If you like to peruse the Hot or Not postings (no, not those!), you’ll see a smattering of the same old Fantasy stars that are long gone from the waiver wire. However, a handful of guys stick out this week, and they can not only help your Fantasy team in the short term, but perhaps down the stretch as well.
Los Angeles Lakers SG Louis Williams is having quite the run lately, posting 27.3 points per game (PPG) over the past three outings while helping Rotisserie owners with shooting at a 43.6 percent clip from the field, slightly better than Houston Rockets SG James Harden during the same span. Sure, it’s a small sample size, but Williams was been putting up the numbers with an increase in run and responsibilities. In addition, he has 3.3 rebounds per game (RPG), 3.3 assists per game (APG) and 1.3 steals per game (SPG) over the past week, taking advantage of the ailing Kobe Bryant (Achilles’, shoulder) being sidelined. As long as the Black Mamba is on the shelf, Williams has Fantasy staying power, and he is likely to have a bigger role down the stretch even when Kobe can play.
Cleveland Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith is such a streaky player, that his production, or lack thereof, can be maddening to Fantasy owners. Right now, he is in the good graces of his owners, posting 22.5 PPG with a 52.4 field goal percentage (FG%) over the past four outings. Philadelphia 76ers G Ish Smith is also making the most of an increase in run, posting 19.8 PPG with a 49.3 FG percentage over the past four outings. Smith has also dished out 8.0 dimes per game, while snagging 4.3 RPG and doing a little thievery with 2.0 SPG. That will certainly help Fantasy owners, unless of course you own Gs Tony Wroten or T.J. McConnell, then you’re less than enthused with Ish.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Utah
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
L.A. Clippers, Philadelphia
TEAMS WITH ONE GAME
WEEK 12 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
INDIANA PACERS: The Pacers will face three teams on their four-game schedule which rank in the lower third of the NBA in scoring defense. The game against the Boston Celtics is likely to be a defensive slog, but look for triple-digit point totals and plenty of Fantasy production in their other three games versus the Denver Nuggets (102.8 points per game allowed – PPGA), Phoenix Suns (106.1 PPGA) and Washington Wizards (103.9 PPGA).
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: The Pelicans, who play very little defense themselves, will have a great three-game week against two of the worst defenses in the NBA. Even a home game with the Charlotte Hornets (100.5 PPGA) isn’t a difficult matchup, but the two road games against the Los Angeles Lakers (105.9 PPGA – 27th in the NBA) and Sacramento Kings (108.6 PPGA – 30th in the NBA) are the games Fantasy owners are going to be very happy about.
ORLANDO MAGIC/TORONTO RAPTORS: The Magic and Raptors will meet in the annual London game this week, which is great news. The NBA loves to showcase itself around the world. The bad news is for Fantasy players, especially with a roster littered with Magic and Raps. The NBA allows these teams to take a breather before and after their trip, almost like a mini All-Star break, so they get just one game on the upcoming schedule. If you’re in a Fantasy league which averages points per game in a scoring period, you’re in a great shape. If you’re in a cumulative league, not so much, especially head-to-head.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
TUESDAY – New Orleans at L.A. Lakers. This game has the potential for 220 total points, and of course big Fantasy totals.
WEDNESDAY – New Orleans at Sacramento. Wherever the Pellies go, a lack of defense and big Fantasy points will follow.
THURSDAY – Sacramento at Utah. It’s the usual suspects. Pick on the Kings in DFS, as their defense is lacking big time.
FRIDAY – Cleveland at Houston. LeBron and ‘The Beard’ on the same court. Oh yeah, the Fantasy points will be flowing.
SATURDAY – Sacramento at L.A. Clippers. The Kings are very giving on defense, and the Clips have low-priced studs.
SUNDAY – Phoenix at Minnesota. If this standalone afternoon game is included, take advantage. If not, go with HOU-LAL.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Thabo Sefolosha, SF/SG (wrist) – SIT
ATL – Jeff Teague, PG (ankle) – SIT
CHI – Joakim Noah, PF/C (shoulder) – SIT
CLE – Mo Williams, PG (thumb) – SIT
DEN – Jameer Nelson, PG (hip) – SIT
DET – Marcus Morris, F (knee) – START
HOU – Ty Lawson, PG (ankle) – START
HOU – Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C (back) – SIT
IND – Monta Ellis, G (knee) – SIT
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (Achilles’, shoulder) – SIT
LAL – D’Angelo Russell, SG/SF (ankle) – SIT
MEM – Mike Conley, Jr., PG (Achilles’) – START
MEM – Courtney Lee, G (hip) – SIT
MIA – Dwyane Wade, SG (shoulder) – START
MIL – Jerryd Bayless, PG, MIL (ankle) – SIT
MIL – O.J. Mayo, SG (hamstring) – SIT
NOP – Anthony Davis, PF/C (back) – START
ORL – Elfrid Payton, PG (ankle) – SIT
PHO – Alex Len, C (hand) – SIT
PHO – Ronnie Price, G (foot) – STAR
SAC- Omri Casspi, SF/SG (back) – START
UTA – Derrick Favors, PF/C (back) – SIT
WAS – Bradley Beal, SG (leg) – SIT
WAS – Marcin Gortat, C (knee) – START
WAS – Nene Hilario, PF/C (triceps) – START
WAS – Kris Humphries, PF/C (knee) – SIT
WAS – John Wall, PG (knee) – START
Chicago at Milwaukee (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
Indiana at Boston (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Miami at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
Toronto vs, Orlando – in London (3:00 p.m. NBATV)
Cleveland at San Antonio (8:00 p.m. TNT)
L.A. Lakers at Golden State (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Minnesota at Oklahoma City (7:00 p.m. ESPN)
Cleveland at Houston (9:30 p.m. ESPN)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Jamal Crawford||SG||LAC||13.8 PPG past 10 games|
|Austin Rivers||SG||LAC||13.3 PPG past 7 games|
|Shabazz Muhammad||SF||MIN||11.8 PPG past 11 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||11.7 PPG past 10 games|
|Gerald Green||SG||MIA||10.8 PPG past 11 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||8.8 RPG past 10 games|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||7.7 RPG past 12 games|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||6.1 RPG past 9 games|
|David Lee||PF||BOS||5.4 RPG past 5 games|
|Lavoy Allen||C||IND||5.0 RPG past 11 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Donald Sloan||PG||BRK||4.8 APG past 8 games|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||4.6 APG past 10 games|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||CLE||4.1 APG past 10 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||4.0 APG past 11 games|
|Ramon Sessions||PG||WAS||3.8 APG past 10 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Norris Cole||PG||NOP||1.4 SPG past 9 games|
|Mario Chalmers||PG||MEM||1.4 SPG past 10 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.4 SPG past 10 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||1.4 SPG past 11 games|
|Courtney Lee||SG||MEM||1.4 SPG past 8 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|John Henson||C||MIL||2.3 BPG past 9 games|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||2.0 BPG past 10 games|
|Walter Tavares||C||ATL||1.7 BPG past 3 games|
|Festus Ezeli||C||GSW||1.6 BPG past 5 games|
|Myles Turner||PF||IND||1.1 BPG past 7 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Joe Ingles||SF||UTA||18 3PT past 12 games|
|Danny Green||SG||SAS||17 3PT past 10 games|
|Anthony Morrow||SG||OKC||17 3PT past 11 games|
|P.J. Hairston||SG||CHA||17 3PT past 11 games|
|Hollis Thompson||SG||PHI||17 3PT past 9 games|
(statistics through January 10, 2016)