Fantasy Wake Up Call - Feb. 18

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Player of the Night

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
vs. Charlotte Bobcats
45 points, 19 boards, 8 blocks

Welcome to the second half of the NBA fantasy season.

And with it comes this monstrous performance by Superman himself, Dwight Howard.

More after the jump...

In the history of the NBA, no player has ever duplicated Howard's stat line from last night. Think about all of the great centers that have played in this league (Shaq, Wilt, Hakeem, etc.) and only then can you begin to realize the potential of this young man.

Howard is sliding up into Top 3 territory in terms of fantasy rankings and if he continues to dominate at such a torrid pace (18 consecutive double-doubles and counting) Howard could make an argument for the top spot.


Top Performers

David West, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
37 points, 13 boards, 65% FG

Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
vs. Memphis Grizzlies
20 points, 15 dimes, 2 steals

Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
vs. Atlanta Hawks
15 points, 20 boards, 5 dimes, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Bust of the Night

Zach Randolph, Los Angeles Clippers
vs. Phoenix Suns
4 points, 2 boards, 1 assist

Late in the first quarter Randolph was ejected for sucker punching the great Louis Amundson of the Suns.

Really? You had to start a fight with a wannabe Scott Pollard?

It's becoming more and more clear that Randolph will forever be a headcase trapped inside the body of a freakishly talented basketball player.

But he's a monster in the fantasy realm and for those of you who were looking for a fast start behind your rotund PF, you're stuck in the mud.


Top Scorers

47 - Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (When does the Durant exodus begin?)
45 - Howard, Magic
37 - West, Thunder
32 - Nate Robinson, New York Knicks (Didn't deserve the dunk title)

Top Dime Droppers

15 - Williams, Jazz
11 - Rafer Alston, Houston Rockets
10 - Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers (The big man had a triple double last night)
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
9 - Andre Iguodola, Philadelphia 76ers

Top Rebounders

20 - Odom, Lakers (Last 4 games: 20, 19, 18, 17)
19 - Howard, Magic
15 - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (Like you didn't know what team he played for)
14 - Antonio McDyess, Detroit Pistons

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