Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench for 18 points, six boards, a steal and a block in 22 minutes as the Bucks held on to beat the Bulls. I actually had him in two weekly lineups with four games and he should be picked up if he was dropped in your league. He simply has to get going, and it may have started to happen last night. John Henson had 11 points and two boards in the start for EI, but is going to be very inconsistent until further notice. Brandon Jennings struggled through his sprained ankle, and while it was admirable that he played after being carried off the court on Sunday, owners have to hope he didn’t put Wednesday’s game against the Knicks in jeopardy. Samuel Dalembert was back in the starting lineup after being benched for tardiness in his last game, but managed just two points, four boards and two blocks in the win, while Larry Sanders didn't do much again for the Bucks.
Another day, another lineup for the Wizards
A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Seraphin and Emeka Okafor comprised the Wizards starting lineup last night as Randy Wittman continues to tinker with a terrible team. Shaun Livingston was out with a sore shoulder, so Price had a decent line, but I’ve cut him where I can. A timeshare with Livingston and Jordan Crawford isn’t going to be an enjoyable ride. Seraphin came through with 18 points, seven boards, four steals and two blocks and I’m a fan of owning him across the board, and he can even be safely started for now. Crawford had 19 points off the bench and actually hit 9-of-16 shots on the night. His field goal percentage is a fantasy disaster waiting to happen, but he was solid last night. Martell Webster had 16 points in 25 minutes and continues to split time with a struggling Trevor Ariza. I’d rather own Ariza, but am not brave enough to put him into any lineups right now. Nene sat out with conditioning and foot issues after playing more than his allotted minutes in the last one, and he should be considered day-to-day until further notice. The plan is for him to play Wednesday against the Blazers.
Tiago Splitter went off for 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, two steals and two blocks off the bench, while Gary Neal started at SG and had 13 points and five 3-pointers. Boris Diaw scored a season-high 16 points in the win over the Wizards, but as I’ve said many times, the only Spurs I trust enough to start regularly are Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Kyle Singler had the best game of his career with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in Detroit’s win over Portland, and is worth a look in all leagues now that he’s starting. Andre Drummond played just 10 minutes again last night, and along with guys like Kevin Seraphin, Nene, John Henson, Nate Robinson, Kawhi Leonard, Larry Sanders, Singler and others, is a nice luxury to own on your bench, but not necessarily a guy you have to carry if there are more consistent players sitting on the wire. I was also going to throw Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas on that list, but I think we may have crossed into “must-own” territory on him. Rodney Stuckey played through his sprained ankle and had 11 points, and is another guy worth stashing in most leagues, if he can stay healthy. Keep an eye on Charlie Villanueva, who had 10 points in 15 minutes last night. He’s replaced Jonas Jerebko in the rotation, but is only worth a look in very deep leagues for now. Brandon Knight scored a season-high 26, as he continues to show improvement.
Brook Lopez went off for 22 points, 11 boards and five blocks in a much-ballyhooed win over the Knicks as his dream season continues. Deron Williams played through a sprained wrist and had one of his best games of the season with 16 points, six boards, three steals and 14 dimes in 43 minutes as the Nets knocked off the Knicks in overtime. Reggie Evans had 14 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench and Gerald Wallace had a season-high 16 points and full stat line in 42 minutes. Kris Humphries played just 19 minutes as a result, and there are just too many mouths to feed in Brooklyn. Joe Johnson hit 3-of-12 shots for eight points, and is another example of a guy who is up and down like he’s on a pogo stick.
Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 17 points to go along with six assists in 38 minutes against the Bucks, while Richard Hamilton also had a season high with 30 points and two threes in 36 minutes. Hamilton is worth grabbing for as long as he’s healthy. Nate Robinson struggled in just 10 minutes, and while the upside is there, he’s not going to be startable as long as Hinrich has the starting job and is playing well.
Jeremy Pargo played more like Jeremy Pargo for the second straight game, finishing with just nine points and three assists on 4-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes. He’s still worth owning until Kyrie Irving is back, but it’s clear that his first-start bonanza will likely end up being the highlight of his season. Anderson Varejao had 15 points, 22 boards, two steals and a block against the Grizzlies last night, and continues to singlehandedly win boards for his owners every week.
Derrick Favors had 19 points, seven boards and two blocks off the bench in a win over the Nuggets, while Paul Millsap had a disastrous five points and five boards in 24 minutes. Ty Corbin stuck with the hot hand of Favors, but both players should be owned and started in most formats, despite the timeshare. Mo Williams is targeting a return on Wednesday from his sprained foot, but I’m going to consider him a game-time decision for that one. Jamaal Tinsley started in his place and went off for a season-high 15 points, six assists, two steals and two blocks, and congratulations are in order if you had the foresight to pick-and-play him last night. It will be a short-lived victory if Williams is able to play on Wednesday. Gordon Hayward was awful, hitting just 1-of-8 shots for four points in 28 minutes off the bench. I picked up Marvin Williams for four games this week, and almost trust him more than I do Hayward right now. I’m in the minority, but I just don’t see Hayward being consistent enough this season to be in many starting lineups. Al Jefferson had a season-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but added just five boards and no blocks. Just consider it a strange night for the big man.