Welcome to the 2013-14 National Basketball Association regular season. We hope this finds you well, and that you had a very successful and somewhat enjoyable draft season. It certainly was interesting, as the injury bug made the drafting process a little trickier than past years with some key personnel either coming back from major injuries, dealing with a nagging injury, or heading into the season after a recent surgery.
After the first week or two, we’ll get an even better idea about a few question marks, but we’ll try and sift through the information as best we can to help you set the best possible lineup. And, if you’re a Daily Fantasy Basketball player, check out our Daily tab at RotoExperts.com to help in setting your lineup each evening.
Teams with four games: L.A. Lakers, Miami, Orlando.
Teams with three games: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington.
Teams with two games: Denver.
TV TIME (national broadcasts in the upcoming week)
TUE: Chicago-Miami (8 p.m. TNT), L.A. Clippers-L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. TNT).
WED: Brooklyn-Cleveland (7 p.m. NBATV), L.A. Lakers-Golden State (10:30 p.m. NBATV).
THU: New York-Chicago (8 p.m. TNT), Golden State-L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. TNT)
FRI: Miami-Brooklyn (8 p.m. ESPN), San Antonio-L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
SAT: Chicago-Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. WGN, NBATV)
SUN: Phoenix-Oklahoma City (7 p.m. NBATV)
In cumulative Fantasy leagues, those which do not average points per game in a scoring period, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, each have favorable schedules since they have four games, as opposed to three for a majority of The Association. In fact, if you drafted a ton of Denver Nuggets, you will have some difficult lineup choices in the first period since they are the lone team to play just two games in the first week of action. PG Ty Lawson is a must-start Fantasy option regardless, but you’ll have to think long and hard about starting guys like C JaVale McGee or J.J. Hickson, for example, as it might be best to start lesser rated players who have three or four games.
The Los Angeles Clippers could get off to a very quick start, too. They face the gutted Lakers on Opening Night, and then they have games against the defensively challenged Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
We’ve covered injuries pretty thoroughly during the preseason, but if you are trying to decide on guys, we have a special system we will be introducing this season. It is rather self-explanatory, but START will be must-start for the upcoming week, CAUTION means proceed at your own risk and SIT means you should find a better alternative.
Gustavo Ayon, PF, ATL (shoulder) – SIT
Harrison Barnes, SF, GS (foot) – START
Trey Burke, PG, UTA (finger) – SIT
Caron Butler, SF, MIL (ankle) – CAUTION
Andrew Bynum, C, PHI (knee) – SIT
Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL (Achilles’) – CAUTION
Wilson Chandler, SF/SG, DEN (hamstring) – SIT
Glen Davis, PF/C, ORL (foot) – START
Carlos Delfino, SF, MIL (foot) – CAUTION
Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN (hamstring) – CAUTION
Danny Granger, SF, (calf) – CAUTION
Jeff Green, PF/SF (forearm) – START
James Harden, SG, HOU (knee) – CAUTION
Devin Harris, PG, DAL (toe) – SIT
Tobias Harris, SF, ORL (ankle) – START
Kirk Hinrich, PG, CHI (shoulder) – CAUTION
Ersan Ilyasova, PF, MIL (ankle) – CAUTION
Al Jefferson, PF/C, CHA (leg) – CAUTION
Brandon Jennings, PG, DET (tooth) – SIT
Terrence Jones, PF, HOU (shoulder) – CAUTION
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF, CHA (hamstring) – SIT
Carl Landry, PF, SAC (hip) – SIT
Ty Lawson, PG, DEN (groin) – START
Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR (finger) – CAUTION
C.J. McCollum, PG, POR (foot) – SIT
Wesley Matthews, SF/SG (heart) – CAUTION
Paul Millsap, PF, ATL (Achilles’) – START
Joakim Noah, C, CHI (groin) – SIT
Nerlens Noel, C, PHI (knee) – SIT
Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS (knee) – SIT
Derrick Rose, PG, CHI (knee) – START
Rodney Stuckey, PG, DET (thumb) – CAUTION
Gerald Wallace, SF, BOS (foot) – CAUTION
Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC (knee) – SIT
Lou Williams, PG/SG, ATL (knee) – SIT
Brandan Wright, C, DAL (shoulder) – SIT
In future weeks when some trends develop, we’ll post Fantasy free-agents who are proficient in certain categories. These players will be able to help your Fantasy team, particularly in Rotisserie formats.
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