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Dose: Melo Suspension Coming?

Monday, February 25, 2013


Indiana Danny Granger was awful in Saturday’s debut and it could be another 10 days before he is clicking. Maybe you have the guts to start him with four games this week, but I’m just not ready. Paul George, George Hill, Roy Hibbert (who has really struggled over his last five) and David West, on the other hand, all look like strong plays.


L.A. Clippers – The Clippers play four times and Caron Butler is suddenly hot. I’d roll with him, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford this week. DeAndre Jordan has been too quiet lately, but is still an option with the four games, while Matt Barnes and Chauncey Billups might be worth a look in deeper formats. Lamar Odom had a season-high 18 on Saturday, but I still don’t trust him enough to start him.


L.A. Lakers – The Lakers only play three times, but Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash (who is finally coming on), Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison all look like solid options. Metta World Peace missed all six shots on Sunday and is shooting it poorly, so weigh options carefully before throwing him into your lineup. He’s shooting just 32 percent in his 10 February games. Just keep an eye out for information on Clark’s pinkie, Nash’s back and Howard’s shoulder.


Memphis – The Grizzlies play three times this week, but then go on a run of 3-4-4-4-4 over the next five weeks. I like the idea of adding Tony Allen, but he’s a shaky play with three games. Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and a struggling Marc Gasol all look like good plays, but I wouldn’t risk playing Tayshaun Prince for just three games. See Waiver Wired for more info on Allen’s strong play of late.


Miami LeBron James and the Heat have just three games this week, but then go 4-4-4-4-3-4 to finish out the season. LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are still must-starts, while Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers are also worth a look in deeper leagues. LeBron is dealing with a quad injury, but had 28 points on Sunday, so you have to start him.


Milwaukee Brandon Jennings was awful on Saturday with just 11 points, while J.J. Redick had 16 points in the loss to Atlanta. With three games this week, I still don’t trust Redick enough to play him, while Jennings, Monta Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders all look like strong plays in most leagues.


Minnesota – The Wolves play just three times this week, but Ricky Rubio is on fire, Derrick Williams is playing well and a red-hot Nikola Pekovic all look like strong plays. I’d also think about giving Andrei Kirilenko a start this week, but Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved are a real roll of the dice.


New Orleans – The Hornets play three times and Eric Gordon is doubtful for either Tuesday or Wednesday, as he still hasn’t been cleared for back-to-backs. Greivis Vasquez, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Al-Farouq Aminu are all nice options, while I’d steer away from Robin Lopez and Jason Smith if games matter in your league.


New York Carmelo Anthony picked up a Flagrant-1 during Sunday’s game during an altercation with Spencer Hawes, which could land him a one-game suspension. He popped Hawes in the back of the head during the scrum, so watch for more info on Monday. Even if he plays just two games, Melo is still nearly a must-start player, while Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith all look like decent plays. Raymond Felton left Sunday’s game with a bruised right heel, but returned to finish, so I think he’s OK to leave in your lineup.


Oklahoma City – The Thunder go three times this week, but Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all deserve to be in lineups, while Kevin Martin hit 1-of-5 shots for five points on Sunday. Weigh your options before considering him a must-start player. The Thunder’s schedule isn’t great, as they finish 3-4-4-4-3-3-3, which is a fantasy playoffs buzzkill.


Orlando – With four games, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and Andrew Nicholson all look like nice plays, but Jameer Nelson sat out on Saturday with a knee injury. Any time he’s out, E’Twaun Moore and Beno Udrih are worth a close look. Nelson is iffy for Tuesday with the injury, so watch for updates. Tobias Harris played well on Saturday, but I’d be pretty leery of starting him just yet.


Philadelphia Thaddeus Young was back in action from a hamstring injury on Sunday and had 11 points and 10 boards, making him a must-add player. With four games, Young and Jrue Holiday are must-starts, while Spencer Hawes is close. Nick Young disappeared on Sunday, but I’m not ready to write him off just yet. Dorell Wright is worth keeping an eye on, while Evan Turner should also be worth a play this week. Lavoy Allen is not someone I’d trust in my starting lineup this week.


Phoenix – The Suns play three times this week and Marcin Gortat (who is getting hot again) and Goran Dragic are still must-starts. Luis Scola, Jared Dudley and Jermaine O’Neal are all worth a look, but I don’t fully trust any of them.


Portland – Owners of Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. Hickson have tough decisions to make this week as the Blazers play just two games.


Sacramento – With four games, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are must-starts, while Marcus Thornton and John Salmons are also worth a look in most leagues.


San Antonio – The Spurs play just three games this week, but there aren't any back-to-backs to worry about. That means I’m guessing that Tony Parker (who rested on Sunday), Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili will play in all three games this week. But then again, you never know with Gregg Popovich.


Toronto – With four games, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and Amir Johnson all look like solid plays, while Jonas Valanciunas and Alan Anderson might be worth a shot this week. Andrea Bargnani played 13 scoreless minutes on Friday, and should be on benches in all leagues until further notice, unless you just want to drop him.


Utah – With three games I’m starting Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but guys like Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams all need to be looked at closely before running them out there. Mo Williams is still out with his thumb injury, and I’m not expecting any late miracles.


Washington – A four-game week makes John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Emeka Okafor must-starts, while I would also not be afraid to run Martell Webster out there, as he’s surviving the Beal storm and starting at small forward. Trevor Ariza is also a nice sleeper option after his 18 points and four steals on Saturday. He's playing well off the bench. 

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