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Week 7: Streaming Guide (“Super” Mario Chalmers Edition)

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This article is a streaming guide for the week of 11/27 – 12/3. Week 7 of the NBA season.

After powering through last week, one of the worst streaming weeks of the fantasy basketball season, we are gifted with one of the best streaming weeks. Not only do we have 11 teams on a 4-game week, but we also have six out of seven good streaming days this week (explained below). Therefore, there will be plenty of opportunities to get Stats4urCats™.

Considering the difficult streaming week, last week still ended up being a good week if you chose the right players. There were some key injuries that opened up room for other players, such as: Paul Millsap getting hurt allowing Hernangomez and Lyles to pick up extra minutes, as well as Conley tweaking his achilles opening up a starting spot for Mario Chalmers. Furthermore, John Collins finally got his starting gig and he’s performing well.

If you read my article last week on LockedOnFantasyBasketball, then you probably picked up some of the players I highlighted. Courtney Lee was my #1 pickup of the week and he had an amazing week! He has been averaging 17.0 pts, .677 fg%, 1.3 3pm, 4.7 reb, 4.0 ast, and 1.7 stl over the past seven games. He is becoming a solid contributor for fantasy teams and has good ROS value. If he is available on the wire you should pick him up immediately. Other players I highlighted that you may have been satisfied with were John Collins, Mario Chalmers, Jeremy Lamb, Marvin Williams, JaMychal Green, and Noah Vonleh. On the other hand, the duds of the week were Justin Holiday, Gorgui Dieng, E’Twaun Moore, Frank Ntilikana, Jonathon Simmons, and Evan Turner. However, without further ado we move on to this week’s streaming strategies.

Streaming Strategies

Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:

Team Games Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
# Games Played 8 5 10 5 8 8 5
Atlanta Hawks 2 CLE @BKN
Boston Celtics 3 DET PHI PHO
Brooklyn Nets 3 @HOU @DAL ATL
Charlotte Hornets 2 @TOR @MIA
Chicago Bulls 3 PHO @DEN SAC
Cleveland Cavaliers 4 @PHI MIA @ATL MEM
Dallas Mavericks 3 @SAS BKN LAC
Denver Nuggets 3 @UTA CHI LAL
Detroit Pistons 4 @BOS PHO @WAS @PHI
Golden State Warriors 4 SAC @LAL @ORL @MIA
Houston Rockets 3 BKN IND @LAL
Indiana Pacers 3 ORL @HOU @TOR
Los Angeles Clippers 4 LAL UTA @DAL @MIN
Los Angeles Lakers 4 @LAC GSW @DEN HOU
Memphis Grizzlies 3 @SAS SAS @CLE
Miami Heat 4 @CLE @NYK CHA GSW
Milwaukee Bucks 3 @SAC @POR SAC
Minnesota Timberwolves 4 WAS @NOP @OKC LAC
New Orleans Pelicans 3 MIN @UTA @POR
New York Knicks 3 POR MIA ORL
Oklahoma City Thunder 3 @ORL MIN SAS
Orlando Magic 4 @IND OKC GSW @NYK
Philadelphia 76ers 4 CLE WAS @BOS DET
Phoenix Suns 3 @CHI @DET @BOS
Portland Trail Blazers 3 @NYK MIL NOP
Sacramento Kings 4 @GSW MIL @CHI @MIL
San Antonio Spurs 4 DAL MEM @MEM @OKC
Toronto Raptors 2 CHA IND
Utah Jazz 3 DEN @LAC NOP
Washington Wizards 3 @MIN @PHI DET

Considering this week’s schedule, here are some important things to note, as well as some streaming strategies to consider:

  • There are six good streaming days this week (good streaming days are when there are eight or less 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 every day except Wednesday, making this an excellent streaming week.
  • The Pistons and Lakers are back to playing four games this week, and the Rockets are playing three. Since all three teams only played two games last week, some owners may have gotten impatient with some of the better players, such as: Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ryan Anderson, Julius Randle, Ish Smith, PJ Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute. Scoop these players up if they’re on the wire. They could provide a huge boost for your team this week.
  • This week, the Hawks, Hornets, and Raptors 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:
    • Hawks – Taurean Prince (under 10 teamers), Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova, Luke Babbit.
    • Hornets – Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Willliams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, and Malik Monk.
    • Raptors – Jonas Valanciunas, CJ Miles, and Norman Powell.
  • 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 Heat and Timberwolves have a four-game weeks that don’t start until Tuesday.
    • The Grizzlies, Pelicans, and Thunder 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 Celtics, Knicks, and Raptors. Additionally, the 76ers have three out of four games at home this week.
    • Teams with all away games this week include the Hornets and Suns. Additionally, the Pistons, Warriors, and Kings 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:
    1. Pick up a player from either the Cavaliers or the Kings. They have back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday.
    2. Pick up a player from the Pistons, Grizzlies, Pelicans, and 76ers. They all have three game stretches from Wednesday through Saturday (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).
    3. Lastly, pick up a player a game on Sunday. The teams with games on Sunday are: the Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Timberwolves, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, and the Spurs. The teams in bold are teams that have a game on Monday, 12/4, 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 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.

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Jae Crowder (SF,PF)- 60%
  • Kyle Korver (SG,SF)- 28%
  • JR Smith (SG,SF)- 18%
  • Jeff Green (SF,PF)- 6%
  • Channing Frye (PF,C)- 1%

Detroit Pistons

  • Ish Smith (PG)- 9%
  • Stanley Johnson (SG,SF)- 4%
  • Luke Kennard (SG)- 1%

Golden State Warriors

  • Andre Iguodala (SG,SF)- 20%
  • Nick Young (SG,SF)- 10%
  • David West (PF)- 3%
  • Zaza Pachulia (C)- 3%
  • Sean Livingston (PG,SG)- 2%
  • Omri Casspi (SF,PF)- 0% [Decent deep league add]

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Austin Rivers (PG,SG,SF)- 48%
  • Wesley Johnson (SG,SF)- 19%
  • Sindarius Thornwell (SG)- 1% [Will get most playing time filling in for Beverly]

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Larry Nance Jr. (PF)- 30% [He is supposedly returning on Monday]

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Mario Chalmers (PG,SG)- 28% [Starting in place of Conley]
  • JaMychal Green (PF,C)- 28%
  • Chandler Parsons (SF,PF)- 16%
  • Dillon Brooks (SG,SF)- 8%

Miami Heat

  • Kelly Olynyk (PF,C)- 38%
  • Josh Richardson (PG,SG,SF)- 37%
  • Tyler Johnson (PG,SG)- 31%
  • Justise Winslow (SF,PF)- 29%
  • Wayne Ellington (SG,SF)- 1% [dem threes]

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Gorgui Dieng (PF,C)- 39%
  • Jamal Crawford (SG,SF)- 12%
  • Tyus Jones (PG)- 0%

New Orleans Pelicans

  • E’Twaun Moore (PG,SG,SF)- 23%
  • Darius Miller (SG,SF)- 3%
  • Jameer Nelson (PG)- 3%
  • Dante Cunningham (SF,PF)- 1%

Orlando Magic

  • Jonathon Simmons (SG,SF)- 40%
  • Terrence Ross (SG,SF)- 25%
  • Bismack Biyombo (PF,C)- 4% [dem blocks]
  • DJ Augustin (PG)- 2%

Philadelphia 76ers

  • TJ McConnell (PG)- 13%
  • Amir Johnson (PF,C)- 1% [Deep league add]

Sacramento Kings

  • George Hill (PG,SG)- 58%
  • Buddy Hield (SG)- 53%
  • Skal Labissiere (PF,C)- 14%
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG)- 7%
  • Kosta Koufos (PF,C)- 3%
  • Garret Temple (PG,SG,SF)- 2%
  • Frank Mason III (PG)- 1%

San Antonio Spurs

  • Danny Green (SG,SF)- 44%
  • Kyle Anderson (SG,SF)- 32%
  • Patty Mills (PG)- 21%
  • Dejounte Murray (PG)- 11% [Should lose most of his minutes to Parker]
  • Tony Parker (PG)- 6% [Supposedly returning from injury on Monday]
  • Manu Ginobli (SG,SF)- 3%

 

My #1 player add this week is “Super” Mario Chalmers. With Mike Conley being held out indefinitely and will not even be evaluated for another week, there is plenty of opportunity for Chalmers to excel. He and Tyreke Evans are now the main ball handlers for the Grizzlies. Since Conley’s injury, Chalmers has been averaging 31.5 minutes a game. This increase in playing time has led to him averaging 11.3 pts, .929% ft%, 6.3 ast, 5.0 reb, and 2.3 stl since taking over the starting job. Although his points are a little lower than you would want, due to his streaky shooting (.341% FG% over the last 7), I believe that he will be a great commodity to your fantasy team as long as Conley is out.

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).

See you next week!

 

Unless otherwise cited, all stats are courtesy of NBA.com  and current leading into games on Nov. 19.

 

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Jonathan is a fantasy writer and has been playing Fantasy Basketball since 2013. He lives in New Jersey.

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