NBA Fantasy: Get rid of these three 0
There comes a time in each fantasy season where you need to give up hope of getting what you expected — or even anything really — out of certain players.
That time has come for Brook Lopez, Rip Hamilton and Zach Randolph owners.
Lopez missed most of the season before returning recently, but now will sit the next three weeks due to a sprained ankle. That screws up not only New Jersey’s plans to trade for Dwight Howard, but also those owners who counted on Lopez to bounce back from a disappointing fantasy year last season. So much for that. Meanwhile, Hamilton’s luck has been even worse. He’s gotten into only 16 games all season but finally came back the other day, only to suffer a shoulder injury on what looked to be a routine play. Forget about Rip, even when he comes back, he seems to have lost all of his durability and cannot be counted on. Ronnie Brewer is a good replacement option, though they are completely different players.
Randolph was thought to be days away a couple of weeks ago, but the final stages of his rehab have not gone as well as planned. Nobody knows at this point when he’ll rejoin the Grizzlies. Unless you are in good shape and can afford to hope he’ll be ready for your playoffs, it’s time to go in another direction.
* Bismack Biyombo continues to impress in Charlotte, at the expense of Boris Diaw, who wants to be moved. Biyombo is very raw, but lit up Dwight Howard this week. In other centre news, sophomore Ekpe Udoh has taken over in the middle for Golden State, where Andris Biedrins has inexplicably morphed into a shell of his former self.
* It’s hard to get a read on certain players who are all over the place. With the trade deadline nearing, situations are going to change. It might be worth taking a flyer on Raymond Felton now. He finally had a good game and could surge if he lands in a new home. Chris Kaman is in the same boat. Pau Gasol might also be on the move, along with Kevin Martin and Luis Scola. Philadelphia’s Evan Turner has been pretty up and down as well, but don’t expect the former No. 2 overall selection to be traded.
* Keep an eye on Milwaukee rookie Tobias Harris, who has entered the starting lineup in place of Shaun Livingston. With Stephen Jackson still either injured/disgruntled or both, the talented Harris could surprise.
* Some interesting fantasy facts from the past little while: Deron Williams scored 57 points last week and became just the second player in NBA history to make 20 or more foul shots without missing any in a game. He’s averaged eight assists and 4.4 rebounds over his past five games while scoring 30 a night ... According to Yahoo!, Ricky Rubio has shot just 31% from the field over his past 27 games. He shot 46% over his first 12 NBA appearances ... Luckily for the Timberwolves, Rubio’s teammate, Kevin Love, continues to cook. If he maintains his current numbers, he would become just the fifth player since 1976-77 (and first since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000) to average 25 PPG and 13 RPG for a season ... Speaking of history, Boston’s Rajon Rondo joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players ever to post 18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds in a single game. We know he turns it over a lot and can’t shoot, but the Celtics want to trade this guy? Really?
TRAINER’S ROOM TICKER/INJURY UPDATES
The Raptors got Amir Johnson (knee) back on Wednesday, but Andrea Bargnani’s return is not expected to come until Saturday at the earliest, but possibly not until Sunday or Tuesday ... New Jersey lost star centre Brook Lopez for another three weeks ... Atlanta is still waiting on Joe Johnson (knee) who might not be back this week ... Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao is still at least a week away ... Dallas C Brendan Haywood will miss 2-3 games after spraining his ankle ... Nene Hilario is back in action for Denver ... Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva could finally rejoin the team soon ... Memphis power forward Zach Randolph’s return continues to be delayed ... Oklahoma City expects Thabo Sefolosha to return imminently ... Philadelphia could get surprising centre Spencer Hawes back next week ... Washington continues to be without Rashard Lewis.
With fantasy rating out of 5
Atlanta is struggling to stay healthy and Pargo has taken advantage of an opening, outplaying Kirk Hinrich. He scored 16 the other day and Raptor fans remember Pargo can shoot.
Has posted nice per minute numbers all season and with Boris Diaw in the bad books in Charlotte, White should get plenty of minutes. He can help in multiple areas.
Rip Hamilton went down yet again, leaving Brewer as the likely Bulls starter for the next while. He’s a steals machine and has looked a little better on offence of late.
The rookie has tons of potential. Houston is starting to play him more and if he sees consistent time, he’ll get points, rebounds and chip in some blocks and steals.
He’s always an injury risk, but right now Howard is healthy and playing well. Utah needs more than just its strong collection of big men to score and right now Howard is providing the bulk of the production.
There are some players who are in the NBA even though they struggle mightily from the field. Here are some you want to avoid having on your fantasy team:
DeShawn Stevenson, DAL — .252 FG%; Shawne Williams, NJ - .286 FG%
Baron Davis, NYK — .290 FG%; Travis Outlaw, SAC - .296 FG%
Austin Daye, DET — .301 FG%; Tyrus Thomas, Cha - .337 FG%
HOT AND NOT
Surprises and disappointments over the last two weeks
Ty Lawson, G, DEN
4 GP 19.5 PPG, 12.0 APG, 7.0 RPG, 1.8 3PM
Andrew Bynum, C, LAL
6 GP, 18.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 2.7 BPG, .579 FG%
John Wall, PG, WAS
6 GP, 18.5 PPG, 13.5 APG, 1.8 SPG, .513 FG%
Drew Gooden, F/C, MIL
5 GP, 19.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.6 SPG, .902 FT%
Steve Nash, PG, PHO
4 GP, 11.3 PPG, 9.8 APG, 5.0 TPG, 0.2 SPG
JaVale McGee, C, WAS
5 GP, 8.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.8 TPG, .385 FG%
Ben Gordon, G, DET
5 GP, 6.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.4 TPG, .372 FG%