Matchups for Tuesday, Feb. 19
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.
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hip)
Josh Childress, SG/SF, Hawks (knee)
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Kings (back)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (abdominal)
Daniel Gibson, PG/SG, Cavaliers (hamstring)
Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, Bobcats (foot)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Brendan Haywood averaged more than 18 points and nearly 10 rebounds in his past three games, so you would figure he wouldn't be available in nearly a third of leagues. You would figure wrong, however. The Knicks are dead last in defensive efficiency, so if Haywood can stay out of foul trouble (he had just seven fouls in those past three games), he will have another productive outing.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas struggled immensely heading into the All-Star break, battling a back injury and failing to score in double digits in four of his past five games. With nearly a week of rest, he should bounce back soon. However, you need to see results before tossing him into your lineup, so sit him against the Rockets. They are tough defensively -- currently second in defensive efficiency -- and are one of the better rebounding clubs. And going against Yao Ming always presents the risk of foul trouble.
Averaging more than 36 minutes propelled Jameer Nelson into a three-game hot streak entering the All-Star break, resulting in his ownership increasing by nearly 25 percent in the past week. But facing Chauncey Billups and the Pistons is possibly the worst matchup for any point guard. Opposing points often find themselves in foul trouble against Billups.
The arrival of Chris Webber in Golden State has coincided with the decline of Andris Biedrins. Biedrins did not start any of the past three games, with foul trouble not necessarily limiting him. If anything, it seems Webber has given coach Don Nelson an excuse to further reduce Biedrins' playing time, despite his usual productivity. When the situation will shake itself out is anyone's guess, but Biedrins needs to be benched in the meantime.
Mike Bibby's arrival in Atlanta should boost the field goal percentages of both Bibby (40.6 percent) and Joe Johnson (40.4 percent). Before Bibby's arrival, Johnson was the lone outside threat; with another player who can consistently make an open jumper, the entire team's offensive efficiency should rise.
Fred Jones started each of the past five games for the Knicks, and his playing time especially picked up in his past four games as he averaged more than 41 minutes. His poor shooting percentage (41 percent) suppresses his value, but he quietly averaged 2.7 3-pointers in those four games, with more than four rebounds and four assists, to boot.
Beno Udrih. His name already should be the who, what and why if you have been paying attention, but if you took a hiatus, Bibby is out of Sacramento, and Udrih once again becomes a must-grab point guard. Still available in more than 50 percent of leagues, Udrih does have some question marks. There always is a chance Anthony Johnson (or Tyronn Lue) could platoon the point, but it's much more likely Udrih will regain most of the value he had when Bibby was injured.
With games of 23 and 24 points entering the break, the Grizzlies' Hakim Warrick became a hot commodity, and his ownership rose 25 percent within a week. His upside is through the roof, so grab him before a potentially big game against a porous Seattle defense makes him scarce.
Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com