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Fantasy Basketball Roundup: Week 3

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I’ve been slightly disappointed with my teams over the past two weeks because I am just barely squeaking out 5-4 wins. I’d like to be winning by 6-3 or more, but in the end, winning is winning. After all, when playoff time rolls around, a 5-4 win is just as good as a 9-0 win.

Injuries

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets

OH NO!!!!! The face of fantasy basketball has gone down. CP3 sprained his ankle against the Blazers and the good news is that there was no structural damage. However, Chris Paul owners will be without the NBA’s best point guard for 3-4 weeks.

Jermaine O’Neal (C), Miami Heat

O’Neal suffered a bruised hip last week, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He hopes to return to action on Tuesday.

Shaquille O’Neal (C), Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaq is currently battling a strained shoulder and already missed Saturday’s game against Utah. He is not expected to play Tuesday.

Best Players of the Week

Point Guard

Brandon Jennings (PG), Milwaukee Bucks

The rookie was simply incredible in two games played as he shot 60.4% with 43.5 points, which included 55 points against Golden State. Rounding out the stat sheet were 4.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 4.5 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 FG%, 24.7 points, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks, 3.3 3PTM)

Shooting Guard

Dwyane Wade (PG, SG), Miami Heat

D-Wade may spell his name incorrectly, but there is nothing wrong with the across-the-board numbers he puts up. Last week, he gave you 33.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.0 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 1.7 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Manu Ginobli, San Antonio Spurs (18.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks)

Small Forward

LeBron James (SF), Cleveland Cavaliers

King James gave you what you wanted with 30.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (33.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals)

Power Forward

Danny Granger (SG, SF, PF), Indiana Pacers

In addition to position flexibility, Granger is also an offensive beast. He gave owners 50.0% shooting with 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 4.0 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors (26.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks)

Center

Andrew Bynum (C), L.A. Lakers

Bynum is a top-5 center if he can stay healthy for the entire season. He showed us why with 22.0 points on 67.4% shooting. The rest of his numbers were great for a big man as well, as he had 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks

Honorable Mention: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks (70.4 FG%, 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks)

You Could Have Done Better

Point Guard

Chauncey Billups (PG), Denver Nuggets

Billups seemed to run out of steam as the week went on. He only put up 14.0 points on 33.3% shooting with 1.0 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic (66.7 FT%, 12.7 points, 4.0 assists)

Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant (SG), L.A. Lakers

You were happy with the 22.0 points (still bellow average), but you hated his 43.1% shooting, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.3 3PTM.

Honorable Mention: Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns (40.6 FG%, 8.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists)

Small Forward

Gerald Wallace (SF, PF), Charlotte Bobcats

Wallace’s numbers have taken a heavy hit this season, and last week was no different. He shot 43.8% from the field with 12.3 points and a 60.0 FT%.

Honorable Mention: John Salmons, Chicago Bulls (25.0 FG%, 58.3 FT%, 10.0 points, 1.3 steals)

Power Forward

Elton Brand (PF, C), Philadelphia 76ers.

It really is becoming too easy to pick on Brand, but I am still going to do it. Last week’s totals were once again terrible as Brand gave you 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds on 39.4% shooting.

Honorable Mention: David West, New Orleans Hornets (41.5 FG%, 12.5 points, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)

Center

David Lee (PF, C), New York Knicks

Lee only averaged 12.7 points on a mediocre 46.9% shooting. He continues to frustrate owners as he couldn’t manage one block all week.

Honorable Mention: Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets (36.2 FG%, 14.7 points)

Players to Pick Up

Earl Watson (PG), Indiana Pacers

With T.J. Ford injured…again, Watson has been playing more. He finished last week by filling up that stat sheet with 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.0 3PTM. Injuries are nothing new to T.J. Ford, so Watson will get more playing time.

Will Bynum (PG, SG), Detroit Pistons

Bynum has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games and is a safe option off the bench with Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton battling injuries.

Ben Wallace (PF, C), Detroit Pistons

Strictly from a defensive standpoint, Wallace is proving to be a nice source of blocks and rebounds. He has at least three blocks in three of his last four games and he is flirting with 10+ rebounds in those games as well.

Darren Collison/Bobby Brown (PG), New Orleans Hornets

Basically, they will both be seeing an increase in playing time over the next 3-4 weeks with Chris Paul injured. Watch the box scores carefully to see who is contributing more, and then snatch him up.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF, PF), Milwaukee Bucks

He has played 34+ minutes in each of the last two games. As a result, he is averaging 9.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. Hey, a cheap double-double machine is always good to have on the bench.

Sports of Boston Basketball League

  • I stay in 3rd place after my 5-4 win over SoB’s Jeff
  • SoB’s KC won 7-2 and moves into 1st place.
  • Recent pickups include: Carl Landry, Steve Blake, Tyreke Evans, Shane Battier, and Matt Barnes.

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