In-Season Strategy: Week 19 Start/Sit
In-Season Strategy: Week 19 Start/Sit

This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.

The first full week out of the All-Star break is a busy one, with most teams in the league on a four-game week. The Bulls and Spurs are the pair of teams with just two games, so make sure to keep an eye out for those players and don't automatically lock them into your starting group. Here's the full breakdown:

Teams with four games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAC, WAS

Teams with three games: BOS, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, NOP, OKC, POR, TOR, UTA

Teams with two games: CHI, SAS

And here are some players to consider starting and some to consider sitting for Week 19:

Point Guard

Consider starting: Elfrid Payton, NYK

Opponents: @Hou, @Cha, @Phi, Chi

Coach Mike Miller has given Payton full reign of point guard duties for the Knicks. The results have been encouraging. Over the past 30 days, Payton has ranked 32nd in per-game fantasy value. Notably, he's averaging 9.5 assists and 2.4 steals. He's shown signs of this kind of production in the past, so it shouldn't be chalked up as a fluke or a wild hot streak. Last season, Payton averaged 7.6 assists in 29.8 minutes for the Pelicans, and during his rookie year with the Magic, he averaged 1.7 steals in 30.4 minutes.

Consider sitting: Ricky Rubio, PHO

Opponents: @Uta, LAC, Det, GS

It's going to take a lot to convince me Rubio is healthy from a lingering

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Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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