Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Jan. 7-13
The NBA schedule has any given team playing between one to five games on any given week. This uneven distribution can alter the value of players quite a bit, particularly in weekly scoring formats. This planner highlights those teams playing an extra game or two and those playing a reduced amount.
The starting backcourt of Jeff Teague and Lou Williams served up a New Year's Day stinker but had been a solid unit prior to that. Williams has now started six straight games, averaging 16.8 points per game and 5.8 assists in that span.
Kyle Korver connected from long distance four times to start his 2013 and continues to produce threes on a consistent basis.
Must start: Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford
Taj Gibson recently stepped in for Joakim Noah (flu) beautifully by logging a game-high 44:49 minutes. He also registered 21 points and 11 rebounds with four blocks. Gibson's playing time is too erratic to consider adding, however. Any injury to Boozer or Noah makes him an instant grab, though.
Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah
With Anderson Varejao (knee) unavailable Tyler Zeller has stepped in as the starting center over the last six games. As a starter he's averaged 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Tristan Thompson also benefited with Varejao missing by notching 12.8 points while shooting nearly 50 percent to go with 12.3 rebounds.
Varejao's injury doesn't appear to be long term so Zeller's value could be running out soon. Thompson has cemented himself in the Cavs frontcourt but will likely see a slight decline when Varejao suits up again.
Must start: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson
Over the last five contests Chris Kaman is shooting 50 percent from the floor while averaging 12.8 points and seven boards per game. Kaman is only playing about 25.5 minutes but is proving to be extremely efficient and should be owned right now.
Must start: O.J. Mayo
Since returning from a foot injury, Patrick Patterson is starting to see his minutes ramp back up while looking to get his starting job back from Marcus Morris. Each player is averaging exactly 13.2 points per game as a starter with similar rebounding numbers and percentages. For fantasy purposes Morris is slightly preferred thanks to his three-point shooting.
Must start: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Omer Asik
Things continue to get worse for Roy Hibbert, Indy's $58 million dollar man. Over the last eight games he's only scoring 8.1 points per game on a woeful 42.4 percent shooting. Hibbert will throw in the occasional big rebound performance and is still blocking a lot of shots. See what you can get for him on the trading block, especially from those in need of rejections or a big man.
Must start: Paul George, David West
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