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Friday, March 23, 2012


 

Week 16 (2 weeks from now)

 

5 Games

 

Boston

 

Must Starts: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett

 

Brandon Bass PF – Bass is still not owned in a lot of leagues but is averaging 13 points, six boards, a steal and a block over his last five games.  The Celtics go 4-4-5 over the next three weeks, making him a solid player to own in all leagues right now.

 

Charlotte

 

Must Starts: D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Bismack Biyombo

 

For Your Consideration

 

Kemba Walker G – Walker is averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists over his last five and should see an increase in minutes as the season winds down, and I’m guessing he’ll be an automatic start in most leagues by the time Week 16 gets here.

 

Reggie Williams SF – If Corey Maggette remains in shutdown mode with his bad back, Williams will be a sneaky play in Week 16.  He started their last game and had 13 points, six boards, two assists and a 3-pointer.  If Maggette is back by then, he should be in most lineups that week, instead of Williams, but he’s always an injury risk.

 

Tyrus Thomas & D.J. White PF – These two show moments of potential all the time, but would need to get hot between now and Week 16 before I’d consider them.  Put them on your watch list.

 

Cleveland

 

Must Starts: Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Antawn Jamison, Tristan Thompson

 

For Your Consideration

 

Gee and Thompson may not be owned in your league, but will likely be scooped up in all leagues very soon, if not by the end of the weekend.  The Cavs go 4-4-5-4-3 to finish things out, meaning I would be happy to own both players the rest of the way.

 

Daniel Gibson G – Gibson is out with a sprained ankle right now, but could be rolling by the time Week 16 gets here, and should be a better option than starter Anthony Parker.  Keep a close eye on Gibson.

 

Memphis

 

See Above

 

The Rest

 

Point Guards

 

Goran Dragic Rockets – Dragic is averaging 15 points, 11 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer over his last five and there are no signs that Kyle Lowry is going to return anytime soon.  The Rockets finish 4-3-4-5-1.

 

Ramon Sessions Lakers – He’s still not starting, but is averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.5 3-pointers in his last two, and should only get better.  The Lakers finish 4-4-4-4-1.

 

C.J. Watson Bulls – Derrick Rose is “week-to-week” with his groin injury and Watson looks like a strong play until further notice, but the Bulls go 4-3-3-4-2 to finish out, which isn’t ideal.

 

Nate Robinson Warriors – Robinson is near 13 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals and 1.6 3-pointers per game over his last five, and should be owned with Stephen Curry likely done for the year.  

 

Jose Juan Barea Timberwolves - Barea blew up for 18 points, 11 assists and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, a night when Luke Ridnour disappeared, and should be in for a nice run to the finish.  The Wolves go 4-3-4-4-1.


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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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