NBA Start/Sit: Difficult Lineup Decisions for Week 8

NBA Start/Sit: Difficult Lineup Decisions for Week 8

Week 8 is the most unique scoring period of the season thus far, as we have one five-game team and a trio of two-game schedules. In between, there is a 50-50 split between four- and three-game squads, so this week presents an interesting challenge for managers in weekly leagues with no mid-week swap. 

TEAMS WITH FIVE GAMES: San Antonio Spurs

TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES: Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers

TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES: Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors 

Let's examine some of the tougher start/sit decisions for Week 8:

Guards  

Start: Patty Mills, Nets

33% start rate in CBS leagues

Joe Harris is still without a firm timetable to return from his ankle surgery, setting Mills up for another four-game run of starts at two-guard. The veteran sharpshooter has been excellent while working with the first unit thus far, putting up 16.1 points on 52.5 percent shooting, including 46.7 percent from three-point range, and adding 2.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds across nine games. While the contributions outside of scoring and shooting categories are always going to be sparse with Mills, his sizzling 47.4 percent mark from distance thus

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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