Davis missing, Aminu needed to step up and did. He scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, a steal and a block and is a must own in my opinion.
Greg Stiemsma – started in place of Davis, grabbing 12 boards with two steals. Probably only deep league value unless Davis misses more time.
Kevin Love – scored 30 points with 14 boards and five dimes. He is still amazing for your team.
Ricky Rubio – struggled with his shot, hitting only one field goal, but added six assists.
Kevin Martin – scored 18 points with two surprising blocks. I still think you should sell high on him.
Ronny Turiaf – started for Nikola Pekovic and grabbed eight boards with four points but no blocks. He should get some more blocks and boards in the coming games.
Corey Brewer – disappointed with only three points, but at least added a steal.
Jeremy Lin – excelled with Harden sitting out. He scored 18 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Chandler Parsons – scored 26 points with five dimes and his great season continues.
Dwight Howard – hit over 80% of his free throws!
Donatas Motiejunas – double doubled with 12 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Very talented guy and is worth a stash in deep leagues.
Devin Harris – scored 14 points and is becoming fantasy relevant.
Shawn Marion – struggled for six points and seven rebounds.
Al Jefferson – dominated again, scoring 35 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks. One of the best fantasy centres in the league.
Gerald Henderson – also scored 16 points, backing it up with eight rebounds and five assists. Shot poorly though.
Timofey Mozgov – completed the random Denver triumvirate of fantasy explosions, along with Foye and Fournier. Grabbed 14 boards and scored 15 points. Top 70 player in the last month and is a must own I think.
Kenneth Faried – struggled again for six points and six rebounds.
Jimmy Butler – scored 19 points with three steals and two blocks. He’s really starting to come on now and looks to be a top 50 player for the rest of the season.
Joakim Noah – returned to the lineup and almost had a triple double with 10/10/8 and four blocks. He is an elite fantasy centre at the moment.
Tony Parker – missed the worst free throw of all time, but ended with 20 points and six assists.
Boris Diaw – cooled off considerably, scoring only four points. Look for a bounce back due to all the injuries.
Mike Conley – awesome performance again, scoring 27 points with 10 assists and two steals. Dark horse All-Star candidate.
Marc Gasol – scored just 12 points, but added five assists and two blocks to give some value.
Courtney Lee – struggled for only four points in 25 minutes. Still should be owned in most leagues.
James Johnson – played only 14 minutes and was terrible. Monitor his next few games to see where his production is headed.
Isaiah Thomas – was able to bounce back from a stomach illness to score 24 points with four threes.
Rudy Gay – scored 23 points in his return from the Achilles strain, but tweaked it again.
Marcus Thornton – horrible. Two points in 16 minutes. That 42 points seems like it was from another universe.
John Wall – double doubled with 19 points and 11 assists.
Marcin Gortat – blocked three shots, but only had eight points and five rebounds. Still a great guy to own.
Bradley Beal – scored 20 points with two steals, but still hasn’t regained his pre injury form.
Nene – 14/8/6 in just 25 minutes.
Trevor Ariza – struggled shooting, hitting 6-of-16 shots.
DeAndre Jordan – beasted again, with 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks and he is my NBA most improved player this season.
Jamal Crawford – kept up his hot January, scoring 21 points off the bench.
Darren Collison – nine dimes and 16 points, but his value evaporates when Paul returns in a week or so.