Washington Wizards SG Bradley Beal (leg) is dealing with a stress reaction in his lower right fibula and he is expected to miss at least the next two weeks before he is re-evaluated. It isn’t a new injury for Wizards fans and Fantasy owners of Beal from the past, as he has had some variation of right fibula injuries in each of his first four NBA seasons, according to The Washington Post.
Fantasy owners will want to target SG Garrett Temple, who made the start Friday and Saturday in Beal’s absence. Temple is projected to start until Beal is ready to return. That makes Temple a solid short-term addition, and a must-have for those in Daily Fantasy formats, too. Once Beal is able to return, he is expected to play with a minutes restriction, so Temple’s Fantasy appeal might not shrivel up once the injured player can make his way back.
In Sacramento, Kings PG Rajon Rondo will serve a one-game suspension for directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, NBA.com reports. He was given the gate in a game Dec. 3 in Mexico City against the Boston Celtics, and likely was a little worked up playing against his former team. He will miss Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, so PG Darren Collison is expected to start. He is a strong play in Fantasy leagues that allow daily transactions, and Collison will be a value play in DFS, too, especially since he’ll be working against the defensively-challenged Rockets.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a hot free agent off the waiver wire, you’ll want to be in on Trail Blazers swingman Allen Crabbe. He is averaging 14.4 points per game (PPG) and 3.2 rebounds per game (RPG) over the past five outings, and he has a string of seven straight games with 10 or more points, including 17 or more in four of those outings. He is a bit of a one-trick pony, but if you need a bump in scoring he is your man.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, L.A. Lakers, New York, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah, Washington
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
DENVER NUGGETS: The Nuggets have a four-game schedule on tap, and home games against the defensively-challenged Houston Rockets (106.8 points per game allowed – PPGA) and New Orleans Pelicans (108.4 PPGA) should net huge results for Denver Fantasy options.
HOUSTON ROCKETS: The Rockets have a four-game schedule, which is pleasing to those in cumulative Fantasy formats, and they have favorable road matchups against Denver (102.5 PPGA), L.A. Lakers (107.3 PPGA) and Sacramento (108.2 PPGA). It’s going to be a huge week for Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, among others.
BOSTON CELTICS: The Celtics are scheduled for only three games, and they’ll face three strong defensive opponents in the Atlanta Hawks (99.7 PPGA), Cleveland Cavaliers (96.7 PPGA) and Detroit Pistons (97.4 PPGA). The only Celtics player you should keep active this week is PG Isaiah Thomas.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS: The Wizards have just three games on the schedule, and that’s bad news in cumulative Fantasy formats. The Wizards have a tough schedule for those in Rotisserie formats and leagues that average points per game in scoring period, too, as the Charlotte Hornets (98.0 PPGA) and San Antonio Spurs (88.2 PPGA) are on the schedule.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Memphis vs. Washington. The Grizz will have a big day against the injured and defensively-challenged Wiz.
TUESDAY – Houston at Sacramento. Two bad defensive squads will lead to big Fantasy totals on both ends of the court.
WEDNESDAY – Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans. The Pels struggle at the defensive end, so expect big points from the Jazz.
THURSDAY – Houston at L.A. Lakers. The Rockets rank 27th in scoring defense, the Lakers rank 28th. Look for 220 points.
FRIDAY – Golden State vs. Milwaukee. Look for the Dubs to be angry, looking for revenge against the only team to beat them.
SATURDAY – Charlotte at Washington. Charlotte ranks 2nd in the East in scoring, the Wizards are last in points allowed.
SUNDAY – Denver vs. New Orleans. The Nuggets have some strong young players who will enjoy big stats vs. the Pellies.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Mike Scott, PF (knee) – SIT
BOS – R.J. Hunter, G (hip) – SIT
BRK – Shane Larkin, PG (eye) – START
CLE – Kyrie Irving, PG (knee) – SIT
CLE – J.R. Smith, SG/SF (illness) – START
DAL – Deron Williams, PG (illness) – START
DEN – Emmanuel Mudiay, PG (ankle) – SIT
GSW – Harrison Barnes, PF (ankle) – SIT
LAL – Jordan Clarkson, G (ankle) – SIT
MEM – Tony Allen, SG/SF (knee) – SIT
MIA – Tyler Johnson, SG (shoulder) – SIT
NOP – Ryan Anderson, PF (illness) – START
NOP – Jrue Holiday, PG (leg) – SIT
ORL – Tobias Harris, SF (leg) – SIT
PHI – Nerlens Noel, PF/C (eye) – SIT
PHI – Tony Wroten, PG (knee) – SIT
TOR – DeMarre Carroll, PG (knee) – SIT
WAS – Bradley Beal, SG (leg) – SIT
WAS – Drew Gooden, PF/C (calf) – SIT
WAS – Nene Hilario, PF/C (calf) – SIT
WAS – Ryan Humphries, PF/C (ankle) – SIT
Phoenix at Dallas (8:30 p.m. NBATV)
Cleveland at Boston (7:30 p.m. NBATV), Houston at Sacramento – OR – Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers (10:00 p.m. NBATV)
Memphis at Chicago (8:00 p.m. ESPN), Phoenix at Golden State (10:30 p.m. ESPN)
Oklahoma City at Cleveland (8:00 p.m. TNT), Houston at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. TNT)
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio (8:00 p.m. ESPN), New Orleans at Phoenix (10:30pm ESPN)
Charlotte at Washington (7:00pm NBATV), Chicago at New York (7:30 p.m. WGN)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Gary Neal||PG||WAS||13.4 PPG past 10 games|
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHO||12.5 PPG past 12 games|
|Gerald Green||SG||MIA||12.5 PPG past 10 games|
|Jamal Crawford||SG||LAC||11.2 PPG past 11 games|
|Tyler Johnson||SG||MIA||11.0 PPG past 8 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||6.9 RPG past 10 games|
|Trevor Booker||PF||UTA||6.8 RPG past 10 games|
|Matt Barnes||SF||MEM||6.4 RPG past 11 games|
|And. Nicholson||PF||ORL||6.3 RPG past 10 games|
|Raymond Felton||PG||DAL||5.3 RPG past 10 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Raymond Felton||PG||DAL||5.2 APG past 10 games|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||4.3 APG past 9 games|
|Steve Blake||PG||DET||3.5 APG past 12 games|
|Marcelo Huertas||PG||LAL||3.3 APG past 6 games|
|Shabazz Napier||PG||ORL||3.0 APG past 10 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||1.7 SPG past 9 games|
|Thabo Sefolosha||SG||ATL||1.7 SPG past 9 games|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||1.5 SPG past 10 games|
|Raymond Felton||PG||DAL||1.5 SPG past 10 games|
|Corey Brewer||SG||HOU||1.5 SPG past 10 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|Mike Muscala||C||ATL||1.2 BPG past 10 games|
|Josh Smith||PF||LAC||1.2 BPG past 11 games|
|Kevin Seraphin||C||NYK||1.0 BPG past 9 games|
|Thabo Sefolosha||SG||ATL||1.0 BPG past 9 games|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||0.9 BPG past 10 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Mirza Teletovic||PF||PHO||35 3PT past 12 games|
|Jared Dudley||SF||WAS||20 3PT past 12 games|
|Matt Barnes||SF||MEM||19 3PT past 11 games|
|Gary Neal||PG||WAS||19 3PT past 10 games|
|Anthony Tolliver||PF||DET||18 3PT past 12 games|
(statistics through December 12, 2015)