Throughout the preseason and two and a half months into the regular season, the fine writers here at Damn Lies & Statistics have asked for your trust and respect, and in return you would be rewarded with obscure references, bad puns and funny photo captions. It’s a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one.
But wait. I forgot one other thing we are supposed to provide: fantasy knowledge. My bosses tell me that’s the important part, no matter how fun it is to Google “The Situation”. Luckily, Tom, Greg and I instinctively drop hoops advice on the public as if we came out of the womb checking the waiver wire on a (really small and slimy) laptop. So I’m glad to toot my own horn and point to the recent excellent production out of Randy Foye. In each of my last two Rotoexperts Waiver Wire columns, as well as a recent Damn Lies post, I’ve warned readers of a coming Foye awesomepocalypse in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas shenanigans.
A young Jeff Andriesse checks one of his fantasy basketball teams in 1975.
In retrospect I wish I was a little stronger in my recommendation for Foye, who is averaging 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 threes in the last four games. He’s the 10th-ranked player in Yahoo! over the last week. He dropped a 20-5-10 on the Pistons last night. And he’s still only owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.
The Wizards are a stone cold mess and lost at home to bumbling Detroit, but Foye is emerging from the wreckage here. And if either Antawn Jamison or Caron Butler gets traded, he could be even better (as in, worse: more shots, but worse shooting percentage and turnovers). Hopefully you grabbed Foye before everyone else.
Now back to the obscure references and bad puns…
Grizzlies Rain on Clippers’ Parade
Down 12 in the third quarter when a water main broke and triggered the FedExForum’s sprinkler system, the Grizzlies came back to defeat a soaked Clipper team, 104-102. The real shame was that we didn’t get to see Chris Kaman‘s hair under these circumstances. Kaman hurt his back in pregame warmups and is very questionable for Wednesday pending the results of a (gulp) MRI. Baron Davis needed to be doused some more after finishing with a triple-double (27-12-12) with five steals. Memphis is now 19-18, and teams around the league are scrambling to see if they can borrow Allen Iverson for a few games before releasing him in hopes of turning their season around.
Lakers Player/GM Hurting
Kobe Bryant, the league’s only player/GM, sat out the fourth quarter of a loss to the Spurs last night with back spasms. Kobe claims he’ll play on Wednesday at Dallas, but he is dealing with numerous injuries this season and could use a week or two off. With Pau Gasol already out, expect Kobe to see the potential to hoist 35 shots as the elixir he needs to get out of bed just before gametime, trade Andrew Bynum, and step on the floor against the Mavs.
Attention K-Mart Shoppers
Kings guard Kevin Martin could return by Friday to the lineup, just in time to ruin the team’s chemistry and confidence, butt heads with upstart Tyreke Evans, and send Sacramento on a downward spiral for another month or so prior to Martin getting traded for 30 cents on the dollar. The Kings, perhaps sensing the impending doom, got spanked by Orlando at home last night, 109-88. There was no one to handle Dwight Howard (30-16-5, 3 stl, 3 blk), and Evans (5-16) and the entire team for that matter (34.9 FG% for game) couldn’t shoot straight. Watch Orlando go on a run here sans Vince Carter. You just watch.
Second straight start for Jonas Jerebko, who is averaging 14.0 points and 8.0 boards in last two. Pistons are tinkering and desperate. He could benefit if Tayshaun Prince (day-to-day) is out much longer. Either way, playing time is earned.
What can Brown do for you?
Playing as well as anyone in fantasy right now is Stephen Jackson. He had 43 points last night against the defensively suffocating Rockets swingmen, and is officially off the charts since being traded to Charlotte: 21.1 points, 5.2 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.6 steals, 86.3 FT%. And since the ‘Cats have actually been winning lately with Jax chucking away, you have to give Jackson some props for his play or at least his injection of confidence into a dead franchise. More likely, Larry Brown is pushing the right buttons. Even Boris Diaw (19-7-6, 3 blocks last night) is coming around. Now if Tyson Chandler ever gets going… nah, there’ll be a better chance of an Iverson/McGrady starting backcourt in the All-Star Game.