J.J. Hickson on double-double roll
J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double on Sunday. He may qualify as a sell-high player, but if I own him, I just keep running him out there and hope the wheels don’t fall off any time soon.
Hello and goodbye, Danny Boy
Danny Green, after being cut across the board in many leagues after being invisible for most of the week, scored a career-high 25 points on Sunday, hitting seven 3-pointers in the Spurs’ easy win over Dallas. Green was on fire, hitting 9-of-10 shots and playing just 23 minutes. If you recently cut him, don’t look back, as this will likely be the highlight of his season.
Kawhi Leonard was finally back in the starting lineup for the Spurs after missing 18 straight games with a quad injury. He played well and scored eight points off the bench on Friday, and added 17 points, four boards, five steals and three 3-pointers in the start on Sunday. I’m not as high on him as on some of my Rotoworld colleagues are, only because he plays for the Spurs and you never know which way Gregg Popovich will go each night. But Leonard is pointed in the right direction and it’s possible Pop will be using him as much as he said he was going to early in the season. If he’s still available in your league, he should be picked up.
Big Baby out, Ayon, Vucevic in
With Glen Davis sidelined for at least a month with a shoulder injury, Gustavo Ayon and Nikola Vucevic are both stepping up their games for the Magic. Ayon just missed a second straight double-double on Sunday with nine points and 12 boards, while Vucevic stayed hot with 16 points, 16 boards and a block. Vucevic is a must-own, must-start player right now, while Ayon should be a hot pickup in all formats.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
Kris Humphries didn’t even get off the Nets’ bench on Sunday and is clearly in Avery Johnson’s doghouse in Brooklyn. The power forward situation in Brooklyn is a mess, and while Humps will probably get it turned around at some point this season, no one would blame you for dumping him if you own him. Andray Blatche came off the bench behind Gerald Wallace (who started at PF, but isn't a fan of doing so), but is a borderline option at best, and Humps isn’t going to be benched forever.
Mo Williams could miss time with thumb injury
As I briefly touched on in Waiver Wired, Mo Williams is dealing with a thumb injury and an MRI showed some damage. He's been tagged as ‘out indefinitely,’ clearing the way for Jamaal Tinsley to see start and see some run. Tinsley had 11 points, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on Sunday, and is worth a look in many leagues with Williams apparently slated to miss time. We’re still waiting on the actual diagnosis on Mo-Will, but it doesn’t sound like great news.
Bye-bye Byron Mullens
Byron Mullens suffered a severely sprained left ankle on Saturday and could miss time for the Bobcats with the injury. There isn’t a suitable fantasy replacement at PF in Charlotte, although Hakim Warrick could see a boost in minutes. Get Mullens on your bench, and consider dropping him in daily leagues that require healthy bodies to put in your lineup, if he’s going to miss significant time.
News and Notes
Roy Hibbert is blaming this season’s dismal shooting on a weak right wrist. He’s receiving treatment on it from the Pacers’ training staff and shooting just 40.4 percent this season, but still looks like an interesting buy-low candidate to me.
Wesley Matthews didn’t travel with the Blazers for Sunday’s game after aggravating his hip injury and will remain day-to-day. I would not start him in weekly leagues.
Jared Dudley and Shannon Brown have been hot for the Suns, Marcin Gortat is playing better, and Goran Dragic had his worst line of the season in an ugly loss to the Clippers on Sunday. Dudley had 19 points, seven boards and two steals Sunday, but didn’t hit a 3-pointer. Brown cooled off with seven points and six assists on 3-of-13 shooting, but both of these guys are worth starting in all formats right now. Dudley is averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five, while Brown clocks in at 15.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over that stretch, despite a miserable Sunday.
Dragic had just seven points and one assist on 2-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes, and is simply in a funk. Ride it out with him. Gortat is finally playing well again, going for eight points, 12 boards and a block on Sunday, and is averaging 12 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games. Hopefully you held onto him through the dark period.
Eric Gordon and his balky knee have been cleared for full contact and will start practicing with the Hornets this week. I’m not running out to pick him up, as I expect him to be a source of more headaches than fantasy stats, but it makes sense for him to be owned in all leagues until we see how this plays out.
Chris Bosh was out on Saturday with an illness, but should be back for the Heat on Christmas Day. I’d start him in weeklies if I owned him.
Amare Stoudemire is hoping to play for the Knicks on Jan. 1 or Jan. 3 after missing most of the season after knee surgery, and he should be held in all leagues for now.
Anderson Varejao has missed three straight games with a knee injury, but is hoping to play on Wednesday. I’ll need to see more information before starting him in a weekly league, but it would make sense for him to return to action on Wednesday.