Day 104: When Carmelo Anthony is not enough
Line of the Night: Carmelo Anthony may have been impressive in fantasy basketball with his 42 points, 9-9 from the line, 5 threes, and 8 rebounds (2.64 WARP). Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to lift the New York Knicks to victory against the LA Clippers. Well at least McKayla wasn’t impressed with her fellow Olympian’s failure to secure the “W.”
Honorable Mentions: Paul Pierce turned things up a notch with yet another triple-double performance, albeit via a triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets. It boggles the Celtic-non-fan’s mind how they are actually kicking down doors and taking names without Rajon Rondo. Nonetheless, as a Paul Pierce owner in at least two leagues this season, you’re not going to hear me complain about his 27 points, 5 threes, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists (2.28 WARP). I can just taste the buffet of similar performances he’s bound to produce for the second half of the season. Similarly, we should expect Kevin Garnett to deliver during his team’s time of dire need. So bring on those huge double-doubles, like his knees aren’t reminding him that it isn’t 2004 anymore. Who would have guessed that he’s still got some vintage KG-lines in his back pocket. Few are as reminiscent of his heyday as 20 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks (2.24 WARP). Right?
Chris Paul was instrumental in making sure that Melo’s 42-point game would not translate into a loss for his Clips. He’s clearly back in his 100%-healthy form. Scary to face any CP3 owner this all-star week with LAC bringing playing thrice. Imagine going up against 25 points, 3 threes, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals (2.26 WARP), in triplicate! I shudder at the thought…
Tony Parker has been bordering on being one of the more underrated and under-appreciated point guards in fantasy lately. It really is a tough crowd he’s in the midst of though. But then again, we have to give credit where credit is due; and TP is doing an excellent job holding the fort for the San Antonio Spurs while Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are out with injuries (and old age). Double-doubles to the tune of 29 points, 4-4 from the line, and 11 assists (2.01 WARP) are always a welcome sight.
LeBron James had 32 points, 12-18 from the field, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals (1.97 WARP). I suppose I could write about it in more detail, but my Lakers are still sore after what he did to crush them…
… And while we’re at the “not talking about it thing,” here’s his partner in crime (mugging is a crime, right?) Dwyane Wade 30 points, 12-18 from the field, 6-6 from the line, 5 assists,and 3 steals (1.84 WARP)
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: Thabo Sefolosha exploded like cracking thunder as he really took advantage of Kevin Martin’s absence due to flu-like symptoms. (16% owned) Don’t ever expect to see 20 points, 7-11 from the field, 5 threes, and 3 steals (1.80 WARP) from him again anytime soon. Well, unless “double flukes” are in season, that is.
Pick Up Lines: John Salmons (5% owned) stepped up while Tyreke Evans had a slow night and Marcus Thornton decided he wanted to campaign to be shipped off to the D-League. So in true random-Salmons form, he gave his few loyal owners 23 points, 7-7 from the line, 4 threes, 6 assists, 2 steals (1.71 WARP). Don’t rush off and grab him though. Well not unless Reke gets hurt or something like that.
Eric Bledsoe (42% owned) trickled with some residue of value in the wake of Chris Paul’s official return. Think of 13 points, and 3 blocks as a “good night” from Bledsoe. (1.64 WARP) He should still be worth some burn during the Clips’ three-game week.
You can’t really just credit Pierce and Garnett for the Celtics’ win, guys like these two helped out too…
Avery Bradley (37% owned) 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals (1.27 WARP)
Jeff Green (19% owned) 17 points, 6-10 from the field, 4-4 from the line, 2 steals, 3 blocks (1.25 WARP)
Biggest Loser: Eric Gordon showed us why it’s hard to lean on him while he’s still not 100% healthy. What a 100-percent healthy Gordon looks like, we don’t know, so we’ll have to leave that to the most fertile of imaginations. Expect more games that look like 6 points (2-7 from the field), 0 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 turnovers (-1.24 WARP) every now and again.
Jared Dudley must have had a funny way of showing the Knicks that he isn’t worth a swap for Iman Shumpert… I suppose nothing shows that “you suck horribly bad” like 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists (-1.09 WARP)
And of course leave it to Michael Beasley to prove my cheap jabs during our last podcast that he’s one hell of a frustrating player to own. Case in point, check out his 4 points (2-11 from the field), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers (-1.01 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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