The head-to-head fantasy playoffs are here, so we are back with start-or-sit advice on several big names.
Tim Duncan, Spurs: Duncan’s last two games were monstrous, so we know the knee is right. But will Gregg Popovich allow T.D. to play in all 3 games this week? There are no back-to-backs and all three games are against Western playoff hopefuls, so it looks like a DNP-free week. Start him.
Anthony Davis, Hornets: Like Duncan, Davis has 3 games this week, which should be plenty as long as he maintains his March averages of 17-11-2. Start him.
Tyreke Evans, Kings: Evans is healthy, hitting threes, and looking more and more like the stud who averaged 20-5-5 as a rookie. He has 20+ points in three of his last four games, with goodies, so start him.
Kyle Lowry, Raptors: Lowry has been so bad, I wouldn’t even start him in a four-game week. This former-fantasy monster failed to score Sunday against Miami and has 12 points in his last three games. The Raptors play three games this week. Sit him.
Dwight Howard, Lakers: Dwight is playing his best ball of the season, going about 20-15 for the past couple weeks. He’s the only Laker to play in a two-game week. Kobe Bryant is injured and ill, Steve Nash isn’t explosive enough to warrant a 2-game start, and Pau Gasol suffered a setback last week.
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: When Melo was rollin, my League Freak team was borderline unstoppable. Now, I’m treading water and lucky to be in the postseason. Sadly, he didn’t return Sunday against the Clippers, making it impossible to start him sight-unseen in a playoff scenario–even in a four game week. Sit him.
Jeff Teague, Hawks: Don’t worry about his reserve status, it’s purely temporary. Teague looked like himself in racking up 15 assists on Sunday at Brooklyn. In a four-game week, its a no-brainer to start him.