Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Preview


What made headlines this past week was not injuries to key players but rather a three way trade. The absence of injuries is definitely a welcomed sign. The trade was between Miami, Boston, and Golden State. Most notably Jordan Crawford changed NBA landscape and is no longer a starting point guard. He will be in a back up position to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State. Both Klay and Steph log huge minutes so this will most likely signal a regression to the mean for Crawford. In Golden State, Crawford primary responsibility will be to pick up the second unit and provide back point guard play for Steph. His value is dropping in Golden State and he may not be worth owning until he carves out some sort of roll.

In other news, it seems as if the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks may have finally found the right mix to solid play stringing together some wins. Carmelo Anthony is putting his name into the MVP race with some standout performances and Joe Johnson is proving he is still a big shot maker when the game is in the balance. I am interested to see how these teams pan out over the coming weeks. New York is most likely to be active leading up to the trade deadline as they have been reported to be looking for a lead point guard. In the convo, Kyle Lowry’s name has popped up but it’s doubtful the Raptors trade their star guard who is having a career year and leading his team to the top of the Atlantic Division.

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: 4
Boston Celtics: 4
Brooklyn Nets: 4
Charlotte Bobcats: 4
Chicago Bulls: 4
Cleveland Cavaliers: 4
Dallas Mavericks: 4
Denver Nuggets: 3
Detroit Pistons: 4
Golden State Warriors: 3
Houston Rockets: 4
Indiana Pacers: 4
LA Clippers:4
LA Lakers: 4
Memphis Grizzlies: 3
Miami Heat: 4
Milwaukee Bucks: 3
Minnesota Timberwolves: 3
New Orleans Pelicans: 4
New York Knicks: 4
Oklahoma City Thunder: 4
Orlando Magic: 4
Philadelphia 76ers: 4
Phoenix Suns: 3
Portland Trailblazers: 5
Sacramento Kings: 4
San Antonio Spurs: 3
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 2
Washington Wizards: 4
Start’Em/Sit ‘Em
Mo Williams (POR – PG/SG) – Williams plays five times this week and his shot volume has been increasing steadily as Portland trusts him with the ball when Lillard is resting. Over the last seven games Mo is offering 11 points, 5 assists and 1.7 triples. Owners in need of three pointers, and assists can give the Portland back up a look this week.
Alec Burks (PG/SG – UTAH) – Burks is filling in for the injured Gordon Hayward right now but who knows how long that will last. It’s worthy to note that he had breakout performances last week and has earned playing time in Utah’s system. If Hayward misses any further time he is a must start. In the meantime, until he cools off, throw him into your starting lineup.
Jordan Crawford (PG/SG -GS) – Change of scenery means loss of playing time and opportunity for Crawford. Now in a backup position, the former Boston Celtic starting point guard will need to find his niche on a play off bound Golden State team with a star filled back court. Until he finds his roll he is not worthy of starting this week.
Josh McRoberts (PF/C – CHA) – McBob has been heating up. He has the ability to knock down threes from the big man spots which is always an added bonus to any fantasy squad. Over the last seven games he is averaging: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 threes and 1.5 blocks. As long as he is hot roll him out there in week 13.
Courtney Lee (PG/SG – MEM) – Lee is having somehwhat of a resurgence since beeing traded to Memphis. He gives them necessary perimeter scoring while adhering to the Grizzlie’s defensive philosophies. Over the last seven days he is averaging 16 points, 1.3 triples and 1 stael per game. He is working out well for Memphis and can be started.
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