by Will Overton
Weekly leagues are becoming more and more popular these days. Part of it is because when you set your lineup once for the week it makes the game more strategic. You don’t just plug in the guys who are playing each day, but you have to weigh things like your better player only has two games and a weaker player has four. I think the strategic aspect makes things more interesting personally.
It’s also less time consuming to play in weekly leagues because you do set your roster and then kind of sit back and watch, other than keeping an eye on the waiver wire of course. So on top of being strategic, it’s pretty convenient.
If you play in a weekly league though setting your lineup can be agonizing at times. Every team will have their handful of must starts no matter what the situation. It’s those last 3 – 4 spots that you have to really think through and weigh your options for.
We’d like to try and help you out here at RotoProfessor if we can by taking a look at the week ahead and highlighting some things that stand out. We will list how many games each team plays, then look at some teams slates that jump out at us based on schedule, either good or bad. I’ll also highlight two waiver wire adds for the week as well.
2 Games: Los Angeles Lakers
3 Games: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs
4 Games: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
Schedule At A Glance: This is a much more balanced schedule then we sometimes see. Often times there will be a team playing five games or there will be more teams playing two. This week most teams play four and if not four then at least three. The one team playing only two games is the Lakers. With them I wouldn’t touch anyone on that team in a standard league except for Kobe Bryant who has looked pretty good so far.
Phoenix Suns (@LAL, MEM, SAC, GS): The Suns have three games at home this week and their only road game is against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in the Lakers. That’s a pretty nice schedule for a team with the offensive prowess of the Suns already. The three big guards are automatics as is Markieff Morris in my opinion. The schedule is enticing for some of the fringe guys as well though. P.J. Tucker returns this week and while Marcus Morris has played well, I think Tucker jumps back into the starting lineup and makes a nice play this week.
Detroit Pistons (NYK, MIL, UTA): The Pistons only have three games this week, but they are all at home and none are against that good of defensive teams. In fact New York may be the best defensive team which is shocking. With the Knicks frontcourt banged up all three of Pistons big men should be in your lineup this week even with only three games. I would also strongly consider using Brandon Jennings this week despite his struggles so far as the schedule is favorable for him.
Not So Favorable Matchups
Atlanta Hawks (@SA, @CHA, NYK): This is a rough week facing off with two of the better defensive teams in the leagues and the Knicks who are improving on defense a little bit. I can’t see sitting the big three because Millsap is a top 25 talent, Horford plays a weaker position and Teague has been hot. I wouldn’t have DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver or Mike Scott in my lineup this week though given the schedule.
Milwaukee Bucks (@IND, CHI, @DET, MEM): This is a brutal schedule really, even though the Bucks are playing four games. The Pacers lost some key players, but that defense still looks pretty stout and the Grizzlies and Bulls are right there with them among the top ten defenses in basketball. The Pistons matchup is nice, but that’s just one game. Even though they play four games I wouldn’t pencil anyone on this team in as an automatic start.
Chris Copeland – SF, Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have a four game schedule and no overly tough matchups to speak of with the Wizards twice, the Celtics and the Bucks. The Pacers need scorers and Copeland can do that for them, as we saw last night with his 21 point effort. Copeland is averaging 16 PPG and 3.3 3PG this week and there’s no reason to believe he can’t keep that up this coming week. The Pacers need him and so does your fantasy team.
Perry Jones – SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: I talked about this one yesterday and my point was proven a little more last night when Jones went for 20 points. That is now 52 points in two games and five three-pointers in those two games. Jones is up to 13% owned now and his rate should only increase over time. Jones, like Copeland, is a scorer on a team that is running short on those. Jones also has a nice four game schedule against mediocre defenses and the Grizzlies.