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Week 3 Schedule Grid
Status Updates — quick hitters from around the league
• Michael Beasley's foot sprain will keep him out for at least three games. Rick Adelman moved Wes Johnson to small forward and gave Wayne Ellington the start on Sunday, while Derrick Williams saw an uptick in reserve minutes. Adelman said he'd considering moving Ricky Rubio into the starting five if J.J. Barea (hamstring) can return during the Wolves' back-to-back-to-back set.
Stephen Curry (Rocky Widner - Getty)• Stephen Curry will meet with his surgeon in Charlotte on Monday. The Warriors play the Bobcats in Charlotte on Saturday, and it appears unlikely that Curry would rejoin the team before that point. That is moot right now in any case - what we're waiting to hear is what ends up being prescribed as the best course of action for the oft-injured Curry. The minutes breakdown for his collective fill-ins over the past two games: Nate Robinson (29 minutes), Klay Thompson (23), Brandon Rush (17), and Charles Jenkins (10).
• Richard Hamilton admitted that he probably shouldn't have played against the Pistons this past Wednesday. He aggravated his groin injury, has missed two games since, and is questionable for much of the Bulls' upcoming back-to-back-to-back (Mon DET, Tue @MIN, Wed WAS), although he's officially listed as day-to-day.
• Spencer Hawes' back strain appears to be nothing serious. He played only 17 minutes on Saturday as a precaution, will receive treatments Sunday, and appears likely to be in the lineup on Monday.
• Nene Hilario (heel) was held out of Saturday's game as a precaution and could return on Monday.
Brook Lopez (Rocky Widner - Getty)• Brook Lopez is now two weeks removed from foot surgery and recent X-rays confirmed that everything is healing as expected. He remains without a definite timetable but was originally projected to miss between six and eight weeks of action. The next step for Lopez is to shed his walking boot, and that's supposed to happen sometime this week.
• Kyle Lowry was close to returning from a bruised foot on Saturday but ended up missing his second consecutive game. The Rockets have Sunday and Monday off, making it seem likely he'll be back in the lineup for their next game.
• Mehmet Okur left Friday's game with back spasms and Avery Johnson doesn't expect him back "until sometime on the road," which means he's out Monday for certain. The Nets then start a four-game road trip on Wednesday (@DEN, Fri @PHO, Sat @UTA, Mon @LAC).
• The Heat remained cautious with Dwyane Wade's left foot injury on Saturday and held him out for a third consecutive game. Wade had been able to participate in both the team's morning shootaround and pre-game warmups, so it appears likely that he'll be ready to go for their next game (Tue @GSW).
Add List — the best players currently owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! leagues
• Iman Shumpert, NYK, G (31% owned)
Shumpert is now the Knicks' starting point guard thanks to Toney Douglas' general ineffectiveness. In three games since returning from a knee injury, Shumpert has averaged 13 points on 48-percent shooting, 2 threes, 3.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 2 turnovers, 2.7 steals, and 0.7 bocks in 32 minutes. His minutes are secure thanks to Douglas and Landry Fields' struggles, and clearly Shumpert has flashed multi-category potential. Good size and supreme athleticism put him in a position to accumulate defensive numbers, but he's a prototypical "slasher" and that shooting percentage is going to fall relative to how large of a portion of his shot attempts come as a spot-up shooter in half-court sets.
Derrick Favors (Evan Gole - Getty)• Derrick Favors, UTA, FC (38% owned)
A move to the bench has been anything but a negative for Favors' fantasy impact. In 21 minutes over the past four games, he's averaged 8.5 points on 56-percent shooting, 6.3 boards, 0.8 steals, and 2.8 blocks. He's locked in as the primary backup to both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap and will continue to deliver big-man stats in any role. Favors is currently in the league's top 15 in block% after eight games (5.1%), in the same neighborhood as Dwight Howard (5.2%) and Emeka Okafor (5.1%), and his defensive rebound rate (27.9%) and total rebound rate (18.3%) would both rank in the top 10 with enough minutes to qualify.
• Luke Ridnour, MIN, PG (20% owned)
Rick Adelman has been masterful in delving out his minutes at point guard, but it's not just been Ricky Rubio that has benefited. Ridnour has played consistently and turned in efficient production, neither of which figures to change any time soon. In eight games (including Sunday), Ridnour has averaged 11 points on 49-percent shooting, 1.1 threes, 3.8 assists, and 1 steal in 29 minutes. That's obviously not going to carry you anywhere, but you could do much worse than those numbers as an end-of-the-rotation option.
• Drew Gooden, MIL, FC (17% owned)
Gooden won't continue to start for the Bucks once Andrew Bogut returns to the lineup but will certainly keep his rotation spot and has always delivered good per-minute production. Gooden has his categorical limitations, but averages of 13.2 points and 8.2 boards in just 24 minutes are quite useful.
• Gary Neal, SAS, SG (14% owned)
Neal was quickly moved into the starting lineup in place of Manu Ginobili and has been reasonably productive, given that he's still working his way back to game shape (appendectomy). He's averaged 11 points, 2 threes, 4 boards, and 1 steal in only 21 minutes during his two starts, and those numbers will only increase in the coming weeks.
• Evan Turner, PHI, GF (26% owned)
Turner has been playing consistent minutes in Doug Collins' strict eight-man rotation, averaging 9.9 points on 47-percent shooting, 5.9 boards, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals in 27 minutes thus far. He's looked much-improved relative to his disappointing rookie season and in particular is getting to the rim more often and finishing with confidence. A better understanding of his role, more confidence in his game, and more of Collins' positive influence will lead to even better numbers as the season progresses.
Cut List — players who should not be rostered in standard formats
• Michael Beasley (83% owned), Jimmer Fredette (66% owned), Chase Budinger (64%), C.J. Miles (64%), Anthony Morrow (62%), Chuck Hayes (62%), Corey Maggette (60%), Charlie Villanueva (55%)
Deep League Specials — players currently owned in five percent or less of Yahoo! leagues who warrant a roster spot in deep leagues (14 teams+)
Danny Green (D. Clarke Evans - Getty)• Danny Green, SAS, GF (5% owned)
Green may not end up starting for the Spurs but will see plenty of minutes at both shooting guard and small forward. Green has made 36 percent of his career three-point attempts and Saturday's game illustrated his multi-cat potential (33 minutes, 24 points, 3 threes, 7 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks).
• Nate Robinson, GSW, G (5% owned)
Robinson had one practice with the Warriors before averaging 29 minutes in a back-to-back on Friday/Saturday. Grab Robinson while we wait for an update on Stephen Curry - he'll be a rotation regular for Mark Jackson and likely be a featured player if Curry is out for any significant length of time.
• Marreese Speights, MEM, FC (5% owned)
Speights isn't looking at a major role right off the bat, but the Grizz will need him to contribute as soon as he's up to speed with the offense and his teammates. He's worth a roster spot in deep leagues where the wire is otherwise bare as we wait to see his eventual role.
• Ian Mahinmi, DAL, FC (4% owned)
Mahinmi has filled a real niche as first big off the bench for the Mavs and has seen at least 20 minutes of playing time in seven consecutive games. During that time, he's averaged 9.7 points on 77-percent shooting, 5.9 boards, 0.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 23 minutes.
• Chris Singleton, WAS, SF (2% owned)
Singleton got the start on Sunday in place of Rashard Lewis and would be in for a much-expanded role if Lewis' knee problems linger. Singleton will be largely absent on offense but would be a sneaky-good source of counting stats. His averages in the six games where he's played at least 20 minutes (including Sunday) include 5.8 points on 45-percent shooting, 1 three, 4.2 boards, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 27 minutes.