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Week 19 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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The stream of injuries has slowed a bit recently, though you wouldn't be able to tell by judging just a few of the NBA's rosters. The league can attempt to legislate some semblance of competitive balance with a salary cap or restrictive penalties for high spenders, but there is no accounting for bad luck.

Looking at the injury report, some teams are completely clean when it comes to injuries. The Mavericks and Heat for instance, have dealt with mostly day-to-day injuries to role players for much of the season.

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Some teams have just been killed by injuries, with the Lakers leading the way with 212 games missed due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times. From a Fantasy perspective, the Bucks' injury woes have left that team almost entirely barren, and the Nuggets have seemingly reached that point recently.

Once one of the league's best teams for Fantasy purposes, the Nuggets have become a wasteland, with only three players -- Ty Lawson, JJ Hickson and Timofey Mozgov -- ranking among the top 30 in Fantasy points at their positions. And Fantasy owners are hardly happy about any of those players right now, with Lawson out indefinitely with fractured ribs and Hickson and Mozgov proving unreliable on a nightly basis.

Lawson's injury in particular has devastated the Nuggets for Fantasy owners, with only Randy Foye squeezing past the 25-Fantasy-points-per-game mark that generally serves as the dividing line between starters and reserves. Lawson has transformed into one of those players who makes everyone around him better, and the Nuggets have been aimless without him.

This is all pointed out to show what a waste Week 19 (March 3-9) is for the Nuggets. They have four games against below average NBA defenses on the way, and a schedule that adds up to the third best for Fantasy purposes. Unfortunately, I'm not sure there is anyone here worth relying on, even with Lawson's potential return looming.

This is a case where even a strong schedule cannot save a dreadful team from drowning.

(All stats up to date through Feb. 28 games)

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have been hit as hard by injuries as anyone recently, with practically their entire frontcourt sidelined by a variety of injuries. Paul Millsap will have missed four games due to a knee contusion by the time Week 19 starts, and it is not yet clear when he will be able to play. The upside to all of the injuries is they have re-ignited Jeff Teague, who is averaging 26.7 points and 5.0 assists per game since Millsap's last appearance. Given he uncertainty surrounding the roster at this point, Teague is one player you can probably rely on for Week 19. DeMarre Carroll also looks like a strong start, as he is averaging 20.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in Millsap's absence.

Schedule: Schedule: @POR, @GS, @LAC
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 16th
10-team starters: Jeff Teague
12-to-14-team starters: Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Mike Scott
Deep-league fliers: Shelvin Mack, Lou Williams, Elton Brand

Boston Celtics

Guards we like for Week 19
Player Own/Start
1. Jeff Teague, Hawks 96/75
2. Kirk Hinrich, Bulls 27/16
3. Kent Bazemore, Lakers 47/28
4. Gary Neal, Bobcats 5/1
5. Lou Williams, Hawks 34/14
6. Ramon Sessions, Bucks 40/16
7. Kendall Marshall, Lakers 87/54
8. Devin Harris, Mavericks 5/2
9. Darren Collison, Clippers 50/10
10. Brian Roberts, Pelicans 41/23

Jared Sullinger should be back from his concussion-related absence by the start of Week 19, after being cleared to practice without limitation Friday. He put together the best month of his career prior to the injury, averaging 15.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in February prior to the injury. With Kelly Olynyk dealing with a toe injury and Gerald Wallace now out for the year, the Celtics will likely be content to lean heavily on him, which should lead to good results. Even with just three games on the schedule, Sullinger is a strong starting Fantasy option for Week 19, barring some sort of unforeseen setback.

Schedule: GS, BKN, DET
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 18th
10-team starters: Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green
12-to-14-team starters: Jeff Green
Deep-league fliers: Jerryd Bayless, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson, Kris Humphries, Brandon Bass

Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams' post-All-Star-game rejuvenation might just become a yearly trend. At least, as long as his ankles remain brittle and in need of constant care and rest. The NBA schedule does not provide many chances for rest, but the All-Star break is one of those opportunities. He is averaging 18.0 points and 5.6 assists per game since the break, and that is without his usual solid three-point shooting, which should come around. The Nets have been tough to rely on this season for Fantasy purposes, but Williams gives you at least one solid option for Week 19.

Schedule: CHI, MEM, @BOS, SAC
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 22nd
10-team starters: Deron Williams
12-to-14-team starters: Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson,
Deep-league fliers: Andray Blatche, Mirza Teletovic, Shaun Livingston, Kevin Garnett, Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko

Charlotte Bobcats

Gerald Henderson's recent slide has been surprising, since the team is not exactly flush with options to squeeze him out of the rotation, and yet he just struggled through his least productive month of the season. For whatever reason, Henderson sort of lost the ability to get to the free-throw line, leaving him with few ways of scoring efficiently enough to maintain his Fantasy relevance. He went to the free-throw line just 2.6 times per game in February despite attempting 10.7 field goals per game; that is his lowest free-throw total of the season by a pretty healthy margin. Henderson has always been someone who needs to score in the mid-teens to be worth starting, so any dip in his efficiency is a bad sign. With three of the league's stingiest defenses on the way in Week 19, you probably shouldn't expect him to snap out of it.

Schedule: @MIA, IND, CLE, @MEM
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 27th
10-team starters: Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Gerald Henderson, Josh McRoberts, Gary Neal, Anthony Tolliver, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Chicago Bulls

Jimmy Butler returned after a two-game absence and picked up right where he left off in his first two games back, so don't worry about any lingering effects from his rib injury. His return also hasn't hurt Mike Dunleavy too much, as he topped 25 Fantasy points in each of Butler's first two games back. Both should be considered solid starting options for Week 19, though the same cannot necessarily be said for guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin has been a pleasant surprise for Fantasy owners since joining the Bulls, but is stuck in a massive cold spell that has seen him shoot just 20.0 percent from the field over the last four games. His role has fluctuated in that time, and Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be relying on him until he turns things around.

Schedule: @BKN, @DET, MEM, MIA
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 17th
10-team starters: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler
12-to-14-team starters: D.J. Augustin, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich,
Deep-league fliers: Tony Snell

Cleveland Cavaliers

Though the eventual return of Anderson Varejao will change the dynamic, Spencer Hawes has remained as productive as ever in Cleveland. This makes a certain kind of sense, since his skillset is unique on the Cavaliers roster. Though he moved on from the fertile Fantasy ground of the 76ers, he has remained a big part of what the Cavaliers are doing, averaging 14.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game since his trade. With how hard reliable centers are to find, he remains a strong starting option for Week 19, even with a less than stellar schedule.

Schedule: SA, @CHA, NY
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 29th
10-team starters: Kyrie Irving, Spencer Hawes, Tristan Thompson
12-to-14-team starters: Luol Deng
Deep-league fliers: Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles, Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller

Dallas Mavericks

Vince Carter's willingness to transition from one of the best players in the league to a sixth man has been impressive to watch over the last few years. Every once in a while, though, he still likes to remind us that, at 37, he hasn't entirely lost his game. He is averaging 15.8 points per game over the last five while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, including a blistering 55.2 percent from three-point range. Carter is by no means a slam dunk Fantasy option anymore, but he makes for a very solid play in category-based formats for Week 19, with two very good matchups on the way.

Schedule: @DEN, POR, IND
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 14th
10-team starters: Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis
12-to-14-team starters: Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Vince Carter
Deep-league fliers: Shawn Marion, Brandan Wright, Samuel Dalembert, DeJuan Blair

Denver Nuggets

Covered in the intro. What a mess.

Schedule: MIN, DAL, LAL, @NO
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 3rd
10-team starters: JJ Hickson
12-to-14-team starters: Wilson Chandler, Randy Foye, Ty Lawson
Deep-league fliers: Aaron Brooks, Evan Fournier, Kenneth Faried, Timofey Mozgov, Anthony Randolph

Detroit Pistons

Kyle Singler is one of those players who is tough to recommend for Fantasy because his production is so boring, even when things are going well. His recently play, however, is enough to make him worthy of consideration for category-based formats for Week 19. Singler finished the month of February averaging 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, pedestrian numbers overall, but not the only places he can help. He proved extremely useful in those peripheral stats, racking up 1.6 steals while shooting 78.1 percent from the free-throw line and 47.5 percent from the field, while turning the ball over just 1.0 times per game.

Schedule: NY, CHI, @MIN, @BOS
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 20th
10-team starters: Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, Kyle Singler, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Golden State Warriors

Andrew Bogut returned to action this week, though he averaged just 6.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in his first three games back from a shoulder injury. Of course, he played just 21 minutes per game in those contests, two of which were blowouts, so it is hard to take too much out of them. With a solid schedule on the way, Bogut should be able to get back on track, and has value as a No. 2 center, just as he did prior to his injury.

Schedule: @IND, @BOS, ATL, PHO
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 11th
10-team starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee
12-to-14-team starters: Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut
Deep-league fliers: Harrison Barnes, Jordan Crawford, Draymond Green, Jermaine O'Neal, Steve Blake

Houston Rockets

With Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley finishing the month of February averaging fewer than 21 Fantasy points each and Terrence Jones back to earth after a strong January, the Rockets have become one of those top-heavy teams without much Fantasy value down the roster. The one wild card right now appears to be newly acquired forward Jordan Hamilton, who is averaging 14.0 points per game since being acquired from the Nuggets. Of course, that is just a two-game stretch of hot shooting, so don't overreact and slot him into your starting lineup for Week 19. Hamilton still has to prove himself, and remaining productive against a solid slew of opponents this week would be a good way to start.

Schedule: MIA, @ORL, IND, POR
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 15th
10-team starters: James Harden, Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Donatas Motiejuanas, Jordan Hamilton, Omri Casspi

Indiana Pacers

As expected, Evan Turner was an afterthought in his first two games for the Pacers, scoring just 21 points combined while averaging 23 minutes per game. There simply won't be enough minutes or shots for Turner to produce the way he needs to for Fantasy owners, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Though George Hill is dealing with a shoulder injury that might limit him, Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Turner to step into a larger role as a result. In Week 19 and beyond, Turner is doomed to be largely irrelevant for Fantasy purposes.

Schedule: GS, @CHA, @HOU, @DAL
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 12th
10-team starters: Paul George, Lance Stephenson
12-to-14-team starters: David West, Roy Hibbert
Deep-league fliers: George Hill, Luis Scola, C.J. Watson, Evan Turner

Los Angeles Clippers

Forwards we like for Week 19
Player Own/Start
1. Tobias Harris, Magic 95/55
2. DeMarre Carroll, Hawks 71/39
3. Vince Carter, Mavericks 51/28
4. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs 93/45
5. Markieff Morris, Suns 86/54
6. Tyreke Evans, Pelicans 91/58
7. Mike Scott, Hawks 26/11
8. Kyle Singler, Pistons 37/24
9. Wesley Johnson, Lakers 57/38
10. Jordan Hamilton, Rockets 6/2

With Jamal Crawford possibly sidelined by a calf injury during Week 19, it will be interesting to see what the Clippers do. It could lead to Darren Collison being pushed back into a prominent role, as it did Wednesday after Crawford went down. Fantasy owners looking for a guard might want to sneak Collison into the lineup, unless we get some news that indicates Crawford will be back in time. As far as the big names the Clippers added following the deadline; neither Danny Granger nor Glen Davis is going to be someone you want to rely on for Fantasy purposes, despite both being owned in over 50 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.

Schedule: @PHO, @LAL, ATL
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 8th
10-team starters: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul
12-to-14-team starters:None
Deep-league fliers: Darren Collison, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes

Los Angeles Lakers

I'm jumping onto the Kent Bazemore bandwagon with all of my weight; that is how impressive he has been since joining the Lakers. Oh sure, the looming returns of Nick Young and Xavier Henry could push him back into irrelevance, but I'm all about Bazemore right now. He seems like exactly the kind of hyperactive athletic wing who can find himself playing in Mike D'Antoni's system, and he should be considered a very strong starting option in Week 19, with the Lakers set to play five times. In fact, with five games on the schedule, this might be the perfect time to play all of those borderline Lakers players littering your roster. You cannot rely on guys like Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar on a game-to-game basis, but they can produce when given the opportunity.

Schedule: @POR, NO, LAC, @DEN, CHA
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 2nd
10-team starters: Kendall Marshall, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore
12-to-14-team starters: Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar, MarShon Brooks
Deep-league fliers: Ryan Kelly, Nick Young, Chris Kaman, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre

Memphis Grizzlies

Tony Allen has returned from injury playing well, averaging 11.7 points per game in his first three contests. Of course, Allen probably didn't discover how to play offense while recovering from his wrist injury, so let's assume he will not continue shooting 66.7 percent from the field moving forward. He remains a Fantasy afterthought for the most part, especially with Courtney Lee still providing much-needed shooting in a larger role. With a series of tough matchups on the way, expect Allen to come crashing back to earth, so don't lean on him in Week 19.

Schedule:@WAS, @BKN, @CHI, CHA
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 26th
10-team starters: Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley
12-to-14-team starters: Courtney Lee
Deep-league fliers: James Johnson, Nick Calathes, Kosta Koufos, Ed Davis, Mike Miller

Miami Heat

The Heat play four times in Week 19, but are staring down a tough schedule featuring three top-10 defenses and four playoff teams. That might only matter for Mario Chalmers, who is averaging 24.0 Fantasy points per game over the last five but might struggle against such stout defenses. He remains a marginal Fantasy option, well below the team's trio of stars.

Schedule: CHA, @HOU, @SA, @CHI
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 25th
10-team starters: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade
12-to-14-team starters: Mario Chalmers
Deep-league fliers: Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Michael Beasley, Shane Battier

Milwaukee Bucks

After spending most of the season as a nonfactor, Bucks guard O.J. Mayo is showing some signs of life in the post-deadline days. He is averaging 14.5 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting since returning from a lengthy absence due to an illness, and he could be the team's second option offensively moving forward. Of course, even this stretch of decent play has seen him top 20 Fantasy points just once, so Fantasy owners shouldn't be rushing out to get him in the starting lineup for Week 19, even with a solid set of games. But, with the Bucks remaining an absolute mess, you will want to keep an eye on how he plays in the next few games to see if he is someone you might be able to get on the cheap for a stretch run.

Schedule: UTA, SAC, @NO, WAS
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 10th
10-team starters: Brandon Knight
12-to-14-team starters: John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova
Deep-league fliers: Nate Wolters, Ramon Sessions, Giannis Antetokounmpo, O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton

Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola Pekovic was supposed to worked back into the rotation slowly after making his return from ankle bursitis Saturday. That would have made him a risky option for Week 19 even if he remained healthy enough to play in all of the team's games. Fortunately, Pekovic dominated the Kings in limited minutes Saturday, scoring 16 points and adding eight rebounds in just 24 minutes, proving he didn't need much time to knock the rust off. The Timberwolves don't have any back-to-backs on the way during their four-game week, so Pekovic could end up working his way back into the rotation while playing in each game. Pekovic should be approached with caution, but he plays such a big role in the team's offense, he could put up solid Fantasy numbers even while working his way back. No such concerns need be expressed about Kevin Martin, who looked like he didn't miss a beat in his return Saturday. He topped the 30-minute mark in his first game back and should be considered a solid option for all formats for Week 19.

Schedule: @DEN, NY, DET, TOR
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 9th
10-team starters: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio
12-to-14-team starters: Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic
Deep-league fliers: Corey Brewer, Jose Barea, Alexey Shved

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans dodged a big bullet as Anthony Davis was able to return from a shoulder injury without even missing a full game. He was limited by foul trouble in his second game back Saturday, but proved himself healthy Friday by putting up 32 points and nine rebounds against the Suns. He can be started without hesitation in Week 19, which is good considering the Pelicans feature one of the best schedules in the league. He is the only play you should feel confident in at this point given the team's overall struggles, though the schedule should give guys like Brian Roberts, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon enough margin for error to be worth your time. I would not buy into Alexis Ajinca despite scoring in double figures in three out of four games, especially considering two of those saw Davis play limited minutes.

Schedule: @SAC, @LAL, MIL, DEN
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 1st
10-team starters: Anthony Davis
12-to-14-team starters: Brian Roberts, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon
Deep-league fliers: Austin Rivers, Anthony Morrow, Greg Stiemsma, Al-Farouq Aminu

New York Knicks

He might not be happy there, but Carmelo Anthony is doing everything he can to keep the Knicks relevant. Since the All-Star break, Anthony's numbers are completely absurd; 38.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 5.0 3-pointers per game. At this point, his dominance is pushing everyone else out of the frame, which probably isn't the worst outcome, given how badly everyone on this roster has regressed this season. One promising trend has been the improved recent play of Tyson Chandler, who is averaging 31.6 Fantasy points per game since the deadline. Beyond Anthony, Chandler is the only player you shouldn't think twice about starting with a strong four-game schedule on the way..

Schedule: @DET, @MIN, UTA, @CLE
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 6th
10-team starters: Carmelo Anthony
12-to-14-team starters: J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler
Deep-league fliers: Raymond Felton, Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert, Amar'e Stoudemire

Oklahoma City Thunder

Reggie Jackson is still playing plenty of minutes since Russell Westbrook's return from injury, but he is clearly struggling to adapt to playing a lesser role again. He is averaging just 8.7 points and 4.0 assists per game since Westbrook's return, and will probably need to prove himself worthy to Fantasy owners before they feel comfortable relying on him again. Even with one of the league's most favorable three-game schedules on the way in Week 19, the Thunder are back to being just a three-man crew.

Schedule: PHI, @PHO, @LAL
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 4th
10-team starters: Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb

Orlando Magic

The Magic have been without Arron Afflalo for all but one game since the trade deadline, making it difficult to tell exactly how the decision to part ways with Glen Davis has impacted their rotation. Is Maurice Harkless averaging 30.6 minutes per game over the last four because Davis' departure opened up minutes, or is he filling in for Afflalo? I would bet on the latter at this point, since I'm not quite ready to rely on the disappointing second-year pro just yet. With Afflalo possibly returning some time in Week 19, Harkless should not be relied on for Fantasy purposes. In fact, with just two games on the way, I wouldn't feel comfortable relying on anyone beyond Nikola Vucevic this week.

Schedule: HOU, @SA
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 28th
10-team starters: Nikola Vucevic
12-to-14-team starters: Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Victor Oladipo
Deep-league fliers: Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O'Quinn, Maurice Harkless

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers have played three games since the trade deadline as of Friday, and things have gone about as expected. Thaddeus Young, the only player with anything resembling an NBA track record, has emerged as the unquestioned focal point of the offense, averaging a robust 40.6 Fantasy points per game. He probably cannot sustain quiet that level of production, but Young is clearly a must-start option through the remainder of the season. One player who also seems helped by the change is Tony Wroten, who is averaging 25.3 Fantasy points per game since the deadline. He might not be too useful with just two games on the way in Week 19, but Wroten should be a borderline starter for the rest of the season.

Schedule: @OKC, UTA
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 30th
10-team starters: Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Tony Wroten, James Anderson, Arnett Moultrie, Byron Mullens

Phoenix Suns

Though there isn't any sort of concrete timetable, the Suns could receive a massive boost in Week 19, with the potential return of Eric Bledsoe looming. Bledsoe has been out nearly two months due to surgery on his right knee, but has made great progress in his recovery over the last few days. He is on the verge of taking part in 5-on-5 drills, which could be the final hurdle for his return to game action. Bledsoe's return will completely shake up the Suns' rotation, but you shouldn't worry about that until it actually happens. Unless we get concrete information indication Bledsoe will return for Week 19, keep him in reserves. But, if you play in one of the eight percent of CBSSports.com leagues where Bledsoe is available, you will want to add him right now..

Schedule: LAC, OKC, @GS
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 24th
10-team starters: Goran Dragic
12-to-14-team starters: Gerald Green, Markieff Morris
Deep-league fliers: Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee, Marcus Morris, Ish Smith, P.J. Tucker

Portland Trail Blazers

Centers we like for Week 19
Player Own/Start
1. Jared Sullinger, Celtics 96/43
2. Nikola Pekovic, Timberwolves 100/56
3. Tyson Chandler, Knicks 94/76
4. Alexis Ajinca, Pelicans 20/10
5. Robin Lopez, Kings 95/74

With LaMarcus Aldridge's return, the Trail Blazers' rotation should return to normal in Week 19. Aldridge's absence left a big hole, but nobody really stepped up to fill it while he was gone. With a great schedule on the way and their rotation settling down with Aldridge's return, expect a return to normalcy in Portland.

Schedule: LAL, ATL, @DAL, @HOU
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 2nd
10-team starters: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews
12-to-14-team starters: Robin Lopez
Deep-league fliers: Mo Williams

Sacramento Kings

The Kings have one or two young players with some upside who might potentially flourish down the stretch, but the makeup of the team seems to hinder their development. Unless something drastic changes, Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas are still the only players you want in your lineup for Week 19.

Schedule:NO, @MIL, @TOR, @BKN
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 13th
10-team starters: DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore, Jason Thompson, Aaron Gray

San Antonio Spurs

Barring an unforeseen setback, Tony Parker is expected back in time for Week 19. Of course, with the Spurs, expectations rarely match up to reality. That isn't a criticism, mind you; they are a tremendously well-run organization that thrives by zigging when everyone else zags. So, while Parker's return from a variety of maladies is expected to come Sunday, that doesn't mean Parker will play in all three games this week. Still, his presence should be enough to push Patty Mills back into irrelevance, at the very least. It will be interesting to see what happens to Marco Belinenelli's value, as he has been hot recently, averaging 29.2 Fantasy points per game over the last five. Belinelli isn't a must-start player with three games on the way and the rotation in flux, but he could still be be a solid starting option.

Schedule: @CLE, MIA, ORL
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 21st
10-team starters: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker
12-to-14-team starters: Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, Kawhi Leonard
Deep-league fliers: Patty Mills, Boris Diaw, Cory Joseph

Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry was able to play through an ankle injury late Thursday night, but that doesn't mean he is going to be good to go moving forward. Obviously if he is healthy, there is no question that Lowry is a must-start Fantasy option at this point; the only question is whether he will be ready to play in Week 19. If he isn't, that opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities for Fantasy owners, especially with the twin news of Terrence Ross going down with an ankle injury the same night. Greivis Vasquez could see a bump in playing time in Week 19 if Lowry plays, as long as Ross is out, but he would obviously have more value running the offense by himself rather than working off the ball. In 452 minutes played without Lowry since joining the Raptors, Vasquez is averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 assists per-36 minutes. If Lowry is not cleared to play by the time lineups lock Monday, consider Vasquez a solid roll of the dice; he is averaging 13.2 points and 3.2 assists per game over the last five even with Lowry playing.

Schedule: SAC, @MIN
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 19th
10-team starters: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry
12-to-14-team starters: None
Deep-league fliers: Greivis Vasquez, Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons

Utah Jazz

Though he is probably the least celebrated of the team's core of recent lottery picks, third year guard Alec Burks has been arguably the most consistent Fantasy option recently. With Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward stuck in month-long shooting slumps and Enes Kanter's value tied directly to the health of Derrick Favors, Burks was probably the most reliable option in the month of February as he led the team in scoring. He averaged 15.6 points per game in February to lead the team, though that led to just 21.4 Fantasy points per game since he doesn't do too much else. With four games on the way, Burks is worth using for Fantasy purposes, but his production isn't as valuable as his sometimes lofty scoring totals might suggest.

Schedule: @MIL, @WAS, @NY, @PHI
Strength-of-schedule ranking:7th
10-team starters: Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks
12-to-14-team starters: Trey Burke, Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter
Deep-league fliers: Richard Jefferson, Jeremy Evans

Washington Wizards

With Nene essentially done for the regular season, the Wizards are left with a massive hole to fill in the rotation. The biggest winner from the team's first post-Nene game was Marcin Gortat, who played a more central role in the team's offense than usual, scoring 31 points in 51 minutes in the triple-overtime win. Though Trevor Booker will be in the starting lineup moving forward, he probably isn't someone you need to be paying much attention to for Fantasy purposes; if anything, the team is likely to go small more often rather than play with a less effective big man. Trevor Ariza played much of the fourth quarter and all three overtimes as the De factor power forward, a role he could thrive in despite being undersized, thanks to his much improved three-point shot. The Wizards don't have the best schedule in Week 19, but Ariza is worth rolling with.

Schedule: MEM, UTA, @MIL
Strength-of-schedule ranking: 23rd
10-team starters: John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza
12-to-14-team starters: Bradley Beal
Deep-league fliers: Martell Webster, Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton, Andre Miller

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Celtics guard James Young doing non-contact drills Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:39 am ET) Celtics rookie James Young is working his way back from a shoulder injury and coach Brad Stevens said Sunday he is doing non-contact work during shootaround. 

Young, who has only played in five games for Boston this year, has bounced between the Celtics and their D-League affiliate most of the season.

Young is averaging 2.2 points and 0.4 rebounds per game this year. 


Newly acquired Jameer Nelson to make debut for Boston Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Point guard Jameer Nelson will make his Boston debut Sunday when the Celtics take on the Heat in Miami. Nelson, along with Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder were traded from Dallas to Boston for point guard Rajon Rondo. 

"It's an opportunity to play for the Celtics with all the tradition and the legacy," Nelson said at shootaround Sunday.

Nelson is averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.


Clippers PG Chris Paul scores team-high 27 points vs. Bucks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Clippers point guard Chris Paul scored a team-high 27 points on 6 of 16 shooting, including 4 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 106-102 win over the Bucks in Los Angeles Saturday.

Paul nearly managed his second consecutive double-double in the win, dishing out nine assists after racking up 15 assists the previous night. He also delivered three rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes in Saturday's win. The Clippers will move forward to face the Spurs Monday.


Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo scores team-high 18 Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:17 am ET) Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting in his team's 106-102 win over the Clippers Saturday.

Antetokounmpo came close to delivering what would have been his second double-double of the season, as he managed to grab nine rebounds in the loss. He also tallied six assists and two steals in a December-high 38 minutes of action. He'll square off with the Hornets Tuesday.


Mavericks G Monta Ellis erupts for season-high 38 points
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis went off again, scoring a season-high 38 points, leading his team to a 99-93 victory over the Spurs on Saturday.

Ellis knocked down 15 of 23 field goal attempts, including 5 of 6 from downtown, and 3 of 6 from the charity stripe. Four of his five treys came in the first half. He also added one assist and four steals while logging 40 minutes of game action.

Ellis has registered six 30-point games this season. He's averaging 25.4 points, 5.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds over his last five games.


Nuggets SF Danilo Gallinari scores season-high 19 vs. Pacers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting in his team's 76-73 win over the Pacers Saturday.

Gallinari was able to lead his team in scoring while playing 28 minutes off the bench and taking at least 10 shots for the first time this season. He also tallied three rebounds and one assist in the low-scoring win. The Nuggets will square off with the Hornets Monday.


Rajon Rondo scores six points in Mavericks debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Rajon Rondo, who played his first eight-plus seasons with the Celtics, made his Mavericks debut on Saturday against the Spurs.

Rondo got the start alongside Monta Ellis, but had a hard time finding his shot. He finished the game with six points on 3 of 11 shooting from the field. He also added nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals while logging 34 minutes of game action.

"He's going to do great," coach Rick Carlisle said of Rondo, per Dallas Morning News. "He's really smart, picks things up quickly, so I don't see a big adjustment period. He's just got to get ready to compete with our guys."

Rondo is averaging 7.6 points, 10.2 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals over his last five games.


Pacers PF David West doubles up vs. Nuggets
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Pacers power forward David West scored a season-high 19 points on 8 of 22 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in his team's 76-73 loss to the Nuggets Saturday.

West didn't have a double-double before Wednesday but has managed to post two straight performances with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. He led his team in both categories Saturday while kicking in five assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Pacers are set to square off with the Timberwolves Sunday.


Rockets G James Harden hands out career-high 14 assists
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Rockets shooting guard James Harden registered a career-high 14 assists in his team's 104-97 defeat to the Hawks on Saturday night.

Harden scored 18 points on 5 of 16 shooting from the floor, including 2 of 7 from downtown and a perfect 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. He also added six rebounds, one block and one steal while logging 39 minutes of game action.

He is averaging 29.6 points, 9.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds over his last five games.


Pelicans C Alexis Ajinca posts fourth career double-double
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca only logged 15 minutes off the bench, but it was enough time for him to register a double-double in his team's 114-88 defeat to Portland at home Saturday night.

Ajinca, who made his first appearance since Dec. 12, scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He added 13 rebounds and one steal in a losing effort. Ajinca has four career double-doubles.


 
 
 
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