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.
Jeff Teague continues to decline as of late and is shooting just 35.1 percent four games into January. Teague opened the season by shooting a pleasant 46.6 from the floor in November before dropping to 41.8 in December. During that time his assists slide from 7.1 assists per game to 6.3 dimes.
Kyle Korver continues to pour it in from long distance. In nine of his last dozen starts he's connected three or more times from beyond the arch.
Must start: Lou Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford
It might be time to cut ties with Jason Terry. In four January games he's failed to crack double-digit scoring and is shooting a woeful 28.6 percent. Last month the Jet made a very friendly 2.1 threes per game but posted another ugly shooting percentage, 37.4 percent. Terry, now 35 years old, and his move to Beantown have yielded poor early returns.
Must start: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
Over the last four games Ben Gordon is averaging 18.5 points with 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Gordon can't maintain the .544 field goal percent he's putting up and can get inconsistent minutes coming off the bench. However, as a short-term rental for points and threes Gordon isn't a bad speculative play.
Must start: Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Nate Robinson becomes a player to add if Kirk Hinrich (elbow) misses more than one game. Robinson owns a pair of recent games with seven assists, one coming on December 31 when Hinrich was ruled out with a combination of injuries.
An extended Hinrich absence would also benefit Marco Belinelli. Over the last six games he's taking nearly four threes a contest and would gain more minutes as the Windy City sixth man.
Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah
Despite limited scoring for both, veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter have proven to be quite useful thus far.
The Matrix is averaging 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game over the last 14 contests. In the same span of time Vinsanity toted 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 threes per game.
Both players are recording nearly block and a steal.
Must start: Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman
Andre Miller is a super sub point guard that's averaging 11.8 points and 9.5 assists per game in 2013.
Corey Brewer has struggled with his three point shot so far in January but still rakes in steals and can be a strong rental when he's hot.
Kosta Koufos isn't a big scorer but offers a nice percentage with above average rebounds and blocks.
Must start: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried
It's a three horse race for the secondary forward role in Houston between Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Carlos Delfino.
Even though he's coming off the bench Patterson is outplaying Morris, the starter. In four games this month Patterson (who made 21 starts early in the season) is averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 threes.
Delfino will continue to take a lot of threes off the bench. His 6.1 long distance attempts per game have him tied for sixth-most in the league this season despite only playing 25.1 minutes.
Must start: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik
Los Angeles Clippers (five games next week)
Matt Barnes a top-50 fantasy player yet is available in nearly half of most leagues. In four January games he's averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 threes, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 steals per game. Barnes won't do that over the course of an entire month and doesn't wow in any one area but is always chipping in across the board.
Must start: Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan
Monday's blowout victory allowed Wayne Ellington to play a lot of garbage time. He scored a season-high 26 points and nailed six of his seven threes. Ellington had another big performance while mopping up earlier in the season but continued to sit pretty far down the bench afterward.
Must start: Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol
Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.