Weekly Fantasy Planner: Can the Clips get past the Warriors twice this week?

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Week 10 of the NBA Season coincides with the New Year. The Los Angeles Clippers look to continue to roll with their 16 game win streak. They have done it against a pretty tough schedule and this week it doesn’t get any easier with four games in five nights including @DEN – the league’s best home record, home to LAL in a pseudo home game for both clubs and a home and away against the surprising Warriors, who have no one but the Clippers to prepare for this week.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Charlotte Bobcats are carrying an 18 game losing streak following a heartbreaker against New Orleans last night. Their best hope for a win this week is Friday against the equally lowly Cavaliers. They get three days of rest to prepare for Kyrie Irving and company.

One team has already gotten started on its New Year’s resolutions. Last week, we highlighted that the schedule favored the Brooklyn Nets with 3 very winnable games while the rest of their division was playing exclusively on the road. After losing the first one, they fired head coach Avery Johnson and gave P.J. Carlesimo the interim responsibilities. They won those last two winnable games and gained ground on everyone but the Raptors. They are so happy, there are rumours that Carlesimo will be offered the job full time. This week though the schedule gets a lot tougher and opinions are likely to change.

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Weekly Fantasy Planner: A very Merry week for Brooklyn

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Happy Holidays!

Christmas week is a big marketing event for the NBA with many marquee match-ups scheduled for Christmas Day. The highlight is the rematch from last year’s NBA finals. The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are still the favorites to make finals in 2013. The day also features a big city match-up of New York at Los Angeles, which will have the added of drama of Mike D’Antoni coaching against his former club; the hottest team in basketball, the Los Angeles Clippers, trying to overcome the league’s best home team but also the effects of tryptophan at altitude; and, an Atlantic division battle of teams who thought their Christmas’ would be more joyful.

For fantasy the biggest challenge for week 9 will be who to sit and start on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as the schedule features a near full roster of games on those days. Today, we will try to highlight some of the more fantasy friendly slates, some notable games and suggest some players who are owned in more than 50% of leagues to sit and some players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues to start.

Before I get going, a big thanks to Kent for covering for me while I stepped away from the fantasy basketball world for a couple of weeks to address multiple issues in my family and professional world.

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Week 6 of the NBA Schedule has Chris Paul drooling

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On Saturday, we try to help you sort through all of the injury news and rotation updates in the NBA and determine what the impact on your fantasy team is. Included this week was some analysis on the returns of Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher and Mikael Pietrus.

Today, we will preview Week 6 of the NBA schedule, highlight the fantasy friendly  slates, some notable games and suggest some players who are owned in more than 50% of leagues to sit and some players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues to start.

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Weekly Fantasy Planner: Where have all the Shooters Gone?

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In order to make things easier for our readers we have decided to split the weekly planner into a weekly review to be published on Saturday and weekly preview on Sunday. For Saturdays, we are replacing our lessons from the Week That Was with an expanded review of roster changes including injuries and rotation updates in addition to our Depth Chart. Come back tomorrow and we will preview the Upcoming Schedule and make our picks of Sits and Starts.

Today’s column includes a more in depth look at the return to relevance for Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher, Mikael Pietrus and Jerry Stackhouse, each of whom struggles to shoot even 40% from the floor.

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Injuries and Disappointments: The 7-10 Split of Fantasy Basketball

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As we do every Saturday afternoon, let’s examine the lessons from the Week That Was, review our Depth Chart Updates, the Upcoming Schedule and make our picks of Sits and Starts for the upcoming week.

This week we welcome back some stars who returned ahead of schedule (Kevin Love, Nene Hilario and Kyle Lowry), update on some of the more intriguing injury situations (Andrew Bynum, Brandon Roy and Andrew Bogut) and give some pointers on how to evaluate your team’s disappointments. 

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