Space is limited, so I’m going to take a very quick trip around the league with things to consider when setting your lineups this week. Mike Gallagher will be hosting a free live chat today at 2 p.m. ET – check it out.
4 Games – ATL, LAC, MEM, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, TOR
3 Games – BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, NOP, NYK, SAN, UTA, WAS
2 Games – DAL, DEN, LAL, MIA, POR
Atlanta – Jeff Teague is out Monday and could miss more games with a sprained ankle. Shelvin Mack should benefit. DeMarre Carroll is playing well and Mike Scott is also worth a look, while Elton Brand will also see extra playing time with Pero Antic out indefinitely with a sprained ankle of his own. Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver are obviously good to go with four games.
Boston – Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double on Sunday, but the Celtics play back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, making him a little risky after he sat out a game last week on a back-to-back. Brandon Bass started over Kris Humphries on Sunday, racking up 17 points and eight rebounds. Jared Sullinger came off the bench in the second half for Humps, making all three players a bit of a roll of the dice right now. Jeff Green hit 2-of-13 shots for eight points on Sunday, but had 39 points on Wednesday, and continues to be hit-or-miss. I’m playing him in most leagues.
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Brooklyn – Joe Johnson has struggled in two straight and it’s not a coincidence that Deron Williams is back. With those two struggling, it’s hard to rely on any Nets player right now, although Andray Blatche might be the safest of the bunch after leading the team in scoring with 17 points on Sunday.
Charlotte – Al Jefferson is a must-start given his strong play of late, while Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions are also options in most leagues. Jannero Pargo should be given a look in deep leagues, but Sessions and Pargo will take a hit once Kemba Walker is back from his ankle injury. I doubt he plays this week.
Chicago – Carlos Boozer is being pushed hard by Taj Gibson, and is no longer a must-start player in weekly leagues. D.J. Augustin, on the other hand, is, while Joakim Noah should also be in lineups. Weigh options before using Jimmy Butler, Gibson and Tony Snell.
Cleveland – Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng and Tristan Thompson are all strong plays this week, while Dion Waiters could have a couple nice lines. Anderson Varejao will have a left knee injury re-evaluated soon and could miss some time this week. If it happens, Tyler Zeller might be pushed into the starting lineup.
Dallas – Devin Harris has scored 28 points over his last two games and deserves a look, while Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis are tough calls in weekly leagues with the two-game schedule. As for the three-headed monster known as the Dallas center, I don’t like any of them (Brandan Wright, DeJuan Blair and Samuel Dalembert).
Denver – Another two-game team, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler look like possible weekly options, while J.J. Hickson, Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and Nate Robinson are all risky given their inconsistency.
Detroit – Starters Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith all look like solid plays this week, and Rodney Stuckey can be used off the Detroit bench, but I’d stay away from the rest of them.
Golden State – Stephen Curry and David Lee are must-starts with three games, while Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut are also worth a look. I think I need four games on the schedule in order to start Andre Iguodala at this point. Lee is dealing with a shoulder injury but looked good on Sunday. Hopefully he's ready for Tuesday's game against the Wizards. Bogut is also dealing with a sore knee, but said it's feeling better on Sunday.
Houston – Dwight Howard and James Harden look like must-starts in all formats, while a struggling Terrence Jones, Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin can be used in a pinch. Just watch for updates on Harden’s injured left (shooting) thumb on Monday.
Indiana – Lance Stephenson flirted with his fourth triple-double on Saturday, missing it by three assists. He’s hot again and should be in all lineups for his three games, along with Paul George. David West, Roy Hibbert and George Hill can be used in some instances, but you might be able to find a better four-game option.
LA Clippers – The Clips play four times, making Darren Collison, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan must-starts. Matt Barnes could also be a sneaky play if he can get hot. Just check the news feed on Monday for updates on Collison’s toe injury and Redick’s sore back.
LA Lakers – With two games, most Lakers should be on weekly benches. Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, Pau Gasol and Ryan Kelly are all playing well for the Lakers right now, and are all solid daily plays. Wes Johnson has been demoted to the bench, so I don’t think he’s usable in most leagues. Manny Harris had 18 points on Sunday, but I don’t see that lasting.
Memphis – Mike Conley, Courtney Lee and Zach Randolph all look like four-game must-starts. Marc Gasol has been bad enough that owners should weigh options carefully, while James Johnson continues to play well off the bench. I’ve got JJ plugged into several weekly lineups, and yeah, I’m pretty nervous about it. Lee is one of my favorite pickups for the week and will likely take a hit once Tony Allen returns from his broken hand, but I’m rolling with him for now.