Thursday night was one of the quietest nights of the season for the waiver wire, but we still had some develops that are worth your attention. Let's go through it by each game:
New York 96, Orlando 80
The big story here is that Carmelo may have slipped up saying Tyson Chandler may have a fracture in his hand.While hearing the word "fracture" can cause some trepidation, Chandler owners shouldn't overreact since he hasn't looked like a guy that is dealing with said ailment. Josh Harrellson would stand to be the winner here, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Baron Davis is running out of gas. His herniated di*k in his back may have been the primary issue to limit him to only 19 minutes that yielded five points and five boards in the win.B-Diddy is pretty much useless. However, his loss is the gain for a few Knicks players. The first player that seems to be the hottest property in the backcourt is J.R. Smith. Swish has taken 12.7 FGA per game in his last three that helped him accumulate 15.3 PPG with 2.3 3PM in that span. He also added nine dimes and did a nice job against the permeable perimeter defense of the Magic.
Iman Shumpert has fizzled out a bit as evident by his most recent nine-point, no-dime, one-trey game on Thursday night. 21 Shump Street still played 37 minutes in last night's contest and averaged 37.2 in his last five. He has the highest upside of any player in the NYK backcourt.
Toney Douglas decided to show up on Thursday with 15 points, five boards, six assists, a steal and a make from downtown in 26 minutes. This came out of nowhere and owners should just file this info away in their fantasy file cabinet.
The rest of the recap, some baseball notes and Pick-N-Roll at the bottom after the jump:
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You guys want to talk about Dwight Howard and his qualms with SVG? Well, I don't.
Big Baby Davis was productive again even with Dwight in the lineup to the tune of 15 points and seven boards in 28 minutes of action. He's made it abundantly clear he should have value sans Ryan Anderson. Anderson is reportedly expected back in four days or so, therefore owners might want to consider a player that has a higher upside beyond that time frame. As always, it depends on your situation at this late point of the year.
J.J. Redick (10 points with a trey in 39 minutes) and Jason Richardson (16 points with two triples in 37 minutes) were also beneficiaries of a missing Ryno. Although their minutes bump may have been a byproduct of the Knicks going small. I wouldn't reach out and grab either guy in shallower leagues (unless you're in a daily league looking to add guys for the light Tuesday coming up; this was mentioned at length in PNR).
Washington 94, Detroit 99
Kevin Seraphin has made me looked pretty good since I wrote about adding him on March 22nd. Yes, even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day. Kidding aside, the Frenchman had another very good game with 15 points, nine boards and two steals in 30 minutes on Thursday. He's been great and he's a must-own player until Nene and Trevor Booker make it back on the court. On the downside, I'm a little upset that Seraphin hasn't blocked a shot yet in April. He swatted 1.1 per game in just 15 MPG in February and 1.4 in his 22 MPG for March. He did also foul out for the first time in his career on Thursday. Seraphin was a bit of a hacker in his rookie year with 8.5 fouls per 48 minutes and still had 6.0 in 2012. He's clearly getting better at defense even though it's not showing up in the block cat.
Jan Vesely is still a considerable portion of the rotation for Washington with 33.4 MPG in his last five. His outing on Thursday was for 30 minutes and he turned in a line of 10 points, five boards, a steal and a block. He's a decent plug-n-play guy until Nene or Booker return.
Rodney Stuckey played in just his third game since March 19th and it was a positive one by converting 6-of-7 from the field on his way to 15 points and three assists in just 19 minutes. He was on fire before going down and owners in almost any league should consider adding him. On the flip side, Brandon Knight's value took it on the chin with only six points, one dime, a steal and two from deep in 28 minutes. I really wouldn't suggest cutting Knight given his propensity to launch threes, but if there's a hot player to grab, go for it.
Jason Maxiell put up a dub-dub with 11 and 11 in his 28 minutes. This was his second useful game in a row and is a somewhat serviceable plug-n-play big. Personally, I'm already planning on adding him in my deep-stream league on Thursday.
Boston 86, Chicago 93
Avery Bradley got the start with Ray Allen coming off the bench, however, the former top prospect in high school-- yes, over John Wall-- only could muster nine points, a dime, a steal and a three in 28 minutes. He's not really worth owning until Ray Allen's bum ankle fails him again.
Brandon Bass has been quietly humming along and post a solid 15 points, five boards, a block and three swipes in 34 minutes. He hyperextended his knee and was able to play through it. His last five are certainly alluring in competitive leagues: 33.8 MPG, 14.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG and 0.8 BPG. He's also made Greg Stiemsma unownable. Or is it he has no ownability? Gotta love making up fantasy words.
Derrick Rose is reportedly ready to play on Sunday. While C.J. Watson had a big fantasy night, it's not worth discussing.
Los Angeles Clippers 93, Sacramento 85
Caron Butler kept his groove with a productive game of 14 points, three boards, a steal and two triples in 28 minutes. Tuff Juice is coming off a monster 28-point, four-trey game, but he's still a guy I wouldn't consider adding in shallower formats. There's just not enough upside.
Randy Foye has a little more luster for fantasy purposes and he wasn't too shabby on Thursday with 20 points, six boards a three in 34 minutes. He has more upside and can fill up the stat sheet on his big nights. The Villanova Wildcat has made 18 3PM in his last five games.
I've got multiple questions about cutting Jason Thompson every day for the past week and on almost every one of them I said not to cut the Rider Bronc (told someone to cut him for Eric Gordon). J.T. proved why I was so apprehensive to let him loose with his whale of a game with 15 points, 16 boards and a block in two swats in 39 minutes. He's pretty much a must-own player until he is befallen by his ankle injury.
Marcus Thornton (calf) is still out and the picture got a bit cloudier with Francisco Garcia playing 27 minutes, scoring six, stealing three and blocking two in the loss. There's no reason to pay any attention to Cisco. The man who is the most attractive is still Terrence Williams despite only dropping 11 points in 24 minutes. The Kings get a back-to-back set on Saturday (Clippers) and Sunday (Rockets), so I'd consider using someone like T-Will in leagues where amount of moves is a factor.
I'm a huge baseball fan as well, but I don't want to step on toes of the ridiculous amount of info the baseball crew will bring. Here's what I was excited about from Thursday:
Cameron Maybin (445 feet) and Jay Bruce (440 feet) hit the two biggest bombs of the year so far. Personally, I love both of these guys and they're the only two players I have on all of my teams. For what it's worth, I know many of my Fake Teams colleagues are big Bruce fans.
Sean Marshall was dominant in his one inning. The Reds were up four, so it wasn't a save chance though. He struck out two batters and Hanley Ramirez had a little dribbler to Marshall for an easy out. I wouldn't be surprised to see him save 40 games.
Matt Kemp is a strong, strong man. He muscled a ball over the right-field wall (opposite-field shot for Kemp) in San Diego. Kemp jokingly said he's going 50-50 this year and part of me thinks he can do it. Hundley did throw him out on his first steal attempt though.
Staying with the Dodgers, Vin Scully is the man. I'm pretty sure if Scully did the WNBA, I'd watch. It's such a joy listening to him call a game and no announcer in any sport will ever match his greatness. Period.
Tommy Hanson got the loss thanks to a shaky sixth inning, but he had some good movement on his pitches and great command of his heater. I'm buying a bounce-back year for him.
Johan Santana had fantastic command in his five innings of work. Despite not even being able to crack 90 MPH, he struck out five Braves with some solid swing-and-miss stuff. He should be a decent SP3 in most formats as long as he's healthy.
Chris Perez might have lost the most value of any player from Thursday. He was knocked around for three earned on three hits and two walks. He hasn't lost his job yet, but he was tossing some very hittable pitches. Vinnie Pestano is a decent add for owners that are chasing saves.
Perez blew the hard-earned win for Justin Masterson. J-Mast struck out 10 Jays and only allowed two hits and just one walk in arguably the best pitching performance of the day.
Similarly, Carlos Marmol didn't look very good in his season debut either. He took the loss thanks to a Chad "Ginger" Tracy double and the Desmond RBI single to put the Nats up for good. Marmol gave up 12 walks in 11.2 IP last September and obviously didn't get off on the right foot on Thursday (no walks though). I'd consider trading him once he heats up a little bit.
Quick adds (players available in 50% of ESPN League): Zack Cozart (Votto behind him), Brad Lidge, Edinson Volquez, Vinnie Pestano, Erik Bedard
One other thing, DON'T SELL LOW, GUYS! It's a long season and just because Brett Lawrie went 0-for-6 doesn't mean he's a bust.
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