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Monday, March 05, 2012


 

Milwaukee 4 Carlos Delfino has been a disaster for two weeks, but could break out of his funk at any time.  Brandon Jennings, Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova look like must-starts, while Delfino and Mike Dunleavy are worth a look.  If you’re still holding Stephen Jackson, just keep him benched (or drop him) until further notice.

 

Minnesota 4 – With four games, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio are must-starts, while Luke Ridnour and Michael Beasley deserve consideration.  Derrick Williams is also worth a look, but I’d be hesitant to start Ridnour, Beasley and Williams if other options are available.

 

New Jersey 4 Deron Williams blew up for an NBA season high of 57 points on Sunday, hitting all 21 of his free throws in the win.  MarShon Brooks has really cooled off with the return of Brook Lopez, but the big man went down with a sprained right ankle on Sunday night, leaving the arena on crutches.  Avery Johnson acknowledged he had X-rays taken, but wouldn’t say if they were negative.  Lopez is expected to travel with the team to Miami for Tuesday’s game, but is very iffy for that one.  We should know more on Monday afternoon.  Williams, and maybe Kris Humphries, are the only must-starts in New Jersey right now, while Brooks, Lopez, Anthony Morrow and Shelden Williams are worth a look in some leagues.

 

New Orleans 4 – We still don’t know when Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry or Jason Smith will be back for the Hornets, while Trevor Ariza missed his last couple games with an illness.  Ariza should be back on Monday at Portland, while guys like Jarrett Jack, Greivis Vasquez, Gustavo Ayon and Chris Kaman all look startable in fantasy. 

 

New York 4 Jeremy Lin and the Knicks are coming off a two-game week, so it’s time to get them back in your lineup.  Lin, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are must-start players, and Steve Novak is hitting enough treys to be in lineups right now.  But I’d be hesitant to use Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields or J.R. Smith as long as the stars are all healthy.  Chandler’s wrist remains a concern, and owners have to hope he keeps powering through the problem.

 

Oklahoma City 4 – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden should all have another big week, but they’re the only guys in OKC worth starting, along with Serge Ibaka.  Westbrook is dealing with a swollen ankle, but I’m planning on using him unless we hear differently on Monday.  Thabo Sefolosha is nearing a return from a foot injury, but is iffy for the week.

 

Orlando 4 Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson are all worth starting in most leagues, and are all healthy for now.  J.J. Redick might also be worth a look, but is a shaky option as long as JRich and Turk are healthy.

 

Philadelphia 4 Jrue Holiday’s assists are still down, but he’s playing well enough to be used in most fantasy leagues.  Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young should also be in most lineups, while Nikola Vucevic can be used by owners desperate for a center.   Spencer Hawes (Achilles) is targeting a March 14 return, but Vucevic should be serviceable until Hawes is on the court.

 

Phoenix 3 – The Suns are suddenly hot, winning five of their last six and three straight games.  Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat are must-starts, while Grant Hill, Jared Dudley and Channing Frye are all worth a look in some leagues.  I’d bench them this week, but all become likely must-starts in Week 12, when the Suns go five times.

 

Portland 4 – Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace and Jamal Crawford are all must-starts this week, while Marcus Camby, Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton can be used in fantasy leagues, depending on options.   

 

Sacramento 4 Isaiah Thomas has cooled off, but is still a decent option with four games, while Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans all looks like must-start options.  Jason Thompson, Francisco Garcia and Donte Green are all worth a look in deeper leagues, but are too inconsistent to be relied upon.  Cousins threw a wild elbow after being popped in the nose on Sunday, so make sure he’s not suspended for Monday’s game at Denver before rolling with him.

 

San Antonio 2 – DeJuan Blair left early on Sunday after banging knees with another player, but I doubt the injury is too serious.  What is serious is that Tiago Splitter is back and will ruin Blair’s recent value, along with the fact the Spurs have just two games this week.  Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are worth a look, but you can probably do better in leagues where games played matter.  Manu Ginobili returned from a strained oblique and had eight points in 24 minutes, but should be benched in this short week.

 

Toronto 4 – Jose Calderon has been quiet lately, but is still worth rolling out there, along with DeMar DeRozanAmir Johnson, James Johnson, Leandro Barbosa, Linas Kleiza and Ed Davis are all worth a look with four games, and I may play Kleiza in a deeper league.  Kleiza was averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 boards and 3.5 3-pointers in his two games coming into Sunday, but played just 14 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for four points and four fouls in that one.  Barbosa is averaging 15 points and 1.4 threes in his last five games.  Andrea Bargnani (calf) is due back soon, but is very iffy for Monday.  In weekly leagues, I would bench him if you have options.

 

Utah 4 - Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris and Josh Howard look like very solid plays this week, while Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles and Derrick Favors deserve consideration in deeper leagues.  The big news for the Jazz is that they play five times in the following week. 

 

Washington 3 – With three games, a red-hot Jordan Crawford becomes an iffy start in many leagues, along with John Wall and JaVale McGeeTrevor Booker, Chris Singleton and Andray Blatche also deserve some consideration, but only Wall is a must-start player.  The Wizards play five times in Week 12, which will mean Wall, Crawford and McGee will all be must-starts for that one.  Rashard Lewis has missed three straight games with a knee injury, so I’d leave him on the bench, while Nick Young has been demoted and has missed time with a knee injury, but could return on Monday.  As long as Crawford is starting, I’d leave Young on your bench if you have options.  Blatche had nine boards in his return to action on Saturday and could be a must-start player for five games after this week, depending on how things go with him and coach Randy Wittman.



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