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The Week Ahead: Week 13

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Week 13 Schedule (Games Played)






2 Games: MEM, PHX, UTA


1 Game: PHI, BOS

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Week 13 Streaming Schedule:




Tuesday: MIA @ TOR, POR @ OKC, ORL @ DAL, SAC @ LAL




Thursday: BOS @ PHI, CLE @ TOR, LAC @ SAC, SAS @ LAL






Sunday: MIL @ MIA, NOP @ NYK, IND @ PHX, POR @ MIN



Teams with Back-to-Backs:


Monday-Tuesday: Raptors, Kings


Tuesday-Wednesday: Heat, Blazers, Thunder, Magic, Mavericks


Wednesday-Thursday: Clippers


Thursday-Friday: Cavaliers


Friday-Saturday: Hornets, Nets, Wizards, Warriors, Nuggets


Saturday-Sunday: None


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Schedule Notes:


-The Blazers are the only team that has a four-game week that starts on Tuesday. 

-The Spurs have a back-to-back set on Sunday (Jan. 7) and Monday (Jan. 8), but it's not clear which game Kawhi Leonard will sit out. Tony Parker will also sit one out, and don't rule out LaMarcus Aldridge resting again as well. 


-There are only four games on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, so streaming players on those days is extra valuable. The Lakers, Kings and Raptors are the only teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday. 

-The Hornets, Knicks and Wizards all have 3-game weeks that don’t start until Wednesday. 

-There are 11 games on Wednesday, so be cautious of that when picking up a player (don't waste a pickup when your lineup may already be full that day)


-The Celtics and 76ers travel to London this week and only have one game on Thursday. I wouldn’t start anybody in a weekly format, but if you’re desperate, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are the only ones you should consider. 


-The Suns, Grizzlies and Jazz all have two-game weeks, meaning the only players you should start in a weekly format are Devin Booker, Marc Gasol and Donovan Mitchell. If you’re desperate, Marquese Chriss, T.J. Warren, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors are in the next tier.


-Looking ahead to Week 14, the Suns and Mavericks are the only two teams with 2-game weeks. 



Pickup of the Week:

This week's top pickup only has three games on the schedule, but you can't leave him on the wire. Gerald Green was unemployed and practicing his shooting in his driveway a little over a week ago, and now he's out here dropping eight 3-pointers against the Warriors on National TV. "No team wanted me," Green said in an interview with ESPN. "No overseas team. Not even a G-League team. So this is the only team that took a chance on me. For me, I'm just so overwhelmed and excited about the opportunity." 


His reputation as a streaky shooter makes me a bit nervous that he will cool off, but it's really hard to ignore a player who is averaging 21.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 5.3 triples in his last four games. James Harden has a partial tear in his hamstring and won't be re-evaluated for another 1.5 weeks, and it's possible he doesn't play at all in January. The Rockets have already guaranteed his contract for the rest of the season, so pick Green up and let's find out together if he can keep it up. 


Streaming Options with 4-game weeks


*Please note that these are only players that are widely available in fantasy leagues (at least 50%).


Caris LeVert (47% owned)- He’s been a regular in my Week Ahead articles, and now that he’s banged up his ownership rate is back under 50%. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that LeVert's groin injury is "not serious," so even though they may hold him out again this weekend, he could be back in time for Brooklyn’s 4-game week. He’s thriving in the second unit and Atkinson has noticed. "He’s making it his group," Atkinson said. "You do need someone to lead a unit, and they’ve got nice chemistry going. It’s more than the play: It’s the leadership ability and him talking to guys and communicating. [It’s] great to see for a young player developing." He was averaging 16.3 points, 8.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples in his previous four games and has no business being on the wire. 


Allen Crabbe (46%) and Joe Harris (3%)- If you need 3-pointers this week, then look no further. Crabbe is not for everybody because his field goal percentage is atrocious, but he’s hitting 2.4 triples per game and coach Atkinson usually keeps him out there when his shot isn’t falling. As for Harris, you don’t have to worry about his FG% like you do with Crabbe and he’s been solid in his last five games with 12.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 triples in 24.4 minutes. Crabbe is the better pickup if LeVert plays this week, but Harris would be my choice if LeVert can’t go. 


Jarrett Allen (7%)- He’s still more of a stash, but he can be pretty useful in a four-game week. The Nets are still keeping him around 20 minutes per game, and that will stay that way even if the Nets try to get Jahlil Okafor more involved (Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller would lose minutes). Allen has blocked at least one shot in seven of his last nine games  and could get you five to six blocks this week, arguably the most valuable category in fantasy.


Trey Lyles (44%)- Not only is he a great streaming option this week, but Lyles is a great pickup everywhere and should be owned until Paul Millsap (wrist) comes back around the All-Star break. He had 26 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and four triples against his former team on Friday, but his strong play is nothing new. He has top-60 value in category leagues over the past 14 games, averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.4 triples. Just like coach Mike Malone said on Friday, “There’s not a lot of things Trey Lyles can’t do offensively.”


Mason Plumlee (24%)- While not a sexy option, Plumlee could have some low-end value this week with four games on the schedule. He’s still starting next to Nikola Jokic these days with Kenneth Faried in the doghouse, but his minutes haven’t been high with Trey Lyles playing so well. He’s still been somewhat productive with 7.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 21.8 minutes over his last five, but make sure you can stomach his horrible free throw shooting (39.2% on 2.7 attempts per game). 


Jordan Bell (30%)- I’m really curious to see what the Warriors do with Bell on Saturday vs. the Clippers — he was benched after just six minutes against Houston after a couple of defensive lapses and didn’t touch the floor in the second half.  Assuming he’s not in the doghouse, Bell could be a nice play in a four-game week and had top-60 value in December with 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.5 turnovers while hitting 65.4% from the field and 73.7% from the line. He did that in just 20.3 minutes per game, so as long as he sees his normal allotment of minutes against the Clippers, I’d be comfortable using him this week. If he flops for a second straight game, treat him like a stash or a Draymond Green handcuff. 

EDIT: As I'm writing this, Bell appears to be headed towards a DNP-CD vs. the Clippers with both JaVale McGee and Kevon Looney checking in ahead of him. Kerr is tough on rookies like we saw with Patrick McCaw this season, but hopefully he's back in the rotation soon. Look elsewhere if you need production this week. 


Andre Iguodala (18%)- To be completely clear, I would only consider Iguodala this week if Kevin Durant (calf) misses more time — KD is day-to-day but the Warriors haven’t said much about his status. Iggy scored 10 points (5-of-9 FGs) with nine assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 31 minutes in his last start vs. Houston, but just be careful because the Warriors have rested him quite a bit lately. 


Lance Stephenson (19%)- Even if Victor Oladipo (knee) can’t play on Saturday, he’s fully expected to return by Week 13. Stephenson obviously loses most of his value with Dipo back, but he’s still useful in a four-game week. He’s been really solid as a fill-in starter, but he was also playing really well before Dipo’s injury, averaging 10.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists from Dec. 18 to Dec. 23 with Dipo in the lineup. 


Jawun Evans (2%)- We don’t have a large sample size to work with and Evans has been all over the place this season (like most rookies), but he has his best opportunity yet with Milos Teodosic re-aggravating his foot injury and Austin Rivers (heel) out for at least the next two weeks. Coach Doc Rivers must have a lot of faith in the rookie to start him against the Warriors on Saturday, so he could be an intriguing pickup if he does well. For what it’s worth, he’s only played more than 30 minutes one time this season and he had 15 points, six assists, six rebounds, five steals and one triple in that game. 


John Henson (38%)- He had a really bad game on Friday vs. Toronto, but none of the Bucks played particularly well to be fair. If we ignore that dud, Henson would have averages of 11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in his last five games. His floor is also a bit higher these days with 26+ minutes in five out of his last seven games. 


Tyus Jones (18%)- I won’t lie to you, Jones has been pretty bad this week. He’s still logging heavy minutes as the starting point guard, and we probably won’t see Jeff Teague back this week. He’s averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 0.9 triples in eight fill-in starts this season, and maybe this is the week he finally gets his groove back because he was terrific earlier this season. 


E’Twaun Moore (44%)- Moore had a six-point dud in his last game, but he’s been sneaky good all season with eighth-round value in standard leagues. He’s averaging a career-high 13.1 points with 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 triples with an elite field goal percentage (54.1%) for his position. He’s only played less than 30 minutes just two times since the start of December and is an excellent streaming option this week. 


Delon Wright (24%)- Believe it or not, but Wright has been a top-24 player in category leagues over the past six games. What makes him so valuable is the money stats (defensive stats and 3s), as he’s averaging 11.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 triples in that span. He can play multiple positions and has a lot of standalone value right now even with the Raptors healthy, but he also doubles as a handcuff to the injury-prone Kyle Lowry


The Kings are a mess these days and I don’t feel comfortable recommending anyone, but there are a few options if you’re in a tight spot. Bogdan Bogdanovic is their most reliable wing right now and has been handling the ball a lot more lately. He’s had at least three assists in each of his last six games and is averaging 11.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples over his last five. De’Aaron Fox is interesting with Frank Mason (heel) out and had 17 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes in his last game, but he was slumping hard before returning from his quad injury. Skal Labissiere is another player to consider if he plays well this weekend, as he’s coming off a 17-point, 15-rebound double-doubles. His minutes have been all over the place, though. 

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