This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
Week 17 is a short one, as there are no games after Thursday due to the All-Star break. As a result, every team plays just one or two times. There will be some tough decisions to make, especially with some underperforming players who have just one contest. Plus, the trades made before the deadline complicate things a bit. Here's the full schedule breakdown:
Teams with two games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GS, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NO, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, UTA, WAS
Teams with one game: CHI, CLE, HOU, MEM, NYK, PHI
And here are some player to consider starting and some to consider sitting:
Consider starting: Shabazz Napier, WAS
Opponents: Chi, @NY
I'm hopeful that Napier's change of scenery doesn't affect his production dramatically. He's been the 52nd-ranked player over the past two weeks in 30.2 minutes per game, notably averaging 8.6 assists and 1.4 steals. He'll have some competition against Ish Smith for point guard minutes, but it would be better for the rebuilding Wizards to give the younger Napier preference. However, even if Napier's minutes do suffer, the Wizards play at a breakneck pace, which could help keep his stats afloat.
Consider sitting: Ricky Rubio, PHO
Opponents: @LAL, GS
Rubio is clearly less than 100% healthy while dealing with an ankle injury, as he's ranked 167th over the past two weeks and is only seeing 29.3 minutes per game. He's still been passing (5.3