Matchups for Wednesday, Jan. 28
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 team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Nuggets (hand)
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bobcats (abdominal strain)
Tyson Chandler, C, Hornets (ankle)
Al Horford, PF/C, Hawks (knee)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (knee)
David West, PF, Hornets (back)
Charlie Bell, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Steve Blake, PG, Trail Blazers (shoulder)
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Wizards (knee)
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (back)
Marcus Camby, C, Clippers (ankle)
Mardy Collins, PG/SG, Clippers (calf)
Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Warriors (hamstring)
Baron Davis, PG, Clippers (hamstring)
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Bulls (groin)
Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Heat (groin)
Yao Ming, C, Rockets (knee)
Start 'em, sit 'em
When the Kings played the Celtics on Dec. 28, they didn't have a single quarter in which they scored more than 17 points. That amounted to a pretty lousy fantasy night for anyone wearing a Kings uniform, and that game was in Sacramento. This time around, at the Garden, the Kings certainly can't play worse, but they likely won't play too much better, either. I'd bench everyone, even Kevin Martin, who has been struggling lately, shooting just 39 percent in his past five games. Andre Miller has been playing terrific ball of late, averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals and shooting 55 percent from the floor in his past five games. He's going up against the Rockets, but his size should pose a real problem for Rafer Alston and the Rockets' backcourt, and with Yao Ming banged up, Miller shouldn't have too much trouble getting into the lane. Make sure Nene is in your lineup against the patchwork Hornets' front line. They hardly have any healthy big men, and Nene is on fire lately, averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in his past five games. Devin Harris should be able to break out of his slump against the Raptors. Jose Calderon being back in the lineup certainly helps the Raptors offensively, but I'm not sure they are equipped to deal with Harris' speed on the perimeter.
Ramon Sessions got the start in place of the injured Michael Redd on Monday night and put up a team-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three steals in a Bucks loss to the Timberwolves. I would expect Sessions to be a pretty good source of points, assists and steals for the balance of the season with Redd on the shelf. Zaza Pachulia should be able to patch together an effective game against the Knicks' front line. Zaza's been struggling a little lately, but with the Knicks' soft interior defense, his aggressiveness should yield some scoring opportunities, and he's a good bet to block a shot or two, as well. If your league doesn't count turnovers, Sebastian Telfair could help you out against the Pistons. Telfair will likely be matching up with Allen Iverson quite a bit, and Iverson's propensity for playing the passing lanes could lead to some turnovers, but should also give Telfair plenty of space to shoot and drive. I understand that Telfair isn't a good shooter, but he is a willing shooter, and is averaging 10.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 3-pointers for the month of January. I really like Erick Dampier to have a big game against the Warriors. He has been pretty much useless during the past five or so games, but the minutes are still there, and the Warriors play such a fast pace that there should be plenty of chances for blocks and boards.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.