Andre Iguodala – Doesn’t sound likely for this week and Harrison Barnes is now a must-start in all formats. Don’t ask questions or think about it, just play him for four games this week.
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash & Chris Kaman – Kobe could play late in the week, but shouldn’t be in any lineups for now. Nash is hoping to come back at some point in the near future, but I’m not holding my breath, and Jordan Hill is now the man, along with Steve Blake, for the Lakers. Start those two with confidence, and say goodbye to Chris Kaman.
Marc Gasol – Gasol is going to miss at least a month and maybe more with his knee injury. He won’t need surgery, but this is a long-term injury and Kosta Koufos should be one of the hottest pickups in deeper leagues, or ones that use two centers. Ed Davis could also make some noise, so just keep an eye on him.
Raymond Felton – There’s still no word on when he’ll return from his hip injury and I don’t trust him enough to use him right now. Watch for updates later on Monday.
Russell Westbrook – While his absence on Sunday was devastating for some of us, he’s fine. He’ll get five days to rest his knee and should be safe three-game play for the upcoming week. Yes, I’m possibly benching him for Rodney Stuckey, but I would only do so in a weekly league where you only start a few guys (6), like we do in League Freak.
Spencer Hawes – A knee injury finally slowed Hawes down for the Sixers when he sat out on Saturday. He’s iffy for Wednesday, but you have to think with so many days off between games he’ll be ready to go for that one against the Magic. Unfortunately, I doubt we know much about his availability until after shootaround for that game.
Thaddeus Young – He’s now missed three straight games for personal reasons and news is not exactly prevalent. I’m guessing that he’ll be ready to go by Wednesday, when the Sixers play the Magic, but that’s just a guess.
Eric Bledsoe – When we found out Bledsoe was going to miss Tuesday’s game, @mikesgallagher and I thought it would be a quick one-game rest for one of the league’s most exciting players. But we were wrong. Four games later and the last report we have on Bledsoe is that he still can’t run. I am benching him in weekly leagues and as I wrote in Waiver Wired, Gerald Green should now be owned in all leagues, even when Bledsoe is healthy.
Rudy Gay – Gay was limited in practice on Sunday due to the flu and was bothered by it on Friday, but should be good to go on Tuesday vs. the Nets. Although if a mild fever could keep him from shooting it 30 times a night, I doubt many folks would be too upset about it.
Trevor Ariza – Ariza missed Friday’s game against the Raptors, as Martell Webster continues to hold it down in his absence. Ariza’s missed four straight games with his hamstring injury and we still don’t know when he’ll play. But the thought is that he’s getting close to a return and the Wizards next host the Lakers on Tuesday. Ariza can’t be trusted for that one, or weekly leagues just yet, but he’s worth grabbing if he was dropped in your league.
Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em
4-Game Sneaky Starts – DeMarre Carroll, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Joe Johnson (34 points, eight 3-pointers Sunday, which beat me in my main league), Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Shawn Marion, DeJuan Blair, Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson, Rodney Stuckey, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Mario Chalmers, Corey Brewer, Caron Butler, Ryan Anderson, Kenyon Martin (really? I said that?), Andrea Bargnani, Gerald Green, Marcus Morris and Marcin Gortat.
3-Game Interesting Plays – Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich, Anderson Varejao, J.J. Redick, Kosta Koufos, Glen Davis, Spencer Hawes, Robin Lopez, Trey Burke, Enes Kanter and Marvin Williams.
3-Game Must-Starts – Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook (I might bench him, but I am weird), Serge Ibaka, Arron Afflalo, Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.
2-Game Headaches – DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Greivis Vasquez, Ben McLemore. The only one of these dudes I would confidently put into a weekly lineup is Cousins.
Good luck this week!