I had a nice weekend, other than the fact that all four of my NFL teams lost and two of my fantasy hoops teams laid a complete egg on Sunday to give me a couple of excruciating losses. Oh, and I lost Kevin Love in a few leagues, as well. Jared Dudley, Jordan Crawford, Bradley Beal, Emeka Okafor and Rudy Gay were some of the guilty parties. Oh well, moving onto Week 11.
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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
LeBron James had a monster week and fought off an ankle and knee injury. He plans on playing through it this week and the only bad news is that the Heat play just three games.
Timberwolves - Kevin Love made headlines on Saturday after news broke that he re-fractured the third metacarpal on his right hand. I’m guessing he’ll miss at least a month and could need surgery, so I would be surprised to see him before the All-Star break. And yes, owners in daily leagues need to strongly consider dropping Love at this point. Derrick Williams had 18 points with six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers on Saturday, despite coming off the bench, and deserves a look in fantasy leagues with Love out. Starter Dante Cunningham had 10 points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks in the start, and is also worth owning in many formats due to Love’s injury. Nikola Pekovic was injured on Saturday, aggravating a hip injury, but said afterward that it’s not serious. Watch for news on him Monday before sticking him in your lineup, but it sounds like he should be OK. Ricky Rubio is expected back from his back spasms on Tuesday, and his return could cool off J.J. Barea.
Lakers - Dwight Howard tied his career high with 26 rebounds on Sunday, but aggravated his shoulder injury, leaving owners in a bind for this week. He’ll have an MRI on Monday, so we won’t know his status for his four-game week until those results are in. He said he “couldn’t even put his clothes on” on Saturday, so the fact he even played through the shoulder injury on Sunday is a bonus. If he misses time, expect Pau Gasol to suddenly look like Pau Gasol again, while Jordan Hill would also be worth a deep-league look.
Knicks - They play four games this week, but Amare Stoudemire is very iffy to play in both games of a back-to-back on Thursday and Friday. He had 11 points in 17 minutes on Sunday, and should be benched until he catches fire. Carmelo Anthony had 40 points and a monster line on Saturday as the dream season continues, and his owners will be tough to beat with Melo going four times this week.
Denver - Ty Lawson had 21 points and 10 dimes on Sunday and should be good to go after his Achilles’ scare.
Suns - Jared Dudley was pretty poor last week, scoring seven or eight points in three of his four games, and only playing well in one of them. I’m still not ready to drop him, but will be benching him in weekly leagues until he A. gets it turned around, or B. loses his starting job. P.J. Tucker, who is starting at small forward for the Suns, had a career-high 17 points on Sunday with a full stat line, and is worth a deep-league look.
Heat - LeBron James had a monster four-game week and fought through ankle and knee injuries, but plans to keep chugging along. The only bad news for fantasy owners is that the Heat play three games this week instead of four.
Bobcats - Gerald Henderson came off the bench on Sunday and scored just six points, making him worth a spot on fantasy benches this week, while Ben Gordon went off for 18 points against his former team, the Pistons. Gordon is worth a look, but will be unreliable while coming off the bench. Bismack Biyombo racked up his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 17 boards, but didn’t block a shot on Sunday. He hasn’t blocked a shot in three straight games and six or fewer points in four of his last five games, so he’s still a shaky fantasy start, at best. Tyrus Thomas started for the Cats on Sunday and had 13 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 38 minutes, and it’s probably time to pick him up, and hope that his routine of teasing owners and then burning them, is over. Keep in mind that Hakim Warrick was out with the flu, adding to Thomas’ heavy work load last night, while Byron Mullens appears to be nearing a return from his severely sprained ankle.
Pistons - Austin Daye backed up his season-high 20-point performance without a single point on Sunday and played just 11 minutes. Playing time will be an issue for Daye all season, and his hot streak might officially be over. Rodney Stuckey scored 18 for the Pistons, but appeared to aggravate his ankle injury, so watch for updates on his status on Monday.