Fantasy Wake Up Call - Wednesday

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Player of the Night

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
vs. New Jersey Nets
27 points, 9 boards, 8 dimes, 4 blocks, 64% FG

In between his constant whining to officials and rolling eyes, Tim Duncan can still find ways to get it done. On a night when LeBron James goes off for 47 and Stephen Jackson chips in 35, how could Duncan possibly be deserving of the Player of the Night award?

Find out after the jump...

In fantasy basketball, finding players that can score isn't very difficult if you're prepared to suffer in other statistical categories. This is especially true for rotisserie leagues that place an equal amount of importance upon Field Goal Percentage as they do on scoring.

LeBron's stats are great on paper, but in most leagues you can't afford to have your best player wrack up seven turnovers in the process.

Jackson's stats look great on paper as well, but looking at that 45% FG (9-for-20) makes you want to cringe.

That's why Timmy is taking the cake. He finished up with a stat line that makes rotisserie players drool, highlighted by his four blocks - a statistical category very hard to excel in.

So here's to you Timmy.


Top Performers

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
vs. Indiana Pacers
47 points, 7 boards, 4 dimes, 4-for-7 from deep

Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors
vs. Indiana Pacers
35 points, 13 boards, 3 dimes

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
vs. Detroit Pistons
31 points, 10 boards, 4 dimes

Bust of the Night

Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
16 points, 5 boards, 5-for-18 from the floor, 4 TO

Granger has been one of the most dependable fantasy players this season, so we won't be too hard on him here. Being tasked with the responsibility of guarding LeBron James will certainly takes its toll on anyone in the Association.

But in games such as these, young players try to do too much and fall into the trap of hoisting up shot after shot in attempt to find their rhythm. Only they never do.

Yet, Granger can hang his hat on the fact that the Pacers walked away with this game, after the referees made back-to-back calls that had LBJ seething in the locker room afterwards.

Top Scorers

47 - James (Quit crying, they called that same foul on Granger)
35 - Jackson
34 - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
33 - Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
Randy Foye, Minnesota Timberwolves (Thought he'd be better by now)

Top Dime Droppers

12 - Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks
10 - Jackson
9 - Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Chris Duhon, New York Knicks
8 - Duncan
Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons (Time for a change of scenery?)
Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

Top Rebounders

18 - Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers (Aggressive Lamar = Fantasy Gold)
16 - Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls (Yes, you read that correctly)
Eric Dampier, Dallas Mavs (It's time to let go of the headband)
15 - Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers
14 - Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

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