Day 97: Eric Bledsoe is flying high
Line of the Night / Waiver Wire Line of the Night: It was quiet-ish night, at least as WARP scores were concerned. Perhaps it was the early games played in the afternoon to make room for the Superbowl. It was a good night still, as we caught some glimmering sparkle from a wonderful diamond in the rough. Eric Bledsoe, (33% owned) and his fantasy value has been shining lately during Chris Paul’s absence. He hit a high point last night as he flirted with a triple-double with 23 points, 9-15 from the field, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals (1.96 WARP) The question now is, have you missed the boat on Bledsoe? The answer is “No.” Even if you’re grabbing him to make use of his production for the short-term, it’s very well worth it. Word is that CP3 still hasn’t resumed practicing yet. So, it looks like Bledsoe’s going to get a bit more burn for fantasy teams over the Clippers’ next few games.
Honorable Mentions: LeBron James was on fire as he led the Miami Heat passed the Toronto Raptors. He was his LeBron-ish self, dropping 30 points, 10-16 from the field, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals on the hapless Raptors. (1.64 WARP) It was actually an effort from Miami’s entire “Big Three.” Dwyane Wade also dropped some good numbers with a stat-sheet filling line of his own with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals of his own. (1.20 WARP) Not to be outdone… well scratch that, as he was actually outdone by his aforementioned teammates, but Chris Bosh still didn’t disappoint his owners nonetheless as he woke up from his recent mini-slump with 28 points, 12-19 from the field, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 trey. (1.16 WARP) From the Raptors’ end of things Rudy Gay joined the starting lineup in his second game as a dino and delivered a quality 29 points, and 3 steals for the night. (1.46 WARP)
Pau Gasol in the meantime, made the most of yet another return stint to the starting lineup for the Lakers, due of course to the game missed by Dwight Howard who was still out as he’s dealing with his shoulder/right arm injury. Pau netted a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals (1.08 WARP)
Greg Monroe had a solid night for the Pistons as he brought his own double-double to the fantasy table with 20 points, 9-14 from the field, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks (1.04 WARP). They’re currently still missing the services of the recently acquired Jose Calderon, who is dealing with some unfortunate work visa issues. When he does finally take to the court as a Piston, expect guys like Monroe and Andre Drummond to benefit from playing alongside a true passing point guard.
Pick Up Lines: Earl Clark (27% owned) should continue to have good value while Dwight Howard is out with the injury. Last night’s gem of a performance with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks was a clear testament to that point. (1.48 WARP) If he’s still lying around your standard league’s wires, go ahead and grab Clark.
Jeff Green (15% owned) has gotten a boost in both minutes and production ever since the Celtics lost both Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger to injuries. Green’s been scoring double figures consistently over the last several games. Just add his 14 points, 3 threes, 2 blocks last night to that list. (0.89 WARP) Green’s role has been increased by Doc Rivers and it looks like he will have a ton of opportunities moving forward.
Andre Drummond (44% owned) keeps on fueling the fire of the #freedrummond movement. If you can stomach his poor freethrow shooting percentages, then you should be able to at least appreciate his big man counting stats. Just like last night’s 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 blocks (0.87 WARP)
Will Bynum (4% owned) had a double-double of the bench with 18 points, and 10 assists. His short-term value should be expected to fizzle out once Calderon finally gets on the floor for Detroit. (0.23 WARP)
Biggest Loser: There was just no more room for Ray Allen after Miami’s Big Three had such solid games. Although his 1 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists were largely disappointing for his owners especially considering how much of a far cry it is compared to what his new low-end value is pegged at. (-1.20 WARP)
Avery Bradley was not able to step up and take advantage of running things in the back court without Rondo. His 4 points (2-8 from the field), 1 rebounds, 2 assists are the evidence of that. (-0.90 WARP)
Someone should tell Kyle Lowry that Jose Calderon has left the building and that he can stop it with his tantrum now. We doubt that 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 turnovers will be his post-trade norm moving forward, but it might take a few more games for Mr. Lowry to finally get himself in the right gear to properly steer the Raptors to victories now that they are “his team.” (-0.67 WARP)
Steve Nash finally had a double-digit assist output, but it came at the cost of some ugly turnovers.11 points (1-3 from the line), 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 turnovers. I am still holding a candle for that faithful day when the Lakers can finally get their Sh*t together and we can see Nash, Kobe, Gasol, and coach D’Antoni work all on the same page. (-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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