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With just one month left in the regular fantasy season, you should start making a push for a playoff spot. If you are like me in one of my other leagues, you have no shot at making the playoffs. However, I will still be trying to the very end. I can’t stand it when someone just gives up. The name of the game is sportsmanship and like baseball, you run out those ground balls and you touch first base even though you know you will be thrown out.
Amar’e Stoudemire (PF,C), Phoenix Suns: Stoudemire suffered a detached retina that required immediate surgery. He will miss the rest of the regular season. This is a blow to owners like me who drafted Stoudemire within the first four picks of the draft.
Kevin Garnett (PF), Boston Celtics: KG strained his right knee against the Jazz and hobbled off the court. Garnett is slated to miss at least 2-3 weeks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was longer.
Danny Granger (SG,SF), Indiana Pacers: Against the Bobcats, Granger suffered a torn tendon in his right foot. The injury will sideline him for up to three weeks.
Kevin Durant (SG,SF), Oklahoma City Thunder: I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but Durant has arrived. Week 17 yielded 38.0 points on 57.1% shooting. In his three games he also grabbed 5.7 reb and sunk 2.3 threes. Adding to a great week were 1.3 steals and 90.0% on his free throws.
Leandro Barbosa (PG,SG), Phoenix Suns: The new Phoenix offense has produced amazing point totals. Barbosa cashed in for owners with 24.0 points in four games which included a career high 41 against the Thunder. He was a solid fantasy contributor across the board by giving owners 5.0 reb, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals, and 2.5 threes.
Dwyane Wade (PG,SG), Miami Heat: Congrats to those who took a gamble in the draft room. If you did, you were lucky last week when Wade gave you 37.3 points (season high 50 against Orlando) on 56.1% shooting. Contributing to his more than adequate performance were his 8.7 assists, 4.3 reb, 2.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks.
Dirk Nowitski (PF), Dallas Mavericks: The German Jackhammer wasn’t his old self last week. He could only manage 14.7 points in a dismal 39.6% shooting. His other stats were very close to his season averages except for his threes (he made zero all week). Not to mention his FT% nosedived from his season mark of 90.6% to 75.0%.
Rasheed Wallace (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: ‘Sheed’s shooting was dreadful (30.3%) and it gave owners only 8.7 points in three games. His three’s were also down (1.8 season avg to 1.0) and he failed to record a single steal all week. On the plus side, he was perfect on his free throws…all three of them.
Andre Iguodala (SG,SF), Philadelphia 76ers: Odds are that Iguodala helped kill your shooting percentage with his 32.5% in three games played. He also failed to reach season averages in points, reb, three’s, blocks, and FT%. To say the least, he hurt you a hell of a lot more than he helped you.
Delonte West (PG,SG), Cleveland Cavaliers: West is back after missing a month of action with a wrist injury. He showed up in a big way in one game last week with 25 points on 8-11 shooting that included 5 three’s, 5 reb, and 4 assists.
Ronny Turiaf (PF,C), Golden State Warriors: Turiaf has started the last five games and playing on average at least 30 minutes per contest. He played great in Week 17 with 13.5 points on 84.6% shooting. He threw in 5.5 reb and a sick 3.0 blocks.
Jarrett Jack (PG,SG), Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger is down so it is time for Double-J to shine again. Last week he scored 16.0 points on 48.9% shooting while making 1.3 threes. He added 5.8 reb and 4.5 assists to his totals as well as 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. Also of note is the fact that he will be the starting SG for the Pacers for the remainder of the season.