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
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
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
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
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
About Eric McClung
Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a two-time award finalist. He's also 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.
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