This article is for the week of 11/13 – 11/19. Week 5 of the NBA season.
Last week was a pretty decent streaming week. If you read my article last week on LockedOnFantasyBasketball, then you probably picked up a player from the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat. You were definitely satisfied if you picked up Marcus Morris, Aron “Beantown Banger” Baynes, Terry Rozier, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, or Wayne “Duke” Ellington. On the other hand, you were probably upset with the production of some of the Brooklyn boys, specifically Caris “Lil Uzi” LeVert, Allen “Dumbo” Crabbe, and Spencer Dinwiddie, who seem to really be slowing down.
For those of you who may have missed my article last week, here is an explanation of my streaming philosophy:
Keeping up with the NBA schedule each week is important because it can possibly give you an edge over your matchup. If done correctly, you could get 5-6 games out a roster spot, instead of 2-4 on any given week. More Games = More Stats4urCats™. Therefore, when scouring the wire for players you should pick up, it is important to consider how many games they are playing that week and what days those games are on. This post not only highlights and analyzes this week’s schedule, but also various streaming strategies depending on playing schedules, as well as some players to consider streaming this week. This method is especially helpful for leagues with matchup acquisition limits (i.e. a league that has three waiver wire pickups allowed per matchup).
Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:
|# Games Played||9||3||11||2||11||7||6|
|Golden State Warriors||4||ORL||@BOS||@PHI||@BKN|
|Los Angeles Clippers||3||PHI||@CLE||@CHA|
|Los Angeles Lakers||4||@PHO||PHI||PHO||DEN|
|New Orleans Pelicans||3||ATL||TOR||@DEN|
|New York Knicks||3||CLE||UTA||@TOR|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||2||CHI||@SAS|
|Portland Trail Blazers||4||DEN||ORL||@SAC||SAC|
|San Antonio Spurs||3||@DAL||@MIN||OKC|
Considering this week’s schedule, here are some important things to note, as well as some streaming strategies to consider:
- The Timberwolves and Trail Blazers are back to playing four games this week. Since they only played two games last week, some owners may have gotten impatient with some of the better players (i.e. Taj Gibson, Evan Turner, Gorgui Dieng, Ed Davis). Scoop these players up if they’re on the wire. They could provide a huge boost for your team and may have good value moving forward.
- The OKC Thunder are the only team in the league that has two games this week. Therefore, you may want to drop a player the Thunder in order to get more Stats4urCats (do NOT drop one of these players if you think they are worth keeping through the two game week). In my opinion, everyone on that team is droppable except the big three. I would even say that Steven Adams is droppable if your league has fewer than 10 teams (especially due to his latest injury).
- Droppable players on the Thunder include: Jerami Grant, Andre Roberson, Raymond Felton.
- Teams that don’t start playing until later in the week (this is important to note because you may be able to get starts out of one of your players, then replace them with a player that starts later in the week):
- The Raptors’ four-game week doesn’t start until Tuesday.
- The Hornets, Bulls, Pistons, Pacers, and Heat all have three-game weeks that do not start until Wednesday.
- The Suns and Warriors both have three-game stretches that do not start until Thursday.
- There are four good streaming days this week (good streaming days are when there are less than eight games being played on a given day, meaning your streamed players would probably fit in your lineup. If there are more than eight games on a certain day, then it is a bad streaming day and your streamed player most likely won’t fit in your lineup). The good streaming days this week are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- The Celtics, Rockets, and Warriors all have three games on good streaming days this week. No other team has more than two.
- Teams with a significant number of Home and Away games this week:
- Teams with all home games this week include the Nets and Mavericks. Additionally, the Lakers, Suns, and Trail Blazers have three out of four games at home this week.
- The only team with all away games this week is the Pistons. Additionally, the Jazz, Kings, and Warriors have three out of four games away this week.
- Promising strategy of the week: This week there is a strategy that can be used to get six starts out of one roster spot. This can be done using three steps:
- Start a player for their game on Monday (by either keeping a player already on your team or picking up a player from the wire). Teams with a game on Monday include: Hawks, Cavs, Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, Jazz, and Wizards.
- Pick up a player from either the Spurs or the Raptors. They have back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday (if you have a limited number of matchup acquisitions, and wish to utilize your pick-ups in other ways. You can still get five starts out of a roster spot, instead of six, by skipping the third step and making sure that in step two you get a player from the Raptors. The Raptors have a four game week that starts on Tuesday).
- Lastly, pick up a player from the Suns or the Warriors. Both teams have a three-game stretch from Thursday to Sunday. If done correctly, you would get six games of production out of one roster spot. Theoretically, you can do this same method with multiple roster spots if the players are available and/or you don’t have limited matchup acquisitions.
Players to Stream
Below are some players to stream from the teams that either have four-game weeks or that I mentioned in the Streaming Strategies section
I am specifically focusing on players available in more than 50 percent of leagues [my position and percentage owned data is coming from Yahoo. Therefore, it may be slightly different in ESPN or other formats]. I added a decent amount of players who are under five percent owned for those of you in deeper leagues.
- Marcus Morris (SF,PF)- 49%
- Terry Rozier (PG,SG)- 36%
- Aron “Beantown Banger” Baynes (C)- 10%
Golden State Warriors
- Andre Iguodala (SG,SF)- 20% [if playing]
- Nick Young (SG,SF)- 11%
- Zaza Pachulia (C)- 3% [deep league add]
- JaVale McGee (C)- 3% [deep league add]
- PJ Tucker (SG,SF)- 20%
- Luc Mbah a Moute (SF,PF)- 11%
- Nene Hilario (PF,C)- 2%
Los Angeles Lakers
- Jordan Clarkson (PG,SG)- 65% [everyone else is above 75% owned]
- Taj Gibson (PF,C)- 60%
- Gorgui Dieng (PF,C)- 45% [if playing]
- Jamal Crawford (SG,SF)- 15%
- Nemanja Bjelica (PF)- 1%
- Marquese Chriss (PF,C)- 54%
- Mike “Jones” James (PG)- 51%
- Alex Len (PF,C)- 39%
- Josh Jackson (SG,SF)- 35%
- Tyson Chandler (C)- 21%
- Tyler Ulis (PG)- 4%
- Dragan Bender (PF)- 2%
Portland Trail Blazers
- Evan Turner (SG,SF)- 22%
- Maurice Harkless (SF)- 20%
- Ed Davis (PF,C)- 10%
- Shabazz Napier (PG)- 0% [if consistently receiving minutes]
- George Hill (PG,SG)- 54%
- Skal Labissiere (PF,C)- 18%
- Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG)- 11%
- Justin Jackson (SF)- 3%
San Antonio Spurs
- Danny Green (SG,SF)- 45%
- Dejounte Murray (PG)- 17%
- Patty Mills (PG)- 17%
- Kyle Anderson (SG,SF)- 11%
- Manu Ginobili (SG,SF)- 3%
- Norman Powell (SG,SF)- 18%
- CJ Miles (SG,SF)- 13%
- Jakob Poeltl (C)- 6%
- Delon Wright (PG,SG)- 4%
- Donovan “Netflix and” Mitchell (PG,SG)- 54%
- Thabo Sefolosha (SG,SF)- 2%
- Alec Burks (PG,SG)- 1%
- Markieff Morris (SF,PF)- 58%
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (SF)- 40%
- Tim Frazier (PG,SG)- 1%
My #1 player add this week is Donovan “Netflix and” Mitchell. He is a 21 year old rookie on a Jazz team that just lost their star in free agency. They are trying to re-fill that role and it looks like Mitchell is rising to the task. He is now receiving starting minutes, and his usage percentage is the highest on the team (the second highest being Rodney Hood, who Mitchell replaced in the starting lineup). He is a good source of points, threes, and steals. Over time his rebounds and assists have slightly risen. If you could afford a small hit on field goal percentage then Donovan Mitchell is as good a choice as any.
If you have any specific questions about your lineups that you would like to ask me please refer to this reddit post. See you next week!
Unless otherwise cited, all stats are courtesy of NBA.com and current leading into games on Nov. 12.