Dose: Trip Around the League

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Ryan Knaus examines the impact of injuries and DNPs for a handful of key players around the league, including Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins

The DNP Parade

Ryan Knaus examines the impact of injuries and DNPs for a handful of key players around the league, including Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins

Games Played for Week 22



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Atlanta – The Hawks go four times and are pretty healthy, although Devin Harris went down with a foot injury on Sunday. Between the constant injuries and extreme inconsistency, I just don’t have much faith in Harris. Kyle Korver will get you 3-pointers, but outside of that category, he’s going to be hit or miss.

Boston – Kevin Garnett is undergoing an MRI on his left ankle and Courtney Lee also missed Saturday’s game with the same injury. Maybe he’ll play on Tuesday, but we’re still awaiting more information on Garnett. If KG misses more games, both Jeff Green and Brandon Bass will benefit. Jordan Crawford had 21 points on Saturday in Lee’s absence, but will still be hit or miss going forward.

Brooklyn – Joe Johnson was out on Sunday with a quad injury leaving his owners in a bind, while his replacements (Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks) did nothing that was noteworthy. Joe Cool will be iffy for Wednesday, and I don’t think you can start him at this point. Kris Humphries somehow played well and racked up 17 points and eight boards in 28 minutes. Keep an eye on him, but also keep in mind that he hasn’t done anything all season and was playing against the Suns. Gerald Wallace actually had a nice game on Sunday, but like Humps, has not been playing well, Reggie Evans had 16 and 22 boards in his last two, making him worth a look if you need them.

Charlotte – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled on Sunday with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but has been far too inconsistent to put into lineups. Byron Mullens started for injured Josh McRoberts (shoulder), but managed just five points and two rebounds, offering further evidence that this is not the year (or time) to trust him. McBob is now questionable for Wednesday and with three games, shouldn’t be used in most leagues. Gerald Henderson still looks like a nice three-game start.

Chicago – The Bulls go three times this week and Nate Robinson has been a model of inconsistency lately. But the good games have outweighed the bad and it’s probably only a matter of time before Kirk Hinrich goes down again. Joakim Noah was out all weekend with plantar fasciitis and his status for Wednesday is unknown. Taj Gibson had a double-double in his absence, and is worth holding until Noah is back. Marco Belinelli was out on Sunday with an ab strain and Jimmy Butler had 20 points, nine boards, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers in the start at SG. If Bello’s going to miss time, Butler looks like a decent grab. There’s still no word on when we might see Derrick Rose.

Cleveland – Kyrie Irving is doing some shooting, but my guess is he’s done for the year. Dion Waiters will be reevaluated for his knee injury soon, but you can’t start him as of now. Shaun Livingston and Wayne Ellington join Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller as possible plays for Cleveland.

Dallas – Mike James had 19 points and five assists in another start for the Mavs on Sunday and now looks like a safe PG pickup, especially if you need threes, and his rise is hurting Darren Collison. Shawn Marion is back and rolling, while I don’t trust centers Elton Brand, Brandan Wright or Chris Kaman enough to use any of them right now. You might have a better four-game option than O.J. Mayo with three.

Denver – Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler both practiced on Sunday and look ready to go on Monday. Lawson’s return hurts Andre Miller, but he has been playing well even when Lawson is playing. With Chandler back, forget about Corey Brewer.

Detroit – Jose Calderon, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey are all worth a look, but things are pretty thin in Detroit. Charlie Villanueva played well on Saturday, but is too unreliable to use. Andre Drummond may or may not play again this season, but I’m not into holding him, as the Pistons are going to baby him.

Golden State – Stephen Curry is hoping to play Monday against the Lakers after rolling his ankle on Saturday. He only has three games and a Monday miss would make it two, but I’m guessing he’ll play tonight. Harrison Barnes is starting to come on a bit, but the W’s schedule is not good. Andrew Bogut and Jarrett Jack are fringe fantasy players this week, while Klay Thompson and David Lee should probably be in most lineups.

Houston – The Rockets are pretty healthy, although Jeremy Lin is in a slump, which has allowed Patrick Beverly to make a little noise. But not enough to trust him. James Harden is the only must-start with three games, while Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and Lin are worth a close look. Thomas Robinson showed signs of life on Saturday, but it looked fluky to me.

Indiana – George Hill tweaked his groin on Saturday but played through it, so watch for news on him Monday. David West’s back injury has him doubtful for Monday, meaning you can’t count on him this week. Tyler Hansbrough will get his starts and minutes for as long as he’s out. Deep leaguers should keep an eye on Gerald Green, who is back in the rotation.

L.A. Clippers – DeAndre Jordan played well on Saturday with 13 points, 12 boards and three blocks, and I like him as a four-game play this week, along with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford. Watch for an update on Paul’s knee, as he tweaked it in that game.

L.A. Lakers – Antawn Jamison is planning to play through his sore wrist the rest of the way. Kobe Bryant is back and should be in lineups, along with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. And no, I am not interested in Jamison as long as Pau is back.

Memphis – Marc Gasol has a torn abdominal muscle and we still don’t know when he’ll play again. Both Ed Davis and Darrell Arthur stepped up their games in his absence on Saturday, and both are worth picking up in all leagues. Jerryd Bayless had 30 points off the bench and looks like a must-own player with four games, while Tony Allen is still worth a deep-league look.

Miami – The Heat waxed the Bobcats without Dwyane Wade on Sunday to win their 26th straight game. LeBron went nuts and should have another four-game bonanza this week, but owners have to hope the streak doesn’t end soon, or he could be due for a night off. Wade’s knee will leave him a little iffy for Monday, but I’m guessing he’ll play in Orlando.

Milwaukee – Ersan Ilyasova was back on Sunday with a double-double, just in time for owners to start him with confidence this week. Brandon Jennings is struggling with his shot right now, but along with Monta Ellis and Larry Sanders, should be starting for most owners. J.J. Redick would look a lot better with four games.

Minnesota – Andrei Kirilenko is struggling through his calf injury and Derrick Williams had 28 on Sunday. I’m leaning toward starting both with four games. Nikola Pekovic appears to be healthy again, so I’d run him out there. Ricky Rubio’s groin seems to be a non-issue, and as for Kevin Love, I am in the camp that believes he won’t play again this season. Then again, I’m also in the camp that was wrong about Tony Parker (sorry).

New Orleans – Anthony Davis is playing well, Robin Lopez had 23 & 10 on Friday and Eric Gordon doesn’t have to deal with a back-to-back this week. Along with Ryan Anderson and Greivis Vasquez, all should be good to go with a four-game week.

New York – Carmelo Anthony is back and we might see Tyson Chandler (neck) on Tuesday. Chandler’s return will hurt Kenyon Martin, but then again, they’re still very thin at power forward and I’d rather use him than Chris Copeland. K-Mart had 18 points and seven boards in Saturday’s start at center. Raymond Felton has been struggling, but I’d still probably use him in a four-game week, while J.R. Smith is must-start right now.

Oklahoma City – The Thunder play three games and Serge Ibaka is a tough call, unless you really need blocks. He was pretty bad in the first couple games last week, but did finish up strong on Saturday and Sunday. Kevin Martin is also a shaky start, while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant should obviously be in all lineups.

Orlando – It sounds like Nikola Vucevic is out on Monday with a concussion, making him a tough start this week. Moe Harkless is suddenly a must-start, while Tobias Harris is still worth a look despite cooling off. Arron Afflalo is out for the year with a hamstring injury, making Beno Udrih a hot pickup right now with four games. And with Vucevic iffy, Kyle O’Quinn is worth a look after a couple nice lines last week. Hedo Turkoglu’s suspension ends this week, but I doubt he plays much, if at all.

Philadelphia –Lavoy Allen blew up for 20 points on Sunday, but had been doing nothing. No thanks. Dorell Wright came through with 22 points and six 3-pointers, which should be enough to get him into lineups this week with four games, despite his inconsistency. Damien Wilkins is hot and worth a shot as long as he’s starting, while Jrue Holiday broke out of a funk with a monster line Sunday. Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes are all worth using in most leagues, as well. 

Phoenix Jermaine O’Neal is hoping to play through his calf injury on Wednesday, but it makes me pretty nervous. Wes Johnson and Luis Scola are worth a look, but aren’t all that trustworthy, leaving only Goran Dragic as a sure bet in Phoenix.

Portland – The Blazers go three times and all the starters are worth using in most formats, but they have no bench, even though Eric Maynor occasionally shines.

Sacramento – With three games Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans (battling flu) are all worth a shot, while Marcus Thornton and John Salmons could have a decent week. They’re all healthy, while Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson are hurting each other too much in a timeshare.

San Antonio – Surprisingly, Tony Parker is back and played well on Friday. I still think he’s going to get random DNPs, but congratulations if you held onto him or picked him up. I was wrong, as I didn’t think we’d see him nearly this soon. The good news is there are no back-to-backs to worry about in this three-game week, so Tim Duncan should be good to go.

Toronto – It sounds like Rudy Gay’s season might be over due to a back injury, which would likely put Terrence Ross in the starting lineup going forward. Landry Fields will also see a boost, but I like Alan Anderson better that both of them, despite coming off the bench. Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson (who was benched on Friday and Saturday) are also pretty solid options, although the three-game week stings a little. Amir should bounce back on Wednesday vs. Atlanta, while I'm about to drop Gay in my daily league.

Utah – The Jazz are a mess and Al Jefferson’s slump continues, as he’s not really blocking enough shots or grabbing enough boards to make his owners happy. But in a four-game week, you simply have to throw him out there. Enes Kanter was nice on Sunday, but is unreliable with all the other bigs healthy. Mo Williams finally broke out of his funk on Friday with 23 points and eight dimes, while Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward look like must-starts.

Washington – We don’t know when we’ll see Bradley Beal again due to his ankle injury, meaning you can’t start him. Trevor Ariza, who has been hot, missed Saturday with the flu, but should hopefully be good to go on Monday. John Wall, Emeka Okafor, Martell Webster and Nene are all worth using with four games, while Cartier Martin should be ignored after his 23-point explosion in Ariza’s absence.

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