Today, I begin my article with a quote from the great Abraham Lincoln: “You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” Now, you may ask yourself, “What this have to do with fantasy basketball?” Well let me tell you fellow Hoop Heads, the answer is anything and everything. What I’m trying to say is that it’s very easy to get lost in the noise of which players to start and sit when setting your daily lineup. I am guilty, as I’m sure most of you are, of tinkering between players when my gut decision was the right one in the first place. Don’t beat yourself before tip-off; trust your instincts. It’s only the beginning of the third week with a lot of basketball left to play. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: daily play is a grind, not a sprint.
So for tonight, we are light on basketball with only four games on the books. The good news is that there are still some guys who can really help out your team. I have picked two guys to start and sit after looking at the match-ups.
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Steph Curry vs Pistons – It seems like every week I pick on the Pistons. No disrespect to Detroit, I believe they will be a very good team once they put it together, but the fact of the matter is they have been mediocre at best through their first six games. Curry, on the other hand, has been fantastic so far this season, posting career highs in points, assists, and three pointers. Despite a bum ankle, he played thirty-four minutes on Saturday; so expect Curry to continue to put up great numbers coming off of two days rest.
Anthony Davis vs Lakers – I know I have sang the praises of Davis before, but just look at his last game against the Lakers: 32 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assist, 6 blocks, and a steal. Gasol was able to muscle him around last season, but Davis showed that was not going to let that happen again. Now, the Lakers are even more banged up with Nash missing time and still no Kobe. Start the brow as he continues to solidify himself as a top five player this season.
Trevor Ariza vs Mavericks – Ariza could not have started off the season any hotter than he did. His first two games he had double doubles and looked like a serious addition to any fantasy lineup. But basketball is a long season and Ariza cooled off very quickly. Since those first two games, he has been averaging just twelve points and less than five rebounds a game. Very pedestrian numbers for a player on a team that is sixth in the league in scoring. While Ariza has the capability of having those big games, consistency is too big of an issue to insert him into your lineup.
O.J. Mayo vs Heat – Mayo has been on fire the last two games for the Bucks, including 10-14 from three-point land. The Bucks have been plagued by injuries this season and Mayo has been the benefactor as their prime scoring option. Tonight, he plays a Miami team, while they have not looked like the champions from seasons past, still are capable of locking down players. Mayo will see Wade and LeBron in his face all night, and he has not played well against bigger defenders. I expect Mayo to cool off against a Miami team with something to prove. The best he can hope for is a hot start for his big nights to continue.