It has been interesting watching the emergence of New York Knicks C Robin Lopez, as he tries to one-up his more heralded brother, Brooklyn Nets C Brook Lopez.
Robin posted 16 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, his second double-double of the season. Lopez’s offensive totals have been rather erratic, but he has six or more rebounds in four straight games, and he has two or more blocked shots in each of the past three outings. As long as he can manage to stay out of foul trouble Lopez can be a great addition to a Fantasy lineup. It’s rather surprising that he is available in roughly half of all leagues, but expect his ownership percentage to gradually rise if he continues to produce consistent results in multiple categories.
Denver Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried (neck) looked good in Sunday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers; he finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, a blocked shot and an assist on 6-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes. The stat line isn’t what is impressive, it is the fact he was taken off on a stretch in his game Saturday. He gets to rest for two full days before his next test on Wednesday in Minnesota, so start him with confidence in the upcoming week.
TEAM WITH FIVE GAMES
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, San Antonio, Washington
TEAM WITH TWO GAMES
DALLAS MAVERICKS: The Mavs get a chance to square off against the Milwaukee Bucks (103.1 points per game allowed – PPGA), Minnesota Timberwolves (103.1 PPGA), New Orleans Pelicans (106.4 PPGA) and Sacramento Kings (107.7 PPGA). It’s a four-game schedule which will feel more like five games for those Fantasy owners in cumulative formats. It’s going to be a high-scoring week for Dirk Nowitzki, Zaza Pachulia and Wesley Matthews, among others.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: The Thunder will face a few of the worst NBA scoring defenses this week when the Kings pay a visit, and they also have favorable road games against the Los Angeles Lakers (105.7 PPGA) and Portland Trail Blazers (102.3 PPGA). Look for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and most of the Thunder Fantasy options to have banner weeks.
PHOENIX SUNS: The Suns have just two games on the upcoming schedule, and that’s terrible news for those in cumulative Fantasy formats, and they have struggled offensively since Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) went down for the season.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Oklahoma City vs. Sacramento. The Kings are allowing an NBA-worst 107.7 points per game, so load up on OKC.
TUESDAY – Dallas vs. Sacramento. It’s the Mavericks turn to pick on the defensively-challenged Kings. Remember them.
WEDNESDAY – Charlotte at Phoenix. The Suns have had a lot of trouble on defense, allowing 106.3 points per game.
THURSDAY – L.A. Lakers at Sacramento. The Lakers ranks 26th in the NBA in scoring defense, the Kings rank 30th.
FRIDAY – Miami at Phoenix. The Suns have had a leaky D, and the Heat should be able to post 110+ in the Valley of the Sun.
SATURDAY – Golden State at Sacramento. The Warriors could very well post 125-plus points against Sacramento.
SUNDAY – Utah at L.A. Lakers. The Jazz have scored 103 or more points in seven of the past 11 games.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Tiago Splitter, PF/C (calf) – SIT
BOS – Avery Bradley, PG (hip) – SIT
CHA – Nicolas Batum, SF/SG (toe) – START
CHA – Spencer Hawes, PF/C (back) – SIT
CHA – Jeremy Lin, PG (ankle) – START
CHI – Derrick Rose, PG (hamstring) – SIT
DAL – Deron Williams, PG (hamstring) – SIT
DEN – Emmanuel Mudiay, PG (ankle) – SIT
DET – Reggie Jackson, PG (ankle) – SIT
GSW – Harrison Barnes, PF (ankle) – SIT
GSW – Stephen Curry, PG (leg) – START
HOU – Terrence Jones, PF (wrist) – SIT
HOU – Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C (back) – SIT
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (shoulder) – SIT
MEM – Mike Conley Jr., PG (back) – START
MIA – Josh McRoberts, PF/C (knee) – SIT
MIL – Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/SG (teeth) – START
NOP – Tyreke Evans, SF/SG (knee) – SIT
NYK – Lou Amundson, PF/C (back) – SIT
ORL – Elfrid Payton, PG (ankle) – SIT
PHI – Hollis Thompson, SF/SG (eye) – START
PHO – Alex Len, C (hand) – START
POR – Damian Lillard, PG (heel) – SIT
SAS – Tony Parker, PG (hip) – SIT
UTA – Derrick Favors, PF/C (back) – START
UTA – Rodney Hood, SF/SG (personal) – START
WAS – DeJuan Blair, PF/C (knee) – SIT
WAS – Gary Neal, PG (quadriceps) – SIT
Indiana at Miami (7:30 p.m. NBATV)
Memphis at Portland (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Milwaukee at Chicago (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
Golden State at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
New Y ork at Miami (7:00 p.m. ESPN)
Memphis at Oklahoma City (9:30 p.m. ESPN)
Boston at Chicago (8:00 p.m. TNT)
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Cleveland at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
Chicago at Atlanta (5:00 p.m. WGN)
Charlotte at Denver (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Gerald Green||SG||MIA||13.0 PPG past 11 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||12.0 PPG past 10 games|
|Garrett Temple||SG||WAS||11.4 PPG past 10 games|
|Lance Thomas||PF||NYK||11.3 PPG past 10 games|
|Courtney Lee||SG||MEM||11.0 PPG past 10 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||7.9 RPG past 10 games|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||7.4 RPG past 10 games|
|Larry Nance Jr.||PF||LAL||7.1 RPG past 11 games|
|Lavoy Allen||C||IND||6.4 RPG past 11 games|
|Marvin Williams||PF||CHA||6.2 RPG past 10 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||CLE||5.1 APG past 9 games|
|Shaun Livingston||PG||GS||4.0 APG past 8 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||3.5 APG past 10 games|
|Kendall Marshall||PG||PHI||3.4 APG past 7 games|
|Donald Sloan||PG||BRK||3.4 APG past 8 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||1.7 SPG past 6 games|
|Ronnie Price||PG||PHO||1.4 SPG past 10 games|
|Cole Aldrich||C||LAC||1.4 SPG past 8 games|
|Anthony Brown||SF||LAL||1.2 SPG past 5 games|
|Courtney Lee||SG||MEM||1.2 SPG past 10 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|John Henson||C||MIL||3.0 BPG past 9 games|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||1.7 BPG past 10 games|
|Marvin Williams||PF||CHA||1.4 BPG past 10 games|
|Jerami Grant||SF||PHI||1.4 BPG past 11 games|
|Brandon Bass||PF||LAL||1.3 BPG past 10 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Gerald Green||SG||MIA||23 3PT past 11 games|
|P.J. Hairston||SG||CHA||21 3PT past 10 games|
|Randy Foye||SG||DEN||20 3PT past 12 games|
|Channing Frye||PF||ORL||19 3PT past 11 games|
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHO||18 3PT past 12 games|
(statistics through January 3, 2016)