The Outlook goes around the league, team by team, and examines which players are hot and cold, and which players you should keep an eye on. The outlook for Week 5 suggests 112 players who are safe starts and 50 players who are borderline, so if your league is much smaller or larger, adjust accordingly. As always, let's Start with a look at the schedules for the coming week. Listed first are the number of games played for each team, followed by five teams with poor and favorable schedules.
1. Toronto Raptors (3 games: Charlotte, Atlanta, @LA Lakers)
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (4 games: @New York, Oklahoma City, Golden State, @Milwaukee)
After a solid rookie campaign, Barganani struggled in his sophomore season. His stats fell in nearly every single category last season and he shot a miserable 38.6 percent from the field. Count me as one of the people who drafted "Il Mago" in 2007 and got burned. Even two-time Executive of the Year
The arrival of Jermaine O'Neal has done wonders for Bargnani, as he now gets to operate as a small forward/power forward and leave most of the dirty work for
Mobley was not very happy about being traded, but I think the veteran shooting guard is going to excel in
Those people are making a mistake, because Li'l Nate is best suited as a sparkplug off the bench. Cuttino is also a superior defender, so I'm expecting him to start at shooting guard, where 71 minutes, 40 points, 5.8 assists and 9.2 three-point attempts just opened up thanks to Crawford and
In college last season, Augustin averaged 19.2 points, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 threes in 37.3 minutes, and the year before (when he played with
These are guys who you should consider picking up if you need short-term help in certain categories. Even in deep leagues, most of these players will usually fly under the radar, but they could help in targeted areas quite nicely.
Jack is shooting just 41.7 percent from the field, but you're not getting him to score points for you. The backup guard has dished out 14 dimes in his last three games, and is averaging 3.2 assists in his last nine. The career 85 percent FT shooter also gets to the line a fair amount, so he can help you out there as well.
In his last three games, Landry is averaging 26.3 minutes, 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Whenever he gets minutes, he produces. The athletic big man is also shooting a remarkable 88.6 percent from the line to go along with his 55.6 percent FG shooting. He's a decent short-term option, but be careful of
Start: J. Johnson, Horford,
Start: G. Wallace, Felton,
The Cavs play four times this week and get to face the Knicks, Thunder and Warriors, so if you own any of them, you may as well start 'em.
I didn't read this until just now, but
Start: Iverson, Hamilton,
I know that Nellie's small-ball lineup is all the rage right now, but
Start: Yao, T-Mac,
Are the Clippers going to trade
Start: Wade, Marion,
After a quiet start,
Even if you don't like
Start: V. Carter,
It's almost unfair how much
The Knicks did a little roster shake-up last week that I'm sure you all heard about. With Crawford and Randolph gone, that means that 32.6 shot attempts, 14.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists just opened up.
Kevin Durant has coughed the ball up 22 times in his last five games and is now third in turnovers with 3.6 per game. The Thunder fired P.J. Carlesimo last week, which might mean more minutes for
Start: D. Howard,
Start: Stoudemire, Nash, Shaq, Barnes, Bell
Congrats if you started
While he's been consistently solid,