「Fantasy Gods - Hot Flyers -Waiver Wire Adds - Pick up Isaiah Thomas NOW!」

Hey folks!  This addition of Fantasy Gods - Hot Flyers will focus on players that are really kicking into high gear to ramp up a big second half of the NBA season. 

This will focus mostly on standard and deep leagues, but will also show you people slumping or catching fire in shallower leagues if they are still available in most leagues, or were recently dropped.

Atlanta Hawks

Jeff Teague -  The caution flag has popped up for this guy.  If you are in roto leagues than he is still fairly valuable, but most of his value went down the toilet with the number 2, point guard that is, showing up - Kirk Hinrich. His slump is starting to look like the norm going for the rest of the season.  Trade him while you still have offers as he has been averaging a meager 9 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast since the return of Kirk, and his minutes have dropped significantly.  He still provides decent steal which is helping him hold value in roto leagues, so I would recommend trying to package him in a trade, while he still has value, or if you are really desperate, drop him for a hot free agent.

Marvin Williams - His numbers are down because his minutes are down, which he is definitely not happy about, and he made it well known.  He rarely holds value in head to head leagues anyway, as he is usually used as a stop gap in standard and deep leagues.  Leave him on the waiver wire.

Boston Celtics

Chris Wilcox - He has been the beneficiary of Garnett’s recent injuries, and is a great stop gap in Leagues this week for Points and Rebounds, but don’t expect it to last as KG will get enough rest through the All-Star break to return back to the starting line up

Charlotte Bobcats 

Kemba Walker - he has returned to the bench with DJ Augustin back and healthy, and the small ball experiment is officially over.  He is, however, holding his value coming off the bench, so expect the 6th man to get 28-30 minutes going forward, as Paul Silas still has no problem running two guard sets through stretches of the game.

Reggie Williams - His value will going to tank tomorrow when Gerald Henderson returns.  If Gerald is available on your waiver wire he will made a nice add if you need some scoring, as his starting job is safe, and he will be eased into the rotation.  Don’t expect much else than 14-15 pts a game from him though

Bismack Biyombo - Though very unpolished offensively, he makes a good deep league add with his 8 boards and 2 blocks per game average.  If you are desperate for a Center, and your wire is really thin, pick him up, though I would much rather play the risk reward of Epke Udoh after his big game on monday night.

Corey Maggette - is the starting SF, putting Tyrus Thomas on the bench where he belongs.  Corey will be good for Pts and FT% until he inevitably goes down with another injury.

Chicago Bulls

CJ Watson - He is back to being a Derrick Rose handcuff, and his value will return only if Rose’s back starts acting up, or he sustains another injury.

Rip Hamilton - is slated to return post All-Star Break, meaning Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver’s clock is ticking.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Boobie Gibson - back from his ankle injury, and Anthony Parker is also returning meaning Ramon Sessions value will drop with his minutes to around 20 a game.

Alonzo Gee- He holds his value whether he starts or comes off the bench.  He is a decent add for the tail end of standard benches, and is a good add for deep leagues.  He also got a nose contusion on Tuesday, which may end up being a broken nose.  Luckily All-Star break came at a great time for a lot of Players.

Andy Varejao - Out 4-6 weeks, if you are in 1st in your league with a healthy lead, you can probably stash him.  If you are in the middle of the pack, or lower, it is best to drop him and get somebody who will help you stay in the middle, or help you jump into the playoffs.

Antawn Jameson - Has been on a scoring tear, he looks like a good sell high candidate, but I like to hold.  There is speculation they will go young towards the end of the season as they get further away from a playoff spot, but I doubt it because Antawn gives them the best chance of winning.

Dallas Mavericks

Delonte West - Unless you haven’t already, it is safe to drop him as he is out indefinitely.  Pick up a hot new free agent from your waiver wire because most of the Veterans on this team will sop up the minutes, although Roddy Beaubois is a decent replacement once he returns from personal leave.

Denver Nuggets

Wilson Chandler - There is going to be a serious logjam post All-Star break for the Nuggets, which isn’t exactly a big problem.  I still say they came away the big winners after the Melo trade, and even with losing Kenyon Martin and JR Smith this year this team is still probably the deepest in the league, with 10 potential starters!  Wilson Chandler will be signing soon, and probably will spot start for Danilo Galinari until he returns from that bad ankle sprain, then will return to the 6th man role good for 28-30 minutes a game.  That is bad news for Corey Brewer, who will probably be bumped from the rotation completely depsite playing well,  Rudy Fernandez with back problems will return to a role of 12-16 minutes a game, Chris Anderen will be out of the rotation completey, and Al Harrington and Andre Miller will see their minutes dropped too!  Crazy affect for adding just one guy to the rotation.

Ty Lawson - Andre Miller will hold some decent value over the next few games as Ty looked to have re-aggravated that troublesome left ankle.  It looks like Terminator will get a few spot starts before the break, and maybe even some afterwards, making him a great play for the rest of the week!

Detroit Pistons

Rodney Stuckey - has been on a scoring binge, scoring between 16-36 points in each game over the last 6.  Pick him up if he is still available

Ben Gordon - looks droppable in standard leagues, and even in some deep leagues, as his 9 category value is in the toilet because he provides no peripheral stats, and has been fairly inconsistent this year.  Unless you are desperate for scoring then you can hold onto him

Golden State Warriors

Epke Udoh - After successfully calling out Jeremy Lin, Nikola Pekovic and Isaiah Thomas before their emergence as solid waiver wire picks for the rest of the season, I’m gonna try and go 4-4 and pick up this guy here.  He is a diamond in the rough, and actually his game is pretty rough and raw around the edges as well.  He dropped 19 and 8 with 2 blocks in his first start for sick Andris Biedrens, and if Mark Jackson is a fool, which is very possible, than I think that’s all you needed to see if you want to fix this team organically and start winning.  He plays well beside David Lee allowing David Lee to concentrate on being himself, and Monta also had a very good rhythm with Epke out on the floor.  This one change made one of the top temas in the league the Clippers struggle, as they were shut out from scoring in the last 3 minutes of the game.  Now I am not a stat chaser, actually Joel Anthony is one of my favorite players in the league, not because of his impact he has with his own statistics, but since we are talking statistics, he consistently posts a big +/- ratio while he is out on the floor even though he doesn’t score, depsite playing maybe half the game.  But what he does well is set his team’s pace for defense, while enforcing the paint, and that foundation for defense continues throughout the 48 minutes, which rubs off on his teammates, and translates into an Alonzo Mourning/Dikembe Mutombo like “NOT IN MY HOUSE BABY!” attitude. This is exactly what the defensive-minded Coach Mark Jackson needs, and using him as a foundation I see him having a Serge Ibaka-like ceiling in the future, with a floor of DeAndre Jordan or JaVele McGee if he is given starter minutes.  He is one of the best shot blockers in the league already in his second year, and I think they need to run with him.  Anything is better than an  Andris Biedrens starting center at this point.  Let’s hope the knee injury is not serious, as he is listed day-to-day, so the All-Star break once again comes at a great time.

Houston Rockets

Kevin Martin - Be wary of this sitatuion.  Kevin McHale will yank a guy out with a cane like this was a 1930’s act, no matter how good they are, and simply will play the players that play the hardest.  Nobody is safe on this roster, and this coaching style has been effective because the results are wins, with a solid spot in the playoff race.

Chase Budinger – he is on the shortest leash of the group, and though McHale mentions matchups as the reason he doesn’t play him, I get the feeling he just doesn’t like his defense.  There are safer options to sift through on the waiver wire.

Indiana Pacers

Paul George – Unless you own one of the starting 5, move along, nothing to see here unless you are in a really deep league.

Los Angeles Clippers

DeAndre Jordan – He is getting his minutes stolen by Kenyon Martin.  Knock him down at least 2 rounds from his current ADP if this continues, as Reggie Evans is getting in the mix for minutes at PF and Center as well.  Luckily the blocks are holding, which is the main reason people drafted him in the first place, but the PTS and REB should drop to around 6.5 and 6.5 a game.

Los Angeles Lakers

Pau Gasol – A trade maybe looming, and the organization has to keep it in the dark to make sure they get the best possible offer.  If they satisfy Kobe’s wish, and  let everyone know what’s going on internally than his trade value will be shot.  Although I don’t think Kobe would mind, considering he wants Pau to stay, which I think is best for the team if you asked my opinion, though you probably didn’t.   They only thing they have left is that trade exception, and big holes at the PG and SF slot.  Let’s hope something happens soon (Rumor: Beasley to the Lakers?) as Ramon Sessions looks like the best solution, at least temporarily.

Memphis Grizzlies

Mareese Speights – looks like he is coming back down to earth after averaging almost 12 and 12 over a 4 game stretch.  The ride will be over soon, as Zach Randolph is targeting March 7 to return, and maybe even sooner.  If he is available in your league please do yourself a favor and pick him up, as Zach is a scoring and rebound MONSTER!  He will take a few weeks to get acclimated, which is not good news for first round value Marc Gasol.  Expect for Gasol’s numbers to dip to 3 round value at least when Zach is put back into the rotation.

Miami Heat

Mario Chalmers – He may have been dropped in some leagues, if he was, go nab him immediately as he appears to be over his hand injury and dropped a season high 6 3 pointers on Tuesday.  I expect him to finish in the TOP 50, even the TOP 40 if he can stay healthy.

Miluakee Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova -  This guy is the real deal.  When Drew Gooden gets back this team will look scary in the east as they have a new formidable duo since Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely.  If he is on your waiver wire, he should not be, as Skiles has finally taken off the leash after poor play from Luc Richar Mbah a Moute.  Larry Sanders had a good game spot starting for Gooden, and if Gooden receives bad news for a timetable from the specialist than Sanders can be worth a stop gap add at the tail end of standard and deep leagues.

Stephen Jackson – only way he gets any value is if he gets traded.  Why the Bucks organization would trade for him in the first place, I don’t know as his contract and attitude are toxic.  Carlos Delfino should also be a hot add for this week, and if he is available he is a must-own player.  Mike Dunleavy will creep into a bench Scoring role providing value in deep leagues.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola Pekovic – rolled his ankle on Monday and is doubtful for the next one.  If you are pissed cause you missed out on him, try and throw out some trade offers as he recently rolled his ankle, and for a ‘300’ pounder  that could pose a problem, though the ankle injury doesn’t sound serious, and an owner maybe tempted to move him if the offer is right.  I myself am ready to unload either Manu Ginobili or Nene Hilario for him in one league that I covet him, though also both injured, are well known fantasy contributors. 

New Jersey Nets

Anthony Morrow – looks to have found his touch after a recent lay off because of personal matters.  It must have been tough for him after his lost his grandmother, and I think he has rededicated himself and is ready for a big second half to the season.  Expect a little inconsistency with his new 6th man role, especially since Carmelo knocked out 4 of his teeth yesterday, but also expect a ton of 3 pointers.

Brook Lopez- He is rounding into basketball shape, and he also added 10 pounds of muscle.  Look for him to be more aggressive this year in the paint to throw around that extra weight, which should translate to more free throws this season.  Although I am calling out a dip in his percentages for this year, as his lockout induced season is starting 30 games late.

New Orleans

Greivis Vasquez – Monty Williams needs to run this guy more with Jarrett Jack back.  But, I doubt it will happen.  He should return to about 9 points and 4.5 assists, unless Monty does start giving him more minutes, but he just like Marco Bellinelli too much to cut his minutes.  That and Marco is on a very good shooting streak recently.  It is a messy situation, and though I don’t think Eric Gordon will return for this season, I think Jarrett Jack is a solid pickup if available, while the other two are deep leaguers.

New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony -  I expect his value to take a big hit this season, less points, less shots, and several games to find a new identity and rhythm playing alongside phenom Jeremy Lin.  After watching 1 game with his Melo’s return, and Deron Williams abusing the Knicks, I think Lin’s value will hold, based on his turnovers coming down along with his scoring, however the defensive attention Amare and Melo draw will have a positive affect on his percentages. 

JR Smith -  He is worth a look as a source of Scoring and 3’s, but you should expect a roller coaster ride.  Expect him to also hurt the value of Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert.  Shumpert will probably be considered a big drop candidate once he returns and owners see the putrid lines he throws up, and Landry will offer deep league value as a starter, and that’s about it.

Orlando Magic

JJ Reddick – has been getting a few spot starts for Jason Richardson, who was out with a lung infection.  He will return to his 6th man role where he will provide late round value as a source of PTS and 3’s, meaning he can be owned at the tail end of 12 team leagues, and is a good deep league add if he is still available.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Serge Ibaka – the buy low window is over as he is average over 9 point, 9 rebounds, and a RIDICULOUS 4.8 blocks per game in February.  I will say it again, he will carry your team in blocks almost every week from here on out.  Aside from the other big 3 on this team, nobody is worth owning unless you are in really deep leagues.

Thabo  Sefelosha – should return after All-Star break after a very long layoff from injury, meaning Cookie’s run as the 3 point specialist will have be used off the bench.

Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash – looks like a 50/50 trade candidate, and if so, keep an eye on Aaron Brooks in the CBA because he can put up some extreme value if and when he returns to the Suns. 

Channing Frye – along with Jared Dudley should be scooped up in almost every league now that they have found their shooting touch, and play alongside Nash in one of the most fantasy friendly environments.  Shots will be there, so this is a no brainer.

Philadelphia 76ers

Spencer Hawes – was one of the biggest disappointments after a great start to the season with this annoying Achilles injury.  Structurally the Achilles looks sound, but the tightness is prevented him from being explosive, which is something you definitely need competing with the fittest athletes in the world.  Lavoy Allen and Nikola Vucevic are at a timeshare trading off big games as a result until his return

Elton Brand – it’s too bad the 76ers are hurting in the front court because they were showing title contender spirit in the beginning of the season.  I have a feeling Brand’s thumb injury will linger through the season, and he is also locked into a timeshare with Thaddeus Young who is playing extremely efficient.  Brand has virtually no trade value, and is not safe to drop unless you are in an 8 team league, so he is a hold for now until he gets healthy, as his steals and blocks alone help him provide late round value.

Portland Trailblazers

Raymond Felton – The demotion is official, and was very effective as the Blazers destroyed the Spurs (who were resting Tim and Tony) 137-97 on Tuesday.  Jamaal Crawford went off, and so did many other players on the Blazer roster.  This was the perfect scrimmage game for the new look blazers, and Raymond Felton even had 4 3 pointers with 16 points coming off the bench.  This is the type of move that will make him play harder, no matter how much he whines like a little girl.  It doesn’t matter how much he whines either, as his benching was deserved.  Pick up Jamaal Crawford wherever available as he deserves consideration in at least 8 team leagues and higher.

Wesley Matthews – lost a toe nail after someone stepped on his foot, and sustained an ankle injury as well.  He called it a day after the Spurs were routed in the first quarter, and the Blazers don’t play until next Wednesday giving them plenty of rest.  In case you didn’t know, Nicolas Batum has put up 1st value since being inserted into the starting lineup and his upside was spot on.  He is average over 2 3’s per game, with over a steal and block, putting him in a league of his own because no other player has been capable of that this season.  (Better than Dorell Wright from Last Season)

Sacramento Kings

Isaiah Thomas – This is the waiver wire pickup up the week, and if he is still available, you need to drop the struggling guy on your roster as far down as 8 team leagues.  The last pick in the draft was an apparent steal, as he is not only playing better than most of the players in his draft class, but also better than most PGs in the league.  He only has 3 starts under his belt, but if you don’t make the move and proves to post numbers like he has (think Jeremy Lin-lite) you will definitely regret it.  Though he is undersized at 5’9 he plays a lot bigger, and his rebounding numbers are high for a guy his size meaning he makes it up with hustle.  He went off for 20 points and 5 threes in the THIRD QUARTER ALONE against an Elite Miami Heat defense.  We are all up on this guy, and you should be too.  In his 3 starts alone he has posted averages of :  19/36=52.7 FG%, 13/14 =92.8 FT%, 2.6 3PTM @ 50%, 20 PTS, 5 REB 6.6 AST, .3 STL, .3BLK, 2.3 TO.  I expect the steals numbers to rise and the scoring to dip to around 14-16 a game, with about 4 rebounds and 5 assists because SAC plays a very fast tempo, meaning plenty of opportunity for stats.  If that isn’t a buy speech than I don’t know what is.

San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan – got the proverbial ‘rest’ day from Coach Popovich, though he barely looked like he needed it after playing like a savage in the month of February.  Speaking of Savages, Tony Parker is shaping a career year for himself, and also got a rest day, meaning the practice squad was in full affect on Tuesday.  Manu Ginobili will be out about two weeks with a strained oblique, and that sounds like the right amount of rest.  It sucks that it had to happen right after coming back from his hand injury, and with 30 or so games left when he returns he should have very fresh legs for the second half of the season.  Scary for a team that ran off 10 straight wins and then just gave up a loss to rest their guys before the break.

Matt Bonner – while Tiago Splitter is also out two weeks with a strained calve, this guy is a must add if you need 3’s, as he is offering 2.5 3 pointers a game, which puts him in the elite part of that category.  Just know it comes with about 10 points and 3 rebounds and little else, including a measley .2 turnovers.  This is a Jodie Meeks type line.  Gary Neal has been feeling it recently, and I think he will also be the beneficiary of the two injuries to the Spurs rotation guys.

Toronto Raptors

Jerryd Bayless -  sure the rotation is inconsistent, but Jerryd started 5 out of 6 games before he went down, and is a good bet for 24-26 minutes at least whether he starts or not, and is healthy.  Also, he looks like a good stash with Calderon on the Trade Block, and the need for a true PG for many teams in the League right now, meaning he could slide over to the starting PG slot soon.  Take a look at his numbers as the starting PG last year towards the end of the season, and you can see he has a very high ceiling, so if you are sitting pretty in your league, and the wire is thin at point guard, he makes for a great stash at least, with upside of around 12 points a game with decent peripherals in his current role.

Utah Jazz

Gordan Hayward – he will have an up and down season, mostly down.  Only worthy of deep leagues, until they move him to Shooting Guard and find a better Permiter Defender and Scorer to play the Small Forward spot (CJ Miles or Josh Howard are on their bench).

Washington Wizards

Jordan  Crawford – has turned it up recently, although I rarely trust him because his %’s can be a nightmare.  I wouldn’t blame you if you picked him up in deep leagues, and maybe the tail end of your 12 team roster, though I think you can find better.

Trevor Booker -  I like his long-term outlook despite his recent struggles, and with Andray Blatche on his way back from injury I still think Trevor will carve out 28-30 minutes and hold late round value.  Also take note that Blatche is on the trading block, though it will be difficult to move him, and his contract before the deadline.  As for Rashard Lewis, I smell amnesty coming up for next season, and I wouldn’t touch him even in deep leagues.

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「Fantasy Gods - Daily - What a Sunday!」

Every once and a while you need to pray, to the Fantasy Gods of course, for a victory for the week, especially when you are inching towards a playoff berth.  Every team needs to throw up a prayer once and while because without them you could lose to the underdog, or your perfect model 1st place team can come crashing into the ground the first round of playoffs.

Fortunately, if you read through these prayers, and hopefully implement, and recite them, you should be able to uncover many blessings for your Fantasy Team.

The Fantasy Gods will help you out no doubt with a little reading!

This analysis took so long it leaked into Monday, which I will have a new post for, but there is definitely a lot of value here for readers to see how their players are playing.  Have fun!

OKC @ Denver

Sunday showed us a lot of Epic lines, most notable was Kevin Durant going for 51 like it was an ordinary day, while his Partner in Crime Russell Westrbook dropped 40 as well (These two guys alone outscored 7 NBA teams on Sunday), but the line that stands out (which will seem more like a regularity in the future) was Serge Ibaka’s monster triple double with 11 BLOCKED SHOTS!  Yes this guy will literally be carrying your team into in blocks every week, and along with James Harden, you can roll all these guys out every night they play with confidence.  I believe these 4 all have the potential to finish in the top 25 when all is said and done in H2H 9 CAT formats, something I don’t even think the Boston Big 4 were able to do.  It’s also safe to say that nobody else on this roster is considered a pickup unless you are in really deep leagues.

The Nuggets had this one under control throughout 45 minutes of the game until they realized they couldn’t stay in front of either one of the dynamic duo.  If you own Nuggets players, or have players match up against them, its safe to say there will be a Fantasy Feast.  George Karl is really helping out Fantasy owners because he squeezes all the berries out of these guys to give you some awesome fantasy juice.  It’s safe to say that almost everyone, including the bench rotation will have some sort of value throughout the year, going as deep as 8-9 guys a night.  Andre Miller turned it up with a 21/10 line after his recent slump, which rubbed off on Al Harrington.  I have faith he will pick it up soon.  Chris “Bridman” Andersen has shown fantasy relevance over the last 4 with the injuries to Nene and Timofey, and is now part of the rotation to showcase his trade value, news of this breaking most recently after the excellent play from Kosta Koufos.  Also in the mix, Wilson Chandler should be meeting with the Nugs on Monday, and looks like he got out of his contract leaving his CBA team without their leading scorer for the playoffs.  That seems kind of shady, but it’s understandable considering the longer he stayed out there, the less teams he would attract as well as money.  He looks like a good candidate to jump right in and get 30 minutes a game, which is bad news for Corey Brewer.  Nene should be back, maybe within this week, but it would be wise to keep him out through the All-Star break as his heel injury has been an issue all Season long.

Lakers @ Phoenix

Phoenix took hold of this one early, and the Black Mamba could not bring the struggling Lakers back in this one despite going for 32, but he did rack up 10 turnovers at the same time.  His slump appears to be over.  The bigs Pau and Andrew Bynum has decent lines, and like usual the rest of the team is deep league flyers.  Hopefully that potential point guard upgrade comes sooner rather than later, and later after the game Kobe with frustration said to the media that the organization needs to let Pau know what is up.  Is he going to be traded, or not because the big man can’t focus otherwise on the court, especially when he is one of the main ‘pillars’ to the team.

The Suns were aggressive outright, as they seemed especially tired of being picked on by Kobe and the Lakers this season.  Steve Nash looks like a 50/50 target of being traded, and the owner is leaving the decision solely up to him.  I think a move would be appropriate considering they can get Aaron Brooks back in a few weeks to jump right into the starting PG slot, while Nash has excellent trade value, even if they eventually deal him for expiring contracts and draft picks.  Jared Dudley busted out of his slump with 25 and a full stat line.  Channing Frye has finally found his jumper, and in case you’ve been on Pluto, Marcin Gortat is a beast, puting up Elite Center numbers with regularity.  I really hope they don’t trade Nash cause I have Gortat, and a lot of his baskets are special deliveries from none other than one of the greatest setup men in NBA history.  Markief Morris has carved out a consistent role off the bench, cutting into Frye’s time a little, but both are still very effective.  The talented Rookie is pushing to be apart of the 1-1-1 club (3, STL, BLK) a very rare club that makes him very valuable as a waiver flyer, so if he is available and he is worth a look. That and I have a feeling he will have a good second half of the season as he has gained Alvin Gentry’s trust.

Utah @ Houston

The Jazz were served a very cold dinner.  A second half collapse which saw the Rockets rally, and they really had no answers.  Devin Harris has been horrendous this season, and if your tired of him please go hit the waiver wire and pick up a guy like Isaiah Thomas from Sacramento.  He has worked his way into a timeshare with Earl Watson, that’s right Earl, yes he is still playing in the NBA.  Raja Bell starts at SG killing the value of CJ Miles, Josh Howard, and probably the team, and Gordon Hayward just doesn’t look comfortable at Small Forward.  I think he has a problem guarding bigger guys, and that has contributed to his slump.  Ty needs to make the adjustment, move him to the 2, and go with a bigger lineup with CJ or Josh Howard at the 3.  Say what you want, but Howard looks as spry as his days in Dallas, and he is a great perimeter defender with long and bothersome arms.  On top of that he scores in volume, which will be the attention needed to get Hayward open.  Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson is a tandem I would not want to face regularly, and that is too bad for the South West Conference. 

The Rockets are playing some great ball, and though Coach Kevin McHale is a fantasy team manager’s nightmare, he sure is a great Damn Coach.  He gets his guys to play hard every night on both ends of the floor, and he isn’t afraid of benching starters who feel privileged enough to just run through the motions.  Whatever he is doing is working because the Rockets are in the middle of the pack for playoffs despite not having a superstar, and they are knocking off legitimate teams.  This is the brand of basketball everyone should enjoy.  Kevin Martin had a sit down with the Coach, and he is cool with the benching, and has played with more confidence recently.  Courtney Lee, his backup has been getting decent minutes regardless and looks like a good deep league special.  Kyle Lowry I have been watching since a rookie, and I’m not surprised at this most improved player candidate as all he needed was the Coach’s confidence, and the keys to the ride.  He is putting up Elite Value depsite his recent shooting slump, which probably had a lot to do with his court case.  Regardless, 7 3 pointers on Sunday makes that slump officially over, as he hit enough 3’s for the week in 1 game.  Luis Scola has been playing better lately, but is still putting up very late round value with high turnovers and the absence of any defensive stats, and mediocre percentages.  It would be wise to try to package him in a trade, as I doubt he brings it together by the end of the season, and even if his Scoring and Rebounding slightly rises, he has a long hill to climb.

Miluakee vs New Jersey

Hello Ersan Ilyasova!  29 Points and 25 rebounds to cap a stretch run where he has been averaging almost a double double for 11 games, with almost a 3, STL and BLK a game.  He is climbing the rankings and is for real.  Scott Skiles benched him after a sluggish start, then he decided to play hard coming off the bench, then said he wasn’t happy in the NBA and would head to Europe after this season, then he regained his starting role.  Man, Scott Skiles sure is a buzzkill, not only for his players, but for Fantasy owners as well.  I tend to stay away from the control freaks (Skiles, Casey, McHale) for fantasy purposes because I hate ups and downs for players, and random benchings, but this guy you just HAVE TO take a flyer on if he is available because he is playing too well.  Carlos Delfino I know for a fact is one of Skiles’ favorites, so if he is lingering on the waiver wire go add him as well, as he can drop 3’s and STL with the best of them.  Stephan Jackson has already said he wants to play for the Nets, or Orlando, and he is fed up with his situation.  A fine or a suspension will really do nothing at this point, as Captain Jax will always speak his mind.  Brandon Jennings is having a great season, as he is one of the DDD (Draft Day Discounts) however his FG% is trending down, meaning his value will begin to drop as well, so I have him finishing with late 3rd value with that trend hitting the last half of the season.  Drew Gooden did not fly with the team, and has some lingering Wrist and Knee problems, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is held out through the break.  He has been BALLIN’ when activated, so keep an eye out for his game status.  Even without Gooden, they easily got the victory with Ersan’s broad shoulders carrying the weight.

The Nets look pretty bad, but what’s good is the return of Brook Lopez.  They are just out of rhythm with people constantly coming in and out of the rotation due to injury. Let’s just hope they stay healthy and win a crap load of games in the second half of the season because that’s the only shot they have of keeping Deron Williams.  Deron is a machine by the way, healthy finally, and capable of 20/10 every night.  Marshawn Brooks is back from his broken toe and Achilles strain, and he really strained my fantasy week with his amount of turnovers and poor shooting.  Hopefully, he should be good by the break.  Jordan Farmar needs an MRI for his lingering strained groin, and those are tough to get back from, usually players come back too early and restrain them just like this guy.  He lost most of his value with the return of Brooks, Anthony Morrow and Deshawn Stephenson.  Morrow is coming off the bench now since his return from a personal leave, so inconsistency will follow, but he finally dropped 17 points on Sunday, so he looks to have found his touch.  Kris Humphries, despite getting booed in every stadium, and is the most hated man after his break up with Kim Kardashian, still drops a double double every night and is a proven DDD.  Sheldon Williams was racking up boards and blocks before Lopez arrived, but still looks like a good deep league add.

Philly @ Minnesota

Though the blazing hot 3rd place 76ers came close, they lost to the Wolves by 1 at the end of the game.  Spencer Hawes was a key cog to Doug Collin’s Day shift (Starters) so he has asked Jrue Holiday to pick up the aggressiveness and attack the basket, and he responded with 20 points tonight.  Jodie Meeks is just around the corner from catching fire, but is in a bad slump, and if he can’t hit 3’s consistently, he is pretty worthless.  Elton Brand is struggling, and Thaddeus young is ballin, so you aren’t going to see the 15/10 brand from last year, but his steals and blocks alone give him great late round value.  Meanwhile, Thaddeus, though uninspiring to look at his averages, he is putting up top 50 value, and will stay there because he is doing all the right things on the court and is extremely efficient.  Andre Igoudala was supposed to be the go-to scorer this season, but that role somehow ended up with Louis Williams.  No matter, several players on this roster are worth fantasy consideration, even the rookie Nikola Vucevic has strung some nice games together to be a deep league flyer.

The Wolves have looked very scary recently with the promotion of Nikola Pekovic to the Starting 5.  Him and Kevin Love are already looking like the scariest 4 and 5 pairing in the league, and they haven’t even played together for a month yet in this new rotation.  Nikola is battling Jeremy Lin right now for waiver wire pickup of the year, and we do expect Lin’s numbers to take a hit, while at the same time Nikola has been putting up better value over the recent 2 week stretch.  Ricky Rubio went for a career high 22 points, but don’t expect him to score much.  Luke is not locked in a time share with JJ Barea, who is finally healthy from his hammy injury.  Wes Johnson is a waste of a starting spot, Michael Beasley looks like a trade candidate, and everything else looks like a fantasy wasteland for the wolves, but they sure do look good right now.

Sacramento @ Cleveland

The Kings are desperate for a win, so much so that Keith Smart has injected little bundle of energy Isaiah Thomas into the starting 5, however they have lost two close games, but look a lot better.  Thomas is the only true PG on the roster, shifting Marcus and Tyreke to the 2 and 3, making this a three guard lineup.  They push the ball and are a lot of fun to watch, and matchups will dictate how many minutes Thomas gets, but judging by the last pick in the draft’s almost triple double on Sunday I have a feeling he will carve out a nice role, and is justifiable the most added player on Sunday as a result.  Other than the starting five, nobody holds anything but deep league value.

Ramon Sessions has seen a lot of minutes, which are deservedly so since he is playing like a ‘Man on Fire’.  His trade value gets higher each day, and if I was the owner looking to make a trade I would do it ASAP before he tries to gut your roster because he is certifiably a starting PG on any team.  Boobie Gibson reaggravated his injury, so he will be in and out, while Anthony Parker returned to practice on Monday.  Kyrie Irving looks good after his return from concussion, and he is safe to roll out.  Andy Varejao is now out for 4-6 weeks, and the only good news is that he doesn’t need surgery.  Tristan Thompson looks like the add here, and we know he is capable of at least 8 boards and 2 blocks a game, let’s see what the offense rounds out too as Semih Erden struggles at the Starting Center Slot.  Alonzo Gee is starting at the SG slot with all the injuries, and was still getting 28-30 minutes even off the bench.  He is good for the tail end of your 12 team league or higher. 

Charlotte @ Indiana

The Bobcats got steamrolled in this one.  The bodies are getting healthy every week, which has introduced a new problem of a logjam at the wings and PG positions.  Kemba Walker moves back to the bench, though his production hasn’t really been affected, DJ Augustin is back in the PG slot, and I love his AST:TO ratio, but wish he could nab at least a steal a game cause that would seriously boost his value.  Gerald Henderson is set to return on Wednesday from his hammy injury, spoiling what little value Reggie Williams was holding.  He should eventually regain his starting job back.  Corey Maggette has return, pushing Tyrus Thomas out of the Starting 5 and into irrelevance.  Bismack Biyombo with a not so polished offense, will get you an average of 8 boards and 2 blocks a game when you average out the ups and downs.  Analysts are set for him to have a big second half, but I’m not buying, he is only 19 years old and will need a lot of development, though I could see it happen through next season.  Boris Diaw should be called Boring Diaw as that’s the type of lines he puts up, with little enthusiasm.  And the rest of the bunch is nipping to get some minutes on the worst team in the league, that means stay away for fantasy purposes.

Indian is really rolling with the 3rd best record in the East.  With the acquisition of David West, you see a lot of stability on this team.  They have a deep bench that with the George Hill set to return this week, some great defensive wings, and a quick scorer/rebounder Tyler Hansbrough.  However, with the deep bench, the only guys of relevance is the starting 5, until George Hill gets healthy, he will deserve roster consideration at the tail end of 12 teams.

Boston @ Detroit

A late scratch by Kevin Garnett with his lingering, and a Rajon Rondo ejection with consequent two game suspension means if you took the +6 betting line on Detroit than you were fairly happy with the results as the Celtics looked lost in a loss to the Pistons.  Their play of recent memory is mediocre, and that contributes to their key defensive cog KG in and out of the lineup.  Chris Wilcox has looked like a good spot start in his place, and Jermaine O’neal went down with another injury on Monday to his wrist, naming him most brittle player in the NBA.  Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will pick up the slack during this week, while Mickael Pietrus is set for an increased role as well.  He is a good play for the manager desperate for scoring and 3’s in deep leagues.

Detroit looks good.  Rodney Stuckey is attacking the paint like a savage and getting to the line 12 times a game over his last 3.  Pick him up if he is still available after a sluggish start to the season.  Brandon Knight has held on to the starting PG job, and looks like a good add for the tail end of your 10-12 team leagues.  Ben Gordon is back from his shoulder injury, and in his natural 6th man role you can expect the same results.  Jonas Jerebko is really fighting for minutes behind Jason Maxiell, who was inserted into the starting 5 because of his defensive prowess, and the Pistons are winning games, so I think this will stick, while Jerebko will be a source of scoring off the bench much like Ben Gordon, but with less touches, that means deep league only.  And of course Greg Monroe is trucking along with his DDD providing 1st value, which I don’t expect to fall, unless he dips to early 2nd round value for the rest of the season.  1.5 steals out of the Center slot is something you don’t see every day.

Orlando @ Miami

If you haven’t gotten the theme between these Florida rivals, you should by now, when the visiting team arrives at either arena, they usually get beat up pretty bad and go home with a loss.  It was Orlando’s turn this time.  Nobody had a particularly good game except for JJ Redick dropping 5 3’s with 17 points spot starting for Jason Richardson who is out with what doctors are calling a virus infection in his lungs.  Aside from JJ and the Starting 5, everyone else is a deep leaguer

Miami is rolling along, and last week was the first team to win a back-to-back-to-back road games since 1970-71 season (Philly)  Same old story here, with James, Wade, and Bosh sucking up most of the fantasy value, while Chalmers is a 3 point and steals specialist who will probably finish in the top 50 this season if his swollen hand will let him, and Udonis Haslem is a rebound specialist for deep leagues.  Everyone else is deep leaguers (16+ teams)

Dallas @ New York

Jeremy Lin did it again.  Dallas took a tough road loss despite 34 from Nowitzki, Jason Terry looked good in his return, while Kidd is putting up some Kidd lines in limited minutes.  Everyone else played pretty average.  Delonte out indefinitely with a nasty broken and dislocated finger will open up minutes for Kidd, Terry, and Roddy when he returns from his personal leave.  Haywood looks like a deep leaguer, and the rest of the starting 5 is playing at their normal level.

Linsanity strikes again, and he is balling like usual, even with the return of Melo on Monday, it looks like he will maintain his value.  JR Smith made his debut, knocking down 3 3 pointers, and looks like he will fill the same role as he did with the nuggets, hurting Landry Field’s value at the same time.  Shumpert has knee problems, opening up the debut for Baron Davis against the nets, nothing to see here.  Steve Novak will lose minutes with the return of Melo, but has earned a spot in the rotation because he meshes well with Lin and others on the roster.  Bill Walker is gone into the 4th dimension.  Tyson Chandler took 2 falls injuring both wrists and back, which he took x-rays of, but still managed to play Monday with a decent line (Monday’s blog coming up shortly)  This team will need a few more games before we can figure out where the value goes, so stay tuned for our next blog discussing Monday’s action.

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「FANTASY GODS - PLAYER’S BALL CLUB - PLAYER RANKINGS」

Welcome to the Weekly Player Rankings. These rankings are based on Head-2-Head 9 Category formats (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO)

Remember:

Extremely Shallow league   6 teams

Super Shallow league          8 teams

Shallow league                    10 teams

Standard                                12 teams

Deep                                      14 teams

Super Deep                           16+ teams

Also:

Diamond Club - Should be owned in 95-100% of Leagues

Platinum Club - Should be owned in 90-95% of Leagues or more

Gold Club - Should be owned in 70-90% of Leagues

Silver Club - Should be owned in 50-70% of Leagues

Bronze Club - Should be owned in 30-50% of Leagues or less

Copper Club - Should be owned in less than 30% of Leagues

Welcome to the Weekly Player Rankings. These rankings are based on Head-2-Head 9 Category formats (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO)

FANTASY GODS – PLAYER’S BALL CLUB

 

DIAMOND CLUB

1.       Kevin Durant

2.       LeBron James

3.       Chris  Paul

4.       Kevin Love

5.       Dwyane Wade

6.       Ryan Anderson

7.       Kyle Lowry

8.       Marc Gasol

9.       Kobe Bryant

10.   LaMarcus Aldridge

11.   Pau Gasol

12.   Deron Williams

13.   Dirk Nowitzki

14.   Derrick Rose

15.   Dwight Howard

16.   Paul Milsap

17.   Russell Westbrook

18.   James Harden

19.   Monta Ellis

20.   Mike Conley

21.   Stephen Curry

22.   Blake Griffin

23.   Al Jefferson

24.   Marcin Gortat

25.   Jeremy Lin

26.   Ricky Rubio

27.   Tyson Chandler

PLATINUM CLUB

28.   Serge Ibaka

29.   Josh Smith

30.   Nikola Pekovic

31.   Paul Pierce

32.   Amare Stoudemire

33.   Nicholas Batum

34.   David Lee

35.   Steve Nash

36.   Joe Johnson

37.   Demarcus Cousins

38.   Carmelo Anthony

39.   Danny Granger

40.   Andrew  Bynum

41.   Gerald Wallace

42.   Paul George

43.   Joakim Noah

44.   Danilo Gallinari

45.   Rudy Gay

46.   Tony Parker

47.   Chris Bosh

48.   Andre Igoudala

49.   Carlos Boozer

50.   Jose Calderon

51.   Brandon Jennings

52.   Kevin Garnett

53.   Tim Duncan

54.   Rajon Rondo

55.   Roy Hibbert

GOLD CLUB 

56.   Luol Deng

57.   Thaddeus Young

58.   Ty Lawson

59.   Andrea Bargnani

60.   Nene Hilario

61.   Marcus Thornton

62.   Kris Humphries

63.   JaVale McGee

64.   Drew Gooden

65.   Tyreke Evans

66.   Jason Terry

67.   Antawn Jameson

68.   John Wall

69.   Jrue Holiday

70.   Kyrie Irving

71.   Jeff Teague

72.   Kevin Martin

73.   Mario Chalmers

74.   Ray Allen

75.   Nick Young

76.   Channing Frye

77.   Ersan Ilyasova

78.   David West

79.   Jared Dudley

80.   Jason Kidd

81.   Manu Ginobili

82.   Dorell Wright

83.   DeAndre Jordan

84.   Rodney Stuckey

85.   Al Harrington

86.   Carlos Delfino

87.   Andre Miller

88.   Daren Collison

89.   Marcus Camby

90.   Trevor Ariza

91.   Caron Butler

92.   Mo Williams

93.   Jarrett Jack

94.   Elton Brand

95.   Wesley Matthews

96.   Samual Dalembert

97.   Raymond Felton

98.   Landry Fields

99.   Tony Allen

100.                        Aaron Afflalo

101.                        Ramon Sessions

102.                        James Johnson

103.                        Jason Richardson

SILVER CLUB

104.                        Brook Lopez

105.                        Zach Randolph

106.                        Jamaal Crawford

107.                        DJ Augustin

108.                        Gervais Vasquez

109.                        Anthony Morrow

110.                        OJ Mayo

111.                        DeMar Derozan

112.                        Brandon Knight

113.                        Richard Jefferson

114.                        Luis Scola

115.                        Alonzo Gee

116.                        Jodie Meeks

117.                        Luke Ridnour

118.                        Jameer Nelson

119.                        Randy Foye

120.                        Brandon Rush

121.                        Hedo Turkoglu

122.                        Boris Diaw

123.                        Isaiah Thomas

124.                        Zaza Pachulia

125.                        Kemba Walker

126.                        Markief Morris

127.                        Ben Gordon

128.                        Vince Carter

129.                        CJ Watson

130.                        Devin Harris

131.                        JJ Reddick

132.                        Tiago Splitter

133.                        Spencer Hawes

134.                        Kyle Korver

135.                        Andre Blatche

136.                        Reggie Williams

137.                        Amir Johnson

138.                        Chandler Parson

139.                        Marvin Williams

140.                        Jerryd Bayless

141.                        Mareese Speights

142.                        Jason Thompson

143.                        Gerald Henderson

144.                        Michael Beasley

145.                        Emeka Okafor

146.                        Stephan Jackson

147.                        Mike Dunleavy

148.                        Matt  Bonner

149.                        George Hill

150.                        Gary Neal

151.                        Linus Kleiza

152.                        Tayshaun Prince

153.                        Udonis Haslem

154.                        Corey Brewer

155.                        Ed Davis

156.                        Jonas Jerebko

157.                        Anderson Varejao

BRONZE CLUB 

158.                        Courtney Lee

159.                        Rudy Fernandez

160.                        Chris Andersen

161.                        Sheldon Williams

162.                        Danny Green

163.                        Grant Hill

164.                        Marco Bellinelli

165.                        Gordan Hayward

166.                        JJ Barea

167.                        Earl Watson

168.                        Daniel Gibson

169.                        Roddy Beaubois

170.                        Richard Hamilton

171.                        Brendan Haywood

172.                        Patrick Patterson

173.                        Jordan Crawford

174.                        Bismack Biyombo

175.                        Iman Shumpert

176.                        Goran Dragic

177.                        Ronnie Brewer

178.                        Kosta Koufos

179.                        Chase Budinger

180.                        Daequan Cook

181.                        CJ Miles

182.                        Carl Landry

183.                        Nikola Vucevic

184.                        Willie Green

185.                        Evan Turner

186.                        Norris Cole

187.                        Leandro Barbosa

188.                        Brandon Bass

189.                        Delonte West

COPPER CLUB 

190.                        Matt Barnes

191.                        Eric Gordon

192.                        Epke Udoh

193.                        Troy Murpy

194.                        Klay Thompson

195.                        Jason Maxiell

196.                        Omri Casspi

197.                        Steve Novak

198.                        Mikael Pietrus

199.                        DeJuan Blair

200.                        Nate Robinson

201.                        Josh Howard

202.                        Tyler Hansbrough

203.                        Kenneth Faried

204.                        Raja Bell

205.                        Derek Fisher

206.                        Shane Battier

207.                        Glen Davis

208.                        Taj Gibson

209.                        Jared Jeffries

210.                        Jermaine O’neal

211.                        Andris Biedrens

212.                        Kawhi Leonard

213.                        Derrick Williams

214.                        Tyrus Thomas

215.                        Kirk Hinrich

216.                        Chris Wilcox

217.                        Mike Miller

218.                        JJ Hickson

219.                        Nazr Mohammad

220.                        Mehmet Okur

221.                        Jimmer Ferdette

222.                        John Salmons

223.                        Chris Singleton

224.                        Steve Blake

225.                        Chuck Hayes

226.                        Dante Cunningham

227.                        Ben Wallace

228.                        Joel Anthony

229.                        Kendrick Perkins

230.                        Metta World Peace

231.                        Timofey Mozgov

232.                        Shannon Brown

233.                        Nick Collison

234.                        Rashard Lewis

235.                        Wes Johnson

236.                        Thabo Sefolosha

237.                        Anthony Parker

238.                        Jordan Hill

239.                        Derrick Favors

240.                        Ian Mahinmi

241.                        Ivan Johnson

242.                        Chris Duhon

243.                        Darko Milicic

244.                        Tracy McGrady

245.                        Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

246.                        Lavoy Allen

247.                        Kurt Thomas

248.                        Bill Walker

249.                        Derrick Brown

250.                        Jason Smith

251.                        Austin Daye

252.                        Quentin Richardson

253.                        Shawne Williams

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