Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.12.12 (Weekend Review)

Ersan Ilyasova

Illyasova. (See what I did there?) (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)

Weekend Wonder: Ersan Ilyasova makes his debut here after averaging 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 threes in two games over the weekend. In that stretch, he shot 69 percent from the field, 92 percent from the free-throw line and averaged turned the ball over just once. In his last 13 games, Ilyasova has averaged top five numbers, making him a serious contender for pickup of the year.

Lines for Discussion:

Nikola Pekovic (3/9): 8-14 FG (57%), 9-10 FT (90%), 25 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; Pekovic followed this up with a 21/11 line the next night, indicating a return to form

Andrea Bargnani (3/10): 2-8 FG (25%), 4-4 FT (100%), 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO; he put up 11/8/2 on Sunday, and will require some time to work some rust off

Jared Dudley (3/10): 9-16 FG (56%), 1 three, 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO; so far in March, Dudley is averaging 17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 block and 1.3 threes per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 63 percent from the free-throw line

Amar’e Stoudemire (3/11): 4-9 FG (44%), 1-2 FT (50%), 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; he’s clearly not out of the woods yet, and owners will just have to bear with inconsistency the rest of the way

J.J. Redick (3/11): 7-14 FG (50%), 1-1 FT (100%), 3 threes, 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast; Redick will be a smart start so long as Jason Richardson is out

Danilo Gallinari (3/11): 0-5 FG (0%), 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk; Gallo’s owners should consider other options until he’s back in a groove

DeAndre Jordan (3/11): 1-2 FG (50%), 2-4 FT (50%), 4 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Blk; Jordan has been downright terrible lately, but he’ll find his way again before too long

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

Reggie Evans: He accumulated 25 rebounds in two games over the weekend, making him worth a pickup in deeper leagues. (**)

Evan Turner: In his last for games, Turner is averaging 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks.  (****)

Shelden Williams: He’s going to have some low-end value for owners in dire need of a big man. (**)

Zaza Pachulia: Owners looking for a center could do a lot worse than Pachulia at this point in the season. (***)

Jason Maxiell: He’s averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds through the first four games of March. (**)

Mike Dunleavy: He averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 threes in two games over the weekend. (***)

Gerald Green: His awesome dunk on Saturday made serious waves, but so did his 26 points and four three-pointers that game. (**)

Isaiah Thomas: He continues to start and offer solid stats on most night, especially his 48 percent shooting from the floor and 94 percent shooting from the free-throw line so far as a starter. (***)

Jerryd Bayless: He’ll be more reliable than usual so long as Jose Calderon is out. (**)

Goran Dragic: He averaged 21.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 4.0 threes over the weekend, and will be a smart start while Kyle Lowry is out. (***)

Injuries:

Ty Lawson (ankle): day-to-day

Terrence Williams (illness): day-to-day

Rudy Gay (concussion): will be evaluated today

Joakim Noah (flu): hopes to play tonight

Luol Deng (wrist): might miss tonight’s game

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