Do You Love Me?
Another Rotoworld_BK comment that caught my eye over the weekend was about us constantly bashing DeMar DeRozan, no matter how well he plays on any given night. I’m not going to get too far into this, but I see the guy’s point. DeRozan hands out a career-high 12 assists? We felt obligated to mention that he also had a costly turnover late in the game that basically cost his team the win. He returns quickly from what looked like a pretty serious ankle injury and scores 19 points? We point out that he still can’t hit a mid-range jumper. He scores 34 a game after a career-high 40? We tell you his value might be perceived to be a little higher than it actually is right now. I am actually enjoying DeRozan’s breakout season and our staff has no problem acknowledging it (as we did after his 40-point game), but we’re simply trying to give the whole story when we write blurbs (in as few words as possible). The fact remains he’s returning late fifth-round fantasy value according to Basketballmonster.com, and if he was a better shooter, committed fewer turnovers and hit more 3-pointers, he’d be ranked a lot higher. End of story.
Lake Of Fire
Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake all practiced for the Lakers on Sunday, which is almost hard to believe. I picked Kendall Marshall up off waivers just before that news hit, and now have a tough decision to make. We still don’t know when any of the three will play, but it would make sense that they all see some action this week. And if that happens, Marshall has to take a hit. From a fantasy standpoint, Marshall has been brilliant, racking up nine double-doubles in January and averaging 11.9 points, 11.5 assists and 2.0 3-pointers for the month. But once Mike D’Antoni has four point guards available, Marshall’s minutes and production are going to fade quickly. With four games this week, I’m leaning toward throwing him out there while hoping the other three guys take their time getting back to form, but the move could seriously backfire on me. The best advice I can give you is to hold Marshall for the week and see what happens. Whether you want to put him in your lineup or not is a personal decision you’ll have to make. I’m going to weigh my options and go with my gut, but for now I’m planning on rolling him out there and hoping for the best. But once they’re all healthy and playing, none of them are going to be very much fun to own.
Wade Through The Boggs
Dwyane Wade has done the unthinkable and played in three straight games on his ancient knees. The Heat have three games this week and none of them are back-to-backs. If there was ever a week to throw Wade into your lineup and let him help your team win, it’s this one. However, even without the back-to-back factor, Wade is still not a lock to play in all three of them and he will likely be listed as day-to-day for the rest of the season. I’m going to start him in my weekly league and hope for the best, but I’ve grown accustomed to him letting me down. I’d love to trade him, but if you’ve tried to move him this season, you know he has the street value roughly the equivalent of a six-pack of Natty Light. He’s on my ‘never again’ list, and you should probably put him on yours, too.
Andray Blatche is day-to-day with a hip injury but it doesn’t sound serious.
Gerald Wallace missed Sunday’s game due to a death in the family, but his value took a big hit with the return of Avery Bradley.
Kemba Walker suffered a setback on his ankle injury and is now very iffy for Tuesday. In weekly leagues, starting him is a true gamble.
Anderson Varejao was close to playing on Saturday, but couldn’t do it because of a sore knee. My guess is he’ll play tonight at Dallas.
Shawn Marion is day-to-day with a shoulder injury and the wheels have fallen off. I’m fine with dropping him for a hot free agent if you need a healthy body right now.
Nate Robinson is out for the season after undergoing ACL knee surgery, clearing the way for Randy Foye and Evan Fournier to play heavy minutes the rest of the way.
Ty Lawson sounds like he might play against the Clippers tonight after missing time with a shoulder injury. He looks like a must-start this week, but watch for updates.
David Lee missed Friday’s game with a shoulder injury, leaving him iffy for Tuesday against the Bobcats. I really don’t have a sense of whether or not he’ll play.
Mike Conley (ankle) isn’t expected to play this week and I like Nick Calathes as a short-term fix, while Courtney Lee should also have a nice week.
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) isn’t likely to play much this week, if at all, and low-scoring Ronny Turiaf will fill in.
John Henson is dealing with a wrist injury and should probably be on benches until he gets hot, which may or may not happen this season.
Michael Carter-Williams was out Saturday with a shoulder injury. It’s not believed to be serious and I think I’m going to roll him out there with four games in hopes that he plays in three of them.
DeMarcus Cousins has missed six straight games with a sprained ankle and is another tough call for his owners. I’ve got him in a weekly lineup right now and am simply hoping for an update on his status for tonight vs. Chicago before lineups have to be set, but we may not get one early enough.
Derrick Favors missed Saturday with a hip injury and Enes Kanter went off in his place. He’s iffy for Monday against the Raptors, but my gut says he’ll play. Either way, Kanter is in my lineups this week, along with Favors (for now).
Good luck in Week 15!