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The Week Ahead: Week 17

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Week 17 Schedule: Games Played

 

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, NOP, ORL, POR, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: BKN, CHI, DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHX, SAC, TOR

 

2 Games: SAS

 

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Streaming Schedule

 

Monday: POR @ DET, WAS @ IND, ORL @ MIA, UTA @ NOP, CHA @ DEN, CHI @ SAC, DAL @ LAC

 

Tuesday: CLE @ ORL, BOS @ TOR, MEM @ ATL, HOU @ BKN, MIL @ NYK, WAS @ PHI, OKC @ GSW, PHX @ LAL

 

Wednesday: BKN @ DET, HOU @ MIA, MIN @ CLE, UTA @ MEM, IND @ NOP, SAS @ PHX

 

Thursday: ATL @ ORL, NYK @ TOR, BOS @ WAS, CHA @ POR, DAL @ GSW, OKC @ LAL

 

Friday: LAC @ DET, NOP @ PHI, CLE @ ATL, IND @ BOS, MIL @ MIA, MIN @ CHI, DEN @ HOU, CHA @ UTA, POR @ SAC

 

Saturday: NOP @ BKN, MIL @ ORL, LAC @ PHI, WAS @ CHI, LAL @ DAL, SAS @ GSW, DEN @ PHX

 

Sunday: TOR @ CHA, DET @ ATL, CLE @ BOS, NYK @ IND, DAL @ HOU, SAC @ MIN, MEM @ OKC, UTA @ POR

 

 

Teams With Back-to-Backs

 

Monday-Tuesday: Magic, Wizards

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Nets, Cavaliers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Suns

 

Wednesday-Thursday: None

 

Thursday-Friday: Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Blazers

 

Friday-Saturday: Bulls, Nuggets, Clippers, Bucks, Pelicans, 76ers

 

Saturday-Sunday: Mavericks

 

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Schedule Notes: 

 

 

-With only two games on the schedule for the Spurs, the only player I’d start in a weekly league is LaMarcus Aldridge. If you’re desperate, Pau Gasol, Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anders also are options. 

 

-The Hawks, Celtics, Cavaliers and Rockets all have 4-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.

 

-The Nets, Warriors, Lakers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Knicks, Thunder, 76ers, Suns and Raptors all have 3-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.

 

-The Wolves don’t start their 3-game week until Wednesday

 

-The Magic and Wizards have a front-loaded schedule and play three times from Monday-Thursday. 

 

-The Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Mavericks and Blazers have a back-loaded schedule and all have three games from Thursday-Sunday. 

 

-The trade deadline is on Thursday, Feb. 8. Keep in mind that if a player is traded, they will usually miss a game with their new teams while they pass their medicals. 

 

 

Pickup of the Week:

 

Jarrett Allen- I’ve written more about Allen than pretty much any other waiver-wire gem this season and I finally don’t look so clueless for liking him so much. Allen has leapfrogged Tyler Zeller in Brooklyn’s rotation and is locked in as the starter going forward. “[Allen’s] been playing well. This is the next step for him,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I thought it was going to happen later, probably All-Star break. He’s clamoring for more minutes.”

 

Allen is averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.0 minutes during his first three starts, hitting a ridiculous 19-of-23 shots in that span. He’s also hitting 75.3% of his free throws this season and I’d expect his blocks to be closer to 2.0 per game going forward. “You can already see him maturing, he’s already getting stronger and a summer with our performance team, we’re very excited about him,” Atkinson added. “He’s doing it on both ends too right, it’s not just, obviously the pick-and-roll stuff and the pivots and the dunks and all that is great. It’s a big part of our offense and then his defense is, obviously, rim protecting and his agility. He’s playing well.”

 

You want to know the best part? Allen is still 19 years old! The upside here is just enormous and his dynasty owners will be sleeping well for the next decade. If he can approach 28 or even 30 minutes per game, don’t be surprised if he’s a top-50 player after the All-Star break. 

 

 

Streaming Options With 4-game Weeks:

 

Taurean Prince (50% owned)- I hope you didn’t drop him! I wanted too as well after he scored a combined two points on 1-of-12 shots across two games, but he reminded us on Friday why he’s so valuable. He went off for a career-high 31 points, hitting 9-of-17 shots and 8-of-8 from the line with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and five triples. With everyone on the Hawks outside of Prince and John Collins “available” at the trade deadline, I’m expecting big things from Prince after the All-Star break. 

 

Dewayne Dedmon (31% owned)- Strictly a deep-league asset and hasn’t played that well lately, failing to block a shot in six straight games. I still think he’ll have some low-end value in a four-game week for his rebounding and field goal percentage, as he’s averaging 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 68% shooting in his last five games. If the Hawks move him like I’m expecting them too, he could see a nice bump in value since they think Miles Plumlee is a Hall-of-Famer. 

 

Terry Rozier (43% owned)- It’s safe to say that Rozier is liking this starting thing. In his first two career starts, Rozier averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 4.5 triples. Kyrie Irving (quad) missed both of those games and is day-to-day, but even if he returns next week Rozier should still have some nice value since Marcus Smart (hand) is expected to miss another 10-14 days. 

 

Greg Monroe (44% owned)- In terms of fantasy, It was disappointing that Monroe chose Boston over New Orleans. He was looking at a guaranteed starting role with the Pelicans, but now it’s impossible to predict what kind of role he will have in Boston. We know that coach Brad Stevens will change his lineups depending on the matchups, so there could be one game where Monroe plays 10 minutes and another when he plays 28. He’s a great per-minute producer and bigs are thin on the waiver wire, so I’d still suggest picking him up to see how he fares in the early going. 

 

Jeremy Lamb (45% owned)- As we get closer to the trade deadline, Lamb’s stash appeal is growing. Basically, if any combination of Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is traded, Lamb becomes the big winner. He will also have some standalone value this week while you’re stashing him despite playing around 20 minutes per game. 

 

Frank Kaminsky (37% owned)- Frank the Tank looks like a solid pickup this week with Marvin Williams (ankle) missing his third game in a row on Sunday. The Hornets have been ruling Williams out a day in advance, meaning there’s a decent chance we won’t see him for a while. Kaminsky isn’t a world beater by any means, but he filled in admirably in his last two starts with 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 triples, and he also reached 30 minutes in each game. 

 

Channing Frye (14% owned)- Kevin Love (hand) was originally expected to miss six weeks, but now it’s expected to be closer to eight. Frye appears to be the biggest winner so far, playing 21 minutes in two straight games with 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 3.0 triples in that span. I don’t think he’ll be this good, but Frye could definitely provide some low-end value for the next couple months, but that could change depending on Cleveland’s approach at the deadline. 

 

Tristan Thompson (37% owned)- If you don’t care about your free throw percentage, Thompson is a decent add and benefits quite a bit with Kevin Love (hand) out for about eight weeks. Thompson is coming off a dud with zero points and six rebounds vs. the Heat, but he does have 10+ rebounds in two out of his last four games and is an option for deep-league owners similar to Dewayne Dedmon

 

Dwight Powell (4% owned)- He made his first start of the season with seven points, seven rebounds, one steal and three fouls in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday, and while he wasn’t overly impressive, he did see 28 minutes. I’m curious to see if the move sticks, but if it does I think he will be a solid pickup. The Mavs aren’t going anywhere this season and aren’t exactly loaded with building blocks, so they might as well see what they have in Powell. 

 

Yogi Ferrell (13% owned)- It’s looking increasingly likely that we won’t see Seth Curry (leg) at all this season. Ferrell has played 33.1 minutes per game over his last 10 outings, and while he’s not loaded with upside, he’s worth a look based on sheer volume alone. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.1 triples in that span, and he may benefit if the Mavericks move a veteran or two at the deadline. 

 

Reggie Bullock (27% owned)- With Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris in Los Angeles, Bullock and Stanley Johnson have appeared to lock down the two starting wing spots in Detroit. Bullock doesn’t have much name value yet (you won’t get much if you try to trade him), but has seventh-round value in standard leagues over the past two weeks with 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.0 triples. 

 

Stanley Johnson (21% owned)- Just like Bullock, Johnson has run away with his new starting job. He’s been a beast over his last two games with 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples, and while you shouldn’t expect this type of production on the offensive end going forward, Johnson looks like he could help fantasy owners in multiple categories and should be picked up to see if he can keep it going. 

 

Ish Smith (34% owned)- Reggie Jackson (ankle) is expected back in about a week or two, so this might be the last week that Smith is a streaming option in standard leagues. He has another All-NBA weapon to pass to in Blake Griffin and has done a decent job as the starter, averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 turnovers. 

 

Mario Hezonja (4% owned)- I’m only adding Hezonja if we hear bad news regarding Aaron Gordon (hip) this weekend. AG has missed three games in a row and Hezonja has fared well in the starting lineup this season, posting averages of 14.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.1 triples. He’s also someone to watch during the trade deadline with the Magic expected to blow up their roster. 

 

Ed Davis (20% owned)- Prior to his dud on Friday, Davis was averaging 10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just 23 minutes in his previous six games, hitting 70% from the field and 75% from the line. Sure he’ll regress from the free throw line, but Davis has been a spark off the bench for Portland and is a quality streaming option this week. I’d prefer him over Dedmon and Tristan Thompson

 

Tomas Satoransky (17% owned)- Kelly Oubre is still a hold despite his weak play this week, but he’s not available in many leagues. As for Satoransky, he’s done pretty well in John Wall’s (knee) absence, averaging 8.3 points, 4.7 boards, 5.7 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys in his last three games. The Wizards are expected to stand pat at the deadline, meaning they probably won’t go after Tyreke Evans or Lou Williams. That’s obviously great news for Satoransky. 





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