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Fantasy Basketball Review: Week 12 (1-12 – 1-18)

That’s it: we need to get the trading season started in the SoB Friends and Family League. My colleague Pete alleged that everyone is satisfied with their team, which is why there hasn’t been any activity. If you’re a team in the top 6 of your league, you should be satisfied, and it would be understandable if you didn’t want to make any drastic changes to your team.

However, if you are 15 games out and sitting in eigth-tenth place or so, you really should start making trade offers. Either your roster is plagued by injuries or your team’s talent isn’t very good. Nevertheless, you must take action if you want to have a chance of finding yourself in the fantasy playoffs come March/April.

Injury Roundup

Marcus Camby (PF, C), Los Angeles Clippers: Here we go again. Camby missed Monday night’s game with a sprained left ankle, and according to his coach is about a week away from returning.

Elton Brand (PF, C), Philadelphia 76ers: Brand was slated to play Monday against the Mavericks, but instead missed his 16th game in a row. He’s now scheduled to return Saturday as he tries to salvage his disappointing season.

Jermaine O’Neal (PF, C), Toronto Raptors: Having missed 11 of the last 12 games because of a sore knee, O’Neal has personally guaranteed he will play Wednesday night. Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was rumored to have been holding O’Neal back so he could trade him, but the GM obviously denied those reports.

Three Shining Stars

Andre Iguodala (SG, SF), Philadelphia 76ers: The new A.I. in Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala, led all fantasy scorers last week with a strong showing. In three games last week, Iguodala averaged 26.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2.0 steals against just 1.3 turnovers. He also tossed in 3.0 threes per game for good measure.

Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Dallas Mavericks: Dirk was completely dominant in three games last week for the Mavs, averaging 34.3 points and 11.7 rebounds. He shot 39-63 (61.9%) from the field and a terrific 23-24 (95.8%) from the FT line. In his final game of the week Sunday against the Jazz, Dirk finished 16-20 (80%) from the floor.

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: Paul deserves mention here for his near quadruple-double Jan. 14 against the Mavs. In that game, he finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and seven steals against just two turnovers. In four games overall, Paul averaged 24.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 9.5 assists.

Three Fading Stars

Allen Iverson (PG, SG), Detroit Pistons: We here at SoB pick on A.I. all the time, but with good reason. He’s only at 18 ppg this season (26.4 last season) and has just not been worth the 1st/2nd round pick he was drafted with. Last week in four games, Iverson averaged 15.5 points and 2.5 turnovers. He also went 0-4 from 3-pt land and averaged a sub-par 4.25 assists.

Caron Butler (SG, SF), Washington Wizards: Butler was inconsistent in three games last week, finishing with one good game (25 points in a loss to the Knicks) sandwiched in between two bad ones. In those two bad games, Butler averaged just 8.5 points on 20.8% shooting (5-24…YUCK!).

Rudy Gay (SF, PF), Memphis Grizzlies: I’m not going to call out Vince Carter again, so just know that he’s not playing well. Instead, let’s take a look at Rudy Gay. He played just two games last week and did log at least 30 minutes in each, but was not very good at all. He averaged just 7.5 points on 6-23 (26.1%) shooting with one assist and seven turnovers.

Players to Pick Up

Quentin Richardson (SG, SF), New York Knicks: A well-known Celtics hater, Q is now beginning to make some noise for his play on the basketball court. Last week, Richardson had games of 26 points and 19 points, thanks in large part to his three-point shooting. Q had 11 threes overall last week, and when he’s on from beyond the arc, he’s hard to stop. Grab him now, as he’s just 25% owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Trevor Ariza (SF), Los Angeles Lakers: He may not be well-liked in Boston, but his fantasy skills can not be overlooked. He’s just 39% owned in Yahoo! leagues, but that number will sure rise. Last week, he threw in games of 14 points, 10 points and seven points, but can really help out teams from three-point land and in the steals department.

Luke Ridnour (PG), Seattle Supersonics: Ridnour had a surprisingly productive stretch last week. In four games, he averaged 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.7 steals. He’s just 59% owned, so pick him up!

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • Despite winning my match-up 6-3, I’m stuck in seventh place.
  • Shotgun from The Blue Workhorse remains in first place yet again, despite losing 2-6-1.
  • The parody in this league is incredible, as the top eight teams (six of which make the playoffs) are separated by just 10.5 games.
  • I’ve already mentioned this…but no one has pulled the trigger on a trade!
  • Recent pickups include: Jarret Jack, Rasual Butler, Bobby Simmons, and Drew Gooden.

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