Fantasy Basketball: Week 6 Schedule
Before we get started, check out this week’s fantasy basketball roundtable (click to read the article). Now, here’s a look at the Week 6 NBA schedule.
Chicago Bulls: @MIL, DET, @CLE, TOR
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are wonderful options this week. Derrick Rose and John Salmons are great plays as well. Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, and even Brad Miller are possibilities with the four-game schedule.
Dallas Mavericks: PHI, @NJ, @MEM, ATL
Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd are solid options. Shawn Marion is a solid option if his ankle remains healthy. Drew Gooden has ran with his opportunity to start while Erick Dampier has been out, and is probably worth using this week. Tim Thomas is even worth considering in deeper leagues.
Golden State Warriors: IND, @DEN, HOU, DAL
With four games on tap, Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, and Stephen Curry are all solid options.
Indiana Pacers: @GS, @SAC, @UTA, @LAC
Heck of a West Coast swing for the Pacers, but with the four games I’d roll out Dahntay Jones, and Troy Murphy with confidence. Roy Hibbert has regressed with Murphy’s return, but should still be a good source for boards and blocks. Danny Granger is a must-start if he’s healthy. Keep an eye on him this weekend.
Miami Heat: @POR, @DEN, @LAL,@ SAC
The Heat are also on a West Coast string. I love Dwyane Wade when he plays four games. Jermaine O’Neal, Michael Beasley, and Udonis Haslem are nice plays as well. Mario Chalmers can help you with assists and steals.
Milwaukee Bucks: CHI, @WAS, @DET, CLE
Brandon Jennings continues to be a force. Ersan Ilyasova has really stepped up his game lately. Michael Redd is back, but the Bucks are being cautious with his return. He’s still worth a gamble with the four-game schedule. Hakim Warrick is a decent options as well.
New York Knicks: PHX, @ORL, @ATL, NJ
The Knicks are forever tinkering with their rotation, but Al Harrington, David Lee, and Wilson Chandler are must-starts. Danilo Gallinari, Larry Hughes, Nate Robinson, and Chris Duhon are possibilities.
Phoenix Suns: @NY, @CLE, SAC, @LAL
The first two games are such a stark contrast. With four games, the Suns have a slew of useful fantasy options. Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Grant Hill, Channing Frye, and Jared Dudley to name a few.
Toronto Raptors: WAS, @ATL, @WAS, @CHI
Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, and Hedo Turkoglu are must-starts. Marco Belinelli and Jarret Jack are low-end options.
Washington Wizards: @TOR, MIL, TOR, @DET
Antawn Jamison has been a beast. Gilbert Arenas has never met a shot he didn’t love. If Caron Butler’s ankle is good to go, he joins those two as must-starts. Brendan Haywood’s rebounding and blocking ability should put him in your lineup as well. You can gamble on Randy Foye or Nick Young with the four-game schedule, but neither excite me.
Atlanta Hawks: TOR, NY, @DAL
The usual suspects for the Hawks. Roll with Josh Smith, Al Horford, Jamal Crawford, and Marvin Williams. Mike Bibby is a little dicey at this point.
Boston Celtics: @CHA, @SA, @OKC
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen should be in your lineups. Kendrick Perkins is a great option if you need field goal percentage, boards and blocks.
Charlotte Bobcats: BOS, @NJ, PHI
Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and Boris Diaw are solid options as they all contribute across the board. Raymond Felton can give you a boost in assists. There’s little else to offer.
Cleveland Cavaliers: PHX, CHI, @MIL
You know the drill with the Cavs by now. In three game weeks it’s only safe to play LeBron James and Mo Williams. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Shaq, and J.J. Hickson are options, but are questionable ones at best.
Denver Nuggets: GS, MIA, @SA
Carmelo could drop 50 on Golden State. He’s a must-play obviously. Chauncey Billups, Nene, and J.R. Smith are also high-end choices. Kenyon Martin is a decent low-end choice.
Detroit Pistons: @CHI, MIL, WAS
Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, and Will Bynum are nice options, especially with Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince sidelined for at least another week.
Houston Rockets: @LAC, @GS, @POR
Despite the West Coast swing, Houston has several fantasy options this week. Luis Scola, Trevor Ariza, and Aaron Brooks are must-starts. Carl Landry (points), Chuck Hayes (rebounds), and Kyle Lowry (assists) are also possibilities.
Los Angeles Lakers: NO, MIA, PHX
Kobe, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum are must-starts. Lamar Odom takes a step back with Gasol back in action, though he can probably still be used this week. Ron Artest isn’t dominating any category, but he’s solid in a bunch so he can still be used.
Memphis Grizzlies: @UTA, @MIN, DAL
Same old foursome for the Grizz. Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol (who was the star of the first basketball roundtable debate – click to read article), and Zach Randolph. Mike Conley can be used if you need assists.
Minnesota Timberwovles: MEM, @NO, UTA
When the Wolves play three or fewer games I only trust Al Jefferson or Jonny Flynn.
New Jersey Nets: DAL, CHA, @NY
They are terrible like the Wolves, but have better fantasy options. Brook Lopez should be solid, especially against the Knicks. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Devin Harris are solid options as well. Terrence Williams is borderline.
Philadelphia 76ers: @DAL, @OKC, @CHA
Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young are strong plays this week. Samuel Dalembert is useful if you need boards and blocks. Louis Williams is out a couple weeks with a fractured jaw so Jrue Holiday or Jason Kapono could step it out. I wouldn’t use either of them, but adding Jrue would be wise. Elton Brand can be used if his hamstring issues is worked out.
Sacramento Kings: IND, @PHX, MIA
Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, and Beno Udrih are great options. Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes are possible options.
Utah Jazz: MEM, IND, @MIN
Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, and Mehmet Okur are options. I’d leave Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap on the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers: HOU, IND
With just two games on their schedule, Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby, and Baron Davis are usable, just not quite the high-end options they’d normally be. Al Thornton has played well of late, but not worth the risk with just two games.
New Orleans Hornets: @LAL, MN
It’s almost like Chris Paul knew the Hornets had back-to-back two-game weeks. This really is a blessing for CP3 owners. David West, Peja Stojakovic, Darren Collison, Emeka Okafor, and Marcus Thornton are decent options.
Oklahoma City Thunder: PHI, BOS
Great week to play against Kevin Durant. He’s a must-start, as is Russell Westbrook. Jeff Green can be sat in smaller leagues, but he should probably be in your lineup in larger leagues. Everyone else should remain on your bench.
Orlando Magic: NY, @GS
If you’re only going to face two teams in a week, Orlando picked the perfect ones. Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis are excellent options. I’d leave Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick, and Jason Williams on the bench.
Portland Trail Blazers: MIA, HOU
It’s weird the Blazers have just these two games in eight days. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden should still be in your lineups. Andre Miller is a possibility if you need assists.
San Antonio Spurs: BOS, DEN
Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson are the only safe options. Tony Parker is an option if he can stay healthy.