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Week 19 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

Sergio Gonzalez
Fantasy Writer
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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is our weekly look at players around the NBA we feel could help or hurt your Fantasy squad based upon matchups and other factors. Don't expect to read about why you should start LeBron James or why you should sit Brian Scalabrine. In this space, we will try to help you make the call on players you could be on the fence about while also pointing out some players you may not have thought about sitting, but you should consider doing so.

Nick Young should be licking his chops entering Week 19. So should his Fantasy owners.

Heading into the final stretch of what has been a breakout season for the former USC standout, Young might be on the verge of one of his more productive scoring periods of the season. A four-game week stocked with high-volume matchups should allow the young gunner to light up some box scores and help Fantasy owners during one of the most critical scoring periods of the season. With that in mind, Young is our selection as the Start of the Week for Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 28-March 6).

Young has flourished as a starter for the Wizards since the team dealt away Gilbert Arenas, averaging 20.7 points in 33 starts. His production outside of the scoring column has left much to be desired, but while Fantasy owners might not get a whole lot out of Young in terms of boards or assists this week he will certainly be offering up plenty of help in points, 3-point shooting and free throws.

The scoring period begins with a tough one against a Bulls team that allows just 92.5 points per game. He does have a good record against the Bulls this season as a starter, however, as he managed 22 points against them on Dec. 22.

The scoring period should get a lot easier from that point on.

Young has matchups against the Warriors, Timberwolves and Pistons the remainder of Week 19. The Warriors give up 105.5 points per game, the Timberwolves a league-high 107.4 points per game and Detroit allows around 100 points per game. The Pistons, however, are in the midst of serious player/coach struggles that have caused all sorts of turmoil over the past two weeks. They have allowed an average of 109.0 points per game in that span.

Expect Young, who has averaged around 17.2 shot attempts in his 33 starts, to see an increase in shot volume this week. He should be able to get to the foul line often as well -- where he is shooting 82.5 percent for the season -- and Fantasy owners should also expect him to contribute high-end numbers from beyond the arc.

Guards

Start 'Em

Kyle Lowry (@POR, @LAC, IND): The trade that sent Aaron Brooks off the Phoenix seals Lowry's fate as the primary point guard in Houston for the remainder of the season. Expect his playing time to rise down the stretch and he could even begin to improve upon his averages as a starter this season (12.1 points, 7.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds) with the added PT.

Ramon Sessions (SA, @NY, NO): Baron Davis' situation is tentative at best as he joined the Cavaliers with a knee injury and the understandable disgruntlement that comes with joining a team that is 11-47. Sessions has earned his playing time, Davis or no Davis, but the real chance that his playing time will come without much competition makes him a savory play this week. He has averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 assists with 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals over his last five games.

Sit 'Em

Raymond Felton (ATL, CHA, @UTA, @LAC): One of the bigger Fantasy losers at the deadline, Felton will see his production cut in half in Denver as he is in line to share playing time with Ty Lawson. His first two games have produced nice results for the Nuggets, but not his Fantasy owners as he has averaged just 5.5 points and 6.0 assists in his first two appearances.

Aaron Brooks (@NJ, @BOS, @MIL, @OKC): Brooks was dealt to the Suns at the deadline and will serve as Steve Nash's backup (and eventual heir apparent). He underwhelmed in Houston this season due to injuries and the emergence of Lowry, but there was a small chance he could return to a more active role somewhere down the line in Houston. There will be no such luck in Phoenix, barring injury.

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Start 'Em

Wilson Chandler (ATL, CHA, @UTA, @LAC): There was some concern expressed by this Fantasy hoops writer that Chandler and Danilo Gallinari could be on the verge of losing much of their Fantasy appeal following their trade from New York to Denver. The early results for Chandler have quelled much of the worry. Chandler has been a featured part of the offense in Denver in his first two games, even scoring 20 points with six boards, two blocks and two assists on Feb. 25 against a tough Trail Blazers team -- a line that could have been copied over from many of his Knicks performances.

John Salmons (DET, PHO, BOS): Salmons has been asked to play big minutes in Milwaukee of late, averaging 40.4 minutes over his last five games. The result has been more shot attempts (15.8 per game) and scoring (20.4 per game) with solid contributions in assists (5.2 per game) and 3-point shooting. Salmons should be able to light up the box score against the likes of Detroit and Phoenix this week.

Sit 'Em

Hedo Turkoglu (NY, @MIA, CHI): Turkoglu does not seem to be 100 percent. Despite playing on, it would appear the back issues that have been plaguing him for some time now continue to be an issue as he has struggled to maintain any type of consistency despite the occasional outburst. He has been held below 10 points in three of his last four games and is averaging just 9.6 points over his last 10 appearances. He will also have to deal with two tough defensive opponents in a three-game week, meaning you might only be able to count on him for help in assists and rebounds -- two categories where he has remained adequately consistent.

Tayshaun Prince (@MIL, MIN, WAS): The Pistons are a real mess right now with reports of a mutiny on coach John Kuester's hands. Prince has missed the team's last two games with what the team has reported as an upset stomach. There is some belief that Prince is one of several players who have been involved in 'boycotting' Kuester. Until his situation clears up, he is a player to avoid activating despite having been one of the team's more reliable players of late.

Centers

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Marcin Gortat (@NJ, @BOS, @MIL, @OKC): Gortat entered play Sunday averaging nearly a double-double (12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds) over his previous 10 appearances and has settled in with the Suns quite nicely. He is the team's primary center now and is getting around 30 minutes per game despite the fact Robin Lopez is still technically the team's "starter."

Joakim Noah (@WAS, @ATL, @ORL, @MIA): Noah returned from a 30-game absence this week following his recovery from a broken thumb. His minutes have risen in each game and while his offense has not reached double digits yet his rebounding efforts and overall conditioning inspire a lot of confidence. He is never going to be much of an offensive weapon, but we would anticipate him returning to the 13.3 points per game he averaged prior to getting hurt fairly soon. At the very least, the 13.7 rebounds he has averaged over his first three games back is a good indication he is ready to be activated once again in Fantasy.

Sit 'Em

Marc Gasol (SA, NO, @DAL): Gasol enters Week 19 active in over 75 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, but his recent performances have not warranted such confidence. He has been unproductive on the glass (5.2 rebounds over his last five games) and has not scored double figures in back-to-back games since Feb. 7-8. To make things worse, he will be up against three teams that allow fewer than 97 points per game and have strong inside big men.

Darko Milicic (LAL, @DET, @PHI, @WAS): Darko has been less than productive this past week after going into the All-Star break on a high note. He entered play on Sunday having averaged just 6.0 points and 6.6 rebounds in three games since the break with lingering pain the result of a lingering hip flexor injury the possible culprit.

Do you have a Fantasy hoops question for our staff? You can e-mail us at DMFantasyHoops@cbs.com. Be sure to put Attn: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em in the subject field. Please include your full name, hometown and state. You can also follow Sergio on Twitter (@CBSGonzalez).

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