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Dose: Weekend Studs & Duds

Monday, March 03, 2014


Vince Carter – Carter stayed red-hot Sunday with 21 points, four boards, five dimes and three more treys. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 3-pointers over his last five and is simply a better player to own than Marion. Carter should be grabbed in most leagues, but he’s available in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Kawhi Leonard - Leonard is finally living up to the hype since returning from his hand injury and had 16 points, seven rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on Sunday. In his three games since returning he’s averaging 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.7 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting. Hopefully he can avoid being 'Popped' anytime soon.


Tony Parker – Parker finally returned from a six-game absence on Sunday and hit 10-of-15 shots for 22 points, seven assists and a 3-pointer, with just one turnover in 32 minutes. Who knows when his next missed game will occur, but he sure looked good last night.


Boris Diaw – Diaw had 14 points, 10 rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Sunday, but scored four points with six rebounds and seven assists on Friday. And that’s the deal with Diaw. He’s either going to have a solid line or a dud, and you never know when either one is coming.


Terrence Jones – Jones had 22 points, 10 rebounds and a block on Saturday, but had four points and four rebounds in his previous game. He also had a three-point, six rebound game last Thursday and is a mess right now with Donatas Motiejunas, Omer Asik and Jordan Hamilton all getting minutes. Jones might have been dropped in your league recently, but you’ll know why if you check out his game log. But he’s averaging 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his last five, and might be getting ready to heat up again. He’s at least worth a look if he was dumped in your league, but I just don’t trust him right now.


DeMarcus Cousins – Boogie returned from his suspension on Saturday and went off for 21 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. He’s one technical foul away from a suspension, but with four games this week, you have to play him and pray that he keeps his cool this week. Gulp.


Weekend Duds


Kevin Durant – It’s hard to call a 28-points, 6-rebound, 5-assist game a dud, but we’ve come to expect better than 8-of-24 shooting (0-for-6 from downtown) from KD. He was 12-of-12 from the line and is 22-of-22 in his last two games. I’m not going to blame his poor shooting on Westbrook, as Durant simply had an off night.


Victor Oladipo – Oladipo was a fantasy killer this weekend, falling apart on both Saturday and Sunday. He was 2-of-6 for 10 points and almost nothing else on Saturday and then, despite playing the Sixers, hit just 3-of-10 shots for nine points, four dimes and two steals on Sunday. He’ll bounce back, but his juicy matchup on Sunday ended up crushing the hopes of a lot of daily fantasy players. He tried to ruin me, but was the lone poor play in my lineup, resulting in some milk money for my kids. But instead of peanuts, it could have been a house payment had i gone with someone other than Oladipo. 


Henry Sims – Sims played 31 minutes and had 12 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in Sunday’s loss. He’s averaging 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last four, making him worth a look in deeper leagues. But this is a tough week to own him, as the Sixers play just four games.


Tim Hardaway Jr. – Hardaway hit just 5-of-14 shots for 14 points and not much else on Sunday, but did have two 3-pointers. He also hit just 2-of-15 shots (0-for-8 from downtown) on Thursday, meaning he’s tough to trust in fantasy. He’s averaging 11.8 points with 2.0 3-pointers on 33 percent shooting over his last five, so you can probably find a more reliable option on your wire.


Roy Hibbert – Hibbert was in early foul trouble Sunday and hit just 1-of-9 shots for two points, four rebounds and two blocks in a win over the Jazz. He was rolling coming into that one, averaging 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his previous three games, so look for him to bounce back this week. Then again, he was also 1-of-9 for four points, six boards and three blocks last Saturday, so he is prone to disappear at times, as his owners know all too well.


James Anderson – Anderson hit 1-of-7 shots for two points on Sunday and has scored in single digits in three of his last five games, shooting 35 percent over that stretch. And with two games this week, you don’t want him in your lineup.


Kemba Walker – Walker is in another one of his shooting funks, hitting 3-of-13 shots on Sunday, 3-of-15 shots on Friday, and 3-of-11 shots the previous Friday. So over his last five, Walker is averaging 17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers, while shooting just 33 percent from the floor. He usually bounces out of slumps in a big way, so I think he’s due for a big week.


Danny Green – Green’s struggles continued on Sunday when he hit 2-of-8 shots for five points, four rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer. He hit 2-of-7 shots on Friday and 3-of-7 on Wednesday, as well. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five, while shooting 42 percent. If you feel lucky and want to roll with him, go for it. But I’m simply not brave enough to put him in a weekly lineup, as this is what we’ve gotten all season from one of fantasy’s biggest disappointment.


I didn’t hit the injury list today, but you can quickly catch up on all of them by clicking right here.


Good luck this week!

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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