Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Feb. 4-10

by Eric McClung on January 31, 2013 @ 17:50:24 PDT


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Four games

Brooklyn Nets

Each of the starting forwards has come up pretty empty for the Nets lately. Reggie Evans is averaging double-digit rebounds this month but isn't looking to score points. He's also not serving up many blocks or steals.

Gerald Wallace has struggled shooting the basketball since coming to the Nets in a trade last year. Crash is setting new career lows across the board with little hope of turning things around.

Must start: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez

Charlotte Bobcats

Prior to stinking up the joint on the road against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night center Bismack Biyombo had averaged 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in his last four games. Biyombo won't score many points but is showing flashes of ability cleaning the glass and protecting the rim.

Must start: Kemba Walker

Denver Nuggets

Over the last six games Kosta Koufos is averaging 10 points, 8.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks. JaVale McGee has been missing time with a lower leg injury so Timofey Mozgov will step right into the rotation and picks up limited fantasy value. Mozgov received more than 25 minutes of action on Monday against the Indiana Pacers due to Kenneth Faried's foul problems. It's highly unlikely Mozgov gets that much play going forward.

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

Detroit Pistons

Veteran Tayshaun Prince was just shipped out as part of the deal that moved Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors. Jose Calderon heads to the Motor City and will likely supplant Rodney Stuckey in the starting lineup. Calderon is experiencing his best month of the season scoring (12.9 points a game) while averaging nearly seven assists a game. Look for him to keep dishing away to the young, promising bigs and perhaps shoot the ball a little more often than before.

Must start: Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond

Golden State Warriors

Yikes, more ankle issues for Stephen Curry. That means Jarrett Jack goes from super sub to rock sold starter. Over the last 30 games Jack has only made three starts yet has averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 assists, 1.2 threes and 0.8 steals. In that time he's playing more than 30 minutes per night and shooting at nearly 50 percent.

Must start: Klay Thompson, David Lee, Jarrett Jack

Houston Rockets

Over the last 18 games Carlos Delfino is taking 6.7 shots from downtown and making more than three of them a night. We all need threes and Delfino is delivering them like few others in the league. Still underappreciated in fantasy circles, Delfino offers a fantastic set it and forget it option when it comes to racking up threes.

Must start: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik

Los Angeles Clippers

As Chris Paul misses games with a bruised knee his backup Eric Bledsoe is struggling as a starter. Over the last nine games he's been asked to make seven starts while shooting just 42 percent from the field. Bledsoe is also averaging more rebounds (5.2) than assists (3.7).

Why is Matt Barnes getting dropped? He's averaging 1.7 threes, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game over the last 13 contests. The points and percentages aren't great, but Barnes is stuffing the rest of the stat sheet nicely.

Must start: Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford

Los Angeles Lakers

Owners are taking a while to warm up to Earl Clark, despite the fact he continues to start over Pau Gasol. Clark has been in the starting lineup for nine of the last 10 games, averaging 11 points, 8.8 rebounds and one block. Gasol has remained pretty solid as a reserve so there's enough room for both to remain productive.

Must start: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Dwight Howard

Memphis Grizzles

The trade of Rudy Gay and an ankle injury to Mike Conley could lead to short-term opportunities for Jerryd Bayless. He recently got his first start of the season collecting 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. It will take the incoming Tayshaun Prince and a healthy Conley to put Bayless back on the bench so the ride might be over quickly.

Ed Davis was averaging 13.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and a block per game this month with the Raptors. Unfortunately, he's taking a huge hit playing behind the stout bigs of the Grizz.

Must start: Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol

Miami Heat

There's very little value outside of Miami's big three but Ray Allen has scored double-digit points in seven of his last eight games. Allen has been playing 27 minutes a night in that span while averaging 13 points and a pair of threes. He's still best left on the waiver wire.

Must start: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

Minnesota Timberwolves

Luke Ridnour is playing his best ball of the season right now. He's averaging 14 points per game this month and is coming off an effort that included a season-high 22 points, seven assists and a trio of threes. Ricky Rubio is an excellent passer but his woeful shooting touch will keep Ridnour in the mix.

Must start: Andrei Kirilenko

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire earning more minutes with his strong play as of late. In his last six games he's averaging 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. Stoudemire is also shooting 60 percent from the field and getting to the line more than seven times a night. More boards would be great but anyone with Amare of their roster has to be pretty optimistic at the moment.

Must start: Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

Oklahoma City Thunder

With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both taking more than 18 shots a night there's not much fantasy value to go around, outside of rim protector Serge Ibaka and sixth man Kevin Martin.

Must start: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Martin

Orlando Magic

Glen Davis just broke his left foot, while Arron Afflalo is dealing with a calf injury. Maurice Harkless will sit in for Afflalo with E'Twaun Moore a possible replacement for Big Baby. However, neither player looks fantasy relevant at the moment. Continue to monitor the situation over the next couple of games.

Must start: Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Nikola Vucevic

Phoenix Suns

Jared Dudley has been very erratic lately with eight or fewer points in three of his last four games. He's good for a three or two per game with the occasional spike in rebounds or assists. You might consider benching Dudley until he shows more consistency.

Must start: Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat

Portland Trail Blazers

A very shallow rotation limits the fantasy offerings of the Blazers. All five of the starters should be owned and started but there's not much happening off the bench. As we move deeper in the season perhaps some minutes will eventually open the door for a Portland bench player to become a worthwhile addition.

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

Utah Jazz

Gordon Hayward has now missed two games with shoulder injury, yielding opportunities to Derrick Favors. Without Hayward around the third-year man has scored double-digits in five of his last six contests while averaging five rebounds and shooting a sound percentage. If Hayward misses an extended period of time, Favors is a decent speculative add.

Must start: Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

Two games

Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose is making strides in his recovery following knee surgery and is expected to return around the All-Star break. He's still owned in most leagues but it doesn't hurt to double check right now.

Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler

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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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