This news is “turrible” if you’re Charles Barkley, but “terrible” if you’re the rest of us: Mo Williams will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a sprained shoulder. Oy vey! I don’t think that people who don’t own Williams realize how valuable of a fantasy baller he really is. Think of the fact that he’s 3rd in the league in threes made (97), 5th in FT% at 89.6 percent, and in the Top 10 among point guards in scoring (16.9) and assists (5.1). It’s a tough loss! He’s not Jason Terry, a guy who he’s typically compared to. He’s better. It’s going to be a tough loss for the Cavs, but possibly even tougher for fantasy owners to rebound from.
So where do they, and you, go from here?
Go Delonte West, young man. In Thursday’s game against the Lakers West was slotted into the starting lineup. He had a mediocre line — 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 43 minutes — but it’s easy to give him a pass on this one. I’m not sure how well I would do if I was called upon at the last-minute to try to shut down the Laker backcourt on national t.v. I probably would have posted the same exact line as West. Though, I’m a pretty damn good shooter. Might I have outscored him? OK, everyone relax. Enough about me… I would pick up West in most/all formats.
Daniel “boobie/debbie” Gibson is another guy to loo
k at. He too was limited last night with just 3 points and 2 assists in 20 minutes, but in deep leagues you should look at Gibby. He’s one of the top 3-point shooting guards in the league at 47.4 percent. He’s not a 12-team add, but in 18-team leagues you can now look to Gibson for some 3-point value.
J.J. Hickson should really excel now that Mo Williams is out… nah, I’m kidding. But in his first game without Williams calling the shots Hickson posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 25 minutes. You have to watch for Anderson Varejao, but right now Hickson looks like a nice deep add as well.
Andrew Bynum had some trouble dealing with the Shaq-tus. Bynum went for just 7 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. That’s almost an identical line to the 8 and 8 he posted the night before against Dwight Howard. Yeah, I know, tough matchups. But who among us isn’t worried about Bynum? He’s got one of the best power forwards in the game clogging up the paint and a terrific rebounding sixth man in Lamar Odom.
Eric Gordon (toe) did not play against the Nuggets. There’s no word on whether it was the big toe and it was at the market. What we do know is that he’s day-to-day.
Al Thornton was back in the starting lineup for the Clips and wasted the opportunity. He his just 2-of-7 shots and fouled out in 18 minutes. Booooring. Rasual Butler was moved to the bench, yet came in for 35 minutes. He too bored me as he shot 1-of-5 from the floor.
Craig Smith, best name in basketball, actually led the Clippers in scoring with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Like this guy. Like him now that Blake Griffin is no longer coming back. I would give him a look.
Thirteen games on the schedule for Friday night. Luckily we gave Jeff the night off.
Remember, Brandon Roy is out and Kevin Garnett is questionable.