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Rotisserie specials for Week 2

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With so much information provided to Fantasy owners who play in Head-to-Head leagues, owners who play in Rotisserie formats sometimes feel left out.

However, we at CBSSports.com have heard those owners' cries for help and decided to add a new column aimed at helping those players in category-based formats. We will list the five players who may be a bit under the radar but who, we feel, will make a meaningful impact in Rotisserie formats for the upcoming week. While these players may not be long-term solutions at their respective positions, they should be able to help owners get through the week.

Here is our list of Rotisserie studs and Duds for Fantasy Week 2 (Nov 5-11).

Find a place for 'em

Jarrett Jack, G, Warriors (@SAC, CLE, @LA, DEN): Most weren't exactly sure what Jack's role would be when he signed with the Warriors, but he has been a major factor for Golden State and Fantasy owners over the first few games. Jack has seen time at both guard positions in the first three contests and is averaging right around 30 minutes per contest. That has allowed the 29-year-old to show off his all-around game as he is averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. He is also shooting 67 percent from behind the arc and 90 percent from the free-throw line and looks to have somewhat of a favorable schedule on tap this week. The Kings, Cavaliers and Nuggets all ranked in the bottom of the league in points allowed and opposition field-goal percentage last season and haven't fared much better thus far this year while the Clippers have struggled as well. As long as Jack continues to get his minutes, we would expect another very productive stretch from him into Week 2. (owned in 58 percent of leagues)

Danny Green, F, Spurs (IND, @LAC, @SAC, @POR): Green busted on to the scene with the Spurs last season and has picked up right where he left off this year. The 25-year-old has settled in as San Antonio's starting shooting guard and produced a productive 14.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and one steal over his first three games. He is shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown while seeing 33.3 minutes per game. While Green's main asset to Fantasy owners continues to be his ability to knock down 3-pointers, his extended minutes thus far has allowed him to contribute in other areas. He should be in line to keep seeing extra playing time with Manu Ginobili still slowed a bit by a back injury and the four teams he is facing this week aren't exactly considered defensive juggernauts. Fantasy owners looking for help in the 3-point department, as well as in shooting percentage without missing much production in other categories, should ride the hot hand of Green in Week 2. (owned in 24 percent of leagues)

Caron Butler, F, Clippers (CLE, SA, @POR, ATL): Butler struggled to find his footing in his first season with the Clippers and as a result his numbers took a hit across the board. However, he has come out firing this year and is shooting 62 percent from the field over the first three games. He has been especially hot from downtown, connecting on six of his first 10 attempts from behind the arc, which has also helped him score in double digits in each of his first three games. Sure, Butler's secondary stats haven't been much to write home about but his red-hot field-goal shooting and free-throw percentages have helped make up the difference. While he will likely cool down eventually, we don't see that happening in Week 2. Fantasy owners should continue to ride the 32-year-old's hot hand heading into the upcoming scoring period. (owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Brandan Wright, F, Mavericks (POR, TOR, @NY, @CHA): Wright has been one of the bigger surprises during the early of part of the year as the 25-year-old has been putting up impressive stat lines. With the Mavericks dealing with a ton of injures in their frontcourt, Wright has been pressed into the starting lineup with Dallas deciding to go small. Wright has really responded to his extended minutes as he has posted 13 points and 4.7 rebounds over his first three contests. However, what has been even more impressive has been Wright's ability to knock down shots. He has made 17 of his 21 attempts thus far (81 percent) and is also averaging 2.0 blocks per contest. While he will get pushed further down the rotation once Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki get healthy, Wright should find himself back in the starting lineup for Week 2. With four games on tap, including against the defensively challenged Bobcats and Raptors, Wright may have at least one more productive week left in him. (owned in 21 percent of leagues)

Jason Maxiell, C, Pistons (@DEN, @SAC, @OKC, @HOU): With Greg Monroe and promising rookie Andre Drummond manning the frontcourt for the Pistons, it's easy to overlook Maxiell. However, the 29-year-old has gotten off to a very nice start this season as he has scored in double figures in each of his first three contests. He is shooting a whopping 57 percent from the field over that stretch and has also added solid rebounding totals to go along with 1.5 blocks per contest. While center is obviously the shallowest position in Fantasy, Maxiell has dual eligibility as a center and power forward, which only adds to his rising value. Based on his track record, Maxiell's numbers are likely to come back to down closer to his career averages of 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds eventually. But with matchups on tap against the faster up-tempo, Nuggets, Kings, Thunder and Rockets on the docket, we would expect Maxiell to continue to produce solid a field-goal percentage, blocks and rebounding totals for at least another week. (owned in nine percent of leagues)

Put 'em on your bench

Ben Gordon, G, Bobcats (PHO, @NO, DAL): Gordon was shipped to Charlotte in the offseason and is expected to serve as the team's 3-point specialist off the bench. However, it has been tough sledding for the veteran in the early going as he has not seen the type of minutes most were expecting. While it is still very early and most coaches are still tweaking their rotations, Gordon has only averaged 20.5 minutes over his first two contests and is putting up just 8.0 points over that stretch. He does have the capability to heat up at any moment, but we aren't quite sure how much run he is going to see under coach Mike Dunlap. Combine that with the fact that he doesn't exactly fill up the stat sheet most nights along with matchups against the slower-paced Hornets and Mavericks on tap, and we feel owners are best to leave the 29-year-old reserved in the majority of Rotisserie formats for Week 2. (owned in 25 percent of leagues)

Landry Fields, F, Raptors (@OKC, DAL, PHI): Fields has been a fixture in Toronto's starting lineup over the first week of the season, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his numbers. The 24-year-old has scored a combined seven points over his first three games (2.3 ppg) to go along with 3.3 rebounds and just 1.6 assists. He is also shooting a putrid 21 percent from the field and missed on his only 3-point attempt thus far. While we would expect Fields to get himself on track a bit once he gets comfortable with his new teammates, it doesn't appear he is going to see much more than 20 minutes per game with the Raptors' deep bench. Fields' all-around production has made him a viable low-end option in most Rotisserie leagues over his first two years in the league, but he is simply not performing up to par right now. With no standout type matchups on the schedule this week, owners are best to leave Fields reserved in the upcoming scoring period. (owned in 28 percent of leagues)

Marvin Williams, F, Jazz (@MEM, LAL, @DEN, PHO); Williams turned quite a few heads after dropping 21 points in his debut with the Jazz on opening night but has since reverted back to his old ways. The 26-year-old has failed to score in double figures in the two games that have followed and he hasn't made much noise in any other area of the box score as well. While Williams has failed to live up to the high expectations placed upon him when he entered the league, the former Tar Heel has been a decent low-end option in category-based formats over the years due to his ability to fill up the box score. However, there hasn't been much evidence of that during his brief run with the Jazz as he is considered the fifth option when he is on the floor with the starters. Until Williams proves he can consistently contribute out in Utah, we recommend leaving him reserved -- at least for Week 2. (owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Lamar Odom, Clippers (CLE, SA, @POR, ATL): After enduring one of the worst statistical seasons of his career last season with the Mavericks, most were expecting big things from Odom when he signed with the Clippers in the offseason. However, his first run with his new team has not gone as expected for the 32-year-old. He has yet to score in double figures in each of his first three games and is averaging just 15 minutes per contest thus far. We would expect his minutes to go up as coach Vinny Del Negro tweaks his rotation, but Odom must first prove he can produce at the level he did with the Lakers. While the Clippers do play four times this week with three of their matchups coming at home, the 3.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 turnovers Odom has averaged thus far isn't going help many owners out. Leave the veteran reserved for the upcoming scoring period. (owned in 44 percent of leagues)

Emeka Okafor, C, Wizards @BOS, MIL, @IND): Okafor was hoping to get his career back on track with the Wizards this season, but he has struggled out of the gate in Washington. Despite being the team's starting center, Okafor has averaged just 6.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over his first two games and is shooting just 31.3 percent from the field over that stretch. He is seeing right around 20 minutes per contest and now looks to have some tough matchups on tap this week. The 30-year-old struggled mightily in his lone contest against Boston this year and facing 7-footers Roy Hibbert and Samuel Dalembert will be no small task. With poor numbers and a few tough matchups to deal with, we recommend leaving Okafor stashed in the majority of Rotisserie formats for now. (owned in 65 percent of leagues)

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