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 4 suggests 98 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 of games played for each team, followed by five teams with poor and favorable schedules.
1. Phoenix Suns (3 games: @Utah, LA Lakers, Portland)
1. Los Angeles Clippers (4 games: San Antonio, @Oklahoma City, @Philadelphia, @New Jersey)
In my Outlook for Week 3, I said that "JaVale McGee is worth picking up in case he gets more minutes," and sure enough, he averaged 25.5 minutes in two games last week. A lot of people are raving about this kid, from All-Stars like
"Lemonhead" has played just 120 NBA minutes thus far, but he's totaled 56 points, 38 rebounds, 7 blocks, and (this is key) just 11 fouls. That translates to a rock solid 16.8 points, 11.4 rebounds (3.9 offensive), 2.1 blocks and 3.3 fouls per 36 minutes. While he's not going to average 36 minutes this season, he could very well play 24-30 minutes from now till the All-Star break, and perhaps 30-plus minutes afterwards. The Wizards are going to fall out of the playoff race early this season, so their youngsters could see extra run in the second half. If you want to reap the rewards later, you must pick him up now, because a couple more double-doubles and he'll likely be gone. FYI: In case you're wondering about the nickname, here's
"Just look at him. You see the box of lemonheads and you see the little smiley face on there and you put that up to JaVale and he looks just like him. I mean identical. We've got Stewie, we've got Lemonhead. Man, we've got a lot of stuff going on around here."
2. Anthony Morrow, Warriors
Over the summer, he was the MVP of the Rocky Mountain Revue, he made 44.8 percent of his three-pointers last year in college, and
3. Ryan Gomes, Timberwolves
Something strange happened on Sunday.
In 74 starts last season, the former Providence star averaged 30.7 minutes, 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, .8 steals and .8 threes with solid shooting percentages. Not eye-popping numbers by any means, but solid fantasy stats for a reliable backup player. He was likely dropped in most leagues due to his slow start, but Gomes is worth picking up if you need another forward.
I thought that
Last week I believed Ariza wasn't getting enough minutes to count on him yet, but since then, his playing time has gone up while
If you need treys, look no further than Cook, who has made 25 of them in just 10 games thus far. In fact, he's clearly more comfortable outside the arc than he is inside, because he's made 25-of-64 threes (39.1 percent), but just 10-of-30 on twos (33.3 percent). As a rookie, he didn't contribute much else besides outside shooting, but in his sophomore season, he's become a much tougher defender, thus ensuring himself a key spot in Miami's rotation.
It took a long time for him to bounce back, but Morrison is finally looking comfortable on the court again. The injury to
Since returning from an ankle injury, Rasho has scored 32 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots in three games for Indiana. Even more impressive to me is that he's averaging 2.4 assists this season, which currently ranks him third among all centers (behind
After a superb 6-0 start, the Hawks have fallen back to earth with three-straight losses.
LeBron is averaging 35.5 points in his last four games, and I'll be surprised if he doesn't set a career-high in scoring this season.
After a quiet start,
Sure starts: Yao,
In his first 10 NBA games,
After a monster 27-point, 18-rebound, 2-trey performance on Sunday,
If you throw out his 37-point, 8-rebound, 3-block game vs. Indiana,
Sure starts: Durant, Green,
The Magic have a tough schedule this week, making
Phoenix has a tough schedule this week with games vs. the Jazz, Lakers and Blazers.
The Kings play four times this week, but
Last week I suggested
Utah is hurting right now, as
The Wizards are just 1-6, and I don't see them going on a winning streak anytime soon. Because of this, youngsters JaVale McGee and