–Dwyane Wade looked like vintage Flash on Wednesday in an overtime game versus the Raptors. Wade scored 35 points with 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 block in 40 minutes. Wade hasn’t been healthy for much of the season, but he sure looked it last night. It was also nice to see Wade and LeBron James (30-10-11) both have monster games on the same night, which hasn’t happened much the last two years.
–Tiago Splitter became the go-to big man for the Spurs with Tim Duncan resting his knee. He got off to a hot start finishing pick and rolls with Tony Parker and rolled to 25 points on 10 of 11 shooting with 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 32 minutes. While he can be a solid player in minutes like this, he’s not going to be as efficient if teams prepare for him, so take this line with a grain of salt. Look for he and Duncan to return to their usual roles once Timmy gets back on the court.
–Michael Beasley made an appearance in the headlines last night as he scored 19 points with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 three on the night. He got hot and kept himself on the floor with aggressive play. Since he still only played 22 minutes and the Suns rotation looked far from clear, I would want to wait before picking him up going forward to see what he does over the next few games.
–Damian Lillard entered the Blazers game last night with a hamstring problem, but he emerged the owner of 20 points and 8 assists. The Blazers spanked the Pacers and Lillard looked just fine and even played better defense than usual on George Hill. Lillard has shown little sign of hitting a rookie wall thus far and he is playing like one of the better point guards in fantasy basketball right now.
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(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)
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Value Play: Sebastian Telfair
Rondo at in primetime just sounds fun to me and the Knicks haven’t been very good against point guards at all. Bledsoe should get another start for Paul tonight in a good matchup. Nelson has been as solid as anyone and the Raptors don’t scare anyone away. Not much value at PG, but Telfair should have an easier time against the Clippers second unit with Bledsoe starting.
Value Play: Alan Anderson
Crawford continues to pick up extra shots and ball handling duties with Paul out, making him a solid play in a good matchup. Afflalo and Redick are both starting now and the Raptors haven’t been very good against wings lately. Anderson is a guy I don’t really trust because of the fluidity of the Raptors wing rotation, but he’s been very impressive of late.
Value Play: Michael Beasley
Carmelo Anthony is simply the best player playing today and should be in every lineup today against the Celtics. Pierce generally plays well against the Knicks and the combination of Melo and Chris Copeland on him doesn’t inspire fear. Barnes continues to be solid off the bench and has more upside than he’s shown. Beasley is a gamble as well, but he’s been solid in 3 of his last 4 games.
Value Play: Lamar Odom
Griffin has been amazing over his last two games and has been the first-unit go-to scorer with Chris Paul out. Vucevic continues to play heavy minutes and post solid lines. Scola has been back to his solid and crafty ways of late and should be solid again tonight. Odom provides value each and every night, even though he lacks scoring upside.
Value Play: Amir Johnson
Chandler should thrive against Boston and has been consistently double-double most of the last month. Garnett has been much better over his last two and the Celtics really need him to be. Gortat is the one Sun playing really consistent minutes and the Clippers one weakness is rebounding in the first unit. Johnson is back in the starting lineup, making him a must start on a night like this.