Matchups for Saturday, Dec. 13
All times are ET.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Ron Artest, SF, Rockets (ankle)
Charlie Bell, SG, Bucks (ankle, knee)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Daniel Gibson, PG, Cavaliers (toe)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Magic (thumb)
Robert Swift, C, Thunder (back)
Chris Wilcox, PF/C, Thunder (finger)
Malik Allen, PF, Bucks (rib)
Josh Boone, PF/C, Nets (ankle)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (quadriceps)
Ricky Davis, SG/SF, Clippers (knee)
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C, Cavaliers (ankle)
David Lee, PF/C, Knicks (back)
Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Warriors (hamstring)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (wrist)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Knicks (groin)
Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, Bobcats (personal)
Brandan Wright, PF, Warriors (flu)
Start 'em, sit 'em
It's a good idea to bench Marvin Williams in roto leagues. The Cavs are just percentage points behind the Celtics in opponent field goal percentage and are 10th in opponent 3-point percentage. If the scoring and percentages aren't going to be there, Williams isn't versatile enough to burn a game on. D.J. Augustin followed up his 28-point explosion against the Hornets on Wednesday with a three-for-16, nine-point dud against the Mavericks on Thursday, but it was on the road and the second of a back-to-back against a good defensive team. The stat coach Larry Brown assuredly took notice of was the 7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and Augustin is averaging just 1.6 turnovers per 30 minutes in December, an abnormally low number for a rookie. Even as you wait for the situation to shake itself out, as long as Augustin is nailing two-plus 3s per game (51.6 percent shooting from downtown this month), you have to keep throwing him out there. The loss of Chris Wilcox for a couple of weeks boosts Nick Collison's already rising value. He has averaged 13 points and 8.6 rebounds the past three games. Fouls (14 in that span) limit his upside, but as long as both Robert Swift and Wilcox are out, Collison will get enough minutes to do some damage and deserves to be inserted in your lineup. T.J. Ford recently has faced a murderer's row of defenses -- in his past nine games, Ford has faced teams ranked ninth, sixth, third, fourth, first, second and first in defensive efficiency -- so don't panic quite yet. His schedule starts to ease up, and if you stuck with him in your lineup this far, it makes no sense to bench him now when he might actually start producing. If you're protecting your field goal percentage, it might be prudent to sit Deron Williams, who's at 37.7 percent this month on 12.8 attempts per game. He's shooting 11.1 percent from beyond the arc, believe it or not, and the Magic are second in opponent 3-point percentage and third in defensive efficiency. The goal is for Nate Robinson to suit up Saturday, and if he's good to go, don't hesitate to get him in your lineup. The Kings are a tasty fantasy matchup, as they're eighth in possessions per game but 29th in defensive efficiency, allowing opponents to convert 43 percent of their 3s, far and away the worst mark in the league.
Anderson Varejao picked up some extra minutes Wednesday when Zydrunas Ilgauskas went down with a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter; Varejao finished with a season-high 34 minutes. Ilguaskas already is out for Friday, and if he can't suit up against the Hawks, Varejao should be in line for a good game. Everyone's favorite sleeper, Louis Williams, is quietly averaging 12.7 points, 4.6 free-throw attempts and 0.6 3s his past nine games. He's worked his way back into the rotation, earning 20-plus minutes in three consecutive games for the first time all season, and he had a season-high 22 points Wednesday, especially impressive considering it occurred against the stingy Cavs defense. The Wiz are last in defensive efficiency and have been floating near the bottom in the category all season, so pencil him in for another strong performance Saturday. Larry Hughes is hot right now, hitting 16 of his past 22 3-pointers, and could maintain that pace against a Nets team that allows opponents to shoot a robust 41 percent from beyond the arc. Ronny Turiaf is averaging 21 minutes in December after averaging 13 in November and has made the best of that extra time, going from 1.8 blocks to 2.6 and 0.5 assists to 2.4 per game. Only the Bobcats get swatted more than the Nuggets (6.1 blocks against per game), and since the Nuggets run a lot, you know this will be a wild one.
Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.