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Fantasy Basketball Week 3 (1/8 - 1/14)

1/13 -
When I looked last night, Zaza Pachulia was only 8% owned in Yahoo leagues.  This morning he is up to 12%.  He is a SOLID replacement for the injured Al Horford who is pretty much out for the season.  As a starter in his career, Pachulia has averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds while getting 28 minutes.  If you are looking for other options check out Anderson Varejao(76%) and Amir Johnson(60%).

Pickup of the Week:
Jeff Teague (70% owned Yahoo) - 11 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 46% shooting

Past His Prime?
Lamar Odom (85%) - 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 29% shooting, 17% 3pt

Team Playing 5 Games:
  • Charlotte Bobcats
    • The are currently the worst defensive team in the league giving up over 105 points/game.  With games against the Knicks, Hawks and Warriors this week, you can expect them to continue to be the leagues worst defensive squad.  That being said, they have 6 guys avg 10 points a night and newly acquired Byron Mullens has avg 14 pts the last four contests on 53% shooting.  They finish the week with a back-back-back starting in Atlanta, and ending with the Pistons and Warriors at home.
  • Chicago Bulls
    • They are currently the second best defensive team in the league giving up just 88 points/game.  They also have a back-back-back with a road game in Minnesota sandwiched between home contests against the Pistons and Wizards.  Rip Hamilton has been pretty disappointing early on scoring just 12 a game while getting 30 minutes of playing time, but has been battling a groin injury, which has kept him out of 4 of the last 5 games.  His mid range jumper is falling 47% of the time, but the 3ball(28%) is not there.
  • Los Angeles Lakers
    • Andrew Bynum has returned and is proving he is one of the dominate post players in the league.  In his 45games he is scoring 19 points on 57% shooting and pulling down 16 rebounds while blocking 2 shots a game.  He is getting to the line twice as many times a game over his career average.  Lets not forget, he is just 24 years young.  He should continue to dominate this week with matchups against the Grizzlies, Suns,Cavs at home, Utah and Clippers on the road.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
    • The 2-5 TWolves have lost their five games by a total of 25 points!  They are playing inspired basketball and even took the Heat to the buzzer(but so did the Bobcats).  Kevin Love is playing like an MVP and rookie Ricky Rubio has been nothing short of spectacular while averaging 9 points and 7 assists off the bench and is soon to be the starter there.  4 road games this week should be a challenge but these young legs should be able to hold their own against the Wizards, Raptors, Hornets and Hawks. 
  • Philadelphia 76ers
    • The 76ers are top 10 in Points, Assists, Rebounds and Points Allowed per game, and are now 5-2.  Their two losses are by a combined 7 points while their 3 wins are by a total of 56 points.  Spencer Hawes is averaging a double double(12/10), but he is not getting to the charity stripe, just 8 attempts in the 7 games.  If he ever wants to be one of the top Centers in the league, he will need to be able to draw fouls.
  • Portland Trail Blazers
    • With Back to Back wins over the Thunder and Lakers, it was safe to say the 5-1 Trail Blazers are the best team in the that moment.  They just got blown out by the Suns 102-77.  They are clearly a top team, but they can not afford to get blown out by lesser teams if they want to be recognized as a great team  With home games against the Clippers and Magic followed by a road game in San Antonio, this week should help us judge just how good the Blazers are.
  • Sacramento Kings
    • Any team that fires its coach in the first month of the season is in for a LONG season.  Jimmer is shooting just 36% and 31% from beyond the arc, Chuck Hayes is set to miss a couple of week with a shoulder injury, and DeMarcus Cousins is just bad for the team.  The defense is one of the worst in the league as they are extremely undersized and with 4 road games this week, things should only get worse.
  • Toronto Raptors
    • The Raptors have been one of the early surprises this season as they are ranked 11th in points allowed.  They are holding opponents to 40% shooting.  Andrea Bargnani is putting up 23 a night and DeMar DeRozan is shooting 33% better from 3pt than his career average.   With games against the Timberwovles, Wizards and Kings to start the week, the Raptors should continue to help fantasy owners, before facing a wall against the Pacers and at Chicago.
  • Washington Wizards
    • Washington is statistically the worst in nearly every category.  John Wall and Nick Young are struggling but the lone bright star has been JaVale McGee.  In back to back games against the Celtics, McGee scored 33 points grabbed 28 rebounds and blocked 8 shots.  The Wizards, who could very well be 0-12 by weeks end, finish week 3 with a road game in Chi-Town followed by a home and home against the 76ers.
Everybody else plays 4 games except for the Celtics, Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Heat, Magic and Jazz.
  • Boston starts the week with 3 days off
  • Denver and Utah have 3 home games
  • Miami and Orlando have 3 road games
  • The Clippers face the Trail Blazers in Portland, Heat and Lakers at home....Tough week, but should show us if they are playoff bound or not.

Schedule info courtesy of Basketball Monster

If you have any roster questions don't hesitate to leave a comment!