Day 76: We Like Our Curry Extra Hot!
Line of the Night: For the few, the brave, and all throughout the pre-draft period called insane by many; the managers who drafted Stephen Curry, congratulations! He’s been excellent and so far his ankles are holding up. *nervously knocks on wood* Seriously, Curry has been an investment well gambled on so far. Last night’s performance where he caught fire and torched the lights out of (well tried to) of Denver was just a small taste of what it’s like when The Curry gets extra hot! Unfortunately, his 29 points, 11-18 from the field, seven threes, and seven assists weren’t enough to get Golden State the win. (2.36 WARP)
Honorable Mentions: If you told me last October that Tim Duncan would be a fantasy sleeper this season. I would have laughed in your face. Ironically though, by the results so far, you would be right and I’d be eating my words of scoffing nature. Duncan didn’t even need to log 30 minutes of time on the floor to log 12 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, SEVEN blocks! Wow! (2.21 WARP)
The Oklahoma City Thunder were without Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha so it was up to Kevin Durant kick his production up a notch with 33 points, 6 assists, and 2 blocks. (1.94 WARP)
Paul George had more thefts this past week than The Pink Panther has in all his movies. We’ve heard of players going through breakout seasons via an explosion of production. Consider yourselves warned and get ready for Defcon 5, as George’s value has just gone nuclear. His FG% still leaves something to be desired, but with his counting stats up across the board, who can really complain? I mean he got six steals last night to go with a double-double. Ka-boom! Sick. Am sure his owners (yours truly among them included – in no less than 3 leagues this season) enjoyed his15 points, 3 threes, 12 rebounds, and 6 steals last night. (1.83 WARP)
After what Jose Calderon did last night, I’m sure all of you Kyle Lowry owners are going to come to us for advice on what to do with him. The short answer is to hold onto him for now. Bench him if you want to. But for now it looks like we’re going to see more nights of Calderon doing 21 points, 9-15 from the field, 3 threes, and eight assists. (1.79 WARP)
LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum were the lone bright spots for the Portland Trail Blazers last night. Aldridge had a good showing against the Ibaka-less Thunder and had a solid outing with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks. (1.73 WARP)
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Frankly I’m surprised to find out how Amir Johnson is not owned in about 79% of leagues in Yahoo. Yes he’s running on tweaked ankles, but dang can Amir really bring it on when he has opportunities to shine. Take last night for example as he drew another start for the Raptors. He was impressive as he filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, 4-4 from the line, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks. (2.11 WARP)
Pick Up Lines: Harrison Barnes (45% owned) is heating up. He scored a career-high 21 points, 8-11 from the field, 5 threes, 6 rebounds. He’s predicted to be a potential second-half-of-the-season stud, but we’ll hold off on drastic judgments until we see more consistency. Last night was a good bump in the right direction though. (1.50 WARP)
Antawn Jamison (27% owned) is a scary yet potentially rewarding add, but his value is directly connected to how soon Pau Gasol can be cleared to return to action. To err on the side of caution it would probably be best to observe nights where he gets 16 points, 5-7 from the field, 4 threes, 2 steals from a safe distance. (1.49 WARP)
Andre Miller (47% owned) is a worthy deep-league add if your team is in need of an on-and-off PG who can have good nights that look something like 12 points, 5-8 from the field, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals (1.43 WARP)
Chris Copeland (0% owned) did well last night with 22 points, 9-15 from the field, 4 threes; but he’s too inconsistent to be recommended as an add right now. (1.24 WARP)
As far as Earl Clark (1% owned) is concerned, unless you’re in a deep league, similar to Jamison; let his games go. Just resist his tempting 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks (1.06 WARP).
Biggest Loser: Kevin Martin had an off night with 4 points (1-8 from the field), 2 rebounds, 2 assists (-0.90 WARP). Minutes were not an issue, so just consider it as a dud game and that he should bounce back in the next one.
Ryan Anderson has been getting more volatile ever since Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu rejoined the starting lineup. Don’t panic just yet. His good games are still worthwhile. It’s just that owners will have to brace themselves for more nights where he does 7 points (3-12 from the field), 5 rebounds, 0 assists (-0.69 WARP)
Dion Waiters was not too good off the bench last night, but he did manage to score 15 points (7-18 from the field), 1 rebounds, 2 assists. It was his 4 turnovers that dragged his value down. (-0.40 WARP)
Jarrett Jack is still not 100% healthy and owners would be best served to temporarily bench him until he gets back on track. Last night’s 10 points (4-11 from the field), 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 turnovers are already steps in the right direction. (-0.32 WARP)
Daily rankings and stats come from the FBC H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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