News: Heat center Joel Anthony was in the starting lineup Saturday against the 76ers, his first start of the season. Anthony played 17 minutes in the game, scoring two points with four rebounds and an assist, in a 106-87.
Analysis: The Heat have been resting some of their starters recently, which is why Anthony saw the floor. After being a regular part of the starting lineup over the previous two years, Anthony's small role has diminished further this season. He is averaging just 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game on the season, and can be safely ignored in all Fantasy formats heading into the offseason.
News: Heat forward Joel Anthony made the best out his garbage-time minutes in Tuesday's contest against the Hawks. Anthony checked into the game with under seven minutes remaining in the game and went 3 of 4 shooting from the field. He finished with six points and two rebounds in a 98-81 victory.
Analysis: Anthony scored more than two points for the first time since Jan. 14 and has yet to score in double figures this season. He has not been a big part of the rotation this and is only averaging under three points and three rebounds per game season. The 30-year-old remains a valuable asset for the Heat for his defensive prowess and rebounding, which unfortunately doesn't help out many owners. He is not considered a worthwhile Fantasy option for the remainder of the season.
News: Heat forward Joel Anthony failed to make much of an impact during Tuesday's contest against the Trail Blazers. Anthony was held in check throughout the night and missed his only shot attempt in the third quarter. He went 0 of 1 shooting and finished scoreless with a lone rebound while logging 13 minutes of game action in a 117-104 victory.
Analysis: Anthony has become one of the top big men to come off the bench for Miami and has averaged roughly 10 minutes per game this season. He is a marginal contributor and has yet to score more than eight points in a game this season. The 30-year-old remains a valuable asset for the Heat for his defensive prowess and rebounding, which unfortunately doesn't help out many owners. Continue to ignore him in all Fantasy formats moving forward.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony was once again not much of a factor in Friday's contest against the Pistons. Anthony made his lone field-goal attempt in the 110-88 win and finished with two points. He also added two blocks, one assist and one rebound to his stat line, while logging 17 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Anthony continues to see around 15-20 minutes each night off the bench, but his minutes may be reduced even more moving forward with the Heat signing Chris Andersen. Still, Fantasy owners should be overly concerned about that as Anthony really doesn't have much Fantasy value right now anyway. While the 30-year-old remains a valuable asset for the Heat, he should not be owned in any Fantasy formats at this point in the year.
News: Heat forward Joel Anthony was able to play Thursday against the Warriors, despite dealing with a slightly sprained right ankle. Anthony played 13 minutes off the bench, finishing scoreless on one field-goal attempt. He added five rebounds and a pair of blocks, with two assists as well, in a 92-75 win.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging just 9.9 minutes per game this season and remains more of a defensive presence when he plays. He has marginal Fantasy appeal, even though he will not miss any time.
News: Head forward Joel Anthony was active for Wednesdays game against the Warriors, despite being listed as a game-time decision with a sprained right ankle.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging just 9.9 minutes per game this season and remains more of a defensive presence when he plays. He has marginal Fantasy appeal, even though he will not miss any time.
News: Heat forward Joel Anthony is considered a game-time decision Wednesday at Golden State because of a sprained right ankle.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging just 9.9 minutes per game this season and remains more of a defensive presence when he plays. He has marginal Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony was held scoreless for the fourth game in a row Thursday against the Trail Blazers, as he continues to be a total non-entity on offense. Anthony missed his lone field-goal attempt in 12 minutes. He added four rebounds, in a 92-90 loss.
Analysis: Anthony has never been much of a factor on offense, but he is doing less than ever this season. He is averaging just 1.6 points per game, as well as 1.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks, all of which are career lows. He plays a very small role on the Heat, and can be safely ignored in all Fantasy formats.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony turned in another underwhelming performance in Wednesday's overtime win over the Mavericks. Anthony scored just two points in the 119-109 win, with both of his points coming at the free-throw line. He also added two rebounds to his stat line while logging 12 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Anthony has seen his minutes go up in recent weeks as the heat like the defense he brings to the table. However, his offensive game remains limited at best, which is probably being nice. The 30-year-old is averaging just 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds on the year, making him a player who should be avoided in all formats at this point in the season.
News: Heat forward Joel Anthony was once again not much of a factor in Miami's win over the Timberwolves Tuesday night. Anthony finished with just two points in the 103-92 win on 1 of 3 shooting from the field. He also added two blocks, one rebound and one assist to his stat line while logging 16 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Anthony has been seeing more run for the Heat as he coach Erik Spoelstra continues to search for defense on his bench. However, Anthony's increased playing time has not translated into much more production has he is averaging just 2.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game over his last five games. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the 30-year-old in all formats at this point in the season.
News: Heat power forward Joel Anthony was able to take the court and make his season debut Saturday night against the Nuggets despite dealing with a hamstring issue. Anthony was not able to make much of an impact on the floor as he missed all two of his shots while logging in seven minutes of the bench in a 119-116 victory.
Analysis: Anthony seems to have put his hamstring issue aside, but is not know to be a solid contributor on a normal basis, especially off the bench. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a starter last season. Anthony, who may still be adjusting to his role off the bench, should not be considered as a worthwhile option moving forward.
News: Heat power forward Joel Anthony was held out of the lineup yet again Friday night against the Knicks due to a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Anthony has yet to make an appearance this season and may be worked back in slowly into the lineup once he's healthy. He usually sees plenty of minutes but contributes very limited statistics for the Heat. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last year over 21.1 minutes per night. Anthony has very low-end Fantasy value, when healthy.
News: Miami power forward Joel Anthony has been ruled out for the season opener Tuesday against Boston due to a hamstring injury, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Monday.
Analysis: Anthony usually sees plenty of minutes but contributes very limited statistics for the Heat. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last year over 21.1 minutes per night. Anthony has very low-end Fantasy value, when healthy.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony was replaced in the starting lineup by Ronny Turiaf during Tuesday night's contest against the 76ers. Anthony, who had started all 50 games he appeared in entering the contest, finished with just one rebound while logging six minutes of game action in the 99-93 win.
Analysis: Anthony had really been struggling for the Heat over the past few weeks, so coach Erik Spoelstra decided to make a change. It remains unclear whether this move was for just one game or if this is the way it will be for the remainder of the season, but it really shouldn't matter. Anthony should not be owed in most Fantasy formats at this point of the season.
News: As expected, Heat center Joel Anthony was able to get back in the lineup for Friday night's contest against the Pistons. Anthony, who missed Miami's last game due to an ankle injury, finished with six points and five rebounds in the 88-73 win.
Analysis: Anthony was able to return to action on Friday and showed no ill-effects of the ankle injury that forced him to sit out. However, Anthony continues to earn minutes for his defensive prowess and rebounding, which unfortunately doesn't help out many owners. Leave him on the waiver wire at this point in the season.
News: The Palm Beach Post reports that Heat center Joel Anthony will start Friday at Detroit. Anthony sat out Tuesday's game against the Suns with a sprained ankle.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Anthony, and hopefully he can return against the Pistons as expected. When healthy and active, Anthony is a low-end Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Heat center Joel Anthony, who was out Tuesday against Phoenix with a sprained ankle, should return Friday at Detroit. He should be able to go Friday if everything goes fine, coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Anthony, and hopefully he can return against the Pistons. When healthy and active, Anthony is a low-end Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: Miami center Joel Anthony is being considered day to day with a sprained left ankle, according to the Heat. He sustained the injury during Sunday's game.
Analysis: Anthony is just a big body in the middle for Miami as he doesn't contribute much offensively. Healthy or not, Fantasy owners should not be starting Anthony at this stage of the season. He holds low-end value in deeper Rotisserie formats at best.
News: Heat C Joel Anthony was the only Miami Heat starter not to reach double-digits in scoring on Sunday, as the Heat went up big early on the Hawks. They would wind up winning 107-87, as Anthony finished with just four points and four rebounds in the game while accruing no other stats.
Analysis: Anthony is a starter, but he plays the minutes of a reserve, as the Heat prefer to go with other options for much of their games. Anthony is a defensive specialist, so his main fantasy contributions come in the block and steal categories. However due to his limited playing time, hes averaging just 1.0 blocks and .5 steals. Unless he is able to somehow increase his overall production, owners should continue to view Anthony as merely a low-end option in deeper Rotisserie formats.
News: Heat C Joel Anthony was able to extend his block streak during Friday night's contest against the 76ers. Anthony finished with one block in the 99-79 victory, extending his streak to five straight games. He also finished with two points and four rebounds in the victory, while logging 21 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Anthony has been racking up the blocks of late for Miami, as he is averaging 2.0 over his last five contests. However, he isn't doing much else for Fantasy owners, which continues to limit his value. Unless he is able to somehow increase his overall production, owners should continue to view Anthony as merely a low-end option in deeper Rotisserie formats.
News: Miami C Joel Anthony has been scoring more recently, putting in seven in 27 minutes on Wednesday as the Heat beat the Pistons 101-98. That was about all he did in the game, as he grabbed just two rebounds and a steal in the game.
Analysis: Anthony has clearly improved his offensive game, attempting more shots per game while maintaining the same efficiency as last year. Anthony is averaging twice as many shots per game as 2010-11, however that just means hes attempting just 2.6 shots per game. Anthony has seen his once stellar defensive numbers slip a bit, as he is under a block per game for the first time in his career.
News: Heat Joel Anthony was not much of a factor during Tuesday night's contest against the Spurs. Anthony finished with six points and four rebounds in the 120-98 victory, on 3 of 3 shooting from the field. He did not attempt a free-throw in the win, but did add a block to his stat line, while logging 21 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Anthony continues to start for Miami, but hasn't done much to improve his Fantasy value. The 29-year-old is averaging a measly 3.1 points per contest to go along with 4.2 rebounds and just under a block per game. Unless he suddenly starts to see a major increase in production, owners should leave Anthony on the waiver wire in most formats.
News: Miami C Joel Anthony is not much of a scorer but he chipped in offensively on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Anthony went 2 for 2 from the field to score four points. Anthony grabbed three rebounds and added a block.
Analysis: Anthony is not owned by anyone for his scoring ability. Fantasy owners have him in only the deepest of formats due to his four rebounds and a block per game.
News: After hauling in just two rebounds in the season opener, Heat C Joel Anthony did not do any better on Tuesday night against the Celtics. He finished with four points and two boards in the 115-107 win. He made both of his shots from the floor and played 20 minutes. Anthony also had two blocked shots and a steal in the victory.
Analysis: Anthony will not provide much scoring for owners but his ability to rebound and post defensive stats make him valuable in Fantasy. He should continue to start for Miami so keep an eye on his progress going forward. But given his limited upside, continue to view Anthony as more of a low-end option for category-based leagues at this point.
News: In one of the team's most anticipated games of the season Sunday against the Celtics, the Heat got a great effort from one of the unlikeliest players on the roster. Backup center Joel Anthony set the tone inside during the Miami blowout, pulling down eight rebounds in the first half, two less than the entire Boston roster. He would finish the night with a game-high 10 boards, adding seven points and an assist in 35 minutes of action. But Anthony's impact wasn't slated in the box score alone. Anthony killed us today by himself, Kevin Garnett said afterward.
Analysis: Anthony makes his mark on the team as a shot-blocker and rebounder, and Sunday may have been his best outing of the season. Though he didn't deny any shots altogether, he altered several Boston attempts, and even contributed on the offensive end a bit. Anthony has often been criticized for his lack of scoring and even pass-catching ability, but he executed nearly everything he tried in the win. It's my job to make sure I finish those plays, Anthony said of the feeds into the post. So I was just trying to focus and dial in. Just focus and finish. And I've been successful at that lately. Fantasy owners may not want to take a shot on the Canadian, but Anthony is picking it up at the right time on the way to a strong playoff run. He's a marginal option normally because he is one of several centers that get on the floor for Miami.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony didn't seem physically limited by the mask he was sporting Wednesday against the pistons after fracturing his nose in two places Friday against the Hawks. Statistically, he failed to do much of anything -- failing to stat in every category except for turnovers (one), fouls (two) and minutes (seven).
Analysis: Anthony affects plenty of shots on the Heat defensive end with his shot-blocking ability, but he has limited offensive game. Fantasy owners should continue to view the defensive-minded Canadian as a marginal option only in the deepest of leagues for his rebounding ability as well.
News: According to ESPN.com, Heat center Joel Anthony fractured his nose in two places against Atlanta on Friday after being headbutted by Zaza Pachulia. He played the next night against Denver and remains cleared for Wednesday night's game at Detroit. Anthony will need to wear a mask.
Analysis: Anthony has minimal Fantasy value as a reserve center for the Heat behind starter Erick Dampier. He is a good defensive presence for Miami but does not provide much help on the offensive side of the court.
News: The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Heat center Joel Anthony (nose) did not practice Tuesday but is expected to play Wednesday at Detroit.
Analysis: Anthony has minimal Fantasy value as a reserve center for the Heat. He is a good defensive presence for Miami but does not provide much help on the offensive side of the court.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony has not been much of a Fantasy factor in the first half of the season. Anthony is averaging just 1.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 53 games this season. He usually sees around 20 minutes a game off the bench, but is averaging just one point in the month of February.
Analysis: Anthony is an invaluable member of the Heat but not for Fantasy owners. The 28-year-old is very limited offensively and has yet to score in double figures in a game this season. He can be a decent source for rebounds and blocks, but Anthony is averaging just 2.5 boards and 0.8 stuffs in February. Continue to view him as a low-end Fantasy option whose value lies in deeper formats moving forward.
News: Miami center Joel Anthony may be out of the starting lineup for the Heat, but he's still the most productive center they have. He scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in Thursday's 93-88 loss to New York. He shot 3 for 5 from the field and nailed both his foul shots. Anthony also had two blocks in his 36 minutes of action.
Analysis: Anthony doesn't bring much to the table offensively, but is a nice source of rebounds and blocks. Over his last five games he's averaging 2.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Those numbers don't give Anthony much Fantasy value though, which makes him a low-end center option in the deepest of leagues. For the most part, owners can ignore him.
News: The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat will remove Joel Anthony from the starting lineup beginning with Thursday's game against the Knicks. Anthony is averaging just 1.6 points and 6.4 rebounds over his last five games.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging just 1.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over 10 starts. He has no real Fantasy appeal -- starter or not -- as a player that is not asked to take on much of an offensive role.
News: Miami PF Joel Anthony had one of the more incredible games in NBA history on Tuesday night during an overtime loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to Tuesday night, the most rebounds in a game this season by a player who didn't take at least one field goal attempt was nine by Emeka Okafor. Anthony shattered that by grabbing 16 rebounds and going 0 for 0 from the field and failing to score. In fact, in NBA history, only two players have failed to take at least one shot or free throw with at least 16 rebounds in a game and they are Anthony and Dennis Rodman.
Analysis: Anthony is known for his ability to rebound and block shots and for his inability to score efficiently. That modus operandi was highlighted extensively with his performance on Tuesday night as a starter for the injured Chris Bosh. Anthony doesn't get a lot of playing time with Bosh healthy and since the Heat lost the game, they'll be begging for their star power forward back. For Anthony, this was one historic game that will do nothing to better his low Fantasy value.
News: Miami PF Joel Anthony got the start on Tuesday night against Atlanta with Chris Bosh missing the game with an injury. Bosh is day to day so Anthony is likely to go right back to the bench shortly.
Analysis: Anthony is one of the league's most inefficient scorers as he averages just under 19 minutes per game but just 1.9 points per contest. He played 38 minutes in Chicago last Saturday and only scored two points with five boards. He averages just 3.3 rebounds per game on the year, so he doesn't do that all that well either. Blocking shots is his saving grace and Anthony, starting or not, doesn't really belong on too many Fantasy rosters.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony will continue to come off the bench for the time being, according to coach Eric Spoelstra. Anthony has started nine games this season but has been coming off the bench during most of the Heat's current winning spurt. Spolestra told the Sun-Sentinel that Anthony has found his destiny as a reserve but could still see starter's minutes. He can play starters minutes when needed. But hes simply an impact player defensively," Spolestra said. Anthony only played 10 minutes in Tuesday's 101-89 win over the Bucks and failed to score in the contest.
Analysis: With the Heat finally starting to click on all cylinders, Spolestra seems to have finally found a steady rotation. Anthony will continue to come off the bench -- at least for the near future -- but could wind up still playing a decent number of minutes off the bench. While Anthony can be a decent source for blocks, and rebounds (sometimes), he is very limited offensively. With averages of 2.0 points and 3.4 rebounds a game, there are very few Fantasy leagues Anthony is worth starting in.
News: The Heat gave center Joel Anthony 33 minutes on the court in Monday's easy win over Charlotte. Anthony gave Miami 11 big rebounds in return. He shot 1 for 1 from the field and scored just two points as he also blocked three shots.
Analysis: Anthony has 25 rebounds in his last three games and a total of 10 points over that span with seven blocked shots. Fantasy owners might consider him in the deepest of leagues because of his rebounding and blocks, but his scoring keeps him low-end in most formats.
News: Miami center Joel Anthony scored a season-high seven points in Friday's win over Philadelphia. His previous high was four points. Anthony would add five rebounds and a block in his 31 minutes of action. He went 3 for 4 from the charity stripe and 2 for 4 from the field.
Analysis: Anthony is no longer the starter for Miami, but will see plenty of action as the Heat are weak in the frontcourt. The addition of Erick Dampier could take some of Anthony's minutes, but for now they are safe. Fantasy owners should view Anthony as a reserve option in the deepest of category-based leagues, solely for his blocks and rebounds.
News: Heat F/C Joel Anthony chipped in two points in 14 minutes on Friday against the Hornets. He added five rebounds for the second straight game and blocked one shot. Anthony is averaging 1.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his last five games.
Analysis: The Heat seem to be getting a lot of production out of the center rotation that involves Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z is the better offensive player of the duo, while Anthony rebounds and blocks shots. While Anthony might be a starter, he just doesn't produce much for Fantasy owners. He is merely a low-end option in the deepest of Rotisserie Fantasy leagues because of his rebounding and his ability to block shots.
News: Heat F/C Joel Anthony got the start at center for the team's regular-season opener against the Celtics in Boston on Tuesday. He played just 17 minutes, but did bring down seven rebounds. He made his only field-goal attempt of the game and finished with two points. He added a block.
Analysis: Anthony does not appear to be in line for major minutes even as the starter, but he did well enough on the boards to consider adding in deeper Rotisserie leagues or category leagues as a possible cheap source for boards. But overall, the upside is not very high. Anthony averaged just 3.9 points and 4.8 rebounds as a starter in 16 starts last season. He did average 1.9 blocks in those games, though. Keep that in mind in category play.
News: Heat C Joel Anthony has been named the starter for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Celtics in Boston by coach Erick Spoelstra. Anthony averaged 0.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in seven preseason games.
Analysis: There is not a terrible amount of upside for Anthony, who averaged just 2.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 80 games last season. As a starter, his numbers were not much better. One area where he could be of help this season is in the block category, where he averaged 1.9 blocks per game in 16 starts a year ago.
News: Heat F/C Joel Anthony got the start in Saturday's preseason game against the Spurs but did not play long. He scored zero points in just under four minutes of action and recorded a rebound in the 90-73 loss. Anthony also turned the ball over once and was called twice for fouls.
Analysis: Anthony could be called upon to start alongside the Three Kings in Miami during the regular season and will have to do most of the dirty work while the superstars around him do the scoring. He is a solid defender and rebounder and can help Fantasy owners out in those categories. Anothony averaged 2.7 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season with the Heat but offers little offensive upside. He should go undrafted on Draft Day and left on waivers for most of the year.
News:Zydrunas Ilgauskas became the third center to sign with the Heat in less than 24 hours on Saturday, completing a deal he agreed in principle to about five days earlier. On Friday, the Heat completed contracts with returning Miami veteran Joel Anthony and rookie draft pick Dexter Pittman.
Analysis: Anthony is a defensive specialist and a good shot blocker, but he offers little offensive upside and will not be in line for big minutes. He will go unowned in most Fantasy formats.
News: According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Heat C Jermaine O'Neal (knee) will not play again on Friday night against the Pacers. He is also likely to sit out Saturday's game in Minnesota. Joel Anthony has been starting in his place.
Analysis: O'Neal is still dealing with swelling in the knee he hyperextended on March 26 in Milwaukee. He'll likely miss the weekend's back-to-back set, but with the Heat battling for playoff positioning, we expect him to try to give it a go as soon as Wednesday's game against New Jersey. He'll be an injury risk for the final scoring period of the season, but is worth the gamble in larger leagues as a No. 2 center. He averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds with over a block per game in March. Anthony remains far too erratic to trust in a must-win Fantasy scenario. We recommend looking for better alternatives.
News: Heat F Joel Anthony had three points with five rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's game at Detroit. He played 28 minutes as the starting center. He had scored 13 points with two rebounds in his last five games.
Analysis: Anthony started in place of injured starter Jermaine O'Neal, who is day to day. There is no real Fantasy upside here as Anthony would post erratic numbers even if the starts were to continue.
News: Heat F Joel Anthony started at center for the injured Jermaine O'Neal and shot a perfect 6 of 6, finishing with 13 points in a win over the Raptors. "I keep myself ready for whatever is going to happen," Anthony said. "I was just trying to do my job out there. Carlos (Arroyo) and Dwyane (Wade) did a real good job of finding me for some easy baskets." Anthony also added two rebounds, a block and a steal in 37 minutes.
Analysis: Anthony is averaging six points and 5.2 boards over his last five contests. While he did fill in nicely for O'Neal, Anthony is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy option in 12-team and deeper leagues at best.
News: Heat F Joel Anthony had just two points in under five minutes of action Sunday at the Clippers. He has yet to score in double figures this season.
Analysis: Anthony, out of UNLV, appeared in 65 games for the Heat last season averaging 2.2 points, three rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He has no real Fantasy appeal outside of being a decent shot blocker. That won't change this season.
News: Miami PF Joel Anthony got the start at center on Friday night against the Mavericks with Udonis Haslem coming off the bench. Anthony played 32 minutes and scored six points on 3 of 4 shooting with four rebounds and four blocked shots. Haslem got 35 minutes and scored 22 points with 10 rebounds on 9 of 10 shooting.
Analysis: Haslem has yet to start this season for the Heat and with Jermaine O'Neal attending a family funeral, the Heat decided to keep that constant and gave Anthony the starts instead. In two games as a starter thus far, Anthony is averaging 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks with solid shooting percentages. Anthony was barely playing before O'Neal left. Haslem, on the other hand, has been better with O'Neal gone, despite coming off the bench. The former Florida Gator is averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds over that same two-game span. With O'Neal likely returning for the next game, Anthony goes back to having zero Fantasy value but Haslem should be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy option. Of course, Miami is one of only eight teams playing three times over Week 8 (Dec. 14-20).
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Jermaine O'Neal is expected to return from his uncle's funeral in time for Saturday's practice. He was not available for Friday's game against Dallas. Joel Anthony was expected to start in his place.
Analysis: O'Neal will return to the team and is expected to play Sunday against Memphis. Going forward, he will be a safe play for the upcoming scoring period. He has emerged as a viable No. 2 center in most formats with a resurgent year for the Heat. Anthony has no real Fantasy appeal.
News: Reserve Jamaal Magloire has re-signed with the Miami Heat, giving the team four centers under contract. Restricted free-agent center Joel Anthony re-signed Monday. The Heat also have starter Jermaine O'Neal and seldom-used Mark Blount. The Heat announced Wednesday they had reached an agreement with Magloire, an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Anthony, out of UNLV, appeared in 65 games for the Heat last season averaging 2.2 points, three rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He has no real Fantasy appeal outside of being a decent shot blocker. Don't worry about drafting him in any league.
News: The Miami Heat have made qualifying offers to forward Jamario Moon and center Joel Anthony. Both are now restricted free agents, but the Heat will have the right to match any offer they receive from other teams.
Analysis: Anthony, out of UNLV, appeared in 65 games for the Heat last season averaging 2.2 points, three rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He has no real Fantasy appeal outside of being a decent shot blocker.
News: Miami PF Joel Anthony scored four points in 34 minutes on Sunday against the Bobcats. Anthony was 2-for-3 from the field and added three rebounds and two blocks.
Analysis: Anthony is Miami's backup center but his 2.2 point per game average over his last five contests with three rebounds and 1.2 blocks makes him only worth owning in the deepest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Heat center Joel Anthony was taken out of the starting lineup Monday against the Hawks and replaced by Jamaal Magloire. Anthony got just nine minutes off the bench, contributing no points and two rebounds.
Analysis: Anthony's playing time has really been reduced in the new year after showing little promise early in the season. He logged a season-high 329 minutes in December, but just doesn't have a lot of athletic ability to be dominant in the NBA. Starting or not, Anthony has little to no Fantasy value.
News: Miami PF Joel Anthony started and played 17 minutes on Saturday night against the Houston Rockets. It was not a successful start. He did not score on 0-for-1 shooting and added just one rebound with one block.
Analysis: Starting or not, with two points and one board over his last five games he's not worth owning in any Fantasy league right now.
News: Miami was without forward Udonis Haslem Sunday in Memphis. He missed the game due to the death of his grandmother. Yakhouba Diawara started in Haslem's place, and had six points. Center Joel Anthony had his best game of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Analysis: Haslem should be back for Monday's game in Miami against Milwaukee. The Heat play just three games in the upcoming scoring period, though, and Haslem should be viewed as a very low-end starter in cumulative-scoring leagues. Anthony played Haslem's role in this game and should return to being a low-end, unproductive Fantasy center. Keep tabs on him, though, to see if this was indeed just a fluky performance.
News: Heat F Joel Anthony was in the starting lineup at center Monday at Golden State. He played 24 minutes and scored just one point with two rebounds.
Analysis: Anthony may or may not continue to be in the starting lineup, but should not be much of a Fantasy option either way. He will not see more than a handful of shots per game and is not much of a rebounder on most nights.
News:The Sports Xchange notes that Mark Blount didn't play for the first time this season Monday against New Jersey. Instead the Heat used C Joel Anthony.
Analysis: Anthony is offensively challenged but is a shot-blocker. Udonis Haslem continues to start at center and is getting the majority of the minutes. Neither player is worth owning in Fantasy anyway.
News: Heat center Jamaal Magliore will miss at least six weeks with a broken left hand, and could be sidelined even longer if surgery is required to repair the fracture. That leaves just Mark Blount, Joel Anthony and David Padgett as true centers on the roster. Udonis Haslem is a power forward, but is also an option to be used at the five.
Analysis: The Heat used Blount at center in the second half of the season due to injuries and after Shaquille O'Neal was traded. They could opt to play small with Haslem, but Blount gives them some much needed size. A season after averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Timberwolves, Blount managed just 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds for Miami. Expect more or less of the same from him this year. Anthony and Padgett remain unusable in Fantasy for now.
News: With all the injuries and with the team trading away Shaquille O'Neal, Joel Anthony got some run during the 2007-08 regular season with Miami. He appeared in 24 games and averaged 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. His best overall game of the season came on March 18 at Milwaukee when he had nine points and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks and a steal.
Analysis: Cook got a call up thanks to some nice play in the NBDL league, but really only because the Heat were in such disarray due to injuries in the second half of the NBA season. He is not expected to play a significant role if he does manage to catch on with an NBA club in 2008-09.
News: Heat C Joel Anthony came off the bench Tuesday against the Bucks to score nine points and add 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. He was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, but he went 3-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Analysis: Anthony has played in four of the last five games after playing four times in the first four months. He was recently sent to the NBDL before getting a quick recall. Anthony might play a lot down the stretch, especially if Udonis Haslem is out for the season, but still has minimal Fantasy value.
News: The Heat will send first-round draft pick Daequan Cook to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Wednesday after the guard played only two minutes in the previous five games. Heat coach Pat Riley told Cook on Tuesday about the move, which is expected to last for five games. Backup center Joel Anthony will be joining Cook on the trip to the NBDL, as will one of the Heat assistant coaches.
Analysis: The Heat likely just want to give Cook and Anthony some minutes. "It's really about Daequan and Joel getting there and saying, 'Yes, sir. Whatever it takes. What do you want me to do? How are we going to do it? I'm going to play hard and play as hard as I can. I'm trying to get myself ready,"' Riley said. "So we'll see what happens in five games and then we'll make a determination from there." Their lack of playing time makes them not worth owning in Fantasy.