Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
      
Fantasy Football Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Gameday Inactives
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Red Zone Stats
Teams
Schedules
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Teams
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Rotisserie specials for Week 9

by | Fantasy Writer
  •  

Fantasy Week 9 (Dec. 24-30) is one of the lighter scoring periods of the season as the NBA has cleared its schedule for Christmas Eve and only has five games scheduled on Christmas.

However, that doesn't mean the week is any less important as there are still plenty of intriguing matchups on the docket. That gives Fantasy owners some opportunities to rack up as many wins as they can before the New Year. We have compiled a list of five players who are worth a look in Roto formats and five who should be avoided for the upcoming scoring period.

As always, we recommend Fantasy owners do their own homework but feel free to use our list as a cheat sheet during the busy holiday season. Good luck during the upcoming scoring period and Happy Holidays!

Find a place for 'em

Jodie Meeks, G, Lakers (NY, @DEN, POR):After spending weeks tweaking and fine-tuning different lineups, coach Mike D'Antoni has finally seemed to settle on his rotation. Meeks is one of the players who made the cut and will continue to see time at both guard positions, though he will likely continue to come off the bench – at least for now. Still, the 25-year-old has seen more than 30 minutes in each of his last five contests as D'Antoni likes his ability to space the floor and push the tempo. Meeks has thrived in Los Angeles' new offensive scheme and scored in double figures in seven of his last eight contests. He is averaging 14.6 points over that stretch on 43 percent shooting from the field, chipped in with 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He also averaged 2.6 made 3-pointers during his hot streak and now looks to have some favorable matchups on tap this week. Meeks already poured in 21 points in his lone meeting against the Nuggets this season and the Knicks and Trail Blazers have both been struggling to defend the 3-point line of late. Despite the return of Steve Nash, Meeks looks to be good play in Week 9. (owned in 17 percent of leagues)

Ramon Sessions, G, Bobcats (MIA, BKN, NO): After getting off to a hot start this season, Sessions hit a bit of a lull a few weeks back. He averaged just 9.8 points and 4.7 assists on 33 percent shooting from the field over a six-game stretch and was losing minutes to Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon. However, Sessions has found his groove again of late and seen his scoring rise back up as a result. The 26-year-old has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games and is averaging 14.7 points on 48 percent shooting from the field over that stretch. He is also making 57 percent of his attempts from behind the arc during his recent run while seeing a healthy 24 minutes per game. While he doesn't look to have the most favorable matchups on tap this week, Sessions will likely be counted on to help shoulder some of the scoring load over the next scoring period with Gordon and Henderson nursing minor injuries. At the very least, Sessions should be able to maintain his current production so feel free to get him or leave him active this week. (owned in 73 percent of leagues)

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F, Bucks (BKN, MIA, DET): Mbah a Moute was forced to miss the first few weeks of the season while recovering from knee surgery, but has found himself in the starting lineup since his return to the court. The 26-year-old has started each of the last seven games for coach Scott Skiles and posted a solid 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds on 48 percent shooting from the field. He is also chipping in with 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals while seeing a healthy 29.5 minutes per game. While Mbah a Moute's scoring can be a bit inconsistent at times, his ability to fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis makes him a very nice fit for owners in Rotisserie formats. Everybody knows by now that Skiles likes to change his starting lineup more often than a pair of socks, so Fantasy owners may want to take advantage of the his minutes while he is seeing them. With Ersan Ilyasova still struggling and Tobias Harris out with an elbow injury, minutes at small forward appear to be Mbah a Moute's to lose. Get him active in the upcoming scoring period. (owned in 15 percent of leagues)

Tristan Thompson, F, Cavaliers (@WAS, ATL, BKN): This is Thompson's second appearance as a start this season and when you look at his recent production it is easy to see why. The second-year man out of Texas is averaging 11.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 57 percent shooting from the field over his last five games. He has posted a double-double in three straight games and looks to have some favorable matchups on tap this week. Thompson posted a 12-10-5 stat line in his lone contest against the Wizards this season and pulled down a season-best 15 boards in an earlier meeting against the Hawks. Thompson also went for 14 and 5 when he faced the Nets and we don't see any reason why he won't be able to maintain his productive ways this week. While Thompson can be irritatingly inconsistent at times, owners should get him active while he is producing. (owned in 73 percent of leagues)

Emeka Okafor, C, Wizards (CLE, ORL, @CHI): Okafor has been a major disappointment this season as he is averaging a career-worst 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds over his first 25 games in Washington. However, the 30-year-old has been slowly showing signs of improvement and we think that trend can continue this week. Okafor is averaging 9.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 block over his last seven games and has been much more assertive on the offensive end of the court. He was attempting only six shot attempts over his first 16 games but with the Wizards struggling to put up points, coach Randy Wittman has asked Okafor to be more aggressive and he has responded by chucking it up 8.4 times during his recent seven-game run. Now the veteran looks to have to favorable matchups on tap this week as the Magic and Cavaliers are both allowing more than 40 points in the paint per contest. While Okafor isn't going to blow most owners away with his monster stat lines, he has been productive enough to warrant using as a low-end option in category-based formats for the upcoming scoring period. (owned in 37 percent of leagues)

Put 'em on your bench

Jason Terry, G, Celtics (@BKN, @LAC, @GS, @SAC): Terry's first year in Boston has not gone as planned as he has averaged just 11.2 points over his first 26 games. However, his dip in scoring can be attributed to his recent shooting slump. Terry hasn't been able to hit anything of late as he is shooting a putrid 31 percent from the field over his last eight games. He is making just 32 percent of his shots from behind the arc over that same stretch and is starting to show some frustration on the court due to his struggles. He is still putting up more than 9.0 points per game over during his slump, and his lack of efficiency has really been hurting owners in Rotisserie formats. While we have no doubt that Terry will be able to right the ship before too long, it may not happen this week. Two of the four opponents he will face this week are ranked in the top 10 in opposition field-goal percentage and Terry has averaged just 12.9 points per game over his career against the Clippers, which is his lowest scoring average against any one opponent. We recommend leaving Terry on the bench this week. (owned in 55 percent of leagues)

Gary Neal, G, Spurs (TOR, HOU, @DAL): A recent rash of injuries combined with coach Gregg Popovich's peculiar resting patterns have allowed Neal to see some big-time run over the past few weeks. The 26-year-old averaged more than 30 minutes per game during an eight-game stretch at the end of November and into December that resulted in him putting up 16.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field. However, now that Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard are back, Neal has seen his playing time and production take a hit. The third-year guard from Towson has played fewer than 25 minutes in each of his last two games and gone ice cold from the field as he is shooting just 30.8 percent from the field over his last five contests. He is averaging just 7.9 points over that stretch and has been playing through a nagging calf injury. Now that the rest of the Spurs are getting healthy, we would expect Neal to see closer to 20 minutes most nights, which will make it hard for him to put up consistent numbers. Fantasy owners should leave Neal on the bench in the majority of formats while he is playing at less than 100 percent and slumping. (owned in 19 percent of leagues)

Andrew Nicholson, F, Magic (NO, @WAS, TOR): With Glen Davis sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Magic have a huge void to fill at power forward. Coach Jaques Vaughn has decided to give Nicholson the first crack at starting in place of Davis and the rookie is expected to be manning the four position in the upcoming scoring period. While Nicholson looks to have all the tools to be a productive Fantasy forward for a long time in this league, we aren't sure he is ready to contribute right away. The 23-year-old struggled in his first start and will be asked to bang with some big bodies this week in the likes of Anthony Davis of New Orleans and Nene in Washington. His first start came against the Raptors and he struggled to match up with Ed Davis as he finished with just six points and four rebounds on 3 of 10 shooting from the field. Despite the promise of seeing starters minutes, we strongly recommend taking a wait-and-see approach with Nicholson for the upcoming scoring period. Owners should make sure he can handle the increased workload and expectations before getting him active. (owned in 19 percent of leagues)

Antawn Jamison, F, Lakers, (NY, @DEN, POR): After spending the last few weeks trying out different lineup combinations, D'Antoni has finally set a rotation for the Lakers. Unfortunately, Jamison doesn't appear to be in it right now. The veteran has seen a combined 40 minutes over his last five games and has earned a pair of DNPs in his last two contests. D'Antoni has decided to go with Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks as his two main scoring threats off the bench, which won't leave a ton of time for Jamison. While the 36-year-old did see some nice run when the Lakers first made their coaching change, he seems to be on the outside looking in now. Fantasy owners should not only sit Jamison for the upcoming scoring period, but make sure to leave him benched until he works his way back into the fold. (owned in 30 percent of leagues)

Andray Blatche, C, Nets, (BOS, @MIL, CHA, CLE): Blatche became quite the waiver-wire pickup when Brook Lopez was sidelined with a foot sprain a few weeks back and it was easy to see why after he posted an impressive 17.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals while seeing 30 minutes per night over that seven-game stretch. However, now that Lopez is healthy again, Blatche has gone back to his mediocre stat lines. He has scored in double figures in two of his last five games and is averaging 10 points and 3.5 rebounds over that stretch while seeing 19 minutes per game. While he still will light it up from time to time, the consistency he showed when he was starting can't be counted on anymore. Despite the Nets favorable upcoming schedule, owners should consider leaving Blatche reserved for the time being. However, he is worth holding onto based on Lopez's injury history. (owned in 70 percent of leagues)

Want an edge in your draft? Download the Fantasy Draft Kit App.

  •  
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Clippers send Jared Dudley to Milwaukee
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) The Clippers opened up minutes at small forward Tuesday by sending Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles will receive Carlos Delfino,  Miroslav Raduljica and a future first-round pick from the Bucks. Dudley averaged 6.9 points in 23.4 minutes per game last season for the Clippers. 


Kevin Love deal morphs into three-team trade
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Cavaliers' acquisition of Kevin Love is set to go down Saturday, and Yahoo.com reports it will end up being a three-team deal.

The Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins , Anthony Bennett and a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers in exchange for Love, and are set to move one of those pieces to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

The Wolves will move the first-round pick -- a top-10 protected pick from Miami -- to the 76ers along with Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young, as first reported by the Minnesota Star-Tribune. 


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.  


Isaiah Thomas undergoes wrist surgery
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(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. 


DeMarcus Cousins avoids serious injury at Team USA practice
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Kings center DeMarcus Cousins dodged a bullet Thursday when the MRI on his right knee came back negative.

According to Yahoo Sports, Cousins limped off the court during a Team USA training session after Anthony Davis landed on his knee during a scrimmage. Cousins later tweeted that he was "fine," helping to suppress any concerns of a serious injury. 


Pacers shopping Roy Hibbert, call Pistons about Greg Monroe
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Pacers are shopping center Roy Hibbert, and they have called the Pistons regarding a potential deal involving restricted free agent Greg Monroe, Detroit Sports 105.1 reports.

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.


Report: Greg Oden faces felony charge
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(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.

Oden is accused of punching the woman in the face three times and fracturing a bone in her nose, according to court documents. The felony offense carries a penaly of one-to-six years in prison.


Markel Brown out with broken hand
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(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.

Brown was selected 44th overall in this year's draft, and the Nets acquired him for cash considerations on the night of the draft. He averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his senior season at Oklahoma State.


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
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(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. 


 
 
 
Top Videos
Rankings