Fantasy owners looking for a hot pick-up off the waiver wire must serious consider Los Angeles Clippers SG Jamal Crawford, as he is showing no signs of letting up. He is on an extended hot streak, posting double-digit point totals in each of his past nine games, averaging 16.1 points per game (PPG) with 1.9 rebounds per game (RPG) and 1.8 assists per game (APG). The rebounds and assists aren’t that impressive, but if you’re looking for a scorer, especially in Rotisserie formats, Crawford is available in roughly 70 percent of all Fantasy leagues.
The Washington Wizards welcomed back C Marcin Gortat (knee) after a hospital stay as the result of a knee infection. He rolled up 18 points with 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 36 minutes against a halfway decent defense from the Boston Celtics. He didn’t exhibit any rust, and he connected on nine of his 14 field goal attempts. If you had him reserved before, you can feel confident pushing him back into the starting lineup now. As such, the Fantasy appeal of PF/C Nene Hilario takes a hit, as his minutes dwindled to 12 in Saturday’s contest. SF Kelly Oubre Jr. stepped into the lineup Saturday for the injured Otto Porter Jr. (hip), posting 10 points with six rebounds and two steals. While KOJ doesn’t have much staying power in Fantasy leagues, he isn’t a terrible substitution if you need short-term help in formats that allow daily transactions.
Lastly, Golden State Warriors F Harrison Barnes stepped back into the starting five Saturday in Detroit, although he managed just five points with three boards and two dimes in 30 minutes. It wasn’t a particularly great performance, but it is a sign that Barnes is building up his stamina and feeling comfortable after a lengthy layoff due to an ankle injury. He is worth starting all Fantasy formats of 12 or more teams, but this week the Warriors do face a handful of tough defensive clubs so beware.
Lastly, everyone remember to set those lineups early for Monday. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the lineup lock for weekly leagues will be 1pm ET.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Utah
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Denver, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Washington
TEAM WITH TWO GAMES
WEEK 13 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
ATLANTA HAWKS: The Hawks have a four-game schedule which is good news for those in cumulative Fantasy leagues, and it will seem like a five-game schedule with matchups against Portland (102.9 points per game allowed – PPGA), Sacramento (108.3 PPGA) and Phoenix (106.6 PPGA).
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: The Warriors have shown some chinks in the armor lately, losing two of their past four games. Another loss or two might be in the offing with three games in the upcoming week against Indiana, and at Cleveland and Chicago. All three teams allow 100.6 points per game, with the Cavs second in the NBA in scoring defense giving up just 95.1 points per outing. Still, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, etc. remain Fantasy must-starts.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS: The Spurs are the only team with a two-game schedule, that’s the bad news for owners in cumulative Fantasy Hoops leagues. However, those in Rotisserie leagues and those formats that average points per game, you’ll want all Spurs active with two favorable matchups in Phoenix and at L.A. Lakers.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – L.A. Clippers vs. Houston. Dwight Howard is a question mark, so the Clips should face little resistance.
TUESDAY – Indiana at Phoenix. The Suns are allowing 106.6 PPGA, second-worst in the NBA. Look for 110-plus from IND.
WEDNESDAY – Sacramento at L.A. Lakers. This game is likely to have a total of 220 points, meaning plenty of DFS points.
THURSDAY – San Antonio at Phoenix. As mentioned, the Suns are terrible on D, so expect plenty of production from SA.
FRIDAY – Milwaukee at Houston. The Bucks allowed 103.3 PPGA, the Rockets allowed 104.7 PPGA. It’s a Fantasy fiesta.
SATURDAY – Milwaukee at New Orleans. You can expect a total of 210-215 points in this game with several big stat lines.
SUNDAY – Dallas at Houston. In this Texas two-step it is the Mavericks who will put up the big Fantasy points.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT) – updated Sun., Jan. 17
BRK – Andrea Bargnani, PF/C (ankle) – SIT
CHA – Jeremy Lamb, SG (toe) – SIT
CHI – Pau Gasol, PF/C (Achilles’, shoulder) – START
CHI – Kirk Hinrich, PG (quadriceps) – SIT
CHI – Joakim Noah, PF/C (shoulder) – SIT
DEN – J.J. Hickson, PF/C (mouth) – START
DEN – Jameer Nelson, PG (hip) – SIT
DEN – Jusuf Nurkic, C (ankle) – SIT
DET – Aron Baynes, C (thigh) – START
DET – Brandon Jennings, PG (ankle) – START
GSW – James Michael McAdoo, F (toe) – SIT
HOU – Patrick Beverley, PG (ankle) – START
HOU – Dwight Howard, PF/C (abdomen/oblique) – START
HOU – Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C (back) – SIT
HOU – Jason Terry, PG (illness) – START
IND – Paul George, SF/SG (calf) – START
IND – George Hill, G (personal) – START
IND – Ian Mahinmi, PF/C (heel) – SIT
LAC – DeAndre Jordan, C (illness) – START
LAL – Brandon Bass, F (ankle) – SIT
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (Achilles’, shoulder) – SIT
LAL – Larry Nance, Jr., F (knee) – SIT
MEM – Mike Conley, Jr., PG (Achilles’) – SIT
MIA – Chris Andersen, PF/C (knee) – SIT
MIA – Goran Dragic, PG (calf) – SIT
MIA – Dwyane Wade, SG (shoulder) – START
MIL – O.J. Mayo, SG (hamstring) – SIT
MIN – Kevin Martin, SG (illness) – START
NYK – Carmelo Anthony, SF (ankle) – START
NYK – Kevin Seraphin, PF/C (knee) – SIT
ORL – Victor Oladipo, SG (knee) – SIT
PHI – Jerami Grant, F (calf) – START
PHI – Nik Stauskas, SG (shoulder) – START
PHO – Alex Len, C (hand) – SIT
TOR- Anthony Bennett, PF (back) – SIT
UTA – Trevor Booker, F (concussion) – START
UTA – Alec Burks, SG (leg) – SIT
UTA – Derrick Favors, PF/C (back) – SIT
WAS – Bradley Beal, SG (leg) – START
WAS – Drew Gooden, PF/C (calf) – SIT
WAS – Kris Humphries, PF/C (knee) – SIT
WAS – Otto Porter, Jr., SF (hip) – SIT
New Orleans at Memphis (2:30 p.m. ESPN)
Chicago at Detroit (3:30 p.m. WGN)
Orlando at Atlanta (5:00 p.m. NBATV)
Golden State at Cleveland (8:00 p.m. TNT)
Houston at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Minnesota at New Orleans (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
Golden State at Chicago (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Atlanta at Portland (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland (8:00 p.m. TNT)
San Antonio at Phoenix (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Miami at Toronto (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Indiana at Golden State (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
Chicago at Cleveland (8:30 p.m. ABC)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Jamal Crawford||SG||LAC||16.1 PPG past 9 games|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||14.1 PPG past 10 games|
|Shabazz Muhammad||SF||MIN||12.9 PPG past 11 games|
|Derrick Williams||SF||NYK||12.3 PPG past 11 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||11.6 PPG past 11 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||7.6 RPG past 9 games|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||6.9 RPG past 9 games|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||6.8 RPG past 10 games|
|Jeff Withey||C||UTA||6.6 RPG past 12 games|
|Cole Aldrich||C||LAC||5.8 RPG past 9 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||6.0 APG past 10 games|
|Donald Sloan||PG||BRK||5.8 APG past 9 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||4.8 APG past 10 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||3.8 APG past 11 games|
|Beno Udrih||PG||MIA||3.8 APG past 9 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||2.0 SPG past 10 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||1.8 SPG past 10 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.7 SPG past 9 games|
|Iman Shumpert||SG||CLE||1.5 SPG past 10 games|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||1.5 SPG past 10 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|John Henson||C||MIL||2.5 BPG past 11 games|
|Jeff Withey||C||UTA||2.0 BPG past 12 games|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||1.7 BPG past 9 games|
|Willie Cauley-Stein||C||SAC||1.3 BPG past 6 games|
|JaVale McGee||C||DAL||1.2 BPG past 11 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||19 3PT past 11 games|
|Marvin Williams||PF||CHA||18 3PT past 11 games|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||18 3PT past 10 games|
|Anthony Tolliver||PF||DET||17 3PT past 9 games|
|Jamal Crawford||SG||LAC||16 3PT past 9 games|
(statistics through January 16, 2016)