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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.9.12 (Weekend Review)

by on Jan.09, 2012, under Quick hits

Josh Smith

What else can J-Smoove do to convince you that he's back? (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Weekend Wonder: Josh Smith averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals, 4.0 blocks and 0.5 threes in two games over the weekend. In that stretch, he shot 63 percent from the field, 60 percent from the free-throw line and turned the ball over twice a game. After a slow start to the season, J-Smoove has really found his groove lately. In his last four games, Smith is averaging 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.8 blocks.

Lines for Discussion:
Ray Allen (1/6): 7-11 FG (64%), 5-6 FT (83%), 4 threes, 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 TO; Mr. Shuttlesworth is averaging 20.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.7 threes per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field and 86 percent from the charity stripe

D.J. Augustin (1/6): 8-16 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 2 threes, 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; his poor shooting from the field holds him back from being a truly elite fantasy player

Chris Kaman (1/6): 3-9 FT (33%), 6 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; he has started the past two games at PF

Carlos Boozer (1/6): 9-19 FG (47%), 2-2 FT (100%), 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; after a rocky December, Boozer is doing fine in January

Anderson Varejao (1/6): 6-8 FG (75%), 1-2 FT (50%), 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO; he’s averaging 9.1 points, 10.1 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, good for top 50 value so far

Anthony Morrow (1/6): 9-14 FG (64%), 6 threes, 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; he’s showing signs, averaging 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 threes through five games in January

Marc Gasol (1/6): 9-15 FG (60%), 3-4 FT (75%), 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Blk, 5 TO; Little Gasol has been a top 10 fantasy player so far this season, but owners might want to think about selling high before Z-Bo returns

Tyrus Thomas (1/7): 3-6 FG (50%), 4-6 FT (67%), 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 TO; he’s finally back, but expectations should be kept in the realm of reality

Danilo Gallinari (1/7): 10-16 FG (63%), 8-10 FT (80%), 3 threes, 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; Gallo has been on fire in January, averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 threes per game, while shooting an uncharacteristic 52 percent from the floor

Jason Richardson (1/8): 9-16 FG (56%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl; we’ll see if he’s actually back from the grave, but he’s been promising lately

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):
Goran Dragic: with Kyle Lowry missing, Dragic is reminding owners of his unofficial title of “Ultimate Spot Start” (**)

Iman Shumpert: he’s putting up great all-around numbers, including 2.7 steals per game in January (****)

Nate Robinson: he’s found a suitable home in Golden State and should be usable until Stephen Curry returns (**)

Markieff Morris: the man has turned into a poor man’s 2010-11 Channing Frye – he’ll help you in threes, rebounds and a bit in blocks (****)

Byron Mullens: he’s not much more than points and some boards (*)

Brandon Knight: he’s thriving with a starting gig, which might not last much longer (***)

Matt Barnes: in his last two games, Barnes is averaging 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and a three (**)

Trevor Booker: he’s getting a steady dose of 20+ minutes a night and is a g decent source of steals and blocks (**)

Gary Neal: he’ll be a decent source of threes so long as he’s starting (***)

Marreese Speights: his 17/7/2 line Sunday was unexpected, though it’s tough to say whether he’ll be reliable in the long run (**)

Injuries:
Richard Hamilton (groin): day-to-day

Andris Biedrins (ankle): day-to-day

Danny Granger (ankle): should be fine but monitor his status

Roy Hibbert (ankle): ditto

Udonis Haslem (ribs): playing with a small crack in his rib but should continue to play

Beno Udrih (shoulder): day-to-day

Mike Dunleavy (groin): day-to-day

Carmelo Anthony (back): shouldn’t miss any time with his sore back

Eric Maynor (knee): out for the rest of the season

Spencer Hawes (back): left Saturday’s game early; monitor his status

Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day

Marvin Williams (ankle): day-to-day

Jason Kidd (back): out at least a few more games

Nene (foot): day-to-day

Charlie Villanueva (ankle): day-to-day

Rodney Stuckey (groin): day-to-day

Courtney Lee (calf): day-to-day

Kyle Lowry (foot): day-to-day

Dwyane Wade (foot): seems close to returning but remains day-to-day

Andrew Bogut (personal): day-to-day

Mehmet Okur (back): day-to-day

Jason Smith (personal): day-to-day

Linas Kleiza (knee): visiting his doctor today; monitor his status

DeJuan Blair (soreness): should be fine, but monitor his status

Tony Parker (soreness): ditto

Jeremy Evans (stomach virus): day-to-day

DJ White (ankle): day-to-day

Austin Daye (ankle): day-to-day

Jon Brockman (eye): day-to-day

Eric Gordon (knee): out for 2-3 weeks

For Tonight:
Expect Derrick Rose to bounce back in a big way against the Pistons tonight.

If Hawes is limited in any way, Nikola Vucevic could be a decent spot start in deeper leagues, as the Sixers host the Pacers.

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