Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Jan. 21-27

by Eric McClung on January 17, 2013 @ 15:40:52 PDT


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New Orleans Hornets

Al-Farouq Aminu owns at least eight rebounds in each of his seven consecutive starts. He's also been averaging 1.5 steals and nearly a block per game after regaining his starting gig.

Must start: Greivis Vasquez, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson

New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Undrafted rookie Chris Copeland is coming off a 22-point effort that featured four threes in what was just his second start of the season. It remains to be seen if he can keep this up, but he's becoming the preferred stretch-4 over Steve Novak.

Must start: J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Martin is taking a lot of threes lately and has received more than 30 minutes off the bench in five of the nine games played by OKC so far this month. During that span Martin has launched six or more threes half a dozen times.

Must start: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

Phoenix Suns

Jared Dudley missed two games with a wrist injury but says he is ready to return. That move will bump Shannon Brown back to a reserve role despite a recent 21-point scoring affair. Dudley had been averaging 13.5 points, five rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 three per game in six January contests.

Must start: Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat

Portland Trail Blazers

There's not much to report when it comes to the Blazers as of late but their starting five should be universally owned and started in fantasy circles.

Must start: Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson

Sacramento Kings

Tyreke Evans has made two straight starts and has scored 18 or more points in three of the last four games. He's coming off arguably his best game of the season: 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action. Evans has seen his minutes ramped up lately after he missed an extended amount of time a knee injury but now looks safe to start going forward.

Must start: DeMarcus Cousins

San Antonio Spurs

If Tiago Splitter had managed to pull down one more rebound on Wednesday night he would own three double-doubles over the last six games. He's also averaging a block per game in that span and is shooting better than 58 percent from the field.

Must start: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

Washington Wizards

John Wall is still coming off the bench but just recorded 14 points, 10 assists and three steals while playing a season-high 26 minutes. His return to the starting lineup may cut into Bradley Beal's opportunities but the team's first-round selection should continue to hold some value.

Must start: Bradley Beal, Emeka Okafor

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Dallas Mavericks

Must start: O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki

Denver Nuggets

Must start: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried

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About Eric McClung

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.

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