Contributed by Mike Gallagher
Welcome back, folks. A quick update on Saturday’s games is that Jason Terry is not suspended which means Roddy Beaubois and J.J. Barea lose a bit of their luster today. It’s a bit baffling how Wall got suspended and Terry did not when Terry didn’t even make any sort of play on the ball. Oh well.
Sunday’s games are very interesting and there are 11 games, so every daily league owners that is against the ropes absolutely should have a full roster. As stated yesterday, owners need to figure out which categories they can win to seal the deal. It should be pretty obvious for those in shallow leagues to add guys on a loaded day, so here’s a look at some players that can help in deep/standard leagues:
Rip Hamilton should be owned in most leagues already, but he’s the most likely to drop 20.
Gerald Henderson hasn’t quite lived up to what we expected, but he should take care of business vs. Washington.
Nick Young should be back and is a strong start against Charlotte.
Marvin Williams has been playing better and should have no problem clearing 10 points with some other stats.
George Hill can get points, dimes, steals, and threes.
Leandro Barbosa and the Raptors are going to use the three against the Magic.
Marco Belinelli has become somewhat relevant again.
Kwame Brown has been flirting with a double-double and has played 37 MPG in the past week.
Dante Cunningham logged 39 minutes and has a decent chance of duplicating his Friday showing.
Ed Davis has lost some steam, but still has a nice upside.
Brendan Wright was huge on Friday and could be useful if K-Humph is out.
Jerryd Bayless is a must-start until further notice.
Earl Watson could approach the eight-dime range against Sacramento sans Devin.
J.J. Barea and the Mavs will likely get out and run more against the Blazers
Will Bynum started on Friday. The BQE could be back, but who knows with Kue though
Mike Bibby hit seven triples earlier in the week. He’s your man if you need a miracle.
Brandon Rush is playing 30 minutes and has the green light.
Peja Stojakovic could jump Rush with another nice game tonight.
Gary Neal and the Spurs need to win tomorrow against Phoenix.
Anthony Parker is one of the hottest players shooting the rock.
Ron Artest is surprisingly on fire and should have a nice night against Denver.
Francisco Garcia has been hit or miss, but he does bring multi-cat talent.
James Johnson has two steals in three of his last five with other stats.
Ryan Hollins had a huge game against the Heat earlier this week.
Kyrylo Fesenko was solid on Friday an is certainly someone to think about.
Good luck and as always hit me with any questions by sending an email to email@example.com.
If you follow me on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher)you can probably tell I got a fever and the only prescription is more baseball. Make sure you’re checking out FantasyBaseball.com for your info as well. Here’s a quick list of guys that have seen their values change in my book:
Kyle Drabek: Wow. I watched every pitch this kid threw today and it was seriously a KD Masterpiece. He was painting corner like Sherwin Williams and was hitting Jose Molina’s glove the entire afternoon. Yeah, he’s in the AL East, but the Jays are a much better team than people think. He should be owned for his skills and some decent run support.
Neil Walker: The Pirates have some nice young bats to go with Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. Don’t sleep on Walker as he needs to be owned.
Brandon Belt: Another young guy that has really impressed. He doesn’t look like a man with a lot of power, but his homer on Friday showed his ability to be a middle-of-the-order bat for San Fran. He can run a bit and he only hit .350-plus in the minors last year.
Kila Ka’aihue: The Kila is already on his way to becoming a well-known player in fantasy leagues with his walk-off jack from Friday. He has a ridiculous resume from the minors with a high OBP and power to match. I’m a believer and he’s on all my teams.
Logan Morrison: Logan Morrison only hit two homers last year and already cleared the fence in the Marlins’ Opening Day triumph over the Mets. Morrison can hit to all field and shouldn’t see many days on the bench with how he performs against left- and right-handed pitchers.
Cameron Maybin: Maybin’s huge homer was overshadowed by Ramon Hernandez’s walk-off and he has done nothing but step it up in this young season. Some people forget he was the main piece in the Miguel Cabrera deal and he was one of the most highly touted prospects as he made his way through the minors. His defense could impede his progression in some capacity, but the upside is there.
Jeremy Guthrie: Guthrie has a reputation around baseball for being one of the toughest luck losers around. The O’s have improved by leaps and bounds and there’s a good chance Guthrie can earn 15 wins this season. Sure, things could get ugly as the weather heats up and balls start flying out of Camden Yards which may damage his ERA. However, he should be able to keep the ball down and lead Baltimore’s young staff to a close to .500 record.
Brandon Lyon: To be frank, Lyon sucks. He was pitching BP in the ninth to the Phillies and it’s very unlikely he will be able to keep his grasp on the closer role all season. Wilton Lopez should be added in leagues where saves are gold and is on the radar in all leagues.
Thanks for reading!