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Monday, November 04, 2013


Injury News

 

George Hill’s hip injury is a bit concerning, but it sounds like he’s going to play through it this week for the Pacers. With four games, he’s probably worth a roll of the dice.

 

Al Jefferson is hoping to play on Tuesday through his ankle injury after missing a couple games, but is not guaranteed to play. I’d try to find someone else for your weekly lineup, if you can.  The Bobcats play three games this week.

 

Orlando’s Tobias Harris could miss more time with his ankle injury and I’m benching him until I see him on the court.

 

Omri Casspi says he’s going to play on Monday despite an ankle injury and could be a sneaky source of 3-pointers in deep leagues if he’s truly good to go. Ditto for Francisco Garcia, who is not injured. The Rockets have four games this week, making both intriguing.  Patrick Beverley (ribs) isn’t expected to play this week, meaning Jeremy Lin looks like a must-start with four games.  James Harden’s knee is a concern, but he’s been playing through it and is a must-start, unless we get bad news on Monday afternoon.

 

Harrison Barnes is close to a return from toe inflammation, but there’s no way you can start him as long as he’s behind Andre Iguodala and a red-hot Klay Thompson in the Warriors’ rotation.  But stash him on your bench if you can.

 

Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Deron Williams (ankle) are slowly seeing increased minutes for the Nets. Williams looks like a must-start with three games, but I’m hesitant to play AK after he played just 11 minutes on Sunday.

 

Nene is out right now with a calf injury and there’s no way you can play him again until you see him back in action. Watch for updates on Monday.  John Wall’s back isn’t feeling well, but he played 39 minutes and scored 11 points on Sunday. I’d keep him in your lineup for Washington’s three games this week.

 

The Heat don’t have a back-to-back this week and play three games, so it should be safe to put Dwyane Wade into your weekly lineup.  He had 20 points, five boards, five dimes, two steals and a block on Sunday.  LeBron James left the game for unexplained reasons, but returned and finished with another big line.

 

Brandon Jennings played on Sunday and had 14 points, four assists, four steals and a 3-pointer, but the Pistons play just two times this week.  Andre Drummond had 15 points, 12 boards, two steals and two blocks, but may be better off on your bench with the two games. Keep an eye on Rodney Stuckey. If he plays well this week, it’s time to pick him up.

 

Tim Duncan returned from his chest injury on Saturday and had 24 point, seven boards and a block in 31 minutes.  The Spurs play four times this week, so I’d roll with Duncan if you own him.  Rotoworld is catching some heat for our love of Kawhi Leonard after his nine points and lackluster line on Saturday, but I’m guessing we’ll have the last laugh when it’s all said and done. Play him, and target him in a buy-low scenario. 

 

Steve Nash & Xavier Henry

 

Nash actually looked like a player on Sunday with 13 points, six dimes, a steal and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes, and it’s possible he makes it through the upcoming four-game week. But he’s risky.  Xavier Henry started over Nick Young and had 18 points and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.  With four games this week, your Lakers are probably decent starts.

 

Celtics Benchings

 

Vitor Faverani and Jeff Green spent time on the bench in the fourth quarter on Sunday, which is a concern. Green is off to a slow start, but I’m still not all that worried. Faverani played just 19 minutes, but still had a decent line, while Kelly Olynyk went off for 15 points, eight boards and two steals in 28 minutes. I still love the idea of holding Faverani, as I think he’ll be good for a ton of blocks and boards most weeks. 

 

Tyreke Sighting

 

Tyreke Evans had 15 points, six boards and seven assists on Saturday, so he might be ready to break out.

 

Rudy Gay’s Big Line & JV

 

Gay had 18 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers on Saturday and plays four times this week. Jonas Valanciunas has gotten limited minutes lately, but I bet he plays more this week against true centers. Play him.

 

Tidbits

 

Arron Afflalo stayed hot on Sunday with 16 points, six boards, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers and the Magic play three times this week.  I’d play him.  Jameer Nelson is playing well, and I’d continue to roll with him, despite the trade rumors.

 

Washington center Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 11 boards without Nene on Sunday, and looks like he’s good to go in his new digs.

 

Miles Plumlee fell back to earth for the Suns on Sunday while Channing Frye went off with 19 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, a steal and two blocks. This is not a good sign for Plumlee, but I still think you start him as long as he’s starting for the Suns. And if you want to pick up Frye, it makes sense. The Suns play four times this week.  Eric Bledsoe went nuts on Sunday with 26 points, seven boards, a career-high 14 assists, three steals, two 3-pointers and eight turnovers. His line would have been spectacular without the TOs, but with Goran Dragic in doubt for the near future, Bledsoe should have plenty more big lines in front of him. 

 

Kevin Martin had 30 points, two steals and five 3-pointers on Sunday, while Corey Brewer shared minutes with Derrick Williams last night. The Wolves, like the Sixers, are 3-0. Who saw that coming? The Wolves play four games this week, which is great news for Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Martin.

 

DeMarcus Cousins was benched on Saturday after being abused by Andrew Bogut and his coach wants him to be a better ‘communicator.’  Whatever.  Boogie is still a strong play this week despite just three games.

 

Kyle Korver hit six 3-pointers and had 22 points, four assists, two steals and a block in 37 minutes against the Lakes on Sunday, making him a solid three-game starter this week. DeMarre Carroll started again, but lost minutes to Cartier Martin, which could become a trend. Keep an eye on this position battle.

 

Shawn Marion had 21 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Saturday. The Mavs go four times this week, and it looks like Marion, along with Dirk Nowitzki, Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis should be in your lineup.

 

Cancel the Larry Sanders Show?

 

Larry’s off to a terrible start and had four points, four rebounds and one block in his last game. He then complained about a lack of fourth quarter minutes after the game. Yes, he’s annoying right now, but the Bucks are paying him big bucks and he simply has to get it turned around. Hang in there with him, or steal him for a song from a disgruntled owner.

 

The NBA is back, baby!



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