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Fantasy Basketball Review: Week 15 (2-2 – 2-8)

Chances are, one owner in every single fantasy basketball league is in a foul mood. He/she may be adjusting their “smack talk” (for you Yahoo! users out there). They may be making angry posts in your league’s message board. They also may be making trade offers with owners who have no idea that Timberwolves stud center Al Jefferson tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Wait what?!?

Injury Roundup

Al Jefferson (PF, C), Minnesota Timberwolves: Big Al suffered a torn ACL Sunday against the Hornets. He’ll undergo surgery within the next 10 days, and is done for the season. You are safe to drop him from your rosters.

Jameer Nelson (PG), Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson dislocated his shoulder in Monday’s loss to the Mavericks, and later found out he suffered a torn labrum and will likely miss the rest of the season. Nelson was pivotal to the continued success of the Orlando Magic, and chances are he was on the roster of one of the top teams in your fantasy leagues.

Elton Brand (PF, C), Philadelphia 76ers: I know I can speak for Pete in saying “we told you so.” Elton Brand’s season is officially over after he will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder. He tried to come back in late January but was not very good and could not battle through the injury. Good riddance.

Three Shining Stars

Troy Murphy (PF, C), Indiana Pacers: The former Notre Dame standout was the No. 1 overall player last week in Yahoo! leagues. Murphy averaged 17.5 points (51.1% FG shooting, 93.8% from the line), 11.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists against just 0.8 turnovers. He also chipped in with 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.3 threes in a true nine-category effort.

Danny Granger (SG, SF), Indiana Pacers: It’s amazing the Pacers went just 1-3 last week, considering they had the top two fantasy players in Murphy and Danny Granger. The All-Star averaged a very efficient 27.0 points on 48.6% FG shooting and 96.6% FT shooting. Throw in 3.0 threes and 1.8 blocks and you have a very tasty fantasy line.

Yao Ming (C), Houston Rockets: In three games last week, Yao was a beast, averaging 26.0 points on 68.3% from the field and 95.7% (22/23) from the line. He also hauled in 7.67 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.

Three Fading Stars

Chauncey Billups (PG), Detroit Pistons: Slowed by an ankle injury, Chauncey Billups was not very helpful to fantasy rosters last week. The former Celtic (screw you Rick Pitino) finished with just 9.7 points, 2.0 assists and zero steals in three games (he missed last Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City).

Rashard Lewis (SF), Orlando Magic: Rashard Lewis may be on his way to the NBA All-Star Game, but he isn’t really showing he belongs on the roster. In four games last week, the Orlando forward finished with just 12.3 points on 37% shooting from the field and 63.6% shooting from the line. He still managed to hit 2.0 threes per game, but missed most of the rest of his shots.

Baron Davis (PG), Los Angeles Clippers: Not playing for a contract anymore, Baron Davis has had an up-and-down, injury-riddled season. His struggles continued last week when he averaged just 10.3 points on 34.8% shooting. He did average 7.5 assists, but killed teams in other categories. What did he do for an encore Monday night (Feb. 9)? He put up another stinkfest: three points on 1-7 shooting with eight assists. Hey, at least he’s dishing the ball.

Players to Pick Up

Ryan Anderson (PF, C), New Jersey Nets: Getting his first significant minutes of the season, Anderson answered the call for the Nets last week, scoring 13.3 points and grabbing 8.3 rebounds with 1.5 steals and 2.5 threes in four games. It seems like he’ll be helpful while Yi Jianlian is out, and he’s only 18% owned in Yahoo! leagues, so be sure to grab him.

Chris Andersen (PF, C), Denver Nuggets: Chris Andersen’s NBA comeback reached the fantasy realm, as he is starting to put up some legitimate numbers. In four games last week, he averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds with 1.3 steals and 2.3 blocks. This recovering drug addict may be able to help a fantasy roster near you, as he is only 21% owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Ramon Sessions (PG), Milwaukee Bucks: I know he’s 68% owned in Yahoo! leagues, but for some reason (until about 10 minutes ago when I snagged him) he was a free agent in the SoB Friends and Family Fantasy League. In two games last week, Sessions dropped 19 points, six assists, and four steals on Feb. 3, but then exploded on Feb. 7 for 44 points on 13-18 shooting (18-21 from the FT line) with 12 assists.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • I’ve roared on to fourth place with a 5-4 win over reader “Tha Truth.”
  • SoB’s Mike still holds the top spot after dispatching Shotgun (2nd place) of The Blue Workhorse by a score of 7-2.
  • To Reader Adam (5th place), Al Jefferson is droppable now because Yahoo! removed him from the Can’t Cut List. Too bad you’re without Big Al for the season!
  • No team has pulled the trigger on a trade yet.
  • Recent pickups in the league include: Ramon Sessions, Nick Young, Chris Andersen, JaVale McGee, Ryan Anderson, and Carlos Boozer (who was dropped because of injury)

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