• Welcome to This Week Tonight! We’ve got some games played to run down, pickups to make, guys to keep an eye on and injuries leading into this week. Without further adieu:

    4 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC, TOR, UTA

    3 Games: BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, MIL, NOR, OKC, SAS, WAS

    2 Games: IND, PHO, POR

    It’s a weird week for a few teams and head-to-head players with two game teams this week are going to suffer.

    Pickups for this week:

    Sergio Rodriguez – I cut him after Jerryd Bayless was back for two games and was forced to pick him back up after Bayless re-aggravated his wrist injury. Bayless is one of the most injury prone players in the league over the last couple of seasons so if you need a temporary boost run Rodriguez back out there for Philly’s four game week. He posted 12 points, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on Sunday in 28 minutes.

    D.J. Augustin – He started over Elfrid Payton on Sunday and that could be a trend for the foreseeable future. Augustin logged 25 minutes, up from his season average of 19, and he produced a decent low end line. Augustin should be a nice temporary boost in scoring and point guard stats, but it likely won’t last long.

    Glenn Robinson III – It’s hard to endorse him on a short two game week but he’s played well with Paul George out of the lineup and the Pacers don’t play until Wednesday, so pick him up there and ride him until his game Sunday and you probably won’t have to burn roster space for more than a few days.

    Frank Kaminsky – He’s been good offensively and the hate has always gone too far on a player that’s always had some talent on offense. He’s playing heavy minutes with Marvin Williams out at least another week and should be owned in all leagues.

    Trade Speculation:

    It’s getting to be that time as the the prohibition against trading players on new contracts is coming to an end on December 15th. I’d recommend picking up or sending offers for these guys ahead of that in order to get the jump on your league if you have the available roster space or are in a comfortable position thus far. Not all trade action happens on the deadline and that’s important to remember.

    Willie Cauley-Stein – There’s always going to be speculation about a DeMarcus Cousins trade and the rumor is rival general managers expect the Kings to move Cousins now if they move him at all. It’s also possible Kosta Koufos or WCS himself gets traded. Cauley-Stein is a reasonable Marcin Gortat facsimile if he can get solid minutes.

    Omri Casspi – He hasn’t outright asked for a trade but he’s voiced his want to play and the Kings have no reason to keep him. He could instantly slot into another team as a full time starter and would be a solid low end investment as a three specialist with some peripherals.

    Greg Monroe – This is buy low opportunity not necessarily a pickup, but that may change in some of your leagues if an owner is impatient. Monroe has been on the trade block for months and there haven’t been any biters. Don’t give up much for him, but for the more adventurous he provides a nice risk-reward opportunity.

    Brandon Knight – He’s been miserable in Phoenix and Ryan McDonough has still insisted they like him in a bench role and aren’t looking to trade him…which in McDonough language means they’re going to try their best to dump him but just not at their own expense. He’s got top 60 upside and that should not be forgotten.

    Injury Update: 

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is dealing with an ankle injury and he could miss a couple more games, but he will likely play this week.

    Jeremy Lin is day-to-day with his hamstring issue and should make his return any day. The Nets have been cautious with him the last week or so.

    Nic Batum is probable for Monday after dealing with an eye injury.

    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) is questionable for Monday’s game.

    Marvin Williams (knee) has a bone bruise and will be re-evaluated in a week. He opens up time for Frank Kaminsky.

    Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) has is day-to-day and is likely going to be hit with DNPs in the coming weeks as the issue continues to linger for him.

    Draymond Green (ankle) is questionable for Monday.

    Paul George (ankle) is expected to miss at least one more game on Wednesday.

     

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