This week fantasy owners will need to squeeze out every available ounce of production from their squads with the NBA All-Star festivities going down Feb. 15-17. Only one team gets to play three games in Week 16 while five squads will suit up for just a single contest.
With limited options to consider this week we'll check out on the remaining nine frames of the NBA schedule. In addition to this info now is a good time to review your league's trade deadline date and the weeks being used for the fantasy postseason.
Los Angeles Clippers
The All-Star break can't come soon enough with Chris Paul (knee), Blake Griffin (hamstring) and Jamal Crawford (shoulder) all missing games with a variety of injuries. In the meantime, the fantasy ramifications are far reaching to those left standing in the Clip rotation.
Eric Bledsoe has scored more than 20 points in two of his last three starts while filling in for Paul. He's also dishing better lately with nine or more assists in three of the last five. In 12 games as a starter this season the third-year man from Kentucky is averaging more than two steals a game.
In an effort to pick up the scoring load, Caron Butler has attempted 10 or more field goals in five straight games with five or more long distance attempts in each of the last four.
The drop-off from Griffin to Lamar Odom as the starting power forward is very significant and has allowed DeAndre Jordan to collect 14 and 22 rebounds, respectively, in the two games minus Blake.
The absence of CP3, Blake and Crawford (in addition to an ejection and subsequent one-game suspension) is really hurting Matt Barnes. He's still a threat to get a steal and block every night out, but is shooting the ball poorly. That should improve when Paul returns to run the offense and hopefully provides easier looks for Barnes. Many are bailing understandably bailing on Barnes right now, but he's too multi-dimensional to leave on the waiver wire if he heats back up again.
One game: Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns
The Atlanta Hawks come out of the gate with a standard three-game week but ride six straight weeks of four games apiece from Week 18-23. Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks have a similar run of six straight weeks with four dates a piece running from Week 19-24. The only other team getting six weeks of four games each is the Miami Heat.
Jeff Teague is struggling to shoot the ball but is setting career highs in scoring, threes and assists.
Meanwhile, Josh Smith continues to fill the stat sheet, yet is a nightmare at the free-throw line.
Al Horford is showing no signs of last year's injury as Kyle Korver keeps lighting it up from beyond the arc.
The fantasy of value of the T-Wolves, particularly Nikola Pekovic, hinges on severity of Andrei Kirilenko's recent quadriceps injury and how quickly Kevin Love recovers from the broken hand suffered in mid-January. Ricky Rubio still can't shoot, but could really use these playmakers to sustain his spike in assists.
Raymond Felton looks just fine since returning from injury and had a recent streak of five games with at least eight assists. Tyson Chandler put together a run of three games with exactly 20 rebounds. With Felton and J.R. Smith each shooting barely above 40 percent those glass-cleaning opportunities will keep coming.
Carmelo Anthony continues to explode with his scoring and threes, but saw a significant dip in shooting percentage during the month of January. However, Melo is supplied 4.2 dimes a night during that time, well above any of his career highs for an entire season.
Amar'e Stoudemire continues to score well off the bench with efficiency, but isn't offering up much else.
The Golden State Warriors play four games a week each of the next four weeks. Stephen Curry is back after another scare involving his ongoing ankle woes. Look for Jarrett Jack owners to consider moving their super sub with Curry's return. Jack also just missed a game with a bruised right shoulder, an injury that isn't considered serious.
Only the Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz end the season with two weeks of just two games in both Weeks 24 and 25. The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets only report to work once in Week 25, the final week of the regular season.
In terms of scheduling, the Jazz and Houston Rockets are also rather disappointing. The Jazz only suit up twice in Weeks 16, 17, 24 and 25. From Weeks 17-24 the Rockets are the only team drawing a single week with four starts.
The aforementioned Clippers get the most favorable draw this week, but pay the price soon by playing just two games in Week 17 and Week 20.
The rare five-game week only occurs three times this season; the only one left on the docket comes to the Portland Trail Blazers in Week 18.