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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.17.12

by on Jan.17, 2012, under Quick hits

Joe Johnson

JJ is finally deciding to play at a level closer to what his contract would seem to demand. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Beast of the Night: Joe Johnson posted 27 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, three blocks and three three-pointers last night. He shot 45 percent (9-20) from the field, 86 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line and turned the ball over once. Johnson has really turned things up a notch lately and is putting up top 40 numbers so far this season, a notable improvement from last year’s disappointing averages. There’s not much reason to think he can’t keep this up.

Lines for Discussion:
Mike Conley: 9-13 FG (69%), 1-1 FT (100%), 1 three, 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 5 TO; he’s shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe and is stealing 2.5 balls per game, which helps his top 30 value so far in 2011-12

Ryan Anderson: 11-19 FG (58%), 1-1 FT (100%), 7 threes, 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO; he leads the league with 3.6 threes made per game and maintains top 10 value

Kemba Walker: 6-21 FG (29%), 1-2 FT (50%), 1 three, 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk, 2 TO; the Bobcats need all the scoring help they can get, so Walker should continue to have the green light to launch shots

Samuel Dalembert: 9-11 FG (82%), 2-2 FT (100%), 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO; Dalembert is averaging 10.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks in his six starts this season

John Wall: 13-22 FG (59%), 12-16 FT (75%), 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; he’s not out of the woods yet, but he’ll find his way out soon

Andray Blatche: 4-8 FG (50%), 3-4 FT (75%), 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; his shoulder is still a notable concern

Anthony Morrow: 0-2 FG (0%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 Pts; he came off the bench, and this snapped a six-game streak of solid lines

Blake Griffin: 9-15 FG (60%), 5-13 FT (39%), 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; he hasn’t improved much from last season, but he’s still a valuable fantasy asset

Josh Smith: 13-19 FG (68%), 2-4 FT (50%), 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; he has cut down on his three-point attempts this season (0.6 per game), and it appears to be helping his overall value (increased field-goal percentage, rebounding and scoring)

Kobe Bryant: 7-22 FG (32%), 0-1 FT (0%), 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; the magic carpet ride is over — for now

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):
Marreese Speights: 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO (***)

Alonzo Gee: 10 Pts, 1 three,2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (**)

Greivis Vasquez: 3 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO (**)

Jordan Farmar: 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO (***)

Randy Foye: 13 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 5 TO (*)

Leandro Barbosa: 22 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO (****)

Mickael Pietrus: 14 Pts, 3 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Blk (**)

Jason Thompson: 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk (*)

Wayne Ellington: 15 Pts, 3 threes, 2 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk (*)

Luke Ridnour: 25 Pts, 4 threes, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO (***)

Injuries:
Keyon Dooling (knee): day-to-day

Anthony Parker (back): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Rudy Fernandez (Achilles): doubtful tonight

Charlie Villanueva (ankle): out Tuesday and Wednesday

Monta Ellis (knee): monitor his status

Courtney Lee (calf): seems close; day-to-day

Mo Williams (foot): day-to-day

Chris Paul (hamstring): day-to-day

Zach Randolph (knee): he’ll soon start 4-6 weeks of rehab

Carmelo Anthony (ankle): aggravated his ankle injury last night; monitor his status

Jason Richardson (knee): likely out the next two games

Andrea Bargnani (calf): day-to-day

Rashard Lewis (knee): day-to-day

Tracy McGrady (back): left last night’s game early; monitor his status

Derrick Rose (toe): could miss tonight’s game

Vince Carter (foot): questionable for Wednesday

For Tonight:
C.J. Watson and John Lucas could be decent spot starts again in deeper leagues if Rose doesn’t go for the Bulls.

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