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Monday's Daily Dose

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Hawks and Nets play just one game this week, while the Pistons only go twice. Try to find alternatives if you play in a weekly lineup league. Waiver Wired should be viewed as a companion piece to this column, so make sure you check it out as well.


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Games Played for Week 12




2 Games - DET

1 Game – ATL, BRK


Jamal Crawford back to bench


Crawford came off the bench on Friday and struggled with his shot.  He will likely continue to come off the pine now that J.J. Redick is back for the Clippers, however, Crawford should continue to see all the minutes he can handle while playing both guard spots, so don’t’ be afraid to leave him in your lineup.


James Anderson back in starting five


Anderson started again for the Sixers on Saturday against the Knicks after scoring 10 points on Friday, and had 17 points in a loss to New York. He’s coming on again and is a marginal fantasy play this week with three games.


Amare Stoudemire relevant again?


Amare hit 8-of-10 shots for 21 points and five rebounds on Saturday. He’s played in 11 straight games, and I’m fine with taking a flier on him. However, given that games-played streak, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him miss one of his four this week.


J.R. Smith back in action


Smith was back at it on Saturday, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 27 minutes. Maybe this will be the game that finally gets him going, as he’s been about as fun to own as Danny Green for most of the season. If he was dropped in your league think about a grab-and-stash in case he’s finally ready to play basketball instead of footsie.


Trevor Ariza rides again


Ariza broke out of his funk on Saturday night with 23 points, 14 boards, five steals and two 3-pointers for the Wiz. It’s about time. He came into that one averaging just 8.3 points in January and owners have to hope that this game got him back on track. With four games this week he now looks like a strong start in weeklies. Kevin Seraphin also came out of nowhere to go nuts in that one, but I don’t trust him any farther than I can throw him.


Khris Middleton starting again


Khris Middleton got the start on Saturday for the Bucks, replacing Luke Ridnour, while Caron Butler didn’t even play off the bench. Perhaps Middleton is about to get hot, while Butler should be on benches this week, or dropped. Middleton had eight points and eight boards on 3-of-14 shooting, meaning he’s truly a Buck. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, finally showing us what we’ve been waiting to see. However, whether or not he can do it again anytime soon remains to be seen. I think he’s a fine spot start in daily leagues, but I don’t have the guts to throw him into a weekly lineup. And the same can be said about any Milwaukee player not named Brandon Knight.


Cartier Martin hurting Tony Snell?


Cart-Mart made his Bulls debut on Saturday and had 11 points and a couple 3-pointers. Jimmy Butler was out, which forced Martin into action, but Snell has been pretty disappointing thus far. I doubt Martin is worth picking up in most leagues, but might be enough to warrant dropping Snell, who failed to score in 17 minutes. Mike Dunleavy is still relevant and had 18 points and a full stat line in this one. 


I’m Anthony Tolliver?


Tolliver, who lost his starting job to Chris Douglas-Roberts and was dropped in most leagues, decided to go nuts on Saturday with 21 points and 8-of-9 shooting. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due back this week, forget about Tolliver.


In addition to Quincy Miller going off for the Nuggets, Evan Fournier had 18 points in 22 minutes on Saturday, hitting 7-of-8 shots. I don’t trust him, but he should at least be on your radar.


Reggie Jackson struggling


OKC’s Jackson had just two points on 1-of-8 shooting Saturday and there are concerns about his fatigue now that he’s starting in place of Russell Westbrook. He’s still a decent fantasy play and should be better on most nights, but owners should weigh options carefully given his recent struggles.


P.J. Tucker heating up for Suns


Tucker had 17 points, 11 rebounds and three 3-pointers on Saturday and just missed a double-double on Friday. He’s still not a must-own player, but can be used if you’re in a pinch, especially with Eric Bledsoe out for the Suns. Gerald Green and Channing Frye are also both hot for the Suns right now.


Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubles for Pelicans


AFA had a nice game Saturday with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but has been pretty hit-or-miss thus far. But with Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday all hurting, chances are he will have a decent line this week.


Courtney Lee starting for Grizzlies


Lee started at shooting guard and had 15 points, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes on Sunday. With Tony Allen out with a hand injury, Lee could be a sneaky play going forward, while Mike Miller could hit a lot of threes off the bench.


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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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