- 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.
- 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.
- Manu Ginobili has a broken hand and will miss a couple weeks at best. Gary Neal is the likely replacement, once he returns from his D-League Rehab assignment. But James Anderson should see the immediate minute for the remainder of the week. He has been horrible shooting the ball this season, so look to an old friend on the waiver wire by the name of Ben Gordon(68% owned)! He is playing 35 minutes a game, while dropping 18 points (25 twice) and adding 4 assists a night as well.
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
- They almost did the unthinkable in beating the Miami Heat in South Beach last week before DWade hit a jumper with less than 3 to play. But the Bobcats can get their revenge as they host the Heat to start the week. They follow that with 3 home games and a road trip to Atlanta. Boris Diaw is playing ridiculous basketball leading the team in both rebounds and assists.
- 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.
- Dallas Mavericks
- The Mavericks are allowing 102 points per game. With games against two of the youngest and highest scoring teams @Minnesota and at home against the Thunder to start the week and a Thursday night game in San Antonio, the Mavericks will most likely still be one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
- Denver Nuggets
- The Nuggets offense continues to be the best in the NBA but a tough road lies ahead this week. With games against some of the leagues stingiest defenses including 3 of the top 10 in the Lakers, Hornets and Spurs, look for the Nuggets players to not match their numbers from last week.
- Miami Heat
- The Heat face the Hawks twice this week and it should be a good scale on which to weigh just how good each team really is. Rookie Norris Cole highlighted their win over Boston last week and it will be interesting to watch his progression this season playing alongside the big three.
- New Jersey Nets
- Outside of Deron Williams and Kris Humphries, NO ONE on the Nets roster is worth being in your lineup. Even their owner avoids going to home games!
- New Orleans Hornets
- What a nice surprise the Hornets have been early on. They even beat the Celtics last week without Eric Gordon! Their defense wins them games and the acquisition of Greivis Vasquez last week should allow veteran Jarret Jack to stay fresh for duration of the season.
- Toronto Raptors
- The Raptors have 3 tough road games against the Magic, Knicks and 76ers this week, but home games against the Cavs and Nets should make for nice fantasy weeks for Derozan, Bargnani and Calderon.
- 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
If you have any roster questions don't hesitate to leave a comment!