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Fantasy Basketball Review: Week 5 (11-24 – 11-30)

I am in two basketball leagues. I saw a funny occurrence with my stats last week. In the SoB league, I have two more roster spots than in my other league. However, in the league with less room for players, I scored more total points than I did in the SoB league. Maybe I should just trade my team in the SoB league and acquire the team from my other league. Either way, I’d still have Tayshaun Prince on my roster.

Injury Roundup

Andrei Kirilieko (SF,PF), Utah Jazz: An ankle injury has sidelined Kirlilenko temporarily. The team hopes to have him return later this week.

Antoine Wright (SG,SF), Dallas Maverick: Wright, who has been filling in nicely for an ailing Josh Howard, left Saturday’s game with a groin injury. There is no word on the severity of the injury.

Stephen Jackson (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Jackson suffered a wrist injury last week and has reaggravated it in the past few games. He is doubtful to play until the end of the week.

The Best

Steve Nash (PG), Phoenix Suns: Nash scored 22.0 ppg while shooting 56.8% from the field. He got back to feeding the ball to others with an impressive 10.0 assists and even gained some value in three point land with 1.7 threes.

Mike Bibby (PG), Atlanta Hawks: BIbby made 3.7 three’s per game in three contests last week. It helped him out in the points department with 21.0 ppg. His shooting didn’t suffer with a 54.8 FG% and he added 1.7 steals in the process.

David Lee (SF,PF,C), New York Knicks: With more minutes comes more responsibility. OK, nerd moment over. Lee has been on fire recently with 22.0 points per game including a season high 37 against Golden State. Lee had a league best 16.3 reb per game last week and shot over 56% from the field.

Stephen Jackson (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Before the injury, Jackson was contributing to all categories with 19.0 points, 4.7 reb, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.0 blocks. As if you needed more, Jackson made 1.7 three’s as well.

Danny Granger (SG,SF), Indiana Pacers: Granger shot 47.0% last week and had 25.0 ppg. His three’s were great (2.5) and he stepped it up with 2.5 blocks. At this rate, he is on pace for a career high in all those categories.

The Worst

Andre Iguodala (SG,SF), Philadelphia 76ers: Iguodala’s FG%, 3PTM, FT%, and PPG are all down from last season. Last week didn’t help when he shot 43.2%, 68.8 FT%, and had 12.8 points.

Tim Duncan (PF,C), San Antonio Spurs: Duncan took a big hit in his FG% when he shot 42.1% last week and he only had 15.8 points. His FT% was also below his norm with 62.5%.

Rasheed Wallace (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: Sheed barely hit 40.0% shooting last week and just eclipsed 10.0 points (10.3). His FT% for the week was 66.7% and in general, it is way down from last season (76.7% down to 67.9%).

Allen Iverson (PG,SG), Detroit Pistons: Is this a cause for concern yet? A.I. only shot 34.3% on his field goals . He averaged an uncharacteristic 14.0 points. Compared to last season, his points per game have dropped by almost 10 points.

Shawn Marion (SF,PF), Miami Heat: Yikes! Marion shot 39.4% from the field while averaging 10.7 points. He only had 0.3 steals and 0.7 blocks to go with his poor week. Overall, his numbers haven’t been this bad since his rookie season in 1999-2000.

Players To Pick Up

Eric Gordon (SG), L.A. Clippers: Although he is nursing an injury (hamstring), it shouldn’t keep him out long. Gordon has started three straight games and before the injury had games of 25 and 24 points while shooting over 50.0%.

Mario Chalmers (PG), Miami Heat: Chalmers distributed stats all cross the stat sheet with 13.8 points, 3.0 reb, 4.0 assists, and 2.8 steals. His 2.8 three’s were also a pleasant addition.

Chris Wilcox (PF,C), Oklahoma City Thunder: Wilcox boosted his percentages with 61.5% on his FG and making 11-12 free throws (91.7%). His newfound, albeit temporary ability to score (14.8 points last week) without sacrificing shooting, could help you.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • Even though I won my matchup 6-3, I dropped to 7th place because SoB’s Jeff won his matchup 8-1 thus vaulting him up to 5th and pushing me down the ladder.
  • Our buddy Shotgun over at the Blue Workhorse remains in first despite a 5-4 loss to SoB’s Dan.
  • SoB’s Geoff leads the SoB staff with a 2nd plce standing, just 2.5 games out of first.
  • Recent pickups include: Andrea Bargnani, Russell Westbrook, Marquis Daniels, and Joel Przybilla.

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