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Matchups for Sunday, Feb. 10
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.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers (finger)
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hip)
Erick Dampier, C, Mavericks (ankle)
Antonio Daniels, PG, Wizards (knee)
Matt Carroll, SG, Bobcats (ankle)
Daniel Gibson, PG, Cavaliers (hamstring)
Drew Gooden, PF, Cavaliers (groin)
LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers (thumb)
Alexander Johnson, PF, Heat (ankle)
Shaquille O'Neal, C, Suns (hip/quadriceps)
Kendrick Perkins, C, Celtics (shoulder)
Gerald Wallace, SG/SF, Bobcats (foot)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Rajon Rondo has played like an elite fantasy stud for a couple of weeks now, and after being owned in less than half of fantasy leagues just a few weeks back, he's now owned in more than 90 percent of leagues. Over his past five games, he's averaging 19 points, seven rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals with 56 percent shooting from the floor and 82 percent shooting from the line (he's normally little better than a 60 percent free-throw shooter). He has increased production across the board in the absence of Kevin Garnett, and hopefully his newfound confidence will allow him to keep playing aggressively after KG returns. Against a weakened Spurs backcourt, he's a great start on Sunday. Make sure Detroit's Richard Hamilton is in your lineup against the Bobcats; in two games against Charlotte this season, he's averaging 22 points, six boards and six dimes, and Charlotte might be lacking depth if Derek Anderson, Jeff McInnis or Matt Carroll can't play. Rashad McCants has been remarkably consistent lately, scoring in double figures in 12 of his past 15 games and shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor over that stretch. He could be ripe for a breakout game against Toronto on Sunday because the Raptors have trouble with scoring guards and let teams shoot 37 percent from the 3-point line this season.
Although Tony Parker continues to miss time for the Spurs, Sunday's game against the Celtics is not the time to start adding Damon Stoudamire because he's the Spurs' starter. Both Stoudamire and Jacque Vaughn will have a lot of trouble with Rondo's quickness, and might find themselves in foul trouble early. Sorry to say, but the list of Spurs worth owning still only goes three deep: Duncan, Ginobili and Parker. Dorell Wright is a great pickup and start against the Lakers, because L.A. is weakest on defense against forwards. Wright will get plenty of minutes even if new teammate Shawn Marion plays, because the rest of the Heat's frontcourt is basically decimated by injuries. He's averaging 13 points and eight boards over his past five to go along with his typically stellar field-goal percentage. He's also getting to the line a lot and making just about all of his free throws. Pick him up and hold on to him, because if he continues to get minutes with The Matrix in the fold, he'll be worth starting almost every night. Washington's Andray Blatche could be a great pickup against Phoenix if Caron Butler continues to miss time with his hip flexor injury. Blatche has been filling in admirably, averaging nearly a double-double and shooting 50 percent over his past five games. He's perfectly suited to the Suns' style and could get a lot of easy buckets filling the lanes if the Wizards try to run with the Suns.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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