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Dose: Lineup Changes Abound

Monday, January 30, 2012

It’s Monday and as long as you don’t play in a Yahoo! Weekly league, that somehow still requires you to set a lineup before you go to bed on Sunday night, you’ll likely be setting your lineups illegally at work today.  Let’s go with team-by-team notes and hope that this doesn’t take too long to get through.


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Atlanta 3 games


Jeff Teague was back from his ankle sprain in a big way on Sunday and should be good to go, but the Hawks play just three games this week.  The same holds true for Josh Smith and Joe Johnson (despite struggling on Sunday).  Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia are playing well for the red-hot Hawks, but should be on benches with three games.


Boston 4 games


Rajon Rondo sounds like he could be out until the All-Star break, and has mentioned targeting the Thunder game on Feb. 22 for his return from a wrist injury.  He could easily return before then, but it sounds like Feb. 22 might be his personal target date.  Fill-in Avery Bradley, who tweaked an ankle on Sunday, is worth a look, but hasn’t played well enough yet to be dropped into lineups.  Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are all healthy and worth starting with four games this week.  Jermaine O’Neal is shaky with a knee injury (shocking, I know), so Greg Stiemsma could be a sneaky deep-league play if JO is out.


Charlotte 3 games


Gerald Henderson is iffy with a tailbone injury and I’ve got him benched for this week, while D.J. Augustin (toe) doesn’t sound likely to play this week.  Kemba Walker and Tyrus Thomas look like good plays, while B.J. Mullens and Boris Diaw are potential fantasy starters after playing well on Saturday.  And if this is the best Charlotte has to offer, you can see why they aren’t very good.  Matt Carroll, Bismack Biyombo and Derrick Brown are worth a look in deep leagues, but aren’t trustworthy.  The Cats play just three times this week.


Chicago 4 games


Luol Deng was out again on Sunday and is too shaky to have in weekly lineups.  Richard Hamilton was back and can be used, despite struggling with his shot last night.  Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah remain must-starts, while Ronnie Brewer is also a possibility if Deng remains out. 


Cleveland 3 games


Kyrie Irving, Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao are decent 3-game starters, while I wouldn’t risk starting Omri Casspi, Anthony Parker (back), Daniel Gibson (neck) or Ramon Sessions in most leagues this week.


Dallas 4 games


Jason Kidd sounds doubtful to play this week, meaning Roddy Beaubois is a nice option for Week 6.  Vince Carter started at shooting guard on Sunday and should stay there as long as he’s healthy.  He had 21 points and is worth a flier, while Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion are also worth starting.  I’d stay away from Brendan Haywood and Lamar Odom this week, unless you’re in a deep league.


Denver 4 games


Ty Lawson was out on Sunday, but was close to playing through his sprained ankle.  He’s a risk-reward play for Week 6, but I’d probably run him out there.  Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari and Nene should all be good to go, while owners in deeper leagues may want to run with Rudy Fernandez or Arron Afflalo, who has been struggling.  Al Harrington is playing well enough to be used in four-game weeks.


Detroit 5 games


Tayshaun Prince is back from a personal leave but struggled on Saturday, making him an intriguing play with five games this week.  Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe all look like great plays, while Austin Daye is a risk-reward choice in deeper leagues.  Ben Gordon’s shoulder injury makes him nearly unplayable, while Jonas Jerebko could have a few nice lines this week.


Golden State 3 games


They only go three times, but Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee have must-start status in my book.  Dorell Wright is also worth a look, but I bet you can find safer options than Andris Biedrins, Nate Robinson and Brandon Rush.


Houston 4 games


Kyle Lowry can’t throw it in the ocean right now, but remains a must-start point guard, while Samuel Dalembert and Luis Scola look automatic in weekly leagues.  Kevin Martin has missed two straight with plantar fasciitis, but I think I’d roll the dice on him where I own him.  Chase Budinger is coming on as Chandler Parsons struggles, so weigh options carefully with those two.  And if Martin suffers a setback, Courtney Lee is also worth a look.  Big man Jordan Hill has double-doubled in two straight in limited minutes, but he makes me nervous.


Indiana 4 games


Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West and Roy Hibbert all look good to go, although Hibbert struggled on Sunday.  George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough might be worth a look in deep leagues, but I’d stay away if possible.


Clippers 4 games


Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all look like solid plays, while Mo Williams is a deep-league option.


Lakers 3 games


Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are must-starts, while Metta World Peace and Derek Fisher should be avoided with three games, if possible.


Memphis 5 games


With five games, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol are all must-starts, with O.J. Mayo, Tony Allen and Marreese Speights worth a look in weekly leagues.  Mayo and Allen are the best options there, as Speights is struggling.  There are conflicting reports as to whether or not Zach Randolph (knee) will be back this season or not, so using a roster spot to hold him is risky.  He’s having another MRI on Monday.


Miami 4 games


LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are must-starts, while Mario Chalmers might be worth a look.  Outside of that, I’d ignore Norris Coles, Shane Battier, James Jones and the other Heat players.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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