Ricky O'Donnell: January 2009 Archives

It has been a mixed bag for me so far in my top fantasy hoops league, a keeper auction league set up by BlogsByFans. I currently sit in third in the 12 team league, and, like everyone I'm sure, I've made some good moves and some bad ones. Spending $26 bucks on Gilbert Arenas? Ouch. But one of my savviest picks was drafting Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, who is in the midst of a monster stretch up in Toronto.

Two ESPN fantasy writers debated Bargnani's value for the rest of the season today.

Their takes, after the jump...

G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. Philly
27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
Vs. Atlanta
35 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

C Shaquille O'Neal - Suns
@ Washington
29 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

Follow along, after the jump...

C DeAndre Jordan
Vs. Lakers on 1-21
23 points on 11 of 12 shooting, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks

See how it all went down, after the jump...

Andrea Bargnani
ESPN % owned: 73.5%

Hopefully you've jump on Bargnani already, he's been putting up big numbers with Jermaine O'Neal out nearly all of January. Just look at his recent game log:


The first thing you'll notice here in the minutes. In his last five games, Barngnani is averaging 41 minutes a night. That's rule number one in fantasy hoops: lots of guys can play, but there are only so many minutes to go around. If Toronto keeps riding Barngnani's hot hand - and there is talk of O'Neal getting traded to Miami for Shawn Marion, which only open up more minutes for our man AB - he's a great fantasy option.

Anderson Varejao
ESPN % owned: 15%

Varejao's performance against the Lakers on Monday is a perfect example of what he should be able to bring to fantasy teams routinely: 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks, two assists. He'll never be a fantasy star, but while Big Z is out, Varejao can be a solid injury replacement for a big man on your team. You know what you're getting out of him: rebounds, blocks, and maybe a handful of points.

Travis Outlaw
ESPN % owned: 38%

Unlike Varejao, Outlaw isn't going to contribute in a lot of categories. He'll score, but more importantly, give you some three-pointers. Outlaw went 4-for-5 in a game on 1-12, and followed it up hitting 3 of 4 against the Nets on on Jan. 15. If you need a little extra help in the three-point department, Outlaw is available in most leagues.

Since there were only two b-ball games last night, we're going to try something a little dangerous: throw some hockey knowledge into the mix. That isn't to say I understand the game completely - pin that one on Bill Wirtz for not televising Hawks games during my formative sports viewing years - but fantasy hockey is a pretty big deal to some people out there, so we may as well point out the day's top performers.

Follow along after the jump, if you dare.

F Danny Granger - Pacers
Vs. Phoenix
37 points, six dimes, five boards, four steals, five three-pointers

F Pau Gasol - Lakers
Vs. Golden State
33 points, 18 boards, two blocks

G Randy Foye - T-Wolves
Vs. OK City
32 points, six dimes, six three-pointers, three boards, two steals

Follow along after the jump

G Kobe Bryant - Lakers
Vs. New Orleans
39 points, seven dimes, four boards*

G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. LA Lakers
32 points, 15 dimes, three boards

F David West
Vs. LA Lakers
40 points, 11 boards

Follow along after the jump....

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Matt Wood is a web editor for suntimes.com and editor of CenterstageChicago.com. He is also a contributor for satirical sports publication The Heckler. Have a fantasy question? E-mail him.

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