Memphis 3 - With three games I’m good with running Mike Conley and Marc Gasol out there, but Zach Randolph missed Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle, leaving him iffy for Wednesday. With so many days until then, I’m thinking he’ll play, but Tony Allen, Ed Davis (10 & 10 Sunday), Tayshaun Prince (14 points Sunday) and any other Grizzlies are going to be planted on my bench. If Z-Bo is out Wednesday, look for Darrell Arthur to start, and for Davis to have a solid game.
Miami 4 – There’s not much to say here. LeBron James, who has a sore knee, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who had one rebound on Sunday, are all must-starts, while Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers might also be worth consideration in your league. The Heat play four games per week for the next four.
Milwaukee 4 – Brandon Jennings finally broke out of a funk on Saturday with a career-high 19 assists and joins Monta Ellis, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova as must-start players. J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy are also worth a thought, but might be a little risky coming off the bench. And if you’re still holding Samuel Dalembert, it’s time to cut bait.
Minnesota 4 – With Nikola Pekovic (abdomen), Andrei Kirilenko (calf) and Kevin Love (hand) all hurting, Derrick Williams is simply a must-start fantasy player right now. He had 23 points, eight boards and three blocks on Saturday and looks like a great player to own with the Wolves’ fantasy-friendly schedule the rest of the way. Pekovic is very iffy for Monday against the Heat, and I currently have him benched in my weekly leagues, but will be watching for news on Monday. Kirilenko sounds like he’ll be out “for a while” and Love is not close. Along with Williams, Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio look like strong plays, while J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham are also worth a look for the banged up Wolves. And if you’re desperate for blocks, Greg Stiemsma should rack them up as long as Pek is out. Brandon Roy will try to play again this season, but I’m not touching him with a 10-foot pole.
New Orleans 4 – Anthony Davis didn’t take part in the contact portions of Sunday’s practice due to his shoulder injury and I have him benched in weekly leagues, as he seems pretty iffy for Monday. Greivis Vasquez and Ryan Anderson are must-starts, while Robin Lopez and Al-Farouq Aminu are worth a look, especially with Jason Smith done for the season. The Hornets go back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday, so owners of Eric Gordon already know that he’s probably looking at three games this week, instead of four.
New York 4 – Carmelo Anthony hyperextended his right arm on Sunday but isn’t concerned about it. I’m not either. With four games, Melo, Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler are must-starts, while Raymond Felton still doesn’t look right since returning from pinkie and heel injuries, but I would probably roll the dice on him this week. Jason Kidd had a nice game on Sunday, but it was his first one in forever and he’s not to be trusted as long as Felton is healthy.
Oklahoma City 4 – Serge Ibaka could be suspended for one game after punching Blake Griffin in the groin on Sunday, and I’ll be surprised if he isn’t. That would give him three games this week, meaning he’s probably still worth starting, along with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Weigh options carefully when looking at Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins this week.
Orlando 4 – Jameer Nelson was out again on Sunday and is iffy for Monday due to his knee. E’Twaun Moore and Beno Udrih are worth a close look anytime he is out. Tobias Harris (3-of-14, 6 points) came back to earth on Sunday, but it was a blowout and I’m not too concerned. I’d play him, along with Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, while Andrew Nicholson may be worth a deep-league look.
Philadelphia 4 – Spencer Hawes bounced back on Sunday, Dorell Wright is heating up with Nick Young out (ankle), while Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner all look like must-starts this week. And yes, Andrew Bynum is considering knee surgery.
Phoenix 3 – Goran Dragic says he’ll play on Wednesday despite a back injury and Marcin Gortat also looks like a solid three-game option, but I’d shy away from other Suns, including Jermaine O’Neal, whose daughter will have heart surgery on Tuesday. I’d consider JO a little iffy for Wednesday, and we’ll just have to wait and see how many games (if any) he’ll miss for personal reasons. Start him at your own risk. If JO misses time, Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris would both see a boost, along with starters Gortat and Luis Scola.
Portland 4 – Wesley Matthews is dealing with a sore ankle and Nicolas Batum aggravated his wrist injury on Saturday, but I’m starting both players with four games this week. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and J.J. Hickson are your other must-starts, while center Meyers Leonard and guard Eric Maynor may also be worth a deep-league look after playing well recently.
Sacramento 4 – The Kings destroyed the Bobcats on Sunday as starters Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, John Salmons (22 points) and Jason Thompson (18 & 14) all scored in double digits, along with Marcus Thornton (18 points) off the bench. I am putting all of them in my lineups with four games this week and hoping for the best. Thornton is on a tear, scoring between 18 and 36 points in each of his last four games, while hitting 14 3-pointers.
San Antonio 2 – Tony Parker is out for a month, they’ve got a relatively unknown, four-headed reserve point guard (Cory Joseph started Sunday), and the Spurs play just twice this week. I’m not starting any of them in weekly leagues, although Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green should all have a couple nice games.
Toronto 4 – Rudy Gay missed Saturday’s game with a back injury, allowing Landry Fields and Alan Anderson to play well, while Kyle Lowry triple-doubled, Amir Johnson had 19 & 9 and Andrea Bargnani scored 11 points in 33 minutes in a rare start. DeMar DeRozan joins Lowry and Johnson in the must-start category, while we’ll have to wait and see if Gay is ready for Monday. My guess is that he will be.
Utah 4 – Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both iffy for Monday due to ankle injuries. As long as they’re out, Enes Kanter (22 points, 23 rebounds Friday) and Derrick Favors are strong plays, but the opposite is true if the two big men are healthy enough to go. Gordon Hayward is a must-start player, while Alec Burks is also worth a look, but for now, I’ve got Jefferson and Millsap benched until we get more info.
Washington 3 – Bradley Beal suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday and it could be severe. X-rays were negative, but he left the arena on crutches and I don’t have a great feeling about it. I’m benching him in my weekly leagues for now. John Wall and Emeka Okafor look like strong plays, while Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Nene might be worth a three-game shot. Nene (shoulder) returned from a two-game absence on Sunday and had 15 points and nine boards.