Around The League: 1/23/12: Rejuvinated Rip Hamilton, The New Brandon Jennings and More

Three Up

Tony Parker: I don’t know if there is a more consistently good player who gets less recognition in fantasy basketball than Tony Parker. He doesn’t make many three’s, but he does everything else extremely well and we typically don’t even notice. Take for instance that he is one of the hottest players on the court right now after his 20 points, 17 assists game last night. In his last four games he is averaging 24.3 points and 11.3 assists per game. With Manu out Parker has taken it upon himself to lead the Spurs along and he’s done a pretty nice job, not that anyone is noticing.

Richard Hamilton: These last couple of games Richard Hamilton has looked like rejuvenated Richard Hamilton we expected to see when he signed with the Chicago Bulls. Rip had his best game in a Bulls uniform last night dropping 22 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds on the New Jersey Nets. He has now gone back-to-back 20 plus the last two games. Hamilton is shooting over 50% from the field and he’s now starting to find his shots on a consistent basis. Owned in only 38% of leagues you should grab him now.

Brandon Jennings: I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like Brandon Jennings might be figuring things out. He will still continue to have those games that make you scratch your head at times, but they’re coming a lot less often now. Jennings is averaging 27.5 points per game over his last four games, but he is still averaging 7 assists per game to go with it. Not to mention his 2.3 steals and 4.3 three’s per game over this stretch. Jennings may just be making the step into the upper echelon of fantasy guys this season.

Three Down

JaVale McGee: Remember all that fantasy potential that we thought existed in Washington? Why isn’t it surfacing this season? McGee hasn’t been nearly as disappointing as the rest, in fact he might be the team’s fantasy MVP so far. However, last night McGee turned in a 2 point, 2 board, 2 block night which leaves you shaking your head. McGee has consistently been one of the best, if not the best, shot blocker in fantasy this season, but right now the points and rebounds are coming at an inconsistent pace. In a one year league I wouldn’t be opposed to selling high on McGee for someone more consistent, just wait until he has a better game first.

Ryan Anderson: It’s almost wrong to pick just one Magic player for this list considering they combined to make just 16 shots last night, however Anderson has spent so much time on the better half of this list we have to mention that he appears to be coming back to earth a bit. He is just 6 – 25 from beyond the arc in his last four games and he has only cleared 20 points once in his last nine games as well. Anderson should average closer to 16 points, 7 boards and a steal per game while remaining one of the best three-point shooters out there. If you can still sell him as a 20 point per game player than do it, otherwise hold on to him and enjoy the value.

Channing Frye: Even after losing his starting spot to Markieff Morris I wasn’t too worried about Channing Frye, but now worry is setting in. It’s been five games straight not reaching double figures in points. In fact he’s only averaging 4.5 points per game in this span. I said I expected Frye to maintain 20 – 25 minutes per game, but he won’t do that if he keeps playing like this. In standard leagues you shouldn’t own him, in deep leagues you should at least check your waiver wire to see what else is out there.


  1. Art Vandelay says:

    how do you feel about Batum for Jamal Crawford, same price, i wouldn’t keep either, i could use some forward help, i have 5 guards, haha, fantasy pts wise they’re pretty dead even.



  2. Matt says:

    Any idea on when Eric Gordon and brook lopez are coming back?

    • Will Overton says:

      For Lopez the word I am hearing is that his recovery has been going well and as far as I know he is on track to meet his original return time. That should put him back on the court mid-February if all continues to go well.

      The news on Eric Gordon is not good. It was just reported Monday that he is looking at least another three weeks on the shelf with this knee injury.

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