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Dose: Kyrie Goes Down Again

Monday, March 11, 2013

Miami 4 – Four games mean that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are must-starts, while Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem are low-end options this week.


Milwaukee 4 – Larry Sanders sat out Sunday with a knee injury, J.J. Redick was out with an ankle injury, and Ersan Ilyasova sat with a sore knee, leaving all of them a little iffy for Tuesday. Watch for updates. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis both had monster weeks and are must-starts, while Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy and even Gustavo Ayon will be worth a look if Sanders and Ilyasova remain out.


Minnesota 4 – Andrei Kirilenko is hoping to return this week from his calf injury, but doesn’t sound likely for Tuesday. Nikola Pekovic (abdomen) is in the same boat, so owners of both players need to watch for updates. Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour are all good four-game options, while Alexey Shved, Mickael Gelabale and Greg Stiemsma might be worth a look in deeper leagues. We may see Kevin Love again this season, but I don’t think it will happen this week.


New Orleans 3 – Greivis Vasquez is playing through a thumb injury but looks like a strong play, along with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. The Hornets don’t go back-to-back until Sunday/Monday, meaning we could actually see Eric Gordon play three times this week, while Al-Farouq Aminu and Robin Lopez might be worth a look, although they’re not too reliable right now.


New York 4 – Amare Stoudemire’s regular season is done due to knee surgery but there’s not really a sure-fire replacement for fantasy purposes in New York. Carmelo Anthony has now missed three straight and most of a fourth with his knee injury, and we just don’t know if he’ll play Monday, despite traveling with the team. J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler look like solid options this week, while Steve Novak, Kenyon Martin and Chris Copeland might be able to help deep-league owners with four games. Here’s hoping we get good news on Melo in a few hours.


Oklahoma City 4 – With four games, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are all must-starts, while Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and maybe even Derek Fisher might be worth starting in some formats.


Orlando 3 – Jameer Nelson, Tobias Harris, Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic look like strong plays this week, while Moe Harkless and Beno Udrih might be worth a look. Andrew Nicholson didn’t even get off the bench on Sunday, so it’s time to move on.


Philadelphia 3 – Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorell Wright, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young are all worth a look despite three games, although Holiday and Turner are mired in slumps. Damien Wilkins has had some nice games recently, but I don’t trust him, while Nick Young could return at some point this week and possibly rain on Wright’s parade.


Phoenix 4 – Marcin Gortat (foot) is likely done for the regular season and Jermaine O’Neal (personal) is hoping to play on Monday. Goran Dragic, JO, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and Jared Dudley are all interesting four-game options, while Michael Beasley, Wes Johnson and Luis Scola could also make some noise this week. This team is a mess and most of them aren’t to be trusted.


Portland 3 – LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a sprained right ankle on Sunday and while he’s vowing to play on Tuesday, he’s far from a lock to do so. Damian Lillard, who is dealing with a left shoulder injury, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and J.J. Hickson all look like safe plays, while Eric Maynor has been playing well enough to be given a deep-league look. Aldridge’s owners have to hope for the best this week, and then pray he’s fully ready for next week’s five games.


Sacramento 2 – DeMarcus Cousins elbowed Mike Dunleavy in the head Sunday and was ejected, meaning he could be facing a suspension this week. With two games most Kings should be benched, but owners have to weigh options with guys like Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton.


San Antonio 4 – The Spurs go back-to-back on Monday/Tuesday, leaving me a little worried that Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili might be due for a night off in one of them. The point guard situation here is still a mess, while Duncan, Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter are all worth a close look.


Toronto 3 – Rudy Gay sat out on Sunday with a sore back leaving him iffy for Wednesday, while Terrence Ross started in his place and had 14 points and a full stat line. Alan Anderson had 18 points to lead the team, Amir Johnson posted a big line, and Jonas Valanciunas is finally showing signs of life with Andrea Bargnani down again with an elbow injury. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan look like strong starts this week and I’m leaning toward telling you to start Gay.


Utah 3 – Paul Millsap is iffy for Monday with his knee injury and Al Jefferson’s still not up to full speed on his bum ankle. Mo Williams has yet to turn it on since returning from his thumb injury, while Gordon Hayward suddenly looks like one of their safer options. Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks are always worth a look, but I don’t trust those guys much in a three-game week.


Washington 4 – Trevor Ariza is hot, Martell Webster is a decent option as long as he’s starting, and John Wall, Nene and Emeka Okafor also look like solid plays this week. Bradley Beal has missed three straight games with a bum ankle and is iffy for Tuesday against the Cavaliers. Depending on your options, he could be worth using with four games this week, and I’m guessing he’ll play against the Cavs.

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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