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Fantasy Hoops: LaMarcus Aldridge Is Primed For A Giant Week

byDANIEL DOBISH

Welcome to the new week. Remember to set all weekly Fantasy lineups early due to matinee action Monday, Jan. 20, due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Were already into mid-January and hurtling toward the second half of the National Basketball Association regular season. Thats when the fun really starts, as teams jockey for playoff positioning, or use younger players once theyre out of the mix for the postseason.

Team with five games (1):Portland

Teams with four games (21):Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington

Teams with three games (7):Denver, Golden State, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Phoenix, San Antonio

Team with two games (1):Utah

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LaMarcus Aldridge is primed for a giant Fantasy week.Photo Credit:Derek Huggins Jr.

MONBrooklyn at New York (2:30pm ESPN), New Orleans at Memphis (5:00pm ET NBATV), Portland at Houston (8:00pm TNT), Indiana at Golden State (10:30pm TNT)

TUEBoston at Miami (7:30pm NBATV)

WEDOklahoma City at San Antonio (8:00pm ESPN), Indiana at Phoenix (10:30pm ESPN)

THUL.A. Lakers at Miami (8:00pm TNT), Denver at Portland (10:30pm TNT)

FRIL.A. Clippers at Chicago (8:00pm ESPN), Minnesota at Golden State (10:30pm NBATV)

SATChicago at Charlotte (7:00pm NBATV), Minnesota at Portland (10:00pm NBATV)

* All Times Eastern (ET)

SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Fantasy owners are going to love the Portland Trail Blazers in the upcoming week, especially those in head-to-head formats and points-based leagues since they are the only NBA team with five games in the next seven days. PF/CLaMarcus Aldridgeis always a Fantasy stud, but hell be especially big in the upcoming scoring period. PGDamian Lillardis also on track for a big week, as is swingmanWesley Matthews, SFNicolas Batumand CRobin Lopez.In fact, even PGMo Williamsand CJoel Freelandcan be usedful in the upcoming week, as well as PFDorell Wright.Starting a marginal guy in a five-game week as opposed to an above-average option with a three-game week is a tough decision, but sometimes thats exactly what you have to do.

On the flip side, the schedule is not kind to the Utah Jazz, at least for those in cumulative Fantasy formats. Those in rotisserie play will want to keep Utahs top options, including PGTrey Burke, in the active Fantasy lineup.

INJURIES

We mentioned the bigger news up top, but there are a handful of other guys dealing with nagging injuries heading into the week.

If you own Utah Jazz swingmanGordon Hayward(hip), its a pretty easy decision for Fantasy owners to make this week. He hasnt played since Jan. 7, and since he was unable to prove his health in one full game before the lineup lock, he should be kept on reserve.

Orlando Magic CNikola Vucevic(concussion) appears no closer to getting back onto the floor. He missed his eight straight game Sunday against Boston, a game the Magic actually won for a change. Keep Vucevic reserved in all Fantasy leagues and show he can perform without any ill-effects of his head injury. PF/CGlen Davishas continued to start in the middle, while PFTobias Harrishas done a yeoman-like job at the two.

CATEGORY HELP

If you need help in specific categories in Rotisserie Fantasy play, youve come to the right place. Check out these guys, who should be available in your league, to help out in certain areas.

POINTS

Mike Scott, PF, Atlanta (12.8 ppg over the past eight games)

Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto (12.0 ppg over the past 11 games)

Evan Fournier, PG, Denver (12.0 ppg over the past 10 games)

Courtney Lee, SG, Memphis (11.8 ppg over the past nine games)

REBOUNDS

Jason Thompson, PF, Sacramento (7.9 rpg over the past 10 games)

Dewayne Dedmon, C, Philadelphia (7.0 rpg over the past three games)

Trevor Booker, PF, Washington (7.0 rpg over the past 12 games)

Luis Scola, PF, Indiana (6.8 rpg over the past 10 games)

ASSISTS

Beno Udrih, PG, New York (5.5 apg over the past six games)

Luke Ridnour, PG, Milwaukee (5.2 apg over the past 10 games)

Phil Pressey, PG, Boston (3.6 apg over the past 11 games)

Will Bynum, PG, Detroit (3.3 apg over the past eight games)

STEALS

Draymond Green, SF, Golden State (1.6 spg over the past 10 games)

Jae Crowder, SF, Dallas (1.5 spg over the past 12 games)

Khris Middleton, SF, Miwaukee (1.2 spg over the past 10 games)

Moe Harkless, SF, Orlando (1.1 spg over past 10 games)

BLOCKED SHOTS

Elton Brand, PF/C, Atlanta (2.1 bpg over the past eight games)

Dewayne Dedmon, C, Philadelphia (1.3 bpg over the past six games)

Mason Plumlee, PF, Brooklyn (1.2 bpg over the past six games)

3-POINTERS

Anthony Tolliver, PF, Charlotte (21 3-pointers over the past 11 games)

Evan Fournier, PG, Denver (19 3-pointers over the past 10 games)

Jared Dudley, SG, L.A. Clippers (19 3-pointers over the past 10 games)

Richard Jefferson, SF, Utah (18 3-pointers over the past nine games)

Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio (16 3-pointers over the past 10 games)

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