December 4, 2016, 8:12 pm
Hello! Welcome to This Week Tonight, we’re going to dive into some info from this last week as previewing some of the game totals and relevant information for the week ahead. You can join me every Sunday night or check up with us Monday morning to get your week started off on the right foot. On to this week then.
5 Games: GSW
4 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS, UTA, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BKN, OKC, SAC, TOR
2 Games: LAC
Golden State is definitely a candidate to rest players on either Wednesday or Thursday when they’ll take on the Clippers and then the Jazz in one of their two back to backs this week. They could end up resting on Saturday or Sunday as well as they play the Grizzlies and then the Timberwolves respectively.
The Wizards start the week with a back to back which doesn’t bode well for either John Wall or Bradley Beal. Wall is nursing some bumps and bruises so Washington may be cautious with him.
The Cavs have a back to back on Friday/Saturday. It’s possible one or more of the Cavs stars sit out a game. The Heat are coming to town Friday which is always an interesting LeBron twist.
The Pacers also have a back to back Friday/Saturday. Paul George could pick up rest after playing Sunday and returning from his ankle injury, but that’s by no means a guarantee.
Troy Daniels – He’s scored 31, 19, and 19 points and played 34, 28, and 21 minutes in the last three games. All of that corresponds to the Mike Conley back injury and it’s hard to ignore that sort of immediate surge in value. Daniels is a capable 3-point shooter and has a fantasy game that’s good enough to post nice value while he’s on the floor. The playing time of guys like James Ennis (calf) and others on the wing are not guaranteed.
John Henson – The one and only Dan Bresbis gets to hear me rail against John Henson every single week, but as long as he’s producing I’ll be on board with picking him up. Just don’t be surprised when he disappears back into irrelevancy one more after Jason Kidd gets sick of being massively out rebounded every game.
Al-faroq Aminu – He’s probable for Monday’s game with his calf injury. He was struggling shooting the ball initially this season but he’s got the ability to fill up the stat sheet and is slotting into his more fantasy friendly position at power forward this year. He’s got solid upside, better than most you’ll be able to find on the wire for the rest of the year.
Toughest Lineup Decision of the Week:
Paul Millsap – Atlanta only has three games this week with the first one being on Monday and the second on Wednesday. Millsap was originally listed as questionable going into Friday but then ended up missing Saturday as well. He’s a risky play this week, especially since he isn’t making it easy by posting the second round value owners have grown accustomed to. Owners should wait until lock time on Monday to make a final call, but if Millsap is reported to be less than a 100%, even if he is playing, I’d sit him and go with the next best option.
Last Week’s Big Disappointment:
Kent Bazemore was absolutely brutal. With Millsap out several games and Kyle Korver struggling to hit a shot Bazemore had the perfect opportunity to ascend into fantasy consistency in stardom. Instead he posted one of the worst values of the week and dragged owners field goals into the dumps with a horrendous 32% shooting week. Bazemore has the opportunity to succeed this week however as Mike Budenholzer has said there’s a lineup change coming, which might mean Kyle Korver being moved out of the starting lineup. That would likely be a good thing for Bazemore.
Injuries to note:
Paul George (ankle, back) returned on Sunday and should be ready to go for the next week.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has already been ruled out for Monday’s game and something stinks here. He’s been “making progress” for over a couple weeks at this point and “near a return” at least a couple of times. Hamstring injuries can linger…
Marvin Williams (knee) will be out until at least Wednesday night against the Pistons.
Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.
Seth Curry (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Hornets.
Nikola Jokic (wrist) is being treated with caution by Mike Malone and could miss the upcoming road trip, it’ll depend on how his wrist reacts to treatment and swelling.
DeAngelo Russell will see a doctor Monday and is still targeting a mid-December return.
Anthony Davis “reportedly had x-rays” after Sunday night’s game, though Davis himself denied the report. We’ll just have to see where the story goes but Davis is no stranger to injury. He was spotting receiving treatment and having his foot wrapped after the game. He did play 43 minutes so it’s more than possible it’s soreness and nothing more.
Robert Covington has a knee sprain but the severity is unknown and should be considered questionable heading into next game.
George Hill (big toe) is day-to-day. The severity of the injury is unknown but he’s supposed to have a change to play this week.