• The Rumor Mill has been going wild once again, and I encourage you to keep reading Hoop-ball so that you can get our latest analysis on all trade rumors, stashes, and most important adds. I like to pride this column on it’s most immediate information possible before Monday morning when most of us make major lineup decisions, and that won’t change here unless I think an add for the week will help you also win that particular week. Please stay tuned to Hoop-ball, our latest fantasy features, and our podcasts so you can get the latest updates on the rumors brewing in the trade mill! On to the games and on to This Week Tonight!

    4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, NOR, NYK, OKC, PHI, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    3 Games: DAL, DEN, LAC, MEM, MIN, ORL, PHO, POR

    2 Games: DET, LAL

    It’s going to be a busy week in the NBA as we have no holidays or other leagues games suppressing scheduling action. You’ll want to sit the Lakers guys this week, even the better ones, as they get to go on the road to play the Blazers and Jazz which is a neutral and horrible match-up respectively. As for the Pistons…

    Tough Play of the Week: Andre Drummond

    We’re going to mix it up a bit and do this first. Drummond is going to be the hardest player to decide on this week as he’s only got two games and one is a match-up with Hassan Whiteside which could go south if Drummond gets into foul trouble. The risk of him getting into foul trouble like he did in Saturday’s game against the Wizards is very real, and owners should probably shy away from him unless they absolutely need a big two game week to gamble on from Drummond.

    Back-to-Back Watch:

    The Spurs go back-to-back on Monday/Tuesday, but their resting of players that are relevant in fantasy are largely overblown now a days. Still it’s prudent to check the news as lineup info comes out.

    The Celtics have a four game week but plays sets of two on Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday. Avery Bradley (Achilles) is out for this entire week it looks like, but owners should also be wary of Al Horford rest as well.

    The Sixers play Tuesday/Wednesday so expect Joel Embiid to play three games this week.

    The Nets go Friday/Saturday so be sure to check for Brook Lopez’s status prior to those games.

    The Hornets are up Friday/Saturday, the Heat are up Friday/Saturday as well, the Mavs go Wednesday/Thursday, and the Grizzlies also go Friday/Saturday.

    Top Pickups to Win Your Week:

    David Lee – In the five other games he’s started this year Lee has averaged 10.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, .6 blocks, .6 steals, and a sterling true shooting of .654% all in 30 minutes per game. Those are good numbers, and he should be the top pickup as Pau Gasol will likely miss double-digit games.

    Raymond Felton/Austin Rivers – Both are decent if entirely unspectacular adds. Felton will give you some more traditional point guard and all around statistical contribution whereas Rivers will primarily rely on his scoring.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. – It’s the second time I’m mentioning him since the Kyle Korver trade but I really believe he’s on the verge of large minutes one way or another. He’s shooting the ball really well, dropping dimes, and scoring while maintaining solid percentages ever since Korver’s been gone. If he’s given the minutes he’ll find himself as a definite add.

    Significant Injuries:

    Avery Bradley (Achilles) has been reported to be missing this next week.

    Wesley Matthews (hip) is expected to play on Wednesday.

    J.J. Barea (calf) is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.

    Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is listed as day-to-day and should not be out for any significant period of time.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday which is excellent for his status the rest of this week.

    Chris Paul (thumb) had successful surgery and is expected back in March, which should still make him relevant for the fantasy playoffs.

    Blake Griffin (knee) is said to be “close to 100%.”

    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day but check for updates as this is the same shoulder he had to have surgery on last year.

    Josh Richardson (foot) is expected to return sometime in very early February and should be a nice target down the stretch of the season, especially with how the thin the Heat are.

    Ricky Rubio (hip/personal) is going to rejoin the team for their road trip and will almost certainly be taking the floor.

    Khris Middleton (groin) is targeting the All-Star break for a return, he’ll almost certainly be playing limited time and will need to be brought back up to speed so don’t go rushing to add him yet.

    Evan Fournier (heel) does not have an “imminent” return and owners need to make plans for him to miss a couple more weeks at least, not days.

    Jodie Meeks (thumb) doesn’t need surgery but will not return until late February.

    Pau Gasol (fourth metacarpal) is out indefinitely after surgery.

    Tony Parker (foot) will miss at least one more game, and possibly more, but doesn’t seem to have any long term issues.

    Rudy Gay (Achilles’) is out for the rest of this season after having successful surgery to repair his Achilles’.

    DeMar DeRozan hurt his ankle during Sunday’s game though he continued playing, check his status tomorrow and before the Raptor’s next game on Tuesday versus the Spurs.

    Rodney Hood (knee) is targeting the end of the month and his status will be effect Joe Ingles value directly.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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