This article is for the week of 11/20 – 11/26. Week 6 of the NBA season.
After 5 weeks of fantasy basketball, we have made it guys. Welcome to the worst streaming week of the NBA season. Because of Thanksgiving this week, Tuesday only has one game and Thursday has zero games. However, we will to make it work and try to get you some Stats4urCats™.
Overall, last week was a decent streaming week. There were some key injuries that opened up room for other players (i.e. D’Angelo Russel getting hurt and Spencer Dinwiddie benefitting). There were also some young players that are beginning to blossom, such as Donovan Mitchell and Kris Dunn.
If you read my article last week on LockedOnFantasyBasketball, then you probably picked up some of the players I highlighted. I was all in on Donovan “Netflix and” Mitchell and if you picked him up he definitely produced for your fantasy team. His FG% is slowly beginning to creep up towards 50%. His rebounds and assists were up this week, and his steals are a great plus. Mitchell is becoming a solid fantasy player and has great ROS value. Other players I highlighted that you may have been satisfied with were Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, CJ Miles, Shabazz Napier, and Patty Mills. On the other hand, there were some players that I may have suggested that had terrible weeks, such as Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss, Evan Turner, and Terry Rozier who all seem to really be slowing down. However, without further ado we move on to this week’s streaming strategies.
Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:
|# Games Played||11||1||14||0||10||10||3|
|Golden State Warriors||3||@OKC||CHI||NOP|
|Los Angeles Clippers||3||@NYK||@ATL||@SAC|
|Los Angeles Lakers||2||CHI||@SAC|
|New Orleans Pelicans||4||OKC||SAS||@PHO||@GSW|
|New York Knicks||4||LAC||TOR||@ATL||@HOU|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||4||@NOP||GSW||DET||@DAL|
|Portland Trail Blazers||4||@MEM||@PHI||@BKN||@WAS|
|San Antonio Spurs||3||ATL||@NOP||@CHA|
Considering this week’s schedule, here are some important things to note, as well as some streaming strategies to consider:
- There are two 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 and Sunday. There are a low number of games this week due to Thanksgiving (Tuesday having one game and Thursday having zero).
- There is only one team that has games on both good streaming days and that is the Bulls. Make sure to try and grab one of the players from the Players to Stream section.
- The OKC Thunder 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, such as: Steven Adams (who was injured), Jerami Grant, and Andre Roberson (in 12+team leagues). Scoop these players up if they’re on the wire. They could provide a huge boost for your team this week.
- This week, the Pistons, Rockets, and Lakers only have two games. Therefore, you may want to drop a player from one of these teams 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).
- Droppable players on the Pistons include: Reggie Jackson (6-team or 8-team leagues) , Ish Smith, Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard, and Langston Galloway.
- Droppable players on the Rockets include: Ryan Anderson, PJ Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute, Tarik Black.
- Droppable players on the Lakers include: Julius Randle (6-team or 8-team league), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-team to 10-team league).
- Teams that don’t start playing until later in the week (this is important to note because you may be able to get a start out of one of your players, then replace them with a player that starts later in the week):
- The Bulls have a four-game week doesn’t start until Tuesday.
- The Nets, Warriors, Heat, Suns, and Raptors all have three-game weeks that do not start until Wednesday.
- Teams with a significant number of Home and Away games this week:
- Teams with all home games this week include the 76ers and Kings. Additionally, the Hawks, Hornets, Grizzlies, and the Timberwolves have three out of four games at home this week.
- Teams with all away games this week include the Clippers, Trail Blazers, and Raptors. Additionally, the Celtics, Bulls, and the Magic 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 five 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, Celtics, Hornets, Cavs, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, or Wizards.
- Pick up a player from either the Bulls or the Lakers. 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 by skipping the third step and making sure that in step two you get a player from the Bulls. The Bulls have a four game week that starts on Tuesday).
- Lastly, pick up a player with a two-game stretch from Friday to Sunday. These teams are: the Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Warriors, Pacers, Grizzlies, Heat, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Suns, Trail Blazers, or the Raptors. The teams in bold are teams that have a game on Monday, 11/27, and if a player is chosen from that team then you can potentially use them for the first step of next week’s “Promising Strategy of the Week.” If done correctly, you would get five 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.
- Dewayne Dedmon (C)- 57%
- John Collins (PF,C)- 50% [Minutes are increasing, but gets in foul trouble]
- Marco Belinelli (SG,SF)- 34%
- Luke Babbitt (SF)- 4%
- Malcolm Delaney (SG)- 0% [Deep league add, avg 22 mins past couple of games]
- Marcus Morris (SF,PF)- 53%
- Terry Rozier (PG,SG)- 27%
- Aron “Beantown Banger” Baynes (C)- 4% [Only in deep leagues]
- Jeremy Lamb (SG,SF)- 56%
- Marvin Williams (SF,PF)- 49%
- Frank Kaminsky (PF,C)- 43%
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF)- 40%
- Cody Zeller (PF,C)- 12% [Deep league add]
- Justin Holiday (SG,SF)- 54%
- Bobby Portis (PF,C)- 53%
- Kris “Jenner” Dunn (PG,SG)- 48%
- Denzel Valentine (SG,SF)- 26%
- Jerian Grant (PG,SG)- 15%
- JaMychal Green (PF,C)- 22% [Just returned from injury & already carving a role]
- Mario Chalmers (PG,SG)- 11% [Starting in place of Conley]
- Chandler Parsons (SF,PF)- 11%
- Dillon Brooks (SG,SF)- 9%
- Gorgui Dieng (PF,C)- 40%
- Jamal Crawford (SG,SF)- 13%
- Nemanja Bjelica (PF)- 1%
New Orleans Pelicans
- E’Twaun Moore (PG,SG,SF)- 20%
- Jameer Nelson (PG)- 3%
- Dante Cunningham (SF,PF)- 1%
- Darius Miller (SG,SF)- 1% [Only in deep leagues]
New York Knicks
- Courtney Lee (SG,SF)- 44%
- Frank Ntilikina (PG)- 20%
- Jarret Jack (PG,SG)- 2%
- Doug McDermott (SF)- 2% [Only in deep leagues]
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Jerami Grant (SF,PF)- 8%
- Andre Roberson (SG,SF)- 6%
- Jonathon Simmons (SG,SF)- 45%
- Terrence Ross (SG,SF)- 23%
- Bismack Biyombo (PF,C)- 4%
- DJ Augustin (PG)- 3% [if actually playing]
Portland Trail Blazers
- Evan Turner (SG,SF)- 18%
- Maurice Harkless (SF)- 17%
- Ed Davis (PF,C)- 8%
- Shabazz Napier (PG)- 4%
- Noah Vonleh (PF)- 1%
My #1 player add this week is Courtney Lee. Lee has quietly been putting together a good season for an over-performing Knicks team. He’s been solid all around, being a good source of points, 3pm, and steals. He had his worst game of the season Friday (3 points, 1 3pm, 11% FG%), which may have turned a lot of people off from picking him up. However, this was a game against a good Raptors defense that held Porzingis to a measly 13 points. Don’t let the one game deter you from picking him up.
For those of you who may have missed my article the past couple of weeks, 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).
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. 19.