The B2B is back after a shy holiday week, and we have 3 days of 10+ games.
Week 10 Schedule Watch
Week 10 Back-to-Back's
Mon/Tue: ATL, CLE, MIA, MIL
Wed/Thu: GSW, IND, LAC, MIN, PHO, POR, UTA
Fri/Sat: CHA, DAL, ORL, PHI
Sat/Sun: DEN, PHO
Week 10 Games Per Day
Monday: 11 games
Tuesday: 5 games
Wednesday: 10 games
Thursday: 6 games
Friday: 5 games
Saturday: 11 games
Sunday: 5 games
The B2B is back after a shy holiday week, and we have 3 days of 10+ games. With such a busy week, take care with your schedules and don't overload your roster on the busy days. Just as well, this week's preview looks more like an injury report.
The Suns play 5 games and they will be scrambling to pick up the offense in Bledsoe's absence. Meanwhile Boston and Memphis will only be playing 2 games and you can expect Matt Barnes' ownership 54% Yahoo, 43.1% ESPN ownership to take a small dip.
Mirza Teletovic 12% ownership is now your high-risk, high-reward three-point specialist, especially while 'Kieff remains a benchwarmer. Obviously Bledsoe plays a very different position, but they will miss him most on offense, and if Teletovic is hitting, expect the Suns to ride any hot streak they can.
Devin Booker 8% ownership actually replaced Bledsoe as the halftime starter after the injury. He has a real chance to make an impact in the NBA here, but could easily suffer from any of the myriad number of consistency and efficiency problems that any young guy goes through. He is also dealing with an ankle injury, but he stepped up Saturday for a career-high 19 points with 3 three's.
When your best player goes down, the team needs anyone they can to step up. PJ Tucker 30% Yahoo, 12.4% ESPN ownership, TJ Warren 20% ownership or even Ronnie Price 0% ownership (but scored 20 with 6 three's on Wednesday) could see more minutes and usage.
Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin will be out at least 2 weeks, but coach Doc Rivers has declared that the line-up will change per matchup. Paul Pierce 18% ownership stepped up with 20 points and 5 three's in 27 minutes last game, despite Josh Smith starting 11% ownership and playing an empty 5 minutes.
Lance Stephenson 3% ownership played 9 minutes and was equally as useless as Josh Smith, while Wesley Johnson 1% ownership played 19 minutes and scored 9 points with a three and a steal. I would not call Pierce a safe bet by any means, and fully expect Doc to hold true to his word and shuffle that line-up every night.
Bradley Beal 87% ownership is still out, though a timetable should surface soon, he will at least be cleared or non-contact activity in the next few days.
Ramon Sessions 3% ownership is consistent, if not underwhelming. His numbers of 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 9.6 points per game on 48% shooting has only slightly bolstered, but he doesn't really hurt you in any category either.
After 3 games of 20+ points Garret Temple 14% ownership cooled down to more realistic numbers. His 9 point, 2 steals and 1 three performance is more what you can expect from him while Beal remains sidelined.
Jared Dudley 13% ownership is one of those rare guys on the waiver wire that can actually help your FG% (49.4% on the season and steadily rising this month) and still shoot threes (1.4 per game on the season), although the volume is pretty low generally; he will also give you about 4 rebounds and a steal. The return of Otto Porter takes away some of his usage, but Washington is banged up and playing a lot of small ball.
Gary Neal 3% ownership suffered a quad strain in addition to his recent lack-luster week. He can blow up for points and threes, but is probably the riskiest of the Washington flyers. He has only played 1 out of the last 3 games.
Rotoworld stated on Dec. 26 that coach Malone said Mudiay could be held out until Saturday's game against the Warriors. While I would still keep an eye on the injury report, Jameer Nelson 15% ownership has generally exceeded his season averages during Mudiay's absence. He has a low FG%, but scores and hits the tree, chips in popcorn rebounds and assists, much like Joe Johnson 62% ownership.
Gary Harris 8% ownership has been a typically inconsistent young guard, and I would say Nelson is the guy to target, but Harris is a deeper option. He averages a steal, a three and about 10 points.
Myles Turner 7% ownership will be re-evaluated on Monday in order to be cleared for contact. His return would likely push Jordan Hill 29% ownership and Ian Mahinmi 23% ownership out of standard league radars as reliable streamers. Until then, Hill can get you slightly more points and Mahinmi gets you slightly more rebounds and a block. They are both getting enough time, for now, to be a double-double threat, though and underwhelming one.
Rest of the League Candidates
Isaiah Canaan 13% ownership seems to have settled into a SG-role for the Sixers, especially since Wroten was cut from the team. He is a 3-point specialist that hurts your FG%.
Allen Crabbe's 15% ownership value will dip once Lillard comes back, which should be very soon, but he still had streaming value for points. He scored 26 against Cleveland on Saturday, but you can expect him to return to his average – 10.7 points and 1.3 threes on the season, 13.1 points and 1.6 threes this month.
J.J. Barea 19% ownership exploded in his last 2 games with 58 points, 16 assists and 12 threes for Dallas. While Devin Harris has been largely non-relevant, Barea and Felton tend to wax and wane in terms of production behind Deron Williams, who is currently nursing a hamstring strain. Williams may be back by Wednesday, but he tends to linger with his injuries and Barea should still hold value.
Dennis Schroder's 22% ownership value is trending up again recently, and although he has bad games his consistency is improving. He averages 2.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steal, 1.0 three and 10.8 points on 41% shooting on the season. Schroder is also a handcuff to Jeff Teague and has some nice fantasy upside should he be injured. The Hawks have talked about playing Schroder next to Teague, but the emergence of Bazemore and the return of Sefolosha have put a stop to that notion, for the most part.