Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Preview


By: Joe Bond

Week 1 in the NBA has brought on plenty of surprises. Some of your early round picks are playing very poor, looking directly at you Derrick Rose. Along with that some of your late round or even undrafted players are playing very well, Michael Carter-Williams and Miles Plumlee come to mind. Now you can’t overreact this early to your studs not performing and sit them, but what you can do is adjust your lineup and get those later round picks that are performing well in your lineup in the place of middle/lower round picks that aren’t.

In weekly leagues or in daily leagues when you have too many players on your team playing, you have to make decisions. We are here to help you with those. The big factors that play into these decisions are number of games played in a week, opponents playing, if the player is sporting any kind of injury and just how well their team is playing overall. Now you can’t sit your studs, ever, but these factors come into play when trying to choose between what I like to call “role players” for your fantasy team. Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s get to it!

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

Start/Sit Recommendations:
Derrick Rose (PG – CHI) – I know all too well (I drafted him 6th in one of my leagues) that he hasn’t been playing well, but you just can’t sit him, despite the Bulls only having two games this week. They aren’t going to be easy games either, with the Pacers and Jazz on the schedule, but he was likely drafted in the first round for you, so you play Rose. As far as the other Bulls, I’d consider sitting the rest (Luol DengJoakim NoahCarlos BoozerJimmy Butler) if you have other decent options.

Detroit Pistons – I’m sitting everybody but Josh Smith and possibly Greg Monroe. Smith can just fill the stat sheet enough that he is worth it and Monroe can get you 30 rebounds in just two games. As for the rest of the Pistons, I don’t consider any of them must starts.

Deron Williams (PG – BKN) – I’m being careful with him and calling him a sit this week. He is not playing full minutes yet and even with the minutes he is getting he isn’t playing at the elite level we are used to. The assist numbers are there, but not much else is. You might not have many options over Deron, but if you do I would start them over him in a weekly format.

Miles Plumlee (PF/C – PHO) – Two double-doubles and three blocks in each game this season make him a must start in my mind. Now I don’t expect that every game, but with four games on the docket this week he should be able to rack up the stats for your team.

Milwaukee Bucks – I’m staying away from this entire team. They only play two games and nobody is really getting the job done. Maybe things will be different when Brandon Knight is healthy, but until then I can’t trust anybody on this team, even O.J. Mayo or Ersan Ilyasova this week

Spencer Hawes (C – PHI) – Hawes has had a good start to the season averaging 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in his first three games. This week Philly get four games, Golden State, Washington and two against Cleveland. He should be able to accumulate the stats this week against those opponents and is well worth a start in all leagues.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year, including a top-5 in-season ranking for Football in 2019. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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