Fantasy Basketball: Week 8 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 8 NBA schedule.
Charlotte Bobcats: vs. NY, @IND, vs. UTA, @NY
The majority of teams play four this week so Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace are the only no-brainers. Boris Diaw has been frustrating, but he should probably be used this week, especially with two games against the Knicks. Raymond Felton should put up a ton of assists this week. Nazr Mohammed is actually a nice sleeper play. Tyson Chandler could be used from rebounds.
Cleveland Cavaliers: vs. NJ, @PHI, vs. MIL, @DAL
Aside from LeBron and Mo, the Cavs don’t really anyone you can really count on. Anderson Varejao is probably the next best option because he contributes in the hustle categories (rebounds, blocks, and steals).
Dallas Mavericks: vs. NO, @OKC, vs. HOU, vs. CLE
Josh Howard returned to the lineup, and he should be in yours next week. Otherwise it’s the usual suspects (Dirk, Kidd, Marion, Terry).
Denver Nuggets: vs. OKC, vs. HOU, @NO, @MEM
Melo, Billups, J.R. Smith, and Nene are gimmes. Kenyon Martin, Ty Lawson, and Chris Andersen are viable fantasy options this week.
Detroit Pistons: @HOU, @NO, @OKC, vs. LAL
Will Bynum should be in your fantasy lineup. If Tayshaun Prince’s back has healed he is possibility, though I’d probably wait at least a week before inserting him into your lineup. Ben Wallace should be used if you need help in the hustle categories. Jonas Jerebko has been playing very well the past couple of weeks.
Houston Rockets: vs. DET, @DEN, @DAL, vs. OKC
Use Scola, Brooks, Landry, and Ariza. Kyle Lowry could give you a boost in assists. Shane Battier isn’t a great option, but he does contribute in every category.
Indiana Pacers: @ORL, vs. CHA, @MEM, @SA
With Danny Granger out a month, Dahntay Jones, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, and T.J. Ford are your best bets. Roy Hibbert has faded.
Los Angeles Clippers: vs. WAS, @MIN, @NY, @PHI
Play all of the usual suspects (Kaman, Baron, Camby, Gordon, Thornton). Leave the rest.
Los Angeles Lakers: @CHI, @MIL, @NJ, @DET
Just use Kobe, Bynum, Artest, Gasol, and Odom.
Memphis Grizzlies: vs. BOS, @ATL, vs. IND, vs. DEN
Use Gay, Randolph, Gasol, and Mayo without hesitation. Use Conley if you need assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves: @UTA, vs. LAC, vs. SAC, @BOS
Big Al, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, and Ryan Gomes are your best options. Corey Brewer has some fantasy value this week.
New Jersey Nets: @CLE, vs. UTA, @TOR, vs. LAL
Use Lopez, Harris, and Chris Douglas-Roberts. Courtney Lee is a lesser option, but still worthy of consideration.
New Orleans Hornets: @DAL, vs. DET, vs. DET, @TOR
Obviously use CP3, David West, and Okafor. Peja Stojakovic can help you as well, mainly in three-pointers and free throw percentage.
New York Knicks: @CHA, @CHI, vs. LAC, vs. CHA
Good luck guessing this rotation as it’s always evolving. Al Harrington and David Lee are certainties. Danilo Gallinari, Larry Hughes, and Wilson Chandler should be safe. Chris Duhon will help with assists and little else. Nate Robinson is too risky to use as his playing time fluctuates greatly.
Oklahoma City Thunder: @DEN, vs. DAL, vs. DET, @HOU
The Big Three (Durant, Jeff Green, Westbrook) are no-brainers. James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha are possibilities.
Orlando Magic: vs. IND, vs. TOR, @MIA, vs. POR
Use Superman, Vincanity, and Rashard Lewis. Jason Williams should help with three’s and assists.
Philadelphia 76ers: vs. GS, vs. CLE, @BOS, vs. LAC
Roll with Iggy, Dalembert, Thaddeus Young, and Elton Brand. Allen Iverson is probably worth a play as well. Willie Green lost his value when A.I. came aboard.
Portland Trail Blazers: vs. SAC, vs. PHX, @ORL, @MIA
This is a bruised and battered team. Use Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Andre Miller. Martell Webster and Steve Blake should see their production increase. Joel Pryzbilla will provide you boards and blocks as he replaced the injured Greg Oden.
Sacramento Kings: @POR, vs. WAS, @MIN, @MIL
Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson are your gimmes. Beno Udrih, Andres Nocioni, Spencer Hawes, and Omri Casspi can also possibilities.
Toronto Raptors: @MIA, @ORL, vs. ATL, vs. HOU
Use Bosh, Turkoglu, and Bargnani. Jose Calderon’s hip should be well enough for him to play. Jarrett Jack could be useful off the bench, and even more so if Calderon aggravates his injury.
Utah Jazz: vs. MIN, @NJ, @ATL, @CHA
Roll with Boozer, D-Will,and Okur. Only use AK47 if his back has improved. Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap are possible choices as well.
Washington Wizards: @LAC, @SAC, @GS, @PHX
Gotta love Gil, Twan, Caron Butler, and Haywood. Earl Boykins has also been playing well.
Atlanta Hawks: vs. MEM, vs.UTA, @CHI
Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Jamal Crawford, and Josh Smith are locks. Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby are solid choices, but don’t be afraid to start a similar player that plays four games this week.
Boston Celtics: @MEM, vs. PHI, vs. MIN
The Big Three, Rondo, and Perkins. Nothing more.
Chicago Bulls: vs LAL, NY, ATL
Use Deng, Joakim Noah, Rose, and Salmons. Taj Gibson has shown some flashes, but you should have better options.
Golden State Warriors: @PHI, vs. SA, vs. WAS
Monta Ellis is a lock. You can use Anthony Randolph, Corey Maggette, Anthony Morrow, and Stephen Curry.
Miami Heat: vs. TOR, vs. ORL, vs. POR
Use Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley, and Jermaine O’Neal. Udonis Haslem is a possibility as well.
Milwaukee Bucks: vs. LAL, @CLE, vs. SA
Use Brandon Jennings and Bogut for sure. You can probably find better four-game options than Ersan Ilyasova, Hakim Warrick, Luke Ridnour, and Carlos Delfino.
Phoenix Suns: vs. SA, @POR, vs. WAS
Use Nash, Amar’e, Richardson, Grant Hill, and Channing Frye. I’d leave everyone else alone.
San Antonio Spurs: @PHX, @GS, vs. IND
Duncan, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, and Ginobili should be used. Matt Bonner can help with three-pointers, but he’s a bit of a risk.