Is Toney Douglas fantasy-relevant again?

April, 6, 2012

With the New York Knicks looking for answers at point guard with Jeremy Lin out of the lineup, they appeared to find one off the bench in Toney Douglas. Douglas had his first good game in months, finishing with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes against the Orlando Magic. Lin is out for the foreseeable future, and even with Douglas playing behind Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert, there's certainly an opportunity for him to produce if he can find the level of play he's shown in past seasons.

Remember, Douglas was a useful fantasy player last season, finishing just outside the top 100 on the Player Rater, ahead of guys like Jamal Crawford and Brandon Jennings. This year has been a nightmare for Douglas, as he's posted one of the 10 worst PERs of any qualifying player in the league, but if he can find his stroke, he could be a major contributor in 3s and should also help you in steals over the last few games of the season.

Looking back

• If there's one thing getting lost in all the discussion surrounding Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy with the Magic, it's that they are dealing with quite a few injuries at the moment. Ryan Anderson is out with a sprained ankle, Howard and Jameer Nelson are each suffering from lesser ailments, and Hedo Turkoglu played just 18 minutes against the Knicks after getting hit in the eye and requiring stitches. Thursday night was a total disaster for the Magic, but it's worth noting that Glen Davis had another good game, with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.

Avery Bradley got the start over Ray Allen for the Boston Celtics in their loss to the Chicago Bulls, but unfortunately neither player had a very good fantasy night. Still, it's a good sign for Bradley that he's still getting plenty of playing time even with Allen back in action, and Ray still got 31 minutes, so there's probably enough playing time to go around.

Terrence Williams had another nice game for the Sacramento Kings, playing bigger minutes off the bench with Marcus Thornton out of the lineup and Francisco Garcia starting against the Los Angeles Clippers. Williams had his third straight double-digit-scoring game, and has been shooting a high percentage from the floor while chipping in useful numbers in rebounds, assists and steals as well. As long as he's getting minutes, he's worth playing in deep leagues.

Looking ahead

• I'll be very interested to see how the recently returned Eric Gordon fares for the New Orleans Hornets against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Gordon was OK in his first game back, putting up 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, but he'll have his work cut out for him against a Spurs team that makes it tough to get to the line. The Spurs do, however, allow teams to shoot 36 percent on 3s against them, one of the worst marks in the league, so Gordon will have his chances.

Kevin Seraphin was once again productive for the Washington Wizards filling in for Nene and Trevor Booker against the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards lost by five, but Seraphin had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals in 30 minutes as the starting center. He's a good play until the Wizards get healthy again on the front line, especially against an equally banged up New Jersey Nets team on Friday.

D.J. Augustin is questionable with left knee tendinitis for the Charlotte Bobcats against the Milwaukee Bucks after playing just 11 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night; that's a good thing if you want to play Kemba Walker, who has been extremely productive in points, assists and 3-pointers of late.

Jared Dudley has been pretty good for the Phoenix Suns in the absence of Grant Hill over the past few games; he's averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds and a 3-pointer over his past four contests. He's playing a ton of minutes, however, so there's a good chance he'll continue producing, and he is a good play against a Nuggets team that might be without Wilson Chandler on Friday.



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