Matchups for Wednesday, Feb. 18
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.
Start 'em, sit 'em
Many of you are probably excited to play Shawn Marion in his first game with the Raptors, but a matchup against the Cavaliers in which he'll probably have to cover LeBron James is not exactly a great way to make one's debut. I'd sit The Matrix, even if Chris Bosh can't go. The way Pau Gasol is going lately, you don't need to be told to have him in your lineup, but just in case there was any doubt, I think we'll probably be looking at a 30-point, 15-rebound night out of Gasol against the Warriors on Wednesday. Start Udonis Haslem for the Heat against the Timberwolves, as the Wolves' front line is entirely decimated due to the injury to Al Jefferson. With Jermaine O'Neal taking up some attention on the block, Haslem should get even more wide-open foul-line jump shots, and should be able to keep rebounding effectively, as well. Devin Harris gets his first look at his old team, the Mavericks, since he torched them for 41 points in November, and he obviously is a threat to do it again this time. Nights like this are not a good time to be a Mavs fan, especially if your name is Mark Cuban.
Without a doubt, Bobcats rookie D.J. Augustin should be owned in all leagues for the rest of the season. He has played heavy minutes since returning from injury, averaging 22.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 3-pointers and 1.0 steals in the past three games. He should be able to take advantage of his matchup with the Pacers on Wednesday, and is available in most leagues. Ronald Murray had been scoring extremely effectively off the bench for the Hawks leading up to the All-Star break, and I see no reason why that can't continue for one more game against the Kings. He'll get you points and 3s and nothing else, so add with caution. With the Bucks having some trouble defending big men, you'll want to get the Bulls' Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas into your lineup. Noah has had double-figure rebounds in three straight games, and Thomas is averaging nearly 18 points and 11 boards in his past five. Courtney Lee hasn't been great in the wake of the injury to Jameer Nelson for the Magic, but the addition of Tyronn Lue hasn't appeared to affect his minutes much. On nights when he's hitting shots, Lee can be a good source of points and 3s, and he's worth having on your radar. Nobody owns Ronny Turiaf, even though he is one of the best shot-blockers in the league and is throwing in 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in his past five games with Andris Biedrins out of the lineup for the Warriors. Even against the Lakers, I'd expect Turiaf to continue his pre-All-Star pace.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.