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Well hello ladies. Tick-tock goes the clock as you make that final playoff push. If you are in a roto league, keep streaming to make sure you maximize your games started. Good luck.
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Studs & Duds
Ersan Ilyasova – My fuckin boy. Ilyasova, along with Anthony Morrow, has been my official late round flyer for years. He is a pretty talented kid who is always a solid start when an injury opens up minutes and increases his usage. The stars have aligned and Ersan has been killing it, shooting .588 in March and nearly averaging a steal, block, and trey a game. He got embarrassed by Kris Humphries recently and has been fairly inconsistent in the past, but I feel somewhat safe relying on Ilyasova heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Andre Iguodala – Iggy is really a unique player, but he has been putting up serious numbers this season. I would like more blocks, but the dude is a constant triple double threat. Hopefully he can maintain this shooting stroke.
Serge Ibaka – Last week was just Ibaka being Ibaka. He averaged 4.5 blocks a game and even had a 20 rebound performance. His minutes are safe and, as usual, he will singlehandedly win you blocks. Pimp.
Goran Dragic – Kyle Lowry owners are left to masturbate using their own tears as lubrication, while the lucky fool who picked up Goran is living the dream. Dragic is taking the reins as Lowry will miss two-to-four weeks with a bacterial infection. Goran has done very well as a starter in the past and did serious work this weekend. If he is still available in your league, pick him up ASAP.
Kyle Korver – Luol Deng is missing some time, as expected, and Kyle Korver has been the benefactor. I like both Korver and Ronnie Brewer when they see extra minutes. He didn’t do anything too crazy besides the 26 point, seven rebound, six assist effort against Utah. However, we learned something and if injuries strike da Bulls, feel free to roll with Korver
Honorable Mentions – James Harden, Nikola Pekovic, Paul George, Antawn Jamison, Wes Johnson
Kevin Martin – Well injuries are haunting K-Mart once again and to make matters worse, he is still in Kevin Mchale’s doghouse. Houston has surprising depth at SG/SF. Unless Martin gets healthy and catches fire, he could be very unreliable going forward.
Danilo Gallinari – Gallo has been back for a couple games now and recently returned to the starting lineup. He hasn’t been able to shake off the rust quite yet, but you have to be patient here.
Nicolas Batum/Wesley Matthews – The Trailblazers are blowing recently and Batum has cooled off considerably. He was a top ten player last month. The numbers haven’t been terrible and I expect him to pick it up. Wesley Matthews has lost his deep stroke and is slacking off on the defensive end. Both guys are very talented and you have to assume it is simply the fact that Portland sucks and the coach will probably get fired. Everyone goes through ups and downs, so keep the faith and assume they will pull it together.
Darren Collison – Oh man, Collison what happened buddy? Last week, he shot like shit from the field and the line, saw a huge drop in assists and rebounds, and turned the ball over like a madman. Pacers coach Frank Vogel has said he will stick with Collison, but he also said the thought of starting George Hill has come to mind. Speak of the devil, Hill came back from a bum shoulder to play a solid 24 minutes this Tuesday. I think Collison will bounce back but he will lose minutes to Hill moving forward.
Hedo Turkoglu – Not even factoring in the fact that Hedo was suspended a game for bumping into the ref, he has been mediocre recently. The assists are there, but I get the impression that this Turkish wonder is running out of steam.
Michael Beasley – The guy hasn’t sniffed twenty minutes a single time this month and will now miss some time with a toe injury. Kobe Bryant could get half of his toes accidentally amputated and he wouldn’t miss the next quarter. Beasley is probably droppable in all leagues as long as there is a decent backup plan.
Carlos Delfino – Scott Skiles has to be losing patience with Delfino as he has been cold for ages now. He has a solid shot and it will come out eventually, but with the playoffs approaching you should really look for a more reliable option if you need to make a push.
The trade deadline is this Thursday so keep on the news and make sure you take advantage of injuries and monitor the minutes of team rotations.
-There have been a number of mid-level dudes that have really been stepping it up. Those in shallower leagues should take a look at the wire for Evan Turner, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Foye, and Chandler Parsons.
-Poor Ricky Rubio has a boo-boo, but Luke Ridnour sees a huge boost in value as a result. He has been quietly putting up serviceable numbers all season but should really start to do work with Rubio out of the picture.
–Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson were traded to the Warriors, with Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh heading to the Bucks. Whoa nelly. I think Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush see a nice boost in value with Golden State, while Monta should continue to do his thing (though his value takes a slight hit). Unfortunately those who scooped Udoh as a serviceable center have to look for another option as he won’t be a huge factor in his new home.
–Jason Richardson is dealing with an ankle injury and J.J. Redick is my go-to player as usual.
Good luck this week and feel free to tweet at your boy for any questions or advice @HisDudenessOfNY.