Setting the stage for Week 13 of the fantasy basketball season.
Four-game teams: CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR, WAS
Three-game teams: ATL, BOS, CLE, DEN, HOU, MEM, NYK, SAS
Two-game teams: UTH
Pickups/Plug-ins – Players owned in fewer than 40% of Yahoo! leagues
• Matt Barnes(notes) – Barnes should be universally rostered in standard leagues. While his ups and downs as a starter have mirrored his team's inconsistencies, his overall numbers in 17 games have been very useful for fantasy: 13 points on 51-percent shooting, 1.3 threes, 7.4 boards, and 1.6 steals-plus-blocks in 31 minutes. Week 13: @LAL, IND, SAC, @CHA
• Luke Ridnour(notes) – Ridnour has quietly put together an 11-game streak of scoring in double figures, and his averages in five games since Michael Redd(notes) was lost for the season include 13 points, 1.2 threes, 6.4 assists, 1.6 turnovers, and 1.4 steals in 29 minutes. And speaking of quietly, Ridnour's per-game rank on the season is 83rd, despite just 23 minutes per game to this point. Week 13: @HOU, TOR, @TOR, MIN
• Francisco Garcia(notes) – Considering Garcia for a roster add at this point requires some forward thinking and is a calculated risk. He isn't likely to return to the active roster much before the end of the month, and Omri Casspi's(notes) emergence muddies the rotational waters. Garcia remains a key cog for the team and has never needed significant minutes to make a fantasy impact – in 29 games as a reserve last season, his averages in 26 minutes included 12 points, 1.3 threes, 1 steal, and 1 block. The forward thinking is that you'll have to deal with an inactive player for at least the next two weeks, and the calculated risk is the over/under on 25 minutes per game once he's back in the mix. But ask yourself what is the better gamble: taking a chance on some good numbers down the stretch from Garcia or hoping for a sustained spike in production from players like Peja Stojakovic(notes) (66% owned), Grant Hill(notes) (61%), and/or Al Thornton(notes) (43%)?
• Corey Brewer(notes) – Brewer has suddenly gotten hot from long-range, making 10 of 21 attempts over the past six games (48%). The dead-eye shooting has helped him accumulate averages of 16.8 points on 46-percent shooting, 1.7 threes, 4 boards, and 1.5 steals-plus-blocks in 28 minutes over that stretch. Brewer made 11 of his first 54 3-point attempts (20%) before his recent binge, but his fantasy impact takes on a whole new dimension with a reasonable shooting percentage and some threes. Week 13: PHI, OKC, NOR, @MIL
• Arron Afflalo(notes) – The least mentioned aspect of Afflalo's game when he was acquired by the Nuggets was that he made 40 percent of his threes during the 2008-09 season. That has carried over to Denver, where he's made 43 percent of his attempts during the current season. He's been picking up the pace on offense of late, scoring in double figures in six of the past seven games and posting averages of 12.1 points on 50-percent shooting, 2.1 threes, and 1.4 steals-plus-blocks in 29 minutes over the past seven games. His role is very secure and deep-leaguers should be all over this guy. Week 13: @GSW, LAC, NOR
• Kris Humphries(notes) – Humphries played 27 minutes in his second game with the Nets (15 points, 8 boards, 2 steals, 1 block) and should see steady minutes as the sole backup big for the Nets. Deep-leaguers should take note here, as his per-25 minute averages over the past four seasons include 10 points, 7 boards, and 1.4 steals-plus-blocks and Yi Jianlian(notes) hasn't exactly been the picture of health during his three NBA seasons.
• Chris Kaman(notes) – Kaman has missed four consecutive games because of back issues, and he recently had an epidural to help him deal with the pain. His status will be evaluated on a game-to-game basis.
• Mike Miller(notes) – Miller was expected to miss a week or so after aggravating his calf injury this past Tuesday, although the team is expected to be particularly cautious with him this time around.
• Paul Pierce(notes) – Pierce left Sunday's practice after bumping knees with Shelden Williams(notes). It was the same knee that caused him to miss five games and the hit was "in the exact same spot" that give him problems earlier, so be looking for an update on Monday.
• Brandon Roy(notes) - Roy took the advice of Blazers' doctors and sat Friday's game in an effort to rest his injured right hamstring. His availability could be tenuous over the next few weeks, depending on how his hamstring responds. The team has consecutive days off just once before the All-Star break and plays four sets of back-to-backs over the same stretch.
• Al Thornton - Thornton is day-to-day after sitting out Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle.
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