Five weeks into the NBA season, true studs and duds are emerging. This is especially pronounced when looking at just the next week.
Below, you'll find two stars ready for big weeks and two players that need to be kept out of lineups. There will also be two guys to look for on the waiver wire if you are in need of some temporary help.
Week 5 Studs
Kobe Bryant, Lakers, SG
Week 5 Opponents: Pacers, Nuggets
Kobe Bryant is always a consistent fantasy stud. He is always going to get his points, and he is headed towards another fine week.
Bryant and his teammates are getting more comfortable in Mike D'Antoni's system, and that system leads to tremendous fantasy production.
Over his last three games, the Mamba is averaging 29 points per contest.
Also, given the absence of Steve Nash, Bryant is averaging four assists over those past three games, as well as three rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Kevin Love, Timberwolves, PF
Week 5 Opponents: at Kings, at Clippers at Bucks
Kevin Love is the man. He returned way ahead of schedule from his injury, and in his first two games back he averaged 29 points and 13.5 rebounds with 2.5 steals.
His points dropped to 15 in his last game, but he still grabbed 15 boards. That game was the second of a back-to-back set, and there is no way Love is in full game shape yet.
Love is only going to get better as he gets further removed from this injury, and he has three games this week. He will be filling up the stat sheet.
Week 5 Duds
Ray Allen, Heat, SG
Week 5 Opponents: Spurs and Nets
Ray Allen is turning in a fine season thus far—especially in category-based formats due to his prodigious three-point shooting.
However, he is playing far better at home than on the road, which doesn't seem like a big deal for this week, since both of his games come at home. The thing is, though, that those home and away numbers are likely going to start getting more even, which means he will suffer some regression at home.
And that is just an added tidbit to help you steer clear of Allen this week, since he has just two games on schedule.
Derrick Williams, Timberwolves, PF
Week 5 Opponents: at Kings, at Clippers, Bucks
With Kevin Love on the shelf for the start of the season, Derrick Williams was supposed to assert himself as a big-time scorer.
It didn't happen. He averaged just 10.3 points per game while Love was away, and he did so inefficiently.
Now Love is back, and Williams' performance did nothing to command more playing time, or for Minnesota to work diligently to get him and Love touches.
Williams needs to be a fantasy afterthought at this point.
Week 5 Waiver Additions
Jeremy Pargo, Cavaliers, PG
Week 5 Opponents: at Grizzlies, Suns, at Falcons
I can't believe I just typed Jeremy Pargo as a viable fantasy starting option, but with starting point guard Kyrie Irving on the shelf with injury, Pargo has come out of nowhere.
It appeared that Daniel Gibson would be the guard to fill in for Irving in the Cavs backcourt, but Pargo has emerged as the starter, and he has produced.
In his three games as starter, he has scored 28, 15 and 16 points, and he picked up his distribution by handing out seven assists last game.
Pargo is going to get plenty of playing time and have the opportunity to produce. I don't expect him to put up elite numbers or anything, but with three games this week, he is a nice option in a pinch.
Jamaal Tinsley, Jazz, PG
Week 5 Opponents: Nuggets, at Hornets, at Thunder
With starter Mo Williams nursing an injury, this is a nice add for deeper leagues. Tinsley has been starting and he is getting a decent run.
His real value comes with assists. In his last three games, he has averaged 27.7 minutes, 10 assists and 6.3 points (with 14 in his last one) per game.
Tinsley is an excellent passer, and he can score when he gets the chance. He should get plenty of opportunities in his three games this week.