Fantasy Basketball: Week 5 Schedule
Here’s a look at the Week 5 NBA schedule.
Dallas Mavericks (GS, @HOU, @IND, @CLE)
Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and Shawn Marion are great options this week. Drew Gooden is a nice option if Erick Dampier can’t go.
Denver Nuggets (NJ, @MN, NY, MIN)
With two games against the Wolves and one against the Knicks, Carmelo could approach 150 points this week. J.R. Smith, Chauncey Billups, Nene, and Kenyon Martin are also good plays.
Los Angeles Clippers (MIN, @IND, @DET, MEM)
The Clippers are one of a few teams with four games this week, but they don’t have many good fantasy options. Chris Kaman and Baron Davis are must starts. Al Thornton is a possibility. Marcus Camby is a good bet if he’s healthy.
Memphis Grizzlies (SAC, @PHX, @POR, @LAC)
With four games on tap, Ruy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and Zach Randolph are excellent plays. Mike Conley is a solid option if you need a bump in assists.
Milwaukee Bucks (@SA, @NO, @OKC, ORL)
Brandon Jennings is a staple in fantasy lineups by now. Hakeem Warrick is a solid choice now that Andrew Bogut is out 2-4 weeks. Michael Redd is a possibility if his knee holds up.
Minnesota Timberwolves (@LAC, DEN, PHX, @DEN)
The Wolves are struggling to adapt to the Triangle Offense. Al Jefferson and Jonny Flynn are solid options. Corey Brewer, Ramon Sessions, and Ryan Gomes are possibilities, but are very inconsistent.
New Jersey Nets (@DEN, @POR, @SAC, @LAL)
Quite a brutal road trip. Brook Lopez and Chris Douglas-Roberts are good options. Devin Harris, should he stay healthy, is a solid as well. Terrence Williams is inconsistent, but could be used in a pinch.
New York Knicks (@LAL, @SAC, @DEN, ORL)
Gotta love it when the Knicks play four games. Al Harrington is a great play. Same with David Lee. Danilo Gallinairi should hit at least ten three-pointers. Larry Hughes and Wilson Chandler are also good fantasy options.
Orlando Magic (MIA, @ATL, @MIL, @NY)
Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis are great options this week. Ryan Anderson is a decent play as well. Jason Williams is a decent option for assists with Jameer Nelson out.
Philadelphia 76ers (@WAS, @BOS, ATL, @SA)
Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, and Thaddeus Young are the best options. Elton Brand is worth gambling on as well.
Portland Trail Blazers (CHI, NJ, MEM, @ UTA)
Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller, and Greg Oden are good fantasy plays this week. Rudy Fernandez and Steve Blake are good options for those in need of three-pointers.
Sacramento Kings (@MEM, NY, NJ, NO)
Jason Thompson and Beno Udrih are solid plays. Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni are solid options as well. Tyreke Evans is good, but he’s hurting. You’ll want to know his status before using him.
San Antonio Spurs (MIL, GS, @HOU, PHI)
Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson are rock solid. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are good options if they are healthy, but they are big injury risks. George Hill and Matt Bonner are good plays if they are out.
Toronto Raptors (IND, @CHA, @BOS, PHX)
Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jose Calderon are great options. Marco Belinelli has been playing well of late, and is a good option.
Atlanta Hawks (ORL, @PHI, @DET)
The big four of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford, and Al Horford are every-week starters. Marvin Williams isn’t a sure thing, but could be used. Mike Bibby’s ankle should probably leave him on your bench.
Boston Celtics (PHI, TOR, @MIA)
The Celtics are in the same boat. Their top four of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo are every-week starters. Kendrick Perkins is useful if you need rebounds and blocks. I’d leave Sheed on the bench.
Charlotte Bobcats (TOR, CLE, @WAS)
Charlotte mixed things up last week by adding Stephen Jackson, who is an excellent play this week. The only other Bobcats I’d use are Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw, and Raymond Felton.
Cleveland Cavaliers (@DET, @CHA, DAL)
LeBron is an automatic. Mo Williams should be in your lineup. I don’t have a lot of faith in anybody else.
Detroit Pistons (CLE, LAC, ATL)
Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, and Will Bynum are all solid plays this week. I’d leave Tayshaun Prince on the bench.
Golden State Warriors (@DAL, @SA, LAL)
Luckily the Warriors are pretty much match-up proof, but they face some tough foes this week. Monta Ellis is a sure thing. Corey Maggette is solid. Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, and Raja Bell are possibilities.
Houston Rockets (DAL, SA, @OKC)
Trevor Ariza, Aaron Brooks, and Luis Scola are must-starts. Sixth Man candidate Carl Landry and Shane Battier are also decent options this week. Chuck Hayes could be used if you need rebounds.
Indiana Pacers (@TOR, LAC, DAL)
I would use Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, and Dahntay Jones are great options. Troy Murphy is a possibility if he can get and stay healthy.
Los Angeles Lakers (NY, @GS, NJ)
Kobe could drop 100 points…in the first two games. Andrew Bynum is a great play. Lamar Odom and Ron Artest are solid choices since they contribute in multiple categories.
Miami Heat (@ORL, WAS, BOS)
Playing against Orlando and Boston make this a less desirable schedule. Dwyane Wade is a must-start. Jermaine O’Neal, Michael Beasley, and Udonis Haslem are solid choices, but probably will struggle to meet their season avearges. Mario Chalmers can help with steals and assists, but little else.
Oklahoma City Thunder (@UTA, MIL, HOU)
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Jeff Green are strong plays this week. Nenad Kristic has cooled and should probably stay on your bench.
Phoenix Suns (MEM, @MIN, @TOR)
Amar’e Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Jason Richardson are good options this week. Channing Frye is a nice choice as well, especially if you need three-pointers.
Utah Jazz (OKC, CHI, POR)
Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur (if healthy), and Andrei Kirilenko are good fantasy options this week. Paul Millsap could be used if you’re going with a big lineup.
Washington Wizards (PHI, @MIA, CHA)
Antawn Jamions, Gilbert Arenas, and Caron Butler are good fantasy options. Brendan Haywood can help you with rebounds and blocks. Andray Blatche should probably go back to the waiver wire now that Jamison is back.
Chicago Bulls (@POR, @UTA)
With only two games on tap I’d use Joakim Noah because of his rebounding prowess and Luol Deng. Derrick Rose and John Salmons have been disappointing and they wouldn’t be in my lineup this week.
New Orleans Hornets (MIL, @SAC)
This is great news for Chris Paul owners. It sucks that he’s out, but it’s a great time to have a two-game week. David West and Emeka Okafor are the best options. Peja Stojakovic can be used if you need three-pointers.