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Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Preview

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Sunday, November 9th 2013

By: Justin Ramlochan

Week 2 in the NBA confirmed some things early on. One of them I am going to touch on is the San Antonio Spurs and Greg Popovich’s matchup-driven, unstable lineups. So far both Thiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard have came of the bench with the insertion of Boris Diaw at centre and Marco Bellenelli.                                                                        
   It is impossible to predict the Spurs starting lineup game in and game out, and until things become more stable the Spurs rotation is one that is going to drive fantasy managers crazy. Danny Green has been struggling out of the gate but has shown flashes. Earlier in the week Green dropped 19 pts, and knocked down three threes with 4 blocks and few steals only to drop a a dud the following game. This inconsistency pretty much sums up the start of the year for the Spurs rotation and players. You also know Pop will be resting Duncan, Parker and Ginobili sooner than later. Right now they are a tough team to deal with.

Major news this week is Tyson Chandler fracturing his Fibula and will be out 4-6 weeks. The Knicks are very thin at Centre and I can see Bargnani moving over there, a position he struggles with Defensively. Chandler is the anchor on an otherwise below par New York defense. His loss will be felt in the “Big Apple.” Metta World Peace is worth a look if he is hanging around your wire.


For the Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic rolled his ankle early in the week and this opened up time for Gerald “Cupcake” Green. Green was the hottest add of the week. Dragic injury is thought not to be serious and he may suit up for Sunday’s matchup vs. The Pelicans. The intent of this article is to help managers make decisions regarding handling the waiver wire and choosing between which “fringe” players deserve a look. Part of this article is to evaluate the number of games played each given team has during the week. Something I like to take into account is the Home vs. Away splits and how certain players will Matchup with a given team. Below I will show and break down of team games this week and some “start em/sit em” stuff. Assumptions are made based on a 14 team, standard 8 Category Rotisserie format

Number of games played this week:
Atlanta Hawks: 4
Boston Celtics: 4
Brooklyn Nets: 3
Charlotte Bobcats: 4
Chicago Bulls: 3
Cleveland Cavaliers: 4
Dallas Mavericks: 3
Denver Nuggets: 4
Detroit Pistons: 4
Golden State Warriors: 3
Houston Rockets: 4
Indiana Pacers: 3
LA Clippers: 3
LA Lakers: 4
Memphis Grizzlies: 4
Miami Heat: 3
Milwaukee Bucks: 4
Minnesota Timberwolves: 4
New Orleans Pelicans: 4
New York Knicks: 3
Oklahoma City Thunder: 3
Orlando Magic: 3
Philadelphia 76ers: 4
Phoenix Suns: 2
Portland Trailblazers: 4
Sacramento Kings: 3
San Antonio Spurs: 3
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 4
Washington Wizards: 3

Start/Sit Recommendations:
Steve Blake (PG- LAL)- Lakers have four games this week, and three of the four games are at home . With Kobe out and Nash ailing I look for Blake to play major minutes. This past week he has been returning late round value and based on his minutes and usage I have him starting in my leagues. 
Gerald Green (SG/SF – PHO) – With Dragic returning as soon as tonight vs New Orleans, Green will be relagated to a bench role. In his three starts in Goran’s place Green has knocked in a total of 10 three balls. I think even when Goran returns Green has earned his playing time with the Suns, how that translates from a bench role is yet to be determined. Take the wait and see approach with Green, his minutes will come down with Dragic heathly. I’m sitting Green this week, until he has a defined role off the bench. 
Andrea Bargnani (PF/C – NYC) – With Tyson Chandler out for a while the Knicks have no other option but to play the flat footed Bargnani major minutes. This does not bode well for their defensive schemes but Bargs will give opposing centres nightmares on offense. Bargnani is a player that should be started in most formats until Chandler is back onto the court. 

Jordan Crawford (PG/SG – BOS)- Crawford has entered the starting lineup for the Celtics and this may stick. The Celtics need scoring and a player to make opportunities for others. Crawford has the ability to beat his man off the dibble and is one of the few Celtics that can create their own shot. Until further notice or the return of Rajon Rondo, Crawford can be safely started. 
Vitor Faverani (C- BOS) – Faverani has been replaced in the Celtics starting lineup with Kelly Olynyk. This makes Vitor expendable and he should not be started in any leagues this week. This should remain constant as he will slip on the depth chart behind Bass, Olynyk, and Sullinger. 

Iman Shumpert (PG/SG – NYC) – Shumpert is in a slump. He has not contributed or lived up to expectations coming into the season. Now that JR Smith is back his role will also decrease. This is a player that is not worth a start until he shows better consistency.

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