Day 80 – LeBron James Is A Fantasy Basketball All Star
Line of the Night: LeBron James showed the Lakers (and everyone else) why he is a 2012-13 NBA All Star and a most obvious fantasy basketball all star with 39 points, 17-25 from the field, 4-4 from the line, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals (3.36 WARP).
Honorable Mentions: Larry Sanders is not an All Star or even a fantasy all star (he’s still only #28 over the last 2 weeks) but after another 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks (1.82 WARP), he definitely qualifies for the newly invented Fantasy Basketball Sleeper All Star team.
Dwyane Wade has fallen off a bit in terms of fantasy basketball All Stardom, but he is still ranked 32nd on the season and his 27 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals (1.52 WARP) was enough to help the Heat overcome a strong performance from Western Conference All Stars Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
On a fairly quiet night (aside from LeBron), Jared Dudley‘s 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals (1.27 WARP) were good enough for an Honorable Mention, as was Tyson Chandler‘s 10 points, 4-4 from the line, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks (1.22 WARP), and Monta Ellis‘s 24 points, 4-4 from the line, 6 assists, and 3 steals (1.07 WARP).
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Mike Dunleavy‘s still a bit inconsistent yet probably too highly owned (42% owned) to be of use to anyone in a competitive league, but he did have 16 points, 4 threes, and 3 blocks (1.97 WARP) thought it came against the Phoenix Suns.
Pick Up Lines: Another guy who plays just well enough to be picked up in a lot of leagues, but not enough to make it in all leagues: Luke Ridnour (46% owned) had 21 points, 3 threes, and 5 assists (1.67 WARP).
Then there’s the rising star Andre Drummond (32% owned) who scored 11 points on 5-7 from the field to go with 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks (1.37 WARP).
Now we get into the guys you might actually be able to get still… and the question becomes, do you want to get them?
Shannon Brown (18% owned) went for 20 points, 4-4 from the line, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals (1.33 WARP), and that 18% rate is probably about right considering he’s only in the Top 140 or so… His last 4 games have been a marked improvement, though, so if you wanted to pick him up on the hopes that he keeps it up, no one could argue with that.
Will Bynum (2% owned) had his first good game in a while with 22 points, 10-16 from the field, and 4 assists (1.01 WARP). I’m going to chalk that up to Brandon Knight getting off to a poor start (you’ll see just how poor below) and the Pistons being down by 12 after the first quarter and 15 at the half.
Lamar Odom (7% owned) makes the pick up list despite his meager 2 points (though he got those on a very efficient 1-2 from the field), but because of his 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block (0.93 WARP). While he’s only averaging 4.7 points over the last 7 games, he’s also getting 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 minutes (and only 1 turnover). If you have a team with enough scoring and need someone to fill in with some other categories, Odom might actually be worth a look.
And then there’s old reliable Steve Novak (18% owned) who scored 13 points thanks to 3 threes (0.68 WARP). He’ll make threes. If you merged him with Lamar Odom, you’d have a pretty awesome all-around fantasy player.
Biggest Loser: Brandon Knight scored only 1 point as he went 0-4 from the field, grabbing 1 rebound, and passing for 1 assist (-1.03 WARP). As I said above, he got off to a bad start, the Pistons got down early, and Knight only got 18 minutes on the floor. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the perfect definition of the Biggest Loser.
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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