Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler (knee) is likely out through the All-Star break after suffering a strained knee this past week, but the good news is that tests revealed he did not suffer any ligament damage. Fantasy owners in Week 16 will have to make do with Butler, who was Top 5 in scoring in the entire league in the month of January. With Butler on the shelf it will be veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy seeing some extra minutes, although he is just making his way back from back surgery and will have a minutes restriction. Gs E’Twaun Moore and Tony Snell will also have some short-term Fantasy appeal in deeper leagues, and will make for interesting DFS options in the final two games before the break.
Los Angeles Lakers F Julius Randle (ankle) suffered a sprained left ankle Saturday, but X-rays were negative and that was the good news. He claims that he will play Monday against Indiana, but that’s a risky proposition for Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues. The Lakers might whistle a different tune than the player and keep him on the shelf to get extended rest rather than risk further damage. Play it safe and reserve him. If Randle does sit, Fs Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly might be solid short-term DFS solutions, and worth a spot in deeper Fantasy formats.
Lastly, San Antonio Spurs PF/C Tim Duncan (knee) is nearing a return, as he has returned to the court for 3-on-3 practice. While there is no official timetable for return from the team, he should likely be available right after the All-Star break, or shortly thereafter. Wait to see him officially return and play a full game without any setbacks before trusting him again. And look for the team to play it very safe with him in back-to-back situations. While it is just speculation at this point, head coach Gregg Popovich has a tendency to rest his players when healthy, let alone returning from a long-term injury.
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington
TEAMS WITH ONE GAME
Dallas, Miami, New York
WEEK 16 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: It’s rather obvious that all Pelicans starters are must-have Fantasy options in cumulative leagues since they’re the only team with three games this week. The good news is that their two road games are against teams which allow plenty of points, too.
MIAMI HEAT: The Heat are scheduled for just one game, so that’s bad news in cumulative Fantasy formats. The Heat also host the Spurs, the top defensive team in the NBA, so that’s bad news for those in leagues which average points per game in a scoring period, too.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Cleveland vs. Sacramento. LeBron and Kyrie Irving should blow up against the defensively-challenged Kings.
TUESDAY – Houston at Golden State. The Rockets and Warriors will combine for at least 220 points in a Fantasy Fiesta.
WEDNESDAY – Sacramento at Philadelphia. The Kings and 76ers are terrible on defense, but can rack up plenty of points.
THURSDAY – Washington at Milwaukee. Both of these clubs have strong DFS options, and neither team is good at D.
Orlando at Atlanta (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
San Antonio at Miami (8:00 p.m. TNT)
Houston at Golden State (10:30 p.m. TNT)
L.A. Lakers at Cleveland (8:00 p.m. ESPN)
Houston at Portland (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
New Orleans at Oklahoma City (8:00 p.m. TNT)
BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge (9:00 p.m. TNT)
NBA D-League All-Star Game (2:00 p.m. NBATV)
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (8:00 p.m. TNT)
NBA All-Star Game from Toronto (8:00 p.m. TNT)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||12.3 PPG past 10 games|
|Evan Fournier||SG||ORL||12.1 PPG past 10 games|
|Isaiah Cannan||PG||PHI||11.7 PPG past 9 games|
|Courtney Lee||SG||MEM||11.2 PPG past 9 games|
|Hollis Thompson||SG||PHI||10.8 PPG past 9 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||8.6 RPG past 11 games|
|Lavoy Allen||C||IND||7.6 RPG past 11 games|
|Tony Allen||SG||MEM||6.1 RPG past 7 games|
|Amar’e Stoudemire||PF||MIA||6.1 RPG past 11 games|
|Spencer Hawes||C||CHA||5.6 RPG past 11 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||4.5 APG past 11 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||4.4 APG past 9 games|
|Shaun Livingston||PG||GS||3.2 APG past 9 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAs||3.2 APG past 10 games|
|J.J. Barea||PG||DAL||3.1 APG past 13 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.7 SPG past 10 games|
|Corey Brewer||SG||HOU||1.6 SPG past 12 games|
|Toney Douglas||PG||NOP||1.6 SPG past 9 games|
|Alonzo Gee||SF||NOP||1.6 SPG past 11 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||1.4 SPG past 10 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|Jerami Grant||SF||PHI||1.7 BPG past 9 games|
|Miles Plumlee||C||MIL||1.3 BPG past 7 games|
|Brandon Bass||PF||LAL||1.2 BPG past 11 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.1 BPG past 10 games|
|Kevin Seraphin||C||NYK||1.0 BPG past 6 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Isaiah Canaan||PG||PHI||24 3PT past 9 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||22 3PT past 10 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||21 3PT past 10 games|
|Evan Fournier||SG||ORL||21 3PT past 10 games|
|Wayne Ellington||SG||BRK||19 3PT past 11 games|
(statistics through February 5, 2016)