Humphries worth a look in Jersey
The New Jersey Nets finally got their fourth win Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, in large part due to some major contributions off the bench from power forward Kris Humphries. We've all known for a while that Humphries is talented, but lately he's getting the chance to prove it. He finished with 25 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night, and is now averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in just 25.6 minutes in his past five games.
He doesn't do much else in terms of fantasy; he doesn't block many shots and probably won't pick up many steals, either. On the putrid Nets, who have little to play for if not the exploration of young talent, Humphries is worth keeping an eye on anyway if his minutes keep creeping up. If Yi Jianlian can slide over to small forward on occasion, and Humphries continues his good play, the Nets could find themselves with a pretty interesting frontcourt to explore for the rest of the season. Either way, if you're looking for points and rebounds, Humphries is a guy to put on your watch list in the coming weeks.
Andrew Bynum, Lakers: 27 points (12-14 FG), 12 rebounds against the Pacers.|
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 21 points (11-11 FT), 27 rebounds, 6 assists versus the Hawks.
Chris Paul, Hornets: 38 points (14-19 FG, 9-9 FT), 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals against the Warriors.
Ron Artest, Lakers: 2 points (1-6 FG), 2 rebounds against the Pacers.|
Shane Battier, Rockets: 2 points (1-7 FG), 5 rebounds versus the Nuggets.
Mike Bibby, Hawks: No points (0-7 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist in 27 minutes against the Spurs.
The game between the Raptors and the New York Knicks on Thursday night should feature plenty of offense and little resistance. The last time the two teams met, they combined for 216 points, the Raptors put six guys in double figures, and the Knicks had three players score at least 25. If you own someone mediocre on one of these teams, now is the time to get him into the lineup. On the other hand, the game between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic should be quite the opposite. Neither team has broken 86 points in either of their two meetings this season. You may want to go ahead and bench Kendrick Perkins, who will have all he can handle in defending Dwight Howard. I might also think about benching Jameer Nelson if I have a better option or are watching your games played; Rajon Rondo is a pest, and Nelson struggled mightily against a much worse Grizzlies defense on Monday. Finally, Grant Hill is questionable for the Phoenix Suns' contest against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, and fantasy teams should consider this an opportunity to get the underrated Jared Dudley into their lineups, at least for one more night.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.