There were plenty of important injuries in The Association during Christmas week, as the Los Angeles Clippers will have to do without PF Blake Griffin (quadriceps) for at least the next two weeks due to a partially torn left quadriceps tendon. With Griffin on the mend, it will mean more pressure on PG Chris Paul to step up and provide even more scoring than he normally would. C DeAndre Jordan also stepped up his game Saturday against Utah, posting 14 points with 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. D.J. is likely to be leaned upon for a little more offense than usual.
PF Josh Smith made a start in place of Griffin Saturday, but he played just five minutes while posting two rebounds with a turnover. Despite the fact he did not start, swingman Paul Pierce might be the better short-term Fantasy option in standard Fantasy formats, as well as Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) cash games and GPPs.
Also in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns lost PG Eric Bledsoe (knee) for the next six weeks due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. With Bledsoe on the shelf, it appears the time is now for SG Devin Booker to step up and play a major role in the Phoenix offense. He gave Fantasy owners a taste of what he can do Saturday, dropping 19 points with a rebound in 20 minutes against Philadelphia. If you have a FAAB budget, spending at least $11 on Booker wouldn’t be out of line.
TEAM WITH FIVE GAMES
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Golden state, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Utah, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
BOSTON CELTICS: Obviously with just two games in Week 10, the C’s players aren’t great options in cumulative Fantasy formats. But in leagues that average points per game in a scoring period, Boston players are going to roll up huge totals against the visiting Brooklyn Nets (103.4 PPGA) and Los Angeles Lakers (107.3 PPGA).
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: The 76ers have four games on the road this week, and normally that is bad news. But games against the defensively lax Kings and Lakers, and a Clippers club missing PF Blake Griffin, will mean plenty of offensive points – and therefore Fantasy points.
PHOENIX SUNS: The Suns have a five-game schedule in Week 10, so Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues will be particularly fond of them. In addition, the Suns have games against the defensively-challenged Los Angeles Lakers (107.3 PPGA – 30th in the NBA) and Sacramento Kings (106.8 PPGA – 28th in the NBA). It’s going to be a very fruitful week for those owning Phoenix players.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: All Grizzlies should be avoided in cumulative Fantasy formats with just two games on tap in Week 10, but they’re not great players in other formats, either. Memphis faces two of the better defensive clubs in the NBA in the Miami Heat (94.8 PPGA) and Utah Jazz (97.6 PPGA).
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Golden State vs. Sacramento. There are going to be a ton of points in this game, with GSW good for at least 115.
TUESDAY – Cleveland at Denver. LeBron and friends will have a field day in the Mile High City on a light NBA night.
WEDNESDAY – Toronto vs. Washington. The Wiz allow 104.6 points per game, second-most in the Eastern Conference.
THURSDAY – Golden State at Houston. Look at a total of at least 220 points in this potential Fantasy Fiesta.
FRIDAY – Orlando at Washington. Load up on Magic players for their New Year’s Day trip to the nation’s capital.
SATURDAY – Phoenix at Sacramento. The Suns will be tired and lax on defense, and the Kings always are bad defensively.
SUNDAY – Miami at Washington. Pick on the Wiz. Are you noticing a theme here?
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Tiago Splitter, PF/C (calf) – SIT
BOS – David Lee, PF/C (back) – SIT
CHA – Spencer Hawes, PF/C (back) – SIT
CHI – Joakim Noah, PF/C (shoulder) – SIT
CLE – Kyrie Irving, PG (knee) – START
DAL – Deron Williams, PG (hamstring) – SIT
DEN – Danilo Gallinari, SF/SG (ankle) – SIT
DEN – Emmanuel Mudiay, PG (ankle) – SIT
GSW – Leandro Barbosa, PG (shoulder) – START
GSW – Harrison Barnes, PF (ankle) – SIT
IND – Rodney Stuckney, PG (ankle) – START
LAC – Blake Griffin, PF (knee) – SIT
LAC – Austin Rivers, PG (ankle) – SIT
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (knee) – SIT
MIA – Tyler Johnson, SG (shoulder) – START
MIA – Josh McRoberts, PF/C (knee) – SIT
MIL – Jerryd Bayless, PG (ankle) – SIT
NOP – Alexis Ajinca, C (calf) – SIT
NYK – Lou Amundson, PF/C (back) – SIT
PHI – Richaun Holmes, PF (knee) – START
PHI – Jahlil Okafor, C (knee) – SIT
PHO – Eric Bledsoe, PG (knee) – SIT
POR – Ed Davis, PF/C (ankle) – SIT
POR – Damian Lillard, PG (heel) – SIT
UTA – Derrick Favors, PF/C (back) – START
WAS – Gary Neal, PG (quadriceps) – SIT
Toronto at Chicago (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
Milwaukee at Oklahoma City (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
L.A. Lakers at Boston – OR – Washington at Toronto (7:30 p.m. NBATV)
Indiana at Chicago (8:00 p.m. WGN)
Denver at Portland (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Phoenix at Sacramento (5:00 p.m. NBATV)
Houston at San Antonio (8:30 p.m. NBATV)
Chicago at Toronto (3:30 p.m. WGN)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|J.J. Barea||PG||DAL||12.9 PPG past 8 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||12.6 PPG past 10 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||12.3 PPG past 10 games|
|Lance Thomas||PF||NYK||12.3 PPG past 11 games|
|Andrea Bargnani||C||BRK||11.2 PPG past 9 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||6.2 RPG past 10 games|
|Frank Kaminsky||C||CHA||5.3 RPG past 10 games|
|Cody Zeller||PF||CHA||5.3 RPG past 10 games|
|Trey Lyles||PF||UTA||4.8 RPG past 10 games|
|Larry Nance Jr.||PF||LAL||4.7 RPG past 11 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||CLE||4.9 APG past 8 games|
|Kendall Marshall||PG||PHI||4.6 APG past 7 games|
|J.J. Barea||PG||DAL||4.5 APG past 8 games|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||3.8 APG past 6 games|
|Donald Sloan||PG||BRK||3.3 APG past 8 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Devin Harris||PG||DAL||1.8 SPG past 5 games|
|Corey Brewer||SG||HOU||1.4 SPG past 11 games|
|Cody Zeller||PF||CHA||1.3 SPG past 10 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||1.3 SPG past 10 games|
|Kostas Papanikolaou||SF||DEN||1.3 SPG past 8 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|Brandon Bass||PF||LAL||1.3 BPG past 7 games|
|Miles Plumlee||C||MIL||1.3 BPG past 4 games|
|Jerami Grant||SF||PHI||1.2 BPG past 11 games|
|Boban Marjanovic||C||SAS||1.2 BPG past 6 games|
|Frank Kaminsky||C||CHA||1.0 BPG past 10 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||28 3PT past 10 games|
|Isaiah Cannan||PF||PHI||23 3PT past 11 games|
|P.J. Hairston||SG||CHA||21 3PT past 10 games|
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHO||20 3PT past 11 games|
|Randy Foye||SG||DEN||20 3PT past 10 games|
(statistics through December 26, 2015)