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I mentioned last week how I had to face a notorious streamer in one of my leagues and my concern over whether or not my honest, clean-cut ways of playing would have me triumph over the forces of evil. As it turns out, good always beats evil as I won that particular matchup by a score of 5-3-1. Score one for the players who make this game honest!
Granger has suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. He was averaging 24.4 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.
Gordon has missed three straight games due to a sprained ankle, but fully participated in practice on Monday. He is still questionable for Tuesday’s game against Houston.
Howard continues to have ankle troubles as he was once again sidelined with the same ankle injury that has forced him to miss most of the season. Until he is 100%, keep him on your bench.
Nash powered the Suns offense this past week by shooting 57.8% from the field and scoring 25.0 points with 11.0 assists, and 2.0 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.7 steals)
I told you to pick him up last week. If you had listened, then you would have been rewarded with 14.0 points on 60.0% shooting with 5.3 assists, 3.7 steals, and 1.3 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks (17.7 points, 6.7 assists, 2.7 steals, 1.3 3PTM)
This part of the “roundup” is just a battle between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. James wins this week with 36.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 3.0 3PTM.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (29.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.7 3PTM)
Gasol came out firing last week by averaging a double-double with 17.3 points and 17.3 rebounds. He also contributed 5.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and a robust 60.0 FG%.
Honorable Mention: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (50.0 FG%, 90.9 FT%, 31.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
You can’t blame Lopez for New Jersey’s problems as he turned in another solid week of play by scoring 22.5 points on 51.6% shooting and adding 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks.
Honorable Mention: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (63.6 FG%, 17.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 3.0 blocks)
Bibby has had a down season, mostly because he is trying to be an elite “real life” point guard and is not trying to beef up his stat sheet. What a selfish jerk, right? Last week was more down time for Bibby owners as he put together 7.3 points and 3.0 assists.
Honorable Mention: Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks (33.3 FG%, 14.0 points, 2.3 assists)
Smith failed to please owners by shooting a remarkably bad 30.6% from the field and scoring just 10.8 points.
Honorable Mention: Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks (11.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists)
Pierce lands here for the second week in a row due to his poor shooting (37.9%) which led to poor scoring (13.7 points). His 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists were not typical Pierce stats either.
Honorable Mention: Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats (36.4 FG%, 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists)
Nene is overrated and he proved it with 9.5 points and 0.8 blocks. The 8.0 rebounds were good, but too bad you had to sacrifice everything else.
Honorable Mention: Marvin Williams, Atlanta Hawks (33.3 FG%, 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds 0.5 steals)
Hawes isn’t putting up big numbers you want from a Center. He continued his mediocrity last week with 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks.
Honorable Mention: Brad Miller, Chicago Bulls (40.6 FG%, 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.0 blocks)
Marvin Williams has been battling a stomach virus lately and Evans got his first start of the season on Sunday. He had already been getting increased playing time in his last three games, leading to 18.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in that time.
Rush will see increased playing time in the absence of Danny Granger
It is the same situation as Brandon Rush. Somebody needs to step up and fill the void that Danny Granger has left. Jones will be starting at small forward for the next few weeks.
December is by far his best month yet: 12.2 points, 6.7 assists, 2.5 3PTM.
Averaging 8.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.3 blocks in his last seven games.
Tags: Ben Gordon, Brook Lopez, Danny Granger, Fantasy, Fantasy Basketball Roundup, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Mike Bibby, Nene Hilario, Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce, Raymond Felton, Spencer Hawes, Steve Nash