Games Played for Week
4 Games – Brooklyn, Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.
3 Games – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.
The Super Bowl was fun to watch and I actually made some great guesses in a prop-bet pool, which made Mrs. Dr. A happy. That’s not easy to do, so it was a win-win evening, even though I was pulling for Mr. Kaepernick to get it done. Here’s what’s going on around the league. Oh, and Ryan’s chatting live today at 12:30.
Atlanta – Al Horford and Kyle Korver are studs, and Josh Smith hasn’t been traded. Jeff Teague is dealing with a hip injury and Devin Harris has a bum ankle, but I assume both will be ready for Tuesday. The Hawks play three this week.
Boston – Jeff Green is hot, the Celtics guards are a bit of a mess and they play three times this week. I think Green should be owned in all leagues going forward, while Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are also strong plays now that Rajon Rondo’s season is sadly over. There are trade rumors that KG could be going to the Clippers, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Brooklyn – Gerald Wallace is horrible right now, but I still think he’s going to turn it around at some point. Deron Williams tweaked an ankle on Friday, but sounds like he’ll be ready to go Tuesday against the Lakers. With four games, Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson are must-starts.
Charlotte – I think Byron Mullens is good to go tonight against the Heat and the Bobcats play four times this week. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is dealing with a concussion, but traveled with the team for Monday’s game against the Heat. He’s not playing well enough to be an auto-start in any format. Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions look like safe plays this week.
Chicago – Joakim Noah is out indefinitely with plantar fasciitis and Carlos Boozer is hoping to return from a hamstring injury on Monday at Indiana. With Noah iffy for the week, Taj Gibson looks like a must-start player. Kirk Hinrich (elbow) isn’t expected to play this week, so Nate Robinson looks like a no-brainer this week, if you can handle his three-game schedule. Jimmy Butler is also a great player to add this week, as he’s seeing time at both wing positions, and playing well. Start Boozer at your own risk.
Cleveland – Marreese Speights is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 boards with the Cavs and looks like a great add right now, although the Cavs only play three times this week. Dion Waiters is also an interesting fantasy play, while Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson look like nice fantasy starters. Tyler Zeller is fading with the emergence of Speights, and can be benched until we see where this train is heading.
Dallas – Dirk Nowitzki is dealing with a groin injury but practiced on Sunday and is hoping to play on Monday at Oklahoma City. I don’t trust Elton Brand enough to start him right now, but Vince Carter looks like a solid three-game play, along with Shawn Marion, Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo. Chris Kaman should be benched until further notice.
Denver – Andre Iguodala somehow had 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting Friday and is hot. With four games, Iguodala, Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari are all must-starts this week. JaVale McGee should be on benches with his shin injury that kept him out of Friday’s game.
Detroit – Will Bynum had 18 points and 10 dimes on Sunday, but will take a hit once Jose Calderon is ready to go. Hopefully Calderon will play on Monday, and I’m going to start him in a couple leagues, now that his work visa issues are nearly cleared up. Andre Drummond’s playing time is still inconsistent and his free throw shooting is dreadful. I’d bench him this week, as Larry Frank just doesn’t appear to be ready to #FreeDrummond just yet. Greg Monroe, Kyle Singler and Brandon Knight all look like safe options with four games.
Golden State – Klay Thompson and David Lee are on fire, Andrew Bogut is playing well in limited minutes and Stephen Curry played through his ankle injury on Saturday, going off for 29 points, eight dimes and six 3-pointers. Thompson, Lee and Curry all look like solid starts this week, while Harrison Barnes is coming on. He had 21 points and eight boards in 32 minutes on Saturday, and will share time with Carl Landry. Bogut is tricky, as the human headache has a pair of back-to-back games on the horizon, meaning his four-game week could be a two-gamer. I’d bench him if I actually owned him in any of my 11 leagues.
Houston – Carlos Delfino is dealing with an elbow injury on his shooting arm, so he should be benched (or cut) until he’s healthy again. That’s good news for Chandler Parsons, who is a must-start player right now, along with James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. Patrick Patterson blew up for 24 points and four rebounds on 10-of-12 shooting on Saturday, but is too inconsistent to be starting, despite the four-game week.
Indiana – George Hill is dealing with a shoulder contusion and is iffy for Monday’s game against the Bulls. I’d bench him if I owned him. Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert look like must-starts with four games this week, while D.J. Augustin will have a nice week if Hill is out. Watch for news updates on Hill this afternoon.
LA Clippers – Matt Barnes is slumping and I have cut him in most of my leagues. Chris Paul’s status remains a mystery as he’s now missed seven straight games and 10 of his last 12 with a supposedly “minor” knee injury. Eric Bledsoe looks like a must-start player, but would be dealt a serious blow if Paul returns to action this week. DeAndre Jordan has been playing better lately, and looks like a decent start at center, along with Blake Griffin.
LA Lakers – Dwight Howard is hoping to play on Tuesday, but I think it will only take one shot to his bad right arm/shoulder to send him crashing to the ground again. The guy simply doesn’t have the pain tolerance needed to play through this injury. Bench him. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Steve Nash, Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison are all benefitting from life without Dwight, and the Lakers play four times this week. World Peace, ironically, sort of threw a punch on Sunday and could be suspended for a game. Watch for news this afternoon.