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Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Preview

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As I write this article I am watching the Boston Celtics dismantle the New York Knicks at home. This was a no contest since the opening whistle. The Knicks look horrible this year. No chemistry, no fluidity, no defense and a bunch of “I” oriented players. Anytime Andrea Bargnani is listed as your starting Center not much fear will be instilled into the opposing teams plans. Some things that stand out in this game in particular: Jordan Crawford has six threes at the end of three quarters. Due to the blow out he is probably done at six triples. Crawford was popping threes from all over the court this afternoon, contested or not they were dropping. Jeff Green looked good, and I have him as a buy low candidate as it seems he has found his role on this Celtics squad. The Celtics are leading the Atlantic with a losing record and there is no reason why this may change.

A lot of players in week 6 suffered injuries that will leave fantasy owners wondering as to how long their players will be missing from game action. Here’s a few that suffered injuries this week and make for interesting week 7 plays: Michael Carter Williams (Leg Infection), Ty Lawson (Hamstring), Luol Deng (Achilles), Nene (Achilles), Martel Webster (Ankle), and Nikola Vucevic (Ankle). Once a player gets injured it is normal to look at their back up and see if there is any opportunity there. In the week 7 preview I will evaluate some start, sit players and team schedules this week. Keep in mind all my evaluations are made based on a 14 team roto league.

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


Start / Sit Recommendations:
Robert Sacre (C- LAL) – Dantoni made Sacre the starting center this past week moving Jordan Hill to the bench. It was good while it lasted for Hill. Right now the center to own for the Lakers is Sacre and I will wait a game or two before cutting ties with Hill. The thing is you never really know with Dantoni and he will probably go with whomever is playing better out of the two.

Nate Robinson (PG/SG – Den) – I featured Nate last week as Denver was heading into a four game week and Ty was beginning to ail from injuries. Well Ty Lawson is officially inured now. It is unknown if he will play on Monday but any I hear a hamstring injury the prognosis is probably going to cost Ty a few games. The first game that Ty Lawson was out Nate Robison dropped 20 points, 4 assists and a triple. As long as Ty stays out Nate becomes a must start player.

Danny Green (SG/SF – SAN) – Green has the ability to get hot at anytime but he has not been hot over the past week and his minutes have been volatile to say the least. Popovich drives fantasy managers crazy with his inconsistent rotations and until Green carves out a minimum of 25 minutes per game his season will be a roller coaster ride. I prefer to see this ride from my bench and I am benching Danny Green this week even though San Antonio plays 4 games.

Trevor Ariza (SG/SF – WAS) – He’s back and Martell Webster is down. In case you dropped Ariza when he was injured and he is still on the wire, now is the time to go get him. Not many players can fill the stat sheet in the same fashion as Ariza can and once he is getting the minutes he is a must own fantasy player and should be in all starting lineups this week.

Tony Wroten (PG- PHI) – Michael Carter-Williams has a leg infection that has him hospitalized leaving his status up in the air for week 7. In his start this week for MCW , Tony Wroten nearly triple doubled. He is a lso a must start player as long as MCW is out. The minutes are going to be there and the opportunities will also. Go pick him up if he is on the wire.

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