Mar 26

Week 23 Streaming Guide

If you’re still playing, congratulations and well done. It takes a lot of skill and effort to get to this point (not to mention more than a little luck). Let’s go win some rings.

This is the busiest week of the year. Only six teams play three games this week. The rest of the league plays four. You’re likely going to have some days where your schedule is full so it’s very important to plan your week around these days. Players who play on Tuesday and Thursday, or Thursday and Saturday, are extremely valuable this week. Streaming options who play on Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday, three exceptionally busy days, lose some value in Week 23.

There’s no team that has a clearly superior schedule in the Championship Round. It’s important to consider the ease of a matchup, but that should only be used as a tiebreaker. Maximizing your games played is what this week is all about. There are a few teams with what I would consider a poor schedule. The Bulls don’t play until Thursday and only have three games this week. Everyone not named Jimmy Butler should hit the wire early in the week. That includes the red hot Nikola Mirotic. You will want to target Bulls late in the week as they do have three games over the last four days of the week.

The Nuggets also have a problematic schedule. They only play three games this week and two of those games come on the two busiest nights of the week, Friday and Sunday. The Wolves and Blazers also have three games, but fortunately, they play on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. If you picked up Jamal Crawford or Austin Rivers, you’ll want to drop them early in the week. The Clippers don’t play until Wednesday and also only see the court three times in Week 23.

There is one major scheduling quirk this week that you’ll need to build your strategy around. Sunday is an unusually busy day. We’re talking “last night of the season” busy. 24 of the league’s 30 teams suit up on Sunday so you’re likely going to be overloaded on Sunday. That means you have to use your moves earlier in the week than usual. Don’t be passive and save your moves until the categories that will decide the matchup are perfectly clear. Do your research up front, figure out which categories are likely the most important, and be aggressive with your moves early in the week.

Good luck!

Monday

Marcus Morris (PTS, 3PM), Jon Leuer (REB), Ish Smith (AST), Tony Allen (STL), JaMychal Green (REB), David Lee (FG%, REB), Dewayne Dedmon (FG%, REB, BLK), Patty Mills (3PM, AST), Danny Green (3PM, STL, BLK), Norman Powell (PTS, 3PM, STL), P.J. Tucker (REB, STL), Cory Joseph (PTS, AST, STL), Joe Ingles (3PM, STL), Rodney Hood (PTS, 3PM), Willy Hernangomez (FG%, PTS, REB), Courtney Lee (3PM, STL), Yogi Ferrell (PTS, 3PM, AST), J.J. Barea (PTS, 3PM, AST), Terrence Ross (PTS, 3PM, STL), Bismack Biyombo (REB, BLK), Garrett Temple (3PM, STL), Willie Cauley-Stein (FG%, PTS, REB, BLK), Skal Labissiere (REB), Georgios Papagiannis (REB, BLK), Channing Frye (3PM), Kyle Korver (3PM), J.R. Smith (PTS, 3PM, STL), Andre Roberson (REB, STL, BLK), Enes Kanter (FG%, PTS, REB), E’Twaun Moore (PTS, 3PM), Tim Frazier (AST), Jordan Crawford (PTS, 3PM)

Best streaming options who play on both Monday and Tuesday:

Marcus Morris (PTS, 3PM), Jon Leuer (REB), Ish Smith (AST)

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Mar 19

Week 22 Streaming Guide

Congratulations to all those moving on and for those just starting their playoff run, welcome to the “set the alarm for 3 AM to make a pickup” portion of the fantasy calendar. We’re going to have to get creative this week. There are only 13 sets of back-to-back games in Week 21. To give you an idea of how low that is, there were 18 sets of back-to-back games last week. It’s going to harder than usual to get multiple games out of each of your moves. If possible, try to plan out your week tonight. You’ll be competing with your leaguemates for a smaller pool of streaming options and you don’t want to be stuck settling for player with a less than ideal schedule because you had to waste your time figuring out what categories you need.

The Clippers have this week’s best schedule with 5 games on the docket. Come on down Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. Marreese Speights is a decent option for those in deeper leagues but in standard leagues, you can likely find a player who will give you more in 4 games. Don’t expect Chris Paul to play in all five games. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will likely miss one game as well, but they’re not as likely as Paul to sit given that both rested in Week 21.

Thursday and Saturday are this week’s quiet nights while Friday and Sunday are both very busy. If you’re overloaded on Sunday, that makes streaming trickier. Not necessarily less effective, but it can be harder to maximize your games played when you can’t just wait until the end of the week to use your last couple of moves. Don’t be afraid to use all your moves earlier in the week if you feel it gives you the best chance to win.

Houston plays Monday and is off until Friday. If you are in bad shape, I’m not against dropping Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Clint Capela, or even Trevor Ariza. Do what you have to do to move on. Oklahoma City also has a three day gap this week, with their second game coming on Wednesday and their third and final game being played on Sunday. Like Houston, no one outside of their big gun is a must-hold.

The Cavaliers don’t play until Wednesday and I’m not against dropping players like Tristan Thompson to pick up an extra two games. Again, it depends on what categories you need and how confident you are in your team. Kevin Love should be sat in weekly leagues as he’ll likely only play two games next week. Those who play in daily leagues have a very difficult decision to make. Only getting two games from one of your roster spots can be deadly in the playoffs, especially if Love’s minutes limit is not lifted immediately. The Cavaliers play four games in Week 23 with two of those games being part of a back-to-back set. If Love is still not playing both ends of back-to-back sets by then, that means you’ll only get five games out of a limited Love the rest of the way. He’s droppable.

Sacramento is in the same boat as the Cavaliers with no games until Wednesday. There is no one on that ugly, ugly roster that I consider a must-hold. Making matters worse, they play the Warriors, Clippers, and Bucks this week. The Kings also do not have any back-to-back sets in Week 22.

The following guide assumes that you play in a 12-team league. The categories that I list beside the players are the categories that the player has the potential to provide above-average production in. If better players are available than the ones I list below, don’t hesitate to grab them. If you play in a larger league and the below players aren’t available, feel free to shoot me a message on Twitter or through the contact form. Good luck.

Monday

  • Try to set up your Monday and Tuesday options on Sunday if possible. If you’re out of moves, look for teams that play four games starting Tuesday. The teams that play four games starting Tuesday are the Bucks, Blazers, Suns, Nets, Clippers, and Bulls.

Top Monday night options:

Lou Williams (PTS, 3PM, FT%), Nene Hilario (FG%, REB), Ersan Ilyasova (PTS, 3PM, REB), Cody Zeller (FG%, REB, BLK), Frank Kaminsky (PTS, 3PM, REB), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (PTS, 3PM), Nik Stauskas (3PM), Jameer Nelson (3PM, AST), Will Barton (PTS, 3PM), Terrence Ross (PTS, 3PM), Jamal Crawford (FT%, PTS, 3PM, FT%), Austin Rivers (PTS, 3PM), Zaza Pachulia (FG%, REB), Andre Iguodala (3PM, AST, STL), Joe Ingles (3PM, STL), Kelly Olynyk (PTS, 3PM, REB), Amir Johnson (FG%, REB, BLK), Ian Mahinmi (FG%, REB, BLK), Kyle O’Quinn (FG%, REB, BLK), Willy Hernangomez (FG%, PTS, REB), Courtney Lee (3PM, STL), Andre Roberson (REB, STL, BLK), Enes Kanter (FG%, PTS, REB), Monta Ellis (PTS, AST), C.J. Miles (PTS, 3PM)

Best streaming options who play on both Monday and Tuesday:

Marreese Speights (3PM), Jamal Crawford (FT%, PTS, 3PM, FT%), Austin Rivers (PTS, 3PM), Zaza Pachulia (FG%, REB), Andre Iguodala (3PM, AST, STL)

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Mar 11

Week 21 Streaming Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Most leagues will be starting their fantasy playoffs this week and managers need to shift their focus. What happens in a month means nothing. The only thing that is important is how your team performs this week. And once this week is over, the only thing that matters is how your team performs in the second round of the playoffs. Don’t worry about how your team is going to perform in the finals during the first round of the playoffs. Do whatever you have to do to move on and worry about the finals later.

Winning in the fantasy playoffs is often more about quantity than quality. You’ll want to try to maximize your games played each week and that may require some tough decisions. If dropping the fifth-worst player on your roster gives you the best chance of winning the week, then that is something you need to consider. You also need to be willing to use multiple spots to stream. Using only one roster spot to stream will make it difficult to maximize your games played. You’ll probably want to use two different spots to stream.

Who to pick up, and to a lesser extent, who to drop, comes down to what categories you need. Don’t worry about picking up all-around players if only a couple categories are competitive. Also, don’t be afraid to drop big name players if they add nothing to the categories that you need to win. For example, if you have no chance at winning points or threes this week, and your matchup is expected to be very close, then dropping a player like Devin Booker is completely reasonable. Without those two categories, Booker becomes absolutely useless and due to his turnovers and weak defensive contributions, he will actually be a fairly large hindrance to your playoff progression. Again, unless you are confident that you can easily beat your playoff opponent, do what it takes to win this week, and figure out your strategy for the next round when you get there.

Below is a streaming guide for what is the first round of the playoffs in most leagues. Wednesday is an extremely busy night and you’ll likely be overloaded that day. That makes players who don’t play on Wednesday this week and instead play on Tuesday and Thursday very valuable. Ideally, you’ll be picking up players who play back-to-back nights. The teams with the most useful schedules this week are Portland and Brooklyn. The Blazers have two back-to-back sets this week and the Nets play Tuesday and Thursday and also have a back-to-back set. The Knicks have this week’s worst schedule followed closely by the Pacers. The Knicks only play two games this week with their final game coming on Thursday. The only Knicks worth holding onto after Thursday are Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony (don’t even think about starting either player in a weekly league). The Pacers play three games in Week 21 but have three days off after Wednesday. If Thaddeus Young doesn’t turn it around by Wednesday, you’ll likely be getting a notification that he’s been dropped in most leagues.

The following guide assumes that you play in a 12-team league. The categories that I list beside the players are the categories that the player has the potential to provide above-average production in. If better players are available than the ones I list below, don’t hesitate to grab them. If you play in a larger league and the below players aren’t available, feel free to shoot me a message on Twitter or through the contact form. Good luck.

Monday

  • No team plays on both Monday and Tuesday in Week 21. If you can, use Week 20’s moves to gain some extra games on Monday and then use your first moves of Week 21 to grab players who play on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Top Monday night options: Larry Nance (FG%, REB, STL), Ivica Zubac (BLK), Nick Young (PTS, 3PM), Brandon Ingram (PTS), David Lee (FG%, REB), Dewayne Dedmon (FG%, REB, BLK), Patty Mills (3PM, AST), Danny Green (3PM, STL, BLK), Jamal Crawford (PTS, 3PM, FT%), Austin Rivers (PTS, 3PM), Rodney Hood (PTS, 3PM), Tony Allen (STL), JaMychal Green (REB), Willie Cauley-Stein (FG%, REB, STL, BLK), Kosta Koufos (FG%, REB, BLK), Ty Lawson (AST), Buddy Hield (PTS, 3PM), Norman Powell (PTS, 3PM, STL), P.J. Tucker (REB, STL), Cory Joseph (PTS, AST, STL), Bobby Portis (REB), Robin Lopez (REB, BLK), Terrence Ross (PTS, 3PM, STL), Bismack Biyombo (REB, BLK), Cody Zeller (FG%, REB, BLK), Thabo Sefolosha (STL, BLK), Tim Hardaway Jr. (PTS, 3PM)

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Feb 26

16/17 Playoff Schedules

Below is fantasy basketball’s 2016-2017 playoff schedule. These schedules are based off of Yahoo’s default playoff weeks (Week 20-22). With your league’s trade deadline likely right around the corner, it’s time to start making moves to improve your playoff schedule. Quantity often trumps quality during the fantasy playoffs.

 

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
Week 20 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 4
Week 21 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 3
Week 22 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4
Total 11 12 10 11 11 11 11 10 11 11 10 11 12 11 11
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Week 20 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Week 21 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 4
Week 22 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
Total 10 12 10 11 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12

Teams with 12 games:

BKN, LAC, MIL, WAS

Teams with 11 games:

ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, NOR, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

Teams with 10 games:

BOS, DEN, HOU, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKC, ORL

 

Teams with two game weeks: 

NYK (Week 20)

Teams with five game weeks:

LAC (Week 21)

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Feb 15

Ibaka/Ross Trade Analysis

The Raptors and Magic made the first major trade of the season on Tuesday with Terrence Ross and a first-round pick going to Orlando and Serge Ibaka coming back to Toronto. Unlike the Mason Plumlee-Jusuf Nurkic trade, this move will have a fairly large impact on a number of players on both teams. Below is a breakdown of how these players should be valued going forward. From a non-fantasy perspective, I like the trade for both teams. The Magic were going to let Ibaka walk, and this trade allows them to somewhat salvage the awful Victor Oladipo trade. Oladipo for Ross and a pick isn’t great, but it’s certainly better than Oladipo for only one season of Ibaka. The addition of Ibaka is going to be a major shot in the arm for the Raptors. The floundering squad’s only decent option at the four was Patrick Patterson who has struggled to get over a knee injury. Ibaka is a perfect fit for the Raptors as he should help stabilize their quickly deteriorating defense while providing much better spacing than the other Raptor power forwards. If the reports about Masai Ujiri acquiring Ibaka with the intent of signing him to a long-term deal are true, then I like this trade a lot less for the Raptors. Assuming Kyle Lowry is brought back for over $30 million a year and Ibaka is re-signed for somewhere around $25 million, the Raptors will have over $80 million wrapped up in three players. A core of Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Ibaka is solid, but not a serious championship contender. Re-signing Ibaka will cripple the Raptors’ flexibility going forward, leaving the Raptors’ rabid fan base with a good, but not great, team for the next three or four years.

Serge Ibaka – Ibaka has had a bit of a bounce-back season, but much of his statistical improvement can be chalked up to an increased usage rate (21.0 USG%) that is likely to come down in Toronto. The Magic lack a true first-option and Ibaka is joining a team that has two. DeRozan and Lowry’s combined usage is almost identical to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s combined usage in Ibaka’s final season in Oklahoma City. The Thunder also didn’t have a third-option like Jonas Valanciunas taking up 19.7% of his team’s possessions. Expect a slight drop in Ibaka’s scoring numbers (15.1 PPG) and small dip in FG% impact due to the decrease in attempts. Pace won’t save Ibaka’s scoring numbers either as the Magic play at a slightly faster pace than the Raptors. I wouldn’t expect a major change in Ibaka’s rebounding (6.8 RPG) or block numbers (1.6 BPG). He’ll continue to see most of his playing time at the four which means he’ll be chasing the league’s stretch fours around the perimeter. Ibaka is currently posting third-round value, but owners shouldn’t expect that to continue. I’d value Serge as a fifth-round player going forward.

Norman Powell – The Raptors are now very thin on the wing and Powell should see a major boost in playing time. He’ll be the primary backup for both DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll and 25 MPG is a fair estimate going forward. That’s enough playing time to put Powell on the radar in standard leagues and makes him a strong pickup in deeper leagues. He should be a consistent source of swipes (1.5 SP36) and could average close to a three per game (1.2 3P36). He’s also a good bet to crack double-digits in the scoring column (15.1 PP36). If either DeRozan or Carroll were to miss time, Powell would become a must-own player in standard leagues. Powell has started 14 games this season and in those 14 starts he has averaged 31.9 MPG, 14.7 PPG, 1.5 3PG, and 1.0 SPG. We should see more Lowry/Cory Joseph lineups as well, but unless you’re playing a 20-team league, Joseph can be safely ignored.

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Feb 12

Week 17 Preview

We’ve made it to the most unique week of the season. Your strategy this week will depend on whether Week 17 lasts one or two weeks. If you play in a league where Week 17 last two weeks, then treat it like any other week. If you play in a league where Week 17 only runs until Thursday, then I hope you have a strong schedule. A four day week means more variance than usual and a bad day can lead to a blowout loss. If you have a short week this week, you need to be very aggressive with your streaming as even one extra game could swing multiple categories.

 

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
One-week Week 17 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 2
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
One-week Week 17 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

 

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
Two-week Week 17 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 5 4 4
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Two-Week Week 17 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
  • Pacers and Celtics are your main targets for the first four days of Week 17. They are the only teams that play three times over the next four days. C.J. Miles needs to started in all weekly leagues and the corpse of Monta Ellis is a reasonable option for those looking for extra games. Kelly Olynyk is a strong option as well. Even Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson are decent options this week due to Celtics’ strong schedule.
  • In weekly leagues, I would stay away from any player that is questionable to play this week. Most teams will play it safe and just rest their players through the break. That makes Avery Bradley, Thaddeus Young, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, and Joel Embiid sits this week. Again, I want to stress how important it is to move Embiid before your league’s trade deadline. If Embiid picks up even a hangnail over the next month, the Sixers are going to shut him down. Nerlens Noel is an outstanding buy-low target. With Jahlil Okafor on his way out, there’s a very good chance that Noel, a top-15 per minute player, will be the Sixers’ starting center during the fantasy playoffs.
  • If your Week 17 is two weeks long, make sure that you save some moves for the second half of the week. The trade deadline is next Wednesday and a handful of useful players will pop up on the wire. If your team is struggling, February 23rd could provide a lifeline.

Week 17 Pickups

Cody Zeller – Zeller has missed eight of the Hornets’ last nine games and that has caused his ownership to dip below 50% on Yahoo. Far too many managers are making a major mistake as Zeller has clearly established himself as a mid-round player. He’s been a top-70 player over the last two months and is one of the better FG% anchors in the league (58.7 FG%). He also gives you enough on the defensive end (0.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG) and has improved from the line as the season has gone on (78.0 FT% over the last two months).

Kyle Korver – Korver has seen at least 25 minutes in each of the Cavaliers’ last seven games and has been a top-65 player over that span. Over those seven games, he shot an incredible (and unsustainable) 63.6% from the floor despite most of his attempts coming from behind the arc (3.3 3PG). He’s doing nothing on the defensive end this year (0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG), but the move to Cleveland has made him one of the few three-point specialists who doesn’t come with a substantial FG% hit.

C.J. Miles – Thad Young is likely out through the All-Star Break and until he returns, Miles is a must-own and a must-start player. He’s hit the 20 point mark in two of the Pacers’ last three games and is averaging 4.3 triples in those three contests. Once Thad returns, he’ll go back to only being a streaming option.

Malcolm Brogdon – Jabari Parker’s season-ending ACL tear makes Brogdon a lock to provide owners with at least low-end value for the rest of the season. In the two games that the Bucks have played without Parker, Brogdon’s usage has been in the mid-20s which is significantly higher than his season-long usage rate of 18.0%. Khris Middleton will eventually take Brogdon’s spot as the Bucks’ secondary creator, but until then, Brogdon should post some very useful lines.

Moe Harkless – After an extremely hot start to the season, Harkless lost his starting his starting spot and in turn, his standard-league viability. Evan Turner’s injury gives Harkless a second chance. He’ll start while Turner is out of the lineup and should see close to 30 MPG. When Harkless was seeing that much run earlier in the year he was a top-80 player. I wouldn’t expect that level of production as Harkless’ per minute numbers have fallen off, but he should be useful from deep (1.0 3PG) and on the defensive end (1.1 SPG, 0.9 BPG).

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Feb 05

Week 16 Preview

The trade deadline is less than three weeks away and managers should start looking for ways to free up a roster spot. It’s always a good idea to have an open roster spot for streaming purposes, but it becomes even more essential around the trade deadline. It’s extremely likely that multiple top-100 players emerge due to trades made over the next three weeks and you don’t want to be hesitating when you are racing your leaguemates to the wire. Try to open up a spot through a 2-for-1 trade where you are receiving the better player. There’s still plenty of time to find a mid-round player off the wire to make up for any depth lost in a trade.

 

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
Week 16 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 3
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Week 16 4 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 2 4 4 3 4 3
  • The Blazers have their second two-game week of the season and that makes Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum weak starts in Week 16. Starting either player in a weekly league isn’t a death sentence, but the two-game week does it make it unlikely that either player will produce more than top-100 value this week. Two-game weeks are extremely hard to overcome. Moe Harkless is droppable at this point. Not only is he not seeing the minutes that he did earlier in the season, his play has dropped off as well. Harkless hasn’t been a top-200 per minute player over the last month.
  • The Heat have this week’s easiest schedule. Dion Waiters is red hot and is a must-start until he cools down. Tyler Johnson is healthy again and needs to be started in all weekly leagues as well. I’d stay away from Wayne Ellington as he’s only played 20 minutes in one of the Heat’s last three games. Hassan Whiteside is a tricky player to value going forward. The Heat are the league’s hottest team and are somehow only two games out of a playoff spot. If they can keep this up, it’s unlikely that we see Whiteside shutdown until very late in the season. I still think he’s someone you want to sell, but it’s no longer essential that you move the big man. He’s finished the last two seasons extremely hot so owners who hold tight could be rewarded handsomely.
  • Joel Embiid, Avery Bradley, and Thaddeus Young are questionable to play this week and all three need to be sat in weekly leagues. Bradley looks like the most likely to return, but with the Celtics having a back-to-back set in the middle of the week, it’s likely that the shooting guard only plays two games this week. Embiid is someone you should be looking to move. The Sixers are going to continue to be extremely careful with their franchise player and we won’t see much of Embiid down the stretch. Due to the Sixers having two back-to-back sets during the fantasy playoffs, Embiid will play a maximum of nine times during the season’s most important weeks. Mid-round players like Jabari Parker who have 12 playoff games are a lock to outperform Embiid during the fantasy playoffs. Young is dealing with what seems like a fairly serious wrist sprain. It’s possible we don’t see him at all this week.

Week 16 Pickups

Willy Hernangomez – Joakim Noah will miss time with a hamstring injury and that solidifies Hernangomez’ spot in the rotation. He’ll come off the bench behind Kyle O’Quinn, but he should see enough playing time to be useful. The rookie is one of the best rebounders in the league and is doing much more on the offensive end these days. Hernangomez has scored at least 15 points in his last three games and has hit 54.2% of his shots this season. He’s a very good fit for punt blocks teams in need of rebounding and FG% impact (0.5 BPG).

Yogi Ferrell – Every year a player comes out of nowhere and swings championships. This year it may be an undrafted rookie named Yogi. Ferrell’s first four games with the Mavericks could not have gone any better. He’s been a top-25 player since joining the Mavericks and is averaging 17.8 PPG, 3.3 3PG, 5.0 APG, and 1.8 SPG while shooting 44.4% from the floor and 90.9% from the line. Deron Williams has been sideline during Yogi’s hot stretch so it’s very unlikely that the rookie continues to post such impressive numbers. However, there’s plenty of talk of Williams being moved and if the veteran is, Yogi could be a difference maker down the stretch.

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Jan 30

Week 15 Preview

After a quick break for the holidays and a rankings update, the weekly previews are back. Most leagues only have five or six weeks left in the regular season and if you are currently sitting outside of the playoffs, now is not the time to stash. Nailing a stash won’t mean much if you are on the consolation side of the bracket. Do what you need to survive and figure out what to do in the playoffs once you get there.

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
Week 15 3 4 4 3 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Week 15 3 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 2 3
  • The Bulls will have plenty of time to sit around and talk about their issues as they are one of two teams that only play two games in Week 15. The only player on the Bulls worth considering in weekly leagues is Jimmy Butler and even he comes with some risk. Butler is only a game removed from his worst performance of the season and any player who only plays two games in a week needs to have two big games to justify their starting spot in weekly leagues. Dwyane Wade is having a surprisingly strong year, but is an easy sit with his schedule being so light.
  • The Jazz also only play two games this week and no one on the roster is a must-start. Rudy Gobert may be tempting due to his blocks, but even a low-end player with four games will likely give you more than the 25 points, 25 rebounds, and 5 blocks that Gobert will provide owners with this week. Gordon Hayward is in the same boat and is only a desperation play in weekly leagues.
  • Joel Embiid is going to miss at least the first two games of the week and should be sat in weekly leagues. I wouldn’t start Jahlil Okafor as he’ll get two DNP-CDs if Embiid does return later in the week. Nerlens Noel is an excellent start this week and should see plenty of run with Embiid out of the lineup. Noel has been a top-10 per minute player this season and is somehow ranked within the top-80 on a per game basis despite only averaging 17.6 MPG. He should be owned in all leagues.
  • The Raptors have this week’s easiest schedule and it’s not particularly close. They have three cupcake matchups on the docket and an Atlantic Division showdown with the Celtics. Toronto’s All-Star backcourt is likely to have a big week and Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll, and Terrence Ross are all decent streaming options in weekly leagues. Lucas Nogueira is an excellent option for those in need of FG% impact and defensive stats. Jared Sullinger is still not in game shape and while he’ll likely eventually take some of Bebe’s minutes, that won’t happen this week.

Week 15 Pickups

Kent Bazemore – Bazemore looks like the biggest winner of the Kyle Korver trade. The swingman has been a top-75 player over the last two weeks and has averaged 15.4 PPG, 2.0 3PG, 0.9 SPG, and 0.7 BPG over that span. Bazemore has been disappointing this season, but his counting stats have remained strong. He has the ability to put up one three (1.3 SPG), one steal (1.2 SPG), and one block (0.6 BPG) every night. His current mark from the field (39.4 FG%) is by far the lowest of his career, but that is primarily due to his horrendous start to the season. The Hawk has hit 45.3% of his shots in January.

David Lee – The Spurs’ system has made useful fantasy assets out of worse players than Lee. Since Pau Gasol broke his hand in warm ups, Lee has been a top-60 player and an elite source of FG% impact. In the six games he’s played without Gasol, Lee has shot 64.8% from the floor and that absurd efficiency has come on a fair amount of attempts (9.0 FGA). Those punting blocks who just lost Enes Kanter to a fight with a chair should pay especially close attention to Lee (0.8 BP36).

Iman Shumpert – Shumpert has never been a reliable fantasy option so don’t get too excited. However, when a player has averaged 3.2 3PG and 1.7 SPG over his last six games, he needs to picked up and held until he cools off. Shumpert is going to see plenty of run over the next two months. J.R. Smith is not a lock to return during the regular season and Shumpert should be useful during the fantasy playoffs. Don’t expect anything outside of threes and steals. The shooting guard doesn’t hit the boards (2.8 RPG) and isn’t asked to create (1.6 APG).

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Jan 28

January Rankings: #101-150

101) Pau Gasol

102) Marvin Williams

103) Jon Leuer

104) Devin Booker – Booker posts some flashy scoring numbers, but until the rest of his game catches up to his scoring ability, he’s no more than a low-end asset. Over the last two weeks, he’s averaging 25.9 PPG and 2.4 3PG, but due to his inability to contribute anything on the defensive end, he’s only been a top-75 player over that stretch.

105) JaMychal Green

106) Tyson Chandler

107) Taj Gibson

108) Khris Middleton – Middleton is targeting a return around the All-Star Break and that makes him a must-stash player in most leagues. The Bucks have a 12-game playoff schedule and Middleton will have around a month to get up to full speed before the fantasy playoffs begin. Don’t expect early-round production, but top-75 per game production is possible.

109) Marcus Smart

110) Julius Randle

111) Ersan Ilyasova

112) Garrett Temple

113) Lucas Nogueira

114) Andrew Wiggins – If you ignore Wiggins’ scoring, he’s one of the least useful rotation players in the league. Wiggins is currently only producing above-average production in one category (22.0 PPG) and is arguably this season’s biggest (and most predictable) bust. His scoring comes on below-average efficiency (44.9 FG%, 73.9 FT%) and despite his physical gifts, he doesn’t contribute on the defensive end (0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG). Making matters worse is the Wolves’ playoff schedule. Minnesota only plays 10 games during the fantasy playoffs. If you own Wiggins, you should be looking to move him.

115) Danny Green

116) Chandler Parsons – Parsons is no more than a stash at this point. The Grizzlies’ insistence on keeping him on a minute limit this late into the season is extremely worrisome. What worries me, even more than the minutes limit, is that Parsons has been absolutely awful when he has been on the court. The swingman hasn’t even been a top-200 per minute player and his play has not improved as he gotten healthier. Unless you are locked into a playoff spot, stay away from Parsons.

117) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

118) Derrick Favors – Favors is another player who just can’t get it going. Favors has been healthy for over a month, but is still ranked outside of the top-200 on a per game basis. The big man has been a major drag on Jazz’ offense when he’s been on the court so don’t expect a major increase in playing time (25.8 MPG over the last month). He’s another former stud who is not a must-own player.

119) Nick Young

120) Elfrid Payton

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