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Fantasy Basketball Week 12 Preview


Another week, more injuries to lead point guards. If you haven’t suffered from the injury bug yet, you should be buying a lottery ticket. Both Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) and Jrue Holiday (stress fracture) are expected to be out an undisclosed amount of time. Brian Roberts becomes the starting point guard for the Pelicans. Aside from Roberts moving into the starting lineup also look for Tyreke Evans to pick up more of the slack for the Pelicans backcourt. For the Suns, Goran Dragic becomes a top ten point guard and Gerald Green surfaces again.

In other news, it seems that Rajon Rondo is on the horizon. The Boston Celtics star point guard has hinted at a January 17th return date. The Celtics will probably ease their star guard back but who knows. Rajon Rondo is a fierce competitor and it may be tough to keep the reigns on him when the adrenaline kicks in. The situation is worth monitoring as it will signal less playing time for Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley. Also note that the Celtics just traded for Jerryd Bayless so the backcourt scene in Boston is becoming crowded to say the least. Can we see a three guard rotation?

Below I will look at some start them, sit them players along with the weekly schedule for this coming week 12 in the NBA. All assumptions based on a 14 team roto league.

Number of games played this week:

Atlanta Hawks: 1
Boston Celtics: 4
Brooklyn Nets: 1
Charlotte Bobcats: 4
Chicago Bulls: 3
Cleveland Cavaliers: 4
Dallas Mavericks: 4
Denver Nuggets: 4
Detroit Pistons: 2
Golden State Warriors: 3
Houston Rockets: 4
Indiana Pacers: 3
LA Clippers:3
LA Lakers: 4
Memphis Grizzlies: 3
Miami Heat: 3
Milwaukee Bucks: 3
Minnesota Timberwolves: 4
New Orleans Pelicans: 3
New York Knicks: 4
Oklahoma City Thunder: 4
Orlando Magic: 4
Philadelphia 76ers: 3
Phoenix Suns: 4
Portland Trailblazers: 3
Sacramento Kings: 4
San Antonio Spurs: 4
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 4
Washington Wizards: 4

Start’Em/Sit ‘Em

Gerald Green (PHO – SG/SF) – The Suns play four times this week. Bledsoe is out and Green is stating once again. The Suns style of play is perfect for the ultra athletic wing. He has the potential to knock down multiple threes and put up nice scoring numbers. He is a safe play in Week 12.

Brian Roberts (NOP – PG/SG)  – Roberts will be the starting point guard for the Pelicans for as long as Holiday is on the mend. For owners in need of assists you can give him a look. The starting job is secure for Roberts and he will be looking at over 30 minutes per game. The opportunity is there and owners could give the point guard a safe run in week 12.

James Anderson (PHI -SG/SF) – Anderson was inserted back into the Sixers starting lineup this past week and he responded. Over the last seven days he is playing to the tune of 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals in over 30 minutes per game. As long is he is getting this kind of run and opportunity he is a must start player.

Kris Middleton (MIL – SF/PF) – Middleton was inserted into the starting lineup for Luc Ridnour in the last game vs. the Thunder. At this point it is unclear if the move will stick or it was purely matchup based. Regardless, this can be a speculative add in hopes that the move does stick as Kris has proven when given the minutes and opportunity to perform very well and merit a start in all formats. Monitor the situation closely and if the move stick Luc Ridnour can be dropped.

Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks – Both these teams travel to London, England and therefore only play once in week 12. For those in a weekly league this may be not playing anyone from either of these teams in favour of a team that plays for times i.e. Gerald Green and the Suns

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