Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Planner
A condensed schedule due to the All-Star break will challenge owners in Week 17. Who might sit out? Which schedules can you take advantage of? Sergio Gonzalez breaks it down in his Fantasy Planner.
Our weekly Fantasy Basketball Planner is the essential guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming scoring period. Every week, we provide you with news and notes for each team, tracking hot and cold players, injuries and rotation changes.
Schedule: @DET, @NY
Injury Report: Al Horford (back/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Josh Smith, Joe Johnson
Toss Ups: Al Horford, Jamal Crawford
Bad Plays: Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia
Notes: Horford is day-to-day but has been a late scratch twice after suffering a bruised back on the last play of last Friday's game vs. the Clippers. He said Thursday that the back was not getting any better and that, at the moment, he was not planning on playing Saturday. He will have to be monitored closely leading up to lineup deadlines. Have healthy alternatives prepared. ... Crawford has been held below 10 points in three of his last four games. He looks to be a poor play, but both the Pistons and Knicks have struggled defensively much of the season. This could be just what the doctor ordered for him. Take a chance on him in deeper leagues. ... Williams is coming off a pair of double-doubles, but don't be fooled. Both those lines came as a direct result of Horford's absence.
Injury Report: Delonte West (wrist/day-to-day), Shaquille O'Neal (Achilles'/day-to-day), Semih Erden (groin/day-to-day), Marquis Daniels (back/March), Jermaine O'Neal (knee/April)
Good Plays: No must-starts.
Toss Ups: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis
Bad Plays: Shaquille O'Neal, Nate Robinson, Semih Erden
Notes: The Celtics are one of eight teams to play just one game in the shortened scoring period. ... In cumulative formats, Rondo, Pierce, Garnett and Allen could still be worth activating. Weigh your options carefully. In average-based leagues, they remain must-starts. ... With all the injuries up front, Perkins is being asked to play 30-plus minutes per night despite only recently returning from a serious ACL injury. He is averaging 9.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his last five games, but only 6.2 points. He should get better as he goes. ... Davis is now playing only around 20-25 minutes per game. Do not expect much more than 10 points and five boards out of him.
Schedule: LAL, @CHI
Injury Report: Tyrus Thomas (knee/March), DeSagana Diop (Achilles'/out for the season)
Good Plays: Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, D.J. Augustin
Toss Ups: Boris Diaw, Kwame Brown
Bad Plays: Nazr Mohammed, Gerald Henderson, Shaun Livingston
Notes: Livingston showed a spark on Feb. 7 vs. Boston with an 18-3-4-1-1 stat line, but that came with Jackson missing the entire fourth quarter after an ejection. ... Jackson is now three technical fouls away from receiving an automatic one-game suspension. Unless he picks up two more over the weekend, he should be a safe play. ... Wallace is over his recent slump, averaging 17.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games. ... Augustin has struggled recently against tough defensive teams like Miami and Boston. In Week 17, he will play two teams that allow less than 100 points per game. ... Diaw is doing a little of everything, but a lot of nothing. In his last five games, he has averaged a diverse stat line without much production in any area (8-4-4-1-0). ... Brown missed his team's Feb. 9 game in Indiana due to a personal matter, but he is expected back over the weekend. He has been reliable for around 10 points and eight boards per game recently.
Schedule: CHA, SA
Injury Report: Joakim Noah (thumb/late February)
Good Plays: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng
Toss Ups: Taj Gibson
Bad Plays: Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, Omer Asik
Notes: Noah is back at practice for the Bulls, but has not been able to take contact on his right thumb. He is targeting a return following the All-Star break. ... Gibson is not a very attractive Fantasy play at the moment, but he has been offering around 7-8 rebounds and a block or two per game for owners in deeper category leagues.
Injury Report: Mo Williams (hip/day-to-day), Leon Powe (knee/day-to-day), Anderson Varejao (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: No must-starts.
Toss Ups: Antawn Jamison, J.J. Hickson, Ramon Sessions
Bad Plays: Ramon Sessions, Daniel Gibson, Christian Eyenga, Mo Williams, Manny Harris, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon
Notes: Consider Jamison and Hickson viable plays in average-based leagues, but a one-game slate means you will have to carefully weigh your options in cumulative formats. ... Williams is back at practice and could return as soon as this weekend. Given his lengthy layoff and the one-game slate, however, we recommend keeping him reserved one more scoring period. ... With Williams back, expect Eyenga to begin to fade away as he moves down the depth chart. ... Gibson has averaged just 8.7 points and 4.0 assists in his first three games back from a quad injury. ... Sessions could begin to see a small decline as Gibson and Williams get healthier, but it will be hard for the Cavaliers to take away playing time from what has been their most productive player recently. Over his last five games, he has averaged an outstanding 20-10-5-2-0 stat line. Unfortunately for owners in category leagues, he is slated for just one game in Week 17. In average-based play, he remains a solid play.
Schedule: SAC, @PHO
Injury Report: Roddy Beaubois (foot/out until at least Feb. 16), Caron Butler (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry
Toss Ups: Shawn Marion, Jose Juan Barea, Peja Stojakovic
Bad Plays: Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, Roddy Beaubois
Notes: The Mavericks have perhaps the most favorable matchups of the shortened scoring period. The Kings allow 102.1 points per game. The Suns allow 106.2. Expect both games to be high scoring. ... Stojakovic has been understandably rusty (4 of 16 from the field) in his first two games with Dallas. He had not played since November. But he is already starting and seeing 20 minutes per game. Once his shot starts to fall, he could become a factor in the second half. ... Beaubois is hoping to return when the Mavs get back from their road trip, which could mean he debuts on Feb. 16 against Sacramento. ... While Stojakovic and Beaubois are working their way back to full strength, Barea could continue to thrive. He has averaged 15.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds over his last five games. He is a decent sleeper for Week 17, given the matchups. ... Marion is a viable play -- also due to the matchups -- for Week 17. He has averaged only 26.2 minutes over his last five games but is averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds with 1.2 blocks in that span.
Schedule: @HOU, @MIL
Injury Report: Chauncey Billups (knee/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Carmelo Anthony, Nene, Chauncey Billups
Toss Ups: Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith, Al Harrington, Ty Lawson
Bad Plays: Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen, Shelden Williams
Notes: New week, new trade talk involving Anthony. As we have recommended for the past month, continue to operate as normal. ... The Nuggets expect to have Billups back in full swing after he missed the team's Feb. 9 game at the Warriors. He was hurt on Feb. 7 against Houston and the team sat him out for the first game of a back-to-back as to not push him. He should be a safe play. ... Afflalo was recently held to just four points against Houston, a team he will face to kick off Week 17. ... Smith managed a 7-3-6 stat line vs. Houston on Feb. 7. He shot 2 of 9 from the field. ... Harrington is averaging 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last five games. ... Lawson has put up a couple of nice stat lines in the team's last two games, but expect his numbers to be cut in half with Billups expected back.
Schedule: ATL, IND
Injury Report: Richard Hamilton (groin/day-to-day), Jonas Jerebko (Achilles'/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince
Toss Ups: Tracy McGrady, Ben Gordon
Bad Plays: Charlie Villanueva, Richard Hamilton, Austin Daye, Ben Wallace, Will Bynum, Chris Wilcox
Notes: Coach John Kuester once again expressed a lack of commitment to playing Hamilton this week, despite his solid performance in a rare cameo appearance on Feb. 5 at Milwaukee. He does not want to play him and, right now, he is not. ... Stuckey looked to get back in a groove on Feb. 9 at Cleveland, scoring 22 points. Consider the rust shaken off after his five-game layoff. ... Villanueva has not played 20 minutes in any of his last five games and is averaging just 12.8 minutes per game in February. ... Monroe is averaging 12.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in five February games and makes for a solid play in a two-game week. ... Prince is averaging 14-6-3 in February. ... McGrady and Gordon, who had been surging, were held below 10 points in each of Stuckey's first two games back. It was not coincidence.
|1.||Channing Frye, C, Suns||67|
|2.||Andrei Kirilenko, F, Jazz||48|
|3.||Chuck Hayes, F/C, Rockets||36|
|4.||Lou Williams, G, 76ers||41|
|5.||DeJuan Blair, C, Spurs||48|
|6.||Ersan Ilyasova, F, Bucks||34|
|7.||Greg Monroe, F/C, Pistons||62|
|8.||Shawn Marion, F, Mavericks||38|
|9.||Tayshaun Prince, F, Pistons||62|
|10.||DeAndre Jordan, F/C, Clippers||39|
Golden State Warriors
Schedule: NO, @UTA
Injury Report: Stephen Curry (ankle/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Dorell Wright
Toss Ups: Andris Biedrins
Bad Plays: Reggie Williams, Vladimir Radmanovic, Ekpe Udoh
Notes: Curry may have tweaked his ankle yet again at the very end of his Feb. 9 game vs. Denver, but the Warriors have not made mention of any injury. He should be fine for Week 17. ... Biedrins last scored in double figures on Jan. 30 while recording a double-double. It came against a Jazz team he will face again in Week 17. At the very least, he has been reliable for around 8-9 rebounds, a block and a steal per game.
Schedule: DEN, PHI
Injury Report: Yao Ming (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: Luis Scola, Kevin Martin
Toss Ups: Kyle Lowry, Chuck Hayes
Bad Plays: Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier, Brad Miller, Courtney Lee, Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, Terrence Williams
Notes: Lowry's playing time has not suffered even with Brooks back. He is averaging 35.2 minutes over his last five games. In that span, he has averaged 11-5-4-1-0 and has remained a positive contributor in Fantasy. ... Brooks has hit a low point, getting suspended for walking out on his team on Feb. 5 vs. Memphis. He is not happy with his playing time and Fantasy owners should not be either. He is averaging just 22.3 minutes in his last four appearances. He shot just 1 of 8 from the field in his first game back from the suspension. ... Hayes has settled in to his primary role at center, averaging a double-double (11.6 points, 10.0 rebounds) over his last five games while seeing around 40 minutes per game. ... Miller has only been able to play around 10 minutes per game in his first three games back from injury.
Schedule: MIA, @DET
Injury Report: Brandon Rush (ankle/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Danny Granger, Darren Collison, Roy Hibbert
Toss Ups: Mike Dunleavy, Tyler Hansbrough, Paul George
Bad Plays: Josh McRoberts, Jeff Foster, Brandon Rush, T.J. Ford
Notes: Hibbert and interim coach Frank Vogel seem to be on the same page. This week, Hibbert scored 20 points with 10 rebounds at Miami and followed that up with 29 points and 10 rebounds vs. Charlotte. ... Dunleavy has been held below 10 points in three of his last four games. His playing time has not stabilized under Vogel and he remains highly erratic. ... Hansbrough has shown some glimpses of improvement under Vogel, but is still too inconsistent to trust outside of very deep leagues. He is worth an add in standard formats, but is not yet a reliable play. ... George is averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds so far in February.
Schedule: @MIL, @MIN
Injury Report: Eric Gordon (wrist/late February), Chris Kaman (ankle/late February)
Good Plays: Blake Griffin, Baron Davis
Toss Ups: DeAndre Jordan, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes
Bad Plays: Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ike Diogu, Rasual Butler
Notes: Gordon flirted with an early return, but had to be sent back to Los Angeles this week where it was determined that he is not yet close to returning. ... In Gordon's absence, Foye has been able to average 13.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds over his last five games. ... Jordan came out of his recent funk in a big way on Feb. 9 at the Knicks, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds. He could have a similar performance against another up-tempo team this week in Minnesota. ... Gomes is a sleeper for deep leagues, given around 30-35 minutes per game. He scored 18 points on Feb. 9 at the Knicks but has been inconsistent.
|1.||Amir Johnson, F, Raptors||18|
|2.||Christian Eyenga, G, Cavaliers||13|
|3.||Ersan Ilyasova, F, Bucks||10|
|4.||Sam Young, G, Grizzlies||10|
|5.||Anthony Morrow, G, Nets||9|
|6.||Chuck Hayes, F/C, Rockets||8|
|7.||Kendrick Perkins, C, Celtics||7|
|8.||Brandon Roy, G, Trail Blazers||6|
|9.||Ramon Sessions, G, Cavaliers||6|
|10.||DeJuan Blair, F, Spurs||6|
Schedule: @CHA, @CLE
Injury Report: Matt Barnes (knee/March)
Good Plays: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
Toss Ups: Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest
Bad Plays: Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
Notes: Bynum and Artest have been mentioned in trade rumors this week. ... Bynum was solid in Thursday night's win in Boston, scoring 16 points to go with nine boards. He does not appear to be 100 percent as he continues to recover from a bruised knee but is getting around 30 minutes per game. He remains a quality play in leagues that require starting two centers. ... Artest is rarely getting more than around 6-8 shots per game in the offense. He has been useful mostly just for steals in deeper category leagues despite getting 30-plus minutes per game.
Injury Report: Rudy Gay (toe/day-to-day), Zach Randolph (foot/day-to-day)
Good Plays: No must-starts.
Toss Ups: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley
Bad Plays: O.J. Mayo, Sam Young, Tony Allen, Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez
Notes: Mayo is eligible to return from his 10-game suspension on Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia. ... With Mayo back, Young will likely have his playing time reduced significantly. He has made the most of his chance to play big minutes, averaging 16.0 points and 2.0 steals in his last five games. Mayo's return makes him a risky play, however, especially with just one game on the slate. ... Conley is not a good option in cumulative leagues this week due to the one-game slate, but is good for around 12-6-3 with a chance at multiple steals in average-based play. ... Weigh your options carefully in cumulative leagues with Randolph, Gay and Gasol. In average-based play, they remain good starts.
Schedule: @IND, @TOR
Injury Report: Udonis Haslem (foot/out for the season)
Good Plays: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
Toss Ups: Mike Miller, Eddie House
Bad Plays: Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, James Jones, Joel Anthony
Notes: House had a streak of four straight double-digit performances snapped on Feb. 8 when he was held to just two points, playing only six minutes. That came against a Pacers team he will face again in Week 17. The matchup against Toronto could be more favorable, but he remains just an emergency stopgap measure. ... Miller scored eight points with five rebounds vs. Indiana on Feb. 8. He also remains a low-end play, but has been good for multiple 3-pointers for owners in deeper category leagues.
Schedule: LAC, DEN
Injury Report: Larry Sanders (back/day-to-day), Drew Gooden (foot/March), Michael Redd (knee/March)
Good Plays: Andrew Bogut
Toss Ups: Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova, John Salmons, Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino
Bad Plays: Keyon Dooling, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Earl Boykins
Notes: Jennings looks to have found his playing legs again. After struggling in his first five games back from a long layoff, he has picked up the pace this week. He saw his playing time reach the high 30s on Feb. 9 at Washington, managing a 20-4-5 stat line while attempting 24 shots. He is ready to be activated across the board again. ... The absence of Gooden has created a significant amount of playing time for Ilyasova on a consistent basis. He is averaging 12.0 points and 9.6 rebounds in his last five contests while playing over 30 minutes per game. That should continue with Gooden out until at least March. ... Salmons has returned to the starting lineup and the results have been fruitful. Playing over 35 minutes in each game, Salmons scored in the mid teens against Toronto and Washington this week with decent production across the box score. ... Salmons' return to the lineup has not impacted Maggette much, but Delfino's numbers have been down. He is playing only around 20 minutes per game and should be reserved for now.
Schedule: POR, LAC
Injury Report: Michael Beasley (ankle/day-to-day), Darko Milicic (hip/day-to-day), Martell Webster (back/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Kevin Love
Toss Ups: Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Jonny Flynn, Wesley Johnson
Bad Plays: Luke Ridnour, Corey Brewer, Anthony Tolliver, Martell Webster
Notes: Beasley has been in serious pain because of his latest ankle injury. There is a strong possibility that he could miss both games of this weekend's back-to-back set. He will have to be monitored closely through lineup deadlines. With the break right around the corner, there is a chance he could be rested in Week 17. ... Milicic told reporters that he "felt something pop" in his hip during Monday's game. The hip has caused him problems for a good portion of the season and Fantasy owners should expect him to be at less than 100 percent even if he does return in time for a full Week 17 slate. ... Ridnour has been away from the team due to a personal matter after his wife had complications while giving birth to twins. There is no timetable for his return. ... In Ridnour's absence, Flynn has taken a firm grip over primary point guard duties. He is averaging a 12-6-2 stat line with 1.4 steals over his last five games and makes for a quality play. ... Johnson has scored in double figures three times in his last four games with a steal and a block per contest.
New Jersey Nets
Schedule: SA, @BOS
Injury Report: Damion James (foot/mid-December)
Good Plays: Brook Lopez, Devin Harris
Toss Ups: Kris Humphries, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow
Bad Plays: Travis Outlaw, Troy Murphy, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic
Notes: Coach Avery Johnson said this week that he plans to run more plays for Favors. Exactly how much more involved the rookie will be in the offense remains to be seen. Any increase in touches and playing time is likely to come at the expense of Humphries. ... Humphries is averaging 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds over his last five games and should still be a good play in most formats. Monitor him for a potential drop in playing time. ... Morrow is averaging 15.2 points per game over his last five games and is enjoying around 12-15 shots in the offense.
New Orleans Hornets
Schedule: @GS, @POR
Injury Report: Trevor Ariza (ankle/day-to-day), Emeka Okafor (oblique/late February)
Good Plays: Chris Paul, David West
Toss Ups: Trevor Ariza, Marco Belinelli, Aaron Gray
Bad Plays: Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith, David Andersen, Marcus Thornton, Jarrett Jack
Notes: Okafor has not been able to practice this week and coach Monty Williams said on Monday that Okafor is still "probably a ways off" from returning. Do not anticipate him playing until after the break. ... In Okafor's absence, Gray has managed a pair of double-doubles in his last three games. Consider him a viable sleeper as a stopgap off the waiver wire this week. The opportunities will be there, especially in what should be a high-scoring game vs. Golden State. ... Ariza is listed as day-to-day, but there is a strong possibility that he will be held out through the break. ... Ariza's absence has created more offensive opportunities for Belinelli, who has scored 15-plus in back-to-back games. He should enjoy playing his former team in Golden State this week and is a sleeper play for deeper leagues. He offers solid 3-point shooting for category leagues.
New York Knicks
Injury Report: Ronny Turiaf (ankle/day-to-day), Kelenna Azubuike (knee/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Amar'e Stoudemire
Toss Ups: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields, Timofey Mozgov
Bad Plays: Toney Douglas, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Shawne Williams
Notes: With the one-game slate, weigh your options carefully in cumulative formats. Stoudemire, averaging 27.8 points over his last five, should still be quite useful even with the one game. ... Gallinari has scored 20-plus points in three of his last five games and makes for a solid play in any average-based league this week. ... Chandler is averaging just 8.7 points in his first three games back from an ankle injury. His minutes are back up to normal, but the production is not quite there yet. Wait until after the break to activate him again. ... Fields remains inconsistent despite his 25-point, 10-rebound effort on Feb. 6 vs. Philadelphia. He followed that up with just four points and six boards on Feb. 9. With just one game on the slate against a good defensive team, he is too much of a wild card this week. ... Mozgov had another promising performance on Feb. 9, scoring 18 points with six boards vs. the Clippers. There were three poor performances in between his two solid efforts, however, making Mozgov a very risky play in a one-week scoring period -- especially if Horford is healthy enough to play. Avoid Mozgov where possible this week and use it as a measuring stick.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Good Plays: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
Toss Ups: Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, James Harden
Bad Plays: Nenad Krstic, Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha, Cole Aldrich
Notes: While the Thunder play just one game, Durant and Westbrook are in that rare class of players that can be trusted in cumulative leagues even in this scenario. Durant is averaging 30.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in his last five games. ... Harden has seen his offensive workload increase in recent games. He is averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds over his last three games, however, he should be reserved for average-based play this week. ... Green has averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with a block over his last five games. ... Ibaka is averaging 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games, but only 6.8 points as his offensive touches have gone down with Green commanding more touches. ... The Kings allow 102.1 points per game.
Injury Report: Brandon Bass (ankle/mid-February)
Good Plays: Dwight Howard
Toss Ups: Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu
Bad Plays: Gilbert Arenas, J.J. Redick, Brandon Bass, Chris Duhon, Quentin Richardson
Notes: Count Howard among those players you can keep active in cumulative leagues despite a one-game slate. ... Coach Stan Van Gundy believes Bass will not return until after the All-Star break. He is still dealing with swelling in his ankle. ... Bass' absence means more playing time for Anderson, who is averaging 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds to go with plus 3-point shooting in his last five games. Continue to take advantage of that this week in average-based play. ... Richardson is averaging 13.6 points per game over his last five games and is merely a low-end play for average-based leagues this week. Count on him for 3-point shooting and about a steal per game. ... As Arenas struggles through knee pain that he has blamed on the cold weather this winter, Nelson has re-established himself as a viable guard option in Fantasy. He is averaging a steady 14-6-4 stat line over his last five games. ... Turkoglu has been bothered by a sore lower back, leading to inconsistent production. Avoid him for now, though his playing time has remained around 30 minutes per game.
Schedule: @MEM, @HOU
Injury Report: Evan Turner (back/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday
Toss Ups: Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young
Bad Plays: Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Jodie Meeks, Andres Nocioni, Marreese Speights
Notes: Turner is expected back as soon as Friday, but he has not been asked to take on a significant offensive load recently even while healthy. He has attempted only 26 shots combined over his last five appearances. ... Williams should capitalize on two high-volume matchups. He is on an offensive surge, averaging 19.4 points in February. Just don't expect more than a few boards per game and perhaps a steal per game to go with it. ... Young is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five contests, but could see a small spike this week given the high-volume matchups.
Schedule: UTA, DAL
Injury Report: Goran Dragic (foot/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Steve Nash
Toss Ups: Vince Carter, Channing Frye, Marcin Gortat, Grant Hill
Bad Plays: Jared Dudley, Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick, Goran Dragic, Josh Childress, Mickael Pietrus
Notes: Carter scored 33 points on Feb. 4 vs. Oklahoma City, but has otherwise been very pedestrian over the last two weeks. He was held to a combined 16 points against a Warriors team that is notoriously poor defensively in back-to-back games this week. ... Frye is playing over 35 minutes per game and has become a plus producer on a consistent basis in rebounds, blocks and 3-point shooting -- a rare combination. ... Gortat's offensive numbers remain shaky, but his rebounding alone (9.6 per game over last five) is enough to keep him active.
Portland Trail Blazers
Schedule: @MIN, NO
Injury Report: Dante Cunningham (eye/day-to-day), Brandon Roy (knee/out indefinitely), Marcus Camby (knee/mid-February), Greg Oden (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: LaMarcus Aldridge
Toss Ups: Andre Miller, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum
Bad Plays: Rudy Fernandez, Marcus Camby, Brandon Roy, Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt
Notes: Roy looked a tad optimistic earlier this week when he hinted at a return over the weekend, but has since been reeled back by trainers. He is taking baby steps in practice and seems more likely to return after the break. ... With Roy still sidelined, Matthews and Batum retain their appeal as viable plays in most Fantasy formats. ... Miller is producing significant numbers across the board, averaging a 15-9-4-1-0 stat line over his last five games. He should benefit from a high-volume matchup against a Timberwolves team that allows over 108 points per game, most in the NBA. ... Camby returned to practice this week. He has been out of action since Jan. 17, however, and will be brought along slowly. Barring a significant improvement over the weekend, he should be reserved until after the break.
Schedule: @OKC, @DAL
Injury Report: Francisco Garcia (calf/mid-February)
Good Plays: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins
Toss Ups: Beno Udrih, Carl Landry, Samuel Dalembert
Bad Plays: Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene
Notes: Garcia has been ruled out through the All-Star break. ... Udrih is playing heavy minutes, nearing 40 minutes per game over the last two weeks. He has averaged 12-4-3 during that span with 1.6 steals. ... Landry has averaged below 20 minutes per game over the last two weeks. ... Thompson, who dealt with an ankle injury last week that forced him out of two games, continues to see inconsistent playing time. He is too erratic to trust in Fantasy at the moment. ... Dalembert moved to the bench once Thompson returned, but that has done nothing to slow him down. He just missed a double-double vs. Utah on Feb. 7 and followed that up with 20-and-7 vs. Dallas on Feb. 9, a team he will face again in Week 17.
San Antonio Spurs
Schedule: @NJ, @CHI
Injury Report: Tiago Splitter (hamstring/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker
Toss Ups: DeJuan Blair, Richard Jefferson, George Hill
Bad Plays: Antonio McDyess, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal, Tiago Splitter
Notes: Blair is enjoying perhaps his best stretch of the season, averaging 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his last five games. ... Outside of his 3-point shooting, Jefferson has not been useful for much in Fantasy despite playing 30-plus minutes per game. ... Hill is averaging 10-3-3 over his last five games and makes a decent low-end stopgap in deeper formats.
Injury Report: Amir Johnson (ankle/day-to-day), Reggie Evans (foot/late February), Linas Kleiza (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: No must-starts.
Toss Ups: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson, DeMar DeRozan
Bad Plays: Ed Davis, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems, Jerryd Bayless, Reggie Evans
Notes: The Raptors will play just one game in Week 17 against a team that allows only 94.1 points per game. ... Johnson rolled his ankle on Feb. 9 vs. San Antonio, but he was able to play on. Barring setbacks, he should be a decent play in average-based formats this week. He is averaging 14.8 points and 11.6 rebounds with 2.0 blocks over his last five games. Miami struggles to defend in the low post. ... Those struggles should also benefit Bargnani, who is not a typical low-post big man but is a very efficient scorer. He managed 22 points with nine rebounds vs. Miami on Nov. 13 and 28 points with four rebounds against them on Jan. 22. ... Calderon is averaging 10.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games, but only 8.4 points in that span. ... DeRozan is averaging an 18-3-5 stat line over his last five games. He scored 30 points vs. Miami on Jan. 22.
Schedule: @PHO, GS
Injury Report: Mehmet Okur (back/March)
Good Plays: Al Jefferson, Deron Williams, Paul Millsap
Toss Ups: Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
Bad Plays: Raja Bell, Earl Watson, Gordon Hayward
Notes: The Jazz will be in transition for a few weeks after Jerry Sloan resigned unexpectedly this week. He will be replaced by assistant coach Tyrone Corbin for the remainder of the season. ... One of the factors said to have resulted in Sloan's resignation was an on-going feud between the coach and Williams, who failed to run a play called by the Hall of Fame coach on Feb. 9 vs. Chicago. At the root of the feud, supposedly, was a disagreement over the lack of pace in the Jazz offense. We could begin to see a more up-tempo style under Corbin, if Williams gets his way, that could result in a higher volume offense. ... Okur is expected to be out at least three more weeks due to inflammation in his back. ... The Jazz will likely be in for two high-scoring games in Week 17. The Suns and Warriors each allow over 102 points per game. Given the matchups, count on Kirilenko and Miles to be useful as low-end plays this week. ... Kirilenko averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in his first two games back from an ankle injury. ... Miles has seen an expected decrease in playing time and production in Kirilenko's first two games back, but is still worth a flier in deeper leagues as a potential stopgap measure with high scores expected in both Week 17 matchups.
Injury Report: Rashard Lewis (knee/day-to-day), Al Thornton (finger/day-to-day), Yi Jianlian (ankle/day-to-day), Josh Howard (knee/day-to-day)
Good Plays: No must-starts.
Toss Ups: John Wall, Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Kirk Hinrich
Bad Plays: Al Thornton, Trevor Booker, Josh Howard, Yi Jianlian
Notes: The Wizards have just one game and it comes against a Magic team that allows below 95 points per game. ... Lewis is mulling surgery options to help deal with nagging tendinitis issues in his right knee. Avoid him for now. ... Wall is averaging 14-7-6 over his last five games. ... Young is averaging 22.4 points over his last five games, but only 1.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds. ... Activate Wall and Young in average-based play, but weigh alternatives carefully in cumulative formats.
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