Welcome back to Blasts and Bombs for the weekly rise and fall of the NBA players who make and break your shot to own friends and co-workers in fantasy basketball.
This week recognition is given to Portland Trailblazer’s LaMarcus Aldridge for his All-Star level play and big fantasy numbers, as well as, a few up and coming players most wouldn’t expect the type of production from.
Plus, injury woes continue to hurt fantasy rosters.
Let’s start this week with Aldridge.
I wanted to make sure everyone knows Aldridge is putting up HUGE numbers, so, he was added to the introduction. This man is playing basketball reminiscent to a in-his-prime Kevin Garnett as has become a bigger name than Brandon Roy in Portland. One reason could be because of Roy’s constant injuries or the fact Aldridge is leading the Blazers to victories with a less-than-spectacular supporting cast.
He is the 21st best fantasy player, averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds and a block a game. Aldridge is definitely owned in every league, as he should be. If he is not on your team and you do not own a Pau Gasol or Amare Stoudemire, trade for him. In his last 12 games, he’s scored under 20 once–he had 19–and has 10 or more rebounds in seven of those games.
The Charlotte Bobcats’ D.J. Augustin has made me eat last week’s statement of every player on the Bobcats is a waste of a waiver move. He is playing great while the Bobcats continue to add a new player to the injury list everyday and Stephen Jackson builds houses with all of his brick three balls.
Since the beginning of 2011, he is averaging 18 points, eight assists, a steal and two made three-pointers a game. In my league, I dropped the Houston Rockets’ Aaron Brooks for Augustin and it has payed off because he averages five points and four assists more than Brooks.
Again, he is probably owned in every league as well, but if you don’t own Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook, find a way to trade for Augustin.
One Bobcat goes up while another goes down. Tyrus Thomas will be out for two months to rehabilitate a torn meniscus in his left knee. Thomas wasn’t a huge producer for most of the season, but he was coming on as of late scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds Jan. 12 against the Chicago Bulls.
He will come back before the regular season is over, but by that time the Bobcats probably stop playing if the spree of injuries continues. I recommend dropping Thomas for a guy who averages 7-8 rebounds and a block or two a game.
The New York Knicks’ coach Mike D’Antoni said he is going back to a big starting lineup, which means Wilson Chandler will come off of the bench. This is disappointing to Chandler owners because he has been putting up great numbers as a starter, averaging a little more than 15 points and 6 rebounds a game.
He started the season coming off of the bench, but he didn’t get in full NBA stride until he was added to the head as the small forward. This move might help the Knicks, but it won’t help fantasy rosters.
After watching the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki wobble around and cringe in pain Thursday against the Bulls, I’d be very cautious to starting him. He just returned from a nine-game layoff with a knee injury and doesn’t look 60 percent more a less 100 percent.
I have him on my team and have benched him for the Boston Celtics’ Glen Davis, which isn’t a great substitute, but I know he’ll play 30 minutes. Dirk could fall to the floor at any time, unless he continues to back away similar to what he did when Rose attacked the basketball on Thursday.