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Two weeks in and where do you stand? Don’t sweat it, this is a marathon, not a sprint. What I haven’t seen much of this season is a breakout performer. It just seems the usual suspects are the ones who are the best, which is what is supposed to happen. We will see though, we will see.
Golden State Forward Corey Maggette, who was signed in the offseason, has missed three consecutive games with a nagging hamstring injury. No return date has been announced.
Atlanta Hawks Forward Josh Smith will be out for 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle during Friday’s game against Toronto. Smith was averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 reb, 2.3 steals, and 2.5 blocks before the injury.
Dallas Forward Josh Howard injured his wrist in a game against the Nuggets and proceeded to sit out Sunday’s game against the Clippers. The injury is not serious and he is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers
Amare Stoudemire (PF,C), Phoenix Suns: Amare’s amazing week was highlighted by a 49 point, 11 reb, 5 steal, 2 block performance against Indiana. For the week he averaged 64.6 FG%, 28.3 points, 7 reb, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks.
LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers: King James continues his dominance with averages of 34.5 points, 9.8 reb, 5.3 assists, and 1.8 steals last week. His week included two games with 40+ points. More good news is that his free throw percentage is up from last season (71.2 to 77.3).
Jason Kidd (PG), Dallas Mavericks: Kidd is, to my surprise, the 4th ranked player in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball. Last week he showed it with stats all across the board: 50.0 FG%, 11.8 points, 5.8 reb, 8.5 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.8 three pointers. Kidd’s tendency to take and make three’s has added to his value this season (2.0 made and 4.5 attempted)
Dirk Nowitski (PF), Dallas Mavericks: The German Jackhammer remains a reliable fantasy stud with 89.7% free throws on the season. He wasn’t too shabby last week with 23.5 points, 7.5 reb, 1.0 steals, 1.3 three’s, and that beautiful 89.5 FT%.
Dwyane Wade (PG,SG), Miami Heat: Fantasy’s best player cashed in on a monster week with 30.7 points, 7.7 reb, 8.3 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks. Wade shot 53.3% from the field and had a 82.4 FT%. Whew, congrats to those who took a chance on drafting him.
Rudy Gay (SF,PF), Memphis Grizzlies: Rudy had a tough go of it last week when he shot 37.1% from the field and his points per game dropped from 20.0 to 17.8. His turnovers went up from 3.7 to 4.0.
Yao Ming (C), Houston Rockets: Just last week he was in “The Best” section. Yao took a turn for the worse and averaged 12.3 points. His percentages, especially for a big man, were down right terrible when he shot 40.0% FG and 64.3% FT.
Shawn Marion (SF,PF), Miami Heat: Almost all of Marion’s numbers are down from last season. Last week he shot a very uncharacteristic 39.3 FG%. Added to his misery was a pathetic 8.7 points and losing almost an entire block off his season average (1.8 to 1.0). He also pulled his groin and is uncertain for Wednesday’s game.
Elton Brand (PF,C), Philadelphia 76ers: Brand is hardly making a splash in Philly as evident by his line last week. 11 points, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 41.4 FG%. His free throw shooting is down from last season as well (78.7 to 69.2).
Jason Richardson (SG,SF), Charlotte Bobcats: Last season’s leader in three pointers has only made seven of them so far this season. His unfortunate week included shooting 31.7% from the field. Compared to last season, his points, steals, blocks, rebounds, and assists are all on the decline. The silver lining is that his free throw shooting has spiked from 75.2% to 86.4%.
Tony Allen (PG,SG), Boston Celtics: It my seem like a hometown pick but, look closer baby. Allen averages over 11 points per game and is shooting 50.9% from the field. He also fills up the stat sheet with 1.6 steals.
Andrea Bargnani (PF,C), Toronto Raptors: Bargnani has averaged 13.0 points over his last three games along with 1.3 blocks, and 4 reb. He is shooting a very nice 62.5% from the field.
DelonteWest (PG,SG), Cleveland Cavaliers: I mentioned him last week and I will do it again. If nothing else, just pick him up to enhance your three pointers. West sunk 8 more last week and is shooting 50.0% from three point land for the season.