It was another busy weekend for the Rotoworld hoops crew so be sure to check the Rotoworld News Page, the Injury Report, the Saturday Dose and Waiver Wired columns to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Here are some headlines from the weekend, along with the schedule breakdown for weekly leagues.
4 Games: Hawks, Nets, Bobcats, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Sixers, Spurs, Kings, Raptors, Wizards.
3 Games: Celtics, Bulls, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Timberwolves, Bucks, Knicks, Magic, Blazers, Jazz.
2 Games: Thunder, Suns.
Kyrie Irving and the Cavs are "hopeful" he can return from his broken finger on Tuesday and Jeremy Pargo’s run will quickly come to an end if it happens. Start him at your own risk in weekly leagues, but I probably would. Dion Waiters is questionable for Tuesday with his sprained ankle and he should be benched until we get a better sense of his chances of playing. He’s missed four straight.
Brook Lopez still isn’t cutting or running, but is said to be pain free. Maybe he’ll practice for the Nets on Monday and play on Tuesday, but I think that’s a long shot. I’m benching him in weekly leagues unless we get more news this afternoon. Kris Humphries was benched for Reggie Evans on Sunday and had just four points, seven rebounds and two blocks. It’s been a roller coaster ride for Humps thus far and things probably won’t get easier when Lopez is back. Keep riding Andray Blatche until further notice.
Brow on his way this week
Anthony Davis is expected back for the Hornets from his ankle injury this week, but we still don’t know if it will happen on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. He was running full-court drills on Saturday, so hopefully he’s back sooner than later. Al-Farouq Aminu has been benched by the Hornets for a lack of “passion,” clearing the way for Ryan Anderson to start at small forward once Davis is back. It would appear to be safe to drop Aminu.
Carmelo Anthony returned for the Knicks despite his stitched up finger on Sunday and had 34 points, so make sure he’s in your lineup. Jason Kidd was a pleasant surprise in that one with 17 points, four boards, seven assists, a steal and four 3-pointers. His back is fine and Raymond Felton (4-of-15, 10 points, six assists) is still bothered by a thumb injury. I’m starting Kidd where I own him. Amare Stoudemire (knee surgery) was said to look “tremendous” in a recent workout and he’s still targeting a date near Christmas for a return. It’s time to move on him. The Knicks are still undefeated at home.
Kyle Lowry went off for the Raptors on Wednesday, but sprained his right ankle on Friday and hasn’t looked right since. He had four points, six boards and nine assists on 2-of-6 shooting with five turnovers on Sunday, following his 10-point game on Friday. He is playing through it and should be fine, but I’m mildly concerned. Amir Johnson had 11 points, 12 boards, a steal and a block on Sunday, and could be about ready to replace Jonas Valanciunas in the starting lineup. JV managed zero fantasy points and five fouls in 19 minutes of that one. Linas Kleiza started in place of Mickael Pietrus on Sunday, as Pietrus was out with a knee injury. Kleiza had 17 points, but both of these guys appear to be more trouble than they’re worth unless you’re in a very deep league.
The Great Salt Lakers
Pau Gasol could return from his bum knees as early as Tuesday and it sounds like he’ll remain in the starting lineup for now. Antawn Jamison was terrible in Sunday's ugly loss to the Jazz and played just 16 minutes, causing me to go on a Twitter rant about how it killed me in my main league, where I immediately dropped him for Carlos Delfino out of a sad combination of spite and anger. I just didn’t want him on my team any longer, even though he could easily bounce back. Jordan Hill went off for a career-high 17 points, nine rebounds, a steal and four blocks in the loss, and it would not surprise me to see Mike D’Antoni roll with him as a starter at some point, even at Pau’s expense. Just keep an eye on Hill. Chris Duhon started at point guard again and had 12 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and four 3-pointers, and it doesn’t sound like Steve Nash will play during the Lakers’ upcoming four-game trip. If you are desperate at PG and want to roll with Duhon, go for it. Just keep in mind that this could easily end up being his best game of the season.
Black Hole Suns
Marcin Gortat was quiet again on Sunday and responded with a “no comment” when asked about how he felt about the Suns’ rotation. He’s clearly displeased with his team and coach Alvin Gentry, and should be automatically benched with just two games this week. Michael Beasley has been benched and I like the idea of picking up Markieff Morris across the board. Luis Scola had 18 points and 11 boards on Saturday, but just 11 points and two rebounds on Sunday when he played 16 minutes. Which is another reason I’m into Morris right now. Shannon Brown played 40 minutes with 19 points and two 3-pointers on Saturday, and is now in the Suns’ starting five, making him worth a look. Goran Dragic, who was very ill, was a very late scratch last night and didn’t play. With two games this week, most of your Suns should be on the bench in weekly leagues, and yes, it’s OK to drop Beasley if you want to. He had 21 points and a full stat line in his first game off the bench, but had three points in just 15 minutes on Sunday.