Miami – The Heat waxed the Bobcats without Dwyane Wade on Sunday to win their 26th straight game. LeBron went nuts and should have another four-game bonanza this week, but owners have to hope the streak doesn’t end soon, or he could be due for a night off. Wade’s knee will leave him a little iffy for Monday, but I’m guessing he’ll play in Orlando.
Milwaukee – Ersan Ilyasova was back on Sunday with a double-double, just in time for owners to start him with confidence this week. Brandon Jennings is struggling with his shot right now, but along with Monta Ellis and Larry Sanders, should be starting for most owners. J.J. Redick would look a lot better with four games.
Minnesota – Andrei Kirilenko is struggling through his calf injury and Derrick Williams had 28 on Sunday. I’m leaning toward starting both with four games. Nikola Pekovic appears to be healthy again, so I’d run him out there. Ricky Rubio’s groin seems to be a non-issue, and as for Kevin Love, I am in the camp that believes he won’t play again this season. Then again, I’m also in the camp that was wrong about Tony Parker (sorry).
New Orleans – Anthony Davis is playing well, Robin Lopez had 23 & 10 on Friday and Eric Gordon doesn’t have to deal with a back-to-back this week. Along with Ryan Anderson and Greivis Vasquez, all should be good to go with a four-game week.
New York – Carmelo Anthony is back and we might see Tyson Chandler (neck) on Tuesday. Chandler’s return will hurt Kenyon Martin, but then again, they’re still very thin at power forward and I’d rather use him than Chris Copeland. K-Mart had 18 points and seven boards in Saturday’s start at center. Raymond Felton has been struggling, but I’d still probably use him in a four-game week, while J.R. Smith is must-start right now.
Oklahoma City – The Thunder play three games and Serge Ibaka is a tough call, unless you really need blocks. He was pretty bad in the first couple games last week, but did finish up strong on Saturday and Sunday. Kevin Martin is also a shaky start, while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant should obviously be in all lineups.
Orlando – It sounds like Nikola Vucevic is out on Monday with a concussion, making him a tough start this week. Moe Harkless is suddenly a must-start, while Tobias Harris is still worth a look despite cooling off. Arron Afflalo is out for the year with a hamstring injury, making Beno Udrih a hot pickup right now with four games. And with Vucevic iffy, Kyle O’Quinn is worth a look after a couple nice lines last week. Hedo Turkoglu’s suspension ends this week, but I doubt he plays much, if at all.
Philadelphia –Lavoy Allen blew up for 20 points on Sunday, but had been doing nothing. No thanks. Dorell Wright came through with 22 points and six 3-pointers, which should be enough to get him into lineups this week with four games, despite his inconsistency. Damien Wilkins is hot and worth a shot as long as he’s starting, while Jrue Holiday broke out of a funk with a monster line Sunday. Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes are all worth using in most leagues, as well.
Phoenix – Jermaine O’Neal is hoping to play through his calf injury on Wednesday, but it makes me pretty nervous. Wes Johnson and Luis Scola are worth a look, but aren’t all that trustworthy, leaving only Goran Dragic as a sure bet in Phoenix.
Portland – The Blazers go three times and all the starters are worth using in most formats, but they have no bench, even though Eric Maynor occasionally shines.
Sacramento – With three games Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans (battling flu) are all worth a shot, while Marcus Thornton and John Salmons could have a decent week. They’re all healthy, while Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson are hurting each other too much in a timeshare.
San Antonio – Surprisingly, Tony Parker is back and played well on Friday. I still think he’s going to get random DNPs, but congratulations if you held onto him or picked him up. I was wrong, as I didn’t think we’d see him nearly this soon. The good news is there are no back-to-backs to worry about in this three-game week, so Tim Duncan should be good to go.
Toronto – It sounds like Rudy Gay’s season might be over due to a back injury, which would likely put Terrence Ross in the starting lineup going forward. Landry Fields will also see a boost, but I like Alan Anderson better that both of them, despite coming off the bench. Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson (who was benched on Friday and Saturday) are also pretty solid options, although the three-game week stings a little. Amir should bounce back on Wednesday vs. Atlanta, while I'm about to drop Gay in my daily league.
Utah – The Jazz are a mess and Al Jefferson’s slump continues, as he’s not really blocking enough shots or grabbing enough boards to make his owners happy. But in a four-game week, you simply have to throw him out there. Enes Kanter was nice on Sunday, but is unreliable with all the other bigs healthy. Mo Williams finally broke out of his funk on Friday with 23 points and eight dimes, while Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward look like must-starts.
Washington – We don’t know when we’ll see Bradley Beal again due to his ankle injury, meaning you can’t start him. Trevor Ariza, who has been hot, missed Saturday with the flu, but should hopefully be good to go on Monday. John Wall, Emeka Okafor, Martell Webster and Nene are all worth using with four games, while Cartier Martin should be ignored after his 23-point explosion in Ariza’s absence.