Week 5 Fantasy Basketball Planner
It's safe to start almost any Hawk on your Fantasy roster, but owners of Andre Iguodala and Steve Nash don't quite have that luxury. Sergio Gonzalez touches on that and much more in his Week 5 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: BOS, @NJ, WAS, @NY, @TOR
Good Plays: Al Horford, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson
Bad Plays: Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia
Toss Ups: Jamal Crawford, Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Notes: Five games! That's right, five games. Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues should be licking their chops. Crawford's numbers are down this year and he is averaging just 11.0 points over his last five games. Avoid him in average-based leagues this week unless that type of production appeals to you. In cumulative leagues, however, the five games still make him a viable play as a low-end starter. ... Bibby had a promising game this week at Indiana with a 16-7-4 stat line. He had been highly unproductive before that. Like Crawford, avoid him in average-based play unless he really heats up over the weekend. You may consider him a viable one-week stopgap in cumulative formats, however. ... Williams averaged just 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his first three games back from his knee injury. Same situation as Crawford and Bibby here. Avoid him in average-based play at all costs. Consider him if you are looking for a one-week replacement option off the waiver wire in a cumulative-scoring league.
Schedule: @ATL, NJ, TOR
Good Plays: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
Bad Plays: Nate Robinson, Delonte West, Glen Davis, Semih Erden
Toss Ups: Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal
Injury Report: Jermaine O'Neal (knee/December), Kendrick Perkins (knee/February)
Notes: The Celtics play a three-game slate with two games against teams that allow less than 96 points per game (@ATL, NJ). ... Allen has been hit or miss lately with a couple of low-end scoring outputs mixed in with three games of over 15-plus (including a 35-point effort on Nov. 11 at Miami). He is more of a low-end play this week, but is a viable start in any format. ... With Jermaine O'Neal sidelined, Shaq's numbers have gone up this week to the point you can expect around 13-15 points and six rebounds per game out of him. He is still seeing under 25 minutes per game, however. ... Glen Davis has cooled off, averaging 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five games. ... West put together a solid 12-4-5 stat line in his return from a 10-game suspension this week. He saw a lot of playing time that he will not normally see due to the game being a blowout, however. Unless he backs it up over the weekend, avoid him. We anticipate him playing just around 20 minutes per game off the bench.
|1.||D.J. Augustin, G, Bobcats||59|
|2.||Jameer Nelson, G, Magic||60|
|3.||Dorell Wright, F, Warriors||52|
|4.||Tyson Chandler, C, Mavericks||52|
|5.||Daniel Gibson, G, Cavaliers||29|
|6.||Serge Ibaka, F, Thunder||64|
|7.||Taj Gibson, F, Bulls||51|
|8.||Channing Frye, C, Suns||38|
|9.||Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors||40|
|10.||Boris Diaw, F, Bobcats||38|
Schedule: @NY, NY, HOU, @MIL
Good Plays: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson
Bad Plays: Kwame Brown
Toss Ups: D.J. Augustin, Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas, Nazr Mohammed
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Notes: The Knicks allow 106.5 points per game. ... The Rockets allow 107.3 points per game. ... Brown is back from an ankle injury, but he is looking at merely 10-15 minutes per game for now. Avoid him. ... Augustin's scoring has been erratic, but his assist totals have been consistent. Entering the weekend, he notched 10-plus assists in three straight. His scoring could also see a nice boost with favorable matchups against the Knicks and Rockets. ... Look for Diaw to be in the 10-15 ppg range in the three games against the Knicks (twice) and Rockets. That goes with his usual five rebounds and three assists per game. ... Coming off a 20-and-10 performance against the Timberwolves, Thomas looks like a strong play in Week 5. He entered the weekend averaging 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five games. ... With Brown not yet a factor at center, Mohammed should continue to see favorable playing time. He remains a No. 3 center in standard formats, but can be used in a pinch this week -- especially given the favorable matchups.
Schedule: @LAL, @PHO, @DEN, @SAC
Good Plays: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng
Bad Plays: C.J. Watson
Toss Ups: Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer
Injury Report: Carlos Boozer (hand/December)
Notes: The Bulls will face four teams that allow 102-plus points per game in Week 5. Expect high-scoring, high-volume totals all week. ... The favorable matchups makes deep sleepers like Korver, Bogans and Brewer possible targets off the waiver wire as emergency one-week replacements. We rank them in that order for Week 5. Korver and Bogans have appeal for their 3-point shooting. Brewer is enjoying the most playing time of the three. ... Gibson's numbers have been down this past week due to poor shooting efforts. There will be plenty of chances for him to get going on that end in Week 5.
Schedule: @IND, MIL, @ORL, MEM
Good Plays: The Cavaliers have no must-starts at this time.
Bad Plays: Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Ryan Hollins
Toss Ups: Antawn Jamison, J.J. Hickson, Daniel Gibson, Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions, Anderson Varejao
Injury Report: Mo Williams (groin/day-to-day)
Notes: The Pacers and Grizzlies each allow 100-plus points per game. The Bucks and Magic, however, rank among the top three defensive teams in the NBA entering the weekend. ... Jamison has slowly regained the upper hand in the power forward battle for minutes in Cleveland, but Hickson has not completely faded away. Right now, the split makes both players merely low-end starters in standard Fantasy leagues. ... Williams is practicing and looks to be a game-time decision going into the weekend. Williams had cooled off significantly after his hot start and scored just 11 points with 11 assists combined over his last two games before getting hurt. We recommend healthier alternatives barring a resounding display over the weekend. ... Williams' situation also influences the potential output of Gibson and Sessions, but Gibson has been able to stay very productive even alongside Williams. Gibson is playing in the 30-minute range and is getting consistently around 10-13 shots per game, including several looks from beyond the arc. ... Varejao entered the weekend averaging 8.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 33.8 minutes over his previous five games. He remains a low-end play.
Schedule: DET, @OKC, @SA, MIA
Good Plays: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry
Bad Plays: Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood, Jose Juan Barea, Roddy Beaubois
Toss Ups: Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler
Injury Report: Roddy Beaubois (foot/out indefinitely)
Notes: Butler did not look to be at full strength in his return from back spasms. His numbers (especially scoring) have been down across the board this season. We recommend letting him prove healthy and productive before activating him. ... Marion saw a spike in production while Butler was out, but his numbers dipped just as as sharply once Butler returned. Avoid him. ... Chandler is getting around 30 minutes per game, resulting in averages of 10.2 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last five games. He also offers plus production in blocks. He should flourish against the Thunder and the Heat. In fact, the Heat have been torched by opposing centers all season.
Schedule: @GS, CHI, PHO
Good Plays: Carmelo Anthony, Nene
Bad Plays: J.R. Smith, Ty Lawson, Shelden Williams
Toss Ups: Chauncey Billups, Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo, Gary Forbes
Injury Report: Carmelo Anthony (groin/day-to-day), Chris Andersen (knee/December), Kenyon Martin (knee/January)
Notes: Anthony appeared to tweak his groin on Tuesday night, but was able to play on Thursday night. ... Billups' production is down in the early going, he is averaging 13.0 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 assists over his last five games -- hardly "must-start" numbers. ... Lawson came back down to earth this week after a pair of strong performances in high-scoring games last week. He'll get his chance eventually, but not yet. ... At shooting guard, Afflalo and Forbes are getting minutes over Smith as coach George Karl and Smith continue to be at odds with each other. Afflalo is the most appealing Fantasy option of the three for the time being, but he remains just a low-end play for Week 5. Forbes has some sleeper appeal for deeper leagues. This situation is far from settled. ... Harrington saw a spike in shot attempts this week against high-volume teams in the Suns and Knicks. He saw 15 shots in each game. He'll get the Suns again in Week 5 and another high-volume team in the Warriors. Harrington is worth activating in any average-based format and most standard cumulative leagues as a No. 3 or 4 forward.
Schedule: @DAL, @MEM, MIL, NY
Good Plays: Rodney Stuckey
Bad Plays: Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell
Toss Ups: Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon
Injury Report: Tracy McGrady (ankle/day-to-day),Jonas Jerebko (Achilles'/February)
Notes: Prince is back to his usual, steady, boring numbers. He is averaging 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists over his last five contests. He does not stray far from those numbers. Use him in those leagues where that type of production may be useful. ... Daye was temporarily removed from the starting lineup and received an odd DNP-CD on Nov. 14 at Sacramento, but that was reportedly just due to matchups. He was right back in there for the team's next two games and did not skip a beat. He is playing around 25 minutes and is offering around 13 points and five boards per game. ... Villanueva remains the power forward with the most upside on the roster. He is averaging 26.6 minutes, 15.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over his last five contests. We expect more of the same. ... Hamilton has become a low-teens scorer with only pedestrian contributions in rebounds and assists. He is a very low-end play. ... Gordon has not been able to rekindle his early-season success. He is capable of double-digit scoring, mostly in the mid-teens, off the bench, but is not very consistent at the moment. He should only be viewed as an injury replacement for now.
Golden State Warriors
Schedule: DEN, @HOU, @MEM, @MIN
Good Plays: Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry
Bad Plays: David Lee
Toss Ups: Dorell Wright, Andris Biedrins, Reggie Williams
Injury Report: David Lee (wrist/out indefinitely)
Notes: The Warriors will play four teams that allow 104-plus points per game. ... Lee is to be re-examined this upcoming Tuesday. We will then know an exact timetable for a return, but he is not going to be a safe play in weekly formats as a result of the uncertainty. ... Thanks to the favorable high-volume matchups all week, Wright looks like a strong low-end play. His production has cooled since his red-hot start, but he remains capable of consistent mid-teens scoring and is a plus 3-point producer. ... The matchups could also provide a much-needed scoring boost to Biedrins, who has been rebounding steadily without much success on the offensive end. ... Consider Williams -- who has scored 11 or more points in three of his last four games -- a deep sleeper for larger formats given the matchups. He attempted 10-plus shots in back-to-back games going into the weekend and should see more opportunities in games we expect to be high volume.
Schedule: PHO, GS, @CHA, OKC
Good Plays: Luis Scola, Kevin Martin
Bad Plays: Yao Ming, Shane Battier, Courtney Lee, Chase Budinger, Chuck Hayes, Ishmael Smith
Toss Ups: Kyle Lowry, Brad Miller, Jordan Hill
Injury Report: Aaron Brooks (ankle/December), Yao Ming (leg/out until at least Nov. 22), Chase Budinger (ankle/out until at least Nov. 19)
Notes: The Rockets face three favorable matchups against teams that allow 102-plus points per game (PHO-108.1, GS-102.7, OKC-105.4). ... Yao has yet to play since Nov. 10. He did not go on the team's current road trip and the earliest he might return is Monaday against Phoenix. Monitor his progress, but he would likely be very restricted even if he does return. Do not count on activating him. ... If Yao's status remains undetermined, that means players who have stepped up in his absence (Miller, Hill, Hayes) will be too risky to activate. ... Lowry is averaging 31.4 minutes over his last five games in Brooks' absence, but just 6.6 points. He is averaging 5.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds in that span, but remains useful only in the deepest of leagues. ... Smith's playing time has become very inconsistent since Lowry's return. Too inconsistent to trust in anything but the most dire of emergency situations, actually.
|1.||Wesley Matthews, G, Trail Blazers||36|
|2.||Landry Fields, G, Knicks||35|
|3.||Sonny Weems, G, Raptors||29|
|4.||Brad Miller, C, Rockets||28|
|5.||Kris Humphries, F, Nets||27|
|6.||Nazr Mohammed, C, Bobcats||25|
|7.||Tyson Chandler, C, Mavericks||20|
|8.||Drew Gooden, F, Bucks||19|
|9.||Mike Dunleavy, F, Pacers||18|
|10.||Travis Outlaw, F, Nets||17|
Schedule: @MIA, CLE, OKC, @LAL
Good Plays: Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert
Bad Plays: Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough, Paul George
Toss Ups: Darren Collison, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush
Injury Report: Darren Collison (ankle/day-to-day)
Notes: Collison goes into the weekend listed as "day-to-day." Coach Jim O'Brien said that his injury is a bit more severe than originally believed, but he should be back soon -- possibly over the weekend. Monitor his progress. Ford remains a very low-end play even if Collison were to be ruled out. ... Dunleavy is averaging an 18-3-4 stat line over his last five games, getting 32.6 minutes per game. He missed Thursday's game to be with his wife for the birth of his child. ... Rush has enjoyed only sporadic success. With Dunleavy in the mix, Rush should be avoided in all but the deepest of leagues.
Schedule: NO, SAC, @PHO, UTA
Good Plays: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon
Bad Plays: Rasual Butler, Ryan Gomes, Craig Smith, Randy Foye
Toss Ups: Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu, DeAndre Jordan
Injury Report: Baron Davis (knee/late November), Chris Kaman (ankle/December), Blake Griffin (ankle/day-to-day), DeAndre Jordan (finger/day-to-day)
Notes: Griffin appeared to roll his ankle during Thursday night's game in Indiana. He played on, but monitor his progress over the weekend for potential setbacks. We expect him to be a safe start. ... Davis has been ruled out through Thanksgiving. He may return late in Week 5, but he is a player to avoid. ... Bledsoe will get at least two starts in the four-game week. We suspect Davis would be very limited upon a possible return and still view Bledsoe (averaging a 12-5-5 stat line in his last five games) a viable low-end start in any format. ... With Kaman still out, Jordan will continue to start. He jammed a finger Thursday night and finished 0 for 7 from the field. He has been far too inconsistent to trust in Fantasy play. ... Aminu has taken over the small forward role over Gomes and is looking at double-digit shot attempts on a regular basis, including a decent workload from beyond the arc. He is worth activating in deeper leagues and should benefit from three games against opponents that allow 100-plus points.
Schedule: CHI, @UTA, IND
Good Plays: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
Bad Plays: Matt Barnes, Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
Toss Ups: Ron Artest, Shannon Brown
Injury Report: Andrew Bynum (knee/December)
Notes: Artest is playing through some lingering soreness in his hip area and has even been receiving some treatment on the bench in recent games when he is subbed out. He followed a recent string of four straight double-digit scoring efforts with 10 points combined over his last two games entering the weekend. Avoid activating him for now. ... Brown is seeing a considerable workload from beyond the arc, going 9 of 20 from beyond the arc in his last five contests. He has some appeal in deeper category leagues for help in that area, but little else while Kobe remains healthy.
Schedule: DET, GS, @CLE
Good Plays: Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley
Bad Plays: Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Hasheem Thabeet, Greivis Vasquez
Toss Ups: O.J. Mayo
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Notes: Conley is not quite maintaining his early-season pace, but the 13.0 points, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals he has averaged over his last five games going into the weekend are more than useful in any format. ... Mayo is averaging a very pedestrian 12-2-3 stat line over his last five games. He is still getting 30-plus minutes per game and around 13-15 shots on most nights, but is in a bit of an offensive lull. He is still a worthy play, but not a must-start during this stretch.
Schedule: IND, @ORL, PHI, @DAL
Good Plays: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
Bad Plays: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers, Eddie House
Toss Ups: Udonis Haslem, James Jones
Injury Report: Mike Miller (thumb, ankle/January)
Notes: Bosh finally appears to be hitting his stride in Miami. A 35-point outburst against Phoenix on Wednesday night pushed his scoring average to 20.0 over his last five contests. His rebounding still leaves much to be desired, but he is doing enough to remain viable in any format. ... Haslem, despite not starting, is averaging 31.6 minutes over his last five games. He has managed a respectable 10.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in that span and makes for a good play in any format, especially in a four-game week. ... Jones remains just a one-category Fantasy option, helpful only for 3-point shooting in Rotisserie or category-based Head-to-Head.
Schedule: @CLE, @DET, CHA
Good Plays: Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings
Bad Plays: Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Toss Ups: John Salmons, Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette
Injury Report: Andrew Bogut (elbow/day-to-day), Corey Maggette (leg/day-to-day), Carlos Delfino (neck/late November), Chris Douglas-Roberts (eye/late November), Michael Redd (knee/February)
Notes: Bogut survived an injury scare late in Tuesday's game when he hit his elbow against the floor. He said he was sore on Wednesday, but is not expected to miss any time. He remains a strong play. ... Maggette was hurt on the same play as Bogut when the big man landed on Maggette's leg. He is also expected to play on and stands to continue to benefit from Delfino's absence due to his own injury. ... Salmons is still struggling with his shot, hurting owners in category formats in field-goal percentage, but he is slowly coming around and is averaging 15.0 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds over his last five games. He is just a low-end play for now, but has the upside of a No. 2 option down the line.
|1.||Hawks||BOS, @NJ, WAS, @NY, @TOR|
|2.||Warriors||DEN, @HOU, @MEM, @MIN|
|3.||Bulls||@LAL, @PHO, @DEN, @SAC|
|4.||Suns||@HOU, CHI, LAC, @DEN|
|5.||Thunder||MIN, DAL, @IND, @HOU|
Schedule: @OKC, SA, GS
Good Plays: Kevin Love, Michael Beasley
Bad Plays: Wayne Ellington, Anthony Tolliver
Toss Ups: Wesley Johnson, Darko Milicic, Corey Brewer, Sebastian Telfair, Luke Ridnour
Injury Report: Kevin Love (knee/day-to-day), Jonny Flynn (hip/late November), Martell Webster (back/out indefinitely)
Notes: Love knocked knees with Clippers guard Eric Gordon on Wednesday night, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury after it appeared like he was in a lot of pain. Given his recent monster performances, even Kurt Rambis can't mess with Love's minutes going forward. ... Johnson is getting 30-plus minutes per game and has shown flashes of being a well-rounded Fantasy option in the future. For now, he remains merely a reserve and occasional stopgap measure. He is averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists over his last five games, going 8 of 20 from beyond the arc in that span. ... Milicic is getting more involved offensively, even seeing 10-plus shots per game on a pretty regular basis. He scored in double figures in back-to-back games entering the weekend and is already a great source for blocks and a decent rebounder. He is worth considering as a stopgap center off the waiver wire. .... Brewer, a very streaky player throughout his career, scored in double figures in four straight games entering the weekend. He is a great source for steals in category play and now is less of a drag in scoring due to his recent surge. Make the most of it in deeper category leagues. ... With Flynn out at least another scoring period, Telfair and Ridnour will continue to split time at point guard. They have each managed to be productive enough alongside each other to consider using as potential low-end plays in deeper leagues.
New Jersey Nets
Schedule: ATL, @BOS, @PHI, POR
Good Plays: Brook Lopez, Devin Harris
Bad Plays: Troy Murphy, Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors, Jordan Farmar
Toss Ups: Kris Humphries, Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Notes: Lopez has been called out by coach Avery Johnson on his lack of effort on the boards, but he is starting to come around both on the glass and on the offensive end after a slow start. ... Murphy has been bumped out of the rotation by Johnson and has become the subject of trade rumors. Clearly, he is a player to avoid in Fantasy, but a potential trade could be the best thing that happens to his dormant Fantasy value. He has averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds over the last two seasons. Keep him around. ... Murphy's loss has been Humphries' gain. Now the team's starting power forward, Humphries has been a rebounding machine. He is averaging 13.0 rebounds and 9.5 points with just over two blocks per game in four games since being made a significant part of the rotation. He is worth a pickup in any format, but especially in category play for his boards and blocks. ... Favors is still coming off the bench and could benefit in the long run if Murphy is moved, but he is averaging just 18.6 minutes over his last five games and just 5.0 points with 5.8 rebounds. ... Outlaw continues to be hot-and-cold, but when he's hot he's been really hot. He has three 20-plus scoring performances in his last five games. He has scored just eight points combined in the other two games. He is seeing heavy minutes on a regular basis, however, and looks to be a nice pickup off the waiver wire and can be inserted as a low-end starter for Week 5. He is a solid source for 3-point shooting. ... Much like Outlaw, Morrow has been hit-or-miss. He entered the weekend having scored 20-plus in two of his previous four games. He totaled just 12 points combined over the other two games. Pick him up as a potential stopgap measure, but expect inconsistency.
New Orleans Hornets
Schedule: @LAC, @UTA, @POR, SA
Good Plays: Chris Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor
Bad Plays: Marcus Thornton, Jerryd Bayless, Jason Smith, Willie Green, Peja Stojakovic
Toss Ups: Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza
Injury Report: Marcus Thornton (thigh/day-to-day)
Notes: Thornton is dealing with a minor thigh issue, but more imporantly he has been removed from the team's rotation for the time being, according to coach Monty Williams. ... Belinelli, meanwhile, has scored 17-plus points in two of his last three games entering the weekend. He is a plus 3-point shooter and looks to be taking off after an inconsistent start. He is a good play in category leagues for help in 3-point shooting and a viable low-end play as a stopgap in most standard leagues. ... Ariza's shot attempts per game remain well below the level they were last season and his scoring and overall Fantasy appeal remain down as a result. However, the 12-3-6 stat line he is averaging over his last five games qualifies him as a solid low-end starter in most formats. He is also a consistent source for 3-pointers and steals.
New York Knicks
Schedule: CHA, @CHA, ATL, @DET
Good Plays: Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari
Bad Plays: Anthony Randolph, Timofey Mozgov
Toss Ups: Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Ronny Turiaf
Injury Report: Kelenna Azubuike (knee/out indefinitely)
Notes: After two weeks worth of Fantasy-friendly matchups, the Knicks will play four games against teams that allow below 100 points per game in Week 5. ... Randolph, on top of looking lost every time he hits the floor, has virtually been ousted from the team's rotation. He was listed as a DNP-CD on Wednesday night. ... The Knicks have moved Turiaf into the starting lineup at center. A possible boost to the 30-minute range won't do much for his offensive game, but it will allow him to rack up blocks -- his specialty -- and a decent amount of rebounds. Make the most of it in category leagues while it lasts. ... Thanks to a prolonged shooting slump by Douglas that has recently been attributed to a strained back, Landry has been able to take control of the primary shooting guard role. The swingman has also been a very solid rebounder and is a real sleeper for significant help in that area for a guard. He entered the weekend averaging 8.8 rebounds over his previous five games. His production could take a hit in Week 5 given the predicted slower-paced games ahead for the Knicks and the possibility that Douglas could regain some of his lost role as his back improves, but Fields is worth a shot in deeper formats.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Schedule: MIN, DAL, @IND, @HOU
Good Plays: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
Bad Plays: James Harden, Thabo Sefolosha
Toss Ups: Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Nenad Krstic
Injury Report: Jeff Green (ankle/day-to-day), Nick Collison (knee/mid-November)
Notes: The Thunder will play three teams that allow 100-plus points per game in Week 5. ... Green's status for Week 5 remains up in the air and may not be determined over the weekend. Continue to keep tabs on his progress, but have healthy alternatives prepared. ... For however long Green remains out, Ibaka will remain a starter. He has been playing in the 25-30 minute range even off the bench however and will be a strong play either way -- especially given high-volume matchups ahead of him during much of Week 5. ... Krstic would benefit more from Green's continued absence, but he has some low-end sleeper appeal for deeper formats anyway this week because of the Fantasy-friendly schedule. He has averaged 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds over his last five games while seeing 31 minutes per contest.
Schedule: @SA, MIA, CLE, @WAS
Good Plays: Dwight Howard
Bad Plays: Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, Quentin Richardson, Ryan Anderson, Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick
Toss Ups: Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, Brandon Bass
Injury Report: J.J. Redick (back/day-to-day), Jason Williams (foot/day-to-day)
Notes: Carter is averaging a career-low 10.9 shot attempts per game, resulting in a rather mediocre 15.2 scoring average. He is also averaging just 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds over his last five games and while he still makes for a decent No. 3/4 guard in most standard formats, his days as a "must-start" appear to be over. ... Nelson is averaging a very solid 16-7-4 stat line with great numbers in 3-point shooting and steals over his last five contests. He should be active in more than the 60 percent of CBSSports.com leagues he is currently active in. ... Lewis has scored in double figures just twice in his last five contests. He is merely a category-league starter at this juncture for his help in the 3-point categories. ... Bass has enjoyed 24.4 minutes per game over his last five contests, resulting in 10.2 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. He is good for about a block and a steal per game. Start him in leagues where that kind of production may be helpful. We do not anticipate a spike in numbers.
Schedule: @WAS, @TOR, @MIA, NJ
Good Plays: Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday
Bad Plays: Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Andres Nocioni, Marreese Speights
Toss Ups: Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Lou Williams
Injury Report: Andre Iguodala (Achilles'/Out until at least Nov. 23)
Notes: Iguodala's situation gets more concerning by the day. One of the iron men of the NBA, Iggy is being rested over the weekend in the hopes that he may be able to return for Tuesday's game in Washington, but Fantasy owners will be asked to take a leap of faith with that game coming after lineups lock on Monday. He has indicated that this could be a troublesome injury that could keep him out longer and may affect him even when he does return, so our recommendation is to avoid him where possible. ... Nocioni has been only mildly productive as a starter in Iguodala's absence. He entered the weekend averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists over his previous five games. He has very little appeal in Fantasy at the moment despite his role as a starter. ... Turner is benefitting most from Iguodala's absence and makes for a quality low-end play in Week 5, but beware of a potential dropoff in production if Iguodala returns. ... Williams has averaged just 16.2 minutes over the last week. He is a player to avoid until further notice.
Schedule: @HOU, CHI, LAC, @DEN
Good Plays: Jason Richardson
Bad Plays: Josh Childress, Jared Dudley
Toss Ups: Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Channing Frye, Grant Hill, Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick
Injury Report: Steve Nash (groin/day-to-day), Robin Lopez (knee/December)
Notes: Nash is likely to return over the weekend, but his lingering groin issue really seemed to bother him on Wednesday night in Miami when he managed just two assists. If he can prove healthy enough over the weekend, activate him. We recommend adding insurance off the waiver wire where possible. Dragic becomes a decent handcuff option for deeper leagues. ... The injury that will sideline Lopez into December has opened up playing time for Frye and he has made the most of it. He entered the weekend averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds over his previous four games. He is a rare center-eligible option for help in 3-point shooting as well. ... Hill has some mild sleeper value for deeper leagues as well thanks to the Fantasy-friendly slate and a recent surge. He entered the weekend averaging 16.7 points over his previous three games. He is not likely to help you much outside of some cheap scoring, however. ... Turkoglu's struggles have continued. He is averaging a weak 9-5-3 stat line over his last five games. Even with the favorable slate, he should only be active in truly deep leagues at this point. ... Warrick remains capable of dropping 20 points one night and five the next. View him as no more than a potential flier to take a chance on off the waiver wire.
Portland Trail Blazers
Schedule: NO, @NJ
Good Plays: None.
Bad Plays: Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez
Toss Ups: LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller, Wesley Matthews, Marcus Camby, Nicolas Batum
Injury Report: Brandon Roy (knee/out indefinitely), Joel Prybilla (knee/out until at least Nov. 26), Greg Oden (knee/out for the season)
Notes: The Trail Blazers are the only team in the NBA slated for just two games in Week 5. ... Roy is simply too risky to count on for Week 5. He is to be re-evaluated at some point during the week and his status will likely not be determined before lineups lock on Monday. ... Aldridge, Miller, Matthews, Camby and Batum all make for quality plays in average-based leagues, but only Aldridge is really worth considering in cumulative formats. As is always the case in these situations, weigh your options carefully. Aldridge entered the weekend averaging 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists with over a block and a steal over his previous five games.
Schedule: @UTA, @LAC, CHI
Good Plays: Tyreke Evans
Bad Plays: Francisco Garcia, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Luther Head, Donte Greene
Toss Ups: Carl Landry, Beno Udrih, Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Notes: The Kings made a couple of adjustments to their lineup this week, moving Head and Thompson into the starting lineup over Udrih and Casspi. ... Head has gained just mild Fantasy appeal for deep, deep leagues with the move, managing 13-2-3 in his first start. He managed a nearly identical stat line in his previous game after seeing very little action to that point in the season. ... Udrih still put up a solid 18-4-2 stat line even off the bench. He remains a quality low-end starter in Fantasy. ... Thompson was a non factor in his 12 minutes as a starter. He remains a player to avoid. ... Coach Paul Westphal is likely to continue to rotate players at small forward and Greene could be next in line. This situation is something Fantasy owners should avoid at all costs. ... Dalembert is averaging a solid 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, but just 7.0 points. ... Cousins posted a very solid 15-10-2 stat line with two blocks and a steal Wednesday against the Knicks, but should remain reserved in Fantasy barring a continued surge over the weekend. He had been held to single digits in each of his previous four games.
|1.||Trail Blazers||NO, NJ|
|2.||Celtics||@ATL, NJ, TOR|
|3.||Wizards||PHI, ATL, ORL|
|4.||Knicks||CHA, @CHA, ATL, @DET|
|5.||Nets||ATL, @BOS, @PHI, POR|
San Antonio Spurs
Schedule: ORL, @MIN, DAL, @NO
Good Plays: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili
Bad Plays: Antonio McDyess, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal
Toss Ups: Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, George Hill
Injury Report: Matt Bonner (back/day-to-day)
Notes: Divorce drama aside, Parker has managed to keep his personal matters from affecting his play on the court, averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds over his last five games entering the weekend. ... Duncan endured the first three-game, double-digit scoring drought of his NBA career over the past week. He bounced back in a big way with 16 points and 18 rebounds against the Bulls on Wednesday, but the days of Duncan being a no brainer in Fantasy may be nearing an end. He remains a good play for now and should benefit from a four-game slate without any back-to-back games. ... Jefferson has cooled off after a strong start. He is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his last five games. He is merely a low-end starter for the moment. ... Blair has scored very well but has been a good cheap source for rebounds in category leagues and is also good for about a steal per game. ... Hill has been very erratic, but has put together a few decent outings over the past week. He is worth taking a gamble on in deeper leagues if you are in a pinch as a possible source of low-end double-digit scoring and steals, but not much else.
Schedule: PHI, @BOS, ATL
Good Plays: Andrea Bargnani
Bad Plays: Linas Kleiza, Leandro Barbosa
Toss Ups: Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Amir Johnson, Reggie Evans
Injury Report: Leandro Barbosa (shoulder/day-to-day)
Notes: Jack and Calderon have been splitting playing time almost evenly. Neither player has been a very reliable Fantasy option as a result. We recommend reserving both until someone can emerge. ... DeRozan remains very spotty. He followed back-to-back 20-point efforts with 16 points combined over his next two games. The playing time is there, but the consistency just is not. His main problem seems to be his inability to play agressively on a consistent basis. In the back-to-back 20-point games, he got the foul line 12 and 11 times. In his next two clunkers, he got to the foul line just four times. Avoid him until he can show more reliability. ... Even with the return of Kleiza from injury, Weems kept his recent hot streak going with an outstanding 25-point effort at Philadelphia on Wednesday night. He has averaged an 18-3-3 stat line over his last five games and appears to be a real steal off the waiver wire. It may not last, so make the most of it while you can. ... After four straight games scoring in double figures, Johnson totaled just nine points over his next two games. ... Reggie Evans is averaging 11.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in November. Do not count on him for anything else, however, and also consider that he is shooting just 24.1 percent from the field during the month and is a horrible free-throw shooter.
Schedule: SAC, NO, LAL, @LAC
Good Plays: Deron Williams, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap
Bad Plays: Raja Bell
Toss Ups: Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
Injury Report: Al Jefferson (back/day-to-day), C.J. Miles (back/day-to-day), Mehmet Okur (Achilles'/late November)
Notes: Jefferson was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution due to a sore back. He should be just fine going forward, but monitor his progress in case it begins to affect his productivity. ... Miles is likely to return over the weekend, barring setbacks. He continues to be good for mid-teens scoring, but little else. ... Okur is still likely over a week away from returning. ... Kirilenko is seeing heavy playing time, averaging 36.6 minutes over his last five games. The result has been a very well distributed stat line of 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. He is also averaging about a 3-pointer per game and just one turnover, making him very useful in category-league play again.
Schedule: PHI, @ATL, ORL
Good Plays: Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas
Bad Plays: Yi Jianlian, Nick Young
Toss Ups: John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, JaVale McGee, Al Thornton
Injury Report: John Wall (foot/day-to-day), Yi Jianlian (knee/day-to-day), Josh Howard (knee/December)
Notes: Wall remains day-to-day after missing two games. His status for Week 5 may come down to the wire. Be prepared. ... Hinrich has become a decent, cheap source for assists in larger category formats. A lengthy absence for Wall could make him appealing for any format as a low-end stopgap measure. ... McGee is averaging close to 25 minutes per game and has yet to become very consistent in the scoring or rebounding departments, but he is offering high-end block production. ... Thornton dealt with an illness over the past week that may have been the main culprit for his being held to single digits in three straight games. He bounced back on Wednesday night in Boston with 15 points. If he can back that up with another strong outing over the weekend, feel safe activating him as a No. 3/4 forward again in deeper leagues, but a three-game slate with two matchups against tough defensive teams in the Hawks and Magic does not bode well for a big week.
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