Fantasy Basketball Star Search: Finding the Gems in Last Night's Games

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2011

Budinger continues to get it done in Houston.
Budinger continues to get it done in Houston.Elsa/Getty Images

If you're a fantasy basketball nut like me, you're always scouring your fantasy league's waiver wire for the next hot player. However, something some of us don't think about is that sometimes we'll miss a quickly rising player because we don't look deep enough.

While it may sound crazy, sometimes looking between the 1-to-5 percent owned in your league is where you'll find the guys who could be huge for the stretch run. But that can be time consuming to do every single day.

We conduct our own fantasy basketball waiver wire and fantasy stock watch (riser/faller) columns at, but we also do our Fantasy Basketball Star Search, which searches the previous day's box scores for guys that could be on the rise, as well as the best performances of the night.

Here's a breakdown with analysis for all the games from Monday, March 7, 2011:

L.A. Clippers @ Charlotte Bobcats

Chris Kaman got back to producing solid numbers, notching his first double-double since Oct. 31st. His minutes are increasing and DeAndre Jordan is slowly disappearing in the wake of Kaman's rise. Eric Bledsoe was also very solid off the bench, putting up 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. You better take advantage of his value now, as it'll be gone once Eric Gordon returns.

Boris Diaw has been decent for the Bobcats, but he turned in a performance really worth noting, as he scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a handsome eight assists. Gerald Henderson got hot again, as he hit 10 field goals for 20 points, while also grabbing three boards, two steals and handing out four dimes. Shaun Livingston was also very solid off the bench, puring in 17 points, along with two steals and two rebounds.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Orlando Magic

No Dwight Howard (suspension) meant a few more minutes to go around. Reserve Earl Clark took advantage on Monday night, scoring nine points, while grabbing nine boards and blocking three shots. He's still pretty raw, but he's looking for his shot more and finding ways to contribute. J.J. Redick also continued to prove his worth off the bench, contributing eight points and two assists.

Utah Jazz @ New York Knicks

Al Jefferson exploded against the Knicks with a nice double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds, while rookie big man Derrick Favors posted a nice line of 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Fellow rookie Gordon Hayward put in a nice effort, as well, scoring 11 points, grabbing three boards and nabbing a steal.

Both Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire put up 30-plus points apiece (for the first time as teammates), while Toney Douglas continues his stellar play in place of the injured Chauncey Billups, scoring 20 points and dishing out six assists. Shelden Williams had a quiet but solid performance off the bench, chipping in 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and a block.

Dallas Mavericks @ Minnesota Timberwolves

Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with a solid 25 points, while reserve Brian Cardinal chipped in a random solid effort with 12 points and an impressive three steals off the bench.

Kevin Love put up yet another double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, while Michael Beasley had a fine night of his own with 20 points and nine rebounds.

New Orleans Hornets @ Chicago Bulls

Jarrett Jack filled in nicely for the concussed Chris Paul on Monday night, scoring 23 points, while dishing out three assists, grabbing four rebounds and snagging two steals. Marco Belinelli also benefited from the absence of Paul and Trevor Ariza, scoring 17 points and taking in nine boards.

Derrick Rose led all scorers with 24 points and dished out nine assists, while reserve Ronnie Brewer led the bench with 10 points, two rebounds and a steal in the win for Chicago.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies

The Thunder were paced by the usual suspects, as Russell Westbrook led the team with 27 points and seven assists, while the league's scoring leader, Kevin Durant, found his way to 23 points and six rebounds. James Harden was very solid off the bench with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block.

Tony Allen continued his solid play with 20 points and six rebounds, while Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with nine assists and also poured in 20 points.

Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings

Chase Budinger continued to fight off his critics with another solid performance, scoring 20 points, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out two assists, grabbing two steals, and blocking two shots. Courtney Lee and Goran Dragic added sparks off the bench, scoring 19 and 10 points a piece, respectively.

Marcus Thornton's shooting stroke wasn't completely there in this match, but he was still productive, scoring 16 points and dishing out four assists, while DeMarcus Cousins was his usual dominant self, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

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