If you look at the NBA in the same fashion as the NFL then there are 25 weeks of NBA action. By breaking down each week and analyzing team schedules you can load your roster with players playing more games and sit those who are playing fewer games.
If all this sounds like a lot of work then you need not worry; because we have done the leg work for you. We are posting a weekly NBA start em’ and sit em’ fantasy guide to assist you in maximizing your fantasy roster potential.
Week 6 in the NBA is getting underway and this week all teams play a minimum of three games with some teams suiting up for four. Given the odds we are looking at players who will have that extra game this week.
The team with the most favourable schedule this week is the Golden State Warriors who are coming off a two game week and this week have four. Teams generally play better when they get some rest and the schedule allows for some practise. One player in particular this week must be in your lineup, he is coming in rested and on-fire. First thing you need to do is go get David Lee for your fantasy roster.
Week 6 in the NBA starts December 3 and goes through to the evening games on December 9.
WEEK 6 – START EM’
David Lee – Golden State Warriors
It was almost too bad that the Warriors had their slow week when they did as David Lee was playing like a man possessed. In hindsight the NBA schedule makers might have been the only ones capable of cooling off Lee. I’d expect the production and stat lines to continue into this week as the Warriors play Orlando, Detroit, Brooklyn and Washington; hardly a murderers row of frontcourt talent.
In the last five games, David Lee has averaged a beastly 21.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg and 4.4 apg. A nice upside to picking up Lee this week is that the Warriors play four games next week and four games the week after giving them one of the busier three week schedules in the NBA. All this means is that you are using fewer trades each week to stockpile your team; so long as the production keeps up, keep David Lee on your team.
Anderson Varejao – Cleveland Cavaliers
The league leader in rebounding is grabbing boards at a ‘Rodmanesque’ pace out there; however, unlike Dennis Rodman, Anderson Varejao is scoring at the same pace. The Cavaliers have a favorable schedule this week as they too have four games. The way Varejao is playing right now he is an absolute must start. The last five games have seen averages of 16.8 ppg, 18 rpg and 3.2 apg; you need this production on your roster. Similarly to David Lee in Golden State, Varejao comes with a bonus for drafting him this week as the Cleveland Cavaliers also have three consecutive weeks of four games per week. A busy schedule ahead with a lot of games for Varejao all equates to great production for your fantasy team.
WEEK 6 – SIT EM’
Kevin Love – Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love’s return to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup was a much needed boost. He is the obvious focal point of the Wolves offense and he forces opposing defenses to stretch out with their power forward playing away from the basket. His production upon return has been solid, averages of 21.7 ppg and 15.3 rpg; however, what is concerning are the accompanying shooting percentages. Love is managing only .337 field goal percentage and a .185 three point rate over the last five games. It is clear that the conditioning and leg strength is not where it should be. The production remains high as he still takes 16-20 shots a night for an offense that looks to him to be the guy. Love will shoot his way out of this slump, but no need for the poor field goal percentages to drag you down while he figures it out. Sit em’ out this week and see how he plays, we will re-evaluate next week.
Deron Williams – Brooklyn Nets
This is not the start to the season that I imagined for Deron Williams. I really thought that with the new personnel in Brooklyn that Williams’ stats would soar, whereas it has been a struggle for Williams at times out there. Williams’ field goal percentages are down from career averages as he continues to struggle shooting the ball. The last five games his averages are 12 ppg, 10.4 apg and 3.4 rpg; not great numbers for the Brooklyn Nets floor general. Sit Williams down this week, let’s see if he can bounce back and get that shooting stroke going again.