Even though there were 11 games on Saturday it was a relatively quiet night, followed up by a three-game Sunday. There’s enough injury news, as usual, to keep us busy, while owners of Anthony Davis and some other two-game stars have some tough decisions to make in weekly leagues.
Games Played for Week 4
5 Games LAC
4 Games ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, MIN, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
3 Games CLE, DEN, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS
2 Games LAL, NOP, TOR
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Anthony Davis, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Steve Blake and several other players have just two games this week. In my weekly leagues the only two-gamer I’m thinking about rolling with is Davis. Let’s say you plug Nene in for four games and bench Davis. Season Pass projections suggest Nene will end up around 50 points, 23 boards, 11 assists, four steals and three blocks in his four games, while Davis should come in around 44 points, 22 rebounds, four assists, five steals and six blocks in his two. Of course, if Davis gets in foul trouble or posts a dud in one of his games, his week could be ruined, while having the two extra games out of Nene give you some wiggle room. If Nene has two bad games and two good ones, you’ll probably be OK, while the possibility also exists that Davis could freak out and post two monster lines. The bottom line is, if you’re simply trying to win blocks, I’d think about rolling with Davis. But if not, plugging in a solid four-game option like Nene and benching Davis makes sense. And for the record, I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do against Eric Seitz in League Freak. For those of you following along on Twitter, he’s the dude who refuses to give me Paul Millsap for Russell Westbrook, although now I’m not even sure I still want to do it.
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The Lakers don’t play until Friday, meaning Kobe Bryant has nearly a full week to practice and get ready to go. There’s still an excellent chance he may not play this week, but I’m thinking if he continues to look “like Kobe” in practice this week that he’ll be ready to roll out there on Friday. It’s a home game against the Warriors, setting up a perfect spot for him to pull a Willis Reed.
Mike Malone got mad at his starters on Sunday and basically benched them all. This was rough for owners of DeMarcus Cousins, Greivis Vasquez and others. In fact, the only one who played more than 19 minutes was Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who just joined the starting five last night. This is the third time (that I know of) that Malone has messed with Cousins’ minutes and the only thing we can hope for is that he’s learning something along the way. New starting power forward Jason Thompson played 10 minutes, Cousins played 18 and Vasquez played 19 minutes tonight, but I’m still rolling with Cousins until the roof caves in.
Waiting on Waiters
It sounds like Cleveland's Dion Waiters may have had his feelings hurt in Wednesday’s players-only meeting and no one has really heard from him since. He supposedly is at home with an illness but it sounds like there’s more to it than that. C.J. Miles started on Saturday and got into foul trouble, and is a guy I didn’t mention in Wired, but maybe should have. And while we’re on that topic, former Cav Mo Williams is playing very well for the Blazers right now, and is a guy you should also pay some attention to.
Another Jordan, another Blake and another Gasol
Jordan Hill went nuts last night with career highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds on 11-of-16 shooting. As hot as he is, it’s a real shame the Lakers only have two games this week, but he should be owned in all leagues at this point. Steve Blake had 16 dimes, four steals and nine points, while Pau Gasol just missed a triple-double with a fat stat line. Again, this looks like a team that could explode on Friday if Kobe shows up in uniform.
The Clash lied – Rudy can fail
Rudy Gay is scoring and putting up numbers for teh Raptors, but the way he’s going about it is a little scary. He’s shooting just 37 percent on the season, hit 11 of a ridiculous 37 shots to score 29 points on Monday, and had 30 points on 12-of-27 shooting Sunday without handing out a single assist. And that is a good example of how a player is much better in fantasy than reality. And with DeMar DeRozan and Gay cranking up shots every time they touch it, it’s going to be tough for their teammates to get into the mix on most nights.