Friday, January 6, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Week 2 (1/1-1/7)

1/6 -
  • Hornets Eric Gordon to miss 2-3 weeks with knee issues.  This isn't really news for Gordon owners as he has played in just 2 games for the Hornets.  But if you are struggling and need to replace Gordon, I would look to trade him before dropping him.  If your league does not have a roster spot for injured players you should move him asap.  There are too many games played per week in this shortened season.

1/4 -
  • Grizzlies PF Zazh Randolph has a torn MCL and could miss up to 8 weeks!  Memphis is close to acquiring Marreese Speights in a 3 team trade but he is not the answer for your fantasy team.  Clearly ZBo is a top PF and replacing him is nearly impossible, but here are a couple of players that can keep up:
    • Al Harrington (74% owned Yahoo) - Playing for the high scoring Denver Nuggets, Harrington has been a nice surprise early on.  15 points and 6 boards never hurts your fantasy team.  Plus he is one of the few PF/C who can drain the 3.
    • Jonas Jerebko (43%) - The kid from Sweden is playing 34 minutes a night and has the ability to do what he did against Indy (20/12) every night!  Outside of Greg Monroe nobody on the Pistons rebounds so expect the stat sheet to read double digits there quite often.
1/3 -

The Boston Celtics started the season 0-3 for the first time since the 06-07 season, the year before they got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  They absence of Paul Pierce seems to be having the same affect that Peyton Manning has had on the Indianapolis Colts this season.  It is truly amazing to see how much one player can affect a team.  As much as I dislike Paul Pierce, his leadership and play making ability are clearly missed.

Pickup of the Week:
Spencer Hawes (71% Owned Yahoo) - 12 points 12.5 Boards 4 Assists 1.8 Blocks 67% FG

Past His Prime?
Steve Nash (100%) - 8.2 Points 7.8 Assists 4 Turnover 30% FG

Team Playing 5 Games:
  • Atlanta Hawks
    • After back to back 15+ point wins last week over the Nets and Wizards, the season finally begins for the Hawks.  They will face both the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls twice with each team getting home games.  They end the week with a back-back-back, two on the road.  Are they REALLY going after Dwight Howard?
  • Charlotte Bobcats
  • Chicago Bulls
    • The Bulls are known to be a defensive team, and are currently ranked 15th in the league allowing 96 points.  Two games against the Hawks this week won't help and neither will facing Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic.
Everybody else plays 4 games except for the Clippers, Suns and 76ers.
  • Minnesota plays all 4 games at home.
  • LAC plays all 3 games at home.
  • Milwaukee plays all 4 games on the road.
  • Philly has 3 days off to start the week.

Schedule info courtesy of Basketball Monster

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