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:
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