Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday Night Recap

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Line of the Night: Yao Ming had 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting and 8-of-8 from the line, 13 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

Charlotte at Cleveland

Lebron James continued to fill up the stat sheet by just missing a triple-double with 22 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and a block. The King was able to pull those stats in only 30 minutes, but it comes with a small grain of salt since he only made eight of his 12 free-throws. As for the other Cavs, Daniel Gibson started hot with a 20-point first half and finished with 25 points with four triples. Ben Wallace had line reminiscence of three years ago with 10 rebounds, five blocks, and a steal. Ben will be fighting with Anderson Varejao for minutes, and even though Varejao helped the team, his line was lackluster (two points, three boards, and two assists in 21 minutes). It appears at this point that both should be owned in 12-team leagues. Mo Williams had a solid line of 17 points, seven assists, a three, and a steal. Mo went from Rajon Rondo to Raymond Felton and DJ Augustin sticking him, so his numbers should fall between his two games thus far.

Jason Richardson picked up where he left off last year with 24 points, four assists, four rebounds, two three-pointers, a steal, and a block for the Larry Brown led Bobcats. DJ Augustin had a decent debut with 12 points, two assists, and four turnovers in 25 minutes. Raymond Felton, the incumbent point guard, had a terrible line of five points and five assists on one-for-10 shooting. It seems that only Richardson, Gerald Wallace (13 points, five rebounds, and two steals), and Emeka Okafor (seven ponts, 12 rebounds, and a block) will be the only Bobcats that start every game for most fantasy leagues. It ended in a blowout but don’t let the final score fool you, this game didn’t really get out of hand until halfway through the fourth quarter. At least they made their free-throws, the Bobcats made 84-percent of them for the game (71-percent last year).

Houston at Dallas

Ron Artest had his first big game as a Rocket by posting 29 points, seven rebounds, three triples, and a steal in 39 minutes. Artest seems to be meshing with the Rockets first team and his value would only increase should Tracy McGrady (16 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals) miss time with his two bad knees. Aaron Brooks looked phenomenal for the Rockets in the fourth quarter and had the line to show it with 14 points, five assists, and two threes. Brooks was suppose to miss time with an ankle injury, and his role could further increase when he becomes 100-percent. Brooks should be picked up in 14-team leagues for now.

Dirk Nowitzki put himself in the lead for the scoring crown by scoring 36 points for Dallas. He shot 10-for-22 from the floor and made all 14 free-throws and even blocked two shots on the defensive end. Josh Howard got off to a smoking start (28 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and a block) as well. Antonie Wright got the start for the Mavs, but only scored two points.

New Orleans at Phoenix

Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sprained ankle injury and his minutes were distributed throughout the team. David West played a team-high 41 minutes (18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals). Chris Paul just missed a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, three steals, and a three. Surprisingly, Morris Peterson led the team with 21 points and hit four from downtown. Peja Stojakovic injured his ankle and could miss some time. If that happens, Mo Pete, James Posey, and Rasual Butler will see a temporary spike in fantasy production.

One thing I had my eye on this week was whether or not Phoenix was going to defend this year with new coach Terry Porter. It looks like that question is answered by giving up 98 to the Spurs Wednesday and 108 to New Orleans Thursday. The Suns are the best team for your fantasy point guard to face thanks to Steve Nash’s D. On the other hand, the Phoenix offense is still going to be one of the best for fantasy purposes. Steve Nash had a good line of 24 points, nine assists, and two threes. Amare Stoudemire had a nice double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Barnes (eight points and two threes) and Grant Hill (six points and two steals) combined to play exactly 48 minutes, and it looks like standard leagues should act quickly on other options. Deep leagues will have a tough time adding someone with the upside of Barnes, so be patient for another week or so before you cut him.

Second-String Substitutions

Second-String Substitutions will help owners in daily leagues looking for a some guys to add-drop to get an edge towards the end of the scoring period. They are arranged for standard to deep league adds, and categories of strength are in parenthesis. You should make sure your league doesn’t have roster limits. You don’t want to lose a start from LeBron James because you played Chris Andersen.

Tim Thomas (3pm, rbs, pts)
Lou Williams (ast, 3pm, pts)
Michael Finley (pts, 3pt, FT%)
Jason Thompson (FG%, Rbs, pts)
Kurt Thomas (pts, rbs)
Chris Andersen (pts, rbs, blks, birdcalls)
Matt Bonner (pts, rbs, 3pm)

Morris Peterson (pts, 3pm)
Russell Westbrook (pts, asts, stls, 3pm)
Trevor Ariza (3pm, stls)
Tim Thomas (3pm, rbs, pts)
Jason Kapono (3pm, pts)
Etan Thomas (rbs, blks, FG%)
Ronnie Price (asts, stls)

Nate Robinson (pts, stls, 3pm)
Luke Ridnour (asts, 3pm, FT%)
Russell Westbrook (pts, asts, stls, 3pm)
Ryan Gomes (pts, FT%)
Quentin Richardson (pts, 3pm)
Johan Petro (rbs, blks)
Luc Mbah a Moute (stls, blks, rbs)

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