Fantasy Spin: Home Court Disadvantage? Visitors Win Seven of Eight

Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day. It was almost a sweep for road teams, except for the Celtics, who finally ran out of gas in of all places, Charlotte.

This silly Head-to-Head “week” is nearly one-third over. There are six more games tonight, before Wednesday’s 12 games decide the vast majority of matchups. H2H has become so popular because Roto doesn’t have enough ‘action’ for most people. I can deal with the seven-day ‘mini-seasons’ in other weeks, but Week 16 results are almost a coin toss; the balance certainly tips more toward luck than skill.

In daily leagues, anything can happen; Tony Parker (knee) could be scratched minutes too late to get him out of your lineups or David West might get poked in the eye. It’s disappointing, but each day is a brand-new ‘season’ and one person’s misfortune is another’s break; the prizes are paid no matter what. Try the Sheridan Hoops Freeroll — on Wednesday this week, as there are no games on Friday — to see how much fun a one-day fantasy league can be. There’s no entry fee, no obligation and you could win $100 cash. Newcomers and DraftStreet members will appreciate the site redesign. It was always easy to use; now it’s better-looking and faster than ever.

February 11 Game Recaps

LAC @ PHI: It was 56-33 at halftime, so Chris Paul (21 PTS, 11 AST, 5 STL in 24:34) got plenty of rest and Blake Griffin (20 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST) played less than 28 minutes. Caron Butler (back) sat out, giving Matt Barnes (11 PTS, 3 AST, 2 REB) a start, and Jamal Crawford had 20 off the bench on 80% shooting. For the Sixers, Nick Young was the only bright spot — 29 PTS, 5 AST, 3 STL, 4-of-7 from deep — Jrue Holiday (10 PTS, 9 AST) was relatively quiet and the big men were overmatched. It’s gonna be a long three weeks (or more) without Thaddeus Young.

MIN @ CLE: Credit the injury-ravaged Wolves for some heart, as they came up with a big effort in this back-to-back to snap a 4-game losing streak. Luke Ridnour (21 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST) led six players in double figures, Nikola Pekovic (16 PTS, 10 REB) played a strong 40 minutes and Ricky Rubio (13 PTS, 10 AST, 5 STL) had a great night if your league doesn’t count his seven turnovers. The Cavaliers seemed kind of flat. Kyrie Irving (20 PTS, 7 AST) missed a few minutes after rolling his ankle, Tristan Thompson (16 PTS, 9 REB, 4 STL, 2 BLK) contributed, but Tyler Zeller was scoreless in 25 minutes and Marreese Speights (10 PTS) didn’t pick him up.

BRK @ IND: The last road team I expected to win last night was Brooklyn, especially after the news that Deron Williams (ankles) is shut down until after the All-Star break. It helped that David West got poked in the eye, missed the first half and was mediocre (7 PTS on 2-11 shooting) when he returned. Reggie Evans (8 PTS, 22 REB) was a monster on the glass, Brook Lopez (25 PTS, 8 REB, 2 BLK) handled the scoring and rookie Tyshawn Taylor (12 PTS, 2 AST, 2 REB in 34 minutes) set new career highs in everything. Normally reliable Paul George was horrible, missing nine of ten shots then fouling out before overtime.

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