CC Sabathia starts tonight when the Yankees open a three-game interleague series against the Padres at Petco Park. As they began their day off yesterday, the Yankees were eight games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and three games out in the wild-card race.
In his three previous outings, Sabathia is 0-2 with an obese 10.93 ERA. He has allowed an alarming 26 hits and seven walks in 14 innings.
Sabathia's ERA this year is 4.65, about 1 point above his career aveerage. He still has a healthy strikeout rate and thus remains a formidable fantasy option. With the Yankees slightly favored tonight and an over/under of 7 in the game, Vegas seems to believe Sabathia will be able to tame the Padres.ANALYST:
Hassan Whiteside will continue to come off the bench Sunday.
The Heat are still not ready to let Hassan Whiteside play a full role even though he has been playing great. In his last game on Friday, Whiteside had a triple-double in only 27 minutes of play. He finished the game with 10 points, 10 blocks, and 10 rebounds. Once he gets back in the starting line-up, Whiteside should be getting some monster production for owners and should become a DFS beast. Monitor his situation so you can be on top of that when he does. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Omri Casspi is expected to start Sunday.
The Kings will have a collective effort to penetrate a top-seven defense in the Celtics. Omri Casspi has done well in a limited role, but with the start, he should have a productive day against the Celtics. Look for Casspi to put up more than his averages of 12.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per-game. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Ben McLemore (wrist) will not play Sunday against the Celtics.
It appears that Ben McLemore's wrist injury has not fully healed after he played Friday, but only for 12 minutes. It's not that he is setting the basketball world on fire, but that's about nine less than his average and he is out today. Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli will be the ones to see the minutes of McLemore. Belinelli will get the start in McLemore's place and will start up until the All-Star break as well coach George Karl said. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Darrell Arthur (quad) will not play Sunday against the Knicks.
This will be the third straight game that Darrell Arthur misses, but he should not be owned so it's no worries from a fantasy perspective. His wouldn't have had much playing time with Kenneth Faried healthy anyways. Arthur has been dealing with injuries all year and he just can't catch a break. Danilo Gallinari is also expected to play at the PF position a good amount of time as well. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Tiago Splitter will not play through the All-Star break.
This will be the fourth game in a row that Tiago Splitter will miss and should result in him being dropped since he is due to miss though this week. Both Mike Muscala and Mike Scott could see more time in the back-up role to Al Horford, but look at Muscala to see the most since he is 6'11" and playing well off the bench. His numbers aren't pretty, but he did have 12 points a couple of games ago and Horford can get in some foul-trouble at times. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Evan Fournier will start Sunday against the Hawks.
Looks like Mario Hezonja will not get the start as Evan Fournier has more experience and is already averaging 32.9 minutes per-game. In that time, Fournier is averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per-game. Fournier could be a cheap play in DFS, but the Hawks have a top-seven defense. The Magic can go with the smaller Fournier at the three spot since the Hawks have a fairly small back-court with their SF being only 6'5". Analysis: Mike Cahill
Jae Crowder will play Sunday against the Kings.
The minutes are there for Jae Crowder with an average of just over 32 minutes per-game, but after his last game it will be hard to trust him. On Friday he went 1-for-9 and finishing with a three-pointer in the final minute of the fourth quarter. His ankle bothered him and he even said he felt like he was playing one only one leg. It's hard to tell if he will be playing in a limited role and Evan Turner gets a lot of time or if he will be okay with a normal workload. It would be best to stay away from the situation, but if you have to, it wouldn't be surprising if he plays a normal workload after having a little rest. On the year, Crowder is averaging 14 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per-game. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Carmelo Anthony (knee) will play Sunday against the Nuggets.
This is is frustrating life of being a Carmelo Anthony owner. If you have him, you obviously start him. His knee is not 100 percent and the Knicks aren't do too well, so there is always the chance that they shut him down if things don't improve. The best course of action is to try and unload him through a trade before you lose him for nothing. Anthony should really only be played in DFS leagues when it's known that he is playing for sure. When he plays, Anthony is averaging 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in 34.7 minutes. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Hawks.
On the season, Tobias Harris has been pretty consistent with his production during his average of just under 33 minutes per-game. In DFS play, it will be interesting to see if the Magic give the start to the 20 year-old Mario Hezonja. He has been playing better of late and the Magic are in a bad spot, so they may want to see what they have in the fifth overall pick in last year's draft. Hezonja had all kinds of awards from national play before coming to the NBA, and can be a sneaky play if he starts. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Marshawn Lynch told people close to him he intends to retire.
This should not come with much surprise as this has been rumored over the past couple of seasons. With things supposedly going awry between Lynch and the Seahawks he is likely goin to choose to hang it up after a phenomenal career. It is being reported that some teammates are trying to talk him out of it but he seems intent on his decision. If he is not in the mix next year, Rawls gets a significant increase in his fantasy value. Analysis: Dillon Conklin