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Week 14 Fantasy Basketball Planner

Sergio Gonzalez
Fantasy Writer
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Our weekly Fantasy Basketball Planner is the essential guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming scoring period. Every week, we provide you with news and notes for each team, tracking hot and cold players, injuries and rotation changes.

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Atlanta Hawks
Schedule: @MIL, NY, @DAL
Injury Report: Al Horford (ankle/day-to-day), Marvin Williams (back/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Josh Smith, Joe Johnson
Toss Ups: Al Horford, Jamal Crawford
Bad Plays: Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia
Notes: The ankle sprain Horford suffered is expected to keep him out "a couple of games." He will be a tough play this week given a restricted three-game slate. ... The Hawks still have no real timetable on when Williams may be able to return. He has not played since Dec. 29. ... Bibby remains useful mostly just in a pinch for deeper leagues. ... Crawford hit a speed bump this week with poor shooting games vs. the Rockets and Kings, but bounced back at Miami on Jan. 18. He remains a quality play, but consider the fact he plays two good defensive teams (@MIL, @DAL) in a three-game week.

Boston Celtics
Schedule: CLE, @POR, @PHO, @LAL
Injury Report: Marquis Daniels (ankle/day-to-day), Jermaine O'Neal (knee/February), Kendrick Perkins (knee/February), Delonte West (wrist/February)
Good Plays: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen
Toss Ups: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Shaquille O'Neal
Bad Plays: Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Semih Erden, Avery Bradley
Notes: Garnett has been able to play around 30 minutes in each of his first two games back from a lengthy absence due to a leg injury. The shot volume has been high and there have been minimal signs of rust, which points to him being a safe start again in any format. ... Even with Garnett back, Davis' numbers have remained mostly unaltered. ... Shaq is heating up, contributing 12-and-12 on Jan. 19 against Detroit. He has averaged 11.8 points and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, but his rebounding has been spotty. He remains an emergency play only.

Charlotte Bobcats
Schedule: @SAC, @PHO, @GS, @LAC
Injury Report: Gerald Wallace (ankle/day-to-day), Tyrus Thomas (knee/March)
Good Plays: Stephen Jackson, D.J. Augustin
Toss Ups: Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw, Kwame Brown
Bad Plays: Nazr Mohammed, Gerald Henderson, Shaun Livingston
Notes: The Bobcats have excellent matchups in Week 14, facing four teams that allow an average of 104.8 points per game. ... Wallace tweaked an ankle on Jan. 18 in Chicago, but should play on. Given the matchups, Fantasy owners should expect a huge week if there are no setbacks over the weekend. ... Expect high-volume games to influence Diaw's diverse stat line across the board, but his scoring could see the biggest boost. He has averaged a 14-5-7 stat line over his last five and makes for a nice play in any league. ... Take a chance on Brown in deeper leagues given the matchups, as he could be started over more proven options.

Chicago Bulls
Schedule: MIL, ORL, IND
Injury Report: Carlos Boozer (ankle/day-to-day), Joakim Noah (thumb/February)
Good Plays: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng
Toss Ups: Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson
Bad Plays: Kurt Thomas, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson
Notes: Boozer's status for the weekend remains up in the air and he could be a tough call for Week 14 if he does not return. Given his history with injuries, have healthy alternatives prepared. ... Gibson has played 40-plus minutes in Boozer's two absences, putting up around 10-and-10 in each game. Consider him a suitable handcuff option for Boozer, but do not start him outside of daily leagues unless Boozer is ruled out through the week. ... Korver had a rare 22-point outburst this week on Jan. 17 at Memphis. He followed it with a much more typical six points the next day in Charlotte. Avoid him. ... Thomas is quietly averaging 9.2 rebounds to go with 7.2 points with good playing time as a starter, but a three-game week with tough matchups against three good defensive teams makes him a very low-end play.

Sergio's Sleepers for Week 14
* Sleepers are players started in less than 75 percent of CBSSports.com leagues
Player Start %
1. Nick Young, G, Wizards 73
2. Boris Diaw, F, Bobcats 53
3. Ramon Sessions, G, Cavaliers 34
4. Luke Ridnour, G, Timberwolves 34
5. Lou Williams, G, 76ers 25
6. Ryan Anderson, F, Magic 33
7. Thaddeus Young, F, 76ers 17
8. Beno Udrih, G, Kings 61
9. DeMar DeRozan, G, Raptors 46
10. Trevor Ariza, F, Hornets 63

Cleveland Cavaliers
Schedule: @NJ, @BOS, DEN, @ORL
Injury Report: Christian Eyenga (ankle/day-to-day), Joey Graham (quadriceps/day-to-day), Mo Williams (hip/February), Anthony Parker (back/late January), Anderson Varejao (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: Antawn Jamison
Toss Ups: J.J. Hickson, Ramon Sessions, Daniel Gibson
Bad Plays: Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Jamario Moon
Notes: The Cavaliers will play three of four games against teams that allow less than 100 points per game. ... With Williams being shut down, Sessions gets a chance to continue a solid run that began when Gibson went down with an injury. Sessions is averaging a very useful 14-6-4 stat line in January with over a steal per game. ... Gibson looked plenty healthy in his return from an ankle injury on Jan. 19, scoring 16 points thanks to four bombs from beyond the arc. He is not an ideal start in Week 14 given the tough matchups, but his health appears to be a non-issue.

Dallas Mavericks
Schedule: LAC, HOU, ATL
Injury Report: Roddy Beaubois (foot/out indefinitely), Caron Butler (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd
Toss Ups: Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion
Bad Plays: Sasha Pavlovic, DeShawn Stevenson, Brendan Haywood, Jose Juan Barea
Notes: Nowitzki has been a little shaky since his return from a knee injury, but the minutes and shot attempts have been as expected and the numbers will be there in the end. Keep him active across the board. ... Nowitzki's return has just about cropped Stevenson out of the picture, as anticipated. He is not a player to activate in any format. ... Pavlovic has gotten a chance to start but is not a player we anticipate having a great deal of Fantasy appeal. He is more of a placeholder in the first unit with Terry doing much of the heavy lifting at the two-guard spot. Terry is just as productive as a reserve as he is a starter and sometimes even more so off the bench, but consider the fact he has just three games this week in cumulative formats. ... Chandler appeared to suffer a brief setback on Jan. 19 in his return from an illness, but was able to play on after briefly leaving the game. If he makes it through the weekend in shape, he remains a viable No. 2 center option. ... Marion's numbers do stand to take a hit with Nowitzki back, but he was able to manage 22 points on Jan. 19 against the Lakers. Expect inconsistency.

Denver Nuggets
Schedule: @WAS, @DET, @CLE, @PHI
Injury Report: Chris Andersen (knee/late January)
Good Plays: Carmelo Anthony, Nene
Toss Ups: Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington
Bad Plays: Ty Lawson, Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen, Shelden Williams
Notes: The Nets finally backed out of the Anthony sweepstakes this week, but trade rumors will continue to loom over the Nuggets through the February trade deadline or until a deal gets done. ... Billups has struggled, possibly due to the lingering doubts over whether or not he would be traded. If the death of the "mega-deal" can kick start him over the weekend, he can be considered a good play in most formats thanks to favorable matchups most of the week. If not, he still has enough upside in assists to make him a viable low-end play in most scenarios. ... Smith, Afflalo and Harrington can be viewed as decent low-end plays for deeper leagues given favorable matchups against the Wizards, Pistons and Cavaliers.

Detroit Pistons
Schedule: @ORL, DEN, @MIA, @NY
Injury Report: Ben Wallace (ankle/day-to-day), Jonas Jerebko (Achilles'/February)
Good Plays: Rodney Stuckey
Toss Ups: Tracy McGrady, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva
Bad Plays: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox, Will Bynum, Austin Daye, Jason Maxiell
Notes: McGrady has significantly cooled off, though his minutes have remained high since suffering a shin injury on Jan. 15. ... A move to shooting guard has allowed Stuckey to focus more on his scoring but is leading to fewer assists. He is averaging 17.6 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. ... Gordon has managed to hit 15 points just once in four games since scoring 25 on Jan. 12 vs. Memphis. ... Hamilton has not played in a game since Jan. 10 and it seems a trade is the only thing that can save his Fantasy appeal at this point. ... Prince is quietly averaging a very solid 16-3-5 stat line in January and has been perhaps the most consistent Fantasy option in Detroit. ... Monroe is averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last five, making him useful in just about any format. He is also offering solid steals production.

Most Added Players
* as of Jan. 21
Player % Change
1. Ryan Anderson, F, Magic 33
2. Kwame Brown, C, Bobcats 23
3. Ramon Sessions, G, Cavaliers 21
4. Greg Monroe, C, Pistons 15
5. Lou Williams, G, 76ers 14
6. Joel Przybilla, C, Trail Blazers 14
7. Chuck Hayes, F, Rockets 12
8. Nicolas Batum, F, Trail Blazers 10
9. Corey Maggette, F, Bucks 9
10. Nick Young, G, Wizards 7

Golden State Warriors
Schedule: SA, NO, CHA, UTA
Injury Report: Lou Amundson (ankle/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Monta Ellis, David Lee, Stephen Curry, Dorell Wright
Toss Ups: None.
Bad Plays: Andris Biedrins, Reggie Williams, Vladimir Radmanovic, Lou Amundson
Notes: The Warriors will play four opponents that allow less than 100 points per game. ... Biedrins is not only not scoring, but his rebounding numbers are down as well. Over his last five games, he has averaged just 5.6 boards. He has been helpful only in the blocks category at the moment. ... Williams showed a brief spark this week, scoring in double figures with heavy playing time against the Clippers and Nets, but he was held scoreless in 10 minutes vs. Indiana on Jan. 19. So much for that.

Houston Rockets
Schedule: @MIN, LAC, @DAL, @SA
Injury Report: Brad Miller (knee/late January), Yao Ming (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: Luis Scola, Kevin Martin
Toss Ups: Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry, Shane Battier, Jordan Hill, Chuck Hayes
Bad Plays: Chase Budinger, Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams, Patrick Patterson
Notes: The Rockets are hopeful that Miller might return at some point in the next week, but there is no real concrete return date set. ... In Miller's absence, Jordan Hill has stepped up with a few decent efforts on the boards and even some adequate offensive numbers. He is a sleeper for deep, deep leagues -- especially in leagues where he is eligible at center. ... Hayes is also benefiting with Miller sidelined, averaging 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds with 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in his last four appearances. ... Brooks has shown sparks of his old self of late, but is clearly still not 100 percent, alternating good nights with stinkers. Be patient, but also smart. Reserve him until he can string some games together. ... Lowry remains a ticking time bomb in Fantasy. As Brooks gets healthier, Lowry should fade. Over his last five games, however, he has remained strong (17-5-4). Ride the hot hand while you can, but don't get too attached.

Indiana Pacers
Schedule: ORL, NJ, @CHI
Injury Report: Roy Hibbert (illness/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Danny Granger, Darren Collison
Toss Ups: Roy Hibbert, Mike Dunleavy
Bad Plays: Tyler Hansbrough, Brandon Rush, Jeff Foster, Josh McRoberts, T.J. Ford, Paul George
Notes: Add an upper respiratory infection to Hibbert's problems. The struggling big man has not hit double digits in points or rebounds in any of his last five appearances. ... Darren Collison is now averaging a 17-6-3 line in January, by far his most productive month of the season. ... Dunleavy, a fringe option due to his inconsistency, should be avoided given three matchups against teams that allow under 100 points per game.

L.A. Clippers
Schedule: @DAL, @HOU, CHA
Injury Report: Eric Gordon (finger/day-to-day), Chris Kaman (ankle/February)
Good Plays: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Baron Davis
Toss Ups: DeAndre Jordan
Bad Plays: Eric Bledsoe, Ryan Gomes, Al-Farouq Aminu, Rasual Butler, Randy Foye
Notes: Gordon tweaked a finger in Wednesday's game against Minnesota, but is expected to play through it. ... Davis is enjoying his healthiest, most productive month of the season, averaging 16.4 points and 7.6 assists per game in January. ... No Kaman in Week 14, which means another scoring period of double-double caliber production out of Jordan. He matches up well inside against the Rockets and Bobcats.

L.A. Lakers
Schedule: UTA, SAC, BOS
Injury Report: Andrew Bynum (elbow/day-to-day), Matt Barnes (knee/March)
Good Plays: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
Toss Ups: Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest
Bad Plays: Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Steve Blake
Notes: Bynum hyper-extended his right elbow on Jan. 19 against Dallas, but was able to practice the very next day. He is expected to play on and should be considered a safe play, barring setbacks. ... Artest is averaging just 9.0 points per game to go with around three rebounds and assists in January. Avoid him.

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Memphis Grizzlies
Schedule: @TOR, @NJ, @PHI, WAS
Injury Report: Tony Allen (knee/day-to-day), Xavier Henry (knee/late January)
Good Plays: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol
Toss Ups: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo
Bad Plays: Tony Allen, Darrell Arthur, Greivis Vasquez
Notes: Conley scored 22 points on Jan. 19 at the Hornets, but had scored just 21 points combined over his three previous games. Look to see which Conley shows up over the weekend before making a final decision. ... Mayo continues to be too inconsistent to trust, averaging just 10.7 points per game in January. Even with a four-game slate and favorable matchups against the Raptors and Wizards, we recommend staying away.

Miami Heat
Schedule: @NY, DET, @OKC
Injury Report: Dwyane Wade (knee/day-to-day), Chris Bosh (ankle/day-to-day), Udonis Haslem (foot/March)
Good Plays: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James
Toss Ups: Chris Bosh
Bad Plays: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, James Jones, Joel Anthony, Carlos Arroyo, Eddie House, Mike Miller
Notes: The Heat have been nursing Wade through a sore knee, but he has not let it affect his productivity one bit. He remains a safe play in all leagues. ... Bosh could be an injury-risk play for Week 14 if he does not return for Saturday's game against his former team. His status for that game remains unsettled. Anthony and Ilgauskas did very little in his absence on Jan. 18. ... James did not skip a beat after missing two games, returning with a 34-7-10 line against Atlanta.

Milwaukee Bucks
Schedule: @CHI, ATL, @TOR, NJ
Injury Report: Andrew Bogut (virus/day-to-day), Drew Gooden (foot/day-to-day), John Salmons (hip/day-to-day), Carlos Delfino (concussion/day-to-day), Brandon Jennings (foot/late January), Michael Redd (knee/February)
Good Plays: Andrew Bogut
Toss Ups: John Salmons, Corey Maggette, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Drew Gooden
Bad Plays: Ersan Ilyasova, Brandon Jennings, Earl Boykins, Keyon Dooling, Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Notes: Salmons was a late scratch for Milwaukee's Jan. 19 game vs. Washington and was held out of practice the next day due to a sore hip. He is day-to-day and will have to be monitored through the weekend. In his absence, Douglas-Roberts and Maggette would get a chance to step up. ... The Bucks plan to bring Gooden along slowly as he continues to deal with lingering foot pain due to plantar fasciitis. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in his first four games back.

Best Fantasy Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Hornets OKC, @GS, @SAC, @PHO
2. Bobcats @SAC, @PHO, @S, @LAC
3. Timberwolves HOU, OKC, @UTA, TOR
4. Wizards @NY, DEN, @OKC, @MEM
5. 76ers PHO, @TOR, MEM, DEN

Minnesota Timberwolves
Schedule: HOU, OKC, @UTA, TOR
Injury Report: Darko Milicic (ankle/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Kevin Love, Michael Beasley
Toss Ups: Luke Ridnour, Darko Milicic, Corey Brewer
Bad Plays: Wesley Johnson, Jonny Flynn, Martell Webster, Anthony Tolliver
Notes: The Timberwolves will face three opponents that allow 100-plus points per game, which should make for a high-scoring four-game week. ... Expect Ridnour to be a sleeper for a huge week, coming off a five-game stretch during which he has averaged a 15-7-3 line. ... Darko sprained his ankle on Jan. 19 at the L.A. Clippers, but if he can make it through the weekend in decent shape he would be a strong No. 2 center option given the matchups. He had just started to look healthy again after dealing with hip issues. ... Fantasy owners in category leagues should look to Brewer right now for help in steals. Over his past five contests, he has averaged three swipes per game to go with 13.2 points over the same span.

New Jersey Nets
Schedule: CLE, MEM, @IND, @MIL
Injury Report: Anthony Morrow (hamstring/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Brook Lopez, Devin Harris
Toss Ups: Kris Humphries
Bad Plays: Derrick Favors, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Sasha Vujacic, Troy Murphy, Anthony Morrow
Notes: The Nets announced this week that they are officially out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. That means players like Humphries, Harris and Murphy are not going anywhere for now. ... Humphries has remained the most productive rebounder for the Nets, averaging 9.2 over his last five games to go with 10.3 points and 1.2 blocks. He remains a quality play despite added playing time for Favors, who has been highly inconsistent. ... The Nets should begin to work Morrow back into the mix over the weekend, but given the fact he has been out since early December, we are not expecting much out of him initially.

New Orleans Hornets
Schedule: OKC, @GS, @SAC, @PHO
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Good Plays: Chris Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor
Toss Ups: Trevor Ariza, Jarrett Jack
Bad Plays: Jason Smith, Willie Green, Marco Belinelli, Marcus Thornton
Notes: The Hornets are slated for four games against opponents that allow over 100 points per game. Their Week 14 opponents allow an average of 105.0 points per game. ... Expect players like Ariza to see an increase in shot volume this week, inflating their potential Fantasy appeal. Ariza could average in the mid-teens in scoring to go with good numbers in rebounds, steals and blocks. ... The Hornets continue to shuffle at the two-guard spot, but lately Jack has been able to put together the occasional useful scoring line. He is a shot in the dark for deeper leagues.

New York Knicks
Schedule: WAS, MIA, @ATL, DET
Injury Report: Kelenna Azubuike (knee/out indefinitely), Eddy Curry (hamstring/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
Toss Ups: Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields
Bad Plays: Toney Douglas, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Bill Walker, Shawne Williams
Notes: With Gallinari back in the mix, Turiaf has been pushed out of the lineup. ... Gallinari played 30-plus minutes in his first two games back from a six-game absence due to a knee injury. He averaged 14 points and five boards in the two games and appears to be a safe play again in most formats. He should benefit from matchups against Washington and Detroit. ... Fields is averaging 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game over his last five, but just 9.0 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder
Schedule: @NO, @MIN, WAS, MIA
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Good Plays: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
Toss Ups: Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, James Harden
Bad Plays: Nenad Krstic, Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison
Notes: Green is playing an ineffective role these days, seeing around 12 shots per game but averaging just 12 points. His numbers in rebounding and assists have not been enough to carry him outside of deeper leagues. ... Green's loss on the boards has been Ibaka's gain. He is averaging around 12 points and eight boards with 1.5 blocks in January and makes for a better play than Green in many formats. ... Harden has failed to hit double digits in scoring for six straight games.

Orlando Magic
Schedule: DET, @IND, @CHI, CLE
Injury Report: Jameer Nelson (hamstring/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson
Toss Ups: Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Ryan Anderson
Bad Plays: Brandon Bass, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon
Notes: Anderson has been the most added player in CBSSports.com leagues. He has taken a firm grip on the power forward job in Orlando thanks to a good combination of rebounding and 3-point shooting. Take note category-league owners. He is averaging 16.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 3-pointers made over his last five games. Make the most of it. ... With Anderson's rise, Bass has been left in the dust. Expect games like his 11-and-10 performance vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 19 to be the exception and not the rule. ... Turkoglu has cooled offensively, but his numbers are decent across the board. He is averaging 9.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds over his last five. ... Nelson is consistently offering good numbers in assists and steals, but his scoring remains pedestrian at best. Barring more games like the 16-7-6 stat line he put up on Jan. 19, we view him as no more than a low-end stopgap play. ... Arenas is averaging just 5.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five.

Philadelphia 76ers
Schedule: PHO, @TOR, MEM, DEN
Injury Report: Andres Nocioni (finger/late January)
Good Plays: Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala
Toss Ups: Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes
Bad Plays: Jodie Meeks, Marreese Speights, Andres Nocioni
Notes: Williams has flipped a switch in January, averaging 17.8 points per game. His highest full-month scoring average this season had been 12.2 points per game. Expect him to benefit from high-volume matchups all week. ... A four-game week with three games against teams that allow 100-plus points per game could make fringe options like Young, Turner and Hawes appealing in deeper formats. They are merely stopgap measures, however, and lack consistency.

Phoenix Suns
Schedule: @PHI, CHA, BOS, NO
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Good Plays: Steve Nash, Vince Carter
Toss Ups: Channing Frye, Grant Hill, Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat
Bad Plays: Jared Dudley, Hakim Warrick, Goran Dragic, Josh Childress, Mickael Pietrus
Notes: The Suns are sticking with Lopez and Frye up front for now, but Gortat threw a wrench in those plans with a 16-and-12 effort on Jan. 19 in Cleveland off the bench. The production came at the expense of Lopez and could create another headache for Fantasy owners. Monitor this situation through the weekend to determine who the better plug-in play is at center. ... Frye remains steady, averaging 16.0 points and 5.8 rebounds with solid 3-point shooting over his last five contests. ... Expect the veteran Hill to be called upon heavily in games against Boston and New Orleans in Week 14. He remains a solid low-end play in most formats.

Portland Trail Blazers
Schedule: SAC, BOS
Injury Report: Marcus Camby (knee/February), Brandon Roy (knee/out indefinitely), Greg Oden (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller
Toss Ups: Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum
Bad Plays: Rudy Fernandez, Brandon Roy, Joel Przybilla, Patrick Mills, Dante Cunningham
Notes: With Camby out for at least a few weeks, the Blazers have a huge void to fill at center. Dante Cunningham got the nod initially with little success. He is a bit under-sized, but Przybilla -- the team's only other real option -- is not yet ready for big minutes. Add Przybilla in deeper leagues for now, but avoid activating either for now. Aldridge may end up seeing the most direct boost. ... Matthews is showing some inconsistency over recent games, but has the ability to drop 15-20 points per game on any given night. Given the two-game slate, however, it is a good week to give guys like Matthews and Batum a "breather" in cumulative formats. ... The Blazers are the only two-game team in Week 14.

Sacramento Kings
Schedule: @POR, CHA, @LAL, NO
Injury Report: Francisco Garcia (calf/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins
Toss Ups: Beno Udrih, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson
Bad Plays: Samuel Dalembert, Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene
Notes: Udrih is hot again. Over his last five games, he has averaged an 18-4-4 stat line. Ride the hot hand. ... Landry has seen his playing time dip again, averaging just over 20 minutes per game over the last two weeks. Avoid him outside of deep, deep leagues despite the four-game slate. ... Thompson has been working the boards, averaging 7.6 per game over the last five. His scoring, however, has been highly erratic. He should be looked upon mainly just in leagues where he can be used as a stopgap center for Week 14.

Worst Fantasy Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Trail Blazers SAC, BOS
2. Pacers ORL, NJ, @CHI
3. Bulls MIL, ORL, IND
4. Jazz @LAL, SA, MIN
5. Warriors SA, NO, CHA, UTA

San Antonio Spurs
Schedule: @GS, @UTA, HOU
Injury Report: Matt Bonner (knee/day-to-day), James Anderson (foot/late January)
Good Plays: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker
Toss Ups: Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, George Hill
Bad Plays: Matt Bonner, Gary Neal, Antonio McDyess, Tiago Splitter, James Anderson
Notes: Despite playing 30-plus minuets regularly, Jefferson is averaging just 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds over the last week. ... Blair could benefit from good inside matchups against the Warriors and Rockets in what should be a pair of high-scoring games. He has two double-doubles in his last three games, but is still merely a stopgap measure. ... Hill should be left for average-based play this week. He does have favorable matchups but loses value in cumulative leagues due to the three-game slate.

Toronto Raptors
Schedule: MEM, PHI, MIL, @MIN
Injury Report: Linas Kleiza (knee/day-to-day), Leandro Barbosa (hamstring/late January), Sonny Weems (back/out indefinitely), Reggie Evans (foot/February)
Good Plays: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon
Toss Ups: DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis
Bad Plays: Leandro Barbosa, Jerryd Bayless, Sonny Weems, Linas Kleiza
Notes: DeRozan is seeing an increase in shot volume thanks to the absence of Barbosa. He has attempted at least 18 shots in back-to-back games, leading to back-to-back 20-point efforts. Expect that to continue in Week 14 with high-volume games against Memphis and Minnesota, though Barbosa could be back for the latter. ... Johnson is averaging 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last five games and makes for a decent low-end play. ... The Raptors are committing more playing time to Davis, who has responded well over the past week, averaging 10.7 points and 10.3 rebounds with a block per game. He should continue to get that type of run in the near future, though Kleiza's return could water things down some.

Utah Jazz
Schedule: @LAL, SA, MIN, @GS
Injury Report: No significant injuries.
Good Plays: Deron Williams, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap
Toss Ups: Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
Bad Plays: Mehmet Okur, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward
Notes: Kirilenko has picked up the pace offensively, scoring 14 or more points in three of his last four games to go with his usual well-rounded contributions across the board. It is runs like this that make him easier to carry in category and Rotisserie formats, but he can be used in most leagues right now. ... Miles is averaging 16.2 points over his last five, but is not offering much outside of the scoring and 3-point shooting.

Washington Wizards
Schedule: @NY, DEN, @OKC, @MEM
Injury Report: Rashard Lewis (knee/day-to-day), Josh Howard (knee/February)
Good Plays: John Wall, Andray Blatche
Toss Ups: Rashard Lewis, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Kirk Hinrich
Bad Plays: Al Thornton, Josh Howard, Yi Jianlian
Notes: Lewis is averaging 7.3 rebounds in 14 games with Washington after averaging just 4.2 through 25 games with Orlando. The change of scenery has done a lot of good for his Fantasy value. ... Expect Young's hot scoring hand to keep lighting it up against high-volume opponents in the Knicks, Nuggets and Grizzlies. ... Hinrich has been held under 10 points in three straight games and is not an advisable play.

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Heat add Reggie Williams
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Heat signed guard Reggie Williams to a free-agency contract last week, the team announced. Terms of the deal are not known.

Williams appeared in just three games for the Thunder last season, and has played 180 games over parts of five NBA seasons. He averages 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three-point range for his career.  


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(8/15/2014) Suns newcomer Isaiah Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, the team announced Thursday.

Thomas dealt with a sprained wrist last season but was able to play through it on his way to a career year. An MRI in February revealed no ligament damage, which would indicate this latest procedure is nothing to worry about. The team expects him to be ready for training camp. 


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There's no word about whether the Pistons would be interested in a Monroe-for-Hibbert spot, but they are pretty well set in the middle with Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. It's a rumor that seemingly has very little chance of coming to fruition.


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(8/11/2014) The Rockets have signed small forward Kostas Papanikolaou .

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(8/11/2014) Free agent Greg Oden is facing a felony charge after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend after a night of drinking, the Indianapolis Star reports.

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(8/11/2014) Nets guard Markel Brown will be held out of basketball activities for four-to-six weeks after being diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, the team announced Monday.

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Report: Wolves to swap Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Though the trade can't go official until August 23, the deal reportedly struck between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves will lead to another trade between Minnesota and the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported early Friday that Minnesota, upon receiving Anthony Bennett from the Cavs as part of the Kevin Love trade, would then trade him for Thaddeus Young. The Timberwolves have been showing interest in Young since Love stated his desire to be traded.

Meanwhile, the 76ers want to move Young because he's entering his prime at age 26 and only has one additional year left on his contract. Acquiring Bennett would complete a core of young talent to develop over the coming years. Young was one of the most productive forwards in the league last year playing in Brett Brown's up-tempo offense, averaging 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Bennett, on the other hand, failed to make any impact what so ever but did show signs of growth during the Summer League. 


Landing in Minnesota should improve Andrew Wiggins' value
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(8/7/2014) The prize of the trade that ultimately sent Kevin Love to Cleveland will likely be the Timberwolves' acquisition of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins , assuming there are no unexpected changes in the deal the two sides agreed to.

If Wiggins does ultimately land in Minnesota, as expected, this should be a boon to his Fantasy value. Though Wiggins will have substantially less help as he makes the transition to the NBA than he would have in Cleveland, he is also likely to be much more of a featured option than he otherwise might have been.

Wiggins was likely going to be the third or possibly even fourth offensive option for the Cavs, and likely would have been so for some time, given the presence of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on long-term deals. Now, the Timberwolves get to build around Wiggins as their long-term centerpiece, and he should be given plenty of rope as the team tries to navigate their upcoming rebuild.

Wiggins is raw, but still put up 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game as a freshman at the University of Kansas. There are some questions about how well his game will translate to the NBA, but he will at least have some help, in the form of point guard Ricky Rubio, who knows exactly how to set up teammates for shots they like.

Wiggins is mostly upside right now, but should be considered a second-round pick in all keeper-league Fantasy formats. In yearly re-draft leagues, he is more of a mid-round option at this point, albeit one with tremendous upside. 


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(8/7/2014) After a rookie season that can be charitably described as lost, a change of scenery is probably the best outcome Anthony Bennett could have hoped for this offseason. He got that Thursday, with the news that the long-awaited Kevin Love trade has landed him in Minnesota.

Last year's No. 1 overall pick luckily doesn't have to join the Cavaliers with the pressure of replacing Love as the face of the franchise -- this year's No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggin, will take that on. Bennett gets to join a Timberwolves team that can give him more consistent playing time than last year's Cavaliers afforded him, but which won't ask him to do more than he is capable.

Bennett might end up starting at power forward for the Wolves, though a bench role seems more likely at this point. He had a disastrous rookie season after entering the season out of shape, but appeared to be in better shape while playing with the Cavaliers during the Summer League in Las Vegas. He still shot the ball poorly in Vegas -- 42.6 percent from the field and just 4 of 16 from three-point range -- but Bennett looked much more capable during his time there.

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