Week 7 is upon us and the season is more than 1/3 over with already. While the injury list is still large, things have started to calm down a bit. Hot pickups for the upcoming week include Jason Thompson, Jeremy Lin, Bismack Biyombo and Reggie Williams, and Monday’s Dose breaks it all down, team-by-team style.
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Atlanta 4 games
Not much is new in Atlanta, other than Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are still reliable as must-start players. Jason Collins is hurt, but in fantasy, that means nothing – even in my 30-team league.
Boston 4 games
Rajon Rondo is finally back from his wrist injury, while Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are coming in hot. If you were holding Avery Bradley, it’s time to move on. Brandon Bass has a gimpy knee and missed Sunday, but plans on playing Tuesday, while Jermaine O’Neal has a bone bruise in his knee. I know you are shocked and devastated by learning JO has a leg injury, but the weird thing is that he plans on playing through it. We’ll see. Pierce tweaked his hip on Friday, but looked good on Super Bowl Sunday.
Charlotte 3 games
Say hello to new starters Bismack Biyombo and Reggie Williams. While nothing’s set in stone here, it makes sense for them to start for a team that has lost 11 straight games, and won just three on the year. Especially for the rookie Biyombo. He had 11 points, 12 boards, a steal and two blocks on Saturday, and while I don’t think he’ll do that very often, he’s worth owning in most leagues as long as he’s starting. And if you’re hurting for blocks, he could be the fix you’re looking for. Williams started at shooting guard and had 21 points, seven boards and six assists on Saturday, just his third game of the season after coming off knee surgery. With Gerald Henderson and Corey Maggette down and out, Williams is a fine pickup right now. The only problem is the Bobcats have just three games this week, when most teams play four. Byron Mullens has fallen out of the loop and should be dropped in most leagues, while there is still no timetable on the return of D.J. Augustin, who is out with a toe injury. Kemba Walker looks like a must-start player here, while Williams, Biyombo, Tyrus Thomas and Boris Diaw are all worth considering. But with just three games, you can do better in Week 7.
Chicago 4 games
Luol Deng is back from his wrist injury, so those of you holding Kyle Korver should probably make a trip to the waiver wire. Derrick Rose recently tweaked his back but sounds like he’s good to go, while Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer continue to battle inconsistency. With four games this week, all of the Bulls starters should be good to go except for Ronnie Brewer, who will likely share time with Korver, and possibly C.J. Watson, until Richard Hamilton is back from a groin injury. I’m not a real doctor, but I’m not expecting to see Rip back anytime soon.
Cleveland 4 games
Anthony Parker (back) and Daniel Gibson (neck) remain out for the Cavs, meaning Alonzo Gee is suddenly relevant. He has 10 steals in his last four games and has scored in double figures in all of them, including a season-high 20 points on Friday. He’s not starting, but is getting heavy minutes off the bench for the Cavs. Anderson Varejao is absolutely on fire (averaging 14 & 14 over his last five) and is a great sell-high candidate given his lack of shot blocking, while Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison are also solid fantasy options. Tristan Thompson is also out with a sore ankle, but doesn’t have much value when healthy.
Dallas 3 games
The Mavs play just three times this week, but at least Dirk Nowitzki is finally back. He’s scored 24 & 30 points in his last two games, and finally looks like the guy you drafted. Now just hope he can keep it going. Roddy Beaubois has really cooled off and came off the bench on Saturday. He’ll bounce back at some point, but I’d hit the waiver wire if I owned him. Delonte West started for Jason Kidd on Saturday (11 points, 7 assists), but I wouldn’t use him in a weekly league with just three games. Vince Carter has cooled off, Shawn Marion has quieted with the emergence of Dirk, and Lamar Odom just looks like a lost puppy dog in Dallas. With three games this week, Dirk is the only one I’d consider starting in weekly leagues.
Denver 4 games
Andre Miller and Nene both disappeared on Saturday, but it was probably a fluke. Miller, Nene, Ty Lawson, Al Harrington and Danilo Gallinari all look like solid plays this week, while Kosta Koufos is worth a look after blowing up for 16 points and 12 boards Saturday in a start for Timofey Mozgov, who was out with an ankle injury. It could be a severe one, but don’t expect Koufos to be reliable in Mozgov’s absence. Arron Afflalo failed to even score on Saturday and has scored eight or less points in four of his last five games. He could break out this week, but chances are you can find a better option on your bench, or on the waiver wire.
Detroit 3 games
With just three games, Greg Monroe is the only Piston I trust this week. Brandon Knight is expected back from a broken nose on Wednesday, but there’s still no target date for Ben Gordon to return from his shoulder injury. Keep an eye on Jason Maxiell, who could continue to start at power forward for the Pistons, while Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince are also possible deep-league starters this week. And if you’re holding Austin Daye, it’s probably time to move on.
Golden State 3 games
Monta Ellis (wrist), Stephen Curry (groin), Ekpe Udoh (wrist) and Nate Robinson (groin) are all banged up, but my sense is that Curry and Monta will play through their injuries. Klay Thompson had a great game on Saturday, but Mark Jackson benched his starters in the second half. In other words, I don’t trust him, especially with three games this week. Ellis, Curry, David Lee and a suddenly hot Dorell Wright are the only guys worth starting this week, but check Rotoworld throughout the day on Monday for updates on the guards’ nagging injuries.
Houston 4 games
Samuel Dalembert has fallen off the face of the earth and should be benched if you have options at center. He’s scored seven or less in five straight, and his minutes have taken a hit thanks to Kevin McHale. Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola remain must-starts, while Chandler Parsons, Dalembert and Patrick Patterson, who had 14 points and five boards on Saturday, are worth a look in deeper leagues. Martin hit just 1-of-10 shots for two points on Saturday, but should bounce back this week. Get him in your lineup.