Talented Mr. Roto Fantasy Notes: Dec. 22, 2005
By Josh Whitling, TalentedMrRoto.com
Only two games on the agenda tonight, although many of fantasyís marquee players will be televised on primetime. Letís take a look at whatís on tap:
CLEVELAND at CHICAGO: 8 p.m. ET
The Bullsí shortfound lineup continuity was shattered when recently-named starter Luol Deng bruised his knee and has missed the past few games. A recent MRI revealed no structural damage and Deng hopes to play against the Cavs tonight, so I think itís safe to reinsert him into your starting lineup. Dude was playing like a stud as of late, up until the injury, and could prove to be one of the best waiver-wire adds of the season. Larry Hughes, coming off a an unproductive, foul-troubled performance in Tuesdayís win against the Jazz , will have plenty of defensive matchups that will provide the type of challenge that elicits his best play. If Deng plays, Hughes will bounce between him, Andres Nocioni, and Kirk Hinrich, and look for his defense, LeBronís ball distribution, and their ability to involve either Eric Snow or Damon Jones, to be the key to the Cavsí productivity in tonightís matchup. If they can achieve those three things, all of the Cavsí fantasy-players are in line for big nights.
DALLAS at SACRAMENTO: 10:30 p.m. ET
Following a tough overtime loss to the Bobcats, the Kings come off a few days rest and face the rolling Mavericks at ARCO arena. Shareef Abdur-Rahim went off for 32 points on Monday, and although he bring along his curse of making any team heís a part of awful, heís put up great numbers as of late. Donít let his real world problems cloud the vision in your fantasy-goggles, because SARís nearly unmatched combination of percentages, to go along with solid contributions in points and boards, makes him valuable to any team. Kevin Martin is a solid short-term add as Bonzi Wells is day-to-day with a strained groin, and Martin is the type of energy player that can contribute in numerous categories if given the opportunity. The Mavs are coming off Kobe Bryantís 62 point gem in which Dirk Nowitzki was the only player to hit double figures, and should come out swinging fresh off of an epic Avery Johnson chewing-out. Man, I wish I had that on tape.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy expert for TalentedMrRoto.com, a site featuring free advice, news, stats and analysis for all fantasy sports. The site has been nominated for 16 Fantasy Sports Writing Awards by the FSWA, twice as many as any other site. Contact him at FutilityIF@TalentedMrRoto.com.