Games Played Week 11
4 Games - Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Utah
3 Games – Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Denver, Golden State, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Toronto
2 Games – Detroit, L.A. Clippers, Washington
Due to my Colts having a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, along with the rest of the NFL playoffs this weekend, I decided to knock this thing out on Saturday instead of Sunday. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
Kevin Love Update: Of course, the week I put this column out a little early, news breaks on Kevin Love's broken finger shortly thereafter. Dante Cunningham will get the start on Saturday and should be watched very closely in that one. Derrick Williams just hasn't been able to shoot the ball this season, but will also get an opportunity to right the ship with Love expected to miss time (4-6 weeks? No timetable set yet). Neither player qualifies as must-own in my mind at this point, and it should just mean more goodies for guys like Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko, and anyone else on the Wolves who can score, like Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea. If I was picking up one of the forwards tonight, I would go with Cunningham because he's starting, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see Williams get some starts, and it's a flip of the coin as to which one will actually pan out in the long run. Either way, don't expect any miracles from Cunningham or Williams. This is obviously devastating news for Love and his fantasy owners, and I really wish I would have been more scared of his injury coming into the season, instead of thinking he would be good to go after a couple weeks. His shooting was dreadful and it could be terrible all year, and we don't even know when Love will be able to play again at this point. I am going to hold him in my weekly leagues for now, and consider dropping him in my daily league, as I simply won't have time to wait on the guy I took at No. 12 overall in my draft. C'est la vie.
Jason Kidd Knicks - 74% owned in Yahoo! Leagues – Kidd hasn’t exactly been tearing it up lately, but he’s still going to see plenty of opportunities for as long as Raymond Felton is out (another month or so) with his finger injury. Kidd is averaging 10 points, 4.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five, despite Tuesday’s game, when he failed to score and basically stunk.
J.J. Barea Wolves - 11% owned – JJB had scored in double figures in 13 straight games, including every game in December, before cooling off with a four-point game on Wednesday. He was back at it on Thursday with 17 points, four boards, five assists and two 3-pointers, and if you throw out the bad night on Wednesday, he’s averaging 14 points, 4.25 boards, 4.25 assists and 1.25 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last four games. He’s not going to save your team in assists, but could be a nice addition, especially in points leagues.
Andre Miller Nuggets - 46% owned – While Ty Lawson avoided a potential catastrophe with his Achilles injury, Miller is still going to get plenty of run while Lawson’s disappointing season continues. He’s averaging 8.8 points and 5.7 assists on the season, and 9.4 points and 7.8 over the last five, when Lawson has been bothered by his injury. Miller’s still not a must-own player, but if you’re looking for some point guard help (as well as a quick plug-in for this Saturday and Sunday), Miller works.
Jamaal Tinsley Jazz - 8% owned – Tinsley is the starting point guard with Mo Williams out indefinitely with thumb surgery, but isn’t doing much to make his new owners happy right now. He’s scored three or fewer points in three of his last five games and is averaging just 5.0 points and 5.6 assists over his last five, despite hitting 52 percent of his shots. It’s important to note that it’s a miracle that Tinsley is even still in the NBA after not playing in the league for the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons, and he’s almost 35 years old. I still think Tinsley will find a groove and start playing better in the near future, while Earl Watson’s numbers are even worse than Tinsley’s right now. Tinsley’s not a must-start player, but should still be worth owning as long as he’s starting for the Jazz.
Garrett Temple Wizards - 4% owned – I haven’t been a “Temple guy” or picked him up this season, but he caught my eye on Friday when he had eight points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 47 minutes of a double-overtime loss to the Nets. His shooting has been pretty atrocious lately, as he’s 7-for-30 over his last four games, and he’s scored eight or fewer points in four of his last five games. John Wall might eventually be ready to come back, Randy Wittman could tire of Temple at any time, and Jordan Crawford is still hot, all of which will keep Temple from ever becoming a household name. But if you’re desperate at point guard in your fantasy league, he might be the best thing sitting on your waiver wire. The Wiz only have two games in Week 11.
Bradley Beal Wizards - 56% owned – I somehow was able to pick up Beal on Monday in one league and he’s been very hot lately. Coming off his Rookie of the Month award, he went off for his best game of the season on Friday with 24 points, six boards, four assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 10-of-19 shooting, although it was a double-OT game. Still, he’s averaging 17 points, 3.6 boards, 3.2 assists, a steal and 1.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games, and is once again a must-own player. Just beware that he could eventually take a hit if and when John Wall finally shows his face. The only downside with Beal right now is the 2-game week, but the fact he’s owned in only half the leagues out there is a joke.
Gordon Hayward Jazz - 62% owned – Hayward is a guy I’ve been down on all season, as in, I’m really glad I didn’t draft him. However, he still has some fantasy value and has really kicked it up a notch recently, averaging 16 points and 1.5 3-pointers over his last four games, but still isn’t doing much else. I would argue that Marvin Williams and Hayward will continue to struggle to co-exist as long as Marvin is starting and healthy, even though Hayward is also seeing time at shooting guard. Hayward’s upside is limited, especially coming off the bench, so look elsewhere if you’re trying to hit a homerun and not just fill in a hole.
C.J. Miles Cavaliers - 18% owned – Miles is suddenly starting over Dion Waiters for the Cavs and has averaged 15 points and 2.5 3-pointers in his last two games, which were both starts. But even before Byron Scott gave him the job, he was hot, scoring 33 and 10 points with 10 3-pointers in his previous two games off the bench, and all signs are pointing to him sticking in the starting five, at least while he’s hot. He’s played between 29 and 39 minutes in each of his last three games and the Cavs have four games this week. If you need a scorer who can hit threes (as well as a guy who could possibly disappear in a moment’s notice), Miles deserves a serious look.
Vince Carter Mavericks - 47% owned – Do I trust Vince Carter? Nope. But does he suddenly look like a much younger version of himself, throwing down dunks and turning back the clock? Yes, he does. He’s hit double digits in scoring in four straight games and is averaging 14 points, 5.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five, in 27 minutes per. Keep in mind that Shawn Marion is playing fairly well, Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes and production are on the rise, and O.J. Mayo’s slump appears to finally be over. None of those things are too promising for Carter, but he’s still playing well enough to be given a look in most leagues. Just beware that when Dirk starts on Saturday, it’s probably Carter, and not Marion, who will be coming off the bench, which is going to hurt.
Terrence Ross Raptors - 7% owned – Ross had just three points in 18 minutes on Friday and four points in 24 minutes the previous Friday, but sandwiched a pair of gems in between them. He had 16 points and four treys last Saturday, and 26 points and six 3-pointers on Wednesday. He’s not a must-own player, but the talent is there if he can get minutes from Dwane Casey. Just expect plenty of ups and downs if you take a flier on him. Over the last five he checks in at 12 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.4 3-pointers, and the threes may be a mirage based on the two games he was on fire.