Rodrigue Beaubois ably replacing J-Kidd

January, 30, 2012
Rodrigue Beaubois went from putting up tantalizing numbers in limited minutes to being a fantasy must-start with Jason Kidd out at least a week because of a calf injury. In two starts this weekend, Roddy averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers, and other than rebounds and field goal percentage, there doesn't appear to be a category in which he won't contribute. His stats for the year average out to about 14.0 points, 2.0 steals, 1.5 3s and 1.5 blocks per 30 minutes, and Beaubois notched 36 minutes in each of the weekend contests, so he should be in line for some impressive nights over the next week-plus. His blocks are almost unheard of from a point guard, as John Wall (1.1 blocks per game), who has played more than twice as many minutes per game, is the only player at the position averaging more than Beaubois' 0.9 for the season.

His must-start glory might be short-lived, but you can catch lightning in a bottle for the next week by adding the electric guard. He should have some value beyond that as well, as the aging Kidd could have his minutes limited, and Rick Carlisle will have no other choice but to play Beaubois more based upon his statistical prowess.

Looking back

Drew Gooden made it clear over the weekend that he's the primary beneficiary of Andrew Bogut's extended absence, putting up 23 points, 15 boards and 6 assists on Friday, then 23 points and 8 boards Saturday. He's a must-own in all formats, and should be a steady source of points, rebounds and nice percentages for the next eight to 12 weeks while Bogut rehabs his ankle.

Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points Friday and 17 points Sunday while starting alongside Jose Calderon. The Raptors are scrambling for somebody to pick up the offensive slack with Andrea Bargnani gone, and it appears Bayless and Linas Kleiza are the players who will provide the punch. Bayless missed 13 games because of an ankle injury earlier in the season, so he basically has fallen off the fantasy radar -- he's owned in just 3.0 percent of ESPN leagues -- but he has scoring skills, averaging 10.0 points per game in just 22.4 minutes last season with the Raptors. He's worth a deep-league add if you need cheap points and 3-pointers.

Dirk Nowitzki returned Sunday and played a team-high 38 minutes, scoring 10 points (5-for-14 FG) with 13 rebounds. Be sure to get him back in your lineup, and keep your fingers crossed that he's ready to break out of his season-long slump. The 13 boards and 38 minutes played are a positive indication that better numbers are on the way.

Chris Kaman is being actively shopped, and riding the Hornets' bench in the meantime. This puts owners in a tough situation, because he has the tools to help fantasy teams if he's getting a starter's minutes. If you can spare the roster spot, hang on to him for a bit and see where he lands, although he's undoubtedly droppable if your roster can't bear the temporary dead weight.

Nikola Pekovic started in place of Darko Milicic on Sunday (illness), and scored 13 points with nine rebounds and a block, marking his third consecutive game with at least 13 points. With this type of play, he should see increased minutes and could win the starting spot over the unimpressive Milicic. Pekovic has averaged 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals per game in just 13.9 minutes for his career, and has flashed some scoring ability in the past week. He's worth a flier in deep, two-center leagues.

Looking ahead

Jameer Nelson missed Sunday's game with concussion-like symptoms, and Chris Duhon started in his place, scoring 14 points with 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 3s. Nelson is considered day-to-day, but is not expected to play Monday, so Duhon has some short-term value and Nelson is worth benching this week. Kevin Martin's status is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota; he has inflammation in his right heel that caused him to miss Friday and Saturday's contests. It seems like the type of injury he's going to have to play through, even though he'd be better off resting it, so keep him in your lineup. But don't be surprised if he struggles to match his 20.1 points per game scoring average over the next few weeks. Steve Nash is day-to-day because of a bruised left thigh, but it'd be surprising if he misses much, if any, time, as he's optimistic he'll play on Monday.



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