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The Week Ahead: Week 3

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Week 3 Schedule: Games Played

 

5 Games: POR, PHI

 

4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, IND, LAL, MIN, NOP, NYK, SAC, SAS, TOR

 

3 Games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, OKC, ORL, PHX, UTA, WAS

 

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Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (9 Games): POR @ IND, ATL @ PHI, SAC @ MIA, BKN @ NYK, GSW @ CHI, TOR @ MIL, LAL @ MIN, DAL @ SAS, NOP @ DEN

 

Tuesday (8 Games): MIA @ CHA, ATL @ CLE, SAC @ ORL, DET @ BOS, PHI @ TOR, POR @ HOU, WAS @ MEM, LAC @ OKC

 

Wednesday (7 Games): DET @ BKN, IND @ NYK, DEN @ CHI, UTA @ MIN, NOP @ GSW, DAL @ LAL, SAS @ PHX

 

Thursday (6 Games): OKC @ CHA, DEN @ CLE, LAC @ PHI, SAC @ ATL, MIL @ BOS, NOP @ POR

 

Friday (8 Games): LAC @ ORL, HOU @ BKN, OKC @ WAS, IND @ CHI, NYK @ DAL, MEM @ UTA, TOR @ PHX, MIN @ GSW

 

Saturday: (8 Games): DET @ PHI, CLE @ CHA, BOS @ IND, MIA @ ATL, HOU @ CHI, NOP @ SAS, UTA @ DEN, LAL @ POR

 

Sunday: (7 Games): SAC @ MIL, PHI @ BKN, NYK @ WAS, ORL @ SAS, MEM @ PHX, MIN @ POR, TOR @ LAL

 

 

Back-to-Back Schedule

 

Sunday (Oct. 28) - Monday: Nets, Mavs, Warriors

 

Monday-Tuesday: Hawks, Heat, 76ers, Blazers, Kings, Raptors

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Pistons

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Nuggets, Pelicans

 

Thursday-Friday: Clippers, Thunder

 

Friday-Saturday: Bulls, Rockets, Pacers, Jazz

 

Saturday-Sunday (Nov. 4): Lakers, 76ers, Blazers, Spurs

 

Sunday (Nov. 4) -Monday: Grizzlies, Wolves, Knicks, Magic, Raptors

 

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Schedule Notes:

 

The Suns and the Jazz are the only teams that don’t start the week until Wednesday, so dropping a fringe player in order to stream a pickup makes sense. 

 

The following teams have front-loaded schedules with three games from Monday-Thursday: Hawks, Nuggets, Pelicans, 76ers, Blazers, Kings

 

The following teams have back-loaded schedules with three games from Thursday-Sunday: 76ers and Blazers. Both of these teams have five games this week, making a pickup like Zach Collins look even juicier. 

 

The following teams play three times in four nights at some point this week (this is ideal for when you want to stream a pickup): Hawks (Monday-Thursday), Bulls (Wednesday-Saturday), Denver (twice), Pacers (Wednesday-Saturday), Clippers (Tuesday-Friday), Pelicans (twice), Thunder (Tuesday-Friday), 76ers (twice), Blazers (twice), Kings (Monday-Thursday), Jazz (Wednesday-Saturday). 

 

This is a pretty balanced week in terms of the daily schedule, but there are three days in which there are fewer than eight games. Those days are Wednesday (7 games), Thursday (6 games) and Sunday (7 games). I call these “quality streaming days." 

 

The following teams have the most quality streaming days this week: Nets (2), Nuggets (2), Lakers (2), Bucks (2), Wolves (2), Pelicans (2), Knicks (2), 76ers (2), Suns (2), Blazers (2), Kings (2), Spurs (2). 


If you have Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, congrats on already winning your weekly matchup!

 

 

 

Streaming Options:

 

*Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for this list, players have to be owned in about 50% or less of Yahoo Leagues. There aren’t many exciting options here, but that’s the point of streaming. Once you get a game or two of production out of these guys, you can drop and move onto the next one in most cases. 

 

Dewayne Dedmon (53%)- Played 14 minutes in his season debut, but minutes should trend up quickly now that he’s healthy. He should overtake Alex Len soon and averaged 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 blocks on 52.4% from the field and 77.9% from the line. Worth streaming at the beginning of the week with three games from Monday-Thursday. 

 

DeAndre Bembry (6%)- Hawks have a nice schedule early this week and Bembry’s role is on the rise. He’s been getting some backup point guard minutes over Jeremy Lin and has become Atlanta’s sixth man, averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 triples. His efficiency hasn't been great (42.1% from the field and 41.7% from the line with 2.5 turnovers), but his fantasy arrow is pointing up.

 

Marcus Morris (32%)- Nothing sexy about Morris as a fantasy asset, as he’s pretty much the Gerald Green of small forwards for his streaky shooting off the bench. Has scored 21, 7, 16, 8 and 16 points in five games and has been all over the place. He’s getting decent minutes (24.4) with Gordon Hayward being brought along slowly. 

 

Spencer Dinwiddie (54%)- I’m a bit surprised at the low ownership rate, but Dinwiddie can have low-end value even while D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert are healthy and rolling. Through five games he’s posting a solid 13.0 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 triples, 0.6 steals and 2.8 turnovers in just under 28 minutes per game. This Brooklyn team is fun, but they still can’t close out games. 

 

Joe Harris (49%)- The Nets are starting to get healthier, but Harris has still played 27+ minutes in four out of five games. He’ll regress a bit when his 54.3% shooting comes back to earth, but he’s been terrific with 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.8 triples. 

 

Ed Davis (6%)- If you need rebounds, look no further. Even in a backup role, Davis can clean up the glass in a hurry, pulling in 11, 10, 8, 10 and 7 boards despite reaching 20 minutes once. 

 

Malik Monk (32%)- He’s got some Jamal Crawford to his game and has played at least 24 minutes through six contests. Monk is averaging a respectable 12.2 points, 2.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.3 triples, but I’d like to see his FG% (37.7) come up because it wasn’t great as a rookie either. 

 

Cody Zeller (12%)- Zeller is one of those guys that is good enough to own, but so boring that no one really wants to. He’s lost some explosion and his blocks (0.3) haven’t been where they usually are, but 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 60% from the field and 100% from the line will get the job done as a streamer. 

 

Miles Bridges (13%)- The Hornets made a rotation change on Friday night with Miles Bridges checking in as the first sub. I see no reason for that to change, as Bridges made the most of his opportunity with 15 points (7-of-10 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one triple in 27 minutes. The Hornets need more excitement and energy and Bridges will do exactly that. If you pick him up this week, you may want to hold onto him if this trend continues because his rest-of-season outlook will only improve with each passing month.  

 

Cam Payne (28%)- The Bulls will take their sweet time bringing Kris Dunn (knee) back, so Payne has a nice little window for value (4-6 weeks or so). In his last two starts, Payne put up 18.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.5 steals and 4.5(!) triples, hitting a combined 13-of-23 shots. If you’ve owned Payne in the past you know that he’s prone to duds, but there’s too much opportunity here to leave on the wire. 

 

Justin Holiday (27%)- The Bulls are dropping like flies and Holiday is a guy that can play three different positions. He’s averaging nearly 34 minutes a game this season and will do enough in points (11.4), steals (1.2) and triples (2.0) to warrant a roster spot, at least while Denzel Valentine (ankle) is out. 

 

Collin Sexton (38%)- It’s just a matter of time before the Cavaliers dump George Hill. Sexton’s role has already started to trend up with 25+ minutes in three straight, but the production hasn’t been where it needs to be yet (10.6 points and 2.7 assists with no triples in that span). He’s a guy that you can stream and think about keeping if he finally gets it going. Jordan Clarkson (30%) is another option you can consider, but his stat-set is pretty boring outside of points (17.0) and triples (1.2). He also won’t be shooting anywhere close to 50.7% long-term. 

 

J.J. Barea (22%)- It was a little disappointing that he stayed with the second unit when Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) sat out on Friday, but Barea is still a solid assists specialist with 7.4 per game through five contests. 

 

Maxi Kleber (3%)- His minutes have gone up in five straight games and Kleber is suddenly on the deep-league radar with 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 triples. He looked awesome in the preseason and is definitely a name to keep an eye on. 

 

Monte Morris (15%)- A Summer-League sensation and a training camp standout, it didn’t take long for Morris to make his presence felt. He scored a career-high 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday, has four or more assists in four out of five games and has played 22+ minutes in three straight. He’s picking up the slack left by Will Barton and could sustain value for the next several weeks. 

 

Trey Lyles (9%)- A deep-league dart throw, Lyles is the first big off the bench for Denver and could have some sneaky value if his shot starts falling (35.7%). He has played 21+ minutes in three straight and has scored in double digits in two straight. 

 

Ish Smith (25%)- The Pistons are using him alongside Reggie Jackson for stretches and he has played at least 26 minutes in all four games with 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 triples. The 3-point shot is something he added over the offseason and a nice boost to his value. 

 

Reggie Bullock (19%)- A boring shooting guard in fantasy, but he was very efficient last season and nearly posted top-100 value. Has played at least 30 minutes in three straight and is a good source of points and triples. He’s also averaging 3.3 dimes this season, something I think is unlikely to continue. 

 

P.J. Tucker (24%)- He’s averaging 36.0 minutes through five contests, but his value right now is pretty much limited to steals (2.4) and 3-pointers (2.2) with low-end points (9.2) and rebounds (4.6). 

 

Cory Joseph (4%)- Quietly having his best season yet with 9.0 points, 3.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples. I still think he eventually cools off once Darren Collison gets his rhythm back. 

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24%)- He’s second on the Clippers in net rating, coach Doc Rivers can’t stop hyping him up and SGA’s role is only going to grow. His averages of 8.8 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 steals don’t jump off the page, but that will change when he becomes more involved in the offense — he has just a 14.4 usage rate right now. It won’t be long before he takes Patrick Beverley’s job. 

 

Kelly Olynyk (24%)- Finally showed signs of life on Wednesday with 11 points, six assists, three boards, one steal and a triple in 30 minutes after playing 16 or less minutes in his previous three. This is a guy who comfortably finished inside the top-100 last season with minutes in the mid-20s. 

 

Derrick Rose (53%)- The Jimmy Butler trade talks are heating up, so Rose’s value could get a nice bump. Rose’s usage is already high and he’s attempting 13.3 shots per game. 

 

E’Twaun Moore (36%)- Not sure why his ownership is so low, but I guess it’s because he’s not the most exciting player. Still, 15.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 triples is solid, especially when he’s hitting 52.2% of his shots. He was efficient last season too. 

 

Damyean Dotson (22%)- Coach David Fizdale has already started the youth movement, but Dotson has definitely earned his new role. He has played 30+ minutes in three straight, averaging 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples in that span. He has a nice window for fantasy value while Kevin Knox (ankle) is out. Mario Hezonja who?


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Trey Burke (27%) and Frank Ntilikina (9%)-  Burke is the guy you want right now, even in a bench role, but I’m curious to see how Ntilikina develops as the season progresses. Burke is putting up 11.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 triples, but Frank turned heads in the starting lineup vs. Golden State on Friday with a career-high 17 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes. 

 

Jerami Grant (45%)- He got the start vs. Boston and made a strong case to keep the job with 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. You won’t get much on the offensive end, but he’s averaging 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes. 

 

D.J. Augustin (30%)- He hasn’t been good (33% shooting) and will likely lose his job at some point, but if you’re streaming assists Augustin could get the job done for a few days (5.2 per game). 

 

Zach Collins (26%)- With five games this week, Collins should be owned everywhere. He’s churning out top-50 value in just under 20 minutes per game. He’s not going to keep shooting 72.7% from the field obviously, but he’s averaging 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 triple. He’s a guy that could end up in the middle rounds if his role expands into 20+ minutes. 

 

Nemanja Bjelica (41%)- No need for an explanation here, as Bjelica has second-round(!) value in 9-category leagues. He has nowhere to go but down though, and eventually the Kings will get Harry Giles involved. 

 

Bryn Forbes (20%)- He has been outplaying Patty Mills and could continue to hold late-round value until the Spurs get Derrick White (heel) back. He’s putting up 14.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 3.0 triples in 31.3 minutes per game. Where do the Spurs find these gems?

 

Pascal Siakam (30%)- One of my favorite players on this list. His line on Friday (10 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes) is a bit misleading because the Raptors were missing three guys including OG Anunoby, but Siakam is too good to not play 25+ minutes going forward. He’s second on the team in net rating (+17.8) and is getting the job done on both ends for Toronto. 

 

Jae Crowder (52%)- If not for his 39.4% shooting, Crowder would be much higher in the rankings. He’s been sneaky good with 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 triples. 

 

Kelly Oubre (49%)- Otto Porter is struggling and may be in Scott Brooks’ doghouse, Dwight Howard is still battling a “minor” injury that has sidelined him for weeks, and the Wizards are playing a ton of small ball. Oubre is averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 triples over his last three games and fantasy owners should plan on keeping him for the time being. 




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