The Start and Sit column at NBA Soup enters Week 10, helping you decide on which guys to insert into your weekly starting lineups before the lineups lock up today at noon.
We takes injuries, roles and recent production into consideration, while giving you give guys that could help turn your roster around, along with five guys that simply aren’t getting it done.
Read on for the start and sit calls in fantasy basketball for Week 10:
Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets
Chancey Billups is due back this Wednesday, but that can’t let you sit Lawson just yet. Billups likely won’t return to heavy minutes immediately, and even if he plays regular minutes, Denver has to find a way to get Lawson playing time. With over 18 points and seven assists per game while Billups sat out, Lawson can no longer fly under the radar.
Nick Young, G/F, Washington Wizards
Young is averaging over 24 points per game in the past week, scoring at least 20 points in five of his last seven games. With Gilbert Arenas now in Orlando, expect the shots and role to only increase.
Antwan Jamison, F, Cleveland Cavaliers
Which guy do you want on your fantasy team?
For whatever reason, the Cavaliers continue to sit J.J. Hickson, and as long as that happens, the aging Jamison will continue to display his ageless scoring ability. Jamison has reached double figures in scoring in nine of his last 10 contests, with four of those games having him top 20 points. He’s also solid on the boards, so feel good about Jamison sticking in your lineup.
Anderson Varejao, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
It looks like head coach Byron Scott has finally found the right rotation, well, at least in fantasy basketball. Varejao is starting to realize his potential, as he’s put up over 15 points and 12 rebounds over the past week. With three games this week, expect Varejao to continue his solid production and help out your fantasy team.
Robin Lopez, C, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix acquired some inside help with Marcin Gortat coming from Orlando in a trade, but with the big man not expected to make his debut until Thursday, Lopez still holds some fantasy value this week. In his last three starts, Lopez has been solid, scoring in double figures in two of the three games, and grabbing at least four rebounds in each game. He’s no beast, but until Gortat gets worked into the rotation, he can still help you.
Jose Calderon, PG, Toronto Raptors
Is there a hotter point guard in the league right now? His play isn’t lead to many victories for the Raptors, but in terms of fantasy, Calderon is more than just getting it done. With over 17 points and a whopping 13 assists per game over the past week, Calderon is finally performing at the level many felt he could. However, as good as he’s been, Calderon only plays one game this week, so you should sit him.
Aaron Brooks, PG, Houston Rockets
He’s back from an injury that kept him out of all but five games to start the season, but we wouldn’t be too excited just yet. His nine-point debut in 15 minutes of action suggested the Rockets will likely slowly insert him back into the rotation, while Kyle Lowry’s stellar play while Brooks missed time encourages a bit of a timeshare. Bench him until you can gauge his value better.
John Salmon, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks
Salmons is averaging just over 12 points on the season, while putting up inconsistent numbers all season long. He still has the potential to put up solid points and grab some rebounds, but his shot is hot and cold at a rate that nobody wants to keep track of. Leave him on your bench until he starts to get into a groove.
Trevor Ariza, G/F, New Orlenas Hornets
Looking for an answer to the Hornets’ current woes? You might find it in Ariza, but not in a positive fashion. Ariza’s shooting percentages have continued to hurt the team, as he’s finished with under 10 points in five of his last seven contests. He still has a good role and solid potential, but you’d be best advised to wait and see, rather than play him and be disappointed.
Andray Blatche, F/C, Washington Wizards
Blatche is averaging over 17 points on the season and can easily produce when he’s playing heavy minutes. However, he’s missed four of his last six games due to injury and has been in and out of the lineup. Don’t let him be so erratic in yours. Sit him for the week and make sure he’s back to full health.
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