Anthony Randolph poised to finish strong
There is finally some good news for those of you who hoped to see some meaningful fantasy numbers out of Anthony Randolph this season. Unfortunately, it is the result of some really bad news for Kevin Love. With Love possibly out for the season due to his groin injury, Randolph is now the starting power forward for a very bad Timberwolves team that probably wants to see what kind of young talent it has.
The immediate results look pretty good, too. Randolph had 31 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night. Randolph, given minutes, is the sort of player who could easily put up great fantasy numbers during the final 10 games of the season. He's still available in quite a lot of leagues, so you'll want to pick him up if you can.
David West suffered a left knee injury late in regulation for the Hornets in their overtime win against the Jazz, and he left the floor in a wheelchair. X-rays were negative, but if he can't go on Friday night Carl Landry could be in line for a lot of minutes and would be worth playing in fantasy leagues. The Hornets seem to be cutting Willie Green (9 minutes) out of the rotation, which means Marco Belinelli (14 points, three 3s and five assists) should be a decent play in most leagues going forward. Gordon Hayward has been playing more of late, too, and got 37 minutes (albeit in an overtime game) to C.J. Miles' 22 minutes for the Jazz. Hayward's numbers weren't great, and you shouldn't let his fluky three-block performance fool you -- he is not a player worth owning, as the only thing he's good at right now is knocking down 3s. Since returning to the lineup for the Mavericks, Peja Stojakovic has been shooting extremely well, and he followed up a 17-point, five 3-pointer performance against the Warriors by going for 16 points (including four 3-pointers) against the Timberwolves on Thursday night. He's worth owning, though, only if you are desperate for 3s.
Tyreke Evans is probable to return to the Kings' lineup in their matchup with the Pacers on Friday night, and it'll be interesting to see who loses minutes with Evans back in the fold. I'd be tempted to avoid playing him, but he had 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists the last time the two teams met. If Andre Iguodala (right knee) can't go for the Sixers against the Heat, you'll want to make sure Thaddeus Young is in your lineup, as he'll probably play more than his usual 25 or so minutes. Make sure you start Antonio McDyess, who is the Spurs' best big man with Tim Duncan out of the lineup indefinitely. Tiago Splitter struggled against the Nuggets, but could also be in line for more minutes as the Spurs face the Trail Blazers' large front line. With DeAndre Jordan unlikely to go for the Clippers due to pneumonia, Chris Kaman -- who played 49 extremely productive minutes against the Wizards in L.A.'s overtime win Wednesday night -- should get a ton of minutes against the Lakers.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.