Redick, Anderson step up for Carter
Vince Carter injured his toe in the second minute of Sunday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets, leaving a scoring-gap that'll likely be filled by two young sharpshooters. Ryan Anderson was an assassin off the bench for the Orlando Magic this weekend, scoring 19 points on both Friday and Sunday, with averages of 3.5 3s and seven rebounds. With Rashard Lewis being relegated to role-player status, Anderson has already become a rotation player with strong 3-point skills this season for the Magic, and his stock increases with VC sidelined. J.J. Redick followed up his solid effort of 14 points and two 3s in 26 minutes Friday with 23 points (8-for-15 shooting), eight assists, seven rebounds and three 3s Sunday filling in for Carter. He sees the biggest bump in value, and if Carter is set to miss any significant time, Redick will put up start-worthy numbers in more than just the 3-point department.
Dwight Howard, Magic: 24 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals, 6-for-7 FG, 12-for-16 FT Friday.|
Danny Granger, Pacers: 44 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 3s, 2 steals and a block Friday.
Brook Lopez, Nets: 37 points (14-for-17 FG, 9-for-9 FT) 10 boards and a block Friday.
Roy Hibbert, Pacers: 6 points, 2 rebounds on Sunday.|
Grant Hill, Suns: 2 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound on Sunday.
Ray Allen, Celtics: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, zero 3s on Sunday.
Udonis Haslem snared 18 boards Friday, then scored 23 points Sunday, demonstrating a bit of statistical variety, aside from his typical 10 points/8 rebounds. He's played very well recently and should continue to do so with Jermaine O'Neal sidelined. ... Taj Gibson notched his third straight double-double Saturday, with 22 points and 13 rebounds in just 26 minutes. He dipped to nine points and 10 boards Sunday, but played a whopping 43 minutes while Joakim Noah played just 17 while slowly nursing his plantar fasciitis. Gibson's rookie season has been a huge success, and at this point he's worth owning in all formats. ... Manu Ginobili scored 30 points with six rebounds, six assists, three 3s and a steal Friday, then dropped 28 points with seven assists Sunday. He's been one of the best fantasy players in the game since Tony Parker went down, and the reason many teams are making late-season surges. His success should continue, as Manu flexes his ability to contribute in nearly every category. ... Luke Ridnour is point guard 1B for the Milwaukee Bucks, and his cool hand off the bench steadying the sometimes erratic Brandon Jennings has been crucial to the team's recent run. Most people notice Jennings' 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals, and three 3s Sunday, but Ridnour quietly dropped 14 points with seven assists and two 3s. After a slow start to the month, Ridnour is averaging 13.2 points, 4.6 assists, 1.2 3s and a steal over his past five games. He doesn't turn the ball over, as his three flubs on Sunday was his highest since Jan. 18.
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Zach Randolph showed no signs of an injured ankle, dropping 31 points on 13-for-23 shooting with 15 boards, one 3 and one steal in 45 minutes in a loss to the Bucks on Sunday. All signs point to him continuing with his dream season all the way to the finish line. ... I'm loving Brad Miller's game recently, as it reminds me of the days when he was a top-30 player. He's averaging 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 3s, and just one turnover per game, and he had a nice weekend, with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists Friday, and 17 points, six rebounds and five assists Sunday. He's scored in double digits in all but three March games, and is worth owning in most formats, especially if you need assists, as he's had at least four dimes in four of his past seven contests. ... Rodney Stuckey seems fine, averaging 27 minutes per game since returning from his scary sideline collapse. He scored 20 points Sunday and has gone 24-for-26 from the stripe in his past five games. ... Channing Frye scored 17 points, six boards and five 3s on Sunday, has rebounded from a painful February in which he averaged 1.2 3s on 35.9 percent shooting from downtown, and is back to 2.2 on 52.4 percent in March, as well as a season-best one steal per-game. Frye's value is clear: he provides 3s from the center spot with good free-throw shooting. With Robin Lopez sidelined, he should continue to see an increased role. ... Marcus Camby started a bit slow in Portland, but has finally emerged as the dominant defensive presence in the paint they were looking for, averaging 14.4 boards and 2.2 blocks per game over his past five games, including 26 boards combined on Saturday and Sunday. ... Joel Anthony started Sunday in place of Jermaine O'Neal, who could miss more time over the next week, so Anthony is the perfect player to nab in deep leagues if you're entrenched in a tight blocks race. His blocks per minute are outstanding, even though his output of 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and one block makes him look more like a scorer, but his 1.4 blocks per-game in just under 16 minutes this season illustrate his potential to shine in a scarce category with O'Neal out. ... Jrue Holiday's seven steals on Friday (to go with 13 assists) put him at two per game for the month, good for sixth best in the league. He's made for the NBA game, has a bright future ahead of him and should be owned in all formats at this point. ... Zydrunas Ilgauskas had six boards and three blocks in 23 minutes off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, and if you're looking for a handful of blocks down the stretch but can't handle the hit in free throws that comes along with most swatters, Z is a decent option.