Another week of fantasy basketball is upon us. Let that Super Bowl hangover slide of your shoulders (unless you’re a Saints fan, then celebrate), and gear up for a strong finish heading into the All-Star break.
It’s time to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, or if you’re still struggling, lobby for for positioning in the top 4-6 teams.
Before you decide on your starting line-up for the week, however, take a look at each team’s number of games:
One Game: Boston, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington
Two Games: Utah, San Antonio, Sacramento, Portland, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New Jersey, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Miami, L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Golden State, Denver, Dallas, Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta
Three Games: Orlando (Matt Barned and J.J. Redick are our sleeper plays, while Vince Carter has been heating up.)
Note: All of this week’s “sit” options are anyone and everyone playing only one game this week. All Magic players are a go (even the inconsistent guys), as they are the only team with more than two contests this week. Let’s focus on the best of the two-game options, in this week’s start and sit column.
Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets
Chauncey Billups missed Saturday’s game, giving Lawson his first start in over a month, and he did not disappoint. Lawson ripped off 25 points, four assists, and four rebounds, and reached double figures in scoring for the third time in the past four games.
Billups may be back in the line-up this week, but even if he is Lawson holds better value than usual, and should get some solid minutes. And with his efficient play, 20+ minutes could equal some solid production.
Jerryd Bayless, G, Portland Trail Blazers
Like Mille, Bayless is benefiting from a starter’s injury, as Brandon Roy is expected to continue missing games, and likely won’t be back until after February 16th.
This puts Bayless in solid position to continue scoring in double figures, as he’s done so in seven of his last eight games, while starting his last seven.
He isn’t a prototypical point guard, but he’s been playing well, and with two games this week, is a solid guard play.
Lamar Odom, F, L.A. Lakers
With Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum dealing with injuries, Odom’s stock is quietly rising, if just for the week. His 22 rebounds on Saturday certainly don’t hurt his cause.
Odom can fill it up all over the stats sheet, especially when his role increases, so if either Bryant or Bynum miss a game this week (and even if they don’t), Odom could be an elite start for the week.
Ryan Gomes, F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gomes has been very consistent of late, scoring in double figures in his last six starts, while carving a solid niche in the starting line-up.
As long as Gomes is starting and Kevin Love is coming off the bench, Gomes has solid value, as he shoots good percentages and can blow-up at times like he did last Saturday (26 points).
Brad Miller, F/C, Chicago Bulls
Miller has been getting extended playing time with starter Joakim Noah out with a foot injury, and with news that Noah will be out until after the All-Star break, Miller possesses decent value right now.
He’s started the past two games, is logging heavy minutes, and has scored over 10 points in six of his last eight games. With two chances to prove his worth this week, Miller looks like a decent filler play.