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Schedule: @DEN, CHI, OKC, NY
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Al Horford, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson
Toss Ups: Jamal Crawford, Kirk Hinrich
Bad Plays: Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia
Notes: The Hawks traded Mike Bibby for Hinrich in the hopes that Hinrich could provide a spark and some defense from the point-guard position. Hinrich should be a slightly better Fantasy option than Bibby had been recently, but do not expect much more than 10 points and 4-5 assists per game. ... Johnson is averaging just 12.4 points over his last five games, but we recommend sticking it out with him amid the slump. Usually a 20-point-per-game scorer, he gets the likes of Denver, Oklahoma City and New York to get him going in high-volume games this week. ... Expect Crawford to benefit from those high-volume matchups and what might be a bit of an adjustment period for Hinrich in his first week with the Hawks. He is a strong sleeper play for Week 19.
Schedule: @UTA, PHO, GS, @MIL
Injury Report: Shaquille O'Neal (Achilles'/out indefinitely), Jermaine O'Neal (knee/April)
Good Plays: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen
Toss Ups: Jeff Green, Glen Davis
Bad Plays: Nenad Krstic, S. O'Neal
Notes: With Kendrick Perkins traded away and the two O'Neals still hurt, expect Davis to see a boost in minutes. He has some Fantasy appeal as a potential stopgap measure for deeper formats. ... The trade that sent Nate Robinson to Cleveland will open up playing time for Delonte West, but we recommend avoiding him unless he can carve out a niche as a regular scoring option off the bench -- something Robinson never did. ...The Celtics play three straight game against teams that allow 100-plus points per game.
Schedule: @DEN, @LAL, @POR
Injury Report: Stephen Jackson (hamstring/day-to-day), Tyrus Thomas (knee/mid-March)
Good Plays: Jackson
Toss Ups: D.J. Augustin, Boris Diaw
Bad Plays: Kwame Brown, Shaun Livingston, Gerald Henderson, Dante Cunningham
Notes: The trade that sent Gerald Wallace to Portland brought back Cunningham, who will battle Henderson for touches as a swingman. Diaw could also play some power forward. Avoid Cunningham and Henderson for now, but monitor this situation. ... Joel Przybilla is likely to share time with Brown, but neither big man has much Fantasy appeal at this time. ... Augustin looked to break out of his offensive struggles on Feb. 22 vs. Toronto with 23 points and eight assists, but consider the weak defensive opponent. Monitor him over the weekend to see if he is indeed ready to be activated again. The Bobcats face two tough defensive opponents (@LAL, @POR) in a three-game Week 19. ... Diaw is heating up again, scoring 16 or more points in three straight games entering the weekend to go with his usual production across the line.
Schedule: @WAS, @ATL, @ORL, @MIA
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng
Toss Ups: Joakim Noah
Bad Plays: Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, Kurt Thomas, Ronnie Brewer
Notes: Noah looked just fine on Feb. 23 in his return from a 30-game absence, bringing down 16 boards in 25 minutes. His minutes should go up with each game and, barring setbacks, he should be a fine play in any format this week. ... Noah's return pushed Thomas back to the bench, not that many Fantasy owners will mind. ... Gibson played just 16 minutes off the bench in Noah's return.
Schedule: SA, @NY, NO
Injury Report: Baron Davis (knee/out indefinitely), Anderson Varejao (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: Antwan Jamison, J.J. Hickson
Toss Ups: Davis, Ramon Sessions, Daniel Gibson
Bad Plays: Anthony Parker, Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris
Notes: The addition of Davis creates some intrigue in the short term. Davis was listed as day to day by the Clippers prior being traded to Cleveland and there is some belief that the veteran, disgruntled over the trade, may not make himself available to Cavaliers. Do not activate Davis in any format until there is an indication by the team or the player that he will indeed play. ... In the meantime, Sessions will be in line for a lion's share of the minutes at point guard and will be able to continue the form that has seen him average 18.8 points and 9.0 assists over his last 10 games. Davis or no Davis, the Cavaliers will find minutes for Sessions. ... If Davis is out for an extended amount of time, Gibson could sneak into a decent-sized role. He has averaged 8.0 points and 3.2 assists over his last six appearances, while averaging 23.5 minutes per game, but could easily hit double figures and around five dimes per game given more playing time.
|1.||J.R. Smith, G, Nuggets||41|
|2.||Jamal Crawford, G, Hawks||51|
|3.||Tyler Hansbrough, F, Pacers||14|
|4.||Samuel Dalembert, C, Kings||26|
|5.||Tracy McGrady, G, Pistons||45|
|6.||Shawn Marion, F, Mavericks||39|
|7.||John Salmons, F, Bucks||60|
|8.||Thaddeus Young, F, 76ers||64|
|9.||Kris Humphries, F, Nets||18|
|10.||Carl Landry, F, Hornets||26|
Schedule: @PHI, IND, MEM
Injury Report: Caron Butler (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd
Toss Ups: Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Roddy Beaubois, Peja Stojakovic
Bad Plays: Jose Juan Barea, Brendan Haywood
Notes: Chandler entered the weekend averaging 11.4 points and 9.2 rebounds over his previous five games. His scoring will always be spotty, but the boards should be there consistently. He matches up well inside against all three teams this week. ... Terry averaged 14.6 points over his last five games entering the weekend. Count on him for mid-teens scoring, 3-point shooting and around 4-5 dimes per game, as usual. ... Marion has been red hot, averaging 15.0 points to go with 6.8 rebounds over his last five games. He is getting around 12 shots per game in the offense right now. ... Beaubois looks to be in line for around 20 minutes and 10 shot attempts per night. He will usually be around 10 points per game with decent contributions in dimes and steals for owners looking for a low-end play in deeper formats. ... Stojakovic has averaged 15.5 points over his last four games entering the weekend. He is providing premium 3-point shooting and has fit in nicely alongside Marion and Beaubois.
Schedule: ATL, CHA, @UTA, @LAC
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Nene
Toss Ups: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Kenyon Martin
Bad Plays: Raymond Felton, Al Harrington, Timofey Mozgov, Chris Andersen
Notes: The Nuggets will start Lawson over Felton at point guard, but expect a timeshare situation in the long run. That will lessen the Fantasy appeal of each player. They both have upside, but are likely looking at only around 25 minutes per game. ... Chandler and Gallinari will likely split playing time at the small forward position as well, but both players could see time on the floor together as they did with the Knicks. For now, their value appears to have diminished. ... Smith is a player that could see a boost in minutes at the two-guard spot. He scored 26 points with eight rebounds and five assists vs. Memphis on Tuesday, but that came before the team's new acquisitions joined the team. Monitor this situation over the weekend. ... Expect Afflalo to get lost in the shuffle, leading to inconsistent production. ... Martin came back down to earth this week after flirting with a triple-double in the team's last game prior to the All-Star break. He rarely sees more than five shots per game in the offense and should not be trusted.
Schedule: @MIL, MIN, WAS
Injury Report: Tayshaun Prince (back/day-to-day), Richard Hamilton (groin/day-to-day)
Good Plays: No must-starts
Toss Ups: Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Tracy McGrady, Ben Gordon
Bad Plays: Charlie Villanueva, Hamilton, Will Bynum, Austin Daye, Ben Wallace
Notes: Prince dealt with back soreness that limited him to just nine minutes on Feb. 23 vs. Indiana. He expects to be able to play on, but it has clearly bothered him. He has gone 0 for 12 from the field in his last two games. Monitor him closely over the weekend. ... Stuckey is back on track, scoring 18 or more points in three straight games. ... Monroe is averaging 17.3 points over his last three games and has brought down 12 boards in back-to-back contests entering the weekend. ... McGrady is averaging a very useful 14-6-4 stat line over his last five games. ... Gordon has scored 15-plus points in three of his last five games. ... Still a Piston, Hamilton's Fantasy appeal appears shot for the remainder of the season.
Golden State Warriors
Schedule: @IND, @WAS, @BOS, @PHI
Injury Report: Monta Ellis (knee/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Ellis, David Lee, Stephen Curry, Dorell Wright
Toss Ups: Andris Biedrins
Bad Plays: Reggie Williams, Troy Murphy, Ekpe Udoh
Notes: The Warriors acquired Murphy prior to the deadline, but reports indicate the team has no intention of suiting him up. They attempted to flip him by Thursday's deadline without success and will now look to buy him out of his contract. Murphy is said to be a candidate to join either the Heat, Celtics or Magic and is a real sleeper for the stretch run as a potential double-double threat. ... Biedrins has seen his playing time diminish greatly despite his starting role. He has averaged just 18.8 minutes over his last five games.
|1.||Tony Allen, G, Grizzlies||22|
|2.||Ty Lawson, G, Nuggets||21|
|3.||J.R. Smith, G, Nuggets||15|
|4.||Marcus Thornton, G, Kings||14|
|5.||Kenyon Martin, F, Nuggets||12|
|6.||Anthony Randolph, F, Timberwolves||9|
|7.||Toney Douglas, G, Knicks||8|
|8.||Sam Young, F, Grizzlies||7|
|9.||Michael Redd, G, Bucks||7|
|10.||Ramon Sessions, G, Cavaliers||6|
Schedule: @POR, @LAC, IND
Injury Report: Yao Ming (ankle/out for the season)
Good Plays: Luis Scola, Kevin Martin
Toss Ups: Kyle Lowry, Chuck Hayes
Bad Plays: Brad Miller, Jordan Hill, Courtney Lee, Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams
Notes: Lowry has been very erratic from the field lately, leading to some wildly inconsistent scoring totals (last five games: 26, 7, 36, 9, 2). He was still getting the majority of the minutes at point guard over Aaron Brooks, however, and has played well enough that the Rockets decided to deal away Brooks at the deadline. Without Brooks nipping at his heels, expect Lowry to take off again. ... Consider Hayes a viable stopgap center, capable of providing around 9-10 points and 9-10 rebounds per game and even a few assists here and there. He has been doing so consistently with only around 20-25 minutes per game. ... The addition of Hasheem Thabeet provides the team with another viable big man, but we do not expect that he will be used as anything more than bench option for around 15-20 minutes per game.
Schedule: GS, @OKC, @DAL, @HOU
Injury Report: Mike Dunleavy (thumb/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison
Toss Ups: Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough, Paul George
Bad Plays: Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, T.J. Ford, Jeff Foster
Notes: Dunleavy suffered a thumb injury on Feb. 22 that will likely sideline him a while. Rush enters the starting lineup in his absence, but is still too shaky for anything but the deepest of leagues. ... McRoberts and Hansbrough are just about splitting duties at power forward. Hansbrough has come on strong in Week 18 (Feb. 21-27) with 17 points vs. Washington and 21 points (with 12 rebounds) vs. Detroit, and has scored 16 or more points in three of four games entering the weekend. Think about adding and activating him with three of four high-volume matchups in Week 19, if he looks good vs. Utah and Phoenix this weekend.
Schedule: @SAC, HOU, DEN
Injury Report: Mo Williams (ankle/day-to-day), Eric Gordon (wrist/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Blake Griffin
Toss Ups: Gordon, Williams, Randy Foye, Chris Kaman
Bad Plays: DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, Ryan Gomes, Al-Farouq Aminu
Notes: The Clippers traded away Baron Davis, but brought in another point guard in Williams, who should be able to take over the reins of the offense. He should make his debut over the weekend, barring any setbacks with his ankle, and is a nice sleeper in deep formats with three matchups against teams that allow more than 100 points per game. ... With Williams around and Gordon set to return from his wrist injury, Foye's run as a viable option in Fantasy will come to an end soon. However, Gordon has been given no definitive timetable for a return and did not travel with the team on its current road trip. It seems Foye might be viable for one more scoring period, but you will have to monitor his situation closely. ... Kaman has upped his playing time in each game since returning from his ankle injury, reaching 25 minutes in his third game on Feb. 23. He scored 14 points with four rebounds in that game and, while there is still room for improvement, it appears that he is ready to activate again in leagues that require two centers given his upcoming matchups. ... Jordan has totaled just 14 points and 16 rebounds in three games since Kaman's return.
Schedule: @MIN, CHA, @SA
Injury Report: Matt Barnes (knee/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
Toss Ups: Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest
Bad Plays: Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
Notes: Bynum entered the weekend having been held to single digits in four straight games, shooting 9 of 27 (28.6 percent) from the field in that span. He has voiced his displeasure over how he has been used in the offense and might be a player to consider reserving -- despite his upside -- if these struggles continue. ... Despite a 24-4-6 performance at Portland on Feb. 23, Artest remains too inconsistent to trust in most Fantasy scenarios. Monitor him, but do not activate him unless it becomes a trend.
Schedule: SA, NO, @DAL
Injury Report: Rudy Gay (shoulder/mid-March)
Good Plays: Zach Randolph, Mike Conley
Toss Ups: Marc Gasol, Sam Young, Tony Allen, O.J. Mayo
Bad Plays: Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry
Notes: The Grizzlies will likely play in three low-scoring games as they face three teams that allow less than 97 points per game. ... With the matchups in mind, fringe options like Arthur, Mayo, Young and Allen should be avoided where alternatives are available who have better matchups. ... Young, Allen and Mayo have all seen a boost in touches and appeal in the absence of Gay. They could have seen their increase in Fantasy appeal disrupted had a deadline-day deal gone through that would have sent Mayo to the Pacers in exchange for Josh McRoberts. The deal was not in to the league office by the deadline, so it was called off. ... Despite remaining a good play, expect a decline in numbers this week for Conley, given the matchups. ... Gasol is averaging just 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five games entering the weekend. This could be a week to reserve him where possible.
Schedule: ORL, @SA, CHI
Injury Report: Mike Miller (head, illness/day-to-day), Udonis Haslem (foot/late March)
Good Plays: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
Toss Ups: None
Bad Plays: Miller, Mario Chalmers, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, James Jones, Eddie House, Joel Anthony, Erick Dampier
Notes: The Heat play three tough defensive teams in Week 19. Avoid anybody not named James, Wade or Bosh. ... Miller is hoping to return over the weekend. He is averaging a 8-1-6 stat line over his last eight appearances and has not been much help in Fantasy.
Schedule: DET, PHO, BOS
Injury Report: Michael Redd (knee/out indefinitely), Drew Gooden (foot/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings
Toss Ups: John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Corey Maggette, Ersan Ilyasova
Bad Plays: Gooden, Earl Boykins, Keyon Dooling, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Notes: Redd is practicing, but after missing 13 months of action it will take him a while to get up to game speed. Then, it will take him a while to be ready for a significant role. ... Gooden is coming up on the fourth week of his 4-6 timetable, but there is no real sign that he is close to a return. ... Salmons is averaging 19.4 points, 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds over his last five games while getting 40.2 minutes per tilt. ... Delfino is averaging 17.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists over his last five. ... Maggette has averaged 16.3 points in three games since returning from a back injury, but his playing time has fallen behind Salmons and Delfino. Beware of possible inconsistency ahead, but Maggette is one of the more efficient scorers in the NBA in terms of points-to-minutes ratio. ... The Bucks have gone small recently in an effort to fit Salmons, Delfino and Maggette on the floor together, leaving Ilyasova behind. Ilyasova is averaging just 15.8 minutes over his last five games.
|1.||Hornets||@TOR, @NY, MEM, @CLE|
|2.||Hawks||@DEN, CHI, OKC, NY|
|3.||Celtics||@UTA, PHO, GS, @MIL|
|4.||Pacers||GS, @OKC, @DAL, @HOU|
|5.||Wizards||CHI, @GS, MIN, @DET|
Schedule: LAL, @DET, @PHI, @WAS
Injury Report: Jonny Flynn (conditioning/day-to-day), Martell Webster (back/day-to-day), Eddy Curry (hamstring/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Kevin Love, Michael Beasley
Toss Ups: Darko Milicic, Luke Ridnour
Bad Plays: Wesley Johnson, Flynn, Anthony Randolph, Webster, Anthony Tolliver
Notes: With Corey Brewer now with the Knicks, there are some minutes up for grabs along the wing. However, neither Johnson nor Webster inspire much confidence at the moment. ... New acquisitions Randolph and Curry are not expected to be a big part of the rotation at all initially. Curry very likely will never play for Minnesota. ... Milicic has averaged 10.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in four games since returning from a hip injury. His playing time has been stable since his return, consistently at around 30 minutes per game.
New Jersey Nets
Schedule: PHO, TOR, TOR
Injury Report: Travis Outlaw (head/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez
Toss Ups: Kris Humphries, Anthony Morrow
Bad Plays: Outlaw, Dan Gadzuric, Brandan Wright, Sasha Vujacic
Notes: The Nets will play two games in London against a Raptors team that allows 104.8 points per game. Their other opponent in Week 19 -- Phoenix -- allows 105.3 points per game. ... Williams will immediately take over at point guard and might be asked to take on even more of a scoring role in New Jersey than in Utah with the Nets light on scorers. His value should remain high. ... With Williams around, there is a strong possibility that Lopez and Humphries could be in line for more easy finishes around the basket. ... Humphries is one of the bigger winners of the trade deadline as he should once again be the team's primary power forward with Derrick Favors now in Utah. ... Morrow could also benefit from Williams' presence. What is certain is that he will continue to see 30-plus minutes per game with double-digit shot attempts. The matchups this week make him a nice sleeper as a stopgap measure -- especially in average-based play.
New Orleans Hornets
Schedule: @TOR, @NY, @MEM, @CLE
Injury Report: Emeka Okafor (oblique/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Chris Paul, David West
Toss Ups: Trevor Ariza, Okafor, Carl Landry
Bad Plays: Marco Belinelli, Jarrett Jack, Willie Green, Jason Smith
Notes: The Hornets will play three teams that allow 100-plus points per game in Week 19. ... Okafor's return from an oblique injury is still up in the air, but the team hopes to have him back over the weekend. He has missed the team's last nine games, but should be a good play for the upcoming scoring period if there are no setbacks. ... Okafor's return will push Smith back to the bench. ... The Hornets traded Marcus Thornton to the Kings in exchange for Landry, who has been a productive bench player throughout his career. Expect him to see more consistent playing time in New Orleans than he enjoyed in Sacramento this season. Given the matchups, he could be a solid sleeper play in deeper formats off the waiver wire this week.
New York Knicks
Schedule: @ORL, NO, CLE, @ATL
Injury Report: Kelenna Azubuike (knee/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups
Toss Ups: Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Ronny Turiaf
Bad Plays: Shawne Williams, Shelden Williams
Notes: The additions of Anthony and Billups are obviously significant, but do not expect much in the way of minutes from Anthony Carter or Shelden Williams. Corey Brewer might see decent playing time for what he can offer defensively, but his playing time will not increase over what he saw in Minnesota. ... In Anthony's first game with the Knicks, Anthony saw 25 shot attempts. Stoudemire saw only 13. Anthony brought down 10 rebounds, while Stoudemire brought down only five. This was all likely a result of trying to work Anthony in against the Bucks. Stoudemire still managed 19 points and remains a very high-end play. It is not something to panic about -- yet. ... Stoudemire is one technical shy from receiving an automatic one-game suspension. ... Douglas scored 23 points in Anthony's debut, playing 29 minutes on a night where the Knicks played only eight players. There is upside here as a potential scoring threat off the bench for the Knicks, but temper expectations. ... Turiaf is now the team's starting center, but is in line for merely 20-25 minutes per night. He has no offensive upside, but may be a cheap source for boards and blocks in deeper category leagues.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Schedule: IND, @ATL, PHO
Injury Report: Kendrick Perkins (knee/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
Toss Ups: Serge Ibaka, James Harden
Bad Plays: Nazr Mohammed, Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha, Nate Robinson
Notes: The Thunder added some much-needed size by acquiring Perkins from the Celtics at the trade deadline. However, he is not expected to be ready to play until possibly late in Week 19 after suffering a knee injury in his last game for the Celtics on Feb. 22. ... Expect to see Mohammed fill in at center while Perkins is down. But as we have seen in the past from Mohammed, the upside is limited. ... Robinson also joins the Thunder rotation and could help fill some of the scoring void left by Jeff Green's move to Boston. Expect to see Harden and Robinson provide some of the team's secondary scoring. Robinson could carve out a decent niche role as a sixth man, but wait to see that develop before trusting him in any Fantasy format.
Schedule: NY, @MIA, CHI
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Dwight Howard
Toss Ups: Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass
Bad Plays: Gilbert Arenas, J.J. Redick
Notes: Despite averaging 31.4 minutes over his last five games, Richardson has managed just 10.8 points. He has shot just 36.1 percent from the field in that span and will not find things any easier against two top defensive teams in the Heat and Bulls. ... Nelson has been held below 10 points in two of his last four games with only marginal assist production. Steer clear of him where possible this week, given the matchups. ... The break may have been just what Turkoglu needed to rest his bumps and bruises. After being held below 10 points in his last two games prior to the break, he scored 19 points, adding eight dimes and four boards vs. Sacramento on Feb. 23. He looks fresh and might be a good play again. Monitor him over the weekend. ... Anderson and Bass have cut into each other's production, splitting time at the four-spot almost evenly. Right now, each player is too inconsistent to trust in Fantasy.
Schedule: DAL, MIN, GS
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday
Toss Ups: Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner
Bad Plays: Spencer Hawes, Jodie Meeks, Marreese Speights
Notes: The Sixers will play two of the worst defensive teams in the league in Week 19. The Timberwolves allow the most points in the NBA at 107.6 per game. The Warriors allow 105.7 points per game. Expect high-volume numbers in each tilt. ... Young went into the break red-hot and got off to a great start following the weekend with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Washington. He has scored 18 points or more in four straight games despite not playing 30 minutes in any of those contests. ... Turner has been given inconsistent playing time in February, leading to inconsistent production. He has averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over his last five games and is not a reliable play despite what his 15-point, 8-rebound effort on Feb. 23 vs. Washington might indicate.
Schedule: @BOS, @MIL, @OKC
Injury Report: No significant injuries
Good Plays: Steve Nash, Channing Frye
Toss Ups: Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Grant Hill
Bad Plays: Aaron Brooks, Jared Dudley, Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick
Notes: Brooks was acquired at the trade deadline, potentially becoming the eventual replacement for Nash. For the remainder of this season, however, he seems destined for a limited reserve role. Fantasy owners holding out hope that he could return to last season's form have hit a road block. ... Carter is averaging just 24.0 minutes per game over his last 10 contests, producing an unappealing 10.8 points per game. ... Gortat is averaging 13.3 points and 9.5 rebounds over his last 10 contests to go with a block per game. He is worth activating in just about any format right now. ... Hill continues to play 30-plus minutes per game, but is averaging just 9.8 points to go with 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last five games. He has attempted just 8.2 shots per game in that span. Avoid him outside of deeper formats as a possible stopgap measure for now.
Portland Trail Blazers
Schedule: HOU, @SAC, CHA
Injury Report: Marcus Camby (knee/day-to-day), Greg Oden (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller
Toss Ups: Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Camby
Bad Plays: Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez
Notes: The Blazers made a bold move to acquire Wallace, who will give the team a strong frontcourt presence. While he will remain a strong play in Fantasy, he could see a decline in touches on a more talented Blazers team. His presence could also cut into Aldridge's overall rebound count. No reason to panic here, though. ... Wallace will begin to push Batum out of the rotation. His playing time figures to take the biggest direct hit. ... Another mouth to feed, including the return (however limited) of Roy, will begin to water down touches for Matthews. ... Roy looked very limited in his return to action on Feb. 23 vs. the Lakers, playing only 16 minutes. The Blazers plan on bringing him along very slowly and we would not anticipate Roy approaching even 25 minutes per game any time soon.
Schedule: @MIA, @ORL, @CHA, @MEM
Injury Report: Tyreke Evans (foot/mid-March), Francisco Garcia (calf/out indefinitely)
Good Plays: DeMarcus Cousins
Toss Ups: Beno Udrih, Samuel Dalembert, Marcus Thornton, Jermaine Taylor
Bad Plays: Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Pooh Jeter
Notes: Evans will remain sidelined through at least mid-March, but the addition of Thornton at the trade deadline provides the Kings with some added insurance should they decide to shut down their young star for the season. ... Thornton will split shooting guard duties with Taylor, who had gained some Fantasy appeal while starting in place of Evans. Expect that to fade. Jeter will move a notch down the depth chart as well. ... Udrih scored 18 points with 10 assists and three rebounds on Feb. 23 against a tough defensive team in Orlando, indicating his upside with Evans on the shelf. ... Dalembert, despite averaging just 26.2 minutes over his last 10 games, has averaged 11.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in that span. He could exploit inside weaknesses against the Heat, Bobcats and Grizzlies this week.
|1.||Grizzlies||SA, NO, @DAL|
|2.||Heat||ORL, @SA, CHI|
|3.||Raptors||NO, @NJ, @NJ|
|4.||Mavericks||@PHI, IND, MEM|
|5.||Bobcats||@DEN, @LAL, @POR|
San Antonio Spurs
Schedule: @MEM, @CLE, MIA, LAL
Injury Report: Tiago Splitter (hamstring/day-to-day)
Good Plays: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker
Toss Ups: DeJuan Blair, Richard Jefferson, George Hill
Bad Plays: Matt Bonner, Antonio McDyess, Gary Neal
Notes: Blair has cooled again, averaging 8.2 points over his last five games and only six total rebounds in his last two outings. He could exploit size advantages at Memphis, Cleveland and Miami, and still makes for a viable stopgap measure in leagues that require two centers. ... Jefferson is averaging just 9.6 points in his last five games and remains merely a spot-up shooter for the Spurs these days. ... Hill is averaging just 7.6 shot attempts in his last five games, being held below 10 points in three of those outings. If he is not offering consistent double-digit scoring, he is not worth much to Fantasy owners.
Schedule: NO, @NJ, @NJ
Injury Report: Reggie Evans (foot/day-to-day), Linas Kleiza (knee/out for the season)
Good Plays: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon
Toss Ups: DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson
Bad Plays: Ed Davis, Evans
Notes: The Raptors will travel to London to face the Nets in back-to-back games over the weekend. ... DeRozan has proven to be more than a fluke. In his last 10 games, he has averaged 37.6 minutes per game and 18.5 points. ... Evans has not played since Nov. 21, but should return as soon as the weekend. Given his long layoff, he is not expected to take on significant playing time for at least the first few games. Johnson should remain free-and-clear for at least one more scoring period.
Schedule: BOS, DEN, SAC
Injury Report: Mehmet Okur (back/mid-March)
Good Plays: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap
Toss Ups: Devin Harris, Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
Bad Plays: Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Earl Watson, Derrick Favors
Notes: Harris will take over the starting point guard role for the Jazz after coming over in the Deron Williams deal. He should find the pick-and-roll offense and a more up-tempo scheme beneficial to his production volume. ... Favors, the other player to join the Jazz in the deal, will play limited minutes behind Millsap and Jefferson. Avoid him outside of keeper leagues for the remainder of the season. ... Kirilenko's ankle healed nicely over the break and he was able to contribute a healthy 17 points on Feb. 23 at Dallas, an indication that he is a safe play again. ... Miles remained productive despite Kirilenko's return, putting up 16 points. However, his playing time was cut in half.
Schedule: CHI, GS, MIN, @DET
Injury Report: Andray Blatche (ankle/day-to-day), Al Thornton (ankle/day-to-day)
Good Plays: John Wall, Blatche
Toss Ups: Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Rashard Lewis
Bad Plays: Mike Bibby, Josh Howard, Thornton, Yi Jianlian
Notes: Bibby will join the Wizards, but there is talk of a possible buyout prior to the March 1 playoff-roster deadline. He was not a productive starter, from a Fantasy standpoint, for the Hawks all season. ... Blatche tweaked an ankle on Feb. 23, but is not expected to miss significant time and should return over the weekend. Barring setbacks, he remains a strong play with favorable matchups in his final three games of the Week 19 scoring period. ... Lewis has not made a field-goal attempt in his first two games back from a knee injury and has been given restricted minutes in order to ease him back into the rotation. He is not yet ready to activate, but his presence makes Howard a player to avoid despite his recent increase in production.
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