Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Recap

Last week sent fantasy owners scrambling to replace their injured, or suspended, players like Mo Williams, Glen Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.  Others rejoiced when the INJ was removed from their names and guys like Ricky Rubio, Steve Nash, Kawhi Leonard and Dirk Nowitzki returned to the hardwood.

The Utah Jazz have lost their PG Mo Williams indefinitely due to ligament damage in his right thumb.  The Jazz will turn to veteran guards Earl Watson and Jamal Tinsley.  Both guards are serviceable NBA role players but neither should owned in fantasy.  Look to add Jordan Crawford (66% owned Yahoo) of the Washington Wizards or Jarrett Jack (53%) of the Golden State Warriors.  Crawford has been lighting it up in December with 6 20 point games, including 3 of his last 4 (the other was a 19 point outting).  He has also added a triple double and is averaging 6.5 assists and 5 rebounds per contest.  If Crawford is gone, Jack can provide you with 30 minutes off the bench where in the month of December he is scoring 15.5 points per game while dishing out 6 assists and pulling down 3.9 rebounds per night.  Both of them are gone and still need to replace Mo Williams?  Look for Alexey Shved (21%) of the Minnesota Timberwolves! 

The Orlando Magic suffered a terrible blow when they lost Glen Davis for the next 4-6 week due to a shoulder strain.  While all fantasy guru's around the blogosphere and twitter figured this was an opportunity for rookie Andrew Nicholson (3%) to see a huge boost in minutes, coach Jacque Vaughn gave 37 of Davis' minutes to Gustavo Ayon (8%). Ayon ended up with 12 rebounds and 9 points but shot just 3 of 7.  He did lead teh team in free throw attempts with 6 but he knocked down just 3 of them.  Nicholson ended up playing just 11 minutes and went 4 for 7 with 8 points and nothing else.  The real victor in this whole situation however is Nikola Vucevic (68%) who finished with 16 points and 16 boards.  We have been suggesting Vucevic for weeks before Davis' injury so if he is somehow still available, add him now!

The Sacramento Kings have reinstated DeMarcus Cousins....why did they even bother suspending him in the first place if all it took was an apology?
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely by the Sacramento Kings for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.  In the only game the Kings have played since his suspension, Jason Thompson (56%), James Johnson (4%), Chuck Hayes (1%) and Thomas Robinson (22%) all played around 22 minutes which obviously destroyed all of their value.  We figured that Jason Thompson would be able to breakout with Cousins' suspended and that Thomas Robinson would get the boost in minutes, but hey, what do we know!

So how do fantasy owners replace 2 bigs who provide both scoring and rebounding?  Robin Lopez (49%) and Spencer Hawes (49%) have been playing well as of late, and while both are averaging double digits in the scoring column in the month of December, you should only expect 5-8 rebounds a night, with the occasional double double thrown in there.  Big guys are hard to come by on the free agent list so take what you can and be grateful!

Points to Add
Nikola Vucevic - PF, C Magic (68%)
Jared Dudley - SG, SF Suns (68%)
Jordan Crawford - PG, SG, Wizards (66%)
Jarrett Jack - PG, SG Warriors (53%)
Ramon Sessions - PG Bobcats (52%)
Carl Landry - SF, PF Warriors (52%)
Rodney Stuckey - PG, SG Pistons (43%)
Shannon Brown - SG Suns (32%)
Marco Belinelli - SG Bulls (30%)
Matt Barnes - SF Clippers (23%)

Rebounds to Add
Nikola Vucevic - PF, C Magic (68%)
Larry Sanders - PF, C Bucks (66%)
Shawn Marion - SF, PF Mavericks (63%)
Jason Thompson - PF, C Kings (56%)
Carl Landry - SF, PF Warriors (52%)
Spencer Hawes - PF, C 76ers (49%)
Robin Lopez - PF, C Hornets (49%)
Matt Barnes - SF Clippers (23%)
Tristan Thompson - PF, C Cavaliers (26%)
Andre Drummond - PF, C Pistons (21%)
Bismack Biyombo - PF, C Bobcats (20%)

3pts to Add
Jared Dudley - SG, SF Suns (68%)
Jordan Crawford - PG, SG, Wizards (66%)
Danny Green - SG, SF Spurs (50%)
Kyle Korver - SG, SF Hawks (40%)
Shannon Brown - SG Suns (32%)
Marco Belinelli - SG Bulls (30%)
Matt Barnes - SF Clippers (23%)
Jodie Meeks - SG Lakers (23%)
Alexey Shved - PG, SG Timberwolves (21%)
C.J. Miles - SG, SF Cavaliers (14%)
Shane Battier - SG, SF Heat (12%)
Toney Douglas - PG, SG Rockets (4%)

Assists to Add
Jordan Crawford - PG, SG, Wizards (66%)
Jarrett Jack - PG, SG Warriors (53%)
Rodney Stuckey - PG, SG Pistons (43%)
Andre Miller - PG, SG Nuggets (42%)
Alexey Shved - PG, SG Timberwolves (21%)
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