Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.2.12 (Weekend Review)

by on Jan.02, 2012, under Quick hits

Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

Rose is back in beast mode. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Weekend Wonder: Derrick Rose averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 1.5 steals, a block and 1.5 threes in two games over the weekend. He shot 50 percent from the field, 95 percent from the free-throw line and turned the ball over three times per game. These averages include his somewhat mediocre line from Sunday in a 40-point blowout victory over the Grizzlies. After a rocky start, Rose is calming the nerves of his insecure owners.

Lines for Discussion:
Ricky Rubio (12/30): 4-7 FG (57%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 threes, 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 TO; he’s worth starting for now

Carlos Delfino (12/30): 6-11 FG (55%), 3 threes, 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; he’s finally back and will be a solid source of threes

Spencer Hawes (12/30): 7-9 FG (78%), 1-1 FT (100%), 15 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 3 TO; I’m almost a believer

Blake Griffin (12/30): 14-25 FG (56%), 6-10 FT (60%), 34 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; not a single block so far this season

Andrew Bynum (12/31): 13-18 FG (72%), 3-3 FT (100%), 29 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 5 TO; big risks, big rewards

DeMarcus Cousins (12/31): 2-10 FG (20%), 5-6 FT (83%), 9 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; this could be Cousins’ last line in a Kings uni

Lou Williams (12/31): 7-11 FG (64%), 5-7 FT (71%), 4 threes, 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; he’s averaging 20.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 threes through the first four games of the season

Ryan Anderson (1/1): 9-16 FG (56%), 1-1 FT (100%), 5 threes, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast; he’s exceeding lofty expectations

Rajon Rondo (1/1): 7-10 FG (70%), 4-7 FT (57%), 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 14 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO; he’s scoring more this season, which is the cherry on top of his other solid numbers

Kevin Love (1/1): 9-16 FG (56%), 2-2 FT (100%), 5 threes, 25 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; in case you forgot why Love was worth a first-round pick this season

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):
Alonzo Gee: he’s turning out to be a solid across-the-board producer and is worth a chance in most leagues (***)

Sundiata Gaines: with a starting SG gig for the Nets, Gaines should be a decent all-around asset if you need a guard (**)

Norris Cole: some fantasy owners overreacted over his big game on Dec. 27, but he’ll have decent value going forward, especially whenever the Heat blow out opponents (**)

Hakim Warrick: the man scores but does little else (*)

Derrick Favors: he’s back on the bench for now but is still worth a roster spot in most leagues (***)

Timofey Mozgoz: he continues to start but is worth a look only in deeper leagues at this point  (*)

Jonas Jerebko: Charlie Villanueva is set to soon, but Jerebko is still worth holding onto (****)

Josh Harrellson: his 14/12 line over the weekend shows that he’s the guy who’ll be worth a spot start whenever Amar’e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler sits out (*)

Josh Howard: his line of 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block makes him worth monitoring (*)

Mehmet Okur: he had two solid games over the weekend and is worth a flier, but don’t bank your long-term hopes on him (**)

Jermaine O’Neal (hamstring): left Sunday’s game early; day-to-day

Chris Wilcox (shoulder): could return tonight

Richard Hamilton (groin): day-to-day

Charlie Villanueva (undisclosed): a minor injury appears to be delaying his return from his suspension

Monta Ellis (personal): he’s expected to play tonight

Chauncey Billups (groin): day-to-day

Zach Randolph (knee): he sprained his right knee Sunday night; day-to-day

Mike Conley (ankle): he’s set to return Tuesday

Luc Mbah a Moute (knee): expects to play tonight

Ronny Turiaf (hand): day-to-day

Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle): day-to-day; monitor his status for tonight

Michael Beasley (finger): he broke his finger and said he could see the bone, but still says he’ll play tonight; consider him day-to-day

C.J. Watson (elbow): will have an MRI today; monitor his status

J.J. Barea (hamstring): game-time decision tonight

For Tonight:
Derrick Williams should be a nice spot start, assuming Beasley can’t go for the Timberwolves as they host the Spurs.

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