Well, we're closing in on the end of the season and the playoffs are here. Let's take a look at who can help you right now.
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Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento and Washington all play four games.
Atlanta and Milwaukee were originally scheduled for three this week, but will play a make up game from Jan. 11. Every other team plays three games. Guards
I'm assuming Marcus Thornton
and Ty Lawson
are no longer available in your league.Jeff Teague
- Hawks, Aaron Brooks
– Suns, Jordan Farmar
Take your pick here, as they could all boom or bust this week. Teague absolutely blew up on Saturday night, starting and going off for a career night that included 24 points, five steals and three blocks. The problem is that we don't know if this was a one-game deal, or if Larry Drew has decided to go with Teague and Kirk Hinrich
as his backcourt, with Joe Johnson
, Josh Smith
and Al Horford
(when healthy) in the front court, and Marvin Williams
off the bench – which is probably where he should have been for the last four years. I'm hoping for some new news before lineup deadlines are set, and while there's almost no chance Teague will do this again in his next one, he looks like he's worth rolling the dice on right now.
Brooks started for Steve Nash
Sunday and played well. Nash has a pubic sym-something or other injury, which I'm going to call his groin. He's also got back and hamstring issues and was not able to go on Sunday, and is doubtful for Monday. Brooks, not surprisingly, had 19 points and 10 assists, and should is at least a must-start for Monday. While I doubt Nash is shut down, it is possible that it could happen. Deron Williams
came out on Sunday and sounded very unsure of his future due to his wrist injuries. However, a late update says he will start on Monday, which is bad news for Farmar. As long as Deron is going, Farmar is nothing more than an insurance policy. Marco Belinelli
Belinelli is suddenly hot again for the Hornets, scoring in double figures in each of his last five games and hitting 11 threes over that stretch. He's also been shooting it very well and is posting some nice rebounding numbers in many games. If he can stay hot, he'll pay off this week, and possibly going forward. Richard Hamilton
Rip is suddenly back in the starting five for Detroit and has scored between 15 and 20 points in his last three games. I have no idea if John Kuester is going to keep rolling with Hamilton, and Kuester may not know, either. But Hamilton appears to be back in the loop and while I don't love his one-dimensional fantasy game, at this time of year he looks like a nice plug-in. Gerald Henderson
Henderson scored 18 with four steals and a block on Sunday, making five straight games he's scored 12 or more. He's starting and getting heavy minutes, so give him a look. J.R. Smith
He's probably no longer available after that Saturday night explosion, when he hit nine 3-pointers and scored a season-high 31 points. It's important to remember that Arron Afflalo
and Danilo Gallinari
were both out, but Afflalo is still very shaky for Monday, while Gallo doesn't sound like he's coming back until Friday. And as long as they are both sidelined, Smith is at least worth a fantasy flier.Leandro Barbosa
Barbosa struggled to hit just 6-of-18 shots on Sunday, but was an absolute beast on Friday against the Pacers. The fact he's getting so many shots and has scored 22, 29 and 15 points in three of his last four games means he deserves a close look in most leagues. Tony Allen
and O.J. Mayo
are also worth looks for Memphis, as Allen has had some big lines recently and Mayo scored 19 in his last one. The problem is that these two could cancel each other out, while Rudy Gay
could be close to a return. Toney Douglas
really struggled early on Sunday, but was the first guard off the bench with the return of Chauncey Billups
. I still think Douglas may get enough run and play well enough to be considered this week.