Philadelphia at New York-
Minnesota at Toronto-
Juan Barea- Barea is not a starter in the NBA, and even with Ricky Rubio’s injury you are more likely to see Luke Ridnour starting at the point. Barea could see starter like minutes however in Rubio’s absence, and feels the stat sheet with PTS, ASTS, STLS and even the occasional 5-7 REB game as well, which is great from guards. If you are looking for some cheap stats, he could be a good play.
Landry Fields- Landry Fields seems to be fighting for a starting spot with Terrence Ross at shooting guard, but it seems as though Fields is going to win out. Picking up Fields now if he is available could prove worthy. While he may not be a great NBA player for what Toronto is looking for, it looks like he could be a good fantasy player. He will get more shots than he did in NYC, and could even play some time at the three with a small Toronto roster. Expect his numbers to go up in alot of areas, but be careful as his FG % could hurt you.
Phoenix at Orlando-
Kendall Marshall- With the Steve Nash era over in Phoenix, scoring and assists are going to have to come from somewhere. Marshall seems to be playing above the rookie status that he is, and has shown a calm presence with the ball in both summer league and the preseason. While Sebastian Telfair looks the have some of the handle on the backup PG spot, Marshall has much higher upside and could get some strong minutes against a slower Orlando team.
J.J. Redick- It is said every year, but Redick is a fantasy stud off the bench. He is obviously well known for getting 3PTS up, but has a great FG% as well. Besides that, Redick isn’t the best one-on-one defender, but takes alot of chances and can get you a few steals if you need them. Also, with the loss of Howard expect a few more shots to go Redick’s way to get the offense going.
Atlanta at Oklahoma City-
Kyle Korver- Korver has the same type of fantasy reasoning as Redick. He is a bigtime shooter, and a not so bigtime defender but can get misleading stats on that side of the ball. The difference between Redick and Korver is that it seems Korver will be the start for the Hawks at the three. With only DeShawn Stevenson playing behind him on the depth chart, Korver could see alot of time on the court, which could mean alot of 3PT’s for you on Sunday. Beyond that, the Hawks will look to stretch the floor against OKC to try to avoid Sege Ibaka in the paint.
Thabo Sefolosha- Sefolosha is by no means a prolific scorer, and isn’t going to be looked at to fill the void in scoring that James Harden left behind. While he shouldn’t be an everyday start, putting Sefolosha in against weak backcourts could lead you to getting high steal totals. With guys like Anthony Morrow, Devin Harris, and Lou Williams(who all pound the ball alot and could be susceptible to steals) he can help you in a category tough to gain traction. This is much more of a reach than the past, but if you are down 1 or 2 steals heading into Sunday, he could be a good play to push you over the top.
Detroit at LA Lakers-
Corey Maggette- On any other Sunday, I would say pick up Andre Drummond to get some solid REB, BLK, and FG% numbers. However, against the Lakers’ frontcourt, I don’t see that happenning. Corey Maggette won’t get you alot of stat categories, but he does love to shoot the basketball. If this thing gets out of hand early, Maggette could see alot of garbage time, and therefore pick up alot of garbage stats.
Jodie Meeks- Meeks left Philadelphia for a chance to play with an instant contender and to learn behind Kobe Bryant. With Kobe’s foot ailing him early on, this could be a game where we see Bryant take a seat or play limited minutes. The Pistons aren’t much of a challenge, and there is no reason to risk Kobe in a blowout. If this game starts to get out of hand, or even if it doesn’t, Meeks could see some starter like minutes on Sunday that would give you bumps in stats all around.
Good Luck in all your week 1 matchups, and until next time, an Amazing NBA youtube clip.
(I had no choice but to put this up with the start of the Celtics season just hours away.)