Fantasy Basketball-Starting 5-January 11

The Wizards finally got win number 1 last night leaving us with no undefeated or all-defeated teams. The other big headlines from a full night of hoops were the Heat getting burnt in OT on the left coast, Kobe doin’ work and torching the Suns once again, the Blazers holding their home court against the LA Lobbers, the Sixers continued surge getting them to 7-2, and D-Rose and the Bulls dueling it out with the T-Wolves.

Most fantasy teams had full rosters in action, so here’s the high-and-low points of last night around the Association in 9 easy-to-digest with your breakfast or morning coffee lists of 5.

Kobe took it to Marcin Gortat and the Suns and finished with almost half LA's points, earning him the MVP-for-a-day award. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

5 Standout stars

1. Kobe Bryant-LAL: Kobe poured in 48 of the Lakers 99 points. He scored 15 of their last 17 and added 5 boards, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

2. Derrick Rose-Chi: Rose actually left this game due to injury (just for a short time), but you’d never know it from his 31 points, 11 assists, 3 boards, 2 blocks, and a steal. He led the Bulls over the T-Wolves and ran Chicago’s record to 9-2.

3. Dwyane Wade-Mia: Wade came back with a flourish playing 37 minutes and finishing with a game-high 34 points to go with 6 boards, 2 assists, 4 steals, and a block. It wasn’t enough to push Miami past the Warriors, but Wade appears to be healthy and rejuvenated from his time off.

4. Stephen Jackson-Mil: Jackson helped the Bucks stay perfect at home as they held on to beat the Spurs behind his 34 points, 8 Assists, and a rebound.

5. Al Jefferson-Uta: Jefferson had 30 points in just 37 minutes agains the Cavs. He added 12 boards, 3 assists, and 2 blocks to help the Jazz stay perfect at home and bring their overall record to 6-3.

5 Multi-category contributors

1. LeBron James-Mia: LeBron finished with 26 points, 11 boards, 7 assists, and 2 steals in 43 minutes against Golden States.

2. Russell Westbrook-OKC: Westbrook found his shot early against Memphis this time and finished with 30 points, 6 boards, 4 assists, and a block as he helped the Thunder to a 9-2 record.

3. Kevin Durant-OKC: Durant only shot 7-20 from the field but finished with 22 points, 11 boards, 4 assists, and a block.

4. Tim Duncan-SA: Duncan contributed 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal, but the Spurs still fell short in Milwaukee.

5. Marc Gasol-Mem: Gasol had a huge game going for 20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks. His shot was back after a tough night in LA against his brother and he’s great for numbers in pts, reb, and blocks going forward. 

5 Double-Double’s to notice

1. Kevin Love-Min: K-love had 20 points and 13 rebounds with 2 assists, but shot just 5-18 against Chicago las night as the T-Wolves fell just short.

2. David Lee-GS: Lee had 20 points, 14 boards, 3 assists, and 4 steals while playing a huge 48 minutes against Miami.

3. Elton Brand-Phi: Brand had 21 points on an efficient 10-14 shooting with 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks in his best game of the season.

4. Luol Deng-Chi: Deng had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists to help the Bulls beat the Wolves.

5. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin had 18 points, 12 boards, a steal, and 2 assists as he was held at bay, for the most part, in Portland while the Clip-ship fell to 4-3.

5 Bigs playing large

1. Antawn Jamison-Cle: Jamison had 22 points, 7 board, an assist, a steal, and 2 blocks against the Jazz in Utah. Cleveland still slipped below .500 though as they fell to 4-5.

2.Marcin Gortat-Phx: Gortat had 16 points to lead the Suns and added a team-high 12 rebounds as well. The rest of his team struggled in La-la land, but Gortat played well.

3. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol had almost the exact same line as Gortat. They both shot 7-13 for 16 points, had 12 boards with 4 on the offensive ens and 2 assists. The only difference was Gortat had 1 TO and Gasol had 3 and Pau had 1 foul while Marcin had 2. Oh yeah, one other thing-Pau had this guy named Kobe on his team.

4. Paul Millsap-Uta: Millsap fouled out of the Jazz game last night but had made 9-10 from the field for 19 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and added a block before exiting after playing just 26 minutes.

5. DeMarcus Cousins-Sac: Boogie finished with17 points, 10 boards, an assist, and 2 blocks. He isn’t getting enough help from the rest of the Kings to make them competitive though right now, especially on the road.

5 Point guards dishing out assists

1. Ricky Rubio-Min: Although Like Ridnour played a great game in the starting lineup, Rubio came off the bench with 12 assists, 13 points, 4 steals and 4 rebounds.

2. Tony Parker-SA: Parker had 22 points and 8 assists with 2 rebounds against the Bucks but also had 7 turnovers.

3. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings went head-to-head with Parker and finished with 15 points and 11 assists, 2 steals, a block, and a rebound.

4. Mike Conley-Mem: Conley finished with 10 dimes while scoring 15 points, snagging 3 steals, and corralling 5 boards.

5. Jrue Holiday-Phi: Holiday continued his strong multi-category work with 17 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals as the Sixers rolled over the Kings.

5 Scorers

1. Monta Ellis-GS: Ellis fired up 25 shots but finished with 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block to help Golden State past Miami.

2. Andrea Bargnani-Tor: Bargnani finished with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists as the Raptors become the first team to lose to Washington.

3. Dirk Nowitzki-Dal: In just an ugly game, the Mavs rolled easily over the short-handed Pistons in Detroit. Dirk’s game was anything but ugly as he played 28 minutes while hitting 9-10 shots for 18 points to go with 7 boards, an assist, and a straigh-up impressive +/- of +42.

4. Nate Robinson-GS: Robinson came off the bench for the Warriors but played 36 minutes in Stephen Curry’s absence and finished with an electrifying 24 points, with 2 3′s, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 5 assists. While Curry’s out he’ll have fleeting value, but Steph is reportedly close to returning.

5. Rashard Lewis-Was: Lewis came off the bench for Washington, and maybe it motivated him since he came in and led the Wiz in scoring with 15 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, and a rebound.

5 Strugglers

1. DeMar DeRozan-Tor: DeRozan’s shooting woes continue with a 4-16 night although he finished with 11 points, 3 steals, and 4 rebounds

2. Boris Diaw-Cha: He shot 2-14 and finished with just 4 points although he added 8 rebounds 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

3. Grant Hill-Phx: Hill took 12 shots but made only 1. He finished with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

4. Carlos Boozer-Chi: Boozer shot just 3-10 from the field and finished with 7 points, 6 boards, and an assist against Minnesota.

5. J.J. Hickson-Sac: I still like his prospects long term while Chuck Hayes is out but last nights 1-5 shooting with 3 points isn’t going to help him earn more time. He only added 6 rebounds and no other peripheral stats which isn’t helping your fantasy team much at all.

5 To keep an eye on

1. Spencer Hawes-Phi: left after reinjuring his lower back after just 11 minutes. He had 0 points, 3 assists, and 2 blocks before he left. When he’s in he’s played great, but make sure he’s going to play before starting him

2. Andrew Bynum-LA: Bynum’s numbers have dropped off since he came back with a bang. Ht’s still getting the minutes, but Kobe’s taking the shots. He’ll post monster numbers from time-to-time, but they’ll also be games like last night’s 12 points, 2 blocks, and 8 boards. He’s someone I’d try and target in a trade if his owner thinks he’s trending down and undervalues him.

3. Jordan Hill-Hou: Hill has been inconsistent as his playing time has gone up and down all year but he had a very nice game last night with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He’s available in 99.7 percent of leagues and if his playing time evens out his production could as well.

4. Josh Howard-Uta: Howard had 17 points off the bench in 26 minutes for the Jazz. He added 3 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal. If the minutes are there for Howard the production will follow but right now it looks like Utah’s content to leave him on the bench. If that changes, you’ll want to add him quickly.

5. Jan Vesely-Was: Vesely has only played 2 NBA games but he’s making an impact. He played 9 minutes his first game then 16 last night. He hasn’t missed a shot yet going just 3-3 but showing he’s not going to take dumb shots (why is everybody looking at his teammate Jordan Crawford?). He finished yesterday with 5 steals, 4 points, an assist, and 2 rebounds. He’s not somebody to run out and add, but keep an eye on his minutes. If he plays enough, he could be a helpful piece to fill out your stats.

5 Additions you should think about

1. Chandler Parsons-Hou: Parsons made his 2nd NBA start last night. In his first, he played well, but wasn’t hitting shots. Last night that all changed as he hit 9-16 to lead Houston with 20 points to go with 7 boards and a steal. He’ll have value as long as he keeps starting in scoring, steals and rebouding. He’s owned in just 0.0% of leagues.

2. Evan Turner-Phi: Turner almost had a triple-double off the bench for the Sixers with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and a steal. He’s only owned in 18.5% of leagues and plays tonight against the Knicks which could be a big game if he gets time on the floor.

3. Kawhi Leonard-SA: Leonard has found different ways to help the Spurs playing over 30 minutes in the last 2 games. On Sunday he had 13 points and 10 boards for his first double-double, and last night he poured in 19 points with 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. His minutes need to stay high for him to hold his value but he’s only owned in .2% of leagues right now.

4. Marreese Speights-Mem: Speights has already found his way to the starting lineup for the Grizz. He finished last night with only 10 points and 1 rebound and 2 steals, but if he gets the starters minutes he’ll be worth having until Zach Randolph returns. He’s available in 95 % of leageus

5. Kyle Korver-Chi: Korver continues to be a valued scorer/shooter off the bench. Last night he made 5-6 including all 3 3′s he show and finished with 13 points, a block, steal, rebound, and 2 assits. His value will take a hit when Rip Hamilton returns, but for now his numbers make his addable since he’s only owned in 8.8% of leagues and he plays tonight against Washington.

Topics: Dwyane Wade, Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy Basketball Additions, Fantasy Basketball Advice, Injury Update, Kobe Bryant, NBA Recap, Waiver Wire

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