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Fantasy Basketball Report: Week 7 (12-8 – 12-14)

Just a quick observation. When preparing for the season, I noticed that there were no fantasy basketball magazines out there. If there were, then I didn’t notice. Before the baseball and football season, the amount of literature on these sports is just baffling. Yet, my pursuit of some good fantasy basketball reading left me flat. Clearly my complaining won’t get me anywhere but, it just feels nice to bitch.

Injury Roundup

Dwight Howard (C), Orlando Magic: One of the most dominant players in the NBA has missed the first games of his career with a knee injury. It kept him out of Saturday’s game and he was doubtful for Monday’s contest.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C), Cleveland Cavaliers: Big Z has missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle. An underrated source of points and rebounds, Ilgauskas has no timetable for a return.

Rafer Alston (PG), Houston Rockets: After a dominating performance in Week 6, Alston has hit the bench with a hamstring injury. He is not expected to play in Tuesday’s game.

Three Shining Stars

Al Harrington (PF,C), New York Knicks: Harrington is making his time with the Knicks count. Last week he had averages of 33.3 points on 56.5% shooting including 3.0 three’s, 8.3 reb, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals.

Kevin Durant (SG,SF), Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant is coming into his own after his rookie of the year campaign. He flashed his potential in Week 7 with 29.8 points, 9.0 reb, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2.3 blocks. If that wasn’t enough, he shot well from three point land with 2.5 three’s.

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: I feel like he is mentioned here every week. I will be shocked when he actually has a bad string of games. Until then, we can gawk at his impressive week that gave owners 15.7 points and a ridiculous 13.7 assists. CP3 also threw in 4.7 reb, 2.0 steals all while shooting 45.2% and going perfect from the free throw line (18-18).

Three Fading Stars

Deron Williams (PG), Utah Jazz: Williams averaged 14.3 points last week which is down from last season (18.8). His steals and three’s are also down and his stock didn’t exactly go through the roof when he shot 32.5% last week.

Shawn Marion (SF,PF), Miami Heat: If Marion continues his ways, he may have to get out of Miami. His week included 10.0 points, 1.0 steals, 7.7 reb, and 0.7 assists. Even worse was that he did all of this on 38.2% shooting and 66.7% on his free throws.

Samuel Dalembert (C), Philadelphia 76ers: It was a tough week for the Dalembert. He averaged only 4.3 points and couldn’t record a single assist or steal. His points, blocks, rebounds, and shooting percentages (both FG and FT) are down from last season.

Players to Pick Up

Grant Hill (SG,SF), Phoenix Suns: Hill has become a starter again and has been making it count. Last week he impressed with 16.3 points, 6.7 reb, 2.3 steals , and 1.0 blocks. Hill shot 65.5% FG and 90.0 % FT as well.

Juan Dixon (PG,SG), Washington Wizards: Dixon has reached double figures in three straight games includng a season high 17. During his week he shot 53.6% and averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.7 steals. He added more value with 1.7 three’s.

Rodney Stuckey (PG,SG), Detroit Pistons: Stuckey had a great week shooting (68.0%) and averaged 14.7 points, 9.7 assists, and 2.0 steals. Like the aforementioned Dixon, Stuckey also made 1.7 three’s last week.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • I won my matchup over SoB’s Geoff by a score of 6-3 and thanks to some faltering at the top of the ranks, I shot up into 2nd place. The injury to Dwight Howard will test my team.
  • Shotgun from The Blue Workhorse remains in first after a 5-4 victory.
  • The Blue Workhorse will increase his lead this week when he faces the last place team who is 22.5 games out of first. Some guys have all the luck.
  • Recent pickups include: Not a lot of action as only Marc Gasol, Larry Hughes, and D.J. Augustin left the free agent pool. Also, no trades have been made during the season. I guess everyone is happy with what they have.

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