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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 21 (Mar 9 - Mar 15)

Depending on your league settings, fantasy playoffs have either already started or are very close. This is the time of the year when we need to win the most and therefore can't afford any sentiment towards players who just aren't performing. It's wise to look ahead, even a few weeks in advance and calculate how many games your players will give you in the week you need them the most.

For example, I will be cutting Taurean Prince in my 20-team league where my playoffs start in Week 22. Now, Taurean hasn't really been playing too well lately, but he is still a bit better than the options I have available in such a deep league. Nevertheless, he plays just twice and I have a full roster on both of his playing days, and I will be getting three games from the streamer I am targeting. Prince does play 4 times in Week 21, but I am already in the playoffs so this doesn't mean much to me.

Planning in advance is something I recommend you do for your team as well, whether to set you up nicely for the quarter or semifinal if you're certain you're making the playoffs or to maximize your team's games played in these final weeks of battle for a playoff spot. But for now, we will keep it a bit more simple and take a look at NBA schedule for next week. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 21. 

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 21

Monday has just three games and it's pretty clear that most teams will need some help in filling out their roster here. Thursday with five games, followed by Wednesday and Sunday with six apiece are next. There are only two teams that play on three of these days Charlotte and Denver, so their players are pretty valuable for Week 21 streaming, even though they don't play on Thursday.
If there isn't a good option available from these teams, or you want to cover Thursday as well, perhaps the best course of action is to first pick up a player from a team that plays on Monday and Wednesday and then switch to someone who plays on Thursday and Sunday. There are a lot more options in this scenario.
Then again, if you don't need help on Tuesday or Wednesday, Milwaukee is the only team that plays on both Monday and Thursday so you could target their players early on.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 6
Tuesday: 18
Wednesday: 12
Thursday: 10
Friday: 14
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 12

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: DAL, NYK
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: BOS, BKN
Friday/Saturday: CLE, LAC, MIA, MIN, NOP, SAS, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: CHI
Sunday/Monday the following: LAL, WAS

Days with SIX or fewer games
Monday: 3 games
Wednesday: 6 games
Thursday: 5 games
Saturday: 6 games

Teams playing on three of these days:
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Monday and Thursday:
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on Monday and Wednesday:
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Utah Jazz (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

Teams playing on Thursday and Sunday:
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)
Orlando Magic (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
-

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Detroit Pistons (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Tue, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (2 games - Tue, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (2 games - Wed, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Washington Wizards (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Detroit Pistons (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Tue, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (2 games - Tue, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (2 games - Wed, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Tue, Wed, Fri)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 21

The week starts off with a three-game slate on Monday so most of us fantasy addicts will have to address the lack of players right off the bat. If you need help on other scarce days like Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, the best course of action might be to pick up someone from a team that plays on both Monday and Wednesday and then switch to a player who plays on Thursday and Sunday.

Below, you will find players from teams that either play on both Monday and Wednesday, Monday and Thursday or Thursday and Sunday. But it will be up to you to come up with the streaming strategy that best suits your team's needs.

 

Streaming Options for Week 21

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor FT%
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL - buyer beware: in a timeshare with Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (75% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (41% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (37% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, STL/BLK, REB
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, ATL, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL, FT%
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, FT%
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL, (43% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, FT%
Dewayne Dedmon, C, ATL, (37% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, FG%
Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG% - buyer beware: playing very low minutes lately
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (79% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
DeAndre Jordan, C, BKN, (70% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: dislocated finger, will be re-evaluated next week so check if he is active before adding
Joe Harris, SG/SF, BKN, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Coby White, PG, CHI, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, FT%
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, CHI, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL
Otto Porter Jr., SF/PF, CHI, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury and is still rusty
Wendell Carter Jr., SF/PF, CHI, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury and is still rusty
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, CHI, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (51% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (36% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - buyer beware: dealing with some injury issues
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (61% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (36% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, ORL, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, additional value with Evan Fournier out
Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, ORL, (55% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (70% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL

 

Shallower League Add

Coby White, PG, CHI - 64% Owned

Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, FT%

White has been on a tear! He has been destroying records for rookie scoring, including some set by the legend Michael Jordan. He strung together three straight games with 33 points, hitting at least five threes in all of them.

He is returning top 30 value in the past 14 days with averages of 27.7 points with 4.3 three-pointers, 50.4% from the field and 95.7% from the charity stripe, 3.9 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks and 2.6 turnovers in 33 minutes per outing. This is some insane production from the rookie!

And now, with LaVine missing a few games of action, White is sure to get all the run he can handle. And he can handle a lot, and quite successfully so!

If by any chance White is available in your league he should definitely be picked up. With a four-game slate coming next week, he could win you points and threes pretty much by himself if he keeps his hot hand burning.

 

Deeper League Add

Monte Morris, PG, DEN - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%, STL

I am still shocked that Monte is owned in under 10% of the leagues. I've had him featured as a good streaming option in last week's article as well and he duly delivered with 10.3 PTS with 1.0 3PM on 52.2 FG% and no misses in four free throw attempts, 1.7 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.7 BLK and 1.7 TO in 25 minutes a night in the previous three games. Not too shabby for a deep league streamer is it?

He is still returning top-100 value for the past two weeks and the fact that Denver traded away Malik Beasley and waived Jordan McRae shows us that they are happy with having Monte run the second unit.

His minutes are pretty safe at 25-30 and if you could use help in the categories that come so naturally to Monte, he could be quite a good add in deeper leagues for next week with his great schedule.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Cody Martin, SF, CHA - 3% Owned

Strong Cats: AST, STL

Cody doesn't really do much offensively and his stats aren't too flashy. But he plays close to 30 minutes a game and contributes in all counting stats. In the deepest of leagues, there's not much more we can ask for from a waiver wire add.

In the previous week, Cody has returned top 120 value with averages of 8.7 PTS with 1.0 3PM on 64.7 FG%, 4.7 REB, 4.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.7 TO and hit his only free throw in almost 32 minutes per outing. The turnovers are a bummer, but they seem to be the only downside to otherwise excellent production.

Now, Cody isn't much of a shooter, so both his FG% and FT% aren't expected to be high. And he could put a dent in your attempts to win TO. But with his across the board production, he could provide you with some nice stats to get ahead of your league rival. Especially with such a good schedule he has next week.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL - buyer beware: in a timeshare with Willy Hernangomez and Cody Zeller and got two straight DNP-CDs
Willy Hernangomez, PF/C, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL - buyer beware: in a timeshare with Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo
Jalen McDaniels, PF, CHA, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Cody Martin, SF, CHA, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Caleb Martin, SF, CHA, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%, STL
Miles Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL
Michael Porter Jr., SF, DEN, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor form and low minutes lately
Donte Divincenzo, PG/SG, MIL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, AST, STL
Pat Connaughton, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a little bit of everything
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, MIL, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a little bit of everything
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game
Tony Bradley, C, UTA, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Bruno Fernando, C, ATL, (1% Owned) -Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, FG%
Grant Williams, PF, BOS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a little bit of everything
Brad Wanamaker, PG/SG, BOS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, AST
Robert Williams, PF/C, BOS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, BOS, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB - buyer beware: only has value while Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown are out
Chris Chiozza, SF/PF, BKN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL - buyer beware: only has value while Garrett Temple is out
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, BKN, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL - buyer beware: missed a few games but should be back soon, check his status before adding him
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, SG/SF, BKN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything
Wilson Chandler, SF/PF, BKN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Denzel Valentine, PF/C, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Shaquille Harrison, PG/SG, CHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, 3PM, AST, additional value with Zach LaVine out
Ryan Arcidiacono, PG, CHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, additional value with Zach LaVine out - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday with right Achilles soreness
Daniel Gafford, C, CHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Jeff Green, SG/SF, HOU, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Alex Caruso, SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
D.J. Augustin, PG, ORL, (19% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, ORL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
James Ennis III, SG/SF, ORL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Gary Trent Jr., SG/SF, POR, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: OG Anunoby and Eric Bledsoe

Playoffs are around the corner and it's time for those final tweaks to our rosters to make them just right. As always, using player's good form to get back more than he's worth is a good way to go. OG Anunoby is one of the guys you can try and swap for a boost in value as he has been on a tear.

On the other hand, Eric Bledsoe has been pretty bad recently. He is too good to be this bad so if you can get him for cheap, do so.

Here are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 20 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 20

Are You for Real, OG Anunoby?

Seriously, are you!?

He has been even ridiculous lately with 15 steals in his last three outings with averages of 19.7 PTS with 2.0 3PM on 55.0 FG% and 90.0 FT%, 8.3 REB, 2.7 AST, 5.0 STL, 0.3 BLK and 0.3 TO in 39 minutes a game. He is ranked 3rd in the past seven days. That's crazy!

Yes, OG is a great defender - he averages 1.4 steals during this season.

Yes, OG can shoot threes and be efficient - he hits 1.3 per game so far and still keeps his FG% above 50.0.

Yes, OG can rebound - 5.5 a night in 30 minutes a game since the start of the season is nothing to look down upon.

So, in fact - Yes, OG can be a top-50 guy the rest of the way.

But I really doubt he can keep it up at this level. Not only is he outperforming almost all his season averages (except for blocks), he is also playing close to 40 minutes per game. None of this seems sustainable to me.

If you can get a top 25-30 guy back in return, who fits your team equally well or better, I would definitely look into that. A guy like De'Aaron FoxDonovan Mitchell or even Kemba Walker if you trust his health should outperform OG the rest of the way.

If your playoffs start next week, Toronto only has 2 games, so this is another reason to try and swap OG. On the other hand, he plays 11 games during the period of Week 22 - Week 24 so if your playoffs are during this stretch, he might be worth keeping if you think he can keep it going or can't get a decent deal in return.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Eric Bledsoe?

Even with Khris Middleton missing two out of Milwaukee's last three games, not even the larger potential for minutes has helped Bledsoe. He has been atrocious during this period with averages of 6.0PTS with 0.3 3PM on 36.8 FG% and 1.000 FT% (total of three attempts), 2.0 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.3 BLK and 3.3 TO in under 22 minutes per game. He is barely in the top 300 in Yahoo rankings for the past seven days.

Even though Bledsoe isn't playing as well as his owners, who picked him in the fifth round on average, had hoped this whole season (he is ranked at #100), he is definitely going to improve on his recent performances. He probably isn't going to get more than 25 minutes per game with Milwaukee all but certain to clinch the #1 seed in the East sooner rather than later, but he is still a pretty good shout to be a good source of assists and steals with decent percentages for a guard (45.7 FG% in his career and over 47.5 FG% since joining Milwaukee + 79.6% career FT shooter).

Bledsoe has a pretty good playoff schedule if your playoffs start next week, as he plays on three days with five or fewer games during Weeks 21 and 22, so this is another potential reason for you to take a gamble on him.

Don't overpay however as he could see his minutes limited to preserve him for the playoffs if the Bucks have nothing important to play for during fantasy playoffs. A guy that is in good form at the moment, but you don't expect him to finish the season strong could be good trade bait here. Some players that come to mind are Gary Trent Jr. (playing well currently, but should lose value with the return of Damian Lillard) and Thaddeus Young (really good lately, but with Wendell Carter Jr. back and Lauri Markkanen set to return soon could lose some playing time).

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 20 (Mar 2 - Mar 8)

Fantasy basketball season is in full swing. Most of us are either fighting for playoff berth/seeding, or are already in the playoffs and are in full win-now mode.

These circumstances give streaming even more importance, as many players become expendable if they're not going to give us enough games next week. Their place can be used much more efficiently on players who are available and fit our needs or schedules better.

Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 20. 

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 20

This week is quite difficult to navigate when it comes to streaming. No teams have a particularly good start to the week, and those teams that have a good finish and play on scarcest of days, they play just once before Thursday. It will take some planning to get the most out of Week 20. But hey - if you do it right, you could gain a nice advantage over the competition. I'll do my best to help out.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 2 games:
-

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 14
Tuesday: 16
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 12
Sunday: 22

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: SAS
Tuesday/Wednesday: BOS, BKN, MIN, NOP, OKC, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, MEM, POR, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: CLE, DET, HOU, SAC
Sunday/Monday the following: MIL, TOR

Days with SIX or fewer games
Thursday: 4 games
Saturday: 6 games

Teams playing on Thursday and Saturday:
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Charlotte Hornets (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on Thursday but not on Saturday:
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
-

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Mon Fri, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Wed, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
-

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 20

The four-game Thursday is sure to leave some empty starting spots on most fantasy teams. Saturday is the next in line with six games. Luckily, out of the eight teams that play on Thursday, six of them play on Saturday as well, so their players are good options for Week 20. However, not one of these teams play more than once from Monday to Wednesday. This leaves something to be desired when it comes to maximizing games at the start of the week.

Depending on which days you need help on, how many roster spaces you're looking to use for streaming and how many weekly acquisitions your league allows, there are several different options you can look to.

Houston and Sacramento players look to be a strong finish to the week, with three games in the last four days, two of them coming on Thursday and Saturday. We are definitely interested in them. But, is it enough for us just to bring them on at the beginning of the week and be satisfied with their four-game week with a decent schedule?

If you want more, you could take a risk and get a player who plays twice from Monday until Wednesday (or go through two players and get a game on all three days), and then swap to someone from the Rockets or the Kings on Thursday. This is a risky play as these players will be hot commodity next week, so they might already be picked up by then. But if you think your league opponents will sleep on them, this strategy would provide you with one or two extra games on the week per roster spot you use this for.

In addition to Houston and Sacramento, four other teams play on both Thursday and Saturday. These teams are Charlotte, Denver, Golden State and Philadelphia and their players could come in handy as well if you need help on these two low-game days, so we will take a look at them as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 20

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (57% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - buyer beware: dealing with some injury issues
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, SAC, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Harry Giles III, PF/C, SAC, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL, additional value while Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are out
PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor FT%
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (40% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Michael Porter Jr., SF, DEN, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (63% Owned) -
Strong Cats: FG%, STL/BLK, REB
Marquese Chriss, PF/C, GSW, (55% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, GSW, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, PTS, a bit of everything
Damion Lee, SG, GSW (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% a bit of everything
Alec Burks, PG/SG, PHI, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT% - has value again with Ben Simmons out

 

Shallower League Add

Harry Giles III, PF/C, SAC - 28% Owned

Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL

We are used to players who are owned in more than half the leagues in the shallower league add part of this article, but I really think that Harry deserves a shot in almost all leagues, and I would like to encourage all of you to pick him up if he checks the columns you need help in.

Giles has really exploded since the All-Star break and is averaging 13.0 PTS with no 3PM on 57.4 FG% and 64.7 FT%, 7.4 REB, 2.4 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.8 BLK and 1.0 TO in 27 minutes per game during this five-game stretch. This has him just outside the top-100. He was the 20th pick in the 2017 draft, and the reason he slipped that low was his ongoing health issue. He seems over it now and his potential is quite apparent.

Richaun Holmes and Marwin Bagley are still ways away from a return from their injuries, and with Jabari Parker seemingly out of the rotation, there isn't much standing in Harry's way to provide decent value for his owners for the foreseeable future.

If you need some big man stats and don't care about the lack of threes and a bit lower FT%, Giles is even more valuable to your team. And with such a good schedule ahead, he should definitely be on your radar, even in more shallow leagues.

 

Deeper League Add

Shake Milton, PG/SG, PHI - 24% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST

Shake had a nice stretch about a month ago when Josh Richardson was sidelined with an injury. Now the same has happened to Ben Simmons and Shake is, once again, coming through for the 76ers. Simmons has been out for five games (I'm counting the 5-minutes he played against Milwaukee as a missed game as well), and in that time Milton has been incredible with 13.6 PTS with 3.0 3PM on 58.5 FG% and 1.000 FT%, 2.6 REB, 3.4 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.8 BLK and 1.0 TO in 26 minutes per game. This is good enough for top-50 during the last two weeks.

This form shows no signs of stopping with him scoring 20 and 19 points with a combined nine three-pointers in his last two games, averaging over 34 minutes per game.

Now, it isn't realistic for Shake to keep this up for too long. But as long as he is performing this well he should be owned in most leagues, and should definitely be considered as a streaming option for those in need of threes, points, assists and open roster spots on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Monte Morris, PG, DEN - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%, STL

I am shocked that Monte is owned in under 10% of the leagues. He has been returning top-100 value for the past month and has been increasingly good lately with 9.3 points with 0.7 three-pointers on 56.5% from the field and no attempts from the line, 2.7 boards, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.7 turnovers in 26 minutes per outing in the three games played during the previous seven days. He is just out of the top-50 on Yahoo rankings with this form.

Morris is not too flashy, he is a reserve coming off the bench and doesn't do too much in addition to what he does well. Saying this out loud helps me digest the fact he is available in over 90% of the leagues. But he is just the kind of guy you want at the bottom of your roster if you're punting big stats for example. Especially with his recent defensive form with those juicy 2.3 steals per game.

If your team fits the above description, or Monte fits what your team needs next week, he is a good option to fill a roster spot on those scarce days and contribute with some points, assists and steals, with a three-pointer here and there and decent shooting from the charity stripe - if he gets fouled that is.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Jeff Green, SG/SF, HOU, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Alex Len, PF/C, SAC, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL, additional value while Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are out
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL
Jalen McDaniels, PF, CHA, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Cody Martin, SF, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything but poor %s
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%, STL
Miles Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL
Jordan Poole, SG, GSW (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Juan Toscano-Anderson, SG/SF, GSW, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL, 3PM
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK expert for deep leagues
Shake Milton, PG/SG, PHI, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST - has value again with Ben Simmons out

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 19 (Feb 24 - Mar 1)

Hello, my dear fellow fantasy nuts! For those of us in tight battles for those last playoff spots, or better playoff seeding, streaming is next to a necessity. That sweet green W is worth a lot more than those bottom of the roster players that had to be sacrificed for the sake of the whole team.

To help you best use the schedule to your advantage, I've taken a look ahead to next week. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 19. 

Nothing can stop us now!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 19

Thursday of next week has just four games played. With all other days having between seven and 10 games, it is quite impossible to provide a more detailed guide that will fit a majority of fantasy owners. This is why we will be focusing on players from teams that do play on this scarce Thursday, with some extra attention turned to players from those teams that play four games that includes Thursday.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Chicago Bulls
San Antonio Spurs

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 16
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 16
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: MIL
Tuesday/Wednesday: BOS, CHA
Wednesday/Thursday: NYK, PHI
Thursday/Friday: OKC, SAC
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BKN, CLE, MEM, MIA, ORL, PHO
Saturday/Sunday: GSW, LAL
Sunday/Monday the following: DAL, MIL

Days with five or fewer games
Thursday: 4 games

Teams playing on Thursday:
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Tue, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Tue, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Boston Celtics (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 19

It's a pretty even out week with six out of the seven days having 7-10 games played. Only Thursday stands out with just four games, and our primary goal will be to fill our rosters then.

There are five teams that play on Thursday and have a four-game week ahead. These teams are the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings. Most fantasy teams will benefit from players from these teams for streaming purposes next week.

Three additional teams play on Thursday, but only have two additional games during the following week and they are the Indiana Pacers, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers. We will take a look at players from these teams as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 19

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Marquese Chriss, PF/C, GSW, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, GSW, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, PTS, a bit of everything
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (64% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (37% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (50% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday with a sore right ankle
Alec Burks, PG/SG, PHI, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (37% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form with low minutes
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (69% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL

 

Shallower League Add

Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR - 69% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB

Melo is one of the most talented offensive players in the NBA. He is past his prime, but since he joined Portland from free agency this season he is showing off his good side again.

Not too consistently though. He hasn't been great lately, failing to reach double-digit scoring in three of his past seven games. Furthermore, he is ranked outside the top-200 for the past 14 days with averages of 14.5 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 33.9 FG% and 84.6 FT%, 6.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK and 2.3 TO in 32 minutes a night.

This might have seen him get dropped from more competitive teams so he is now available in just over 30% of leagues.

But why pick him up when he's been playing poorly?

Well, for one thing, his season averages of 15.2 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 41.2 FG% and 84.5 FT%, 6.6 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 TO are good enough for spot #136 in Yahoo rankings. As these stats are pretty similar to his stats from the last two weeks, bar the shooting efficiency and the increased turnovers, it shows that Melo isn't really in a slump, but his shot is just not falling. If he turns that around, he can easily get 20 points a night. Especially now that Damian Lillard is out with an injury.

Ow, right! That's another reason to pick him up. Dame, a top-15 player when it comes to usage % is on the shelf and is set to miss at least the first half of next week. This will open up a ton of minutes and shots for others, and Melo is one of the beneficiaries.

Although Portland plays just three times next week, one of those games are on the scarce Thursday, so if you need help on that day, a Dame-less Melo could prove deadly for your league rival.

 

Deeper League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 18% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, a bit of everything

The Warriors have dealt away several players at the trade deadline which opened up space for other guys, like Lee, to get a larger role. Lee has actually been playing quite well this whole season. His averages of 12.0 points with 1.5 three-pointers on 41.1% from the field and 88.7% from the charity stripe, 4.8 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in just under 28 minutes per outing have him inside the top-130.

He has been even better in his last three games with 16.3 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 44.1 FG% and 100.0 FT%, 3.3 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.0 BLK and 1.0 TO in 30 minutes a night. That's top-50 value right there.

Now, it's not realistic to expect Lee to return top-50 value the rest of the season. But with his play as of late, and no challengers for his minutes, it is quite reasonable to expect a top-100 production. And with Golden State having a four-game slate that includes Thursday next week, he is a good target for those in need of primarily threes and points, as well as a splash of boards, assists and steals. He is definitely a target in deep leagues, but I wouldn't shy away from adding him in 12-team leagues either if he fits my build and streaming schedule.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Jordan Poole, SG, GSW - 4% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Poole has also lucked into a larger role with the Warriors at the trade deadline. Unlike Lee, however, Poole's role was neither steady nor secure before the trades but it seems to be both of those things now.

Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks have been traded on Feb 6. Golden State has played five games since then and here are Jordan's averages: 15.6 PTS with 1.8 3PM on 43.8 FG% and 92.9 FT%, 3.4 REB, 2.8 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.0 BLK and 1.8 TO in 29 minutes. That is absolutely great from a guy owned in just 4% of the leagues.

Poole should continue to get playing time close to the 30-minute mark. And even though that probably won't be enough for him to stick inside the top-100, he is a good shout for those looking for a boost in guard stats for next week, especially in deep leagues.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Damion Lee, SG, GSW (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% a bit of everything
Jordan Poole, SG, GSW (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Ky Bowman, PG, GSW (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Alex Caruso, SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: had two incredible 30+ point games just before the AllStar break, but didn't do much in his other games
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, SAC, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Harry Giles III, PF/C, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL, additional value while Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are out
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, SAC, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL, - buyer beware: played 15 mins in his first game since arriving in a trade and just returned from injury
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
T.J. McConnell, PG, IND, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, FG%
Luguentz Dort, SG, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: he gets around 20 mins per game but mostly does nothing of fantasy value
Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Kyle Lowry and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Trade deadlines are fast approaching. The time is ticking away, and if you don't make a move now, you might not get the chance to. Of course, don't let the heist misguide you. Have a cool head and let the ticking clock impact the judgment of your trade partners.

If a player of yours is hot right now, it might be the perfect timing to swap him for a better, less hot one. If you can trade him for a player who should have a bigger role going forward and even fits your team better there is no time like just before the fantasy playoffs to get all your ducks in a row!

Here are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 18 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 18

Are You for Real, Kyle Lowry?

It's hard to imagine at this point that there were 20 PG eligible players picked ahead of Kyle during this season's fantasy drafts. I was ecstatic when I got him at picks #53 and #60 in two of my leagues. His ADP was 56.4 and he is destroying it by posting top-30 value on the year.

He has been even better lately with four straight double-doubles (points and assists) and a triple-double in his last outing. During this time he is scoring 21.8 PTS with 3.3 3PM, 6.8 REB, 11.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.7 BLK and 4.0 TO while shooting 50.8% from the field and 85.7% from the line. This has him flirting with top-10 value.

While I do agree that Lowry is a great player and equally good fantasy asset, if you can flip him for the right price it could turn out to be a wise move. Lowry never averaged more than 9 assists over a course of a season, and he is a career 42.3% FG shooter, so his current production is unsustainable. Furthermore, Lowry has already missed 12 games so far, and has been known to get hurt or rested late in the season. He missed 17 or more games in two of his last three seasons.

A top-25 guy would be enough for me to give him up if the team fit is there of course. Guys like Ben SimmonsNikola Vucevic and Kemba Walker should provide safer, if not higher value for the rest of the season, so if an offer like that was to roll around, I would be reluctant to turn it down.

On the other hand, Lowry plays 11 games during the period of Week 22 - Week 24 so if your playoffs fall in his period as well, it's not a bad idea to keep him either, if you trust his health.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Jaren Jackson Jr.?

JJJ ended up in single-digit scoring in two of his last three games. Even though he did double-double in that third game, that's still ugly to see. His averages over this period are 9.3 points with 1.0 three-pointers on 29.0% from the field and 70.0% from the charity stripe, 6.0 boards, 1.0 dimes, 0.3 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28 minutes per game. He is just barely clinging on to top-200 value with these stats.

With JJJ being healthy and Memphis nothing to play for but the development of their youth, he should continue to see around 30 minutes per game, which so far during this season was enough for him to return close to top-50 value. I see him getting back to this kind of stats sooner rather than later.

Jackson is a big who shoots threes and gets both steals and blocks, so he can have a great role, especially on teams that are punting FG% and/or assists.

If you see him fitting well with the rest of your team and what you're trying to do, his 11 games during Weeks 22, 23 and 24 could come in handy in the fantasy playoff battles.

I would have a difficult time offering a guy inside the top-70 for JJJ after his recent slump (unless he fit my team much better of course). Giving up a Terry RozierDejounte Murray or a red-hot Larry Nance Jr. would come quite easy for me on the other hand.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: John Collins and C.J. McCollum

If you make the right move at the right time you can drastically improve your team for the rest of the season. Swapping an in-form player who you don't expect to keep shining for a slumping star who is about to turn it around even though his owner has already given up on him can make a world of difference come fantasy playoffs.

Try and find such players and use this to your advantage in trade talks. In the end, it might win you your league.

Here are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 17 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 17

Are You for Real, John Collins?

Collins has turned out to be just the stud his owners hoped he would be. He is ranked at #11 on the year (despite missing 25 games due to his suspension) and he's been even better in the past 14 days with averages of 24.9 PTS with 1.1 3PM on 63.3 FG% and 82.4 FT%, 11.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.9 BLK and 1.6 TO in over 37 minutes a night. This has him up to #7. Even with his stocks taking a dip, this insane efficiency and very decent rebounding are doing wonders for his value.

But why won't it last?

Well, there's no guarantee it won't. But the addition of Clint Capela at the trade deadline could impact him. Capela is currently out with an injury but is hopeful to return after the AllStar game. A healthy top-5 rebounder is pretty certain put at least a small dent into John's rebounding numbers.

It is also questionable how the Hawks will set up with another young stud on their team. Even though Capela doesn't necessarily need touches to play his game and be useful or happy, Atlanta will surely look to utilize him to the best of his abilities. This could take away some shots, or perhaps create a more crowded paint with Capela unable to stretch the defense.

So selling Collins high is more of a "too many ifs" move than a "he is overperforming his qualities" one. But still, could prove to be pretty useful if he really does lose value with Clint on board.

I wouldn't settle for anything less than a top-15 player in return for Collins, as he has really been great this season. But if an owner was to give up his Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert or Paul George for my Collins I would definitely think twice about it and, depending on team fit, pull the trigger on the deal.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on C.J. McCollum?

CJ has been sneaky bad in the past two weeks. You wouldn't have thought it at the first glance of his stats as he has scored in double digits and hit at least two three-pointers in each of his last eight. He also failed to record more than one assist only once, and more than one rebound also just once in the same stretch. That doesn't sound too bad, does it?

But a closer look at his stats from this period reveals a different story. His averages of 19.4 points with 3.0 threes on 39.9 FG% and 64.3 FT%, 3.4 boards, 3.5 dimes, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.8 turnovers in almost 36 minutes a game don't do justice to his top-50 value. Not even close! Actually, he is outside the top-200!

Now, it has happened to McCollum to have a cold streak, and he always turns it around. There is no reason to doubt he will do it again this time.

Furthermore, his teammate and Portlands' #1 star Damien Lillard strained his right groin and is expected to miss time. If this were to really happen, this would put the ball into CJ's hands and give him a nice boost in both usage and shots. With the increased opportunity, if he gets his groove back, CJ could get into the top-25 while Dame is out.

Depending on how serious Lillard's injury turns out to be, I would be looking at different value guys to part with in order to get my hands on McCollum. If it's short term, then someone in the top-60 to 75 would be something I would target to send the other way like Jonas Valanciunas or Kelly Oubre Jr. If it's something a bit more serious, and McCollum is unleashed until the end of our fantasy season, I could see myself parting with top-50 guys like Tobias Harris or LaMarcus Aldridge.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for the All-Star Double Week 17+18 (Feb 10 - Feb 23)

With the fantasy playoffs drawing near, it's making less and less sense in waiting for that guy who "could blow up at any minute". He keeps putting up duds and we keep putting up with him since he's got potential. But even if he doesn't reach it by like tomorrow, it could already be too late with just a few weeks until the playoffs. That spot could better be put to use by streaming.

Especially now with the trade deadline behind us. Most of us were affected in a positive or negative way. If your lesser player found himself in an even worse situation it might be the right time to cut your losses and take matters into your own hands by maximizing your games played next week and grabbing that playoff spot you've set your sights on.

To try and help out with next week's (actually two weeks as the AllStar break will interrupt the normal flow of fantasy) options, I've analyzed the NBA schedule and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for the AllStar double Week 17+18. 

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 17+18

Next fantasy week is actually two weeks combined due to the impact of the AllStar game. We have games from Monday till Thursday (Feb 13) and then again from next Thursday (Feb 20) until that Sunday, with no games played between these two periods.
Most fantasy owners will have the most difficulty to navigate Thursday the 13th with just two games played, followed by Tuesday with five and next Thursday the 20th with six games. These will be the days we look into.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams with 2 games:
New York Knicks

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 22
Thursday the 13th: 4
Thursday the 20th: 12
Friday: 18
Saturday: 14
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: SAS
Tuesday/Wednesday: POR, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday the 13th: -
Thursday the 13th/Thursday the 20th: -
Thursday the 20th/Friday: MEM
Friday/Saturday: CLE, DAL, PHO, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: CHI
Sunday/Monday the following: MIN, WAS

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 5 games
Thursday the 13th: 2 games
Thursday the 20th: 6 games

Teams playing on all three days:
No team plays both Thursdays so...

Teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday the 13th:
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Sat)

Teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday the 20th:
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday the 20th)
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sun)
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sun)
Miami Heat (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday the 13th to Sunday)
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday the 13th)
New York Knicks (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday the 20th to Sunday)
New York Knicks (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Sat)
Orlando Magic (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 17+18

Only four teams play on Thursday the 13th. These teams are the Celtics, the Clippers, the Pelicans and the Thunder. Furthermore, they all also play on the next scarcest day - Tuesday - with five games. Players from these teams will be our primary focus today as they are most likely to help owners fill out their starting lineups.

There are also three teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday the 20th (which has just six games). They could also prove valuable to us streamers so we will be taking a look at players from Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. Keep in mind though that all three of these teams play just one game in the first of the two weeks ahead of us. Therefore, if you need help on other days besides Tuesday in the first week, you might want to look elsewhere. At least for the start of the week.

Another interesting to note is that Chicago is the only team to play three games in week two, so their players could be a decent play later in the double week.

 

Streaming Options for Week 17+18

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats:REB, FG%
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (75% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, ST
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, LAC, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the Clippers, his role is still unknown
J.J. Redick, SG/SF, NOP, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (50% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, CHI, (53% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, CHI, (60% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - buyer beware: left the game on Friday with a lower left leg injury, status still unknown
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, PHI, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown
Alec Burks, PG/SG, GSW, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown

 

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Enes Kanter, C, BOS - 56% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%

Kanter was picked at around the 100 in most drafts as he was expected to get a 30 minute per game role as the starting center for Boston. That hasn't really happened as his injuries and great performances from Daniel Theis limited him to just 19 minutes per game so far this season with averages of 9.6 PTS (no 3PM) on 59.5 FG% and 68.4 FT%, 8.4 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.9 BLK and 1.1 TO. This is just enough for him to stick around in the top-120.

But the tables have turned for the bigs in Boston. Kanter is over his injury now and it's Theis that is having some health issues with a right ankle sprain. He missed two games so far and could miss a few more which would definitely play to Kanter's advantage.

In his previous game without Theis Enes played 28 minutes, hit 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe for 16 points, 15 boards, a block and a turnover. Not too flashy, but just what you expect from him.

Should Theis miss some more games, Enes is expected to play close to 30 minutes and post lines similar to the one in this last game. And with Boston having a favorable schedule, he could be quite useful, at least in the short term.

 

Deeper League Add

Coby White, PG, CHI - 17% Owned 

Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out

If you're looking for a source of points and threes to help you out during the second week of our upcoming two-week matchup, there aren't many deep league options better than Coby White. Especially now with Kris Dunn on the shelf.

White hasn't been that great so far in his rookie season with 11.2 points and 1.8 threes on 37.4% from the field and 73.6% from the line, 3.4 boards, 2.3 dimes, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks and 1.5 turnovers in 24 minutes per outing. But he's picked it up a bit in the three games without Dunn with averages of 12.3 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 34.2 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 3.3 REB, 5.0 AST, no STL, 0.3 BLK and 1.3 TO in just under 27 minutes a night.

Yes, the shooting got worse and he is yet to pick up a steal, but the threes and assists are way up, and with such a small turnover rate in increased minutes. That's a big positive for White now and going forward.

Coby won't do too much in the stock department, but he can stuff the basket in a hurry along with adding a few assists to the mix. Do count on him dragging down your FG% however.

If you're fine with all of his weaknesses and could use help where his strengths lay, his schedule next week and his talent and current situation could prove quite useful.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU - 4% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL

Small ball and a short rotation have left plenty of room for Rivers to get his share of shots in Houston. A guy owned in just 4% of Yahoo leagues has taken seven or more shots in eight out of his previous nine games, scoring 8+ points in all of them and hitting double-digits six times. He also failed to hit a three-pointer in only one of these games, scoring two or more in the other eight.

This alone could be enough in the case you're looking for a three-point specialist who doesn't really do much else. But now we have Gordon who got hurt in his previous game and could miss some time, and we have Westbrook who is an occasional rest candidate, along with Houston declining to play a player who's tall enough to ride a rollercoaster on his own and this could result in Rivers getting 25-30 minutes and 10 shots per game (more than half of his field goals come from three-point range in his past 10 games).

If he can hit those at a reasonable clip, and you use him and the waiver wire wisely for the next two weeks, he could be responsible for you winning your 3PM and PTS categories. He could even provide a couple of assists and a steal here and there.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Grant Williams, PF, BOS, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a little bit of everything
Brad Wanamaker, PG/SG,BOS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, AST
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (24% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a bit of everything
Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Luguentz Dort, SG, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Luke Kornet, PF/C, CHI, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, 3PM, FT% - additional value with the injuries in Chicago
Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB
Coby White, PG, CHI, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out
Ryan Arcidiacono, PG, CHI, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK - buyer beware: with the 76ers acquiring a few players just before the trade deadline his future role is unknown
Shake Milton, PG/SG, PHI, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: with the 76ers acquiring a few players just before the trade deadline his future role is unknown + with Josh Richardson now back from injury he could be close to being irrelevant

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Damian Lillard and Tobias Harris

The NBA trade deadline is looming, but that's not necessarily the case for fantasy leagues. Most of us still have the opportunity to improve our teams through some clever wheeling and dealing. And what better to do than to try and turn your in-form player into a more valuable guy who isn't at his best right now?

Damian Lillard is going bonkers right now, a perfect time to trade him away if you're not convinced he will be able to keep it going. On the other end of the spectrum, Tobias Harris is in a slump since Joel Embiid returned from his injury. He is bound to snap out of it sooner rather than later, right?

These two guys are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 16 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 16

Are You for Real, Damian Lillard?

Now for a while there I got some serious Space Jam flashbacks. From Jan 21 until Jan 30 Lillard was averaging 44.3 points and 7.3 threes in his three played games while James Harden averaged only 19.0 points and 1.3 threes in three outings and missed another two games in the same period. It looked like Dame had stolen the talent from The Beard. Then, on Jan 31 they both put up 30+ point games (Harden 35, Lillard a whooping 48) so I knew Harden's talent was safe, it was just Dame who's gone berserk!

He kept it going actually and by Feb 1 he had strung together eight straight games with at least 34 points and averaged an amazing 45.1 PTS with 7.1 3PM on 53.2 FG% and 88.1 FT%, 5.5 REB, 9.6 AST, 1.3 STL and 3.4 TO with no blocks. This, of course, has him pinned at the top of Yahoo rankings.

His most recent game against Denver reminded us that Dame is only human. He hit 21 points with just one three-pointer on 34.8% from the field, along with two boards, nine dimes, a steal with no turnovers. A decent line, true, but not worthy of the #1 spot, and definitely sub-par when compared to his performances of late.

Now Dame is a great player, but this insane run (which was further boosted by the absence of CJ McCollum in three and a half games) has come to an end and realistically he won't be THIS good the rest of the way. Actually, NO PLAYER will be THAT good the rest of the way.

Now, if Dame fits your team build well, by all means, keep him. But if you would rather have a go at trading him for one of the top-5 like Karl-Anthony Towns or James Harden, I think that would be safer and better value going forward.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Tobias Harris?

Harris is already a pretty undervalued player, and now with him not being able to score more than 10 points in two straight games, and having just one steal and no blocks in his previous four outings, his owner let him go for an offer of a player outside of the top-50. This would be a field day in my book.

Tobias is averaging 19.0 PTS with 1.7 3PM on 47.2 FG% and 80.5 FT%, 6.7 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.6 TO in 34 minutes a game so far this season. That is great efficiency and contribution across the board. Even the stocks, which are widely considered to be his biggest weakness come in at a combined 1.3 which is not that bad.

He is currently ranked at #60 by Yahoo, which I find really low, so his owners might be taken by this and have a lower opinion and lower expectations in return value for Tobias. Floating an offer of anyone from top-50 to top-75 wouldn't be a mistake as I believe Tobias will outperform the likes of Brook LopezMalcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari until the end of the season. If you can get him for cheap, I would definitely recommend doing so.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 16 (Feb 3 - Feb 9)

Fantasy playoffs are getting closer and closer and most of us are in a tight battle for either playoff birth or favorable seeding. Every matchup is a step closer or further away from our goal.

Streaming just the right players can be a very useful and powerful tool and help us make that step in the right direction. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 16. 

Playoffs - here we come!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 16

Tuesday with four and Thursday with five games will be the hardest on fantasy owners in Week 16. With all other days having no less than seven games played, it makes sense that we focus on those teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs

Teams with 3 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Chicago Bulls

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 20
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 10
Friday: 16
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: CHA, SAS
Tuesday/Wednesday: DEN
Wednesday/Thursday: ORL
Thursday/Friday: HOU, PHI, POR
Friday/Saturday: DAL, DET, IND, PHO, SAC, TOR
Saturday/Sunday: LAC, NYK
Sunday/Monday the following: ATL, MIA, UTA

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 4 games
Thursday: 5 games

Teams playing on both days:
Houston Rockets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Orlando Magic (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Thurs, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (2 games - Mon, Fri, Sat)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Washington Wizards (3 games - Mon, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Charlotte Hornets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 16

There are 10 games on Monday and nine on Wednesday. They should pose little trouble for fantasy owners. On the other hand, Tuesday with four and Thursday with five should prove more challenging.

This is why we will focus on the six teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday. From this group of teams, Houston, Portland and San Antonio all have four games while the Lakers, the Bucks and the Pelicans play just three times next week.

Even though it's not always a good idea to stream a player who has just three games next week, the good news here is that there are 18 teams that play two games from Friday to Sunday so you can seamlessly replace your initial streamer who has just one game left after Thursday with another who plays two more times in Week 16. Furthermore, the Clippers and the Knicks have a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday. It's quite possible that the Clippers will rest either one or both of their superstars - Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, which could open more minutes for some deep league options like JaMychal Green or Moe Harkless.

 

Streaming Options for Week 16

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday for unknown reasons
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Derrick White, PG/SG, SAS, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: Jack of all trades
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: Gay, too, is a Jack of all trades
Dejounte Murray, PG, SAS, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (68% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (44% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (56% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
J.J. Redick, SG/SF, NOP, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

Shallower League Add

Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR - 39% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL

Since Ariza was traded to the Trail Blazers from the Kings about two weeks ago he appeared in four games and is averaging 12.8 points with 2.0 threes on 54.1% from the field and 75.0% from the line, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 turnovers in 36 minutes a night during this stretch. This has him ranked inside the top-50 for the period.

His shooting might be flakey, as he had two 21-point games already for the Blazers, and also produced two duds scoring seven and two, but he was definitely brought into this Portland team for a reason, and 36 minutes per outing shows us he will be getting his fair share of playing time.

Now we can't expect miracles from Ariza as he will be the last option on offense in most Portland lineups, but he will contribute in his three strongest categories (3PM, STL, REB). If that is enough for you in his four-game week he can be a decent option.

 

Deeper League Add

Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP - 25% Owned

Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM

Hart has been hanging around top-100 value the whole season, and is, in my opinion, being widely overlooked and undervalued.

No, he is not the one who will go on a scoring spree. In fact, he only scored more than 20 points once this season.

No, he won't carry your team's percentages with his efficiency. He is just above 41% from the field and 76% from the charity stripe.

He will, however, contribute across the board and help you out heavily in threes, steals and out-of-position boards with a dash of points and a block and an assist here and there. He won't turn the ball over often either.

And if anyone thought Zion coming back will impact Hart negatively, that hasn't been the case so far, as he is averaging 9.2 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 45.9 FG% and no misses from the line (five attempts total), 7.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.2 BLK and 0.8 TO in 26 minutes a game. This has Josh flirting with top-50 value.

So, if you don't mind that Hart doesn't sound sexy, that he won't have a very positive impact on your percentages, and he won't blow you away with an otherworldly performance, but you will appreciate him working his ass for you to get you stocks and boards with some threes and points without hurting you in the turnover department, Hart is someone to consider. At least until he's played his third and last game for next week on Saturday.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%

Gary has showed up big time when the Blazers needed him the most when CJ McCollum was out and hit 12 treys and 61 points over a three-game stretch. This was a testimonial to both his character and ability. He stuck around in the rotation ever since and coach Terry Stotts seems to have faith in him.

If we count the last two weeks, which includes those three games with CJ out, Trent Jr is ranked at the #82 spot. Although it might be more realistic if we take into consideration the previous three games with McCollum back. In these Gary has averaged 8.7 PTS with 2.0 3PM on 42.9 FG% and no misses from the line (on just two attempts though), 2.0 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.3 BLK and 0.3 TO in almost 25 minutes per game. This has him ranked just outside the top-150.

When we factor in Portland's favorable schedule, deeeep league teams looking for some three-point range from a decent free throw shooter who can swipe the ball here and there could definitely do much worse than Trent during Week 16.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG/SG, SAS, (7% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (18% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: BLK, FG%, REB
Trey Lyles, PF, SAS, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Lonnie Walker IV, SG, SAS, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday and is questionable for Sunday
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Pat Connaughton, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a bit of everything
Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, NOP, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Khris Middleton and Karl-Anthony Towns

Trading is an integral part of both NBA and fantasy basketball. As the whole sports world mourns the death of the great Kobe Bryant, it is hard to imagine him in any other outfit except purple and gold. But if the Lakers hadn't had such great vision and traded Vlade Divac for him back in the day, the history of the game of basketball could have been very different.

This is also true for our fantasy leagues, albeit on a much smaller and less meaningful scale. But still, a move like the Lakers made for Kobe could help you win your league. And while the Lakers had their scouting as their secret weapon, you can use your own combined with current players' forms to try and get a good deal.

Here are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 15 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 15

Are You for Real, Khris Middleton?

Who dropped 50!? Khris Middleton!? Are you for real!?

Oh, yes! It's very real! In the absence of Milwaukee's star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris stepped up big with a stat line of 51 points with seven three-pointers, going 16-of-26 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line, grabbing 10 boards, dishing out six assists with two turnovers in just under 36 minutes in a 151-131 victory against the Wizards. If he had some stocks to boot it would be a near-perfect line.

Furthermore, Khris has been playing quite well for the past two weeks as well as his averages of 26.5 PTS with 3.6 3PM on 60.5 FG% and 91.7 FT%, 7.0 REB, 4.8 AST, 1.0 STL, no BLK, and 1.8 TO in 32 minutes a game have him ranked at the #7 spot in Yahoo rankings. Not too shabby, huh?

It is unclear whether Giannis will miss more time at this moment, so this makes Khris sound very sexy in the short term. His owners could try to use this to their advantage and give selling him high a shot, as it is highly unlikely that Middleton can keep this level up for too long. A top-25 player should be your target for parting with Middleton as he is a top-35 player on the season himself. Guys like Nikola Vucevic, Trae Young and Kemba Walker would all hit the spot for me if I could get them back for Khris.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Karl-Anthony Towns?

Towns is undoubtedly a top-5 fantasy player. He is ranked at #3 on the season as well. But since returning from his injury he just hasn't been the same. In the seven games since he's been back, KAT is averaging 28.1 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 50.4 FG% and 86.4 FT%, 7.6 REB, 3.7 AST, 0.6 STL, 1.0 BLK, and 3.3 TO in 32 minutes per outing. This has him outside the top-30 for the period!

All his stats are a little down from his season averages (apart from PTS and FT%). This is especially true for rebounds as Towns is down more than three a game. This is pretty weird. Furthermore, he only double-doubled once in this seven-game stretch. For comparison, before getting hurt KAT failed to double-double in just five of his 23 games. Huge difference!

But this is KAT, a serious contender for the #1 fantasy asset in most formats and usually a very durable player, so I expect him to bounce back to former glory sooner rather than later. I would definitely be willing to give up anyone in the top 5 to 10 range like Damian LillardLeBron James or Kawhi Leonard for a chance to own Towns, or offer a package of two top-30 players (for example Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler) if KAT fits your team better.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 15 (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Every new week in fantasy NBA brings new rivals and new challenges. Each different than the one before, but with the same goal - to beat us in our matchup.

Streaming helps us adapt to the new circumstances, overcome them as best possible, and ultimately reach our regular-season goal of reaching the playoffs. Each week we're looking to maximize our teams' games and contributions in critical categories. Everything to get that sweet W!

Week 15 is no different and we will look into it and take some notes of how to navigate it. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 15.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 15

This week is pretty evened out when it comes to games played per day. Sunday is the most challenging with four games, with all other days having between six and 10 games. Therefore, maximizing Sunday's games will naturally be our top priority, mostly taking a look at teams that play at least two other games on days with seven or fewer games.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 18
Wednesday: 12
Thursday: 12
Friday: 14
Saturday: 20
Sunday: 8

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: DAL, CLE, MIA
Tuesday/Wednesday: MEM, NYK
Wednesday/Thursday: SAC, UTA
Thursday/Friday: DEN, TOR
Friday/Saturday: BKN, DAL, LAL, POR
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday the following: DET, PHO

Days with seven or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Wednesday: 6 games
Thursday: 6 games
Friday: 7 games
Sunday: 4 games

Teams playing on Sunday + another three of these days:
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Detroit Pistons (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Sunday + another two of these days:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)

Teams not playing on Sunday but playing on other three of these days:
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Cleveland Cavaliers (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Orlando Magic (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Orlando Magic (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Tue, Wed, Fri)
Miami Heat (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 15

Sunday has just four games played so players from teams playing on this day will be our primary focus. As all other days have between six and 10 games, it is pretty difficult to predict which fantasy teams will have trouble on which days.

With Tuesday having nine games and Saturday ten, these days will be covered in most teams, so we will disregard them to make things a bit simpler.

So, now we are left with Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday - all with six games apiece, and with Friday with seven games played.

First, we will take a look at players from teams that play on Sunday plus another three of these four days with seven or fewer games. These teams are: the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets.

There are another two teams that play on Sunday and two more scarce days: the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors.

With only five teams fitting these descriptions, I've widened the search to teams that don't play on Sunday, but do play at least three games on the days with six or seven games. There are three such teams: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Utah Jazz.

 

Streaming Options for Week 15

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:


Kris Dunn, PG/SG/SF, CHI, (34% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: AST, STL
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, CHI, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, CHI, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, FT%
Christian Wood, PF/C, DET, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, DET, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (49% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Michael Porter Jr., SF, DEN, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, TOR, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK a bit of everything
OG Anunoby, SF/PF, TOR, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Norman Powell, SG/SF, TOR, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%, STL
Marc Gasol, C, TOR, (77% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, AST, STL/BLK
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, CLE, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

Shallower League Add

Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU - 46% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Gordon has been on a tear lately with averages of 18.6 PTS with 4.4 3PM on 40.9 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 2.6 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.1 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 30 minutes a game in the last 14 days. Despite the lack of defensive stats, this is still good enough for #125 in Yahoo leagues. And this is with both James Harden and Russell Westbrook healthy! Furthermore, he scored 25 points on two straight occasions and hit six treys apiece in both these contests.

Gordon has been injured for most of the season and has just found his groove, which can explain why he is owned in less than half of the leagues. It could be argued that he should be owned in more, especially with his recent performances.

And now the Beard is flagged with a Game Time Decision tag for the Sunday's game against the Nuggets after getting a knee to his thigh in their previous contest, so if he were to miss time, this would open up a lot more shots for Gordon. However, this is the Beard we're talking about. Chances he misses games next week for a bruised thigh are minimal.

Nonetheless, Gordon is playing some great offense, and if he can complement that with a splash of stocks here and there, he should be rosterable in most leagues, especially considering Houston's good schedule next week.

 

Deeper League Add

Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU - 11% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything

Danuel has been very good to start the season, but ever since he returned from his shoulder injury he just hasn't been the same. His ownership fell from over 30% down to just 11% now in a matter of weeks and it's a risky move adding him outside the deep leagues.

But even with his poor form of late, House is still inside the top-150 on the season with averages of  10.0 PTS with 1.9 3PM on 42.7 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 3.9 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 30 minutes per game. Even though he has been moved to the bench role, he is still getting 27 minutes in the last two weeks and is hanging around the same value in this period as well.

He has shown us he can be a worthy fantasy contributor and with Houston's four-game slate next week, owners in deep leagues with a craving for some threes and defensive stats should be on the lookout.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: FG%, REB

It's quite a dice roll here with Felicio, but with most of Chicago's frontcourt being out with injuries, he is in a good position to get some minutes and help his fantasy owners in some big men stats. A good indication of this is the fact he got 21+ minutes in two straight games and grabbed nine boards in each of them.

Now Felicio is probably not going to dazzle you with his performances. He is not a blocking specialist either, so if you're looking for a big who can swat with the best of them - look elsewhere. But if you're in the deepest of leagues, need help with rebounding, a few made field goals on good percentages and someone not to tank your TO and FT%, Cristiano could be your guy.

With Chicago playing four times on favorable days next week and the Bulls' physio room full of tall players, Cristiano should be good for around 30 boards over this stretch.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Luke Kornet, PF/C, CHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, 3PM, FT% - additional value with the injuries in Chicago
Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, CHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB
Coby White, PG, CHI, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Bruce Brown Jr., SG, DET, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB - buyer beware: missed previous two games due to illness
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Tony Snell, SG/SF, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: missed previous game for an undisclosed reason
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, DET, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB,
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Torrey Craig, SG/SF, DEN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, STL
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, TOR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, SAC, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Nemanja Bjelica and Eric Bledsoe

Trading your player when he is on a hot streak is a legitimate way to obtain better talent by the use of only your negotiating skills and player's forms. If you can combine that with a player who is ice-cold at the moment but is just about to turn things around, and you might end up turning top-100 guy into a top-50 guy.

Now, it's easy to get infatuated with your player who is providing you with great stats game after game. But if you're not convinced it's going to last, don't get too attached. Try and flip him for someone you like better but is in poor form. When the tides shift, you will end up with the better player.

Each week we're taking a look at two guys on both ends of the spectrum. Here are our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 14 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 14

Are You for Real, Nemanja Bjelica?

Even though Sacramento has strung together six straight losses, Bjelica was the one bright spot during these dark times for the Kings. Averages of 17.2 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 58.8 FG% and no misses from the line, 8.3 REB, 3.3 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.2 BLK and 1.3 TO in almost 35 minutes per outing has him inside the top-20 in Yahoo rankings. That's right - TOP-20!

This surge, however, coincided with Richaun Holmes being out with an injury. This increased opportunity saw Bjelica get a push from 28 minutes and 9.7 field goal attempts a game to almost 35 mins and 11.3 shots. To be fair, Bjelica did take advantage of the chance presented to him in a big way, and hats off to him! But it isn't realistic for Beli to keep it up at this level.

Now, Nemanja is ranked at #67 on the season and has yet to miss a game for the Kings, so his value is there no matter what. But top-20? I don't think so. Especially when Holmes returns, with Marvin Bagley relatively healthy.

If you agree with my assessment you should look to swap Bjelica while he is riding this success wave. Swapping him for a top-60 player would be a good deal in my book with so many unknowns surrounding Sacramento. Danilo GallinariJA Morant, and Al Horford all figure to have a better shot at a top-60 finish to the season than Bjelica.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Eric Bledsoe?

Dear Eric,

What the hell is going on!? Only 8.0 points with 0.3 three-pointers on 42.1% from the field and 87.5% from the line, 3.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 0.3 steals, no blocks, and 1.7 turnovers in 25 minutes a night over the last week of action are just not going to cut it! That is not even good enough for top-200 over this stretch. Poor Bledsoe owners...

Furthermore, Milwaukee only has two games this week (one down, one to go). He also has a shitty schedule for the next two weeks as well with just three games apiece. You can use this as an argument in your favor as well if you're sitting pretty at the top and Bledsoe's owner is fighting for the playoffs.

But Bledsoe surely can't be this bad the rest of the way, can he? He was ranked at #49 before NBA started in October 2019, but hasn't lived up to that and is currently at #90 on the season. This, combined with his recent woes and the poor schedule could convince his owners to let him go for cheap.

If you, like me, believe he is about to sober up and put some Bledsoe-like performances in, a player in the top-100 to top-120 range should be something you aim to give up for him. Terrence RossDerrick White or Kevin Huerter are all guys who seem to be outperforming Bledsoe at the moment, but that really shouldn't be the case for the rest of the season.

 

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 14 (Jan 20 - Jan 26)

Hello, my fellow fantasy addicts! We're back this week with another look at how to best use the NBA schedule for our fantasy team's purposes and maximize the games our team plays during our upcoming matchup.

And how do we fantasy addicts do this? By streaming of course!

This week will be a tough one with some scarce gamedays coming up. I've taken a look at the schedule for the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 14.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 14

We thought that Sunday of Week 13 is tough with just two games played, but the NBA threw us another curveball in Week 14 with just one game coming on Tuesday. We also have just three games on Thursday and five on Friday, so these days will be our focus for the week.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Milwaukee Bucks

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 28
Tuesday: 2
Wednesday: 24
Thursday: 6
Friday: 22
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 16

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: LAC
Wednesday/Thursday: LAL, WAS
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: CHI, DET, MIN, OKC
Saturday/Sunday: BKN
Sunday/Monday the following: HOU, ORL, SAS

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 1 game
Thursday: 3 games
Saturday: 5 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on two of these days:
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Milwaukee Bucks (2 games - Mon, Fri)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Milwaukee Bucks (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Miami Heat (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 14

Mavericks vs Clippers is the only game on Tuesday so it goes without saying that their players should be picked up early in the week. With Mavs playing on all three scarce days, including three-game Thursday and five-game Saturday, their players are looking very sexy right now.

Three other teams play on both Thursday and Saturday - the Nets, the Lakers and the Cavs, so their players are hot commodities to end the week with for sure.

With such a low number of potential streaming candidates, we will include guys from Portland and Washington, although they only play on Thursday, and not on either Tuesday or Saturday. They do have another game on Sunday (eight games) so they could provide additional value to teams that need some help on the last day of the week as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 14

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL, (60% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, buyer beware: should lose some appeal when Kristaps Porzingis returns
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, DAL, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Delon Wright, PG/SG, DAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL - buyer beware: in poor form
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything - buyer beware: low FG%
DeAndre Jordan, C, BKN, (69% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: dislocated finger, will be re-evaluated next week so check if he is active before adding
Joe Harris, SG/SF, BKN, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Caris Levert, SG/SF, BKN, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, AST
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (49% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, CLE, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (57% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Ish Smith, PG, WAS, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Jordan McRae, PG/SG, WAS, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: got hurt in his previous game
Troy Brown, SG/SF, WAS, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Davis Bertans, PF/C, WAS, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, AST

 

Shallower League Add

Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL - 41% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM

I really like Maxi. He seems like such a nice guy, always smiling. And lately, he has every reason to smile as his averages of 11.4 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 47.5 FG% and 89.5 FT%, 4.9 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.5 STL, 1.6 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 28 minutes per outing has him ranked in the top-90 for the previous two weeks. And in my book, this rank doesn't give him justice. That combination of threes and blocks with such a low turnover rate and on such high percentages is quite rare.

Now, these stats aren't completely realistic since they came with Maxi's increased minutes with Porzingis out. When he returns, Maxi will also go back to playing around 25 minutes and take more of a back seat. But the Mavs are unlikely to rush The Unicorn back, so we could see his absence prolonged for another week or two.

While Porzingis is out, Kleber should definitely be owned in most if not all leagues. Especially with the amazing schedule Dallas has next week! So if he is by some miracle still available in your league, it would be wise to pick him up.

 

Deeper League Add

Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR - 24% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK

Let's be honest here, Kent is not the fantasy player he used to be back in his Atlanta days. But with Rodney Hood out for the season and now C.J. McCollum going down with an ankle sprain, Baze is pretty likely to get more than enough minutes to contribute to most fantasy teams' counting stats, at least as a streamer.

Furthermore, he has been pretty good lately with averages of 9.5 points with 1.3 threes on 35.5% from the field and 91.7% from the charity stripe (on 3.0 attempts per game), 4.8 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.3 turnovers in 30 minutes a night in the past week. That is good enough for top-100 value during this stretch.

Of course, Baze won't always be this pesky on the defensive end, and he won't hit 90% of his free throws. But he will contribute across the board and help you edge out your opponent in the categories that are extremely close. Be sure not to care about your FG% though, as he might try and murder it on occasion.

The Blazers play on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, so it's not an ideal situation for fantasy owners here, but careful planning could provide you with some juicy stats from the Baze.

Since Bazemore has been traded for Trevor Ariza, pretty much everything said above could just transfer to Ariza then.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything

I have to be honest - one of the reasons I'm picking Fonzo here is because he just double-doubled for me in my 20-team, 10-cat league which counts DDs as the 10th category. Another is that he's done it with all of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. healthy. And two-thirds of this trio might not be on the Cavs' roster come February trade deadline.

Furthermore, McKinnie is averaging 7.8 PTS with 0.3 3PM on 57.7 FG%, 5.5 REB, 1.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 1.0 TO in 23 minutes over four games in the last week. This is good enough for #136 on Yahoo's rankings.

Even though we can't expect Alfonzo to carry our fantasy teams, it is possible for us to get a competent player who will contribute a little bit in most counting stats without hurting your FG% and TO, and just putting in a slight dent in your FT% (he is a career 58.5% shooter on 0.6 attempts per game).

With Cleveland playing on both Thursday and Saturday, McKinnie should prove helpful in filling in those empty starting spots. And if Love and/or Tristan get traded, the Fonz could be in for a larger role ROS as well.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything - buyer beware: should lose some appeal when Kristaps Porzingis returns
Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG% - buyer beware: hurt his back on Jan 16 so check his status before adding him
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (23% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Rodions Kurucs, SF/PF, BKN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, BKN, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL - buyer beware: missed a few games but should be back soon, check his status before adding him
Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL - buyer beware: missed a couple of games so check his status before adding him
Quinn Cook, PG, LAL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL - buyer beware: only has value if Rondo is out or limited
Alex Caruso, SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Troy Daniels, PG/SG, LAL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: very inconsistent minutes
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season and C.J. McCollum potentially missing time
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Anthony Tolliver, SF/PF, POR, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Isaiah Thomas, PG, WAS, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Anzejs Pasecniks, C, WAS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%
Gary Payton II, SG, WAS, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, AST, STL
Isaac Bonga, SF/PF, WAS, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Robert Covington and Kemba Walker

Surging players are always great trade bait, and if you do your fishing right, after their explosion is over you could end up with a nice catch. For this to be successful, one should always keep an eye out for players' forms and take advantage of their own player's hot streak and another, more valuable player's cold one.

This week we will be taking a look at Robert Covington as he has been tearing it up lately, and Kemba Walker who just hasn't looked like himself since returning from a three-game absence due to an illness. There are a few questions surrounding the two of them. Will Lord Cov continue to dominate? Can we expect the old Kemba to show up soon?

We will try to answer them in our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 13 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 13

Are You for Real, Robert Covington?

First of all, let me point out that I really rate Lord Cov. He is one of the few players out there who will contribute across the board without really hurting you anywhere. Also, he is a member of the elite "1-1-1 club" - players who get you 1+ three-pointers, steals and blocks per game. This doesn't sound like much to people outside our fantasy realm, but around here these fellas are royalty!

So why sell Cov?

Well, unless you're getting back a player in at least top-30 who fits your team better - DON'T! Minnesota has a decent fantasy playoffs schedule with four games in both Week 22 and Week 24 and he is quite a valuable and consistent fantasy contributor who you probably picked because he fits your team, so if that is still the case and you are in a spot that can lead you into the playoffs, you can do a lot worse than Robert.

But really, why sell Cov?

Well, he is playing really well of late, averaging 14.7 PTS with 2.9 REB on 48.1 FG% and 64.3 FT%, 6.6 REB, 1.9 AST, 3.0 STL, 1.1 BLK, and just 1.0 TO in 30 minutes per game over the last two weeks which has him at #14 for this stretch. This is all with the Wolves pack leader Karl-Anthony Towns out with an injury, so these stats are a bit too high. KAT is expected to return soon so this should take a few boards and shots away from Covington. And those 3.0 steals per game aren't really maintainable as they were a bit inflated by the six steals he had in the crazy game against Houston. And to make things even crazier - he had all six in the first half.

The Lord should go back to his top-40 role soon and stick around it for the rest of the season. Although the Timberwolves are 3 games behind the 8th spot in the West so them being out of the playoff hunt early is a threat to his playing time and another potential reason for you to deal him at this moment. If the team fit is there, I would give Covington up for guys like Russell Westbrook, Deandre Ayton or the hero of our next story - Kemba Walker.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Kemba Walker?

Three games out with an illness to start off the New Year and then the next four with averages of 15.6 PTS with 2.5 3PM on 51.1 FG% and 72.4 FT%, 3.5 REB, 4.0 AST, 0.5 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 1.8 TO in 27 minutes per outing, including an ejection after just 18 minutes against the Spurs on Jan 8. He is outside the top-100 during this period.

Kemba is actually at #41 on the season, so we must acknowledge that he is not as good as he was back in Charlotte - at least for fantasy purposes. But he is still an elite scorer, great 3PT shooter and contributes in most "guard stats" with also adding 3.9 boards and 0.6 blocks to the table.

Now, Kemba might not be a top-15 fantasy player like he was a year ago, but he surely has the potential to be inside the top-25. Furthermore, if your fantasy playoffs fall on Weeks 21 - 23, he should be on your radar as he has 11 games during these three weeks. For these reasons, I would be prepared to part with a top-40 guy to get the chance to watch Kemba pour them rainmakers for my fantasy team. Players like his teammate Jayson TatumKhris Middleton and DeMar DeRozan would all be someone I'd consider parting with to obtain the rights to Walker if the fit is right.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 13 (Jan 13 - Jan 19)

Fantasy NBA playoffs are getting closer by the minute and for those of us in the hunt for playoff berth or better seeding, every matchup counts. Streaming is that ace up our sleeve to help us when the going gets tough, and it gets tough a lot.

There are plenty of decisions to make when streaming. Who do I cut? Which categories will I need help with and who do I pick up for that?

It's not easy to find the right players with the right schedules and skills to maximize the potential for streaming on any given week. Fantasy owners have their work cut out for them, but to help out a little, I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 13.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 13

What!? Only two games on Sunday!? Okay, players from teams that play on Sunday go straight into our thoughts. Also, Tuesday has six and Thursday five games, so players from teams that play on both these days will be in our focus as well.
Monday and Friday have seven games apiece so some teams might want to look for help here two, but that would be too wide for us to cover today so we will stick to players from teams who either play on Sunday or on both Tuesday and Thursday.
Wednesday with ten and Saturday with eleven games shouldn't be too challenging for us.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Boston Celtics
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Memphis Grizzlies
Washington Wizards

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 14
Tuesday: 12
Wednesday: 20
Thursday: 10
Friday: 14
Saturday: 22
Sunday: 4

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: CLE
Tuesday/Wednesday: BKN, DAL, HOU
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, DEN, ORL
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHI, CLE, MIN, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday the following: DEN, IND, MIA, SAS

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 5 games
Sunday: 2 games

Teams playing on Sunday:
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Wed, Thurs, Sun)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on both Tuesday and Thursday:
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Boston Celtics (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Orlando Magic (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
-

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Memphis Grizzlies (2 games - Tue, Fri)
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Memphis Grizzlies (2 games - Tue, Fri)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Wed)
Washington Wizards (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Mon, Tue, Fri)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 13

Okay, so, only two games on Sunday. Indiana goes to Denver and Miami visits San Antonio. Players from these teams will be worth gold come the end of the week. Be careful though, only the Pacers have four games next week and they are the only team to play a game before Wednesday.

Six teams play both on Tuesday with six games and Thursday with five. These teams are the Warriors, the Clippers, the Bucks, the Knicks, the Suns, and the Jazz. It's quite interesting that all of these teams play just three games next week and all of them play on exactly the same days - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

As no teams provide the perfect coverage for next week (apart from maybe Indiana if their schedule works well for you), I see potential for the following strategy (mind you, this is based on the presumption that we already have full rosters for Wednesday and Saturday, but need help on all other days):

  1. Pick up a player who plays on Monday
  2. Swap him on Tuesday for someone who plays on both Tuesday and Thursday
  3. Drop him on Friday for someone who plays on both Friday and Sunday

This can give you five games on all days that don't have 10 or more games from one streaming spot if you have three acquisitions for the week (or two but you manage to snag the Monday guy during Week 12). Of course, if you have fewer than three transactions or more than one streaming spot, you should definitely devise a different tactic.

 

Streaming Options for Week 13

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (78% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (62% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT% - buyer beware: battling an injury so check his status before adding
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (59% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Tyler Herro, SG/SF, MIA, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Goran Dragic, PG/SG, MIA, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, MIA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Derrick White, PG/SG, SAS, (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: Jack of all trades
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (50% Owned) - Strong Cats: Gay, too, is a Jack of all trades
Dejounte Murray, PG, SAS, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Damion Lee, SG, GSW, (43% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Alec Burks, PG/SG, GSW, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT%
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, GSW, (49% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything - buyer beware: low FG%
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, NYK, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT% - buyer beware: battling a neck injury
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form

 

Shallower League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 43% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

We talked about Lee back in Week 10 Streamers, but he was our "Insanely Deep League Add" back then when he was owned in just 2% of Yahoo leagues. With the way he has been playing, he deserves to be featured again. About a month ago, Lee was on a two-way contract and wasn't even a regular part of the Warriors' rotation. Fast forward 30 days - Lee earned himself a guaranteed contract and is playing over 30 minutes a night.

His averages of  14.6 PTS with 1.7 3PM on 41.8 FG% and 89.6 FT%, 6.6 REB, 2.9 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.1 BLK, and 1.4 TO in 14 games during this period tell the whole tale. Lee is ranked around the top-80 during this stretch. Furthermore, Damion is a quite consistent scorer, despite his FG% varying from game to game. In these 14 games, he failed to reach double-digit points in just two. And he doesn't show signs of stopping.

With this kind of form and a pretty good schedule, Damion isn't a bad shout for those who need some threes and points with a steal here and there on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

 

Deeper League Add

Aaron Holiday, PG, IND - 26% Owned

Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL

The youngest of the Holiday brothers is doing quite well in the absence of Indiana's starting PG Malcolm Brogdon. He is averaging 12.6 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 39.7 FG% and FT%, 2.3 REB, 6.1 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.9 TO in 29 minutes a night over the past two weeks. This has him inside the top-150, and he is easily inside the top-100 for those who are punting FG% and TO.

Now, I would love it if I could tell you that Aaron is going to keep up this tempo in the long run. Heck, I would even settle for a short term. But alas, I cannot. Brogdon is nearing a return, and that will surely put a dent into Holiday's playing time and, consequentially, his fantasy output.

Even though Holiday won't be scoring 12 points and getting six dimes night after night, he could stick around his season averages of 10.6 points and 3.7 assists with a sprinkle of threes (1.6 on the season) and steals (0.8 on the season) with some great free-throw shooting (career average of 84.3%). This is not too bad for a deep league add in my book.

Furthermore, Brogdon still hasn't played a game, and even though it was reported that he is over his back injury, he has now caught a bug and missed a game due to that as well. With him playing the last full game back on Dec 22, and without clear information on when he will be back, Holiday might still get near 30 minutes a game next week. And with four games including a matchup against the Nuggets on two-game Sunday, Holiday is worth a shot - especially for those who don't care about his poor FG% and TO.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Omari Spellman, PF, GSW - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, PTS

Spellman is starting to look a lot like Damion Lee lately. He too wasn't heavily involved in the Warriors rotation but in the New Year all that changed quickly. He scored in double digits in all five of his 2020 games, and with averages of 16.0 points with 2.8 three-pointers on 56.8% from the field and 84.6% from the line, 5.3 boards, 1.8 dimes, 2.3 steals, 0.5 blocked shots, and 1.3 turnovers in 22 minutes per game, he is ranked at #28 in the past seven days. He even took over the starting center job from Willie Cauley-Stein, so his coach seems to trust him.

Of course, it's not realistic to expect him to be this good constantly, but if he just gets half of all these counting stats from last week, most owners that streamed him for his games on Tuesday and Thursday will be cool with it. Low-risk, high-award move here with Omari. Just like Damion Lee a few weeks back.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Aaron Holiday, PG, IND, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
T.J. McConnell, PG, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, FG%
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Derrick Jones Jr., SF/PF, MIA, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a bit of everything
Meyers Leonard, PF/C, MIA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, SAS, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG/SG, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, FG%, REB
Trey Lyles, PF, SAS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Lonnie Walker IV, SG, SAS, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, GSW, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL
Omari Spellman, PF, GSW, (9% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, PTS
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, GSW, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%, rookie factor
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (22% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Kevin Knox, SF/PF, NYK, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, UTA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a (very) little bit of everything - could provide some value while Mike Conley is out

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio

I love wheeling and dealing in my NBA leagues. It's often quite difficult to persuade a rival to do a trade that will give your team additional value. That's when you use the current form to try and get away with the better deal.

Trading away a player who strung together a couple of great games, but who you don't expect to do so well going forward, for a guy who might be in a slump but you're sure he will snap out of it quickly is a good way to end up with a better team when the fantasy playoffs come around. It is imperative however that the guy you give away doesn't outperform the guy you traded for in the long term.

To make sure this doesn't happen, I've taken a look at two players who are our prime Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 12 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 12

Are You for Real, Derrick Favors?

Favors had six double-doubles out of his previous eight games. His averages of 11.1 points (no three-pointers) on 58.0% from the field and 64.3% from the line, 12.8 boards, 2.6 dimes, 0.5 steals, 1.8 blocked shots, and 1.0 turnovers in 30 minutes per outing, have him flirting with top-10 value over this period.

Now if we go back five years and take a look at his prime days in Utah, we see that Favors is capable of this kind of production - apart from the ridiculous rebounding and the 2.6 assists. But, as far as I know, the time machine hasn't been invented yet so it would be quite difficult for soon-to-be 30-year-old Favors to replicate his games from back when he was 25 and one of the leaders of that exciting Jazz team.

Furthermore, the Pelicans are expecting their up-and-coming star Zion Williamson to return from injury during the month of January. Although Zion will probably be eased into the rotation, he will take away minutes from Favors. Derrick's good performances did get him 30 minutes per game in the last two-three weeks, but he is still at just 24 minutes a night on the season, so I could see him getting back to that upon Zion's return. That will surely not be enough time nor opportunity for Favors to provide more than a top-75 value for his owners.

If you can find an owner who appreciates Favors and is willing to pay a top-50, top-60 player like Tobias Harris or Aaron Gordon to get him - I would never say no to a deal like that.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Ricky Rubio?

After winning the World Cup with his country Spain and taking home the MVP award from the competition, Rubio has been on a tear this season with averages of 13.6 PTS with 1.2 3PM on 41.3 FG% and 83.7 FT%, 4.6 REB, 9.3 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 2.5 TO in 32 minutes per outing. This has him well inside the top-50, after only being picked at #89 on average.

Lately, though, Rubio hit a rough patch and is averaging just 8.0 points with 1.0 three-pointer, shooting just 36.0% on his field goals and 50.0% from the charity stripe, 4.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.3 steals, no blocked shots, and 2.0 turnovers in also 32 minutes a night over his three games in the last 7 days. This sort of production isn't even enough for the top-150 and might have his owner regretting he didn't sell him high when he had the chance to. This might work well to your advantage.

Although his owner had surely hoped to sell him for a top-50 guy back when Ricky was on fire, perhaps he would now settle for someone closer to top-80. Joe InglesJeremy Lamb or Lonzo Ball are all guys who are outperforming Rubio at the moment, have been ranked very similarly to Rubio at the start of the season and have a similar ADP, but haven't done quite as well, and in my opinion shouldn't outperform him ROS. For these reasons, I would give up any one of them for a chance to land Tricky Rick.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 12 (Jan 6 - Jan 12)

Reaching the playoffs in our competitive fantasy NBA leagues is never easy. That's especially true if we had some bad luck with injuries to our key players, or if the guys we drafted with so much hope turned out to be duds. So we turn to our wits and try to out outsmart and outplay our rivals.

On a weekly level, we try to do so by picking the best options from the waiver wire to help us out for that week. Streaming the right guy or guys with the right schedule can make all the difference in a one-week matchup and get you one step closer to a playoff spot or a better seed.

I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 12.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 12

Thursday will be the hardest day to fill the starting lineup with just four games played, followed by Tuesday with six and Saturday and Sunday with seven games each. Naturally, our focus turns to the eight teams that play on Thursday as all of them play on Saturday too, and five of them play on Tuesday as well.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 2 games:
Los Angeles Clippers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 12
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 14
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: BKN, OKC, SAC
Tuesday/Wednesday: NYK, TOR
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, HOU
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: CHI, DAL, LAL, MIL, NOP
Saturday/Sunday: DEN
Sunday/Monday the following: CHA

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 4 games

Teams playing on both Tuesday and Thursday:
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

We could also look at teams that play on Thursday and Saturday (7 games played):
Boston Celtics (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Boston Celtics
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
-

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Los Angeles Clippers (2 games - Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Orlando Magic (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Tue, Fri)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sun)

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 12

Thursday with just four games will be the most challenging for us fantasy owners to field a decent team. Players from teams that play on Thursday provide the best schedule for streaming purposes so we will be looking at them. Furthermore, they all play their final game of the week on Saturday which is good for two reasons. One - seven games are played on Saturday so we might need help on this day as well. Two - you can drop that player after Saturday's game for another that plays on Sunday if you need the production.

Moreover, five teams play both on Thursday and Tuesday, the second scarcest day of the week. These teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Portland Trail Blazers. They will be our primary focus. We will also take a look at the players from the other three teams that play on both Thursday and Saturday, but not on Tuesday - the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Streaming Options for Week 12

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (49% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Derrick Rose, PG/SG, DET, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, AST, FT%
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (37% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: will return to the bench role when Karl-Anthony Towns returns from injury which could be very soon
Jeff Teague, PG, MIN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats:REB, FG%
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Shallower League Add

Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC - 49% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

Noel has always been a per-minute monster, it's just been difficult for him to find playing time. He seems to have settled in nicely now with the Thunder and is averaging around 20 minutes per game both on the season and in the past 7 days. He is also ranked in the top-70 so far this season and is even better in the past week where his averages of 10.3 points (no three-pointers) on 66.7% from the field and 77.8% from the charity stripe, 7.3 boards, 0.7 dimes, 1.3 steals, 2.3 blocked shots, and just 0.7 turnovers have him ranked at #34 for the period.

These averages are insane for a guy playing just 20 minutes a game. But as Noel is unlikely to get a bigger opportunity, at least as long as Steven Adams is at OKC, he will be limited to some flashes of the bench.

This has an upside for those in shallower leagues, as Noel can be had off the wire in over half of Yahoo leagues. If you need help in stocks and boards next week, with this form and a great schedule - Nerlens really shouldn't be on your waiver wire for much longer.

 

Deeper League Add

Darius Garland, PG, CLE - 26% Owned

Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM

I'm a sucker for taking chances on young talents, at least for a short period of one week. Garland has settled in nicely in Cleveland and earned his role. He has played 25 or more minutes in 10 straight games, eclipsing the 30-minute mark in four.

Over the previous week, his averages of 14.7 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 52.9 FG% and 33.3 FT%, 2.7 REB,
5.0 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 2.3 TO in over 32 minutes per outing have him ranked in the #122 spot. Now, of course, he will not be shooting this good from the field, but he will not miss two out of three free-throws either. The steals and assists are a bit higher than the season averages, so let's hope that it's because Garland is adapting to the NBA and improving.

If your team is in need of some three-point shooting and scoring with a dash of dimes and steals, Garland could be your guy. With all three of his games next week coming on days with seven or fewer games played, he is someone to consider for streaming purposes in deeper leagues.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS

Svi is just in his 2nd year in the NBA. He was a mid-second-round pick in the 2018 draft and still hasn't had a real chance to prove himself. In his rookie year, he played a total of 42 games (mostly for the Lakers) and averaged around 10 minutes a night. This season, his playing time is up to around 18 minutes.

But now Luke Kennard is injured and Svi has been given the extra opportunity. In the five games since Kennard went down, Mykhailiuk is averaging 11.8 PTS with 2.8 3PM on 43.5 FG% and 62.5 FT%, 2.4 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 0.8 TO in 26 minutes per outing. Nothing too flashy, but for a guy owned in just 1% of Yahoo leagues, not too shabby either.

Kennard is set to miss at least another week, and with Detroit playing their three games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, all days with seven or fewer matches, Svi could be worth a look for streaming as a three-point specialist who can contribute a bit to points, assists, and steals.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, OKC, (1% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kevin Porter Jr., SG, CLE, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Christian Wood, PF/C, DET, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Bruce Brown Jr., SG, DET, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Tony Snell, SG/SF, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, DET, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, rookie factor - buyer beware: the potential is there but it's not proven
Kelan Martin, SG, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Shabazz Napier, PG/SG, MIN, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, FT%
Jarrett Culver, PG/SG/SF, MIN, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a little bit of everything + rookie factor - buyer beware: poor %s
Keita Bates-Diop, PG/SG/SF, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK - buyer beware: will probably see his playing time drop with Eric Gordon back
Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: only played in a handful of games, the potential is there but it's not proven

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: LaMarcus Aldridge and Jamal Murray

Who's hot and who's not? Who is the guy who is vastly overperforming expectations? Who is slumping hard and should bounce back any day now? And what to do with them?

LaMarcus Aldridge is playing his heart out lately and it is helping his Spurs creep into a playoff spot at the moment. But will he keep it up? And will it be enough for them to keep their record-tying 22-season playoff streak alive?

Jamal Murray, on the other hand, is in a shooting funk, and although his Nuggets are sitting pretty in the #2 spot in the West, it's not really thanks to him. Is it likely that he will snap out of it and what kind of a player should you offer his owner to get him to sell?

These two guys will be our focus in our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 11 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 11

Are You for Real, LaMarcus Aldridge?

How good has been Aldrige lately? Let's take a sample size of the last month in which he played 10 games. He had at least one block in each of these games. He double-doubled in six of those games. He is shooting over 50% from the field and over 80% from the free-throw line during this stretch.

For a full picture, his averages from this timeframe are 20.5 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 50.6 FG% and 83.9 FT%, 9.6 REB, 2.4 AST, 0.6 STL, 2.2 BLK, and 1.0 TO in 33 minutes per outing. This is production has him just outside the top-5. He contributes in every category, is very efficient and quite useful both in head-2-head and rotisserie formats as well as categories and points leagues.

Given that Aldridge has been a force in the NBA for over a decade now this wouldn't be too surprising if he weren't 34 and playing for the Spurs. Coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for resting his older players but LMA has only missed two games out of 32 so far this season.

Also, he is 34! It's not really realistic of us to expect him to get close to 10 boards and over two blocks every night. He could stick around to near 9 boards and 1.5 blocks at best, with the rest of his stats taking a slight fall. Not too much, but just enough to get him back down to objective top-35 value.

But most of all, LaMarcus is a possible trade target. With only another year left on his contract, the Spurs are risking losing him in the summer of 2021 for nothing if they don't trade him before then. And with San Antonio quite far away from being a title contender, it wouldn't make much sense for Aldrige to re-sign.

If LMA is moved before the February trade deadline, it is most likely that he will be sought after by a contender. It is difficult to imagine him having the same usage and the same role on any contending team so a drop in production and therefore fantasy value would be imminent. Probably even outside the top-50.

For all these reasons, Aldrige is definitely a Sell high candidate if you own him. Swapping him for someone you can rely on being a top-30 guy for the rest of the season would make sense. Players like Ben SimmonsJayson Tatum or Nikola Vucevic would all be worth the LMA price tag in my opinion if they fit my team.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Jamal Murray?

With averages of just 13.7 points with 1.5 threes on 38.5% from the field and no misses (total of 13 attempts) from the line, 3.2 boards, 5.5 dimes, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocked shots, and 2.3 turnovers in 32 minutes a night over his previous six games, Murray is sitting outside the top-100 in Yahoo leagues.

This isn't the Jamal Murray his owners were hoping for during their drafts. He was the 54th pick on average but has underperformed his ADP by some 15 spots so far this season. And with so much of his value tied up in his points and three-pointers made, this shooting slump he's in is really hurting his owners. And it just may be enough for them to consider selling him for an in-form guy.

Now Murray has never been a high percentage field goal guy, so we shouldn't expect a miracle coming his way. But he is a 43.3 FG% shooter during his career, and with almost 40% of his shots being from beyond the arc, it doesn't sound that bad.

Jamal is expected to be a leader of this Nuggets team along with Nikola Jokic, so the minutes and shots should be there all the time, and even though it is a gamble, if he starts to hit them at a 45 or even 50% clip, his value could skyrocket.

If you're willing to roll the dice on Jamal, a guy between the top-75 and top-100 should be the price you pay. This would qualify players like Dejounte MurrayDerrick Favors or Eric Bledsoe as guys you could hope to trade for him.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 11 (Dec 30 - Jan 5)

It's hard out here for an NBA fantasy pimp
When he tryin' to get this streamer for the Win
For the busts and the draft picks on them spent
Because a whole lot of guys playin' like sh*t

Using that last roster spot to stream available players with a favorable schedule in the upcoming week is a strategy known and used by many fantasy NBA owners. And rightfully so, as it maximizes the games your team plays and will more often than not contribute more than your end-of-the-bench guy will.

I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 11.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 11

Days with the highest number of games played are Saturday (11) and Thursday (9), followed by Tuesday (7). All other days have six or fewer games so these will be the days most of us will find it difficult to field a full starting lineup. That is the reason we will be focusing on players from teams that play on these days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 8
Thursday: 18
Friday: 12
Saturday: 22
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: -
Wednesday/Thursday: MIN
Thursday/Friday: MIA
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BOS, NOP, ORL, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: CLE, DET, LAL, MEM
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with six or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Wednesday: 4 games
Friday: 6 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on all four days:
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Mon/Wed/Fri:
Orlando Magic (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Mon/Wed/Sun:
Minnesota Timberwolves (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Mon/Fri/Sun:
Miami Heat (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Wed/Fri/Sun:
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 11

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday all have between four and six games played so the teams playing on these days are more likely to have players that can help you out the most. The Suns and the Trail Blazers play on all four of these days and their players are worth gold next week.

Six other teams play on three of these days - the Magic, the Wizards, the Timberwolves, the Heat, the Lakers and the Knicks. Therefore, their players are also on our radar.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans don't have a game until their back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so their players are best avoided, at least early in the week.

 

Streaming Options for Week 11

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, PTS
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK - buyer beware: will see a drop in playing time once Deandre Ayton returns from injury (and he is due any day now)
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, ORL, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Evan Fournier, SG/SF, ORL, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, ORL, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Isaiah Thomas, PG, WAS, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Troy Brown, SG/SF, WAS, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: will return to the bench role when Karl-Anthony Towns returns from injury which could be very soon
Jeff Teague, PG, MIN, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Tyler Herro, SG/SF, MIA, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Goran Dragic, PG/SG, MIA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, MIA, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (37% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (38% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, NYK, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT%
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%

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Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA - 44% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Robinson is flirting with top-100 value both on the season and in the past week, so it strikes me as odd that he is owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues. Still, if this is the case in your league as well, now is the best time to add him with a four-game week on three of the four scarcest days.

To be fair, Robinson is not much more than a three-point threat. But he is a big three-point threat though. His season averages of 11.9 PTS with 3.3 3PM on 48.1 FG% and 95.0 FT%, 3.1 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 0.6 TO in 27 minutes per game tell the whole story. He will not hurt you anywhere, is very useful for non-counting stats as well, and with his turnovers this low, streaming him has no down-side.

So, if you expect a close matchup with threes being a decisive category, Duncan is your guy!

 

Deeper League Add

Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK - 33% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL

It wasn't easy for Payton to find his way to playing time this season with him missing the whole month of November with an injury, and two former top-10 draft picks - Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina - fighting with him for the starting PG spot in New York.

But Payton is a top-10 pick himself and he has shown us his talent since his return to health. In the last eight games, he is averaging 9.1 PTS with 0.4 3PM on 41.8 FG% and 44.4 FT%, 4.6 REB, 7.4 AST, 1.4 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 1.5 TO in 26 minutes per game. This has him around the top-100 for the period.

Furthermore, Elfrid has played 30+ minutes two games in a row and it seems that he is the starting point guard for the Knicks from now on.

If you don't mind his terrible free-throw shooting and could use some dimes, steals and out of position boards, Payton's three games next week all come on days with six or fewer games played so he could be a great streaming option.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS - 3% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

To be honest, I am not in love with Mahinmi, but it's slim pickings this week for the deepest of leagues, and Ian is a constant contributor in his categories. He had at least five points and five boards in each of his previous six games. During this period he failed to block a shot only once, had at least one steal in four out of the six games, and is averaging 7.5 points with 0.2 threes on 45.5% from the field and 60.9% from the line, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 1.8 turnovers in 22 minutes per outing.

The percentages are not great (although he is a career 53.5% field-goals shooter sho that should improve) and almost two turnovers from a center that barely plays 20+ minutes is not ideal so he does come with some limitations. But his contribution in boards and stocks is real and not easy to find in very deep leagues.

With Thomas Bryant not expected to return soon, Mahinmi should keep eclipsing the 20-minute mark on a regular basis, and with his consistency, he should get you around 25 points and boards and almost 10 combined blocks and steals if he plays all four games for your team next week. That could easily be the difference between a win and a loss, especially in the deepest of leagues.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Cameron Johnson, SG/SF, PHO, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, PHO, (16% Owned) -
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Skal Labissiere, PF/C, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Ish Smith, PG, WAS, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Anzejs Pasecniks, C, WAS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%
Gary Payton II, SG, WAS, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: could lose minutes due to Isaiah Thomas' return from suspension
Treveon Graham, SG/SF, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: he doesn't really do much, but he did play 40 minutes in his previous game so I had to at least mention him
Shabazz Napier, PG/SG, MIN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, FT%
Derrick Jones Jr., SF/PF, MIA, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Kevin Knox, SF/PF, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Kyle Lowry and Buddy Hield

Trying to trade away your guy when he is surpassing everyone's expectations for a guy who actually has more value but just isn't in the groove just makes sense. It's a good business model and can help your team become stronger in the long run.

Furthermore, if a guy you're looking to acquire on a discount has a favorable fantasy playoff schedule, that is another reason for you to find a deal for him. Buddy Hield is a prime target for this, especially in leagues who have their playoffs in Weeks 22-24 (from March 16 until April 5).

On the other hand, we have a surging player who is making the best of the hospital-like situation in Toronto. Kyle Lowry is beasting right now, and it's difficult to imagine him keeping it up at this level, so he is definitely someone to consider moving while he is such a hot commodity.

These two guys will be our focus in our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 10 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 10

Are You for Real, Kyle Lowry?

Lowry has been pretty good whole season long and is sticking around top-30 value on the season. He was already getting a ton of minutes and offensive touches, but injuries to Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell that was only going to increase. And boy did it!

The two of them missed the previous three games and Lowry eclipsed the 40-minute mark in all of them. And not only that, but he's been a real beast in the past week with averages of 27.0 PTS with 4.0 3PM on 45.3 FG% and 82.8 FT%, 7.0 REB, 9.5 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.3 BLK and 3.5 TO in 41 minutes per game over a four-game stretch. This has him ranked at #18 on Yahoo.

Now even though Lowry is a great player, and has been for years, it's not realistic for us to expect a 33-year-old point guard to average 40 minutes a game and put up this sort of numbers. Moreover, he already missed 11 games due to injury this season, and has had difficulties staying healthy in the past as well. In the past five seasons, he has played more than 70 games only twice. He averaged exactly 12 missed games a season in this span, so it isn't too bad, but still not what you would want from your top-30 player. Plus, he already missed 11, so he is pretty close to his average and we're just 30 games in out of 82.

I expect Lowry to be a top-30 guy even when the Raptors are at full health. I expect him to be top-20 whenever Siakam or Fred Van Vleet miss time. And he can have flashes of brilliance which will make him seem like a first-round pick (like his previous two games where he hit 30 points on both occasions).

But with him being 33, kind of injury-prone, and playing over 40 minutes on most nights, I would rather play it safe and swap him for another top-25 guy who I feel more comfortable with. If I was offered Nikola VucevicDonovan Mitchell or John Collins I would have to think long and hard and would hava a difficult time saying no. That being said, as I'm writing this Lowry just hit back-to-back threes against the Celtics on the opening game on Christmas for the Raptors to take a 10-0 lead.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Buddy Hield?

Boy, has Buddy been poor lately! In the last 7 days his averages of 8.2 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 20.0 FG% and 60.0 FT%, 5.7 REB, 3.7 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.0 BLK and 2.0 TO in 31 minutes a game in three games played have him ranked at #349. This from a guy picked on average at the 38th pick is quite bad we must agree. He is not great if we look at the entire season either, just barely making the top-75.

But we all know how good Buddy can be. His 3-point shot is up there with the best of them, and his overall contribution should warrant a third of fourth-round pick when he is playing like himself. a few months ago he signed a four-year contract extension that could pay him up to $106 million. This means that he is committed to Sacramento and they are committed to him and we can expect Buddy to have the longest of leashes until his shot starts falling again. And that should happen sooner rather than latter.

This is the first reason why Hield is a good buy-low target.

Another reason is the Kings' fantasy playoff schedule in the three weeks from March 16 until April 5. Not only do they play 11 games during this period, but they also play on all eight days with six or fewer games. This will especially help in daily-lineup leagues that have a limited number of starting spots as it will maximize the number of games your team plays in these weeks and provide you with an extra edge over your opponent.

I wouldn't mind parting with a top-50 asset for the opportunity to own Buddy during this festive playoffs period, so players like DeMar DeRozanKhris Middleton or D'Angelo Russell would all be viable options to swap for Buddy if his owner is willing.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 10 (Dec 23 - Dec 29)

We're entering Week 10 of fantasy NBA basketball and it flew by if you ask me... It's becoming apparent where we stand at this point and whether we're sitting pretty at the top, just battling for beneficial seeding, or our teams are struggling and we need every W we can get to have a chance for a playoff berth.

If you're lucky enough to be in the first group, you have the luxury of keeping some benchwarmers who are not performing that well, but you expect to explode later on during fantasy playoffs - for example, Coby White. Whether you do this or not is up to you and your perception of what value those types of guys will bring later on, compared to the rest of your team, or the streaming spot.

The rest of us that are not a shoo-in for the playoffs are more desperate for some immediate contribution and just can't afford to keep slumping players solely due to their potential. Especially when so much short-term value can be found on most waiver wires. I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 10.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 10

Quite a peculiar week is ahead of us, with no games on Christmas Eve, and a boatload of games on both Monday (11) and Saturday (14). Most fantasy owners will have full rosters on both of these days, so that leaves Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday - all with either five or six games played. These are the days most owners will struggle with and the tactic to best overcome these difficulties will be our primary focus.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Clippers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 22
Tuesday: -
Wednesday: 10
Thursday: 12
Friday: 12
Saturday: 28
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: -
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: OKC
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BOS, CLE, GSW, IND, MIA, MIL, ORL, PHI, PHO
Saturday/Sunday: DAL, DEN, HOU, LAL, MEM, NOP, SAC, TOR
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with six or fewer games
Wednesday: 5 games
Thursday: 6 games
Friday: 6 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on three of these days:
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Wed/Thurs:
-

Teams playing on Wed/Fri:
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Boston Celtics (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)

Teams playing on Wed/Sun:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Wed, Sat, Sun)

Teams playing on Thurs/Fri:
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing on Thurs/Sun:
Memphis Grizzlies (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing on Fri/Sun:
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 10

With Tuesday having no games, and both Monday and Saturday having 11 or more games played, most fantasy owners can disregard these days. The other four days all have five or six games, and should prove much more challenging to field a full lineup.

Only the Thunder play on at least three of these days, but they don't have a game before Thursday. If you have a hot player on the OKC roster on your waiver wire, you have to make a decision on whether you add them at the start of the week, regardless of this fact, or you wait until Thursday and try to get a game or two out of other guys before the switch (thus risking the OKC player being picked up by a rival).

There are 13 other teams playing on two of these days, so there are plenty of players to chose from this week. These are the guys we will be looking at. Do keep in mind which days you need help with before adding these players though.

 

Streaming Options for Week 10

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (40% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, GSW, (49% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (47% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT% - buyer beware: battling an injury so check his status before adding
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
J.J. Redick, SG, NOP, (71% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, TO 
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (44% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: STL, REB, a bit of everything
Lonzo Ball, PG, NOP, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor %s
Derrick Favors, PF/C, NOP, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%,
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, TOR, (77% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK a bit of everything - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
OG Anunoby, SF/PF, TOR, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
Brandon Clarke, PF/C, MEM, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, MEM, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL
Jae Crowder, SF/PF, MEM, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Richaun Holmes, PF/C, SAC, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Delon Wright, PG/SG, DAL, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST, STL - should see additional value with Luka Doncic out
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, DAL, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL - should see additional value with Luka Doncic out
Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL
Miles Bridges, SF, CHA, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, REB, PTS

 

Shallower League Add

Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, MEM - 39% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL

Brooks is a nice surprise for the Grizzlies this season as he is flirting with top-100 value on the year. He has been even better in the past two weeks with averages of 18.3 PTS with 2.4 3PM on 43.5 FG% and 90.0 FT%, 3.9 REB, 2.5 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 2.1 TO in 30 minutes per game which has him ranked at #83 on Yahoo.

He is pretty consistent as well. Since Nov 30 he played in 13 games and scored in double-digits in 11 of them. He also played less than 25 minutes in three of these games. And yet, he is still owned in just 39% of the leagues, which is a bit surprising to me.

With a four-game slate in Week 10, Dillon is worth a flier for all those in shallower leagues who are in need of some scoring and three-point shooting, so if you like what you can get with him don't hesitate too much, he might be gone off your FA pool soon.

 

Deeper League Add

Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL - 15% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Seth is a sharpshooter who often takes the back seat and offers a good option for perimeter shooting and stretching the defense. But lately, he's had a few flashy performances eclipsing the 20-point mark in three of his last five games. During this time he has averaged 18.6 PTS with 3.0 3PM on 59.3 FG% and 88.9 FT%, 3.4 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.4 STL, no BLK, and 2.4 TO in 25 minutes per outing. This has him inside the top-100.

Now, I know it's not fair to ask Seth to shoot this good every night. But with the increased opportunity that presented itself as a result of Doncic getting injured, I could see Seth hit two 3-pointers with points in the teens and a couple of boards and dimes in the short term.

Dallas only plays three games next week, but they come from Thursday till Sunday. With him being owned in just 15% of the leagues, and often being marked as just Stephen Curry's brother and therefore being undervalued - you might get away with having another streamer in your team for the games on Monday and Wednesday, and then making the switch on Thursday. This would be a good tactic and would definitely help you maximize the number of games your team plays in Week 10.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Pure gamble here, but we are talking about a player that is owned in just 2% of Yahoo leagues. Lee wasn't even on the radar up until about 10 days ago, but then was given the opportunity on Dec 12 and rewarded both the Warriors and insightful (or just plain lucky) fantasy owners that had him in their teams since. In the five games after Dec 12, Lee is averaging 12.8 points with 1.4 threes on 41.8% from the field and 84.6% from the charity stripe, along with 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 steals, no blocks, and 0.6 turnovers in 27 minutes a night on the scale of five games played.

Damion seems to have pushed Ky Bowman out of the rotation, and with the amount of playing time he is getting lately, he could make for a great speculative add even in the long run if he can keep it going. As for streaming purposes in Week 10, Golden State has four games, the last of which is on Saturday. So you can potentially get four games out of Lee, and then swap him out for another streamer on Sunday when you get a clear picture of what you need to finish off the week.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, GSW, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL
Damion Lee, SG, GSW, (2% Owned)
- Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Jaxson Hayes, C, NOP, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, TOR, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
Patrick McCaw, SG/SF, TOR, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell are out!
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
De'Anthony Melton, PG/SG, MEM, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FT%
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Trevor Ariza, PG/SG/SF, SAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - additional value while Luka Doncic is out
Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST - could have additional value with PJ Washington out
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL - could see additional value with PJ Washington out
Cody Martin, SF, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL, a little bit of everything - could see additional value with PJ Washington out
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Chris Paul and Aaron Gordon

Trading at the right time for the right players can make or break an NBA franchise's year or even a decade. Good trading is very important in the fantasy NBA world as well, but luckily for us, fantasy owners, not as much is at stake when we make our trade decisions, especially in redraft leagues.

Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do your homework and try to take advantage of the situation if one can present itself. It's usually a good idea to scout for some valuable guys who just can't get it going lately and try to obtain them in a trade for an in-form player on your roster who is playing his heart out for you, but you just don't see him keeping it up all the way.

If you like trading and making most of the opportunities that fall into your lap, you're going to love reading about our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 9 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 9

Are You for Real, Chris Paul?

First of all, let me say I think CP3 is a great basketball player. High IQ, smart decisions, great knowledge of the game, not to mention his shooting, passing, dribbling... And all this translates wonderfully to fantasy as well as his basketball smarts contribute a lot to his good FG% for a point guard and high assists with low turnovers. He has been a top-class fantasy player for years.

He has been a top-class fantasy player this year as well with averages of 16.2 PTS with 1.7 3PM on 46.6 FG% and 89.5 FT%, 4.5 REB, 6.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 1.8 TO in 31 minutes a night - and he has played all 26 games for the Thunder so far. This has him at the #26 spot on Yahoo.

And Paul has been even better in the last two weeks with 17.6 points and 1.6 3-pointers while shooting 48.9% from the field and 92.3% from the line, along with 5.1 boards, 8.0 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, and just 1.4 turnovers in 33 minutes per game over a seven-game period. He's in the top-10 over this period. He is actually #3 overall in the last seven days! Top-3! Insane!

So why sell Paul?

First of all, he is 34. Even though he plays smart basketball, it's tough to see him keeping this same torrid pace up for the entire season.

Second, he has had injury issues in the past, especially in the previous few years. He has missed at least 20 games in each of his last three seasons.

Third, he plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are currently sitting in the 7th seed in the West and could have a good enough team to make the playoffs this year - but what then? It's very difficult to imagine this OKC team win the title, especially when they couldn't do it with James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the books. This is why it's likely that the Thunder will try to trade Paul, or give some of his minutes to younger guys as the season goes on.

For these reasons, I believe CP3 is at his fantasy peak at the moment, and if his owners can get a decent return on a trade for him I would definitely be on board. A top-30 player would be enough for me to part with Paul, so I would count a deal for Pascal SiakamBen Simmons or De'Aaron Fox as a win.

Now Paul was picked at #36 on average this season, so if you took him early, if he fits your team very well, or you're a firm believer in him - I would understand holding him or selling only for a top-20 asset. Just be aware of the risks he brings.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Aaron Gordon?

It has not been a joyful ride owning Gordon this year. Averages of 13.5 PTS with 1.2 3PM on 42.3 FG% and 71.1 FT%, 6.9 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 1.5 TO in 31 minutes per game have him ranked way down, outside the top-120. He is actually worse this year compared to the last in every single category apart from turnovers. Not something you want to see from a 24-year-old guy who should be improving every year and hitting his prime.

So why to try and buy him low? Why buy him at all?

Well for the very same reason listed above. He is worse in every way compared to last season. So we already know he can do better. He has done better.

Furthermore, he has shown some flashes lately as he strung together six double-digit scoring games in a row, with three double-doubles as well. Truth be told, this was with Nikola Vucevic on the sidelines so I doubt he will get back to that pace, but still, he is capable of it.

And it's a great moment to move in on Gordon because he slumped hard in his last two games by going a combined 6-of-22 from the field (1-of-7 from three-point land) and 2-of-4 from the line, getting just nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, no blocks and three turnovers in a total of 63 minutes.

These poor performances coincided with Vooch's return so his owners might be panicking and you could get Aaron for cheap. If you have a player outside the top-100 you don't really like or that hasn't much upside but is playing well at the moment, I don't think you can lose much by offering him for Gordon in the long run. Disregarding team fit, guys like DeAndre JordanHarrison Barnes, and Joe Harris should all have less value than Aaron in a month's time, so if there is a chance for you to get Gordon, and you share my opinion that he is going to get it together, why not try and trade for him?

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 9 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)

Another week of fantasy NBA is ahead of us and even though we're still in the first half of our seasons, every matchup is important. Not just for bragging rights over our rival this week, but also because every win brings us a step closer to the playoffs and having a better position when it is most important.

For those of us using our last roster spot to gain advantage week after week by streaming, the following week is as good as any to find additional value in our free-agent pool. To help us all out, I've taken a look at the NBA schedule for next week and written down some thoughts about the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 9.

Here's what you can expect if you're streaming.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 9

Once again, Tuesday (six games), Thursday (four games) and Sunday (five games) will be the most difficult for fantasy owners. All other days have eight or more games so we will be focusing all our attention on players from teams that play on these three days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Golden State Warriors

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 14
Tuesday: 12
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: PHO
Tuesday/Wednesday: CHA, NOP, ORL
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: DET, MEM, MIN, NYK, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: CHA, LAC, MIL
Sunday/Monday the following: DEN, IND, TOR

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 4 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Tues, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Team playing on Thurs/Sun:
Milwaukee Bucks (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 9

Similarly to the previous week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are the scarcest days as there are between four and six games played on each of them.

The Lakers and the Clippers are the only teams to play on all three of these days and their players are our primary targets for streaming this week.

Six other teams play two games on these three days - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Utah.

Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Utah play on both Tuesday and Thursday, so if you have full lineups for Monday and Wednesday, and your options from the LA teams aren't great, you could resort to players from either one of these teams for help at the beginning of the week. They play just one more game though, and that's on Saturday with nine games, so you could swap the guy you put in for Tuesday and Thursday out on Friday if you need help on either Friday or Sunday, provided you're set for Saturday.

Charlotte and Indiana play on Tuesday and Sunday so you will need to find another way to fill in the void on Thursday if you opt for their players.

Milwaukee can help with filling out your lineups for Thursday with a four-game slate next week. And with their games coming on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, they're players are great to end the week with.

Here are some options from these eight teams.

 

Streaming Options for Week 9

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything but low FG% - buyer beware: missed the previous game with a concussion
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (28% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (41% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, ATL, (74% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: PTS, REB, a bit of everything. Additional value while John Collins out until Dec 23!!!
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, 3PM
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, some AST
DeAndre Jordan, C, BKN, (7% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Joe Harris, SG/SF, BKN, (70% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST - buyer beware: missed his previous two games with a finger issue, but could have great value with PJ Washington and Marvin Williams out
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (50% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL
Miles Bridges, SF, CHA, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, REB, PTS
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
T.J. Warren, SF/PF, IND, (78% Owned) - 
Strong Cats:3PM, PTS, STL
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL

 

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Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN - 56% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL

Taurean has been one of the nices surprises at the back end of the drafts this season. He is playing well above his ADP of 140, and his averages of 13.1 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 39.6 FG% and 72.7 FT%, 6.3 REB, 2.2 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.4 BLK, and 2.1 TO in over 30 minutes per game have him ranked around the top-100 on Yahoo. This is some great stuff by Taurean, and if he could get his shot to start falling more often, he could improve even further.

With Caris Levert out for at least another week or two, and Iman Shumpert getting waived, Prince should be getting 30+ minutes per game, even with the return of Wilson Chandler, and therefore continue to provide for his owners.

So, if you don't mind the poor percentages, you could use a three-point specialist who contributes across the board, and Prince is available in your league, Tuesday of Week 9 is the ideal time to add him with three games from Tuesday to Saturday.

 

Deeper League Add

Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything

I had a difficult time picking between Donte and George Hill who will both benefit from Eric Bledsoe's two-week absence, but I went with youth and potential here. Donte was a starter in the first game without Bledsoe and done quite nicely with 15 points (6-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 for three and 2-of-2 from the line), five boards, four dimes, three steals and one turnover in 25 minutes.

He was also starting when Khris Middleton was out a month ago and had decent averages of around 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, 1.5 threes, and 1.5 steals. If his last game was any indication, DiVincenzo could keep it going in the starter role and stick around the top-100, at least in the short-term.

If you could use some three-points shooting and steals, DiVincenzo is a great target, especially late in the week with three games coming from Thursday until Sunday.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL - 7% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL

KCP is the definition of hit-or-miss option for next week, as he could provide great value if he plays like we know he is capable of, but I could easily see him contribute next to nothing. Here's why...

He is almost a non-factor in most leagues this season, sitting just outside the top-200 with averages of 8.5 PTS with 1.2 3PM on 46.4 FG% and 79.3 FT%, 2.1 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 24 minutes per outing. This is his usual role with the Lakers this year, and that's not going to change when everyone is healthy.

But Kyle Kuzma is not. He missed the previous two games, is set to miss the duel with Atlanta on Dec 15 as well, and it's not looking like he'll be back during Week 9. This is good news for Caldwell-Pope's owners, as he has been pretty good in the two games without Kuzma, hitting the 15-point mark both times, along with a combined five three-pointers, three boards, four dimes, three steals and four turnovers. He also shot 50% or better from the field in both games.

If KCP gives us this sort of production next week, he could have quite a positive impact on PTS, 3PM and STL categories, a sprinkle of contribution on several others, and not hurt us anywhere either. That is, IF he can give us this sort of production. But with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, you never know. That is why he is owned in just 7% of Yahoo leagues.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (5% Owned)
- Strong Cats: AST, STL, 3PM - buyer beware: missed 12 games out of 26 so far this season and two of the last three due to injuries
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Allen Crabbe, SG/SF, ATL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a little bit of everything
Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, BKN, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
David Nwaba, SG/SF, BKN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL - buyer beware: currently battling an injury
Michael Kidd-GilchristSF, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, could see additional value with PJ Washington and Marvin Williams out
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Aaron Holiday, PG, IND, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/pF, MIL, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Robin Lopez, C, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, UTA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a (very) little bit of everything - could provide some value while Mike Conley is out

Hope you guys enjoyed the article and the advice, and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Richaun Holmes and Blake Griffin

I'm sure most of us are familiar with the strategy of selling a player high when he is on a roll, and with buying another low when he is playing poorly. This is usually a smart move, as streaks tend to end, and when they do we're left with the better player.

I've taken a look at some underperformers for you to pursue and overperformers to try and bait your rivals into purchasing fresh out of the oven. Out of this bunch, I selected the two that stand out on both ends.

Although these guys are the prime Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 8 of the NBA season, be sure to take into consideration how good you believe they will be for the rest of the season. My thoughts on them now and their long-term outlook are below.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 8

Are You for Real, Richaun Holmes?

After being a waiver wire pickup in most leagues, Holmes has rewarded those who believed in him. And with averages of 12.5 PTS on 66.9 FG% and 79.3 FT%, 8.6 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.4 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 29 minutes per game - it's no small reward either. This has Holmes inside the top-25 on Yahoo for the season.

Believe it or not, Richaun has been even better recently and he is in the top-10 for the last month, last 14 days and is at #4 in the last week! That is some consistent contribution from the 26-year-old.

Now Holmes has always been a per-minute monster, but never got enough court time to really shine. This season with the Kings, his great performances helped him overtake Dewayne Dedmon in the pecking order as the starting center and he is relishing the opportunity.

It has to be said that all this is coming with Marvin Bagley, arguably the most talented player in Sacramento, on the shelf with an injury that has held him out since the opening game of the season on Oct 24. So one might expect Holmes' stats to go down slightly when Bagley returns - most likely during this week.

Still, Bagley is expected to take most minutes away from Nemanja Bjelica and Trevor Ariza at the PF spot, which would still leave Holmes playing at least 25 minutes a game - more than enough time for him to keep a top-50, perhaps even a top-30 pace.

Now, Richaun Holmes is not a sexy name, and you might have a difficult time selling him high because of this. And I believe that, unless you're getting a player of Nikola Vucevic's or John Collins' caliber, you shouldn't even bother.

On the other hand, an owner might undervalue Holmes because he appears to be a prime sell-high candidate and let him go for a guy outside the top-50. If you can find a deal for Richaun where you give someone that sounds sexier like Aaron Gordon or Danilo Gallinari back, I would definitely consider pulling the trigger.

Baller Move: Sell very high, hold or even buy "low"

 

Time to Panic on Blake Griffin?

If I told you that this guy is averaging 18.2 points with 1.8 three-pointers on 39.9% from the field and 77.3% from the charity stripe, 4.9 boards, 3.3 dimes, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 2.8 turnovers in almost 30 minutes per outing and is sitting ranked at #240 on Yahoo, how many guesses would it take for you to come to Blake Griffin?

Now let's compare this to Griffin's career averages of 21.8 PTS with 0.7 3PM on 50.0 FG% and 69.4 FT%, 8.9 REB, 4.4 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 2.6 TO in 35 minutes per game. That's quite a noticeable dropoff in most fantasy-relevant categories.

Of course, Blake has changed his game quite a bit from back when he was a rookie and plays away from the basket a lot more with his now-developed long-range shot so his free throws and threes are expected to be higher, and his FG% lower. And with Andre Drummond around, there are fewer boards available for the rest of the Pistons. But to be outside of the top-200 is just not something anyone could have anticipated.

With Detroit most likely to be in a fight to clinch playoff birth to the very last game, Blake will be needed for this endeavor to be successful. And I'm not talking about 2019/20 Blake. I'm talking about the real, six-time All-Star Blake. I'm talking about Blake who was averaging 24.5 PTS, 2.5 3PM, 46.2 FG%, 7.5 REB and 5.4 AST just last year. But will he show up?

If you think he will, you should be willing to give up a top-75 asset in order to sway Griffin's owner to give him up. Players like Wendell Carter Jr.T.J. Warren, and Marcus Smart all fit the description of guys who should prove less valuable than Griffin come March. But whether Blake's owner will fall for this offer, or is he still enamored with what Blake was and what he could, once again, be... There's only one way to find out. Ask.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 8 (Dec 9 - Dec 15)

Recently I had a short conversation on Reddit (fantasybball subreddit of course) about the benefits and importance of streaming. The fantasy owner who started the conversation analyzed the stats his streamers have brought him over a three-week period and calculated that it was equal to a top-25 to top-40 production. Mind you, this was a 12-team league with 7 transactions allowed weekly, but still - having a streaming production, most often than not, will beat what your worst player will do on a given period.

Now, I didn't check this guy's math - he posted the topic with good intentions and I trust he is for real, and I wouldn't like to question whether the contribution from the streaming spot in different leagues makes different impacts, we all know it does. But it was an interesting point, and I definitely agree that, in most cases, streamers that will bring a few extra games on a weekly basis will outperform the worst player on our rosters.

If you're on board with the streaming strategy, we're here again this week with our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 8.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 8

The three days with the fewest number of games will be Tuesday and Thursday with four games apiece, followed by Sunday with six. Players from teams that play on these days will be our focus today as they are most likely to help us fill out our starting lineups on scarce days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Dallas Mavericks
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 22
Thursday: 8
Friday: 18
Saturday: 16
Sunday: 12

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: ATL, CHA, NYK
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, CLE
Thursday/Friday: PHI
Friday/Saturday: CHI, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL
Saturday/Sunday: BKN, DEN
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 4 games
Thursday: 4 games
Sunday: 6 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Portland Trail Blazers (2 games - Tues, Thurs)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Team playing on Thurs/Sun:
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 8

Tuesday and Thursday (four games played on both) are the most difficult days to field a decent team, and  Sunday (six games) is just behind.

Denver and Philadelphia are the only teams to play on all three of these days and their players will be worth gold this week.

There are four additional teams that play two games on these three scarcest days - Portland, Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York.

Portland is the only team other than Denver and Philadelphia that plays on both Tuesday and Thursday, but those are their only two games. This means that their players are decent options up until Thursday, and you should have a plan in place to swap your streamers from Portland after Thursday's game.

Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York all play on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. With four games this week, out of which two come on our target days, their players can prove useful for us streaming this week, so we will be taking a closer look at them as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 8

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT%
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, 3PM, STL/BLK
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL 
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, ATL, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, a bit of everything. Additional value now with John Collins out for until Dec 23!!!
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, some AST - buyer beware: just returned from injury

 

Shallower League Add

PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA - 54% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, 3PM, STL/BLK

The 12th overall pick in this year's draft is giving his owners pretty much what was expected from him before his first game in the NBA. Averages of 11.8 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 49.1 FG% and 64.0 FT%, 5.0 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.8 BLK, and 1.3 TO in 28 minutes per outing on the season has him ranked at #124 on Yahoo, which is quite close to his ADP of #133.

These stats are ridiculously similar to his performances over two years in college (total of 72 games) where he averaged 12.9 points with 0.5 three-pointers on 52.1% from the field and 63.2% from the charity stripe, 6.6 boards, 1.7 dimes, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 turnovers in 28 minutes per game.

This shows consistency and with Charlotte sure to give their youth all the run they can handle, it doesn't seem like PJ is going to drop anytime soon. So, with a pretty decent schedule for next week, he could be of big help in your next week's matchup - provided he is available in your league.

 

Deeper League Add

Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL - 11% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything

After the 12th, we now come to the 10th overall pick in 2019 draft. Cam has had his ups and downs this season - from going scoreless in 15 minutes to hitting the 25-point mark in 37 minutes. The good news for him and his owners is that the scoreless game was on Nov 11 and the 25-point gem in his very last game on Dec 5.

Even though Reddish is terribly inconsistent, which is ironically consistent with him being basically a three-and-D specialist at this point in his very young career, he can get hot in a hurry. In the last game where he set his career record in points, he also broke or tied his career bests in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (17), three-pointers made (four), three-pointers attempted (seven), steals (three), minutes played (37) and came one rebound short of his previous record (he had six and his record is seven).

It is important for me to tell you that this came with both De'Andre Hunter and Allen Crabbe out, and neither is expected to miss a longer period of time due to their injuries, so Reddish is not likely to get 37 minutes a night regularly. But with the decent schedule, and his ability to catch fire, Cam could prove very helpful, especially in the 3-pointers and steals columns.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN - 8% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

Plumlee is an easy choice for owners who need big man stats, and don't care about the poor FT%. With such a great schedule next week, he is sure to make your starting roster on most if not all of his four games, and he is pretty consistent for a guy owned in just 8% of the leagues who plays just 17 minutes per game this season.

He had five or more boards in his previous six games and only had less than five rebounds in six of his 20 games this season. He also failed to register either a steal or a block in just five of those 20 games and had at least two stocks in nine games.

He is shooting better from the field (60.4 FG%) than from the line (52.9 FT%) so the team fit should be there before you decide to pick Plumlee, but if he does go well with the rest of your team, he is a good pickup for next week.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (4% Owned)
- Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
James Ennis III, SG/SF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Matisse Thybulle, SG/ SF, PHI, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, 3PM - buyer beware: rolled his ankle and didn't return on Saturday's game against the Cavs.
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Mike Scott, PF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, 3PM
Deandre Bembry, SG, ATL, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: missed the previous game with a dislocated right index finger
Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Skal Labissiere,PF/C, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Mario Hezonja, SG/SF, POR, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, a little bit of everything - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season

Hope you guys enjoyed the article and the advice, and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Fred VanVleet and Nikola Jokic

Sell your guy while his high, buy that bro while he's low. Forgive my poor poem writing, but those are some words to live by when it comes to Fantasy NBA.

Getting a trade done is rarely easy. Especially one that will give your team additional value. But if you use players' forms to your advantage and float the right kind of offer to your league rival, he just might bite.

Today we will be taking a look at a player who you should be looking to sell while he is at his peak, and a guy who is playing poorly and is expected to take a turn for the better. Welcome to our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 7 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 7

Are You for Real, Fred Vanvleet?

VanVleet has been one of the nicest surprises of the NBA season so far. He is a top-25 player on the year and is being rewarded for his form by getting over 37 minutes per game - the highest of any NBA player this season. Even Fred's biggest fans and believers couldn't have expected him to be this good this fast!

But, unfortunately, there is a but... Even though Vleet has been great playing together with Kyle Lowry, his best games have come since Lowry's injury. In 11 games Lowry has missed, VanVleet has averaged 21.2 PTS with 3.0 3PM on 44.4 FG% and 84.0 FT%, 3.8 REB, 7.5 AST, 2.4 STL, 0.1 BLK, and 2.7 TO in almost 38 minutes per game. That is top-15 value for the period.

Fred is a great player and has improved significantly over the last year or two, even the last month or two, but it's really difficult to imagine him having this big a role once the starting PG and five-time NBA All-Star returns. Lowry is not back yet but is going through practices and although VanVleet will still have decent value throughout the season, the sell high window is fast approaching.

If you can obtain the services of a top-30 player in exchange for Fred, I would recommend you do so, as I don't see him getting much higher than top-50 by the end of the year. Be sure to watch out for team fit, but I can see players like Ben SimmonsDonovan Mitchell, and Buddy Hield having more value long term.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Nikola Jokic?

Jokic was voted into the All-NBA First Team last season and rightfully so, with averages of 20.1 points with 1.0 threes on 51.1% from the field and 82.1% from the line, 10.8 boards, 7.3 dimes, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 3.1 turnovers in 31 minutes per game over 80 regular-season games. This had him ranked in the top-6 fantasy players.

This year, he's started slowly (again) and is sitting in the #36 spot with averages of 15.6 PTS with 0.9 3PM on 45.8 FG% and 76.7 FT%, 10.4 REB, 6.0 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 2.6 TO in just under 31 minutes per game. So every single category is down (even the turnovers, which, thankfully, is a good thing) and there's no wonder he has fallen from grace.

Nevertheless, Denver is winning. And we heard Nikola say over and over that he doesn't really care about his stats as long as the team is winning. He proved that to be true this season. But Jokic is a notoriously slow starter, and he usually picks it up later on in the season. Furthermore, he is the best when it is the most important, and the start of the season is not too important to most teams, is it?

And while you will never see the Joker go out of his way to get a triple-double, or to crush a record on a given night, one of the best centers in the league and one the best point-forwards that has ever played the game of basketball definitely doesn't belong outside the top-30. I doubt it will be long before he's back to his dominating ways and into the top-10 again. So, if you have an offer of a top-20 player accepted by Jokic's owner, run, don't walk! Jimmy ButlerTrae YoungBradley Beal are all players I would give up for the opportunity to have Jokic on my team when he starts turning heads again.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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Fantasy Basketball Weekly Streamers for Week 7 (Dec 2 - Dec 8)

A good way to gain an advantage over your next week's opponent is to "sacrifice" that poor sap at the bottom of your roster who really isn't contributing all that much, and convert his roster spot into a streaming one. This way you will maximize your games played and will have the opportunity to choose the kind of players you need to win that matchup.

In this article, we are analyzing the NBA schedule for next week, pinpointing the days where most fantasy owners will find it challenging to field a full starting lineup and offering some insight on who to target off the waiver wire to ease these woes.

Welcome to our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 7, right here at RotoBaller!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 7

With all days having between four and 10 games played, where a specific fantasy team will have a need to fill the starting roster is very individual. Whether a majority of your players play on Monday with six or Tuesday with seven games is impossible to predict and I won't try to do that.

I will, however, cover the days that will statistically bring most headaches to fantasy owners, and offer some options that should be able to help out most of us.

The two days that have the least games are Thursday with four and Saturday with five. There are five teams that play on both days and they also play on either Monday or Tuesday, so their players will be our focus today as they can provide cover for multiple scarce days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Boston Celtics
San Antonio Spurs

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 20
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 16

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: DAL, DET, LAL, MIA, ORL, POR
Wednesday/Thursday: PHO
Thursday/Friday: DEN, WAS
Friday/Saturday: CLE, IND
Saturday/Sunday: DAL, PHI
Sunday/Monday the following: CHI, LAC, MIN, OKC, SAC, TOR

Days with seven or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Tuesday: 7 games
Thursday: 4 games
Saturday: 5 games

Teams playing on three of these days (including Thurs and Sat):
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on Mon/Thurs:
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sun)
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing on Mon/Sat:
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks

Teams playing on Tue/Sat:
Dallas Mavericks (4 games - Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 7

With Thursday (four games played) and Saturday (five games) being the scarcest game days next week, it is most likely fantasy owners will have difficulty fielding a full starting lineup. Furthermore, Monday has six and Tuesday seven games, not exactly a wide range of options either, so we should take a look at our teams and figure out if we need help on these days as well.

There are five teams whose schedules fit the need to fill the roster on these scarce days pretty nicely.

If you need some help on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday - Philadelphia and Phoenix play four games next week and they play on all three of these days. New York also plays on these three days (and only on these three days).

Should you seek some additions for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - Houston and New Orleans are the teams you can target with their only three games for next week coming on exactly these three days.

 

Streaming Options for Week 7

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, PTS
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
J.J. Redick, SG, NOP, (73% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, TO 
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (44% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL, REB, a bit of everything

 

Shallower League Add

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO - 51% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, PTS

Saric has been marked as a talent for a long time now, and it finally looks like he is coming into his own in a starting spot with the Suns. He has been a top-100 player the whole season, but he exploded in the last week with averages of 14.7 points with 2.3 threes on 46.9% from the field and no misses in seven attempts from the charity stripe, 12.7 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in 34 minutes over three games. This has him in the top-10 for this period.

Now while it is quite difficult to imagine Saric continuing to block 1.7 shots a game and vacuum in 12.7 boards, it's very possible that he can stick around in the top-70 and very probable that he will be a top-100 player for the rest of the season.

Furthermore, Phila has a lovely schedule for next week, so, if he is available in your league Dario could be a very worthy addition for both the short term and long.

 

Deeper League Add

Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK - 19% Owned

Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL

Ntilikina is in his third year in the NBA and has yet to justify being selected as the 8th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The Frenchman has shown flashes of fantasy greatness here and there, including a nine-point, nine-assist, six-steal performance just over a week ago so we know he does have it in him.

Furthermore, he is getting over 27 minutes per game on the season, and over 31 minutes in the past two weeks, so we also know he will get the opportunity.

Now, whether he will show it or not is a different matter entirely.

He is barely a top-150 player this season with averages of 6.7 PTS with 0.8 3PM on 38.3 FG% and 76.5 FT%, 2.3 REB, 3.6 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.1 TO. Nothing really pops out except for the defensive stats perhaps, and if you care about your FG%, then Frenk is a liability.

But if you need a diverse contribution and can handle his poor shooting, with a decent schedule next week Ntilikina could prove very helpful. And with his talent, he could explode any day now.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything

McLemore was brought on to Houston's roster for squad depth, but with long term injuries to Eric Gordon and Gerald Green, Ben was called upon. And he answered.

He is a three-point specialist and is getting his owners 8.2 PTS with 1.9 3PM on 36.6 FG% and 84.0 FT%, 2.5 REB, 0.8 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.6 TO in 20 minutes per game so far this season. Nothing too flashy, but then again, Ben is only owned in 1% of the leagues for a reason. Furthermore, Ben already has three 20+ point games this season, so he has proven he can get hot in a hurry.

McLemore had his best game of the season in his very last game against the Hawks with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting (including 6-of-11 for three), 13 boards, one assist, steal and turnover apiece in almost 34 minutes. To be fair, both Daunel House and Clint Capela were out with an illness for this one, but Ben really shone nevertheless.

With a nice schedule coming up, McLemore is a decent dice-roll in deep leagues. Who knows, maybe House and Capela miss more time, or Ben just gets hot again and gets your team closer to a W in your next week's matchup.

 

Deep League Options for the Week

James Ennis III, SG/SF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Matisse Thybulle, SG/ SF, PHI, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, 3PM
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Mike Scott, PF, PHI, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM - buyer beware: on a cold streak shooting 6-of-27 from the field in his last six games
Cameron Johnson, SG/SF, PHO, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, PHO, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Dennis Smith Jr., PG/SG, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (19% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything (more valuable as long as Danuel House is out)
Austin Rivers, SG/SF, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Danuel House is out)
Jahlil Okafor, C, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK (more valuable as long as Derrick Favors is out)
Jaxson Hayes, C, NOP, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK (more valuable as long as Derrick Favors is out)
Kenrich Williams, SF/PF, NOP, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL - buyer beware: missed the last game with an ankle injury
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
E'Twaun Moore, SG/SF, NOP, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Buy, Sell, or Hold: Tim Hardaway Jr. and Damian Lillard

Any decent stockbroker will tell you to sell when the stock is at it's highest and to try and buy when it's unreasonably low. If you do this well at the stock exchange you can make millions.

The same applies to fantasy NBA as well. If you sell your guys when they're red hot, and get some better quality, out of form assets in return, step by step you can march your way to building the strongest squad and eventually win your league.

If you're open to making such moves and love talking trades with your league mates, you're in the perfect place. Welcome to our Sell High and Buy Low candidates for Week 6 of the NBA season, right here at RotoBaller.

 

Buy Low, Sell High Advice for Week 6

Are You for Real, Tim Hardaway Jr.?

Where the hell did THJ come from? He started the season doing nothing special, as per his usual self, just minding his own business with 10.2 PTS, 1.8 3PM, 34.4 FG%, 73.1 FT%, 2.2 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.1 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.4 TO in 22 minutes per game in the first 13 games.

And then...he went bonkers!

In the last three games, he has really found his groove and is averaging 22.3 points with 4.3 threes on 66.7% from the field and 83.3% from the line, 1.7 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.0 steal, no blocks and 0.7 turnovers in 26 minutes a night. This has him ranked at the #7 spot on Yahoo. That's right - NUMBER SEVEN!

Now, even this blistering form as of late hasn't made Hardaway a must-own player. He is barely top-200 on the season, and even with the word coming out that he could be in line for a starting gig, it's tough to see him stick around in top-100 for the rest of the season.

Should you have an owner who has taken a liking to Tim, you should definitely try and take advantage of this situation. An offer of almost anyone in the top-100 would be enough for me to part with him. I would rather have someone like Jeff TeagueDejounte Murray or Lonzo Ball than Timmy Jr. if the team fit is there.

Baller Move: Sell high

 

Time to Panic on Damian Lillard?

As an easy choice for a top-10 pick, Dame hasn't really been living up to his projected value lately. Since Nov 13, Lillard is averaging just 16 points with 1.8 threes on 27.6% from the field, 96.7% from the charity stripe, 4.6 boards, 9.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 2.6 turnovers in 35 minutes over a course of five games. Furthermore, he missed two games due to injury in this period as well. Not something you're hoping for from your first-round pick.

But it's Lillard. He has been a top fantasy pick for years and hasn't missed more than nine games in a season in his entire career. He rarely lets his owners down, and there is no reason why we should think it will be any different this time. Moreover, even with his recent slump, Dame is still ranked at #6 on Yahoo and could explode for 60 points any game now and slam the buy-low window shut.

So before that happens, it's not unwise to float an offer to his owner, just to see how he feels about Lillard's poor showings in the last week or two. I would gladly give up guys like Trae YoungKemba Walker or Jrue Holiday for a chance to own the mighty Damian Lillard.

Baller Move: Hold or buy low

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Fantasy Basketball Weekly Streamers for Week 6 (Nov 25 - Dec 1)

Welcome dear readers to Rotoballer's guide on how to best utilize your streaming spot (or two) in Week 6. Streaming can be the decisive factor on who wins your matchup, and when you use them well and complement your team's needs, more often than not, the winner will be you.

However, it's difficult to predict who will have a good week or to calculate which players will give you the best opportunity to win your next duel. So to make it a bit easier on fantasy owners, we are taking a look at the NBA teams' schedules for next week and providing you with some standout options that could be the difference between a W or an L come the following Monday.

Welcome to Rotoballer's fantasy basketball streamers for Week 6.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 6

With Thanksgiving killing the action on Thursday, there are only six playing days next week. Tuesday and Saturday will be our focal points as they have a total of six games played between them - two on Tuesday and four on Saturday. These are the days that will surely give fantasy owners the most headaches.

All other days have a minimum of nine games so there should be no problems with fielding a decent starting lineup here. Do check however if you need help on other days as well and plan accordingly.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings

Teams with 2 games:
Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets
Phoenix Suns

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 22
Tuesday: 4
Wednesday: 28
Thursday: -
Friday: 26
Saturday: 8
Sunday: 18

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: LAC, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHA, IND, MIL, PHI
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday the following: GSW, MEM, NYK, UTA

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 2 games
Thursday: no games
Saturday: 4 games

Teams playing on Tue/Sat:
Denver Nuggets (2 games - Tue, Sat)

Teams playing on Tuesday:
Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets

Teams playing on Saturday:
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Houston Rockets (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Denver Nuggets

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
None

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 6

Let me start this off by telling you there is no simple or obvious way to stream your team to victory next week, even with Thursday being an off day for the NBA.

With most days having nine and more games played, fantasy owners will most probably be looking to add some contribution on Tuesday with just two, and Saturday with only four games. But this will be no easy feat. Especially for owners that could use some help on other days as well.

The only team that plays both on Tuesday and Saturday are the Denver Nuggets. But the problem here is that they ONLY play on Tuesday and Saturday. If you have your rosters set for other days, then the Nuggets could be the best options for your team.

But if you have free starting spots on Wednesday or Friday, Denver's assets only scratch a part of your itch. In this case, you may want to use a day by day approach and switch out several streamers during the week (depending on the number of player adds your league allows per week).

It would be impossible to single out options for every day with so many games played on most days. However, we do have you covered for the Tuesday and Saturday options.

On Tuesday, apart from Denver, we also have the Clippers and the Wizards with four games (both teams play on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun) and the Mavericks with three games (on Tue, Fri, Sun).

When Tuesday's games end, there are several teams that play games on the next three consecutive game days (those are Wed, Fri, Sat). These teams are the Hawks, the Hornets, the Pacers, the Bucks, and the 76ers. Furthermore, the Kings also play on Wednesday and Saturday so their players might come in handy as well. These teams are most likely to help fantasy owners and we will look at some options from them all.

It is worth mentioning that the Rockets (two games) also play on Saturday, but are unlikely to help you on any other day.

 

Streaming Options for Week 6

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Gary Harris, SG/SF, DEN, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, REB
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, STL/BLK, 3PM
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything but low FG%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Davis Bertans, PF/C, WAS, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, a bit of everything
Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, WAS, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, FT%, REB, STL, PTS
Isaiah Thomas, PG, WAS, (49% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, BLK
Delon Wright, PG/SG, DAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a little bit of everything
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, ATL, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, a bit of everything. Additional value now with John Collins out for another 15 games!!!
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
PJ Washington, PF/SF, CHA, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, 3PM, STL/BLK
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB - buyer beware: missed more than two weeks with an injury and just returned last game
T.J. Warren, SF/PF, IND, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Richaun Holmes, PF/C, SAC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything

 

Shallower League Add

Davis Bertans, PF/C, WAS - 51% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, a bit of everything

The Latvian sharpshooter is on fire! He has been returning top-75 value for the past month, top-40 for the last two weeks and has cracked the top-25 in the last seven days. His averages over the last week are 18.7 PTS with 5.0 3PM on 54.3 FG% and 100.0 FT% (hit all three free throws), 7.0 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 1.3 TO in almost 30 minutes a night for Washington.

Bertans has established himself as more than just a three-point threat and is absolutely rolling this season. He is a rotisserie dream with his lovely percentages along with the across-the-board contribution. In addition to being a great player in magnificent form, he also has a very friendly schedule for next week, so fantasy owners should take advantage of this if no one else in their league hasn't already.

 

Deeper League Add

Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL - 21% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL

With Khris Middleton out, the Bucks needed a bench player to step up, and it was Donte that had done just that. In the five games Khris has missed, he averaged 12.0 PTS with 1.8 3PM on 51.1 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 4.8 REB, 2.2 AST,  1.8 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 1.2 TO in 26 minutes per game. Furthermore, he has scored in double-digits in the most recent four. This has him ranked just outside the top-50 for the previous week. We always knew DiVincenzo could shoot the ball, but it's nice to see him finally showing us more than just that with the boards and steals as well.

Middleton is not expected to return in the next week or two, so Donte will have the opportunity to keep providing for his fantasy owners. He might not do it every night, and it might not be too flashy, but with Milwaukee having four games next week, one being on Saturday, double-D might just be that firing needle your team's riffle needs to shoot down your league rival.

Insanely Deep League Add

Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, - 3% Owned

Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%

Jones was the 30th pick in the 2016 draft by the Golden State Warriors. If we just mention the names like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, it is obvious that the Warriors know what they are doing when it comes to drafting young talents. Now, with Golden State being a favorite to win the title for the past few days with their jam-packed roster, it's no wonder that Damian didn't get the chance he needed to develop. He is getting that chance in Atlanta now.

With the Hawks star big man John Collins suspended, it was expected that Alex Len (along with some small-ball lineups) will soak up most of his minutes, but Jones made sure that didn't happen. Furthermore, Jones took some minutes away from Len, a projected starter at the C position for the Hawks, himself and has played over 22 minutes a game in the last two weeks, compared to Len's 17.

And he has taken advantage of that time too, averaging 9.4 PTS on 66.7 FG% and 86.7 FT%, 5.3 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.7 STL, 1.1 BLK, and 1.0 TO. He even hit one three-pointer in those seven games. I will concede that his stats are nothing too flashy, but a guy owned in just 3% of Yahoo leagues, that gives you decent percentages, a few boards and an admirable 1.8 steals and blocks combined is someone to keep a tab on. Perhaps even take a flier on next week with Atlanta playing on Saturday, along with three other days.

 

Deep League Options for the Week

Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, BLK
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, STL/BLK
Ish Smith, PG, WAS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS
Moritz Wagner, PF, WAS, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of BLK/STL
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Deandre Bembry, SG, ATL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, FT%, a little bit of everything - buyer beware: missed the previous game due to a wrist sprain
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, 3PM
Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, (3% Owned) -Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Goga Bitadze, C, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK
Aaron Holiday, PG, IND, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL - buyer beware: had inflated stats lately with the Pacers having a number of injuries
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - buyer beware: had inflated stats lately with the Pacers having a number of injuries
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Robin Lopez, C, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Yogi Ferrell, PG/SG, SAC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST - should see more game time with De'Aaron Fox out
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a little bit of everything - should see more game time with De'Aaron Fox out

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Fantasy Basketball Weekly Streamers for Week 5 (Nov 18 - Nov 24)

Expecting a tough matchup next week? Looking to maximize your team's chances of winning? Have an expendable player at the bottom of your roster? Streaming is the path for you!

We're looking at NBA teams' schedules for the following week, analyzing which teams have the best chance of helping fantasy owners out based on when their games are played, and handpick players from those teams who are most likely to perform.

Welcome to Rotoballer's fantasy basketball streamers for Week 5.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 5

This week is a streamer's heaven, with three days being quite critical in the number of games played. Fantasy owners will have to focus on Tuesday with four games, Sunday with five, but especially on Thursday with just two games played. Of course, teams that play on these days will be our focal point today.

The other four days have nine or more games played on them so it will be much easier to field a full starting roster.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 5 games:
Phoenix Suns

Teams with 4 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 22
Thursday: 4
Friday: 20
Saturday: 20
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: OKC, PHO, POR
Tuesday/Wednesday: GSW
Wednesday/Thursday: MIL
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, LAL, MIA, PHI, SAS, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: NOP, NYK, PHO
Sunday/Monday the following: BRO, SAC

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 4 games
Thursday: 2 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on all three of these days:
Phoenix Suns (5 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing on Thurs/Sun:
Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Pelicans

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 5

Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday all have five or fewer games and therefore should be harder on most fantasy owners. Only the Suns and the Pelicans play on all three of these days and their players will be our primary targets. With the Suns playing five games this week, they have a slight advantage over the Pelicans who play four times. Furthermore, there's so much question marks over the health of the Pelicans' players that it's very difficult to figure out who will play next week and who will not.

We also have Portland with four games, two of which are on Tuesday and Thursday, and Sacramento with just three games, but they play both on Tuesday and Sunday, so that can come in handy for fantasy owners as well.

With Thursday only having two games played, it is also worth mentioning that, in addition to Phoenix, New Orleans, and Portland, Milwaukee is the fourth team that plays then. The Bucks have four games in Week 5, and even though only the Thursday nights' fixture comes on a scarce day, their players are also worth mentioning.

Avoid Indiana, Memphis, and Orlando for streaming this week as they all play just two games.

 

Streaming Options for Week 5

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

J.J. Redick, SG, NOP, (60% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, TO - buyer beware: missed the game on 16th of November with a toe sprain
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB, a bit of everything - buyer beware: missed the previous two games with a ankle/knee issue
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG% BLK, 3PM
Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB PTS
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK - buyer beware: in very poor form
Richaun Holmes, PF/C, SAC, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (69% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK

 

Shallower League Add

Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC - 77% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything

Unless you're in a very shallow league, I know it's a long shot that Bogie is still unowned in your league. But if by a long shot he is, pick him up immediately!

He started the season slowly but has picked it up like a $100 bill from the sidewalk, and is ranked in the top-25 on Yahoo for the past two weeks with averages of 18.2 PTS with 3.8 3PM on 47.6 FG% and 92.3 FT%,  3.0 REB, 5.2 AST, 2.0 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 2.6 TO in just under 30 minutes per outing.

It is unrealistic to expect this level going forward as those percentages are quite unsustainable. Also, we are bound to see a dip in the threes and steals. But with De'Aaron Fox out for the next month or more, 2Bog could easily keep it in the top-50, at least during this period. And with those two juicy games on Tuesday and Sunday, Bogdan should not be on your waiver wire.

 

Deeper League Add

Rodney Hood, SG/SF, POR - 15% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Hood has been an integral part of the Utah Jazz team for years and has shown how useful he can be as a sharpshooting floor stretcher. This is just what Portland needs with guys like Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Hassan Whiteside in the first unit. This guarantees Hood minutes, and so far this season he has played 30 or more in every game except the one he left with a back issue.

Hood did miss three games due to that injury, but has been on fire since his return with averages of 20.5 PTS with 3.5 3PM on 65.2 FG% and 80.0 FT%, 3.0 REB, 1.5 AST, no STL or BLK, and 1.5 TO in the last two games. While it is unlikely that Hood keeps shooting it at this level, it is also quite difficult to see him blank on the defensive stats going forward as well so he should remain in the top-100 conversation.

Now, Portland has added Carmelo Anthony. Even though Melo should play more PF with Hood manning the SF spot, this could still put a small dent into Hood's minutes and especially shots. Nevertheless, if you're a believer in Rodney, then you shouldn't be discouraged by Anthony's arrival. He has been out of the league for quite a while and should be eased back in.

With Portland having such a friendly schedule for the following week, if you need some scoring from beyond the arc, Hood will come in handy.

Insanely Deep League Add

Cameron Johnson, SG/SF, PHO - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

The rookie started the season poorly, but the 11th pick in the draft has come around and is giving his owners top-75 value in the last seven days with averages of 13.7 points with 3.0 three-pointers on 44.4% from the field and no misses on seven attempts from the charity stripe, 4.7 boards, 1.3 dimes, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 turnover in 22 minutes per game over a three-game stretch.

Cam was a surprise pick at #11 during this year's draft, but he is starting to show the rest of us what the Suns saw in him. Even though hitting three 3-pointers a game is not something we can expect to be a standard for him, with five games on great days next week, teams that focus on threes, points and free-throw percentage should have Johnson on their radars.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Frank Jackson, PG, NOP, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: left the game on 16th of November with a neck issue and did not return
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, NOP, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Jahlil Okafor, C, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK - buyer beware: missed the last two games with an ankle injury
Jaxson Hayes, C, NOP, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Kenrich Williams, SF/PF, NOP, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
E'Twaun Moore, SG/SF, NOP, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, PHO, (13% Owned) -Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Yogi Ferrell, PG/SG, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST - should see more game time with De'Aaron Fox out
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a little bit of everything - should see more game time with De'Aaron Fox out
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Nassir Little, SF, POR, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: we don't know yet, but based on his college stats out of position FG%, REB, STL/BLK with a little bit of everything
Skal Labissiere, PF/C, POR, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK
Mario Hezonja, SG/SF, POR, (2% Owned) 
- Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Robin Lopez, C, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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