We interrupt this trade deadline frenzy with Tuesday’s Daily Dose. There are nine games on the schedule tonight, but I’m going to go team-by-team notes to cover all the injuries and rumors heading into Week 17. The deadline is Thursday night, so this is going to be a busy week for the Rotoworld crew.
Games Played for Week 17
4 Games Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio
3 Games Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington
2 Games L.A. Clippers, Utah
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Atlanta – Josh Smith is rumored to be heading to about half the teams in the league, and while there’s still a chance he’s on the Hawks come Friday morning, the Bucks and Celtics seem like logical landing spots for him. Starting Smith for three games this week will be an interesting endeavor, as a trade could cause him to miss a game or two. They host the Heat on Wednesday, the Kings on Friday and visit the Bucks on Saturday, and as of now, I’m planning on starting him, out of necessity. Outside of the Smoove trade drama, the most interesting thing to watch for on Wednesday is whether Kyle Korver comes off the bench again, or moves back into the starting lineup.
Boston – The Celtics signed Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract, and while the kid appears to have all the skills in the world, he’s yet to breakout for any team he’s played for. Just watch for his name in blurbs once the Celtics get going this week. Kevin Garnett says he won’t accept a trade to any team, but the Clippers seem to think they could change his mind. Paul Pierce has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck, but should be good to go for four games this week. I also like starting Jeff Green this week, but using any Celtic guard is akin to playing with fire.
Brooklyn – My wife informed me, after watching TMZ Monday that Kris Humphries was being traded to the Bobcats. That rumor has been out there for weeks and Harvey Levin doesn’t know squat about sports, so he probably just heard some chatter about it on the radio, as I seriously doubt he reads Rotoworld. In any case, Humps could be moved prior to the deadline and Charlotte does seem like a logical landing spot. Gerald Wallace has been coming on and I’m hoping he keeps it going this week, while owners of Deron Williams (ankle) are hoping he plays on Tuesday against the Bucks. My guess is he’ll play in that one.
Charlotte – Byron Mullens is hot and Ben Gordon is begging to be traded out of Charlotte. They play four times this week and Mullens, along with Kemba Walker, look like must-starts in fantasy. Just beware that a Humphries trade to Charlotte could be bad news for Mullens. Gerald Henderson also looks like a strong play.
Chicago – Kirk Hinrich will be back on Tuesday from his elbow injury, and while that’s not great news for Nate Robinson, Lil’ Him is still nearly a must-start player in my mind. With four games, you already know that Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng are must-starts, while Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli are all worth a look in many leagues.
Cleveland – Kyrie Irving enjoyed his All-Star Weekend, winning the 3-point shootout, destroying Brandon Knight in the rookie-sophomore game, and playing well in the All-Star Game. The Cavs go three times this week, with Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Marreese Speights and Tyler Zeller all worth starting consideration.
Dallas – Chris Kaman is nearing a return but should be super rusty after a 20-plus day absence with a concussion, while O.J. Mayo is dealing with a sprained ankle suffered in Monday’s practice. Mayo should be good to go, along with the rest of the regulars in Dallas, but owners of Darren Collison have to be prepared for bad news in case the Mavs land another point guard at the deadline.
Denver – Danilo Gallinari (sinus infection) and Andre Iguodala (neck) are expected back on Tuesday after missing their last game. The Nuggets go three times this week, but Gallo, Iguodala and Ty Lawson are must-starts in most leagues, while Kenneth Faried is close to it.
Detroit – The Pistons are healthy outside of Andre Drummond, who is said to be doing well with his back injury, but is still several weeks away. With four games, Jose Calderon and Greg Monroe are must-starts, but the rest of that lineup, including Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Kyle Singler and Charlie Villanueva, are a classic roll of the dice.
Golden State – The big news out of GSW is that Andrew Bogut expects to be cleared to play without restrictions after the break. This is a big deal and if it happens, and he can actually stay healthy, I’m prepared to eat my words. With four games I’m comfortable playing Bogut, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack and David Lee in all leagues, while Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry are worth a deep-league look.