Nets swingman Joe Johnson (heel) is playing through heel pain, and was able to make it through a back-to-back situation Friday and Saturday. However, he is averaging just 11.0 points per game (ppg) with 5.5 assists per game (apg) and 3.5 rebounds per game (rpg). He has a total of 33 fantasy points over the past two games, and he has hit 10 of his 22 field goal attempts. He should be left to the bench since he might not be 100 percent right now, especially with an abundance of healthier alternatives. Bobcats PG Kemba Walker ($136K) has rolled up 30 or more fantasy points in six of the past eight appearances. SG/PG Ramon Sessions ($88K) picked up his play in Portland, hitting eight of his 11 field goal attempts for 18 points and three rebounds, posting 22 fantasy points. He had managed to hit just 11 of his 37 field goals entering play.
Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00pm ET
Cavaliers rookie PF/C Tyler Zeller ($81K) (illness) missed Monday’s game against the Knicks due to illness, but he is expected to return to the starting lineup, according to The News-Herald. At this price level, he is a solid play. Jazz PF Paul Millsap ($146) (ankle) returned to the lineup Monday in Milwaukee after a two-game absence due to a sprained left ankle. He was huge, posting 42 fantasy points, including 22 points, 14 rebounds and three steals in 44 minutes. He has 22 or more fantasy points in six straight games played. The Deseret News reports PF/C Al Jefferson ($159K) (ankle) is doubtful, and likely to miss his third straight game, and SG/PG Mo Williams (thumb) remains OUT. C Enes Kanter ($123K) has 75 total fantasy points over the past two games.
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers 7:00pm ET
Celtics PG/SG Avery Bradley ($91K) was tremendously efficient Tuesday in Philadelphia, hitting 10 of his 15 field goal attempts for 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. He finished with 32 fantasy points. He has alternated good and mediocre fantasy totals over the past six games, and the trend might continue against a stout Indiana defense. If you plan to use Bradley, tamp down your expectations. If he had 20 fantasy points in this one, it would be a surprise. Pacers C Roy Hibbert ($125K) was giant Sunday against Chicago, going for 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for 38 fantasy points in 35 minutes. He has averaged 30.3 fantasy points per game over the past three outings.
Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks 7:30pm ET
76ers swingman Nick Young ($69K) (ankle) did not travel to Atlanta, so SG Royal Ivey ($55K) is likely to make another start in his absence. He picked up 10 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 37 minutes against Boston, posting 20 fantasy points. He is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game over his past three, making him a solid bargain even with plenty of other options available. Philadelphia 76ers PG Jrue Holiday ($153K) has gone for 21 or more fantasy points in each of his past 11 games, including 36 fantasy points Monday.
Orlando Magic at Miami Heat 7:30pm ET
Magic PG Jameer Nelson ($116K) (hip) returned to the lineup after a six-game absence, and he posted 24 fantasy points in 37 minutes. He could be a solid mid-level play. The return of Nelson killed the appeal of SG/PG E’Twaun Moore ($94K), who saw his minutes sliced in half, and his fantasy production drop to just 13 points. As such, he is a bit overpriced. SF Moe Harkless ($92K) continues to produce, posting 24 fantasy points last time out in New Orleans Monday.
New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons 7:30pm ET
Knicks PF/SF Carmelo Anthony ($184K) (knee) left Monday’s game in Cleveland due to a knee injury, and head coach Mike Woodson told ESPNNewYork.com that ‘Melo is day to day. At this salary level, he is too risky, especially with a full slate of games and less risky options to choose from. Swingman J.R. Smith ($138K) has rolled up 30 or more fantasy points in four straight games, and he has gone for 23 or more fantasy points in six in a row. At this price level, he’ll be a popular play. Pistons PG Jose Calderon ($105K) has gone for 17 or more fantasy points in nine of his past 10 games, and he has averaged 22.3 fantasy points per game over the past three outings.
Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies 8:00pm ET
Grizzlies PF/C Zach Randolph ($151K) (ankle) was still limping badly Tuesday, according to 56 WHBQ Radio out of Memphis, and it sounds like he’ll miss this one. PF/C Darrell Arthur ($55K) (back, neck) was expected to start again in his absence, but he told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that he will not play. That means PF/C Ed Davis ($88K) should have a giant stat line with plenty of minutes in the frontcourt. Trail Blazers PF/C J.J. Hickson ($140K) has posted 30 or more fantasy points in each of the past three games, and five of the past six games. Normally this would be a difficult matchup since Memphis has a great defense, but they are down two big men in the frontcourt.
Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets 8:00pm ET
Lakers SG Kobe Bryant ($213K) (arm) left Tuesday’s game briefly, but he was able to return and finish with 33 fantasy points in 34 minutes. He hit just eight of his 19 field goal attempts, and might be a risky play if his arm injury affects him overnight. Hornets SF Al-Farouq Aminu ($98K) has totaled 50 fantasy points over his past two games, 25 in each game, making him an attractive option at this price level. PF/C Ryan Anderson ($121K) also has 50 fantasy points over his past two outings.
Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00pm ET
Wizards SG Bradley Beal ($136K) (ankle) is considered doubtful for this game, so avoid. PG A.J. Price ($65K) might be a sleeper for this game, seeing time at the two with Beal on the shelf. Timberwolves PF/SF Mickael Gelabale ($66K) posted 16 surprise fantasy points Monday in a loss against Miami, and he might be in line for more playing time with both PF/SF Andrei Kirilenko ($109K) (calf) and C Nikola Pekovic ($138K) (abdomen) ruled OUT. F Derrick Williams ($135K) is the guy you’ll want on your roster, however, as he has 33 or more fantasy points in four of his past five games.
Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks 8:30pm ET
Rockets C Omer Asik ($124K) has been rolling along lately, averaging 30.0 fantasy points per game over his past three outings. He has five double-doubles over his past nine games. He had 30 fantasy points in the first end of the home-and-home Sunday. Mavericks SG O.J. Mayo ($114K) (hand) suffered a hand injury Sunday, but the told The Dallas Morning News he expects to be ready to play. Still, even if he can suit up, a hand injury for a shooter isn’t a good mix. There is too much risk with so many other options readily available. After a couple of off games, SG Vince Carter ($92K) has totaled 43 fantasy points over his past two games, including 15 fantasy points Sunday in the first half of the home-and-home in Houston.
Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs 9:00pm ET (ESPN)
Bulls SG Luol Deng ($133K) has 21 or more fantasy points in six straight outings, and he had 20 fantasy points Feb. 11 in the last meeting with the Spurs. Spurs SF Kawhi Leonard ($117K) has gone for 21 or more fantasy points in each of his past five games, and he had 32 fantasy points in the last meeting in Chicago. Leonard managed 11-of-18 from the field with 26 points, four rebounds and a steal in 44 minutes in that one. G Nate Robinson ($84K) might see starter’s minutes again, as PG Kirk Hinrich ($99K) was back on the shelf Sunday due to his foot ailment.
Toronto Raptors at Phoenix Suns 9:00pm ET
Raptors PF/C Andrea Bargnani ($112K) rolled up 35 fantasy points last time out at Golden State Monday. He has 58 total fantasy points over the past two games, and might finally be a reliable option again. Swingman Alan Anderson ($72K) entered Monday’s game with 21 fantasy points in each of his two games entering play, but was a complete bust with just 10 fantasy points in what appeared to be a favorable matchup. He can no longer be trusted. Suns C Jermaine O’Neal ($97K) (personal) is likely to be sidelined with his daughter set to undergo a procedure to repair a leaky heart value on Wednesday. First off, thoughts and prayers go out to O’Neal and his family. As far as fantasy is concerned, C Marcin Gortat ($119K) will likely be in for a heavy workload, making him an attractive option once more.
Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers 10:30pm ET
Bucks PF/C Larry Sanders ($147K) has been giant lately, totaling 75 fantasy points over his past two games. He has 34 or more fantasy points in five of his past seven games, and 27 or more fantasy points in seven straight. Clippers SG/PG Jamal Crawford ($111K) has averaged 24.3 fantasy points per game over his past three outings. PG Chris Paul ($163K) appears to be back on track, posting 31 or more fantasy points in each of his past three appearances. He is averaging 36.3 fantasy points per game over his past three.
Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors 10:30pm ET
Kings PF/C DeMarcus Cousins ($145K) posted 31 fantasy points in 27 minutes Tuesday against Denver despite a dismal 1-of-12 shooting night from the field. His stat line was helped immensely by 13 rebounds and five blocked shots despite only eight points. He showed even when he struggles with his shot he can salvage a stat line. After a couple of awful shooting performances, Warriors SG/PG Jarrett Jack ($104K) bounced back with 29 fantasy points. This is a very favorable matchup, so Jack might be a huge bargain at this price level. Warriors SG Klay Thompson ($122K) is another decent bargain for this favorable matchup, as he is averaging 30.7 fantasy points per game over his past three.