As we prepare to enter the All-Star break the schedule gets a little funky, as every team only has one or two games this week. ESPN leagues count Week 16 and 17 as one long one, and the weekly games played in those leagues are also attached below.
Games Played Week 16 (All-Star Break)
2 Games: Every team except for…
1 Game: LAC, NYK, ORL, PHX
ESPN Leagues (Week 16/17 combined)
6 Games: ATL, CHA, CLE, DEN, DET, TOR, WAS
5 Games: BOS, BRK, CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA
4 Games: LAC, OKC, PHI
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Steve Blake LAL 44% owned in Yahoo! leagues
Blake’s been back for three games after missing time with an elbow injury and despite a recent thigh problem, was averaging 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two heading into Sunday’s game. Of course, he won’t get to face the Sixers and Cavs every night, while Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar will eventually be healthy for the Lakers. But as of right now, Blake looks like a must-own fantasy player.
D.J. Augustin CHI 51%
Augustin has been benched for Kirk Hinrich but is still playing well, averaging 14.8 points, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He was more fun to own when he was starting, but is still a better player to own than Hinrich. Captain Kirk also deserves a look, but is averaging just 8.0 points, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.4 3-pointers in his last five.
Nick Calathes MEM 7%
Calathes has been starting for Mike Conley, who could miss much more time with his ankle injury, and has been playing well. Calathes is averaging 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. But once Conley is back, Calathes should go right back into obscurity.
Avery Bradley BOS 59%
Bradley missed his last game with a sore ankle and is iffy for Sunday’s game. In the two games he played after returning from the injury, Bradley put up an average of 15.5 points, but also averaged just 2.0 assists and didn’t hit a 3-pointer or get a steal. He should average about one per game once he’s fully healthy again.
Jarrett Jack 19%/C.J. Miles 9% CLE
Jack has been starting at shooting guard, but hasn’t played well in his starts. He just can’t seem to get it going this season, but could be poised for a second half breakout if he sticks in the starting five. He replaced C.J. Miles in the first unit, but failed to score in just 12 minutes on Friday. Miles started in that one for Luol Deng (illness) and played well, but doesn’t hold much value when coming off the bench. If he overtakes Jack for his old shooting guard job he could be better this time around. Neither player is a must-own, but both are worth keeping a close eye on going forward.