Fantasy Basketball: Week 3 Schedule

Nov 8, 2009

Here’s a look at the Week 3 NBA schedule.

Four Games
Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and Jason Kidd should be started with confidence. Jose Juan Barea (assists) and Erick Dampier (rebounds, blocks) are decent option because of the four-game schedule.

Golden State Warriors
Pretty sweet to have the high-scoring Warriors on a heavy schedule this week. Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, and Corey Maggette are excellent choices. Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, and Kelenna Azubuike could be in some lineups because of the extra game.

Houston Rockets
Trevor Ariza, Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry, and Luis Scola make fine plays this week. Shane Battier, Chase Budinger, and Chuck Hayes are decent plays because of the four games scheduled this week.

Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Marcus Camby, and Baron Davis should be in your lineups. Everyone else shouldn’t even be on your roster at this point.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Al Jefferson, Corey Brewer, and Jonny Flynn are your best options. Olekisky Pecherov and Ryan Gomes are options.

New Orleans Hornets
Chris Paul, David West, and Emeka Okafor are the only sure things. Bobby Brown can be used if you need scoring.

Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook are the only locks. Nenad Krstic has slowed down, but still worth a gamble at four games.

Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, Thadeus Young, and Elton Brand make nice plays. Marreesse Speights is an iffy play, but worth mentioning.

Phoenix Suns
With four games on tap, Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Grant Hill are must starts this week. Leandro Barbosa would be a nice play if his wrist proves healthy.

Portland Trailblazers
Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge are excellent options. Travis Outlaw and Greg Oden are decent plug-in players.

Toronto Raptors
Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jose Calderon are the only ones I’d trust, even with four games this week.

Utah Jazz
Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, Ronnie Brewer, Paul Millsap, and Andrei Kirilenko are all nice plays this week.

Three Games

Atlanta Hawks

Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, and Al Horford are worth using. I’d probably leave Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby on my bench.

Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo are worth starting. I’m iffy on Rasheed Wallace and Kendrick Perkins. Everyone else isn’t worth considering.

Charlotte Bobcats
With three games this week, and one against Orlando, I only trust Gerald Wallace at this point. I’d use Boris Diaw and Raymond Felton, but with much less confidence. I’d only use D.J. Augustin (scoring) or Tyson Chandler (rebounds) if I needed a boost in their specialty category.

Chicago Bulls
Luol Deng, Joakim Noah,  and Derrick Rose are the only guys I truly trust at this point. John Salmons is a solid play, as he’s come on of late.

Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James is a must start obviously. Mo Williams is rock solid. Shaq and Anderson Varejao have been decent sources of rebounding. Everyone else should be on  your bench.

Denver Nuggets
Carmelo Anthony has been on fire. Chauncey Billups and Nene Hilario should be used as well. I don’t trust anyone else, even with Kenyon Martin injured.

Detroit Pistons
Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey have been solid. Feel free to use them. Charlie Villanueva is coming on, and can be used as well.

Los Angeles Lakers
Go ahead and use Kobe, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, and Lamar Odom. The rest should be in the free agent pool.

Memphis Grizzlies
O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, and Marc Gasol should be in your lineups. Mike Conley can be considered with Allen Iverson taking a leave.

Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade and Jermaine O’Neal must be used. Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson, and Udonis Haslem could be used.

New Jersey Nets
Brook Lopez, and possibly Chris Douglas-Roberts if he’s healthy, are the only sure things for this banged up bunch.

New York Knicks
Al Harrington, David Lee, Danilo Gallinari, Larry Hughes, Wilson Chandler, and Chris Duhon could all be used this week since there are so few four game schedules.

Orlando Magic
Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and Ryan Anderson are solid plays. Vince Carter’s ankle could keep him out of lineups, and place J.J. Redick in.

San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Richard Jefferson are solid plays. At least Tony Parker is hurt during a three-game week.

Two Games
Indiana Pacers

I’d only use Danny Granger confidently with the two-game schedule. Roy Hibbert is a possibility because of his blocks and rebounds.

Milwaukee Bucks
I don’t know why they play so few games every week. Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut are your best bets. I’d consider trying to trade for these two as they will start to play a heavier schedule.

Sacramento Kings
With Kevin Martin hurt, all bets are off for Kings players this week.

Washington Wizards
Gilbert Arenas is a must-start. Andray Blatche, Caron Butler, and Brendan Haywood are decent plays. Mike Miller and Randy Foye can be used in a pinch, but  aren’t recommended in two-game week.

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