It’s always a disappointing day when the number one player in fantasy goes down with an injury. Anthony Davis broke his left, non-shooting hand and at this stage we don’t know any timetable for his return. In his absence, I don’t think there’s anyone that’s a must add, but Al-Farouq Aminu may see an uptick.
Sunday 1st December 2013
THE BEST PLAYER EVER, TONIGHT
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder:
32 points (14/21 FG, 1/2 FT), 3 threes, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, 4 blocks, 2 turnovers
KD was unconscious in this game, putting up a line that the league hasn’t seen since once Michael Jeffrey Jordan was lacing them up. Remarkably he only took two free throws and actually missed one, but his value was that good, that it was more than double that of the guy who had the second best line of the night.
Honourable Mentions: Stephen Curry, Ryan Anderson
WAIVER WIRE LINE OF THE NIGHT
Robert Sacre, C, Los Angeles Lakers (0.0% owned):
12 points (5/8 FG, 2/2 FT), 0 threes, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers
This is the deepest of deep WWLOTN winner, owned in apparently zero ESPN leagues. The last couple of games, he has actually split time with Jordan Hill and seems to be impressing Mike D’Antoni. At the very least, he’s a good add for blocks in a deep league, but he’s definitely not a standard league guy for now. In saying that, it is worth monitoring the Pau Gasol injury situation and Sacre may get 24-30 minutes with Gasol.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers:
6 points (3/15 FG, 0/0 FT), 0 threes, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover
Pau was struggling with a right ankle sprain and could only play 25 minutes, but the biggest killer here was his field goal shooting. Fingers crossed he doesn’t miss any time.
Denver Nuggets @ Toronto Raptors
Denver is on a roll at the moment and easily accounted for the Raptors. Nate Robinson is on a hot streak, scoring another 23 points with five threes and he’s definitely got more value than Randy Foye. Ty Lawson played through his sore ankle to get 16 points and six assists. Timofey Mozgov came back from the dead to play 31 minutes with 16 points and 15 rebounds with two steals and two blocks. J.J. Hickson only played 17 minutes in the start and even Darrell Arthur had a better game than Hickson, with 14 points, three steals and 100% from the floor. I’m not sure what to do with this Nugget bug man situation, but if I own Hickson, I’d be holding him for at least two to three more games.
Even though he’s shooting horrifically, Rudy Gay turned in a great line. He had 23 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks, but it took him 23 shots to get there. Amir Johnson moved to the bench and played only 14 minutes for a disusting return of zero points and three rebounds. It’s time to cut him loose. Tyler Hansborough started, but didn’t have much impact with seven points and five rebounds, but over the season his per-36 numbers have been quite good, so if you are in a deeper league, I’d add him pre-emptively to see what happens. Jonas Valanciunas had his best game in a while, thriving without Amir, getting 18 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Detroit Pistons
James Anderson moved to the bench for the first time this season, replaced by Hollis Thompson in the starting lineup. Anderson still played 21 minutes and hit two threes in his 11 points. If he continues in a bench role, his value will plummet. Thompson had six points and six rebounds and isn’t worth consideration yet. Michael Carter-Williams had a odd looking line with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Of course he shot poorly, but the rookie is exceeding everyone’s expectation. Spencer Hawes continued his good form with three blocks and nine rebounds.
Andre Drummond put up a monster line that was only soured by his free throw shooting. He posted 31 points, 19 rebounds, two blocks and six steals. His 7-of-18 from the line was not ideal, but the 12-of-15 from the field is amazing. His maturation has really hurt Greg Monroe’s value. Sure, he’s had some big games, but in general Drummond is the best big man to own. Josh Smith had a great game, actually shooting over 50% from the field for 20 points, five assists and three blocks. Brandon Jennings also took advantage of the Sixers with 20 points, six rebounds and 12 assists. Rodney Stuckey continued his nice scoring with 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit some form on the offensive end with 10 points including two threes.
Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Clippers
Not much to say from the Pacers point of view. The starting five all played well and the bench gave nothing. Lance Stephenson came close to another triple double with seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Paul George put another game toward his MVP resume with 27 points, four threes, six rebounds and five assists.
Chris Paul returned from his hamstring injury to post 10 assists again with 17 points. Thankfully in this season of big injuries, Paul was able to escape with only missing one game. On the negative side of the injury fence, J.J. Redick will about 6-8 weeks. Willie Green got the start, but Reggie Bullock got more minutes and is a speculative add in deeper leagues. Bullock played 19 minutes and scored 10 points, one steal and not much else. Jamal Crawford will benefit the most, so make sure he is in your lineup. Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but his five turnovers dropped him down.
Charlotte Bobcats @ Miami Heat
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned from his plantar fasciitis injury to only post six points and five rebounds and his early season surge is well and truly over. Al Jefferson had a nice night with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while both Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson had their shots falling as well as contributing over multiple categories.
Chris Bosh won this game for the Heat with an amazing run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 22 points, including three threes in the last few minutes, with nine rebounds and his owners must be relieved he finally produced. Mario Chalmers had his best line in a while, with 12 points, six assists and two blocks. LeBron James was his usual amazing self with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.
Golden State Warriors @ Sacramento Kings
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 13 threes and 64 points. Both guys have been amazing this season and continue to be so. With Andre Iguodala still out, Draymond Green is getting more run, and had 21 minutes in this game. He finished with nine points, two threes, five rebounds and four assists and is worth a look in 14 team leagues and deeper. Replacing Iggy in the starting lineup is Harrison Barnes who had 11 points and three steals but nothing else.
Marcus Thornton cam e out of nowhere to hit five threes and get 21 points. He’d been invisible for the last two weeks, so who knows what Mike Malone will do with the SG minutes going forward. Derrick Williams got another start, but only had four points and seven rebounds. I still think he is a decent add in all formats for the time being. Isaiah Thomas rebounded from his dud with 19 points and eight assists, sending Greivis Vasquez to the scrapheap. He will bounce back. Patrick Patterson had 18 points, two threes, seven rebounds and a block in 26 minutes off the bench.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Martin had another great game, as did his Kevin counterpart, Kevin Love. Love’s night was affected by his poor shooting though, hitting less than 30% of his shots. Both Love and Nikola Pekovic had double doubles. Ricky Rubio took only six shots, finishing with eight points and seven assists.
Dwarfed by KD’s big line, were some great performances by other Thunder players. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, four threes, five assists and three steals and Serge Ibaka had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Both guys are hitting their straps now and look to be back to where they finished last season. Reggie Jackson had a great night off the bench with 18 points and four assists. I still don’t think Jackson is a must own in anything shallower than a 14 team league, but he will occasionally give you big games like this.
New Orleans Pelicans @ New York Knicks
With the devastating Anthony Davis injury, Ryan Anderson took full advantage, hitting seven threes in his 31 points with six rebounds and he is now going to be a more featured option. A guy who could see an uptick with Anderson potentially seeing more time with the starters is Tyreke Evans. He played 35 minutes, finishing with 24 points, seven assists and four steals. Anthony Morrow started at SF, but only played 12 minutes and is not worth owning anywhere at the moment.
Andrea Bargnani had another massive night, blocking six shots to go with his 17 points and seven rebounds. He is having a massive bounce back season, but it might be time to sell high with Tyson Chandler returning in a few weeks. A surprise performance came from Tim Hardaway Jr., who hit five threes in his 21 points. He has taken most of Pablo Prigoni and Metta World Peace’s minutes lately and looks to be a decent scoring option. J.R. Smith is playing better of late, bit still shooting poorly. He hit three threes, grabbed eight rebounds and finished with 12 points. Raymond Felton had eight assists, but shot poorly from the field and the line. He may be available in your league and he is going to be a good source of assists, which is a rare stat to find on the wire, so I’d pick him up if you can handle the FG% hit.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
Nicolas Batum came as close as you can to getting a triple without hitting double figures in any category. His 9/9/9 line was still valuable though. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge both still look fantasic and are the two best players on this team. Robin Lopez had another double double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. He is available in a lot of leagues and should be owned as there is no competition for his minutes.
Xavier Henry had is usual bi-weekly scoring explosion, scoring 27 points in 29 minutes off the bench. He is too unpredictable to own. Yesterday’s surprise packets, Wes Johnson and Shawne Williams both had poor games, but Johnson was able to add three blocks, something he’s been doing an awful lot of lately. Jodie Meeks continued his strong play, scoring 20 minutes with three threes, but with Kobe Bryant possibly slated to return Friday, both Meeks and Nick Young should see a big decrease in usage and fantasy value.
GAMES ON Monday 2nd 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
George Hill, PG, Indiana Pacers @ Portland Trail Blazers
Hull has quietly been putting up some god numbers of late, and Damian Lillard isn’t exactly the stoutest defensive matchup.
Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have been giving up a lot of stats to opposing shooting guards and Manu is coming off an 11 assist performance and should be good for at least a couple of threes and five assists.
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic
Webster has been fantastic all season pretty much and the Magic have been involved in a lot of fantasy friendly matchups. He should be able to give a great contribution across all categories.
Ryan Anderson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans @ Chicago Bulls
With no Anthony Davis, Davis will be more of a focus and against Carlos Boozer and his former spray on hair (lest we forget), he should have no trouble hitting lots of shots from outside.
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Hornets will obviously miss Davis on the defensive end and even with him in the lineup had been allowing a decent uptick in opposing centres performances. Noah will be keen to bounce back after getting destroyed by Andrew Bynum
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: Glen Davis, PF, Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards
Scoring is one of the only categories that Davis can really help you in, so I’d expect between 13-18 points here for him.
If you need threes: Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks
Still owned in only 44% of leagues, Manu should be able to hit at least two threes against an Atlanta team giving a 28% to opposing SG three point value.
If you need rebounds: Glen Davis, PF, Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards
Rebounds are the only other category that Davis can help out in, and he is the best player out there to hep you out, no matter who he is playing.
If you need assists: Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks
Not to be outdone, Manu is valuable in second category as well. He should be able to get five assists, as he’s averaged 5.6 per game over the last two weeks.
If you need steals: Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz
Trey Burke won’t know what hit him. Against a rookie PG, Beverley should be able to feast on errant passes all night.
If you need blocks: Jason Smith, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans @ Chicago Bulls
Smith is averaging one block a game this year and the Bulls have allowed an additional 16% to opposing centres, so Smith is a chance for a multiple block game, and we all know how valuable that can be.
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