Day 101: Where My Wilson Chandler Gamble Finally Pays Off
Line of the Night/Waiver Wire Line of the Night: I picked up Wilson Chandler (37% owned) on January 15th and have been waiting for him to actually have a decent game since then. All it took was a blowout of my Bulls to make it happen for him with 24 points, 8-9 from the field, 5 threes, and 2 steals (2.33 WARP).
Honorable Mentions: Kenneth Faried was also a big contributor in that blowout with 21 points, 9-10 from the field, 12 rebounds, and 2 steals (1.61 WARP). Not a surprise that a Power Foward had a good game against the Bulls, but especially since Boozer and Noah are still both recovering from various ailments. Ty Lawson help feed the Nuggets run with 16 points, 12 assists, and 2 steals (0.88 WARP), and Andre Iguodala rounds things out (as he always seems to) with 14 points, 6-9 from the field, 4 assists, and 2 steals (0.69 WARP).
Speaking of blowouts, there were only 2 games last night, and both of them were. The Celtics somehow dominated the Lakers, led by Paul Pierce with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists (1.28 WARP). Kevin Garnett helped out a bit with 15 points, 6-10 from the field, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals (0.79 WARP), and Jason Terry finally scored in double-digits this season with 15 points (0.70 WARP). (Not as much of an exaggeration as you might think there) For his part, Kobe Bryant at least put up an honorable mention-worthy line in his team’s game with 27 points, 9-15 from the field, 9-9 from the line, and 7 rebounds (0.71 WARP). (You’ll notice there are no Bulls in this section… that comes later, along with a few other Lakers)
Injury of the Night: It didn’t happen last night (since the 76ers didn’t play), and Patrick mentioned it yesterday, but it now looks to be certain that Jason Richardson is out for the season, and not just that but 6-9 months. Definitely bad news for 76ers fans, but kind of good news for fantasy owners who can now move on to other players.
Pick Up Lines: The pick-up lines are always sketchy when there’s only 2 games, and even more so when they’re both blowout games… To wit: Daequan Cook (1% owned) got 27 minutes for the Bulls and had 19 points, and 4 threes (1.00 WARP). Cook might be a good spot start in deeper leagues, but with both Marco Belinelli and Kirk Hinrich out for only a short period, Cook won’t have any long term value.
Speaking of Bulls and long term value: Nate Robinson (48% owned) has finally played well enough long enough after another 14 points, 5-8 from the field, 3 threes, and 6 assists (0.79 WARP) that he’s almost to Honorable Mention territory. Keep picking him up and hanging on to him, because even when Derrick Rose comes back, it’ll probably be a slow start, and Nate should continue to get lot of minutes.
Jeff Green (16% owned) probably got some extra run because of the blow out en route to his 19 points, and 6-6 from the line (0.73 WARP).
Jimmy Butler (26% owned) also got some extra minutes, but didn’t do as well as those 26% of people who’ve picked him want him to… 9 points (2-6 from the field), 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block (0.61 WARP).
Avery Bradley (39% owned) had a decent game with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals (0.54 WARP), as did Courtney Lee (29% owned) with 13 points, and 5 rebounds (0.53 WARP), but I’m pretty sure that everyone who rushed to pick them up after Rondo went down is expecting a little bit more than that, especially in blowout games.
Biggest Loser: Well, it’s technically Dwight Howard who scored only 9 points thanks to his 1-6 from the line, and undid any good his 9 rebounds, and 1 assist might have done with 4 turnovers (-1.33 WARP)… but I’d have to say that Allen Iverson losing his house (evidently for the 3rd time) is much worse.
I’m sure Dwight would also argue that Metta World Peace‘s 5 points on 2-13 from the field, with only 5 rebounds, and 1 assist (-0.89 WARP) should also be up in the running for the dishonor. Steve Nash didn’t help the situation either with 9 points, 1 rebounds, and 5 assists (0.16 WARP).
Meanwhile, in the other blowout, Joakim Noah had only 2 points (1-5 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 3 assists to go with 3 turnovers (-0.83 WARP). Teammate Luol Deng scored 11 points but went 4-13 from the field, adding 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 turnovers (-0.54 WARP). So, good work Denver and Boston defenses.
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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