Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Preview

by Justin Ramlochan

Week 16 and 17 are shortened weeks in the NBA due to the All-Star festivities. This does not affect the fantasy relevance for the weeks however. Week 17 features the NBA trade deadline (February 20th), so prudent managers will want to keep their eyes and ears peeled for deadline moves that can shake up the fantasy landscape. Not so relevant players can quickly be found to become relevant and vice-versa.

lebron-james-thumbs-up-miamiThe All-Star game was a very entertaining game between Eastern Conference, led by leader vote getter LeBron James, and in the Western Conference, Kevin Durant. Durant may have won the MVP award if the West had been able to pull it out, although Blake Griffin was making a good case for himself. However on the East won, and even though LeBron had a good game he stepped aside for both Carmelo Anthony and the eventual MVP winner Kyrie Irving. Not the same can be said about the dunk contest last night as it left the audience wanting more. Next year they will need to revisit the format and at the very minimum have one extra round where the elected conference squares off against each other. Other than that the other Saturday night events I thought went over well. Back to the actual All-Star game though. One thing I want to mention is how much it irritates me when an "All-Star" misses a certain amount of regular season games and then declares himself eligible to compete on Sunday night. I draw specific reference to Dwayne Wade and Chris Paul here. What do you think, should a player play in the All-Star game if they are having an "injury-filled" year? I personally think there should be a minimum of games played to qualify.

Below I will look at some start them, sit them players along with the weekly schedule for this coming week 17 in the NBA. This rendition is a bit different as I will look more closely at the trade deadline and potential players that could see a value spike or decline. All assumptions based on a 14 team roto league.

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

Start em/Sit em
omer_asikOmer Asik (C - HOU) - This in an interesting scenario. Asik has publicly demanded a trade a few months back and Houston tried to move him but were unable to get a suitable asking price. They will mot likely be very active in trying to move Asik come the trade deadline. Last year as a starter Asik was a double double machine so owners needing a big could do much worse then to stash the Houston big in hopes that he lands into a starting gig somewhere.

O.J. Mayo (SG/SF - MIL) - Mayo has been out with a flu for about a month. No that is not a joke. The Bucks will Love to move the disgruntled Mayo. Mayo has the ability to score in bunches whether starting or coming off the bench. He can be a nice contributor for any contender making a playoff push. He is also worth a stash in Week 17 to see what plays out.

Thaddeus Young (SF/PF - PHI) and Evan Turner (SG/SF - PHI) - The Sixers will be sellers come the trade deadline and names such as Thad and Turner have popped up. Both players will not get as much freedom as they are due with The Sixers, so their values are bound to take a hit if they get moved.

Anthony Bennett (SF/PF - CLE) - This is a situation worth monitoring. Bennett finally broke out this past week and those around the league affluent to the situation in Cleveland are raving about the Toronto Natives skills. Cleveland is known to have personel issues are are struggling. They could look towards next year and move some chips heading into the deadline. This could open up a starting gig or extra minutes in the front court for Bennett.

Steve Nash (PG -LAL) - Nash just turned 40 and is again injured for the Lakers. For a team heading for "tankville" there is no reason to watch Nash suffer any longer. There has been rumblings of his retirement and that might be closer to reality as the season progresses.  The Lakers will also be active "sellers" at the deadline and until the situation aroun Nash is clear he a not worth a start in Week 17.

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