Fantasy owners of Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler (ankle) can breathe easy. He missed practice this over the weekend after tweaking his ankle in the team’s latest game. However, he is expected to be just fine for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Monitor Butler’s status Sunday, and if he suffers some sort of a setback, then by all means bench him. But all indications are that he will be fine.
Butler certainly has been fine for his Fantasy owners, averaging 24.9 points per game (PPG) in the month of January, which is fifth-best in the NBA. He has been showing no signs of slowing down, and he has emerged as one of the go-to guys in the Chicago offense, taking a backseat to no one. At the same time, his Fantasy trade value is at its pinnacle, and you could get quite the haul in return.
The new up-tempo style of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue certainly seems to be agreeing with PF/C Tristan Thompson, who is averaging 11.8 PPG, 10.3 rebounds per game (RPG) and just two total turnovers in three games since David Blatt was unceremoniously dumped. T-Squared is flourishing, while Fantasy owners of C Timofey Mozgov mutter bad words with his minutes falling into the teens. Even Mozgov has picked up the pace somewhat, despite less playing time, averaging 8.8 PPG and 4.0 RPG off the bench in three games under Lue’s tutelage. But Thompson is the big Fantasy winner here, and if you’ve put up with his erratic production to this point, enjoy the hot run while it lasts. It could be here a while.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Indiana, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Charlotte, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto
TEAM WITH TWO GAMES
WEEK 15 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
WASHINGTON WIZARDS: It’s going to be a very fruitful week for the Washington Wizards and Fantasy owners of guys like PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, C Marcin Gortat and others. All four teams the Wiz face allow at least 101.7 points per game (PPGA), including a visit from the defending champs Wednesday. In cumulative formats it is going to be an especially good week to use your Wizards.
CHARLOTTE HORNETS: It’s going to be a disappointing Fantasy scoring period if you own several Hornets. They are visited by the Cleveland Cavaliers (96.2 PPGA) and Miami Heat (95.7 PPGA), the top two scoring defenses in the Eastern Conference. There will be some relief later in the week when the Washington Wizards (104.4 PPGA) come strolling into town, but most Hornets are going to produce below their scoring averages this week.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Fantasy owners in cumulative head-to-head Fantasy formats have a tough decision to make. Would you really sit a guy like PF Draymond Green over another lesser talent with a four-game schedule? The answer is no. You just have to bite the bullet this week and hope Green and PG Stephen Curry post giant stat lines in their two games.
The bad news for Fantasy owners is that this is the first of three successive two-game scoring periods for the Warriors, as they get rest from the scheduling gods leading up to the All-Star break. And players in leagues that average points per game, you’re going to like what you see with ultra-favorable games against the defensively-challenged Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder (101.5 PPGA).
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Milwaukee at Sacramento. Both teams allow at least 103 PPGA, with Sacramento last in NBA at 107.9 PPGA.
TUESDAY – Minnesota at L.A. Lakers. The two worst teams in the West square off, and little mind will be paid to defense.
WEDNESDAY – Golden State at Washington. You’ll want all of your Warriors active, even the mid-tier DFS options.
THURSDAY – Houston at Phoenix. The Rockets will be rude guests against the skidding Suns, especially ‘The Beard’.
FRIDAY – Philadelphia at Washington. Two bad teams, but it will be very entertaining from a Fantasy perspective.
SATURDAY – Cleveland vs. New Orleans. The Cavs welcome the defensively-challenge Pels to town, even better if A.D. is out.
SUNDAY – New York vs. Denver. Enjoy pre-Super Bowl festivities with a winning DFS stack with Knicks players.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Paul Millsap, PF (ankle) – START
CHA – P.J. Hairston, SG/SF (elbow) – START
CHA – Jeremy Lamb, SG (toe) – SIT
CHA – Jeremy Lin, PG (ankle) – SIT
CHA – Kemba Walker, PG (ankle) – START
CHI – Jimmy Butler, SG/SF (ankle) – START
CHI – Kirk Hinrich, PG (quadriceps) – SIT
DAL – Devin Harris, PG (toe) – SIT
DEN – Joffrey Lauvergne, C (toe) – SIT
GSW – Festus Ezeli, C (knee) – SIT
GSW – James Michael McAdoo, F (toe) – SIT
LAC – Paul Pierce, SF (back) – START
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (shoulder) – START
LAL – Louis Williams, G (illness) – START
MIA – Tyler Johnson, SG (shoulder) – START
MIA – Hassan Whiteside, C (hip) – SIT
MIL – John Henson, PF/C (back) – SIT
MIL – O.J. Mayo, SG (hamstring) – SIT
MIN – Kevin Garnett, PF/C (knee) – SIT
MIN – Zach LaVine, SG (ankle) – START
MIN – Kevin Martin, SG (wrist) – SIT
NOP – Anthony Davis, PF/C (concussion) – SIT
NOP – Tyreke Evans, SG/SF (knee) – START
NYK – Jose Calderon, PG (groin) – SIT
OKC – Cameron Payne, G (concussion) – SIT
PHI – Jahlil Okafor, C (illness) – START
PHI – JaKarr Sampson, PF (illness) – START
POR – Pat Connaughton, G (ankle) – SIT
SAC – Marco Belinelli, G (illness) – START
SAC – Rudy Gay, F (eye) – START
SAS – Tim Duncan, PF/C (knee) – SIT
WAS – Gary Neal, G (leg) – SIT
WAS – Otto Porter, Jr., SF (hip) – SIT
Cleveland at Indiana (7:00 p.m. NBATV)
Milwaukee at Sacramento (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Miami at Houston (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
Minnesota at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
Golden State at Washington (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Chicago at Sacramento (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Minnesota at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
New York at Detroit (7:00 p.m. TNT)
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans (9:30 p.m. TNT)
Indiana at Atlanta (7:00 p.m. ESPN)
San Antonio at Dallas (9:30 p.m. ESPN)
Oklahoma City at Golden State (9:00 p.m. ESPN)
L.A. Clippers at Miami (2:00 p.m. ABC)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Shabazz Muhammad||SF||MIN||13.4 PPG past 11 games|
|Dion Waiters||SG||OKC||12.1 PPG past 12 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||12.0 PPG past 8 games|
|Courtney Lee||SG||MEM||11.6 PPG past 8 games|
|Nene Hilario||PF||WAS||10.9 PPG past 9 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||8.5 RPG past 10 games|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||8.1 RPG past 7 games|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||6.7 RPG past 10 games|
|Lavoy Allen||C||IND||5.9 RPG past 10 games|
|Spencer Hawes||C||CHA||5.6 RPG past 12 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||4.7 APG past 9 games|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||CLE||4.2 APG past 11 games|
|Beno Udrih||PG||MIA||4.2 APG past 6 games|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||3.6 APG past 11 games|
|J.J. Barea||PG||DAL||3.4 APG past 12 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||2.1 SPG past 7 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.9 SPG past 11 games|
|Pablo Prigioni||PG||LAC||1.7 SPG past 11 games|
|Nene Hilario||PF||WAS||1.7 SPG past 9 games|
|Toney Douglas||PG||NOP||1.6 SPG past 5 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|John Henson||C||MIL||2.7 BPG past 9 games|
|Bismack Biyombo||C||TOR||1.5 BPG past 8 games|
|Brandon Bass||PF||LAL||1.4 BPG past 8 games|
|Kevin Seraphin||C||NYK||1.2 BPG past 6 games|
|Jerami Smith||SF||PHI||1.1 BPG past 7 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Dion Waiters||SG||OKC||22 3PT past 12 games|
|Troy Daniels||SG||CHA||21 3PT past 10 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||20 3PT past 11 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||18 3PT past 8 games|
|Hollis Thompson||SG||PHI||18 3PT past 9 games|
(statistics through January 29, 2016)