Atlanta 4 Games for Week 20 – It’s another four-game week for the Hawks, meaning more goodies from Josh Smith, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, and more inconsistency and lineup tinkering from coach Larry Drew, Kyle Korver and Devin Harris. Use anyone not in the Hawks’ Big 3 at your own risk.
Boston 3 – The Celtics have just three games this week, but guys like Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Brandon Bass are all worth a look in deeper leagues. Kevin Garnett couldn’t shoot it on Sunday, but KG, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green, who was also quiet on Sunday, are all players who should be in most fantasy lineups.
Brooklyn 3 – The Nets go three times and are relatively healthy, meaning Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson should all be good to go, while Andray Blatche, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans might be worth a look. Kris Humphries has fallen all the way out of the rotation, so drop him.
Charlotte 3 – Byron Mullens has become unplayable and Kemba Walker has become unbenchable for Charlotte. Gerald Henderson is a solid starting option, Ben Gordon is now relevant due to Ramon Sessions’ knee injury, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as usual, is worth keeping a close eye on, and Josh McRoberts could be the new starting PF going forward. I trust Walker and Henderson, but everyone else on this team is a risky roll of the dice.
Chicago 2 – Derrick Rose is bothered by a hamstring injury now, and even though it feels like he’s real close to playing, we still don’t have a target date, or even any indication that he’ll try to come back and do much at all before the playoffs start. No Bull is a must-start with just two games, but Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson should all at least be in the discussion this week.
Cleveland 3 – As if Kyrie Irving’s knee and illness problems haven’t been enough of a buzzkill lately, he left Sunday’s game with a bruised left shoulder and didn’t return. He shot his free throws one-handed before leaving and Shaun Livingston could be in line for a few starts this week if Irving is out. And given his injury history, their terrible record and the conservative nature of coach Byron Scott, Irving’s nervous owners should be watching the Rotoworld wire for updates the rest of the way. I don’t like the direction his story is taking. Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson look like your strong starts this week, while Livingston, C.J. Miles, Tyler Zeller, Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Alonzo Gee all might be worth a look in some deeper leagues.
Dallas 4 – A four-game week for the Mavs means that Dirk Nowitzki, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison can all be trusted, while Vince Carter looks decent with Shawn Marion iffy for the week with a calf injury. Marion should probably be on all benches right now. Mayo hurt his left ankle on Sunday but played through it, so watch for updates on him Monday, as he could be iffy for Tuesday. Elton Brand, Chris Kaman and Brandan Wright are all interesting center prospects, but are sharing time, creating more of a logjam than anything else.
Denver 3 – Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Faried all look like solid three-game plays this week, while Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer, Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee could possibly be used in a pinch, although I don’t really trust any of them. The good news is this team is healthy.
Detroit 3 – The Pistons aren’t expecting Andre Drummond back this week, so he should probably still be floating on waivers in your league. Maybe he’ll be back from his back injury next Monday, but I’m not holding my breath. Jose Calderon, Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe are the only Pistons I’d think about starting in a three-game week.
Golden State 4 – This is the W’s last 4-game week of the season so owners of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee (knee) should prepare themselves mentally. It sounds like Lee will go on Monday against his former team (NY), so I’d roll with him. Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry (who takes a hit if Lee is back), Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes are all worth a look this week, depending on your options. Watch for updates on Lee on Monday afternoon.
Houston 3 – Despite a sore foot, James Harden is your must-start with three games, while Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik should be relatively safe plays. Carlos Delfino could be boom or bust this week, while Donatas Motiejunas just hasn’t been living up to the hype lately. However, he is still a better play than Thomas Robinson.
Indiana 3 – Paul George still looks like a must-start despite a quiet game on Sunday, while Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill should all be decent options. Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough and D.J. Augustin are also worth consideration, but I don’t really trust them in a three-game week.
L.A. Clippers 2 – A two-game week means potential playoffs disaster for owners of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, while Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan are probably not worth starting in most leagues. Crawford has missed two straight with an ankle injury, but could play Wednesday.
L.A. Lakers 4 – With four games Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace are must-starts, while Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks are worth consideration. The good news is that they are all relatively healthy right now.
Memphis 4 – Zach Randolph sat out again on Saturday with his bum ankle, leaving him iffy for Tuesday at Portland. With four games he might be worth a roll of the dice, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol look like strong plays. Ed Davis will be worth a spot start if Z-Bo is out again on Tuesday, while Jerryd Bayless and Tony Allen also appear to be solid four-game options this week. Quincy Pondexter might be a sneaky four-game play in real deep leagues, but there are some trust issues there.