Fantasy Basketball: Week 4 Schedule

Nov 15, 2009

Here’s a look at the Week 4 NBA schedule.

Four Games
Atlanta Hawks
(POR, MIA, HOU, NO)
They play four games, but have some tough match-ups. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Jamal Crawford are must-starts. Mike Bibby, and Marvin Williams are solid plays.

Charlotte Bobcats (ORL, PHI, MIL, IND)
Despite the four game schedule, I only feel comfortable starting Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, and Boris Diaw. Raja Bell has use if you need some three-pointers. Tyson Chandler offers little at this point, but could be a decent source of rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers (GS, WASH, IND, PHI)
LeBron James could drop 50 on the Warriors. Despite the nice match-ups I only trust LeBron and Mo Williams at this point. With two back-to-back sets, Shaq’s minutes may be managed. Anderson Varejao’s move to the bench has wrecked his fantasy value.  J.J. Hickson has some now though.

Detroit Pistons (LAL, POR, UTA, POR)
Pretty tough schedule for the Pistons. I like Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Rodney Stuckey. The rest scare me, though Big Ben is a nice source for rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Houston Rockets (PHX, MIN, ATL, SAC)
They should put up solid numbers against the Suns, Wolves, and Kings. I like Trevor Ariza, Aaron Brooks, Luis Scola, and Carl Landry. Shane Battier, Chuck Hayes, Chase Budinger, and Kyle Lowry are possible Utility options.

Indiana Pacers (NJ, NY, CLE, CHA)
The Pacers have been pretty banged up, but should produce some decent fantasy options this week. I like Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones, Roy Hibbert, and Troy Murphy if his back is healed.

Miami Heat (OKC, ATL, TOR, NO)
Dwyane Wade, Michael Beaseley, Jermaine O’Neal, and Udonis Haslem are all solid plays this week. Mario Chalmers is a decent play for those looking for assists and steals if his should checks out. Quentin Richardson is a good source for threes and can rebound out of the SG/SF slot.

Milwaukee Bucks (DAL, NJ, CHA, MEM)
The Bucks finally play a heavy schedule. Brandon Jennings has been the Rookie of the Year. Andrew Bogut is also a strong play. Hakim Warrick makes a decent Utility slot play.

Orlando Magic (CHA, OKC, BOS, TOR)
Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Jameer Nelson should be in your fantasy lineups. Rashard Lewis will return on Monday, but who knows how much he’ll play initially. He’s not a bad gamble though given his track record.

New Orleans Hornets (LAC, PHX, ATL, MIA)
Everything changes with Chris Paul out with an ankle injury. David West and Emeka Okafor should be solid options, but it’s up in the air after the big men. Darren Collison should be a decent option.

Oklahoma City Thunder (MIA, ORL, WAS, LAL)
Pretty tough schedule for the Thunder. Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook are must-starts. Nenad Krstic and Thabo Sefolosha are possible Utility slot options.

Portland Trail Blazers (ATL, DET, GS, MIN)
The Blazers should finish the week strong. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden are must-starts. Andre Miller, Martell Webster, Rudy Fernandez, and Steve Blake are possibilities. Fernandez and Webster should see more run with Travis Outlaw out.

Toronto Raptors (DEN, UTA, MIA, ORL)
Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jose Calderon are excellent starts this week. The Raptors offer little else.

Three Games
Boston Celtics
(GS, ORL, NY)
They only play three games this week, but with Golden State and the Knicks on the schedule, it’s like they play four. Feel free to roll out Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Rasheed Wallace isn’t quite there, but he’s not a bad gamble against the Warriors and the Knicks.

Chicago Bulls (SAC, LAL, DEN)
The Bulls should put up nice numbers against the Kings, but could struggle on the road against the Lakers and the Nuggets. I like Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose. John Salmons is a decent play.

Dallas Mavericks (MIL, SA, SAC)
I like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and Jason Kidd. Erick Dampier is a solid source for rebounds. I don’t trust Josh Howard just yet.

Denver Nuggets (NJ, MIN, NY)
Carmelo could drop 40 on both the Wolves and the Knicks. I love him this week despite the three-game schedule. Chauncey Billups is also a great play. Nene is solid, and J.R. Smith could be used if you need three’s.

Golden State Warriors (CLE, BOS, POR)
The Warriors are almost always a great fantasy team, but they face some real good teams that could slow them down. Monta Ellis is the only one I feel comfortable with. Stephen Jackson continues to be at odds with the organization. Anthony Morrow, Corey Maggette, and Anthony Randolph are nice options, but their production has been inconsistent so far. Kelenna Azuibuke’s knee injury should clear up the logjam.

Los Angeles Clippers (MIN, IND, DET)
Chris Kaman is the only sure thing right now for the Clippers. Baron Davis is a solid source for assists and Marcus Camby will give you rebounds and blocks. Forget about everybody else.

Memphis Grizzlies (SAC, PHX, POR)
Despite the short week, I would feel confident using Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol. I’d probably leave Mike Conley on the bench unless you were hurting for assists.

New Jersey Nets (IND, MIL, NY)
Brook Lopez is a must-start. I can’t trust Chris Douglas-Roberts as he recovers from H1N1. Devin Harris (groin) is a risk, especially with back-to-back games early in the week.

New York Knicks (IND, NJ, BOS)
Al Harrington, David Lee, Danilo Gallinari, Larry Hughes, and Wilson Chandler make solid plays this week. Toney Douglas is coming around and could be worth a risk. Chris Duhon could give you some assists if he gets his act together.

Philadelphia 76ers (CHA, MEM, CLE)
Andre Iguodala, Marreese Speights, Louis Williams, and Thaddeus Young are nice options this week. I just don’t trust Elton Brand yet.

Phoenix Suns (HOU, NO, DET)
Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, Grant Hill, and Jason Richardson are great options. Channing Frye and Leandro Barbosa are possible Utility slot options.

Sacramento Kings (CHI, DAL, HOU)
With Kevin Martin out, the Kings lost their best player, fantasy and reality alike. You can use Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes, Beno Udrih, and Andres Nocioni.

San Antonio Spurs (DAL, UTA, WAS)
Tim Duncan, Richard Jefferson, and Manu Ginobili are solid options. Tony Parker could miss some or all of the games so he can’t be used. George Hill is a decent play if Parker remains out.

Utah Jazz (TOR, SA, DET)
Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, and Andrei Kirilenko are great options. Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap are decent ones.

Washington Wizards (CLE, OKC, SA)
You’ll want to use Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. Brendan Haywood has been a beast on the glass, and probably should get the nod. Antawn Jamison, assuming he’s healthy, and Andray Blatche are also possibilities. Mike Miller played well in his return from shoulder injury. I just don’t think I could roll the dice on him.

Two Games
Minnesota Timberwolves
(HOU, POR)
You can’t play any Wolves this week.

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