Two rookie guards have already been thrust into their starting lineups. Find out why they should be owned in almost all leagues.
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 6 suggests 100 players who are safe starts and 37 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. Sacramento Kings (2 games: Utah, Denver)
1. Los Angeles Lakers (4 games: @Indiana, @Philadelphia, @Washington, Milwaukee)
At first I didn't consider Westbrook to be a top pickup, but then I saw that the rookie is currently owned in just 19.9 percent of ESPN leagues. The rookie point guard was considered somewhat raw coming out of college, but rookie coach
I mentioned Gordon as a "Fill-in" pickup last week, but he's clearly going to be much more than that. With
Even in deep leagues, most of these players will usually fly under the radar, but they could fill-in quite nicely.
Daniels averaged just 24 minutes in Washington's first four games before sitting out six of their next eight games with knee soreness. However, he returned last week and played 38 minutes on Saturday, scoring a season-high 10 points. The Wizards are desperate for solid point guard play, so if Daniels' knee can handle it, he'll continue to get big minutes. In 63 starts last season, he averaged 5.1 dimes and 1.1 steals, which are solid numbers for a guy who's available in almost all leagues.
Many people were high on Stuckey entering this season (I said to be careful of him), but he got off to a poor start and was likely dropped in almost all leagues. However, his playing time has increased recently and he's been much more aggressive offensively, averaging 13.3 points, 7 assists and 2 steals over his last three games. If you're looking for a point guard with upside, and Westbrook is already gone, consider taking a flier on Rodney.
Johnson was signed by Orlando to be
After barely playing at all in Houston's first 16 games,
What does Lee have in common with
In Boston's last two games,
The Bobcats have struggled thus far, but
The Cavs are rolling right now, as they've beaten their last five opponents by an average margin of 18.8 points. As a result,
We all know that
To answer my previous question, YES, there is a more frustrating player to own than Josh Howard, and that man is
I know that the Warriors don't like to play defense, but allowing an average of 123.3 points to their last four opponents is beyond awful.
The inevitable finally happened, as T-Mac has now missed three games in a row with his knee injury. He's going to meet with the world-renowned Dr.
The Clippers had a gutsy win on Saturday, but they remain at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
The Lakers have a very favorable schedule this week, so I recommend starting almost all of them. After failing to score 15 points in his first eight games,
I don't want to jinx him, but
The Nets have won seven of their last nine games, and
Friday's game at Portland was a microcosm of the Hornets' season thus far. They played well in the first half, but were flat in the second half and lost by 15 points. They made 50 percent of their three-pointers as a team, but
In case you missed the Knicks' 138-point performance vs. the Warriors on Saturday, the numbers were absurd.
Congrats if you drafted
Injuries have hit the Magic hard, as
After voicing his frustrations with
After going 11 straight games without scoring 20-plus points,
The Kings have just 2 games this week, so