Welcome to the first edition of Blasts and Bombs. Every week, this column will dissect fantasy basketball and see who is blasting to the top of the rankings and those who are bombing to the bottom.
A player could be a blast because of a high shooting percentage but not have a great point per game rating while some maybe labeled a bomb because a player has 25 ppg, but doesn’t have anything else to garner a spot in your starting lineup unless you have players to do the other things.
Also, injuries are taking into account who is getting playing time and who isn’t.
Since I’m a huge Chicago Bulls fan and write for Bullshome.com, I’ll start with a blast and a bomb from Chicago and then move on to the rest of the league.
With this said, let’s get the first Blasts and Bombs started.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose–Everyone knew he would be good, but there was speculation to draft other point guards higher because of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s focus on defense. Well, the defense has played soft and has forced Rose to be a court demon, whether scoring the ball or handing it off.
Thursday against the New York Knicks, he had his second consecutive double-double with 24 points and 14 assists. He also had a steal, a rebound and high shooting percentages with 9-of-17 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the arc.
Even when Carlos Boozer comes back, Rose will continue to blast up the rankings because he’ll have more assists and still be the focus point in fast breaks.
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng–He started the season off terribly in all aspects of the game. Monday, he exploded for 40 points but then settled back down to reality on Thursday with 5-of-13 from the field for 17 points.
Although he did shoot 3-of-4 from the three-point line, but nonetheless, Deng is extremely inconsistent. In deeper leagues, he could be valuable, but if you have a guy who will score 15 ppg, grab five rebounds and get a couple assists on a nightly basis, go with him and forget about Deng.
This will be even more effective advice when Boozer comes back because he’ll be looked for even less in offensive sets.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry–Curry is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury and has missed the Warriors’ last two contests. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and he will continue to play fantastic basketball, as he was averaging 25 points and 8.5 assists in the first two games of the season.
Ankle injuries can be nagging and become a factor for entire seasons.
New York Knicks backcourt–Against the Bulls on Thursday, forward Danilo Gallinari, guard Toney Douglas and guard Raymond Felton put on a shooting clinic.
Gallinari had 21 points in the first half, going 4-of-4 from three; Douglas scored 30 points off 9-of-14 from the field, 5-of-9 from three and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Felton had a double-double with 20 points off of 4-of-6 from the three-point line and 10 assists.
Douglas scored in double digits each of the Knicks four games this season as well as adding numbers to the box score in rebounds, assists and steals.
Felton and Douglas are made for Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s system and are proving it. Gallinari has been suffering from a wrist injury so I’m not as high on him as the other two.
Felton is probably not available to pick up on waiver wires, but Douglas is only owned in 3 percent of leagues.
Detroit Pistons Guard Rodney Stuckey–Pistons coach John Keuster and Stuckey had harsh words for each other which will probably affect Stuckey’s playing time and effort.
The Pistons can put points on the board, but a bad defense loses them every game as they enter Friday with a 0-5 record. Backup point guard Will Bynum sat out Wednesday’s game because of a tender right hamstring, so the Pistons are relying on Tracy McGrady to orchestrate the back court.
Stay away from starting any players on Detroit’s roster except for Tayshaun Prince, who has his name all over the box score every game, and Ben Gordon, who has been shooting the lights out.