Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.8.11

Carmelo Anthony

'Melo rose above the drama last night. Yep, I actually used "'Melo" and "drama" in the same sentence without combining them. You're welcome. (NBA.com)

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Beast of the Night: Carmelo Anthony torched the Rockets with 50 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, three blocks and two three-pointers.  He shot 67 percent (16-24) from the field, 89 percent (16-18) from the free-throw line and had four turnovers in the loss. Anthony continues to be swarmed by drama but remains a solid fantasy player, despite the horrid assists-to-turnovers ratio so far this month (0.8 assists, 3.5 turnovers per game).

Lines for Discussion:

Ray Allen: 9-17 FG (53%), 5-5 FT (100%), 2 threes, 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO

Gerald Wallace: 6-16 FG (38%), 6-8 FT (75%), 1 three, 19 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO

Kevin Martin: 12-26 FG (46%), 9-12 FT (75%), 4 threes, 37 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO

DeMarcus Cousins: 8-16 FG (50%), 9-10 FT (90%), 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO

LaMarcus Aldridge: 15-23 FG (65%), 12-14 FT (86%), 42 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

Andris Biedrins: 2 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl

Waiver-Wire Watch:

Kendrick Perkins, Gerald Henderson, Shaun Livingston, Nikola Pekovic, Sam Young, Peja Stojakovic, Ty Lawson, Samuel Dalembert, Rudy Fernandez

Injuries:

Brandon Roy (knee): set to return this week

Chauncey Billups (knee): monitor his status

Nene (illness): day-to-day

Rodney Stuckey (shoulder): game-time decision tonight

Chris Wilcox (groin): ditto

Richard Hamilton (groin): ditto

Jason Maxiell (back): ditto

Brandon Rush (ankle): hopes to return tonight

Darko Milicic (hip): monitor his status

Emeka Okafor (hip): “a ways off” from returning, according to coach Monty Williams; he remains day-to-day

Dante Cunningham (face): monitor his status

Leandro Barbosa (hamstring): could return tonight

Reggie Evans (foot): coach Jay Triano expects him to return just before the All-Star break

Yi Jianlian (ankle): day-to-day

Nick Young (knee): day-to-day

Semih Erden (thigh): day-to-day