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The Week Ahead: Week 4

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Week 4 Schedule: Games Played


 
4 Games: ATL, BOS, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, 
 
3 Games: BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOP, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
 
2 Games: SAS
 
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Streaming Schedule:
 
 
Monday (9 Games): MIA @ DET, HOU @ IND, CLE @ ORL, CHI @ NYK, NOP @ OKC, BOS @ DEN, TOR @ UTA, MEM @ GSW, MIN @ LAC
 
Tuesday (4 Games): ATL @ CHA, WAS @ DAL, BKN @ PHX, MIL @ POR
 
Wednesday (10 Games): OKC @ CLE, DET @ ORL, NYK @ ATL, SAS @ MIA, PHI @ IND, DEN @ MEM, CHI @ NOP, DAL @ UTA, TOR @ SAC, MIN @ LAL
 
Thursday (4 Games): HOU @ OKC, BOS @ PHX, LAC @ POR, MIL @ GSW
 
Friday (7 Games): WAS @ ORL, CHA @ PHI, DET @ ATL, IND @ MIA, BKN @ DEN, BOS @ UTA, MIN @ SAC
 
Saturday (10 Games): NYK @ TOR, MIL @ LAC, PHX @ NOP, WAS @ MIA, CLE @ CHI, PHI @ MEM, HOU @ SAS, BKN @ GSW, OKC @ DAL, LAL @ SAC
 
Sunday (6 Games): CHA @ DET, IND @ HOU, ORL @ NYK, MIL @ DEN, BOS @ POR, ATL @ LAL
 
 
 
Back-to-Backs:
 
 
Sunday (Nov. 4)-Monday: Grizzlies, Wolves, Knicks, Magic, Raptors
 
Monday-Tuesday: None
 
Tuesday-Wednesday: Hawks, Mavericks
 
Wednesday-Thursday: Thunder
 
Thursday-Friday: Celtics
 
Friday-Saturday: Nets, Heat, 76ers, Kings, Wizards
 
Saturday-Sunday: Rockets, Lakers, Bucks, Knicks
 
Sunday (Nov. 11)- Monday (Nov. 12): Magic
 
 
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Schedule Notes:

 
The Lakers, 76ers, Kings and Spurs don’t begin their week until Wednesday, so dropping a fringe player like a Lance Stephenson or a Bryn Forbes makes sense if you’re looking to stream a pickup.
 
The Spurs are the only team this week with two games, so DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are the only two guys you should start in weekly lineups. Rudy Gay is a borderline option this week. 
 
The following teams have front-loaded schedules with three games from Monday-Thursday: Thunder
 
The following teams have back-loaded schedules with three games from Thursday-Sunday: Celtics, Rockets, Bucks
 
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 (Tuesday-Friday), Celtics (Thursday-Sunday), Rockets (Thursday-Sunday), Heat (Wednesday-Saturday), Bucks (Thursday-Sunday), Thunder (Monday-Thursday), 76ers (Wednesday-Saturday), Kings (Wednesday-Saturday). 
 
There are four days this week with seven or fewer games. Those are called quality streaming days and they fall on Tuesday (4 games), Thursday (4 games), Friday (7 games) and Sunday (6 games) this week. 
 
The following teams have the most quality streaming days this week: Hawks (3), Celtics (3), Bucks (3), Blazers (3), Hornets (3), Nets (2), Nuggets (2), Pistons (2), Rockets (2), Pacers (2), Magic (2), Suns (2), Wizards (2). 
 
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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.


Jeremy Lin (5%)- Has finally shown some signs of life with at least 23 minutes in his last two games. He put up an average of 17.5 points, 4.5 assists, 1.0 rebound, 1.0 steal and 2.0 triples in that span, but garbage time was a factor in both games. Now that he has his rhythm back, Lin should be more involved and the Hawks desperately need him after four straight blowout defeats.
 
DeAndre Bembry (5%)- Has played at least 22 minutes in five straight games with averages of 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples. The bad news is that he’s shooting 42.4% from the field and 44.4% from the line on the season. 
 
Marcus Morris (54%)- He’s been Boston’s most consistent player off the bench and is on a hot streak, scoring 15+ points in four straight games with a combined 14 triples in that span. He’s bound to cool off eventually, but the Celtics need him right now with Gordon Hayward still limited and Jaylen Brown (foot) hurting. 
 
Terry Rozier (57%)- His numbers are hard to look at because Rozier has been ice cold, but he’s been dropped in a ton of leagues as a result. The minutes are still there with at least 25 in three of his last four, so be ready to pounce if his shot starts falling. 
 
Joe Harris (53%)- He is still not getting the respect he deserves despite putting up J.J. Redick numbers. He’s not letting go of the starting job and has been particularly hot over his last three games with averages of 17.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 dimes and 3.6 triples while shooting efficiently from the field and the line. 
 
Cody Zeller (24%)-  He’s flirting with top-100 value on the season, but doesn’t have much name value and his stat set is super boring. He’ll get the job done as a streamer with season averages of 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals with elite shooting percentages. 
 
Malik Monk (23%)- He’s been putting up lines that remind me of Jamal Crawford when he was still good. Monk has scored 21 and 20 points in his last two games with a combined eight triples, but like Crawford, the supporting stats aren’t really there which makes Monk a two- to 3-category player if you include FT%. 
 
Tony Parker (6%)- The Hornets don’t have a back-to-back set, so we don’t have to worry about Parker resting. His role is on the rise as Charlotte looks for more ball-handling and his minutes alongside Kemba Walker are up. He’s averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 triples in 24.0 minutes over his last two, and while I don’t expect him to be close to those numbers in Week 4, he’s worth a look in deeper formats if you’re desperate for dimes. 

Justin Holiday (45%)- He's averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.6 triples over his last five games and has played 36 or more minutes in six out of nine games this season. What more could you want?
 
Antonio Blakeney (7%)- He leads the NBA in points per touch and has that Malik Monk skill-set with lots of points and triples with not much else. He has scored 22, 15 and 21 points in his last three games with 11 triples in that span, and you know he’s gaining coach Hoiberg’s trust because he’s been closing more games. 
 
Cedi Osman (51%)- His FG% (38.4) has really kept his value down this season, but his offensive output has been solid with 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 triples. The Cavs will be relying on him a bunch with Kevin Love (foot) steering the tank. 
 
Rodney Hood (41%)- I’m not a Hood fan, but 41% is too low for a guy that could be taking 15+ shots going forward. He’s coming off a 1-of-9 shooting performance, but had 26 and 17 points in his previous two games. He also has 10 assists and seven steals over his last three. 
 
Collin Sexton (43%)- He hasn’t passed George Hill on the depth chart yet, but it’s coming. He has played at least 23 minutes in every game since the opener, and while he doesn’t have the greatest upside, he has scored 12+ points in five straight with 15 dimes in that span. 
 
Jordan Clarkson (31%)- Bad reputation aside, Clarkson has actually been hot off the Cleveland bench with 12+ points in every game this season. He’s getting minutes in the lower 20s and his FG% has been better than expected too. 
 
J.J. Barea (11%)- His minutes are low, but he’s still getting the job done as an assist specialist with 6.3 per game. That’s arguably the hardest stat to find on the wire. 
 
Juancho Hernangomez (1%)- He’s worth keeping an eye on Saturday vs. the Jazz after scoring a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, two blocks, one steal and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday. 
 
Trey Lyles (10%)- Has played 22.0 minutes over his last five with averages of 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 blocks. Could be a solid deep-league play if he can find his rhythm from long range. 
 
Ish Smith (15%)- Prior to his dud vs. Philly on Saturday morning, Smith was averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 triples on the season. He was playing an average of 10.8 minutes alongside Reggie Jackson as well. 
 
P.J. Tucker (33%)- Has played at least 34 minutes in every game this season and has been a great source of hustle stats with 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 dimes, 2.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.0 triples. Has quietly been a top-50 player because of the money stats. 
 
Boban Marjanovic (17%)- Has put up back-to-back double-doubles and it sounds like coach Doc Rivers will at least consider leaving him in the starting lineup. Marcin Gortat is washed and Boban just needs 15 minutes to put up usable lines. 
 
Shelvin Mack (5%)- Never thought I would recommend Mack as a streamer, but here we are. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 5.7 dimes, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 triples over his last three games and is getting a lot of run next to Mike Conley because the Grizzlies haven’t gotten consistent production from their wings. 
 
Kelly Olynyk (32%)- He has been all over the place, but when he’s hot he's a nice source of points, triples, out-of-position dimes and shooting percentages. 
 
Josh Okogie (11%)- You have to love his defensive stats (1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in 28 minutes) and he’s going to have solid value when Jimmy Butler doesn’t feel like playing. He has also scored in double digits in three straight and has played at least 24 minutes in seven straight.
 
Tyus Jones (6%)- If we hear that Jeff Teague (knee) and Derrick Rose (ankle) will miss time, Jones has to be picked up. He played a whopping 40 minutes on Friday with eight points, nine assists, two steals, five boards and two triples. 
 
E’Twaun Moore (42%)- He’s sitting just outside the top-75 in standard leagues, but Moore continues to fly under the radar. He’s hitting 53.3% from the field which is absurd for a shooting guard, and he’s putting up 15.4 points with 2.3 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples. 
 
Mitchell Robinson (25%)- My top add of the week and it’s not close. Unlike a lot of guys on this list, Robinson is someone you should keep long term even if he falls back to earth after his 13-point, 10-rebound double-double with three dimes, three steals and one block vs. Dallas. Coach Fizdale hinted that he plans to keep Robinson in the first unit, and this is a guy who has waiver-wire pickup of the year potential with a block rate that rivals Jaren Jackson Jr.’s.
 
Damyean Dotson (21%)- Should have solid value, at least until Kevin Knox is back. Has played 30+ minutes in five out of his last six with double-digit points in each game. His FG% has been pretty volatile, though. 
 
Alonzo Trier (4%)- Similar to Malik Monk and Antonio Blakeney because he can put up points in a hurry. Has played at least 23 minutes in three straight, scoring 23, 14 and 12 points while shooting above 75% from the field in that span. He’s a shaky option for that reason. 
 
Frank Ntilikina (23%)- He’s getting the bulk of the point guard minutes now, but he has shot below 38% in three straight. If you can live with that, he’s been a solid source of assists (18), steals (4) and triples (3) in that span. 
 
Jerami Grant (46%)- He’s coming off his best game of the season with 22 points, four rebounds, four dimes, three steals and two triples. He’s not letting go of the starting job, and he’s scored in double digits in five straight to go with his solid contributions in defensive stats. Also, keep your eye on Nerlens Noel (14%) because Steven Adams is battling a couple bad calves. 
 
Terrence Ross (5%)- Jonathan Isaac tweaked his troublesome right ankle again(!) and just can’t stay healthy. Ross has been a bright spot off the bench and coach Clifford has been talking him up since the summer. He’s a boom-or-bust option and has scored 7, 17, 7 and 21 points in his last four games with 10 triples, 10 dimes and five steals in that span. 
 
Zach Collins (49%)- He’s the 49th ranked played in 9-category leagues despite playing 21 minutes per game. Enough said. 
 
Pascal Siakam (59%)- Check your waiver wire just in case your league is asleep at the wheel. He’s been terrific and has a shot at mid-round value. It helps that Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas are only playing center. 
 
Jae Crowder (47%)- He’s the 84th ranked player in 9-category leagues and continues to outplay Derrick Favors. He’s starting to look like the version of Crowder we saw in Boston. 
 
Kelly Oubre (56%)- He’s flirting with 30 minutes a night, and Otto Porter is injured and can’t snap out of his slump. Just beware of his volatile FG%. 



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