Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.4.12

Kyle Lowry

That anonymous hand on the right represents the hand of all Lowry's owners this season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Beast of the Night: Kyle Lowry lit up the Lakers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four three-pointers. He shot 42 percent (8-19) from the field, 100 percent from the free-throw line (2-2) and turned the ball over twice. Believe it or not, Lowry is putting up top three overall averages so far this NBA season.

Lines for Discussion:

D.J. Augustin: 10-18 FG (56%), 2-2 FT (100%), 4 threes, 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; so far, he’s putting up better numbers than he did last season

Boris Diaw: 0-5 FG (0%), 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk; scorching start was unsustainable, but he’ll get back on track

Kyrie Irving: 8-10 FG (80%), 2-2 FT (100%), 2 threes, 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk; he’s averaging 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals, a block and 1.2 threes through the first five games of his NBA career

Josh Smith: 6-13 FG (46%), 3-6 FT (50%), 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 3 TO; he’ll recover his value soon enough

James Harden: 7-13 FG (54%), 6-6 FT (100%), 3 threes, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; can he please start every game?

Wesley Matthews: 7-12 FG (58%), 2-3 FT (67%), 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Jamal Crawford’s arrival has done nothing to diminish Matthews’ solid fantasy value

Kobe Bryant: 14-29 FG (48%), 7-9 FT (78%), 2 threes, 37 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; his poor FG% notwithstanding, 26/6/6 is pretty nice from Kobe so far this season

Andrew Bynum: 8-15 FG (53%), 5-8 FT (63%), 21 Pts, 22 Reb, 3 Blk, 4 TO; now’s a good time to sell him off if you’re worried about his health

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):

DJ White: 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast (*)

Byron Mullens: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO (*)

Tristan Thompson: 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk (**)

Isaiah Thomas: 15 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO (*)

Sam Young: 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Omer Asik: 2 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 3 TO (*)

Drew Gooden: 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO (**)

Steve Blake: 11 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast (**)

Injuries:

Jermaine O’Neal (hamstring): should return tonight

Richard Hamilton (groin): day-to-day

David Lee (illness): should be ready for tonight, but monitor his status

Chauncey Billups (groin): expected to start tonight

Zach Randolph (knee): MRI didn’t reveal anything serious; day-to-day

Andrew Bogut (personal): timetable for return uncertain

Beno Udrih (shoulder): day-to-day

Mike Dunleavy (illness): day-to-day

Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle): expected to play tonight

Thabo Sefolosha (illness): day-to-day

Devin Harris (calf): left last night’s game early and didn’t return; monitor his status

Nene (foot): monitor his status for tonight

Courtney Lee (calf): day-to-day

Josh Howard (quad): left last night’s game early and didn’t return; monitor his status

For Tonight:

See if Greg Stiemsma and MarShon Brooks can continue to put up nice lines, as the Celtics host the miserable Nets.

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