The Washington Wizards are a banged up bunch, and Fantasy owners with players going up against the Wiz this week will be even happier than usual. Washington ranks last in the Eastern Conference in team defense, allowing 104.8 points per game (PPG), and they’re 25th in the NBA overall. Now, they might have to play shorthanded during their four-game Week 7.
Most importantly for Fantasy players, PG John Wall (knee) was helped off the court in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after clacking knees with Jeremy Evans of the Mavs. While he was unable to put any weight on the knee initially, he was able to walk without assistance shortly thereafter and X-rays later confirmed that he simply has a bruise. While he is questionable for Monday’s game against the Miami Heat, the Wizards have four games in Week 7 and it’s unlikely Wall misses more than one game, if he misses any time at all. It appears safe to leave him in your active Fantasy lineup, just know that it is possible he could miss at least one game. If Wall does miss time you can expect veteran PG Ramon Sessions to be a solid short-term Fantasy solution and a value play in Daily Fantasy leagues.
Wizards C Marcin Gortat (personal) has been out of country dealing with a family emergency in his native Poland, and he will be sidelined for Monday’s game against the Heat. Fs DeJuan Blair, Jared Dudley, Ryan Hollins and Otto Porter Jr. will continue to pick up the slack until the big man is able to return, with Blair and Dudley having the most appeal in both DFS leagues and standard formats of 12 or more teams. To make matters worse for the shorthanded Wiz, PF/C Kris Humphries (ankle) is a question mark for Monday due to an ankle, and veteran PF/C Drew Gooden (calf) said Sunday that he will be out again Monday.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, New Orleans, Orlando
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
Cleveland, Denver, Sacramento
UTAH JAZZ: It’s going to be a fruitful week for the Jazz, as they have a high-scoring home-and-home with the Oklahoma City, a team that allows 102.3 PPG. Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues will especially enjoy their Jazz players, including PF Derrick Favors (17.5 PPG and 8.9 RPG) and SF Gordon Hayward (18.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 3.1 APG).
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: You’re always going to get plenty of Fantasy points from SF Kevin Durant and PG Russell Westbrook, but if anyone can slow them down it might be the Utah Jazz during their home-and-home series. Utah allows just 95.9 PPG, third in the NBA.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERSs: The poor Sixers. They struggle enough as it is, but now they have a schedule with the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons at home, while facing the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors on the road. The Nets are not a good defensive team, but the other three teams allow 97.5 or fewer points per game, each ranking in the Top 10, with the Spurs at No. 1. The losing ways won’t end anytime soon for the 76ers.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Miami vs. Washington. The Heat host the defensively-challenge Wizards, a team allowing 104.8 PPG.
TUESDAY – Brooklyn at Houston. Houston ranks 28th in the NBA in team scoring defense, so start all of your Nets!
WEDNESDAY – Houston at Washington. Both teams allow at least 104.8 PPG, so expect plenty of Fantasy points.
THURSDAY – New York at Sacramento – The Knicks should roll up plenty of Fantasy points at Sleep Train Arena.
FRIDAY – Washington at New Orleans – Both teams are awful on the defensive end of the court, so expect at least 210 points.
SATURDAY – Chicago at New Orleans – The Bulls get their chance to pile up the Fantasy points in the Crescent City.
SUNDAY – Minnesota at Phoenix – It’s a light schedule Sunday, but this game has the makings of a track meet.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
BRK – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/SG (ankle): SIT
BRK – Sergey Karasev, SF (ankle): SIT
CHA – Al Jefferson, PF/C (calf): SIT
CLE – Kyrie Irving, PF (knee): SIT
CLE – Iman Shumpert, SF/SG (wrist): SIT
DAL – Devin Harris, PG (ribs): SIT
DAL – Chandler Parsons, SF (rest): START
DEN – Gary Harris, G (concussion): START
DEN – Jusuf Nurkic, C (knee): SIT
GSW – Harrison Barnes, PF (ankle): SIT
LAC – Chris Paul, PG (ribs): SIT
LAC – J.J. Redick, PG (ankle): START
LAL – Kobe Bryant, SG (illness): START
MIL – Jerryd Bayless, PG (ankle): SIT
MIL – Tyler Ennis, G (shoulder): SIT
MIL – Greivis Vasquez, PG (ankle): SIT
NYK – Carmelo Anthony, SF (knee): START
ORL – C.J. Watson, SG (calf): SIT
PHI – Isaiah Canaan, PF (ankle): SIT
PHI – Jahlil Okafor, C (illness): START
PHO – Tyson Chandler, C (hamstring): SIT
UTA – Rudy Gobert, C (knee): SIT
WAS – Drew Gooden, PF/C (calf): SIT
WAS – Marcin Gortat, C (personal): SIT
WAS – Nene Hilario, PF/C (calf): SIT
WAS – Kris Humphries, PF/C (ankle): SIT
WAS – John Wall, PG (knee): START
Boston at New Orleans (8:00 p.m. NBATV)
Portland at Cleveland – OR – Golden State at Indiana (7:00 p.m. NBATV), Utah at Sacramento (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Chicago at Boston (7:00 p.m. ESPN), Atlanta at Dallas (9:30 p.m. ESPN)
L.A. Clippers at Chicago (8:00 p.m. TNT), New York at Sacramento (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Miami at Indiana (7:00 p.m. ESPN), L.A. Lakers at San Antonio (9:30pm ESPN)
San Antonio at Atlanta (8:00pm NBATV), New Orleans at Chicago (8:00 p.m. WGN)
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POINTS PER GAME
Mirza Teletovic, PF, Phoenix (11.3 PPG past 12 games)
Darrell Arthur, PF, Denver (11.1 PPG past 10 games)
Mario Chalmers, PG, Memphis (11.0 PPG past 10 games)
Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City (10.8 PPG past 10 games)
Matt Barnes, SF, Memphis (10.4 PPG past 10 games)
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Trevor Booker, PF, Utah (6.6 RPG past eight games)
Lavoy Allen, C, Indiana (6.1 RPG past nine games)
Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Atlanta (5.6 RPG past nine games)
Andrew Nicholson, PF, Orlando (5.4 RPG past nine games)
Aron Baynes, PF, Detroit (5.1 RPG past 11 games)
ASSISTS PER GAME
Shane Larkin, PG, Brooklyn (4.3 APG past 10 games)
Raymond Felton, PF, Dallas (3.8 APG past 11 games)
O.J. Mayo, SG, Milwaukee (2.8 APG past 10 games)
Shabazz Napier, PG, Orlando (2.8 APG past nine games)
Shaun Livingston, PG, Golden State (2.8 APG past nine games)
STEALS PER GAME
Shane Larkin, PG, Brooklyn (1.9 SPG past 10 games)
Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Atlanta (1.6 SPG past nine games)
Tony Allen, SG, Memphis (1.5 SPG past 10 games)
Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City (1.5 SPG past 10 games)
Mario Chalmers, PG, Memphis (1.4 SPG past 10 games)
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
John Henson, C, Milwaukee (1.3 BPG past 11 games)
Josh Smith, PF, L.A. Clippers (1.2 BPG past 10 games)
Mike Muscala, C, Atlanta (1.1 BPG past 10 games)
Kevin Seraphin, C, New York (1.0 BPG past 10 games)
3-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Mirza Teletovic, PF, Phoenix (34 3PT past 12 games)
Hollis Thompson, SG, Philadelphia (21 3PT past 11 games)
Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio (18 3PT past 12 games)
Allen Crabbe, SF, Portland (17 3PT past 10 games)
Marco Belinelli, SG, L.A. Clippers (17 3PT past 11 games)
(statistics through December 5, 2015)