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The Week Ahead: Week 16

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Week 16 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, DEN, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, TOR

 

3 Games: CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, LAL, NOP, ORL, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS

 

2 Games: CHI, LAC


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Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday: CHA @ IND, MIN @ ATL, PHX @ MEM, PHI @ MIL, MIA @ DAL, BOS @ DEN

 

Tuesday: OKC @ WAS, BKN @ NYK, MIN @ TOR, CLE @ DET, ORL @ HOU, SAC @ NOP, DEN @ SAS, GSW @ UTA, POR @ LAC

 

Wednesday: MEM @ IND, LAL @ ORL, CHA @ ATL, PHI @ BKN, MIA @ CLE, NYK @ BOS, CHI @ POR, DAL @ PHX

 

Thursday: MEM @ DET, TOR @ WAS, MIL @ MIN, HOU @ SAS, OKC @ DEN

 

Friday: IND @ CHA, ATL @ BOS, LAL @ BKN, POR @ TOR, MIA @ PHI, NYK @ MIL, NOP @ OKC, UTA @ PHX, GSW @ SAC

 

Saturday: CHI @ LAC, MIA @ DET, PHI @ IND, WAS @ ORL, HOU @ CLE, NOP @ MIN, UTA @ SAS, GSW @ DEN, DAL @ SAC

 

Sunday: POR @ BOS, MIL @ BKN, ATL @ NYK, MEM @ TOR, LAL @ OKC, CHA @ PHX

 

 

Teams with Back-to-Backs:

 

Monday-Tuesday: Nuggets, Wolves

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Nets, Cavaliers, Knicks, Magic, Blazers

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Grizzlies

 

Thursday-Friday: Bucks, Thunder, Raptors

 

Friday-Saturday: Warriors, Pacers, Heat, Pelicans, 76ers, Kings, Jazz

 

Saturday-Sunday: None

 

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Schedule Notes:

 

The Nets, Knicks, Thunder, Blazers and Raptors all have 4-game weeks that don’t begin until Tuesday. 

 

The Lakers and Bulls are the only two teams that don’t play on either Monday or Tuesday. The Lakers begin their 3-game week on Wednesday and the Bulls begin their two-game week on Wednesday.

 

The only Bulls to consider starting in a two-game week are Lauri Markkanen and Nikola Mirotic, while Lou Williams, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are the only Clippers you should be starting in their two-game week.

 

The Nuggets, Grizzlies and Wolves are the only teams that open the week with three games in the first four days of the week. 

 

The best days to stream players this week are Monday (6 games), Thursday (5 games) and Sunday (6 games).

 

 

Pickup of the Week:

 

Dejounte Murray is only owned in 50% of Yahoo Leagues and is easily the top pickup of the week. The Spurs have officially named him their starting PG and he has rewarded their trust in him with four strong starts in a row. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.8 turnovers in that span, hitting 44% from the field. He became just the second player in league history to record at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in 30 minutes or less against the Cavaliers, and that was also just the fifth 19/10/7 game in franchise history. Sure he doesn’t hit many 3-pointers, but he has the potential to be a fantasy stud and coach Gregg Popovich is clearly enamored with his PG of the future. 

 

 

Streaming Options

 

*Please note that this list only includes players that are widely available with four-game weeks

 

Ersan Ilyasova (40% owned)- With the trade deadline less than two weeks ago, Ilyasova’s window for fantasy value is closing because he’s expected to be traded to a contender. He’s still a decent option in deeper leagues in a four game week though, as he has January averages of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 triples. With that said, he’s cold right now and hasn’t hit a triple in four straight games. 

 

Taurean Prince (54% owned)- I try to keep the players on this list under 50% owned, but I’ll make an exception for Prince since he was dropped in so many leagues. He had a horrible stretch over the last two weeks with single-digit points in five out of his last seven games, but snapped out of his slump in a big way on Friday with 21 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Not only is he a nice streaming option this week, but I think Prince becomes a must-own player again down the stretch for his 1-1-1 potential in steals, blocks and triples. Atlanta is expected to move a bunch of veterans, so that will help Prince as well. 

 

Dewayne Dedmon (37% owned)- Dedmon has been pretty disappointing since returning from his injury, as coach Mike Budenholzer insists on using three centers in his current rotation. Dedmon should still see about 20+ minutes per night, making him a streaming option for deep-league owners. He has January averages of 7.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 blocks, and it’s no secret that finding a big on the waiver wire is incredibly difficult. 

 

*John Collins is owned in 56% of leagues, but he’s a must-start player in all formats this week. 

 

Joe Harris (9% owned)- Harris has scored in double digits in 11 out of 13 games in January, averaging 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.2 triples in 26.3 minutes. He’s been on fire from the field, hitting 53.8% percent of his shots and 54.7% of his triples. He started the second half for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin strain) on Friday and could be looking at 30+ minutes if RHJ’s absence extends into Week 16. 

 

Jarrett Allen (5% owned)- The rookie center has now played well in two straight games, averaging 12.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.5 minutes in that span. “He’s had kind of sporadic energy, which is normal for a young guy, but I think he’s becoming more consistent and more aggressive,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I think there’s a tiger in him. He’s a very cerebral guy, very calm, but I do think he has grit . . . He’s definitely not afraid. He’s trying to dunk everything now. It’s great to see.” The Nets are still using 3-4 centers every night, but Allen has clearly emerged as the best option in real life and in fantasy. He’s a solid blocks and rebounds specialist in a four-game week, but expect his role to keep growing down the stretch. 

 

Caris LeVert (32% owned)- LeVert has been disappointing for a couple weeks and has lost some value with D’Angelo Russell back. He’s only shooting 31.8 percent from the field in his last five games, averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 triples in that span. I wouldn’t feel confident streaming him outside of deeper leagues, but keep in mind that he will benefit if Hollis-Jefferson misses time with his groin injury. 

 

Terry Rozier (20% owned)- With Marcus Smart (right hand laceration) expected to miss two weeks, Rozier is the big winner and is worthy of a standard-league spot in a four-game week. He played 24 minutes on Wednesday vs. the Clippers and had more ball-handling responsibility, finishing with 15 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

 


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