New Orleans @ Memphis 5:00
With Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday all out for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon all look like must-starts. Brian Roberts is also a strong play, while Al-Farouq Aminu, Austin Rivers and Alexis Ajinca are interesting options.
For the Grizzlies, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph are must-starts, while Courtney Lee, James Johnson, Marc Gasol and Ed Davis are worth consideration. Given how poorly Gasol has played since returning from a knee injury, I’d try to find another option.
Miami @ Atlanta 5:30
LeBron James and Chris Bosh are must-starts, while Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade are options. I like Chalmers better than Wade at this point, as we know Chalmers will probably play. Wade is so hit-or-miss from night to night, I just can’t trust him right now, and if you own him, you know what I’m talking about.
For the Hawks, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Pero Antic are all worth using in most cases. And if you’re short on options, Mike Scott and Lou Williams can be played in a pinch.
LA Lakers @ Chicago 8:00
Pau Gasol, Nick Young (29 points Sunday) Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks and Wes Johnson all look good in this one. Ryan Kelly is also worth a look after going for 17 points and five boards in a start on Sunday, but I simply don’t trust him. And I also don’t trust Jordan Hill after he saw just 11 minutes last night.
The Bulls should get nice stats from Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and D.J. Augustin, while Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell will all see plenty of minutes in this one. I like the idea of rolling the dice on Butler, but the rest of these guys are a crapshoot.
Portland @ Houston 8:00
The Blazers play five times this week, meaning guys like Mo Williams and C.J. McCollum are worth a look in deep leagues, but the bottom line is that starters Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez are all must-starts this week.
For the Rockets, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones (thigh) and Dwight Howard are must starts. Jeremy Lin is a decent option and a better one than Aaron Brooks, but neither Rocket PG is a must-start. Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi are also options, but are far too inconsistent to be used in most leagues. I also expect Patrick Beverley to return to action this week, but I wouldn’t start him just yet.
Indiana @ Golden State 10:30
Paul George (aka 360 dunk) and Lance Stephenson look like must-starts at this point, while Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill are all shaky, but decent fantasy starts for the Pacers. I would forget about Danny Granger and any other Pacers bench players, but any of them could explode at any time. Stephenson had another big week and should be fun to own with four games this week.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry and David Lee are must-starts, while Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut are all solid plays. The Warriors play just three times this week, so weigh your options carefully if you own Thompson, Iguodala or Bogut.