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Fantasy Basketball Box Score Breakouts: Feb. 3, ‘10

February 4th, 2010

Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.


Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets

Humphries had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. He’s averaging 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last five games.


Antoine Wright, Toronto Raptors

Wright had18 points and 7 rebounds. He gets a short-term boost with Hedo Turkoglu out.


Jarrett Jack, Toronto Raptors

Jose Calderon (ankle) is banged up again. Jack took advantage with 17 points and 9 assists.

Sonny Weems, Toronto Raptors

Weems had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-riddled Raptors. He’s a bit too inconsistent for my tastes.

Nick Young and Andray Blatche, Washington Wizards

Young had 15 points while Blatche chipped in with 14 of his own. They did little else combining for 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.



Nate Robinson, New York Knicks

Nate continues to play great. He had 23 points and 8 assists for the Knicks last night. He’s averaging 14.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in his last five games.


Marcus Thornton, New Orleans Hornets

Thornton did it again. This time he dropped 22 points with 6 assists. He’s averaging 19.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.6 three-pointers in his last five games.


Eddie House, Boston Celtics

House had 16 points as Paul Pierce was  held out with a sprained foot. Not a bad game, but don’t rush out and get him. He’s just not worth it.


Drew Gooden, Dallas Mavericks

Gooden had 16 points and four rebounds. You must consider his opponent (Golden State) though.


Wesley Matthews, Utah Jazz

Matthews had 16 points for the Jazz. He’s a daily league fill-in at best.


DeJuan Blair, San Antonio Spurs

Blair’s been kinda quiet lately, but broke out with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He’s averaging 10.0 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five games.


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National Signing Day: Les Miles Makes Big Statement With LSU Recruiting Class

February 4th, 2010

As National Signing Day approached some Tiger fans were looking for something to hold on to.  After the fabled ‘Ole Miss Debacle’ LSU fans have been divided into two ardent and increasingly angry camps.


One camp angrily says LSU has driven the wheels off of the Porsche Nick Saban left behind and the ‘lucky’ magic has all been pulled out of the mythical mad hat.


The other camp—upset with all the negativity—says LSU will be just fine.  The problems that tanked the 2008 and lingered through the 2009 season have been corrected and bigger brighter days lie ahead.


As out of state recruits Justin Hunter, Mike Davis and Cassius Marsh decommitted from LSU and decided to play their college football closer to home the anti-Miles crowd kicked into full meltdown mode flooding websites like and Bengal Insider with warnings of doom.


Proof positive, said many that national recruits no longer had faith in Les Miles and now LSU would be unable to compete for other top replacements.


When rumors surfaced that J.C. ‘Ego’ Ferguson and J.C. Copeland were considering making the switch to LSU it was thought to be a joke.


None of the major recruiting services projected either of these players or Jarrett Fobbs—the four star wide receiver who was committed to Texas A&M—to sign with LSU.


Yet, on National Signing Day, even as ESPN’s Todd McShay was criticizing LSU and Les Miles for falling off in talent—a story segment that was obviously planned prior to Wednesday and not adjusted to cover the actual ‘news’ of the day—these three players along with Kadron Boone, who was expected to sign with the Tigers, surprised the college football world and helped elevate this forgotten and underrated class as high as top five according to some recruiting services.


It undoubtedly has to be considered a big win for Les Miles and his staff.  Despite a down year for Louisiana talent—only one ‘elite’ five star recruit in the state—coming off of two somewhat disappointing years and mired in criticism from his own fan base Miles was able to sign a very exciting group of athletes.


The 2010 class includes:


Spencer Ware 5 Star RB (5-11, 225) Cincinnati, Oh                                              

Spencer headlines a great group of incoming ball carriers and reminds me of a Mark Ingram downhill bruiser with great slashing ability.


Zach Lee 4 Star QB (6’5” 200) McKinney,Tx

Zach had more than 20 offers and has a huge upside at quarterback.  Look for Lee to be Jefferson’s successor in 2012


J. R. Ferguson 4 Star DE (6'3", 272) Hargrave Military Academy

Ferguson gives depth to LSU’s depleted depth chart on the defensive side and could be a super star for the Tigers in coming years.


James Wright 4 Star WR (6'3", 185) Belle Chase, La.     

Some consider James a 5 Star player and he may have a opportunity to see significant playing time early at LSU.


Armand Williams 3 Star WR (6'3", 185) Slidell, La.

This kid may the most underrated player in the nation.  He runs a 4.45, has a confirmed 41” vertical and as a champion and Olympic quality long jumper he has posted jumps just 5” inches off of the World’s record.  In the mold of Brandon LaFell—who was also an underrated three star recruit—expect Williams to do great things in Purple and Gold.


Eric Reid 4 Star DB (6’2” 200) Geismar, La.

Eric’s recruitment came down to the wire and many feared a signing day disappointment for this physically gifted athlete but the fax rang at 1:54pm and Tiger fans sighed in reid-lief.


4 Star Jakhari Gore, 3 Star Alfred Blue, and 3 Star Brandon Worle round out a great haul in the backfield for Les Miles and Frank Wilson, who replaced Larry Porter as running backs coach.


Billy Gonzales, the Tigers new wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator has to be thrilled with 4 Star Kadron Boone and 4 Star Jarrett Fobbs to go along with Wright and Williams. 


In addition, 4 Star Travis Dickson, 3 Star Cameron Fordham and 3 Star Nick Jacobs give Gonzales three more big and athletic Tight Ends to work with.


On defense, John ‘The Chief’ Chavis welcomes a number of super talented athletes that include 4 Star DE Ken Adams, 4 Star DB Tyrann Mathieu, 4 Star DE Jordan Allen, 4 Star OL Evan Washington, 4 Star LB Ronnie Vinson, 4 Star LB Justin Maclin, 4 Star DB Tharold Simon, etc…


For a complete list of LOI signers check out Dandy Don’s :


On balance, National Signing Day may not lessen the divide in the two camps and LSU fans may still have reasons for concern when looking back on the last two years.


What is clear, however, is that LSU is miles away from declining in talent.  ESPN and Todd McShay might want to go back and revisit their ‘live’ coverage because the Tigers will welcome one of the most talented and athletic classes in the country.


After last year’s top rated class and looking at next year’s class that may already be one of the best groups the country has ever seen grouped in one state, LSU fans have to be excited about the Tigers’ future.


The question Miles’ detractors might want to ask is whether one second in Oxford really defines a tenure that includes a 52 wins (.776), an SEC and National Championship and at least three top-five recruiting classes or is there a little magic left in the Mad Hatter?


I think the Mad Hatter’s camp got a little more crowded today.

Jose Reyes Is Ready To Run: Will He and Wright Run The Mets In 2010?

February 3rd, 2010

Jose Reyes has declared himself ready for the start of the 2010 season and seems excited to put on a show this spring and summer.

The Mets desperately missed Jose Reyes during his lengthy absence last season after only 36 games, both his speed and his energy.

It did affect all of the Mets but of all the Mets players, David Wright was probably the most affected by the absence of his good friend and infield partner.

There were reports that there was friction between them this season when it was apparent that what Reyes had been doing to treat his leg was not working, but time will tell if things will be back to normal with these young stars.

Wright picked up much of Reyes' slack on the base paths, as he was the team's stolen base leader, which did neutralize some of the criticism of his drop in HR production.  He actually managed to swipe four bases against the Giants in one game—something that Reyes has yet to accomplish.

Carlos Beltran will miss at least the first month of the season and Carlos Delgado will likely not be on the Mets at all in 2010, so this team will likely be led by Wright, Reyes, Santana, and Rodriguez.

The addition of Jason Bay to the lineup and the probable emergence of both Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Murphy as everyday players should help Reyes and Wright both on and off the field.

A lot of the Mets will be monitored closely this season, but Jose Reyes and David Wright, if healthy, should be watched closer as they are the apparent future of this team.

Fantasy Basketball Box Score Breakouts-George Hill, Jared Jeffries Shine

February 2nd, 2010

Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.

George Hill, San Antonio Spurs
Hill had 17 points with four assists filling in for Tony Parker. He’s a decent short-term option.

DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
Jordan had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, but hasn’t been productive enough to add.

Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Gibson had 14 points and six assists. He’s been solid filling in for Mo Williams.

Jarvis Hayes, New Jersey Nets
Hayes had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Nets. Until he proves he can repeat this kind of performance, don’t bother with him.

Luther Head, Indiana Pacers
Luther had 15 points with three three-pointers. He was playing well earlier in the year, but isn’t worthy of a roster spot right now.

Antoine Wright, Toronto Raptors
Wright had a decent game with 15 points and six rebounds. He’s played decent in his last three games and is worth monitoring.

J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic
Redick had 17 points last night. He’s a decent source of points and three-pointers in daily leagues.

Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons
Jerebko had 16 points and nine rebounds. He’s been slow of late, but is worth keeping an eye on.

Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks
Jeffries really stuffed the box score with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks, and three three-pointers. He’s really become a poor man’s Shane Battier.

Ryan Hollins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Hollins had 16 points, but the seven footer managed just three rebounds against the Knicks. He added three blocks. It was his second strong game, but I’m not comfortable adding him yet.

Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thabo had 14 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Other than those steals he’s been pretty ordinary lately.

Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
Hill had 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Looks like his heel isn’t bothering him anymore.

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Week 15 Pickups

February 1st, 2010


Week 15 (Feb. 1-7)

Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New Orleans, Portland, Sacramento, Washington

Teams playing three games: Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah

Teams playing two games: Minnesota

George Hill (Spurs)- Tony Parker is expected to miss several games due to an ankle injury. Hill has averaged 15.6 points and 3.6 assists over his past five games. He also has played in at least 31 minutes in six of his past seven games.

Nicolas Batum (Blazers)- Batum has played in at least 26 minutes in his past three games. He is coming back from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.

Antoine Wright (Raptors)- Wright has 28 points, 11 rebounds and six three-pointers over his past two games. He has received more playing time due to injuries in the rotation.

Ryan Hollins (Timberwolves)- Hollins has started the past two games and has 35 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals. He played 29 and 30 minutes in these games and could remain in the startling lineup for a little bit longer.

Honorable mention: Jarvis Hayes (Nets)

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