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NBA Weekly Streamers for Weeks 18 & 19 (Feb 11 - Feb 24)

The trade deadline has come and gone. I hope you nailed some of your speculative adds!

I've missed mine with Omari Spellman in a 20-team league. With the All-Star weekend just around the corner, and the end of the fantasy regular season drawing near I'm going to be letting him go soon. With Dewayne Dedmon and Alex Len remaining in Atlanta, it doesn't seem he will be getting the minutes, and the chase for the fantasy playoffs is heating up. I will keep him for the first part of next week as he has a great schedule but will welcome a streaming spot after that instead of hoping Spellman gets a decent opportunity in such a crowded frontcourt.

If you're in a similar situation with some of your guys, and you have a playoff to qualify for, I suggest you do the same and set your mind to winning your next matchup. Here are our fantasy basketball streamers for Weeks 18 & 19.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Weeks 18 & 19

The All-Star break this weekend means that there will be no NBA basketball from Friday (Feb 15) until Wednesday (Feb 20) with the first games before and after the break coming on Thursdays. Fantasy teams will find it harder to field a decent lineup on Tuesday, the first Thursday (Feb 14) and Sunday. None of these days have more than 5 games played.

As for the teams, the Knicks have a five-game week, and all but five teams play four times. Furthermore, the Magic play on all three of the scarce days and have a four-game week, and a couple of other teams play on two of the three aforementioned days so their guys could make decent options for streaming as well.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 5 games:
New York Knicks

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday (Feb 11): 18
Tuesday (Feb 12): 10
Wednesday (Feb 13): 22
Thursday (Feb 14): 6
Thursday (Feb 21): 12
Friday (Feb 22): 18
Saturday (Feb 23): 24
Sunday (Feb 24): 6

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: BOS, GSW, MEM, PHI
Wednesday/Thursday: NYK
Thursday (Feb 14)/Thursday (Feb 21): -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, IND, MEM, MIN, NOP, OKC, UTA, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday (Feb 25): LAC, SAS

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 5 games
Thursday (Feb 14): 3 games
Sunday: 3 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Orlando Magic (4 games this week - Tue, Thurs (Feb 14), Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs (Feb 14):
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Tue, Thurs (Feb 14), Fri, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs (Feb 14), Fri, Sat)
Orlando Magic

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Orlando Magic

Team playing on Thurs (Feb 14)/Sun:
New York Knicks (5 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs (Feb 14), Fri, Sun)
Orlando Magic

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

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Weeks 18 & 19

The Thursday before the All-Star weekend (Feb 14) and Sunday have just three games apiece, so these two days will be the toughest for fantasy owners to weather. Tuesday is also troublesome with just five games. I will rely on players from teams that play on these days to save our fantasy teams on this double week.

The Orlando Magic plays on all three of these days and also has another game this week. The Knicks have a five-game week and play on both Thursday (Feb 14) and Sunday. In addition to guys from these two teams, you could also find that players from the Hawks and Pelicans, who both play four games and play on both Tuesday and Thursday (Feb 14), can help fill some voids. Even some Spurs' players could come in handy despite playing only three games this week, as two of those games come on the scarcest of days - Tuesday and Sunday.

 

Streaming Options for the Double Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds:

Kevin Knox, PF, NYK, (43% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Noah Vonleh, PF, NYK, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, AST
Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, ORL, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, ORL, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, STL
Evan Fournier, SG/SF, ORL, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, STL
D.J. Augustin, PG, ORL, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST
Taurean Prince, SG/SF, ATL, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL, a bit of everything
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
Dewayne Dedmon, PF/C, ATL, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK, 3PM
Kent Bazemore, PF, ATL, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kenrich Williams, SG/SF, NOP, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, BLK, PTS
Bryn Forbes, PG, SAS, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL

 

Shallower League Add

Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, ORL, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK

Isaac is finally playing like the Magic hoped he would when they chose him as the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft. In the last two weeks, he is averaging 11.6 PTS with 1.0 3PM on 44.8 FG% and 93.3 FT%, 8.1 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.4 STL, 2.1 BLK, and 1.3 TO in over 28 minutes per outing. His great rebounding and insane stocks have him ranked in the top-30 for this period.

With his 7'1" wingspan, we always knew Isaac was capable of this kind of production in the defensive department, and now he added an overall production into the mix, so there is no wonder he is delighting his lucky owners with this awesome contribution. And to think this guy was on the waiver wire in my 20-team redraft league back in November and was picked up as a free agent. Not by me, unfortunately...

If you're lucky enough that he is still on your wire, pick him up quickly! There's no time better than the next week, with Orlando having such a favorable schedule, to give him a shot to produce for your team as well.

 

Deeper League Add

Kenrich Williams, SG/SF, NOP, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, BLK, PTS

I must admit, this guy caught me by surprise. The undrafted rookie didn't play a single minute of NBA basketball before taking us all by storm since his debut on January 10. He has been killing it in the last 14 days with averages of 12.9 points with 2.3 three-pointers on 48.6% from the field and 54.5% from the line, 9.4 boards, 3.3 dimes, 0.3 steals, 1.1 blocks, and 0.9 turnovers in 34 minutes per game. This extraordinary run of performances has Kenrich ranked at #64 in Yahoo leagues. Crazy!!!

With all the Anthony Davis drama going on in New Orleans, it seems pretty plausible that Williams will be getting his fair share of minutes for the rest of the season. AD's return made no impact on his playing time, and neither did the addition of Stanley Johnson nor the return of E'Twaun Moore, so it's almost certain that Kenrich has the trust of his coach.

If your league hasn't caught up with his performances yet and he is still on the wire, this is a good time to take a dice roll on him. He could prove to be much more than just a streamer.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Khem Birch, PF/C, ORL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK

With the injury to Mo Bamba, Birch is back in the equation in Orlando's frontcourt. He is a backup for Nikola Vucevic and seems to be locked into a 15-20 minute role. This is enough, however, for Khem to get you some decent rebound and block numbers without hurting you anywhere else.

In the previous four games with Bamba out, Birch averaged 5.5 PTS on 66.7 FG% and 85.7 FT%, 5.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 1.3 BLK, and 0.8 TO in 17 minutes per game. That's not too bad for a guy who is most probably available in your league and who has such a good schedule that he will almost certainly play at least three times next week, regardless of who you've already got on your team. If you're in a deep league and need a boost in rebounds and defensive stats, Birch is your guy.

 

Other Deep League Options

Damyean Dotson, SG, NYK, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Mario Hezonja, SG, NYK, (23% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: PTS, STL, REB
Mitchell Robinson, C, NYK, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Kadeem Allen, SG, NYK, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, AST
Allonzo Trier, PF, NYK, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Khem Birch, PF/C, ORL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK
Isaiah Briscoe, PG, ORL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, rookie factor
Wes Iwundu, SG/SF, ORL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
DeAndre' Bembry, SF, ATL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Omari Spellman, PF, ATL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Jeremy Lin, PG/SG, ATL, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST, PTS
Tim Frazier, PG, NOP, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, FT%, STL
Darius Miller, SG/SF, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Patty Mills, PG, SAS, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, AST
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Davis Bertans, PF/C, SAS, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB
Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, SAS, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

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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Hot Waiver Pickups and Making Sense Of The NBA Trade Deadline

A LOT of "things" happened on Thursday. The most important "thing" is up for debate between two Eastern Conference teams. While Marc Gasol joining the Raptors may not have been seen as a blockbuster deal, I do see it having a drastic impact on the Raptors frontcourt. With Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol anchoring the paint defensively, it literally changes the whole dynamic of the team. Much of their production will come from how well their frontcourt defends. Ibaka and Gasol might not be the most athletic, but when it comes to technical skill and ability to disrupt offenses, it's hard to find three better players than Gasol, Ibaka, and Kawhi Leonard. Toronto isn't set to make the Finals, since their biggest competition just added another stud in Tobias Harris, but this certainly lays a winning foundation.

Other than these two trades, only two other trades really carried fantasy relevance and that's Markelle Fultz being one of the only point guards in Orlando, and Nikola Mirotic being the primary shooter in Milwaukee. Both players have created upside and while Mirotic will see a small decline, that will really depend on the role he carves out for himself. Because he can be SUCH a lethal shooter, it's even hard to rank someone like Khris Middleton over him when it comes to shooting. When Mirotic is on, there are few better players because his incredible play influences his defense and turns him into a tenacious rebounder. While minutes might not be hard to come by at first, do expect a slight learning curve while he finds his spots and learns to mesh with his new teammates.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 18

Andre Iguodala, G  – Golden State Warriors

Ownership: 8%

5.9 PPG / 3.2 APG / .493 FG% / .9 SPG

Andre Iguodala is also averaging close to a block a game as well, so make sure you use him for his defensive stats. Lately there have been few guard options that have been better so at least capitalize on his immediate upside for right now. Over the past week he has been playing at a different level and I love what he's producing in the box score. With only an EIGHT percent ownersip, plenty of standard leagues players are literally asking me who to pick up for defensive stats, when Iguodala is available in 92% of Yahoo leagues.

Iguodala might not have the best track record when it comes to longevity because he is more than capable of posting very medial stat lines in big games. While I do think he will simmer down in a sense, Iguodala is simply playing at a very high level, converting his shots and creating stats any chance he gets. This really isn't nothing that new other than that he is actually hitting from deep and creating relevance for himself. If you are skeptical, atleast add him and benefit from the defensive stats because every team could use a few extra steals and blocks.

 

Iman Shumpert, SG/SF – Houston Rockets

Ownership 4%

8.9 PPG / 3.1 RPG / 2.2 APG / 1.1 SPG / .382 FG%

This is a result of a trade that should actually make the Rockets better. Iman Shumpert has been more of a locker-room guy for the Sacramento Kings, but in Houston he is filling a massive gap left by off-season moves. The Rockets need someone who is willing to shoot from the outside, and even if they aren't hitting that night, the spacing is invaluable.

James Harden just needs bodies to pass to and convert at even a "bad" rate. The Rockets literally do not have enough options to let Shumpert just slide through the cracks so do expect some type of production on his end. It may not be the scoring and three point shooting we need, but his defensive stats will be there and the outside shooting will be an added bonus.

 

Mitchell Robinson, C – New York Knicks

Ownership 19%

5.5 PPG / 4.2 RPG / .695 FG% / 2.0 BPG / .7 SPG

There aren't many things that Mitchell Robinson struggles at, but his upside is limited. As a true center, he blocks shots, get's rebounds, plays intense defense, and finishes around the rim. He won't help you win the point category and he might not even help your rebounds out that much, but he saves you in terms of efficient shooting and blocking shots.

Since bigs are so far and few between, seeing someone with as much upside as Robinson on the wire seems too good to be true. Anyone and everyone could use two blocks a game and even if you already have a Myles Turner, Anthony Davis, or any other shot-blocker, Robinson won't hurt you.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 17

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Superbowl weekend. As we bring our attention back to the NBA, it's about to enter the last stretch of the season where owners should be looking at every realm of possibility to improve their team's chances of locking in a playoff berth. We are just a little over a month before we head into the fantasy playoffs in most formats. It's time to drop the dead weight and scout for the waiver wire for any production that would be helpful for your team. Looking into Week 17, there are a couple of must-add players that you shouldn't leave behind on your waiver wire.

It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 17 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 17.

 

Week 17 Schedule

4 Games - Wizards, Spurs, Kings, Suns, Magic, Pelicans, Bucks, Pacers, Hawks

3 Games - Nets, Celtics, Hornets, Bullets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Knicks, Thunder, Sixers, Trail Blazers, Raptors

2 Games - Jazz

 

Week 17 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues: *Week 16 > Week 17 pick ups has been much of the same*

Monte Morris - PG, NUGGETS (38% Ownership)

Morris continues to take advantage of the injured Jamal Murray (ankle) and is contributing enough to be owned in leagues until he cools off. Coach Mike Malone has said that Murray's ankle injury is serious, and that could mean a weekly absence compared to day-to-day. Morris has been tremendous in the last three games, averaging 18.3 points, 6.7 boards, 8.3 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.7 turnovers and 2.3 treys in just over 39 minutes. He needs to be added until we hear more hears of Murray.

Malik Beasley - SG/SF, NUGGETS (45% Ownership)

Beasley continues to neutralize Will Barton in the rotation, and is firing on all cylinders, as he's scored 22 points with two rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday. He's now averaging 22.2 points on a blistering 61 % percent shooting over the last five. The return of some of the Nuggets wings seems to have no impact on him, although we have to be expecting a level of regression in the hot shooting.

Jonathan Isaac - SF/PF, MAGIC (58% Ownership)

Congrats to those who held him, because he's been terrible for much of the year. He's finally turned his performances into expectations, as he's now averaging 10.8 points, 8.8 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 treys over the last six games. The Magic are rumored to be sellers at the trading deadline too, so that could mean more minutes down the stretch for Isaac.

Dwight Powell - PF/C, MAVERICKS (23% Ownership)

The departure of DeAndre Jordan means good things for Powell, as he's the only capable player who can man the middle for Dallas. The Mavericks could still try and get someone by the trading deadline, so be at a look out for that. Until then, he could be a top-125 player because his defensive stats and field goal percentages.

Jahlil Okafor - C, PELICANS (47% Ownership)

Anthony Davis (finger) has no timetable with all the trade rumors. Julius Randle (ankle) has missed five games is already ruled out Monday. Nikola Mirotic (calf) is looking to miss week 17 and he should be held until we hear more. With that said, Okafor is doing all he can and he's putting together one of the best stretches of his career by 19.8 points and 10.8 boards per game over the last four games. He's also shot over 70 percent in these contests with 2.8 swats as well. Needless to say, he's going to continue to put together elite value until Davis comes back and should remain owned until he completely falls off the map.

Mitchell Robinson - C, KNICKS (18% Ownership)

Enes Kanter (DNP-CD) is in the doghouse in New York and Luke Kornet (ankle) is out for two weeks as well, meaning Robinson and Noah Vonleh will be the main beneficiaries of this news. Robinson still has difficulties with fouls, so it continues to limit his upside. However, he should still be able to carve out decent value with his high field-goal percentages and his elite shot blocking rate. He has nine blocks in the past three games, all while just playing 16.3 minutes per game in that span. He can be viewed as a stash, where he can truly put a team over the top after the trading deadline.

Cedi Osman - SF/PF, CAVALIERS (40% Ownership)

Osman fell out of flavor from owners after a hyped summer and preseason, struggling with his shot in the beginning of the season. He's found his rhythm lately, putting together a career-high 29 points against the Heat on Friday. The Cavaliers are in a similar boat as the Knicks, so Osman should continue to see heavy minutes down the stretch.

Kenneth Faried - PF/C, ROCKETS (55% Ownership)

Faried showed his value with the Rockets this week, with three double-digit scoring, including a double-double on Friday where he ended up with 21 points, 14 boards, and two swats in 38 minutes. The Rockets are razor thin up front with Clint Capella (thumb surgery) out at least for another month or so, so not only Faried has a great chance to start with this Rockets team, he's looking at major minutes given that Coach Mike D'Antoni has never been shy to keep his rotations short. Faried is one of those must-add, think later waiver wire adds and he can boost a team's field-goal percentage and provide close to a double-double on a nightly basis.

Larry Nance Jr. - C/PF, CAVALIERS (69% Ownership)

Tristan Thompson (foot) is going to be out for the next two weeks, so Nance will probably be back in the starting lineup in no time. He was eased back into action on Friday with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. He was terrific before his injury, producing top-50 value. So in the event he is still on the waiver wire in your league, it's not a bad idea to pick him back up and see where it goes. The Cavaliers have their sights on tanking their entire season to secure a high lottery pick this post season, so developing Nance should be one of the priorities the rest of the way.

Rajon Rondo - PG, LAKERS (67% Ownership)

The Lakers will be without Lonzo Ball (Grade-3 ankle sprain) for at least 4-6 weeks, so Rondo's return will likely insert him into the starting line up until Ball is healthy again. He was terrific in his return on Thursday, dishing out a season-high 13 assists with 15 points, six rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.  He'll give owners a major boost in assists, which is one of the hardest categories to find on the wire. With LeBron James (groin) uncertain for a return date, Rondo is a must-own, must-start player even after James returns.

Shabazz Napier - PG/SG, NETS (10% Ownership)

Another case of injuries creating opportunities, Napier will now get a great opportunity with Spencer Dinwiddie (hand surgery) out for the next 3-6 weeks. Napier scored 18 points on Friday, including 11-of-12 from the line. He'll look at a sizable role with minutes in the upper 20s going forward until the Nets have some of their guys back from injuries.

Bobby Portis - C, BULLS (51% Ownership)

Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb surgery) will knock him out for nearly 2-3 months, which means he's a clear drop in almost all fantasy leagues, excluding dynasty settings. Bobby Portis figures to be the main beneficiary with this news and this just solidifies his role with the Bulls for the remainder of the season. Portis will not be shy hoisting shots out there , and with 28 + minutes going forward he's a must-roster player.

Kevin Huerter - SG/SF, HAWKS (31% Ownership)

He should be picked back up if he was dropped in your league, where he figures to have a major role down the stretch for the Hawks the rest of the way.  The Hawks are looking to be sellers for assets this trading deadline, so Huerter shouldn't be on any waiver wires given his upside to contribute in multiple categories.  Huerter has been a top-75 player in the past week.

 

Week 17 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Allonzo Trier - PG/SG, KNICKS (27% Ownership)

The Knicks lineup changes are difficult to predict, but Trier should see his minutes increase as the Knicks turn to their young guys as they will look to tank for the remainder of the season. Trier scored 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Nets on Friday, including a career-high 31 points with 10 rebounds on Wednesday. Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) is going to be out for the next two weeks, so Trier should see an uptick in production.

Darius Miller - SG/SF, PELICANS (9% Ownership)

The Pelicans are starving for some offensive production with all their main guys out, meaning Miller will continue to look to major minutes. He's scored in double-figures in the last five games and he can certainly help as a 3-point specialist, where he can add a trickle of assists and steals as well.

Jerryd Bayless - PG/SG, TIMBERWOLVES (9% Ownership)

Derrick Rose (ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle) and Jeff Teague (foot) continues to be hobbled with foot and ankle injuries, leaving only Bayless to be the only healthy point guard in the rotation. He's done a good job thus far filling in, having scored three straight double-digit scoring games. The most noticeable thing is his shot attempts, where he's attempted just over 15 shots per game over the last three. That should tell you that he's due for a big game if Rose and Teague continues to miss time. He's worth a short-term look at the moment.

Landry Shamet - PG/SG, SIXERS (2% Ownership)

This impressive rookie has been knocking down critical shots for the Sixers all season, and although he's benefited from some of the Sixers injuries, he's still doing enough to warrant more attention in deeper leagues. He's very similar to Bryn Forbes, where he is mainly a 3-points specialist who occasionally will get you some assists and steals, and not much else. Still, the 3-pointers are consistent and he can certainly help a team in need of that category.

Marco Belinelli - SG/SF, SPURS (28% Ownership)

Similar to Shamet and Korver, Belinelli is a 3-point specialist that can get you over the edge in a head-to-head match-up. He's putting together top-100 value over the last two weeks and can benefit a bit if DeMar DeRozan (knee, ankle) or Rudy Gay (ankle) misses some time.

Justin Holiday - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (39% Ownership)

Kyle Anderson (ankle) is still likely out another couple of games, so Justin Holiday will continue to log heavy minutes with Garret Temple (shoulder) out as well. Holiday has played a lot better lately, putting up 16 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes on Saturday. He's at least worth a consideration as a streamer spot.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (23% Ownership)

Oddly, Bridges minutes goes down without Devin Booker but goes up with Booker in the lineup. He's still contributing in the defensive stats to be added in deeper settings.  At this point, he's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues given his defensive contributions and 3-pointers (1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 3-pointers over the last five) Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 17 (Feb 4 - Feb 10)

The battle for those final few playoff spots is heating up, and every category won could mean the difference between having the chance to compete for the title and being left in the dust, full of shame, with that bitter taste of "I've just missed it! I would be in had I only...".

Don't let yourself be one of those who blames everything but himself for not making it. Take matters into your own hands! Pick the right strategy. Stream the right players. Get help in the right categories. Beat your next weeks rival. And then again. And again. And again... Until you win that league!

Here are our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 17.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 17

Week 17 is a weird one as a double-digit number of teams plays on each and every night. That makes it almost impossible to predict which days to target, as most fantasy teams will have trouble filling out their lineups for different days.

So, I will take a different approach here. Instead of targeting players from specific teams that play on certain days, I'll take a longer look at a few teams that are rumored to make a trade or two. I will give my two cents on the potential deals and who the pickups would be if those were to happen.

As this is a streaming piece first and foremost, I will sort all these teams by their schedule for next week, so you can look for short-term value as well as potential rest-of-season value.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 2 games:
Utah Jazz

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 16
Wednesday: 14
Thursday: 12
Friday: 16
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: DET, IND
Tuesday/Wednesday: CHA
Wednesday/Thursday: SAS
Thursday/Friday: MIN
Friday/Saturday: CHI, CLE, MIL, NOP, NYK, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: ATL, ORL
Sunday/Monday the following: DAL, MIA, POR

Days with five or fewer games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Atlanta Hawks
Orlando Magic

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 17

With all days having between five and nine games played, streaming this week is very individual. Most teams will have different woes with their schedule. But one thing all teams will have in common is trying to take advantage of the trade deadline deals. So it might be wise not to use up all your moves early on in the week.

Furthermore, some of the rumors may come true, so if you acquire some players that could benefit before the news breaks out, your league-mates will hate you for your brilliant sense of what is yet to come.

For these reasons, our streamers this week will look a bit different from what we're all used to.

We will look into the situations of a couple of teams that are most likely to make some moves prior to the deadline, talk a little about what players will probably be moved and who the pickups are if those rumors come through.

To keep the streaming spirit of the article, we will sort these teams by games played next week.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Atlanta Hawks

4 games next week - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun

The Hawks are one of the teams most likely to make some moves before the deadline. They have a pretty young team and are at the beginning of a full rebuild. Guys like Dewayne Dedmon and Kent Bazemore, who will both turn 30 this summer, don't really fit into the long-term plan.

Still, both of them have decent value to the right team, mostly a contender, so the Hawks will test the market.

Kent's departure shouldn't change too much when compared to the previous 30 days as Baze has been injured for the entire month of January, returning on Jan 31 against the Kings. So we have a pretty clear picture of who will probably soak up his minutes. Kevin Huerter and DeAndre' Bembry will most likely see a boost unless a young stud at the SG/SF spot comes to Atlanta in a trade. It will not be too easy to move Bazemore however, as he has a pretty hefty contract and is on the books for one more year after this one.

As for Dedmon, he is a great center and is attracting interest around the league. His contract is much more serviceable and he is an unrestricted free agent next year, so he is interesting to teams looking to clear cap space next season as well. Should he leave, Alex Len will most probably take over as the starting C and it would also open up more minutes for the rookie Omari Spellman.

Pickups from Atlanta:

Taurean Prince, SG/SF, ATL, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL, a bit of everything
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
DeAndre' Bembry, SF, ATL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Omari Spellman, PF, ATL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK

 

Orlando Magic

4 games next week - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun

The last time Orlando made the playoffs, was back in 2011-12 season, and they routed 4-1 by the Pacers in the first round. It seems that their streak will continue as they are four games behind Miami in the 8th seed. With such low chances of making the playoffs and almost no chance at all of making a significant push, Orlando will most likely look to get a deal done for one of their best players who almost certainly will not feature in their future plans. This player is, of course, Nikola Vucevic.

Vooch has been the best player in Orlando for the past couple of seasons, but the Magic failed to provide him with enough talent and experience to reach the playoffs. Therefore, he has been a regular name in the rumor mill for quite some time now. It is likely, however, that the Magic will finally pull the trigger on a deal this year, as Vucevic becomes an UFA at the end of the season.

Should the Magic find a new home for the Montenegrin mountain, their rookie and the 6th overall pick in the 2018 draft Mohamed Bamba figures to get more minutes. Also, Jonathan Isaac (coincidentally the 6th overall pick from the 2017 draft), who already plays a pretty significant role this season with 25 minutes per game, should see a slight uptick, especially when the Magic goes to small-ball.

So, the pickups in the event of a Vucevic trade are:

Mohamed Bamba, PF/C, ORL, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK
Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, ORL, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK

 

New Orleans Pelicans

4 games next week - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Anthony Davis informed the Pelicans that he prefers to be traded. This news created chaos before the trade deadline, as the Pels front office needs to make a long-term strategy that will not involve one of the best players in the league. At the moment there are rumors involving quite a few of their players. Elfrid PaytonJulius Randle, and Nikola Mirotic have all been mentioned, as has, of course, The Brow himself.

There's no real way to predict what, if anything, will happen before the trade deadline, but it is worth noting that both Payton and Mirotic become UFAs at the end of the year and Randle has one more year left after this one.

However, for our streaming purposes, the mess in New Orleans comes as a blessing. All four players mentioned above will be held out until after the trade deadline. This means there is plenty of minutes to share among guys who could be available on your wire.

Here are the best pickups until the picture clears up for the Pelicans sometime after the trade deadline on Feb 7:

Darius Miller, SG/SF, NOP, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Jahlil Okafor, C, NOP, (69% Owned) -
Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK, PTS
Tim Frazier, PG/SG, NOP, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: AST specialist

 

Dallas Mavericks

3 games next week - Wed, Fri, Sun

The big news from a few days ago shook up the basketball world, as the Mavs and the Knicks made a pretty big trade. Kristaps PorzingisTim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke have joined the Mavericks and Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews went the other way, along with two first-round draft picks. Although this move is very interesting and tells us where both these franchises want to go in the short and long run, we will remain focused on the immediate fantasy implications of this deal.

Tim Hardaway Jr. will most likely take up some minutes and shots, but it shouldn't have too much impact overall since most of those have been left behind by the departure of Wes Matthews and DSJ. It remains to be seen if Lee and Burke will even be a part of the rotation, with Dallas pretty much out of the playoff race 5.5 games behind the 8th seed.

The real value for the rest of the season lies within the big men left in Dallas. The Unicorn will probably not play at all this season, and with DeAndre now in New York, his 31 minutes per game will be divided between Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell. While Mejri is only a deep league rebound and block specialist, Kleber and Powell could find their place in shallower leagues as well.

DJ's goodbye party beneficiaries:

Maxi Kleber, PF, DAL, (8% Owned) -Strong Cats: 3PM, BLK
Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Salah Mejri, C, DAL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%

 

New York Knicks

3 games next week - Tue, Fri, Sat

The Dallas - New York deal has a slight impact on the Knicks as well, but it's a lot less clear what exactly will happen here. One thing that is for certain is that DSJ will become the starting PG which will mean less playing time for the likes of Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina.

The arrival of DeAndre Jordan could potentially mean the complete shutdown of Enes Kanter and less playing time for Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet. But it remains to be seen what the Knicks plan to do with Jordan's expiring contract.

As for Wes Matthews, should he become a part of the rotation, he will only use up a portion of Hardaway Jr.'s minutes, which could mean a few extra minutes for the Knicks young wings Damyean DotsonAllonzo Trier, Kevin Knox, and Mario Hezonja.

Now both Wes and DJ are buyout candidates and if that were to happen, almost all guys in New York would see increased opportunity, excluding their PGs.

Beneficiaries of THJ's departure:

Kevin Knox, PF, NYK, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Allonzo Trier, PF, NYK, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Damyean Dotson, SG, NYK, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Mario Hezonja, SG, NYK, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, 3PM

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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Jahlil Okafor and Waiver Wire Story Time With Jake Finnen

As of this moment, there are few players making as big of a splash in fantasy leagues as Jahlil Okafor....

OK, maybe the Kristaps Porzingis trade and Anthony Davis trade rumors are the only things people can talk about, but it shouldn't overshadow everything Okafor has done in the past two weeks. He has been productive on both sides of the ball, including one game with six blocks, something entirely uncharacteristic of what he has shown in his first few years in the league.

While most of this production comes at the heels of Davis' demanding a trade, regardless, it shouldn't stop this production from continuing through the All-Star Break.

 

Story Time With Jake

Another important thing to note with more trades coming through, that most teams will not know exactly what they have until they literally play them. If you have concerns about a player, yes I can always help you, but taking the time to watch a players first game will give you a leg up on the competition.

I cannot stress the importance of timing when it comes to the waiver wire. Last season, I watched DeMarcus Cousins hit the ground and immediately knew his season was over. Within five minutes I already had Cousins dropped and Montrezl Harrell on my team. Harrell didn't really emerge until this season, but I had all the options to fill that void at my disposal. No other player was coming in to steal a waiver wire option and if I had waited till everyone got confirmation, I would have been stuck with an injured Cousins and a dry wire.

Well, thats my story, but I wanted to end this intro on a more informative note. Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke will impact the Mavericks rotation, there is and should be no doubt about that. Hardaway and Lee seem like clear-cut options to start alongside Luka Doncic, but I don't think it will change how Doncic is producing. He will still be the focal point, just with one or two extra shooters for spacing.

The biggest problem with that is how Hardaway, Lee, and Burke generate offense. Lee will be primarily catch-and-shoot, but Burke and Hardaway rely on creating their own offense for production. While both could help lessen the workload for other Mavericks, mainly Doncic, it won't just automatically translate to more assists from Doncic.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 17

Malik Beasley, G  – Denver Nuggets

Ownership: 26%

10.7 PPG / 2.5 RPG / .493 FG% / 1.9 3PG

When I first say Malik Beasley available I didn't think much of it. Then I realized, HE'S AVAILABLE. With the steaming options out there, I was actually amazed to see his name floating with a 26% ownership. Given his usage and production lately, there is almost no reason why he should be sitting on any waiver wire anywhere. He is offering production in mainly offensive categories, so hopefully you aren't in need of steals and blocks.

His minutes have been incredibly consistent lately outside of one game, so don't be worried about anyone really taking his minutes. Even with the return of Will Barton, Beasley has carved himself out a nice role in the Nuggets offense and there is no real indication he will stop taking double-digit shot attempts. Yes, there will be games where he struggles, but as long as he is able to take his shots and the Nuggets stay on this course, Beasley should be a very consistent option despite not yet having the name-value to back it up.

 

Bruno Caboclo, SF – Memphis Grizzlies

Ownership 2%

5.8 PPG / 3.3 RPG / 1.8 BPG / .5 SPG / .318 FG%

The efficiency is just not there yet. He might be getting the minutes he needs to produce in some categories, but he isn't the strongest scorer so do not stream him for that reason. What he does incredibly well is play defense. Memphis might be making some serious moves in regards to their rotation and no matter what happens, Bruno Caboclo will be getting minutes moving forward.

He has shown the ability to score, but until he proves their some consistency to it, he will primarily be used for his defensive contributions, both in fantasy and in real life. They didn't pick him up for no reason, so while Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to foul out of every game like thats his whole agenda, Cabaclo will be a productive defender that should have upside on offense playing for a bad team.

 

Cody Zeller, PF/C – Charlotte Hornets

Ownership 10%

9.3 PPG / 6.2 RPG / .558 FG% / .8 BPG / .7 SPG

Cody Zeller is nearing a return from a hand fracture, so make sure if you are low on center options, you absolutely roster him. Zeller was part of a 5-man rotation that was leading the league in minutes played at one point. Zeller is also a two-way defender that is more than capable of returning to form his first game back.

The Hornets have been seriously missing the toughness he brings to the frontcourt, so expect him to get inserted right back into the starting job since the backup options were unable to prove value in his place. Zeller makes his contributions on both sides of the ball and his ability to get both blocks and steals gives him great upside, especially with the lack of centers available in most leagues.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16

It's about to enter the last stretch of the season where owners should be looking at every realm of possibility to improve their team's chances of locking in a playoff berth. We are just a little over a month before we head into the fantasy playoffs in most formats. It's time to drop the dead weight and scout for the waiver wire for any production that would be helpful for your team. Looking into Week 16, there are a couple of must-add players that you shouldn't leave behind on your waiver wire.

It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 16 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 16.

 

Week 16 Schedule

4 Games - Knicks, Grizzlies, Clippers, Pacers, Nuggets, Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets

3 Games - Jazz, Wizards, Bulls, Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Bucks, Pelicans, Thunder, Magic, Sixers, Spurs

2 Games - Timberwolves, Raptors, Kings, Suns, Cavaliers

1 Game - Trail Blazers

 

Week 16 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Jahlil Okafor - C, PELICANS (47% Ownership)

Anthony Davis (finger) is due to miss at least a couple more games. Good news is that he avoided a long-term injury and he could be back by this week. Julius Randle (ankle) was unable to go the last two games and is listed day-to-day. Nikola Mirotic (calf) is looking to miss week 16 and he should be held until we hear more. With that said, Okafor is doing all he can and he's putting together one of the best stretches of his career by 19.8 points and 10.8 boards per game over the last four games. He's also shot over 70 percent in these contests with 2.8 swats as well. Needless to say, he's going to continue to put together elite value until Davis comes back and should remain owned until he completely falls off the map.

Tyler Johnson - PG/SG, HEAT (25% Ownership)

Johnson has been inserted into the starting lineup for the Heat with Goran Dragic (knee) still out for the next month or so, and he's been putting in just enough to warrant more standard league consideration, especially given that he's averaged over 31 minutes played over the last five. During that span, he's put together solid averages of 12.6 PPG, 3.6 APG, and 2.2 3PM. He's not a bad good to have at the end of your bench if he's available in your league.

Allonzo Trier - PG/SG, KNICKS (27% Ownership)

The Knicks lineup changes are difficult to predict, but Trier should see his minutes increase as the Knicks turn to their young guys as they will look to tank for the remainder of the season. Trier scored 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Nets on Friday, including a career-high 31 points with 10 rebounds on Wednesday. Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) is going to be out for the next two weeks, so Trier should see an uptick in production.

Mitchell Robinson - C, KNICKS (18% Ownership)

Enes Kanter (DNP-CD) is in the doghouse in New York and Luke Kornet (ankle) is out for two weeks as well, meaning Robinson and Noah Vonleh will be the main beneficiaries of this news. Robinson still has difficulties with fouls, so it continues to limit his upside. However, he should still be able to carve out decent value with his high field-goal percentages and his elite shot blocking rate. He has nine blocks in the past three games, all while just playing 16.3 minutes per game in that span. He can be viewed as a stash, where he can truly put a team over the top after the trading deadline.

Cedi Osman - SF/PF, CAVALIERS (40% Ownership)

Osman fell out of flavor from owners after a hyped summer and preseason, struggling with his shot in the beginning of the season. He's found his rhythm lately, putting together a career-high 29 points against the Heat on Friday. The Cavaliers are in a similar boat as the Knicks, so Osman should continue to see heavy minutes down the stretch.

Kenneth Faried - PF/C, ROCKETS (55% Ownership)

Faried showed his value with the Rockets this week, with three double-digit scoring, including a double-double on Friday where he ended up with 21 points, 14 boards, and two swats in 38 minutes. The Rockets are razor thin up front with Clint Capella (thumb surgery) out at least for another month or so, so not only Faried has a great chance to start with this Rockets team, he's looking at major minutes given that Coach Mike D'Antoni has never been shy to keep his rotations short. Faried is one of those must-add, think later waiver wire adds and he can boost a team's field-goal percentage and provide close to a double-double on a nightly basis.

Larry Nance Jr. - C/PF, CAVALIERS (69% Ownership)

Tristan Thompson (foot) is going to be out for the next two weeks, so Nance will probably be back in the starting lineup in no time. He was eased back into action on Friday with six points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. He was terrific before his injury, producing top-50 value. So in the event he is still on the waiver wire in your league, it's not a bad idea to pick him back up and see where it goes. The Cavaliers have their sights on tanking their entire season to secure a high lottery pick this post season, so developing Nance should be one of the priorities the rest of the way.

Ivica Zubac - C, LAKERS (35% Ownership)

Zubac has cooled off this week but he's still doing enough to be added in standard leagues. Although he's logged just under 20 minutes per game over the last five, but the return of Rajon Rondo and eventually LeBron James will help his value as they'd be able to get him easy looks around the basketball. The low block rate (0.4 blocks per game over last five) is a bit concerning, but the upside to put up a double-double and play in garbage time makes him a hold for now.

Rajon Rondo - PG, LAKERS (67% Ownership)

The Lakers will be without Lonzo Ball (Grade-3 ankle sprain) for at least 4-6 weeks, so Rondo's return will likely insert him into the starting line up until Ball is healthy again. He was terrific in his return on Thursday, dishing out a season-high 13 assists with 15 points, six rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.  He'll give owners a major boost in assists, which is one of the hardest categories to find on the wire. With LeBron James (groin) uncertain for a return date, Rondo is a must-own, must-start player even after James returns.

Shabazz Napier - PG/SG, NETS (10% Ownership)

Another case of injuries creating opportunities, Napier will now get a great opportunity with Spencer Dinwiddie (hand surgery) out for the next 3-6 weeks. Napier scored 18 points on Friday, including 11-of-12 from the line. He'll look at a sizable role with minutes in the upper 20s going forward until the Nets have some of their guys back from injuries.

Bobby Portis - C, BULLS (51% Ownership)

Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb surgery) will knock him out for nearly 2-3 months, which means he's a clear drop in almost all fantasy leagues, excluding dynasty settings. Bobby Portis figures to be the main beneficiary with this news and this just solidifies his role with the Bulls for the remainder of the season. Portis will not be shy hoisting shots out there , and with 28 + minutes going forward he's a must-roster player.

Kevin Huerter - SG/SF, HAWKS (31% Ownership)

Huerter was out for two games this past week with a neck injury, and struggled in his return on Saturday with a dude. However, he was putting up top-50 value in nine category leagues before that. He should be picked back up if he was dropped in your league, where he figures to have a major role down the stretch for the Hawks the rest of the way.  The Hawks are looking to be sellers for assets this trading deadline, so Huerter shouldn't be on any waiver wires given his upside to contribute in multiple categories.

 

Week 16 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Jerryd Bayless - PG/SG, TIMBERWOLVES (9% Ownership)

Derrick Rose (ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle) and Jeff Teague (foot) continues to be hobbled with foot and ankle injuries, leaving only Bayless to be the only healthy point guard in the rotation. He's done a good job thus far filling in, having scored three straight double-digit scoring games. The most noticeable thing is his shot attempts, where he's attempted just over 15 shots per game over the last three. That should tell you that he's due for a big game if Rose and Teague continues to miss time. He's worth a short-term look at the moment.

Dragan Bender - PF/C, SUNS (8% Ownership)

Bender has been back in the rotation with Deandre Ayton (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (foot) out. He's also played well in the last four games, putting in double-digit scoring in all four contests, all while contributing across the board with steals, 3-pointers and decent percentages. He could have gotten himself back in the rotation with his recent outburst, so he's worth an add in most 14+ leagues.

Landry Shamet - PG/SG, SIXERS (2% Ownership)

This impressive rookie has been knocking down critical shots for the Sixers all season, and although he's benefited from some of the Sixers injuries, he's still doing enough to warrant more attention in deeper leagues. He's very similar to Bryn Forbes, where he is mainly a 3-points specialist who occasionally will get you some assists and steals, and not much else. Still, the 3-pointers are consistent and he can certainly help a team in need of that category.

Marco Belinelli - SG/SF, SPURS (28% Ownership)

Similar to Shamet and Korver, Belinelli is a 3-point specialist that can get you over the edge in a head-to-head match-up. He's putting together top-100 value over the last two weeks and can benefit a bit if DeMar DeRozan (knee, ankle) or Rudy Gay (ankle) misses some time.

Justin Holiday - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (39% Ownership)

Kyle Anderson (ankle) is still likely out another couple of games, so Justin Holiday will continue to log heavy minutes with Garret Temple (shoulder) out as well. Holiday has played a lot better lately, putting up 16 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes on Saturday. He's at least worth a consideration as a streamer spot.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (23% Ownership)

Oddly, Bridges minutes goes down without Devin Booker but goes up with Booker in the lineup. He's still contributing in the defensive stats to be added in deeper settings.  At this point, he's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues given his defensive contributions and 3-pointers (1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 3-pointers over the last five) Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 16 (Jan 28 - Feb 3)

Fantasy playoffs are getting closer by the second. For those of us in hot pursuit of playoff berth, we all crave so badly every win, every category, every stat counts.

Streaming can help you get the most out of your next week's matchup, and, if you play your cards right, you can make another giant step towards the top of your league table.

It's about time to cut that dead weight at the bottom of your roster, whether it's an injured guy who just can't get healthy, or an out of form player who doesn't seem likely to regain his game anytime soon. Here are our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 16.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 16

It's a pretty evened out week, with most days having between five and eight games played. However, Saturday has 12 games, so most of us will have full lineups on that day. And Sunday will see only three games played so many fantasy owners will struggle to field a decent team.

As for the teams, five teams play just two times next week and Portland only plays on Wednesday, so watch out.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Denver Nuggets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
New York Knicks

Teams with 3 games:
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 1 game:
Portland Trail Blazers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 10
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 16
Thursday: 12
Friday: 10
Saturday: 24
Sunday: 6

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: BKN
Tuesday/Wednesday: CHI, NOP, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday: DAL, IND
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHA, DEN, HOU, MIA, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: LAC
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with five or fewer games
Monday: 5 games
Friday: 5 games
Sunday: 3 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Boston Celtics (4 games this week - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Memphis Grizzlies (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Mon/Fri:
Boston Celtics
Memphis Grizzlies
New York Knicks

Teams playing on Mon/Sun:
Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Boston Celtics
Memphis Grizzlies
New York Knicks

Team playing on Fri/Sun:
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Boston Celtics
Memphis Grizzlies
New York Knicks

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

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 16

Monday and Friday have five games apiece, and Sunday just three, so these days will be the most difficult for our fantasy teams. However, we are in luck, as there are three teams that play on all three of these days: Boston, Memphis, and New York.

Furthermore, there are another two teams that play on two of these days, so the Clippers can help us "survive" Monday and Sunday, and OKC players will be helpful on Friday and Sunday.

We will be looking at guys from these five teams.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Trail Blazers only have one game, and five teams play only twice next week. These five teams are Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns. Watch out and try and stay clear of their players for streaming purposes.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST
Marcus Morris, SF/PF, BOS, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Terry Rozier, PG/SG, BOS, (43% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, AST
Jaylen Brown, PG/SG, BOS, (53% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, MEM, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
JaMychal Green, PF/C, MEM, (29% Owned)-
Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Kevin Knox, PF, NYK, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Allonzo Trier, PF, NYK, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, LAC (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, STL/BLK, AST, a bit of everything
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, FG%
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST

 

Shallower League Add

Noah Vonleh, PF, NYK, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, AST

With Enes Kanter picking up DNP-CDs left and right, Luke Kornet out with an injury and Mitchell Robinson playing just 15 minutes per game since his return four games ago, Vonleh seems to be the go-to big man on the Knicks.

Over the last seven days, he has really blossomed with averages of 14.0 PTS with 1.0 3PM on 51.5 FG% and 53.8 FT%, 9.3 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.7 STL, 1.3 BLK, and 1.3 TO in almost 32 minutes a night over those three games. This has him ranked at #65 in Yahoo, and if you're punting FT% and/or TO, he is easily a top-50 guy for you.

It seems likely that Vonleh continues to see over 30 minutes per outing, and with the decent schedule he has, he is worth a flier at least as a streamer in most leagues if you need help in his strong suits.

 

Deeper League Add

Trey Burke, PG, NYK, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST

Burke was out with an illness but has returned just in time for the Knicks. Their franchise PG Emmanuel Mudiay went down with a shoulder strain which will have him sidelined for at least two weeks, and Burke will be one of the primary beneficiaries.

In his first game back and the first game with Mudiay out, Trey hit 10-of-19 shots (2-of-4 from three-point range) and all three of his free throws for 25 points, five assists, two steals, a block and a turnover in 33 minutes. That's a stellar line for a guy owned in just 10% of the leagues.

Now, we can't expect him to shoot this well every time he's out on the court, but with him scoring in double digits in the last six games he has played in, Burke is still a good shout to contribute in the point guard categories while he's getting this increased opportunity. And with the Knicks' schedule next week he is a decent pickup for teams in deep leagues.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL

The 20-year-old is finally feeling comfortable in his OKC uniform and has shown that particularly well in his last five games, scoring 14 or more points in three of them. Over that period he is averaging 13.8 points with 3.2 threes on 52.1% from the field and 60.0% from the charity stripe, 2.4 boards, 1.6 dimes 1.4 steals, no blocks, and 0.8 turnovers in almost 32 minutes per game.

He seems to have cemented his place in the starting lineup and is even staying on the court in close games with everything on the line. That is a great sign that his coach trusts him and should make him a safer bet for minutes for the rest of the season as well.

Although the Thunder only have three games next week, two of those come on Friday and Sunday. So if you need some help in 3-pointers and steals late in the week, Terrance could be just the guy to provide for you.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%
Aron Baynes, C, BOS, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK
Shelvin Mack, PG, MEM (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST
Omri Casspi, SF/PF, MEM, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, STL
Damyean Dotson, SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, PTS
Mitchell Robinson, C, NYK, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC (23% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM, REB
Marcin Gortat, C, LAC, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAC, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL

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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What Does D'Angelo Russell's Emergence Mean for The Rest of The Nets?

It's really annoying when the intro to your article focuses on one player, and we don't even have a photo of him we can use, so enjoy this picture of Caris Levert. Before the season started, the Brooklyn Nets were not looking like a team that would be contending for anything other than reasonable draft position. After the first two weeks, the entire league noticed that Spencer Dinwiddie and the Nets were not going to be any type of a pushover. Kenny Atkinson has done a great job of getting the most out of his team, but lately, D'Angelo Russell has taken it upon himself to carry Brooklyn to the playoffs. Over the past two weeks there have only been nine players that offer more value, four of them being point guards. Of those four, only Steph Curry and James Harden have a higher PPG, with just Rajon Rondo and Kyrie Irving dishing out more assists. Basically, Russell has been on one of the best tears the league has seen this season (outside of Harden), so whether you want to hold steady or find the most return, Russell is offering more than enough consistent value to warrant owners wanting to sell-high and stay put.

If Russell was more of a secondary guard for your team and you have another player or two than can anchor assists and three's, Russell is the ideal trade piece that can get you just about any specific player that will help your team. You might not be getting someone like Joel Embiid, or Giannis Antetokounmpo, but you can target someone like Rudy Gobert, who fits more of a role for his team, and is entirely more expendable in fantasy terms. I don't blame anyone for continuing to hold Russell moving forward, but I see other Nets players, like Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert eventually taking usage and that much needed production away from Russell, sending down to a more reasonable, top-40 value.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 14

Jake Layman, G  – Portland Trail Blazers

Ownership: 2%

7.1 PPG / 2.7 RPG / .531 FG% / 0.9 3PG

Jake Layman is only offering short-term value for the most specific of streamers, but just going week after week without even mentioning him seems a bit harsh. He hasn't been terrific every night and his production will be sadly inconsistent, but, Layman has managed to improve his overall scoring and his impact on the Trail Blazers has been his best attribute. Layman will continue to space out defense and it seems every game he is getting more and more open looks.

He can finish at the rim and minutes will be his biggest concern moving forward, but if he can continue to even slightly mimic his performances from earlier this month, I will have complete confidence in him, especially throughout the end of the season. Portland has basically established their nightly big three, but they still need that second outside scoring threat for when C.J. McCollum isn't hitting. Layman is being groomed to fill that role and while this is entirely irrelevant to fantasy basketball, I expect his defense to see to most drastic improvements as his minutes grow more consistent.

 

Royce O'Neale, SF – Utah Jazz

Ownership 6%

4.8 PPG / 3.3 RPG / 1.3 APG / .7 SPG / .468 FG%

If you decide to stream Royce O'Neale, just know that you are getting someone who won't win you any one category, but can give your general stats a boost. He focuses on defensive stats so if you decide to take a risk on O'Neale, make sure it's mainly for the defensive stats. With Ricky Rubio back in the lineup, it's easy to see where exactly O'Neale's minutes are going. Even though that is that case, his recent bump in minutes seem like a pretty clear indication that he will be seeing more minutes with smaller lineups, running as a forward that can space the defense.

He will need to hit nearly every shot he takes to offer up value in offensive categories, but his primary value comes from steals and blocks, but look for him to have another strong string of games right before the All-Star Break. O'Neale filled in incredibly well for Rubio when he was injured and it's hard to seem the Jazz coaching staff taking away all his minutes, basically impeding the progress he made over the past month.

 

JaMychal Green, PF/C – Memphis Grizzlies

Ownership 28%

10.5 PPG / 6.6 RPG / .495 FG% / .9 SPG

This pick is becoming old news with every game, especially seeing that at some point, Jaren Jackson Jr. will get the nod in the frontcourt over JaMychal Green. Green has been able to post modest stat lines with some consistency, so while this still carries risk, I wouldn't worry about that until after the All-Star Break.

He has been able to scrape at multiple double-doubles and while we would like him to be more efficient as a forward/center option, anyone looking for rebounds and points now will have no issues with rostering Green. This is a short-term add and if someone emerges tonight, don't feel attached to Green for any reason other than that he will score and rebound every night.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15

We are past past half way into the fantasy week season, so it's critical to figure out how you can improve your team's success before it's too late. Looking into Week 15, there are a couple of must-add players that you shouldn't leave behind on your waiver wire.

It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 15 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 15.

 

Week 15 Schedule

4 Games - Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Timbewolves, Knicks, Thunder, Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards

3 Games - Spurs, Sixers, Bucks, Lakers, Warriors, Pistons, Nuggets, Nets, Celtics, Hawks

2 Games - Pacers, Hornets

 

Week 15 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Kenneth Faried - PF/C, ROCKETS (30% Ownership)

Faried is definitely one of the hottest pick-up this week, given that he's almost a perfect fit with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are almost thin up front with Clint Capella (thumb surgery) out at least for another 4-6 weeks, so not only Faried has a great chance to start with this Rockets team, but he's looking at major minutes given that Coach Mike D'Antoni has never been shy to keep his rotations short. Faried is one of those must-add, think later waiver wire adds and he can boost a team's field-goal percentage and provide close to a double-double on a nightly basis.

Ante Zizic - C, CAVALIERS (14% Ownership)

Tristan Thompson (foot) and Larry Nance Jr. (knee) are both out, opening up the opportunities for Zizic to man the middle. He's done a solid job in three starts, having scored double-digit scoring in three straight, including a career-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He's an intriguing player to watch as the season goes on, where the Cavaliers have their sights on tanking their entire season to secure a high lottery pick this post season.

Luke Kennard - SG/SF, PISTONS (5% Ownership)

Kennard is now averaging 14.2 points and 2.6 triples over the past five games, and the fact that he's out-playing teammate Bruce Brown means he could eventually leap into the starting line up sooner or later. The high field-goal percentage isn't sustainable (57% over the last five), and he offers little to nothing in other categories so I wouldn't drop anyone with long-term value for Kennard. The Pistons play four games in Week 15.

Luke Kornet - PF/C, KNICKS (12% Ownership)

Kornet's upside isn't to be ignored, given that he can shoot 3-pointers and rack up defensive stats. However, it's the Knicks rotation and Coach Dave Fizzdale's lineup changes every week. The return of Mitchell Robinson gives the Knicks a 3-man rotation of centers to play with Enes Kanter as well, so it'll be surprising to see Kornet to continue to log heavy minutes. However, the Knicks do play four times this week so he's worth a look long for the short term.

Ivica Zubac - C, LAKERS (27% Ownership)

Zubac isn't starting for the Lakers, but he's closing games for them and continues to impress with his back-to-the-basket game as of late. He was instrumental in the Lakers win over the Thunder on Thursday, making 12-of-14 from the field for a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 28 minutes. He followed up with another solid performance on Saturday, netting 17 points with seven rebounds, one assist and a block. He should be added given the Lakers are still without LeBron James (groin) and they are absolutely starving for any outside contributions in their young guys.

Rajon Rondo - PG, LAKERS (35% Ownership)

The Lakers just lost Lonzo Ball (Grade-3 ankle sprain) for at least 4-6 weeks, so Rondo's return will likely insert him into the starting line up until Ball is healthy again. Although it's unlikely he's going to suit up against the Warriors on Monday, there's a good chance he'll return at some point this week. He'll give owners a nice boost in assists, which is one of the hardest categories to find on the wire.

Bobby Portis - C, BULLS (43% Ownership)

Wendell Carter JR (thumb surgery) will knock him out for nearly 2-3 months, which means he's a clear drop in almost all fantasy leagues, excluding dynasty settings. Bobby Portis figures to be the main beneficiary with this news and this just solidifies his role with the Bulls for the remainder of the season. Portis will not be shy hoisting shots out there , and with 28 + minutes going forward he's a must-roster player.

Kevin Huerter - SG/SF, HAWKS (33% Ownership)

Huerter is as close to must-own as they come, as he's been fantastic over the past two weeks. He's putting in top-50 value in nine category leagues the past two weeks, with averages of 17.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals to go along with 3.2 triples per game. The 6-foot-7 rookie is averaging over 37 minutes per game over the past 10 games, and he looks to be a coach favorite to finish the rest of the season in this role. The Hawks seems to be focused on youth movement and Huerter shouldn't be on any waiver wires given his upside to contribute in multiple categories.

Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF, SUNS (64% Ownership)

Oubre Jr. may have found a nice home in Phoenix, having played heavy minutes out the gate since he's been traded from Washington. He's averaged over 20.4 points over the last five games, and it should be clear that the Suns are invested in developing him with some of the younger guys in Phoenix. He's certainly stepping up lately, so he's worth a look in most leagues as long as he's hot.

Thomas Bryant - C, WIZARDS (51% Ownership)

Thomas Bryant continues to thrive in the starting lineup, and the injuries to both John Wall (heel surgery) and Markieff Morris (neck) will shift the offense into a more free-flowing offense and added minutes for Bryant. His minutes are a bit up and down lately, but that hasn't stopped him from carving out low-end value. He's worth a long look in all 12+ team leagues given that he can anchor your field goal percentage and rebound and he'll have some upside in blocks and can stretch the floor with his ability to hit 3-pointers.

Derrick White - PG, SPURS (58% Ownership)

White has earned himself a must-own status, having played over 30 minutes in the new year and he's played a lot better as of late. Perhaps he's over his heel injury and has earned the trust of Coach Popovich again. White has been a top-50 player in nine-category leagues over the past two weeks with averages of 17.1 points, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.1 triples and a block per game. He's become quite a two-way player at the point guard position and he must be owned in all leagues going forward.

 

Week 15 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Jabari Parker - SF/PF, BULLS (45% Ownership)

Like Portis, Parker will be out of the dog house with this news. There's a small chance the Bulls could look to deal him, so they'll want to showcase him to opposing teams before the trading deadline. Problem is there are multiple deficiencies in Parker's game and teams will be reluctant to take a flier on him, especially with that contract. However, look for Parker to carve out a small role with the Bulls, as he's scored in double-figures in four straight contests. He's worth a look in all 14+ teams leagues.

Kyle Korver - SG/SF, JAZZ (12% Ownership)

Korver landed back in an ideal situation from Cleveland, where he's getting minutes in the mid-20s. He'll offer a much-needed spacing for the Jazz, and he's been hitting them at a nice clip, similar to J.J. Reddick. The sharpshooter didn't get it going on Friday against the Cavaliers, but he had three straight performances prior to that with over four triples each and he's worth a look in deeper leagues.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - PG/SG, CLIPPERS (37% Ownership)

Lou Williams (hamstring) and Danillo Gallinari (back) is due to miss a couple of games, and Avery Bradley hasn't played up to his standards, giving SGA another chance to creep back into the standard league discussion. Gilgeous-Alexander was playing at a high level earlier in the season, then hit somewhat of a rookie wall. He was terrific on Saturday with 24 points in a 112-94 loss to the Clippers, adding five assists, three rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 43 minutes. The key was the 43 minutes, and it wouldn't be a terrible idea to pick him back up in the hopes he can get it going again.

Malik Beasley - PG/SG, NUGGETS (26% Ownership)

Beasley continues to roll despite the fact that Will Barton and Gary Harris is back into the rotation. He's averaged 35 minutes with 16.4 points and 3.8 3-pointes per game over the last five games. He's red-hot right now and he should be added until he cools off.

Justin Holiday - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (32% Ownership)

Kyle Anderson (ankle) was hit with a 2-4 week timetable with a Grade-2 ankle sprain so Justin Holiday can get a chance to redeem some of the lost value when he got traded from the Chicago Bulls. It's not exactly encouraging since Holiday has been absolutely brutal lately, but he's worth a look to see if he can top 30 minutes per game over the next couple of weeks.

De'Anthony Melton - PG, SUNS (10% Ownership)

If you're looking for points, Melton may not be your guy. However, he's a strong add for those seeking defensive stats as he has the highest steal percentage in the NBA and is averaging 2.7 steals per 36 minutes. He's been losing a lot of minutes with Devin Booker back in the lineup but he's still worth owning in deeper leagues given his defensive contributions.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (26% Ownership)

Oddly, Bridges minutes goes down without Devin Booker but goes up with Booker in the lineup. He's still contributing in the defensive stats to be added in deeper settings.  At this point, he's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues given his defensive contributions and 3-pointers (1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 3-pointers over the last five) Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

Reggie Bullock - SG/SF, PISTONS (31% Ownership)

Bullock is hot again, averaging 14.0 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.0 3-pointers made per game over the last five. There's no one on the Pistons roster whose going to challenge Bullock for minutes, so he'll continue to log heavy minutes since the Pistons need him to space the floor. He won't offer much outside of points and 3-pointers, but he's worth a look as long as he's hot. The Pistons play four times this week.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 15 (Jan 21 - Jan 27)

A chilling wind is blowing outside. It picks up a leaf and tosses it around as if it is playing with it. Just like a cat does when it catches a mouse. I watch this wicked game from my window. It's mesmerizing for some reason. I stand for hours, just watching the wind pick the leaf up, just to set it down again moments later, ever so gently. It painfully reminds me of the plastic bag scene from "American Beauty".

I have a strange feeling, that I just can't shake. I can't explain it. And the longer I stare, more and more I am consumed by the sense of unease. The unsettling sound of this cold breeze has me completely spooked. It's like it's trying to tell me something. I can almost hear it. But what is it trying to say?

The warm voice of my girlfriend snaps me out of this trance: "Hun, when are you going to write your streaming article?" Right! That's why I thought the wind was talking to me. I knew I forgot something... "Thanks, babe! I'll get right on it!" Here are our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 15.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 15

Pretty decent week for streaming with three days with five or fewer games. Those will definitely give fantasy owners the most headaches, so we will try and provide an aspirin for it.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs

Teams with 2 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Indiana Pacers

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

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

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

Teams playing on all three days:
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games this week - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Minnesota Timberwolves (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Tue/Sat:
Portland Trail Blazers

Team playing on Thurs/Sat:
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns
Washington Wizards

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 15

Tuesday and Thursday have just four games apiece and Saturday has five. Having a full starting lineup on these days will be the biggest test. All other days have at least nine games, and most fantasy owners shouldn't have too difficult a challenge here.

Only one team plays on all three of the scarcest days - the Portland Trail Blazers. Their players will be in the spotlight today.

Also, five other teams play either on Tuesday and Thursday or on Thursday and Saturday. These teams are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans. Players from these teams will also feature in our story - but more of a supporting cast.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dario Saric, PF/C, MIN, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, FT%, PTS
Taj Gibson, PF/C, MIN, (49% Owned)
- Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, FG%
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (69% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Josh Jackson, SG/SF, PHO (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor percentages
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: poor FG% and quite inconsistent
Kelly Oubre Jr., SG/SF, PHO, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL/BLK
Richaun Holmes, PF/C, PHO, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
E'Twaun Moore, SG/SF, NOP, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Elfrid Payton, PG, NOP, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FG%

 

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Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, POR, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: can go on a shooting slump

Aminu has been a top-100 player since the beginning of the season and it still puzzles me how he is still owned in just 61% of the leagues. His season averages will show us why he is ranked so high: 9.7 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 42.8 FG% and 83.5 FT%, 8.2 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.4 BLK, and 0.8 TO in 30 minutes a night. Apart from the high FT% (he is a 73.6% career free throw shooter), everyting else is sustainable.

I think of him as a poor man's Russell Westbrook - contributes in every counting category (less in the assist column, but a little more in blocks) but will hurt your percentages. Of course, Westy's impact is far greater, but at least Aminu won't effectively ruin your TO.

Farouq has been even better last week with averages of 12.8 PTS with 1.8 3PM on 44.1 FG% and 82.4 FT%, 10.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.3 STL, no BLK, and 1.0 TO in four games over this period. This has him ranked just outside of the top-50.

With a four-game week ahead, and such a favorable schedule Aminu should be one of your primary streaming targets - unless his FG% will carry more damage than his other contributions can mend.

 

Deeper League Add

Evan Turner, SG/SF, POR, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB, AST

I feel slightly uneasy, recommending Turner, I must admit. He once was a great fantasy player, and still is a great basketball player, no doubt. But he is pretty inconsistent, and his rank of just inside the top-250 confirms this.

He has been able to string together some decent performances though recently, and seems like a new man in the new year. In the past two weeks, his 10.3 points with 0.4 threes on 51.7% from the field and 70.8% from the charity stripe, 4.8 boards, 4.0 dimes, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, and just 0.6 turnovers in 25 minutes a game have him inside the top-150 for this period.

Now the FG% will not stick as Turner is a 43.5% career shooter, but his FT% should climb though (78.2% career average) and all other stats seem sustainable. Even with Moe Harkless back after an injury, this shouldn't affect Turner too much, and if he keeps getting 25 minutes per game, and there is no reason to doubt that he will, he is worth owning in deeper leagues - especially next week with Portland having such a good schedule.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Maurice Harkless, SF, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a bit of everything

Moe has been very unlucky with injuries this season. He has played just 27 out of Portland's 47 games so far due to different issues but has returned and posted a decent line of 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field (0-of-2 from three) and 4-of-4 from the line, along with two rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 20 minutes.

When healthy, Harkless flirts with top-100 value so he could prove to be more than just your short-term streaming pickup. On the other hand, he has been unable to avoid the injuries, and with Portland having a back-to-back set on Monday and Tuesday I wouldn't be too surprised to see his minutes limited.

The upside is there with Moe, but the threat is high as well. Luckily, all fantasy owners will risk is a bottom of the bench spot, and if Harkless gets injured again, back to the waivers he goes.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Zach Collins, PF/C, POR, (9% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Seth Curry, PG/SG, POR (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Nik Stauskas, SG/SF, POR (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jake Layman, PF, POR, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Josh Okogie, SG, MIN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK
Anthony Tolliver, SF/PF, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%, FT%
Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
De'Anthony Melton, PG, PHO (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM
Elie Okobo, PG, PHO (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM
Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK
Kevon Looney, PF/C, GSW, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%
Darius Miller, SG/SF, NOP, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%

 

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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When Will They Be Back: On Long Term Injuries In Fantasy Basketball

On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court after missing almost a full year with a torn Achilles. Cousins looked fine as he entered the Warriors rotation for the first time, starting and playing 15 minutes before fouling out. Cousins scored 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting and was 3-for-4 from deep, giving the Warriors an entirely new wrinkle -- three-point shooting from the five in a lineup that isn't the Hamptons Five. That could be huge down the stretch for the Warriors, who are already the title favorites but could also be the title favorites by, uhh, a larger amount?

Cousins got me thinking about other players who are currently out, and about when they'll be coming back, and about what that means for you, readers, in your quest to win in fantasy basketball down the stretch.

So, let's look at guys who are currently dealing with long term injuries and look at what their timelines look for and, thus, what you should do with them in fantasy.

 

Fantasy Basketball Long Term Injury Updates

Clint Capela - C/PF - Houston Rockets

One of the more recent injuries on this list, Capela will miss between four and six weeks after having surgery on his broken thumb. That puts his return date after the All-Star Break. If you have Capela in your fantasy league, you've (hopefully) already committed to either stashing him in your IR spot or keeping him on your bench, since the Swiss big man is in the midst of the best season of his career.

Houston's incredibly shallow at the center position without Capela, as they have Nene, who is only able to play limited minutes at this point in his career, and then a pair of centers with promise who haven't offered enough in terms of production to play a part in the rotation (Marquese Chriss and Isaiah Hartenstein). Houston attempted to solve this by adding Kenneth Faried, who the Nets just bought out. Faried can do a lot of the rim-running that Capela can, and he could be lethal rolling to the basket in the pick-and-roll, though he's likely not going to be rebounding as well as Capela was. Still, Faried is worth an add right now in 12-team leagues.

Wendell Carter Jr. - C - Chicago Bulls

Carter is going to miss eight to 12 weeks with a thumb injury, and with the Bulls going nowhere, it wouldn't be a shock at all if Carter's rookie season is over. The Bulls have a lot of options that no one is going to love, including Bobby Portis, who isn't having nearly the offensive season he did last year, and Robin Lopez, who has been pretty hit or miss all year. There's also Jabari Parker, who the Bulls essentially gave up on earlier in the year but who recently worked his way back into the rotation. Parker can put the ball in the hoop, and even though he can't do too much else to help you at this point, he's worth a fantasy look if he's on waivers and you need to fill the Carter hole.

Anthony Davis - PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans

Davis is expected to miss a week or two with a finger injury. In the grand scheme of things, losing Davis for that long isn't a huge deal for fantasy owners, but it can definitely feel that way if you're been relying on him to help you win your weeks. With Davis out, the Pelicans will need to get more from their best players, and I'll be interested to see how Nikola Mirotic plays as his numbers have been all over the place in his five games since returning from his own injury. Also to watch for: How much playing time with Jahlil Okafor get, and will it be enough to make him a streaming option in 14-team leagues? Probably not, but you can add him to your watch list and reassess after we see a game or two of the Davis-less Pelicans.

Goran Dragic - PG/SG - Miami Heat

Dragic is out until at least the All-Star break with a knee injury and has played just 19 games this season. Justise Winslow has played well as the team's new point guard, and with Dragic not being part of Miami's future plans, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise to see Winslow hold down his current role even when Dragic returns. He'll be worth adding if he's on waivers in your league, but I wouldn't expect production at his previous All-Star level.

Markelle Fultz - PG/SG - Philadelphia 76ers

You'd be forgiven for writing Fultz off and assuming he was done this season. He's owned in just about 20 percent of leagues right now, and with reports that he didn't plan to play for the Sixers again, holding onto him felt like a mistake in re-draft leagues.

But Fultz has reportedly rejoined the team, with Woj reporting that he plans to continue his shoulder rehab with hopes of playing again for the Sixers this season. When that could be remains a bit of a mystery, and Fultz isn't going to step back into the starting role that he had when the season began, so while it's worth keeping an eye on Fultz and Fultz reports, it's not time to add him back to your team yet.

LeBron James - SF/PF - Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are lost without LeBron, but he should be back soon-ish. He should be back at practice this upcoming week and then, depending on how his groin responds, should be back on the court shortly thereafter. Maybe the big question right now for James owners is for those that are in leagues with weekly lineups -- do you activate him and put him back in your lineups in hopes he makes his return this week? The Lakers do start a four-game home stand on Monday, and Thursday's game against Minnesota could be a good spot to peg for his return. But LeBron is also LeBron, and he's not going to return until he's 100 percent sure it's the right time to return, so I'd probably leave him out of my weekly lineups unless we get some more definitive word before those need to be set.

Caris Levert - SG/SF - Brooklyn Nets

When Caris LeVert went down with a foot injury, it looked bad, but then came news that it wasn't quite so bad and that he'd possibly be able to return this season. LeVert recently returned to practice and has been seen shooting the ball pregame, so we're nearing LeVert's return. If he's still on waivers in your league, pick him up. His return likely means a little less shouldering of the offensive load for D'Angelo Russell and fewer minutes for Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier.

Kevin Love - PF/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

When will Kevin Love return? The original expectation was mid-January would be when Love returned from a toe injury, but recent reports suggest that time frame could be pushed back by at least a couple more weeks, if not an entire month. Love is still owned in about 90 percent of leagues, but if you're in the 10 percent where he's on waivers then we've probably reached the time where you should grab him as he starts to get back into practicing. If he stays a Cavalier past the trade deadline is obviously a major question mark, but for the next month or so you're safe to keep streaming Ante Zizic and Jaron Blossomgame.

Chris Paul - PG - Houston Rockets

Paul could return from a hamstring injury next week, per Mark Berman of KRIV. That's good news for Houston, who can then move either Austin Rivers or Eric Gordon back to the bench and can take a little of the pressure off of Harden, who has had to go wild in Paul's absence to keep Houston on the right track. Rivers feels like the most likely player to take a step backwards in terms of statistical contributions once Paul is back in the lineup.

Kristaps Porzingis - PF/C - New York Knicks

Porzingis won't be re-evaluated until mid-February, and the Knicks would be smart to just keep tanking and not risk Porzingis winding up with a lingering injury...except they also want to keep him happy. Porzingis is owned in roughly half of leagues, and grabbing him the first week of February in leagues where he's still available and then waiting for that mid-February update seems like a good idea, because a healthy Porzingis is instantly something like a top-30 fantasy guy, especially on a Knicks team that has a lot of holes and could really use him.

Isaiah Thomas - PG - Denver Nuggets

Thomas missed the mid-December date to return from his hip injury, and updates were few and far between until a Woj report that Thomas is targeting either February 11th or 13th to make his Nuggets debut. Figuring out how Thomas fits into a backcourt rotation that already has Monte Morris playing really strong will be interesting, but Morris can play some two-guard if you need it, with either Malik Beasley or Torrey Craig seeing a dip in their minutes. However it works out, Thomas is worth an add in most leagues.

Jonas Valanciunas - C - Toronto Raptors

I wouldn't expect Valanciunas back on the floor until mid-February at the earliest, which means the Raptors will continue to lean on the Pascal Siakam/Serge Ibaka frontcourt duo, with some Greg Monroe off the bench. While Monroe isn't someone who'll put up consistent numbers on a nightly basis, Siakam and Ibaka are great players to own during this Valanciunas-less stretch, and it's highly likely that both continue to perform at their current level even when Valanciunas is back.

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How Sustainable Is This Version Of Bradley Beal?

This biggest trend in the NBA recently has been Bradley Beal and his emergence as a clear-cut All-Star, doing everything he can to get his team in the playoffs. In the fantasy realm, Beal has nearly doubled his value and it's increasing every game. The offensive burden will always be on his shoulders and he seems to indulge in this type of usage. For the time-being and immediate-future, there are few players that will be posting the same amount of raw production that Beal is. He will contribute in every category and he is going to continue to produce stats on the defensive end as he becomes more comfortable with this John Wall-less team. If you own Beal, you should be thinking one of two things. It's "Wow, Bradley Beal is the new cornerstone for my team," or, "Wow, If I traded Bradley Beal, I could get a Jrue Holiday and Klay Thompson." That's a tad dramatic, but you get the idea. Sell high.

Another note that has to be made with this team is the use of Thomas Bryant. On the court, he barely passes the eye-test. He looks almost out of place and overwhelmed, but his size gives him such an advantage over other players that it's nearly impossible for him NOT to produce. His ownership in most leagues is right above 50%, so while you might be hesitant to actually roster Bryant, make sure that you aren't leaving production on the wire because you worry about Bryant's season-long sustainability. The availability of bigs on the waiver wire is not wide enough to be picky and fade someone who has been posting the numbers Bryant has.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 14

Kevin Huerter, G  – Atlanta Hawks

Ownership: 31%

9.0 PPG / 2.5 APG / .419 FG% / 1.7 3PG

There are have been no rookies making as big of a splash as Luka Doncic this season, but the Atlanta Hawks managed to find two gems of their own. Both Trae Young and Kevin Huerter have both made massive improvements over the first half of the season and while Young has been relevant all season, Huerter is just at the start of what could be a very solid rookie campaign.

Already, he is nearly scoring double-digit points and filling the stat sheet in any way he can, making the right plays and probably the basis for why Kent Bazemore is up for being traded. Both De'Andre Bembry and Huerter have plays excellent this season and most importantly, their recent production has made them more than relevant in 10-12 team leagues.

 

Kevon Looney, F – Golden State Warriors

Ownership 8%

6.6 PPG / 5.9 RPG / 1.9 APG / .8 BPG / .626 FG%

Kevon Looney has established himself as the primary rebounder for the Warriors, and luckily he finds a way to turn that into useable value in most leagues. The Warriors have been up and down as far as wanting them to play at their best, giving Looney more than enough chances every game to get his share of production. Even with the Warriors at their very best, Looney still battles in the paint and is creating as many chances as he can with his minutes.

He could do more on the defensive end and while he does manage to get a few blocks every not and again, his value comes directly from rebounding and points. He will fill the stat sheet and he does a little bit of everything which just gives his value a boost, but the more minutes he plays the higher his upside will be. Looney is strictly a streaming play, but he does offer plenty of production for anyone needing rebounds and points.

 

Ivica Zubac, PF/C – Los Angeles Lakers

Ownership 13%

7.2 PPG / 4.4 RPG / .605 FG% / .8 BPG

After scoring 26 points against the Thunder last night, Ivica Zubac is officially on a very productive incline that most player will want to take advantage of. Even if it just lasts throughout the week, I have plenty of confidence that Zubac continues a hot streak like this. He did this in an overtime game against one of the better defenses in the league. Steven Adams played great defense, but Zubac kept finding ways to slip under screens and get the easiest of easy buckets around the rim.

That part of the game comes naturally to him, so production shouldn't be a problem. Where he lacks upside is the rebounding and defensive departments. Both areas will improve over time, but he's a nightly double-double as it is. His size makes it fairly easy for him to grab rebounds even if his positioning needs work. Zubac should be picked up and played for the time being, but do worry that those 26 points might be his season-high.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 14

We are just a little past half way into the fantasy week season, so it's critical to figure out how you can improve your team's success before it's too late. Looking into Week 14, there are a couple of must-add players that you shouldn't leave behind on your waiver wire.

It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 14 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 14.

 

Week 14 Schedule

4 Games - Spurs, Suns, Grizzlies, Clippers, Pacers, Pistons, Hornets, Celtics

3 Games -  Jazz, Raptors, Kings, Trail Blazers, Sixers, Thunder, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Bucks, Heat, Lakers, Rockets, Warriors, Nuggets, Cavaliers, Bulls, Nets

2 Games - Hawks, Mavericks

1 Game - Wizards, Knicks

 

Week 14 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Josh Jackson - SG/SF, SUNS (40% Ownership)

Jackson has played terrific as of late, and although it could be without Devin Booker (back), he could really well have earned himself big minutes down the stretch. He’s averaging 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games, so he's worth a look in all 12+ teams at the moment.

Kevin Huerter - SG/SF, HAWKS (35% Ownership)

Huerter earned himself must-own status this past week with a couple of strong performances, including a career-high 29 points against the 76ers on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes. The 6-foot-7 rookie is averaging over 35 minutes per game over the past 10 games, and he continues to log heavy minutes despite Taurean Prince (ankle) returning on Sunday. The Hawks seems to be focused on youth movement and Huerter shouldn't be on any waiver wires given his upside to contribute in multiple categories.

De'Anthony Melton - PG, SUNS (9% Ownership)

If you're looking for points, Melton may not be your guy. However, he's a strong add for those seeking defensive stats as he has the highest steal percentage in the NBA and is averaging 2.7 steals per 36 minutes. He's averaging 8.0 assists, 3.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks over the past three games and that's absolutely must-own territory from a point-guard position. He warrants a lot more ownership (currently 9%) given his upside and the potential to start the rest of the way for the Suns.

Reggie Bullock - SG/SF, PISTONS (27% Ownership)

Bullock is hot again, averaging 15.4 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.6 3-pointers made per game over the last five. There's no one on the Pistons roster whose going to challenge Bullock for minutes, so he'll continue to log heavy minutes since the Pistons need him to space the floor. He won't offer much outside of points and 3-pointers, but he's worth a look as long as he's hot.

Bryn Forbes - PG, SPURS (34% Ownership)

Forbes is now averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.2 triples over his last five games. If he's going to continue to play heavy minutes (33.4 minutes over last five) and hit his 3-pointers, he needs to be added in most leagues.

Richaun Holmes - PF/C, SUNS (28% Ownership)

Holmes is another guy who continues to impress in limited minutes. He's now reached double figures in three straight games and five of the Suns’ last six games. Despite having averaged just under 16 minutes per game on the season, he's putting remarkable numbers of the last five, with 12.8 points, 4.7 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks on an ultra-efficient 75 percent shooting. Make sure he's not available on your wire given how well he's played.

Tomas Satoransky - PG/SG, WIZARDS (62% Ownership)

With John Wall (heel surgery) out for the remainder of the season, Satoransky gets a major boost and immediately vaults himself into must-own status. When Wall missed two months last season, Satorsanky averaged 10.4 points, 4.2 boards and 6.0 assists and 1.1 3-pointers on 54% shooting and 90% from the line. That's good enough for top-75 in nine-category leagues, and he should be grabbed everywhere available. He was great on Friday night with a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 dimes. He's one of those run, don't walk to the waiver wire moments.

Justise Winslow - SF/PF, HEAT (68% Ownership)

Winslow has taken a huge leap this season by adding 3-pointers into his game, and that's helped his fantasy value significantly. With Goran Dragic (knee) out, Winslow will continue to share the ball-handling duties with Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. Winslow has been a top-30 player in nine-category leagues with 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. He's also averaged 2.0 3-pointers and a steal per game as well.

Thomas Bryant - C, WIZARDS (51% Ownership)

Thomas Bryant continues to thrive in the starting lineup, and the injuries to both John Wall (heel surgery) and Markieff Morris (neck) will shift the offense into a more free-flowing offense and added minutes for Bryant. Bryant had a massive double-double with 18 points and 11 boards on Sunday night. He's worth a long look in all 12+ team leagues given that he can anchor your field goal percentage and rebound. He'll have some upside in blocks and can stretch the floor with his ability to hit 3-pointers.

Derrick White - PG, SPURS (55% Ownership)

White has earned himself a must-own status, having played over 30 minutes in the new year and he's played a lot better as of late. Perhaps he's over his heel injury and has earned the trust of Coach Popovich again. White has been a top-50 player in nine-category leagues over the past two weeks with averages of 17.1 points, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.1 triples and a block per game. He's become quite a two-way player at the point guard position and he must be owned in all leagues going forward.

 

Week 14 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Justin Holiday - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (33% Ownership)

Kyle Anderson (ankle) was hit with a 2-4 week timetable with a Grade-2 ankle sprain so Justin Holiday can get a chance to redeem some of the lost value when he got traded from the Chicago Bulls. It's not exactly encouraging since Holiday has been absolutely brutal lately, but he's worth a look to see if he can top 30 minutes per game over the next couple of weeks.

Alec Burks - PG/SG, CAVALIERS (23% Ownership)

Burks has played well enough to warrant attention in most leagues, and the Cavaliers will likely continue to feed him huge minutes to see what he can net them in return before the trading deadline. Burks has scored in double-digit scoring in three straight games heading into Sunday.

Austin Rivers - PG/SG, ROCKETS (21% Ownership)

Rivers is playing heavy minutes with all the injured Rockets lately, and he scored a season-high 25 points with four 3-pointers on Sunday. Rivers doesn't offer much outside of 3-pointers and assists, so don't expect any efficiency or any defensive stats at all from Rivers.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (20% Ownership)

Bridges has been losing minutes to Josh Jackson lately, but he's still contributing in the defensive stats. At this point, he's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues given his defensive contributions and 3-pointers (1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 3-pointers over the last five) Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

JaMychal Green - PF/C, Grizzlies (18% Ownership)

Not entirely sure how Green stays relevant, but he continues to play well off the bench. He has double-doubled in two straight games and is averaging 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. The Grizzlies plays four games as well this week, so he's definitely worth adding given Jaren Jackson J.R. is likely to have at least one or two foul-plagued games.

Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF, SUNS (52% Ownership)

Oubre Jr. may have found a nice home in Phoenix, having played heavy minutes out the gate since he's been traded from Washington. He's scored 26, 14, and 26 points over the last three, giving the Suns a boost while Devin Booker (back) is out. He's certainly stepping up lately, so he's worth a look in most leagues as long as he's hot.

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

With less than two months left until most fantasy playoffs, the playoff race is heating up in many leagues. If you are in the midst of this race there is less incentive to keep out of form or injured, border-line players. I know, I like Jonas Valanciunas too. But I just had to let him go in my 12-team league when the news of him missing more time broke out. I need to get those wins as I'm in the 6th place, the last spot that leads to the playoffs.

I'm going to be streaming the hell out of that spot for the rest of the regular season! I have to do my man Jonas justice and reach those playoffs. Otherwise, it would just be a waste - cutting such a good guy...

If you're in a similar situation as I am, you will probably do the same. To help you get the most out of that streaming spot, here are our Fantasy Basketball Streamers for Week 14.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 14

This week looks a lot like the last, with only one day having less than six games played. That day is Sunday, and as always, we will focus on that. As all other days have between six and ten games, you will probably find it much easier to fill the empty starter spots on those days - if you have any at all.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs

Teams with 3 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Dallas Mavericks

Teams with 1 game:
New York Knicks
Washington Wizards

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 12
Wednesday: 16
Thursday: 12
Friday: 14
Saturday: 20
Sunday: 6

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: GSW, MIL
Wednesday/Thursday: TOR
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: BOS, CLE, DET, MEM, MIA, ORL
Saturday/Sunday: CHA, IND, PHO
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with five or fewer games
Sunday: 3 games

Teams playing on Sunday:
Charlotte Hornets (4 games this week - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Charlotte Hornets
Indiana Pacers
Phoenix Suns

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 14

Obviously, most fantasy teams will have a hard time to put out a decent lineup on Sunday, so we will try and fill that gap this week.

There are six teams that play on Sunday and these are Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves. All these teams play four games next week, except for the Timberwolves.

These six teams will give us our streaming options for this week.

It's also worth noting that the Hawks and the Mavericks have only two games this week and the Knicks and the Wizards have only a game apiece so beware of their players for next week and avoid them in weekly lineups.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, CHA, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%, REB, STL
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, CHA, (55% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB, a bit of everything
Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, IND, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Darren Collison, PG, IND, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FT%, a bit of everything
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, IND, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, REB, FG%
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, LAC (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, STL/BLK, AST, a bit of everything
Josh Jackson, SG/SF, PHO (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor percentages
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: poor FG% and quite inconsistent
Kelly Oubre Jr., SG/SF, PHO, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL/BLK
Bryn Forbes, PG, SAS, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL - buyer beware: missed a couple games last week, check his health before adding
Dario Saric, PF/C, MIN, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, FT%, PTS
Taj Gibson, PF/C, MIN, (48% Owned)
- Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: Minnesota has fired coach Tom Thibodeau so Gibson might see a dip in playing time

 

Shallower League Add

Derrick White, PG, SAS, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a bit of everything

White was definitely one of the biggest profiteers from the San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder double-overtime bonanza.

What did White do in that game?

He hit 10-of-17 from the field (1-of-3 from downtown) and both free-throws for 23 points, five boards, eight dimes, two steals, one block, and two turnovers in 48 minutes.

What have we learned from that game that is important for White's fantasy value?

ONE: White can fill up a stat sheet. This is the most important thing for all fantasy owners to know. A player can play however many or few minutes, but if he isn't fantasy relevant it just doesn't matter. Just remember all those useless minutes Tony Snell used to bring in the previous two seasons, or Avery Bradley this year.

To attest to this and prove he's not just a one-hit wonder, here are Derrick's stats from the last two weeks: 17.7 PTS with 1.1 3PM on 69.7 FG% and 85.7 FT% (on four attempts a game), 3.7 REB, 3.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.3 TO in 31 minutes per outing. These have him ranked one place outside the top-30 for the period.

TWO: Gregg Popovich trusts him. Coach Pop doesn't give 48 minutes in a double-overtime close encounter against one of their direct rivals for a playoff spot to a guy he doesn't believe in. This, combined with the fact that the Spurs are likely to fight for the playoffs until the very last game of the regular season, and Derrick's age of 24, which makes him one of the youngest players on San Antonio's roster, should guarantee him minutes for the remainder of the season.

THREE: Fantasy owners in shallower leagues have slow reflexes. White is still owned in only 55% of the leagues despite being a top-30 candidate in the last 14 days and a top-70 candidate for the last month.

So, if your league still has White sitting on the waiver wire, pick him up now! Furthermore, if you do it by tonight, you can enjoy the rematch of the SAS - OKC spectacle taking place in Oklahoma tonight with White on your roster!

 

Deeper League Add

Richaun Holmes, PF/C, PHO, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK

Ahhh, one of the favorites of the NBA fantasy community has finally been given a large-enough role to become relevant! Holmes, a per minute fantasy stud is flirting with top-120 value on the year with just under 16 per game. But the important thing is that his minutes have seen an increase and so has his fantasy value.

He has been getting almost 19 minutes per game in the last month, and in the last seven days, the playing time is up to 21 minutes. And Richaun is rewarding both his coach Igor Kokoshkov and his fantasy owners for their belief in him with top-25 value in the last week through averages of 11.3 points on 86.7% from the field and 80.0% from the charity stripe (on 3.3 attempts per game!), 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and no turnovers whatsoever in those three games.

Furthermore, he is still just 25, so it makes sense for the young and tanking Suns to play him as much as they see fit. Who knows, maybe we are looking at the making of one of the best frountcourt duos for the next decade in Deandre Ayton and Holmes. Yeah, it's a bit far-fetched, I know...

Richaun's recent production has seen him jump from 15% to 27% owned in a matter of days, and if he is still on your waiver wire and you're not quick about it, he could be gone by the time you make your decision. If he fits your needs, especially for the next week pick him up fast. When given enough playing time - he rarely lets you down.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Patty Mills, PG, SAS, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, AST

The veteran has been quietly showing up night after night and providing for his fantasy owners quite selflessly. He hit double-digits in points for six games straight and seems to have benefited the most from Rudy Gay's recent injury. In the last four games, Patty is averaging 13.8 PTS with 2.8 3PM on 55.9 FG% and 85.7 FT%, 3.0 REB, 3.8 AST, 1.5 STL, and 1.0 TO with no blocks in over 27 minutes per game. This is enough for top-50 value for this period.

Now, of course, Mills isn't going to keep this kind of value or production for the rest of the season, but with a favorable schedule next week and the negative comments about Gay's availability in the short term, there isn't a better time to take a flier on Mills in deep leagues. Spurs don't even have a back-to-back to worry about next week. And even if they did, DNP-Old doesn't seem to apply to 30-year-old Mills as he played a combined 60 minutes on their back-to-back set on Jan 9 and Jan 10.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA, (3% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, BLK, a bit of everything
Malik Monk, SG, CHA (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS
Tony Parker, PG, CHA, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Willy Hernangomez, C, CHA, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Cory Joseph, PG, IND, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM
Jamal Crawford, SG/SF, PHO, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
De'Anthony Melton, PG, PHO (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, FT%, 3PM
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM, REB
Marcin Gortat, C, LAC, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: none really, but he once was a great fantasy player and is getting 30 minutes a night
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Davis Bertans, PF/C, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB
Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, SAS, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Tyus Jones, PG, MIN, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats:  FT%, AST, STL
Josh Okogie, SG, MIN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK
Anthony Tolliver, SF/PF, MIN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%, FT%, new coach - new opportunity

 

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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Will Barton Is Returning Soon And The League Isn't Ready

This intro will be spent talking about Will Barton's season-long projection and how it will impact the rest of the Nuggets. If you own you him, definitely throw out some trade offers to see what the return on him is looking like. If anyone is dangling an injured Robert Covington, Tobias Harris, Klay Thompson, or Khris Middleton, jump at the opportunity. When Barton returns he will have a massive and immediate impact on the entire rotation. Normally, a team like the Nuggets would be able to just run with another talented player, but Barton is different. Everyone on the team knows where he is at all times and want him to get the ball. When he scores, it looks easy and frankly it is. He's too quick for bigs to guard him and way too athletic for a guard to body him up. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris will have much better spacing now that they aren't the only two shooters on the team, but don't expect them to have hair-triggers because they will look to get Barton directly involved when they share the court.

Assuming, and hoping that Barton goes directly to his usual role as sixth man, it allows other Nuggets to see usage with starters, without really sacrificing offense. The Nuggets could use a consistent bench scorer and Barton will be just that for as long as he is healthy. All in all, I wouldn't see Barton returning as a negative in regards to the other Nuggets players, just expect the production to change. Look for less threes with more assists and steals coming from both Murray and Harris upon Barton's return. 80% confident Barton posts top 50 value...whenever he returns that is.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 13

Patty Mills, G  – San Antonio Spurs

Ownership: 12%

9.4 PPG / 2.8 APG / .433 FG% / 1.7 3PG

Maybe if I just keep mentioning Spurs point guards Derrick White's ownership will keep rising to where it should be. For the time being, there are injuries running rampant in the guard department and instead of younger players filling in the void, we see players like Patty Mills, J.J. Barea and Trevor Ariza bailing out their teams.

Patty Mills specifically has just been playing well so there is no reason to gloss over him if you are in need of a stream at the guard position. You can always try to go with Bryn Forbes or White if possible, but this is just a, "Hey, don't forget about me!" type of update. The Spurs play five games in the next eight days so plenty of young Spurs have streaming upside this upcoming week. Not going to lie I had to check my latest posts to make sure I haven't been talking about Mills for three weeks straight.

 

Justin Holiday, F – Memphis Grizzlies

Ownership 36%

11.0 PPG / 4.3 RPG / 1.6 SPG / .6 BPG / .376 FG%

It's been a rough start to Justin Holiday's start in Memphis but it's clear he will be a fit whenever the Grizzlies figure out a rotation that actually works. His minutes have been inconsistent and he might not start actually providing value for another week, but it's there. He is already getting shots off despite it only being three games, but his defensive stats will start to fill out when he learns how to defend with his teammates.

The Grizzlies have taken a pretty steep drop over the past month or two, but that desperation actually gives me reason to believe Justin Holiday will be extremely beneficial to both Memphis' offense and defense. The Grizzlies have needed a player that can stretch the floor and can hit threes, so they literally just need to let him keep doing that. Even though he's not the strongest shooter, you can't and won't let him keep getting his shots because they will eventually fall and he will eventually flip letting him shoot into easy points at the basket.

 

Richaun Holmes, PF/C – Phoenix Suns

Ownership 23%

8.0 PPG / 4.5 RPG / .684 FG% / 1.2 BPG

His season-long averages aren't impressive and could account for why he is only 23% owned, but over the past week and a half, Richaun Holmes has been putting up absolutely incredible numbers for a streamer option. If he could find a way to increase his rebounding and shot-blocking opportunities, Holmes will actually carry value for the rest of the season.

You can't pass up his defensive contributions as it is and they have been anchoring his value recently. This seems bold but I like his chances to keep getting a steal and block every game, not to mention his near-70% shooting from the field. He's producing in limited minutes and believe it or not, but he is earning minutes. He has been playing well and without him the Suns would have lost to the Kings. That alone should be enough to secure him another week of consistency.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 13

It's Week 13 and an excellent time to take a step back to look over your roster. Take advantage of injuries and be sure to dump any dead weight that is negatively impacting your team.

Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 13 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out!

Give me a follow on Twitter @Den_Clausen. Now let's get prepared for Week 13.

 

Week 12 Schedule

Five Games - Nuggets

Four Games - Hawks, Celtics, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Bucks, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, Wizards

Three Games - Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Suns, Raptors

 

Week 12 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Justise Winslow - PG/SF/PF, HEAT (66% Ownership)

Winslow has been the Heat's starting point guard over the last nine games, during which time the team has gone 7-2 during the span. Though Miami has deployed multiple rotations throughout the season, the 22-year-old should remain cemented at the one spot as long as the team continues to win, or at least until Goran Dragic returns from a knee injury that will keep him on the shelf for the next few months. Either way, the organization is very high on the youngster and his minutes' allowance should reflect that moving forward.

Tomas Satoransky - PG/SG, WIZARDS (61% Ownership)

Satoransky should have a place on virtually every fantasy roster with the absence of John Wall, who will be out of commission for the foreseeable future with a heel injury. In the last four outings in which Satoransky has started in place of Wall, the 27-year-old is averaging 13 points, six boards, four assists, and a little over one steal per game. With Wall's return not coming for the Wizards anytime soon, if ever again, Satoransky will continue to start at the one and do so while playing over 30 minutes per contest.

Jeff Green - SF/PF, WIZARDS (37% Ownership)

Jeff Green has also turned up the volume in the absence of John Wall, Dwight Howard, Marcus Morris, and Otto Porter Jr, who is just returning after missing some time with a knee injury. Though his minutes' allocation will take a hit once Porter is back at full-strength and in the starting rotation, he will continue to split time with Trevor Ariza, picking up the occasional spot-start at the four spot.

 

Week 13 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Luke Kornet - PF/C, KNICKS (24% Ownership)

Kornet emerged on the fantasy radar to some degree after the Knicks matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of December, a game where he finished with 23 points and went 7-for-11 from deep. Since then, he is averaging 13 points, five boards and shooting 49 percent from behind the arc and has also been getting the starting nod over veteran center Enes Kanter. However, with Mitchell Robinson expected to return any day now from an ankle injury after missing the team's previous nine games, Kornet's playing time may take a hit. Keep an eye on this situation as his days in the starting rotation could be numbered.

Austin Rivers - PG/SG, ROCKETS (15% Ownership)

Rivers signed with the team around Christmas time and immediately was thrust into a pivotal role with a team that is sorely lacking depth. Things have even been worse for Houston as of late with the injuries to Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, who are both expected back soon, in addition to James Ennis, who is working his way back into the groove after being sidelined with a bum hamstring. Regardless, Rivers should retain a consistent role in the rotation even after Paul and Gordon return to help lighten the load for a starting unit that logs some of the heaviest minutes in the league.

Bismack Biyombo - PF/C, HORNETS (12% Ownership)

Biyombo, who hasn't seen much action this season, has found himself getting a significant usage bump after Cody Zeller went down with a hand injury that will keep him out of action for at least a month. Biyombo held his own against Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets a few nights ago, finishing things up with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals across 30 minutes of action. With this type of production, he should retain a firm grasp on the starting spot over Willy Hernangomez, who has had a disappointing career in Charlotte thus far.

Kevin Huerter - SG, HAWKS (8% Ownership)

Huerter averaged 32 minutes in December, and as a result of the injuries to Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore, that average has increased to 39 minutes over the last two outings. His shooting numbers have been shoddy, as evident by his 41 percent shooting from the field this season, but with only a few limited consistent options on the offensive end for the Hawks, he will get his points based on shot volume alone. Enjoy his uptick in production for the next week or so until Prince and/or Bazemore finds their way back into the rotation.

Gerald Green - SG/SF, ROCKETS (5% Ownership)

Just like Austin Rivers, Green has been getting in his minutes as of the result of the injuries to Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and James Ennis. In his last two games, Green is averaging 14.5 points, one block and is shooting 52 percent from the field. However, unlike Rivers, who will likely retain a more consistent role in the rotation upon Gordon and Paul's return, Green will see his numbers decrease even more so.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 13 (Jan 7 - Jan 13)

Streaming is a very powerful strategy to use in your weekly matchups as it will allow you to maximize the number of games played by your team (unless you have a weekly limit) and to focus on certain categories which you believe you can take with some help from the WWW (waiver wire workforce).

If you have a guy that you're not completely in love with, and he is not really going to help you win next week, or ever actually for that matter - don't hold on too tight. Swap him for a guy who is a blocks specialist for example. He will help you get that fifth category in close combat and get away with a W which you could have never pulled off without him.

Here are our Fantasy Basketball Streamers for Week 13.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 13

Streaming will be both simple and complicated next week.

Why simple? Well, only Thursday has a really low number of games with just four, so most fantasy teams will have difficulty to field a full team.

Why complicated? All other days have seven or more games, so it will be up to each individual fantasy owner to check their own team's schedule and see which days they need help on - apart from Thursday, of course.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 5 games:
Denver Nuggets

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors

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

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

Days with five or fewer games
Thursday: 4 games

Teams playing on Thursday:
Denver Nuggets (5 games this week - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Boston Celtics (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Miami Heat (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

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

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 13

So it's clear that Thursday should be our focus for this week. It is also clear that Denver with five games will be the best place to look for streamers.

In addition to Denver, we also have four teams with four games next week that play on Thursday as well. These teams are the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons, the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs.

Furthermore, three teams that play on Thursday have three games next week. I'm not making this stuff up! These are the Los Angeles Clippers, the Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

These eight teams will give us our streaming options for this week. Also, watch out if you need help on Sunday (seven games played) as none of these teams, apart from Denver of course, play on that day.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST
Terry Rozier, PG/SG, BOS, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, AST
Jaylen Brown, PG/SG, BOS, (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, DET, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Bryn Forbes, PG, SAS, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Derrick White, PG, SAS, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a bit of everything
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL
Eric Gordon, SG, HOU, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, HOU, (43% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Jaylen Brown, PG/SG, BOS, (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, LAC (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, STL/BLK, AST, a bit of everything
Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, MIA (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, 3PM
Justise Winslow, SF/PF, MIA, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor percentages
Dwyane Wade, SG/SF, MIA (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL/BLK - buyer beware: DNP - Old
James Johnson, SF/PF, MIA, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK, a bit of everything
Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, MIA, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, FT%, PTS, a bit of everything
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC, (70% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, FG%
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST

 

Player Recommendations

Shallower League Add

Nemanja Bjelica, PF, SAC, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, a bit of everything

Bjelica is a great player with a high basketball IQ. It took a while for him to get a proper opportunity, but it's finally here as a veteran leader of this young Kings team. And he is making the most of it! He is ranked at #84 in Yahoo on the season with averages of 11.2 PTS with 1.6 3PM on 50.2 FG% and 76.8 FT%, 6.2 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.9 BLK, and 1.4 TO in 25 minutes per game.

A roto league dream, Bjelica has carved out a decent role and is providing his owners with great contributions on a nightly basis. His all-around game that fills in all the usual fantasy categories is worth gold, and with him owned in just 58% of the leagues, and his Kings playing four games next week, he is definitely a prime streaming target. And I wouldn't be surprised if you decided to keep him on even after this week if he impresses you.

Deep League Add

Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL

The third-year guard has really stepped up in the absence of Gary Harris and Will Barton with averages of 16.5 PTS with 2.8 3PM on 45.0 FG% and 100.00 FT%, 4.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.3 TO in 28 minutes per game in the last two weeks. That has him in the top-50 on Yahoo.

Harris has returned though and that will probably mean that Beasley will play a little less and provide a little less to his fantasy owners as well. But with two back-to-backs next week and the fact that Harris has played just two games so far since his return from injury might mean that he gets a rest or two during next week's hectic schedule for the Nuggets.

Furthermore, Malik hasn't slowed down much with Harris back, providing a combined six three-pointers, 30 points, nine rebounds, five dimes, a steal and a block apiece with no turnovers in those two games. Not too shabby, ey?

Deep League Add

Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, STL, FG%

I recommended Plumlee last week, and by God, I'll do it again! Even with Paul Millsap back for the last three games, Plumlee held on to both his minutes and value with 9.0 PTS on 70.6 FG% and 50.0 FT%, no 3PM, 8.3 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 2.0 TO in over 25 minutes per game. That was good enough to keep him just outside of top-100 in the Yahoo rankings for that period.

Now the blocks were missing, he is not great from the charity stripe and that amount of turnovers from your streaming center is unheard of. But the rest of the goodies that Mason brings to the table, multiplied by five games next week... That's something that could provide your fantasy team with a decent boost in several categories in your battle next week.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Torrey Craig, SF, DEN, (1% Owned) -Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Trey Lyles, PF, DEN (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a bit of everything
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (19% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL, FT%, FG%
Juan Hernangomez, SF/PF, DEN, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, PTS, a bit of everything
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, DET, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Luke Kennard, SG, DET, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Bruce Brown Jr., PG/SG, DET, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST
Iman Shumpert, SG/SF/PF, SAC, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Justin Jackson, SF, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Davis Bertans, PF/C, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB
Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, SAS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG, SAS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, AST
Boban Marjanovic, C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%, FT%, PTS - buyer beware: they just refuse to unleash the Boban
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM, REB
Marcin Gortat, C, LAC, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAC, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: none really, but he once was a great fantasy player and is getting 30 minutes a night
Bam Adebayo, SG/SF, MIA, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%
Derrick Jones Jr., SF, MIA (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, FG%
Rodney McGruder, SG/SF, MIA, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL

 

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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I Am Disappointed In A Lot Of You (Week 12 Waiver Wire Adds)

Every time I come back to write this article, I really look for some players with really low-ownership rates. It never fails that three or four of the guys that NEED to be owned are below 10%. Luckily, Derrick White has been just about picked up in most leagues, but he's still at 38% right now and that's after MULTIPLE big games. You won't be getting any ridiculous lines from him, but his consistency in the Spurs lineups is something to be applauded. For years Spurs players, specifically, have been milking fantasy basketball players of all their "hope" and dreams of potential. Derrick White has come to take that narrative and shove it under the bed right where it belongs, next to the "Klay wants to be the guy" takes. Over the past week or two, he has been scraping at top 20 value and is still considered an unowned waiver wire option.

He offers upside in literally every category and he is one block a game away from being top 45 value from here on out. The Spurs will still rest players, so both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge will see their fair share of games from the sideline, but Derrick White is going to be a consistent player for the Spurs and will be a foundation of their rotation. Out of every guard on San Antonio's roster, White is the only one who is able to defend at a high-level without sacrificing offense or ball-security. Do not expect his minutes to take a hit because White will be filling in box scores for some time.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 12

Tyus Jones, G  – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership: 25%

5.3 PPG / 3.8 APG / .394 FG% / 1.4 SPG

The Minnesota Timberwolves know they have one of the better backup point guards in the league with Tyus Jones. He plays both sides of the ball despite being undersized, he's a sure-handed playmaker that can hit shots and most importantly, he has leadership qualities. Aside from fantasy, he does exactly what needs to be done to help his team win. This somewhat hurts his fantasy value because his upside is dependent on minutes, and with Jeff Teague nearing closer to his return his value is diminishing every game. In Teague's absence, Jones dominated and his ownership skyrocketed because of it. While you can sell-high on Jones, his foreseeable future looks bright with the Timberwolves lacking consistent guard options. He will continue to fill stat sheets in any game he gets the minutes for. While this is more of a sell-high if you can notification, it's hard not to like Jones whenever he is certain for minutes.

 

Moe Harkless, G – Portland Trail Blazers

Ownership 8%

6.2 PPG / 4.1 RPG / .9 SPG / .9 BPG / .465 FG%

The Trail Blazers haven't been struggling as of lately, but they still need that extra source of offense every night that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum can't carry the weight. Normally, Evan Turner or Al-Farouq Aminu can convert enough threes to keep them ahead, lately, Moe Harkless' efforts on both sides of the ball have been that extra push they needed. For the time being, and I'd say for the next month at least, Harkless will continue this trend he has been on. He is not hitting or shooting as many threes as he has in previous seasons, but his defensive efforts have been producing more eye-catching results. Instead of just earning minutes through on ball-defense, he has been turning solid defensive possessions into steals and blocks, becoming more of a defensive playmaker. In his most recent games, he has taken at least eight shots so his upside moving forward is extremely high if he can combine his stats on defense with some threes.

 

Luke Kornet, C – New York Knicks

Ownership 29%

6.2 PPG / 2.3 RPG / .458 FG% / 1.6 3PM

Since Luke Kornet has been starting recently, it's safe to assume that they are going to stick him with consistent "development minutes" every night. He has the ability to convert from deep and although his defensive stats are lacking for a big, you can't deny the type of production he has posted recently. I wouldn't expect him to keep contributing in more than two to three categories, mainly three's, points, and boards, but looking at him you know it is possible for him to get blocks. He has a long way to go in terms of defense, but he still offers plenty of production with upside in both those departments. It's hard to look at the Knicks for anything more than low-end plays, so while Kornet does offer value, for now, don't have starting center expectations for him.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 12

On behalf of RotoBaller, we wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Looking into Week 12, the NBA was hit by the John Wall (heel) season-ending injury news on Saturday, so owners should be picking up Tomas Satoransky almost everywhere before they continue reading. It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 12 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 12.

 

Week 12 Schedule

4 Games - Raptors, Suns, Magic, Thunder, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Hornets, Hawks

3 Games -  Wizards, Jazz, Spurs, Kings, Trail Blazers, Sixers, Pelicans, Bucks, Heat, Lakers, Clippers, Pacers, Rockets, Warriors, Pistons, Nuggets, Cavaliers, Bulls, Nets, Celtics

2 Games - Knicks

 

Week 12 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Tomas Satoransky - PG/SG, WIZARDS (45% Ownership)

With John Wall (heel surgery) out for the remainder of the season, Satoransky gets a major boost and immediately vaults himself into must-own status. When Wall missed two months last season, Satorsanky averaged 10.4 points, 4.2 boards and 6.0 assists and 1.1 3-pointers on 54% shooting and 90% from the line. That's good enough for top-75 in nine-category leagues, and he should be grabbed everywhere available. He was great on Saturday night, netting 20 points with four boards and six assists to go along with four triples. Furthermore, he's one of those run, don't walk to the waiver wire moments.

Justise Winslow - SF/PF, HEAT (63% Ownership)

Winslow has cooled off lately but has suddenly started to heat up in a big way. The Duke product now averaged 22.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 2.0 triples and 1.7 turnovers on 59.2% shooting over his last three games. He's taken a huge leap this season by adding 3-pointers into his game, and that's helped his fantasy value significantly. With Goran Dragic (knee) out, Winslow will continue to share the ball-handling duties with Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson.

Tyler Johnson - PG/SG, HEAT (42% Ownership)

Goran Dragic (knee surgery) is ruled out for the next two months; Johnson receives a boost in playing time. They're winners of seven from their last 10 games, and he has excelled in the added opportunity. Although Johnson won't be a high assist guy, he's worth owning in most leagues given that he can score and hit 3-pointers. Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and 2.8 3-pointers made over the last five games, including a 25-point outing on 6-of-9 from deep on Sunday. Get him on your team and enjoy the goodies for the next two months.

Jerami Grant - SF/PF, THUNDER (70% Ownership)

Grant has been steady all season but has really cooled off over the last month. However, he's starting to pick it up again in recent weeks. The athletic forward is averaging 15.6 points on an elite 60 percent from the field over the last five games, to go along 2.0 blocks in that span. The Thunder are one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and with him thriving thus far this season - he'll likely finish the season as the Thunder's power forward.

Fred Vanvleet - PG, RAPTORS (54% Ownership)

Vanvleet has been terrific all season for the Raptors, as he's leading the second-unit in one of the best benches in the entire league. His ability to play with the starters gives him some standard league consideration, and he's scored in double-figures in four straight contests as well. His upside in 3-pointers, assists, and steals makes him a worthy streamer on any given night.

Thomas Bryant - C, WIZARDS (34% Ownership)

Thomas Bryant continues to thrive in the starting lineup, and the injuries to both John Wall (heel surgery) and Markieff Morris (neck) will shift the offense into a more free-flowing offense and added minutes for Bryant. Bryant had a massive double-double with 21 points and 10 boards on Saturday night. He's worth a long look in all 12+ team leagues given that he can anchor your field goal percentage and rebound. He'll have some upside in blocks and can stretch the floor with his ability to hit 3-pointers.

Noah Vonleh - PF, KNICKS (54% Ownership)

The injury to Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Lance Thomas (knee) will give Vonleh a bigger leash for more minutes and contributions as he was already a stable player to roster in most 12-team leagues. Vonleh has averaged 11.8 points and 11.2 boards per game over the five. The upside and minutes continue to be there, so scoop him up and hope he continues to have a fine season.

Kevin Knox - SF/PF, KNICKS (59% Ownership)

Have to give him credit when it due, but Knox has quickly turned his rookie campaign around last week since being re-inserted back into the starting lineup. Knox has now scored in double-figures in four straight games and is averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers per game over the last five. He's not contributing much in the defensive stats, but we shouldn't nitpick too much for a 19-year old rookie. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this as a moment to sell and get a player in return with a more positive outlook.

Monte Morris - PG, NUGGETS (39% Ownership)

Gary Harris (hip) will miss at least another week, and Morris will likely get a bulk of those minutes playing next to Jamal Murray. Given that assists are hard to come by, Morris is a must-add player right now, and he's ranked #16 over the past two weeks in nine-category leagues. He's scored double-figures in eight straight games now and continues to thrive in the Sixth-Man role.

Derrick White - PG, SPURS (15% Ownership)

White has played a lot better lately, having scored double-digits in two in a row and having a total of eight steals in the past game as well. Perhaps he's over his heel injury and has earned the trust of Coach Popovich again. It's not a guarantee if he can continue to be consistent like this, but he's worth an add given the upside in 3-pointers, assists, and defensive stats from a point-guard position.

D.J. Augustin - PG, MAGIC (41% Ownership)

Augustin will be a streamer option all season long, but he's done enough lately to warrant more attention. Give him a look if you have someone to drop, considering he has four games on Week 12. Augustin is currently having a gem on Sunday, putting up 26 points on four triples to go along with eight dimes, two steals on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the line.

Luke Kornet - PF/C, KNICKS (11% Ownership)

Kornet entered the starting lineup this past week at the expense of Enes Kanter moving to the bench. This move comes as no surprise as David Fizzdale continues to jerk around the rotations time and time again in New York. However, it's given Kornet an opportunity to shine as he's scored 23 and 14 points in the past two games, to go along with averages of 5.5 3-pointers and 5.0 assists in that span. It'll be interesting how Mitchell Robinson's (ankle) return impacts his playing time, but he should be added to see if he continues to start. For the record, the Knicks are playing for absolutely nothing but lottery balls so Kornet could be a major contributor for the tanking Knicks.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (29% Ownership)

Bridges continues to log heavy minutes, as the Suns are fully invested in developing their young players. He's averaged 33 minutes in the month of December and is really starting to heat up after a brutal start to the season. At this point, he's worth a look in all 12-team leagues given his defensive contributions and 3-pointers (2.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, 2.0 3-pointers over the last five) Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

 

Week 12 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Dante Exum - PG, JAZZ (5% Ownership)

Exum has now scored in double-figures in three straight outings, and Ricky Rubio (back, knee contusions) is currently without a timetable. Although Rubio is not expected to be out for long, Exum warrants attention to be added in all 14+ team leagues with his recent play. He racked up 13 assists 0n Saturday night against the Knicks.

Austin Rivers - PG/SG, ROCKETS (8% Ownership)

Rivers is playing heavy minutes with all the injured Rockets lately, and Eric Gordon (knee) has already been ruled out Monday. Rivers figures to be the main beneficiary of this news and he'll offer a hint up of upside in 3-pointers and assists. Just don't expect any efficiency or any defensive stats at all from Rivers.

Bryn Forbes - PG, SPURS (22% Ownership)

Forbes is now averaging 14.4 point and 4.0 dimes over the last five. He's also added 2.4 3-pointers made during that span. If he's going to continue to play heavy minutes (31 minutes over last five) and hit his 3-pointers, he needs to be added in most leagues.

Marvin Williams - SF/PF, HORNETS (52% Ownership)

Marvin Williams can be frustrating to own, but his ability to produce great value will keep him in the top-100 roto value all season. He'll continue to have a big game, followed by a couple of stinkers and good ones all season. He'll be useful to stream if you need 3 pointers, with a sprinkle of steals and blocks.

Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF, SUNS (53% Ownership)

Oubre may have found a nice home in Phoenix, having played heavy minutes out the gate since he's been traded from Washington. It's not too clear what his role may look in a couple of weeks, especially given the Suns are loaded with wings on their roster. But he's an offensive punch that the Suns can really benefit from, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues.

Rodions Kurucs - SF/PF, NETS (22% Ownership)

Kurucs has taken advantage of the injured Allen Crabbe (knee) and looks to be a great fit in the Nets offense lately. The Latvian forward lit it up last week but has struggled in the past two games. Still, he looks to be someone to have earned a spot in the rotation. He's someone to heavily monitor as the season goes on and he has a hint of upside you won't find elsewhere on the waiver wire.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 12 (Dec 31 - Jan 6)

The year 2018 is winding down. I hope you had a good one. Personally, professionally and of course "fantasy NBA-ly". To help you keep it up in the New Year, we're back with our weekly streaming options.

Are you in a fight to earn a playoff spot? Is there a guy who's not really going to help you win your matchup and there's really little chance he will be of big help later on in the season? If both answers are YES - don't doubt the decision too much. Kick that poor sap at the end of your bench with the poor schedule next week to the curb. Just do it!

Let's get the Year 2019 off to a good start! Here are our Fantasy Basketball Streamers for Week 12.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 12

Five days next week have between seven and 10 games played so it's impossible to guess which fantasy teams will have trouble filling out their roster on which of these days. But this leaves us with two days with five and three games respectfully. It's pretty safe to assume most teams will have trouble fielding a full team on these days, so that's where our focus will be.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
New York Knicks

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 14
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 6
Friday: 20
Saturday: 16
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: DET, PHI
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: CLE, DAL, MEM, MIL, POR, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: CHA, TOR
Sunday/Monday the following: BRO, LAL, ORL

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 5 games
Thursday: 3 games

Teams playing on both days:
Denver Nuggets (3 games this week)
Sacramento Kings (3 games)
Toronto Raptors (4 games)

Teams playing on Tuesday:
Toronto Raptors (4 games)
Sacramento Kings (3 games)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games)
Denver Nuggets (3 games)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games)
Utah Jazz (3 games)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games)
Detroit Pistons (3 games)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games)
New York Knicks  (2 games)

Teams playing on Thursday:
Toronto Raptors (4 games)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games)
Golden State Warriors (3 games)
Sacramento Kings (3 games)
Denver Nuggets (3 games)
Houston Rockets (3 games)

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Toronto Raptors

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 12

As always, Tuesday and Thursday are the most scarce gamedays and, as always, we will take a look at the players who play on these days.

Most valuable streamers for next week will be from teams that play on both these days. These teams are Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors. As the Raptors have a four-game week, they will be the stars of our article today.

In addition to these teams, we will take a look at guys from teams that play either on Tuesday or Thursday. This should give us some decent options to fill our lineups for the upcoming week.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Danny Green, SG/SF, TOR, (55% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, BLK, a bit of everything
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (44% Owned) -
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL, FT%, FG%
Juan Hernangomez, SF/PF, DEN, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, PTS, a bit of everything
Nemanja Bjelica, PF, SAC, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, DET, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Eric Gordon, SG, HOU, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, HOU, (43% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Jaylen Brown, PG/SG, BOS, (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, LAC (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, STL/BLK, AST, a bit of everything
Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, MIL, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, FG%, REB, AST, 3PM, PTS
Noah Vonleh, PF, NYK, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, AST
Kevin Knox, PF, NYK, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, NYK, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, AST, 3PM
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, POR, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: can go on a shooting slump
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL
Jae Crowder, SF/PF, UTA, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, TO - buyer beware: getting an MRI on his thumb, might miss time
Derrick Favors, PF/C, UTA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK

 

Player Recommendations

Shallower League Add

Fred Vanvleet, PG, TOR, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL

Not too popular a pick, and many fantasy owners might even be surprised that a backup PG for the Raptors is owned in over half the leagues. This is especially true if we consider the fact that VanVleet's season numbers of 10.2 PTS with 1.6 3PM on 40.9 FG% and 78.3 FT%, 2.4 REB, 4.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.3 BLK and 1.2 TO in 26 minutes per game have him ranked just barely inside the top-150.

So why am I recommending him? Plain and simple - Kyle Lowry's hurt. Just three months before his 33rd birthday, Lowry has missed six of Toronto's last seven with a lingering back and thigh issues. And in that time, Vleet has stepped up big time.

He is Toronto's second-best scorer behind superstar Kawhi Leonard in that time with 14.2 points, 2.5 threes on 39.5% from the field, 83.3% from the charity stripe, 2.5 board, 4.0 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.0 turnovers in 33 minutes per game. That has him well inside the top-90. With him hitting double-digits in points in seven games straight and hitting at least two three-pointers in at six of those seven, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Lowry has been ruled out of the Friday's contest a day in advance, so it seems he could miss more time. If that is the case, Vleet should not be on your wire. At least not for the duration of next week.

Deep League Add

Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, STL, FG%

Plumlee has been pretty solid since the beginning of the season Furthermore, his coach Mike Malone has mentioned that he wants to give him more minutes because he deserves them, but it's so hard with Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap in the frontcourt. Well, now Milsap is on the shelf and Plumlee is reaping the benefits.

Plumlee has been the second-best rebounder for the Nuggets (after the Joker, of course) in the eight games they were without Millsap and is putting up 7.9 PTS on 50.0 FG% and 47.4 FT%, 7.6 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.9 BLK, and 2.5 TO in 28 minutes per game. Those are some decent fantasy numbers, especially for those punting FT% and/or TO.

Now, Millsap is back in training and is questionable for Saturday's game against the Suns, so his return could dampen Mason's appeal. But I doubt Denver will throw Millsap in the fire unless he is 100%. And even when he is, he could still be eased back so Plumlee should still be getting 20-25 minutes, at least for the next week, which is usually enough for him to provide top-100 value for teams that punt free throws and turnovers.

Insanely Deep League Add

Delon Wright, PG/SG, TOR (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST

Continuing our story from VanVleet, Wright's appeal is mostly linked to Lowry's absence as well. With averages of just 7.7 PTS with 0.3 3PM on 38.6 FG% and 76.9 FG%, 4.5 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 1.2 TO in 26 minutes per game in the last two weeks, in which Lowry played only one game out of the possible six, Wright is not much more than a multi-cat streaming option. But that's exactly what we're looking for, right?

He will be on most waiver wires, he will not be someone who your opponent will see coming, and he will play four games next week - none of which come on Wednesday and Friday (the days with most games played on them with nine and ten).

He may not win you your matchup by himself, but let's face it, in this deep a league, no waiver wire add will. But, if Lowry remains out, he is good for 25 points, 12 boards, 10 dimes, 3 steals and a block next week. If your team can do with that boost, and doesn't mind the FG% and TO, Wright could be your guy. And, who knows? He might just explode in one of those four games if given the opportunity.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

OG Anunoby, SF/PF, TOR, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
C.J. Miles, SG/SF, TOR, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Greg Monroe, PF/C, TOR, (4% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, FG%
Norman Powell, SG/SF, TOR, (0% Owned) -
Strong Cats: a bit of everything - buyer beware: missed his last game due to a personal issue
Torrey Craig, SF, DEN, (2% Owned) -
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB 3PM, STL
Trey Lyles, PF, DEN (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a bit of everything
Iman Shumpert, SG/SF/PF, SAC, (8% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Justin Jackson, SF, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, DET, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK
Jonas Jerebko, SG/SF, GSW, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Kevon Looney, PF/C, GSW, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%
Danuel House, SG, HOU, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Gerald Green, SG/SF, HOU, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Nene Hilario, SG/SF, HOU, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, STL/BLK, REB
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Boban Marjanovic, C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%, FT%, PTS - buyer beware: they just refuse to unleash the Boban
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM, REB
Marcin Gortat, C, LAC, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAC, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: none really, but he once was a great fantasy player and is getting 30 minutes a night
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST, 3PM
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, REB, 3PM
D.J. Wilson, PF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB
Tony Snell, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM
Damyean Dotson, SG, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, PTS
Wilson Chandler, SG/SF/PF, PHI, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL, a bit of everything
T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FG%
Mike Muscala, PF/C, PHI, (3% Owned)
- Strong Cats: FT%, REB, 3PM, BLK
Landry Shamet, PG, PHI (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Zach Collins, PF/C, POR, (9% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Evan Turner, SG/SF, POR, (8% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL, REB, AST
Maurice Harkless, SF, POR, (5% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a bit of everything
Seth Curry, PG/SG, POR (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Nik Stauskas, SG/SF, POR (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Bryn Forbes, PG, SAS, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Davis Bertans, PF/C, SAS, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, REB
Derrick White, PG, SAS, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a bit of everything
Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, SAS, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG, SAS, (11% Owned) -P Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, AST
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, UTA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Dante Exum, PG/SG, UTA, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS

 

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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State of the Meta: Punt FT% in Fantasy Basketball Leagues

As we approach the new year, enough season has passed to afford us the chance to evaluate our early season calls and take the temperature of the NBA. With around a third of the season over, now is a good time to reflect and re-calibrate some of our expectations.

With this series, I'm going to take a look from a top-down point of view at some of the punt strategies, and look to give some guidance on how to move forward if your teams are in those particular strategies, and what kind of thoughts should be doing through our heads as we gear up for what is hopefully a successful stretch run and playoffs.

We'll move onto Punt FT%.

 

A Surprise To Be Sure... But A Welcome One

In the past, punt FT% was a strategy defined by the bigs, and a lot of players drafted it starting down the middle with guys like DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond being the headliners of the build.

This has been the generally accepted approach for years, going all the way back to proto-punt FT% teams headlined by Shaq making punt FT% the first punt strategy to really go mainstream as something that fantasy basketball players did to gain an edge.

As the strategy of punting has matured over the year, we arrive in 2018 with punt FT% in a very different place - I believe the strategy to be one defined by its guards, and the success and failure of the strategy comes down to how well you fill out your guard positions. This has actually worked to make punt FT% stronger than it has ever been in the metagame, where strong punt FT% teams can be pretty dominant across the board with few, if any weak categories if drafted correctly, and it's thanks to the evolution of the point guard position - from the pass first point generals of the 90s and early 2000s to the athletic freak combo guards of today.

 

Optimus Dime and the Brodie

Russell Westbrook and John Wall are the defining punt FT% players of 2018, imagine that a few years ago. Both players provide across the board production and help to greatly bolster the categories that punt FT% will naturally struggle within steals, points and assists. In addition to that, both their values this season have dropped overall due to dips in FT%, which obviously isn't a concern if you're punting it.

The combination of those factors has made these 2 guys easy trade targets if they're sitting on a team that isn't a punt FT% team. Both these guys also have their relatively poor field goal percentages and high turnover counts pulled up by the general high FG% and low TO nature of punt FT% teams making them elite across the board contributors with almost no weaknesses.

 

As Deep As It Gets

Another reason why the strategy is now defined by guards is that the center position is now deeper than it has ever been. Just take a look at how many top 50 guys there are in the strategy that are not attractive to other builds: Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan, Steven Adams, Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela, Hassan Whiteside, Montrezl Harrell. And then you have guys in the top 100 range like Willie Cauley-Stein and Derrick Favors who were incredibly cheap pickups on draft day as well as rookies like Mohamed Bamba and Marvin Bagley who will end up in that range soon as well and it's evident that punt FT% is as deep as it has ever been.

Couple that with the declining overall value (but not for punt FT%) of guys like Westbrook, Wall and even Eric Bledsoe, all of whom suddenly can't seem to hit their free throws anymore and it's incredibly easy to find incremental value for a punt FT% team up and down the board.

 

The Wire

One big advantage of being in a punt strategy is being able to find value in players who are not worth rostering for others. Here are some guys you should be grabbing if they are on your wires for your punt FT% teams. (% are for Yahoo leagues)

Marvin Bagley III, 57% Owned

Probably the most natural stash for the strategy, Bagley is available in almost half of the leagues out there and should absolutely be picked up, especially if you have an IR spot on your punt FT% team.

Points is probably the hardest category to pivot for in the build and Bagley will be able to provide a decent amount of that along with bolstering your peripheral stats to an extent. He has a decent steal rate for a big and his minutes should go up as the year goes on.

Mitchell Robinson, 12% Owned

Mitch Rob is also a good big man to stash, although I like him a lot less in punt FT% than something like punt rebounds or punt FG% due to his skill-set being too correlated to the strengths of the strategy.  If you still need to bolster blocks and FG%, then he should be a solid pickup.

I expect his minutes to go up as the season goes on, especially with the Knicks' recent benching of Enes Kanter. When your biggest competition for the starting spot is Luke Kornet, you're in a pretty good place to pick up decent minutes.

Lonzo Ball, 86% Owned

He's not a waiver guy but I have to mention him here as he is still on a decent number of waiver wires somewhere. If he is available in the 14% of leagues where he isn't owned, please pick him up.

Derrick Favors, 65% Owned

Easy scoop up if you need another big, and a great example of how easy it is to get quality bigs for the strategy and the advantages of building from the guard positions out. It's probably too late to grab him in a lot of leagues now but if he's still on your wire he's a solid pickup.

Maurice Harkless, 3% Owned

For deeper leagues, Moe Harkless is a solid flier. He returned top 100 value in punt FT% in 2016-2017 and contributes in your contrary categories (decent steals and 3s) which make him one of the cheapest pivots out there. I'd stash him to see how his playing time shakes out if you have room to do so.

Emmanuel Mudiay, 59% Owned

Another excellent pivot, especially when you are in the strategy that is best equipped to mitigate his crappy efficiency. Mudiay will provide a decent amount of points and assists, which is likely a welcome addition to your punt FT% team.

 

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Centers Went From Rare To Everywhere

Late-December and early-January is right about the time when players mysteriously suffer from an un-curable disease called "rest." It's common and floods every teams locker room at some point. Luckily it only lasts one game, usually on the front or back end of back-to-back games. Teams are starting to totally scrap game plans because of injuries, for example the Miami Heat naming Justise Winslow as their new starting point guard. This happened last year as well and really improved Winslow's value, but the overall impact on other players was minimal. He is able to play make, but since he isn't the strongest shooter, it's not hard for teams to really accommodate for that and fill passing lanes. Regardless, his value increases massively for the time being, but the rest of the Heat will need to create their own opportunities until a more suitable option is available.

You have probably noticed the juggernaut of juggernauts having started to slow down, further proving how truly dead of a period this is. Look for Luke Kornet, Rodions Kurucs, and Thomas Bryant have emerged as suitable bigs, while others like Ivica Zubac should already be picked up. With the amount of upside these forward/centers have, you need to at least roster them for the their immediate upside. I made sure to list a bunch of high-upside centers early, because this article will feature two guards and one big.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 10

Tomas Satoransky, G  – Washington Wizards

Ownership: 4%

6.1 PPG / 2.9 APG / .457 FG% / .8 SPG

This pick is more on the bold side since Tomas Satoransky has basically seen his peak for this season, but I'm confident the Wizards will continue to need his bench production. He was benefitting from John Wall dealing with a minor illness and injuries, but he still good for 20 minutes every game. Of course, he is not going to be that type of player that is having massive outings every night and he won't stack one category, but since he does offer upside in every category and helps with steals and shooting percentages, the recoil is minimal. This week should be a big week for Satoransky seeing how the Wizards play the Bulls, Hornets, and Hawks as their next three games.

 

Langston Galloway, G – Detroit Pistons

Ownership 2%

9.6 PPG / 2.6 RPG / 1.8 3PTM / .406 FG%

Langston Galloway's last two games were huge for his value and he should still be available in most leagues right now. In both games he scored 20 or close to 20 points and was able to convert from deep on decent percentages. He didn't have his highest scoring night of the season in either game and he's hit four threes in multiple games this season. His minutes have taken a slight downturn recently, but he offers spacing and defense at the guard position, something Detroit is very, very limited on. Galloway should see his minutes start to circle back around to the 25-27 range in the near future, but his upside will most likely rely on how well he performs each night. His role in the offense allows for him to produce under fairly easy circumstances, so look for him to be the primary a three-point shooter for the next month, while the Pistons search desperately for another source of consistency.

 

Jakob Poeltl, F/C – San Antonio Spurs

Ownership 18%

6.0 PPG / 5.1 RPG / .627 FG% / .7 BPG

This is old news at this point, but Jakob Poeltl carries so much upside it's annoying. His ability to actually score and get to his spots on offense needs work, but defensively he seems at home with the Spurs. Despite Poeltl not being the strongest defender, you wouldn't be able to tell until you actually watch him get run over and dunked on. Both Davis Bertans and Poeltl are getting their fair share of posters sent their way, but it's ultimately grooming them for defensive longevity. Since Poeltl still needs a ton of work and the Spurs are low on young bigs, Poeltl only has the curse of the Spurs holding him back. The curse is that the Spurs don't have solid rotations and tend to rest players at random, but since San Antonio is struggling, it's easy for him to find production all over the place. If he can continue to scrape at double-doubles in barely 20 minutes, I expect him to find consistency the more he comes of the bench.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 11

On behalf of RotoBaller, we wish everyone a Merry Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Looking into Week 11, It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 11 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 11.

 

Week 11 Schedule

4 Games - Lakers, Trail Blazers

3 Games -  Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Bucks, Heat, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Knicks, Magic, Sixers, Suns, Kings, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards

2 Games - Pacers, Grizzlies

 

Week 11 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Tyler Johnson - PG/SG, HEAT (40% Ownership)

Goran Dragic (knee surgery) is ruled out for the next two months, which has vaulted Johnson into the starting lineup for the Miami Heat. They're winners of five in a row and he has excelled in the starting lineup. Although Johnson won't be a high assist guy, he's worth owning in most leagues given that he can score and hit 3-pointers. Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 3-pointers made over the last five games, including a 25-point outing on 6-of-9 from deep on Sunday. Get him on your team and enjoy the goodies for the next two months.

Jerami Grant - SF/PF, THUNDER (65% Ownership)

Grant has been steady all season but has really cooled off over the last month. However, he's starting to pick it up again in recent weeks. The athletic forward is averaging 15.6 points on an elite 64 percent from the field over the last five games, to go along 1.2 blocks in that span. The Thunder are one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and with him thriving thus far this season - he'll likely finish the season as the Thunder's power forward.

Reggie Bullock - SG/SF, PISTONS (37% Ownership)

Bullock was red-hot heading into Sunday, but was held to only eight points on 2-of-6 shooting, to go one rebound, three assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes. The heavy minutes are a good indication that Coach Dwyane Casey believes in him to space the floor. He has hit 21 3-points in the past five games, so he can certainly help in that department. He won't give you much else, so think long of you want to drop for the sharpshooter.

Fred Vanvleet - PG, RAPTORS (51% Ownership)

Vanvleet has been terrific all season for the Raptors, as he's leading the second-unit in one of the best benches in the entire league. His ability to play with the starters gives him some standard league consideration, and he's scored in double-figures in four straight contests as well. His upside in 3-pointers, assists, and steals makes him a worthy streamer on any given night.

Thomas Bryant - C, WIZARDS (17% Ownership)

Thomas Bryant came out of nowhere on Saturday night and busted out with 31 points with 13 rebounds, making a perfect 14-of-14 from the field. He wasn't nearly as good Sunday, but still managed to score 11 points with seven rebounds. He's worth a long look in most leagues given that he can anchor your field goal percentage and rebound. He'll have some upside in blocks and can stretch the floor with his ability to hit 3-pointers.

Jeff Green - SF/PF, WIZARDS (32% Ownership)

Otto Porter JR. (knee) has missed seven straight games and his return date is still unknown. Green has taken full advantage and he'll continue to log heavy minutes as long as Dwight Howard (butt) and Porter is out. He's worth a look as long as he's hot, having been a top-75 player in nine-category leagues over the last two weeks.

Noah Vonleh - PF, KNICKS (44% Ownership)

The injury to Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Lance Thomas (knee) will give Vonleh a bigger leash for more minutes and contributions as he was already a stable player to roster in most 12-team leagues. Vonleh has averaged 8.4 points and 10.0 boards per game over the five. The upside and minutes continue to be there, so scoop him up and hope he continues to have a fine season.

Nemanja Bjelica - PF, KINGS (54% Ownership)

Marvin Bagley (knee bruise) is out at least for another week, which makes Bjelica a must-own player again. The Kings lean on him to space the floor and with Bagley out of the way, he'll be an excellent source of triples with nice percentages.

Kevin Knox - SF/PF, KNICKS (59% Ownership)

Have to give him credit when it due, but Knox has quickly turned his rookie campaign around last week since being re-inserted back into the starting lineup. Knox has now scored in double-figures in four straight games and is averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers per game over the last five. He's not contributing much in the defensive stats, but we shouldn't nitpick too much for a 19-year old rookie. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this as a moment to sell and get a player in return with a more positive outlook.

Monte Morris - PG, NUGGETS (38% Ownership)

Gary Harris (hip) will miss at least another week and Morris will likely get a bulk of those minutes playing next to Jamal Murray. Given that assists are hard to come by, Morris is a must-add player right now and he's ranked #16 over the past two weeks in nine-category leagues. He's scored double-figures in eight straight games now and continues to thrive in the Sixth-Man role.

Kevin Huerter - SG, HAWKS (14% Ownership)

Taurean Prince (ankle) will miss extended time, where Prince being out for at least another week or so gives Huerter a huge boost. He's one of the best shooters in this draft and he's logging heavy minutes despite some quiet outings over the last week. He'll have some inconsistency given that he's a rookie, so he's still a hold in most 12+ team leagues.

Joe Harris - SG, NETS (59% Ownership)

Harris is healthy again, and the Nets continue to give him big minutes. He's going to be a resourceful source of 3-pointers as long as he's logging close to 30 minutes per game, and his percentages won't hurt you anywhere. He's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues.

Emmanuel Mudiay - PG/SG, KNICKS (58% Ownership)

Mudiay has played well as of late for the Knicks, having reached double-digit scoring in six straight games. His fantasy game is very similar to Reggie Jackson, as the assists to turnover ratio is mediocre at best and the percentages will prevent him from being a top-100 asset. However, he's been very good as of late, averaging just over 20 points and 5.5 dimes per game in the month of December. He's worth owning in most leagues if he continues to put up this level of production.

 

Week 11 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Kelly Olynyk - PF/C, HEAT (41% Ownership)

The minutes has dialed down a bit with Hassan White back on the court, but we all knew that. However, Olynyk is still a key part of the bench mob for the Heat and they need his offensive punch off the bench. He hasn't played nearly as well the past week, but he's still worth holding onto in deeper leagues.

Marvin Williams - SF/PF, HORNETS (53% Ownership)

Marvin Williams can be frustrating to own, but his ability to produce great value will keep him in the top-125 roto value all season. Williams went off for 24 points on seven made triples on Friday night but shot just 1-of-9 from the field for four points on Sunday. He'll be useful to stream if you need 3 pointers, with a sprinkle of steals and blocks.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF, SUNS (11% Ownership)

Bridges continues to log heavy minutes, as the Suns are fully invested in developing their young players. He's played over 30 minutes in five straight games and picked up nine points with three rebounds, four assists, one block, and five steals. At this point, he's worth a look in deeper leagues given his defensive contributions (2.2 steals over last five) but can quickly vault into the standard league consideration at some point later into the season. Keep your eyes on him and the tanking Phoenix Suns.

Rajon Rondo - PG, LAKERS (48% Ownership)

Rondo (hand) returned to action on Friday and dished out nine assists in only 22 minutes of action. He'll be the head of the snake for the second-unit for the Lakers so he's resourceful when you're in need of assists. Dimes are hard to get on the waiver wire so he's certainly worth a pick up if you need point guard stats.

Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF, SUNS (57% Ownership)

Oubre may have found a nice home in Phoenix, having played heavy minutes out the gate since he's been traded from Washington. It's not too clear what his role may look in a couple of weeks, especially given the Suns are loaded with wings on their roster. But he's an offensive punch that the Suns can really benefit from, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues.

Rodions Kurucs - SF/PF, NETS (6% Ownership)

Kurucs has taken advantage of the injured Allen Crabbe (knee) and looks to be a great fit in the Nets offense lately. The Latvian forward has scored 24 and 16 points over the last two games and he looks to be someone to have earned a spot in the rotation. He's someone to heavily monitor as the season goes on and he has a hint of upside you won't find elsewhere on the waiver wire.

Landry Shamet - SG, SIXERS (2% Ownership)

Shamet has been so consistent he can be used as a streamer in any format as a 3-point specialist. The Sixers desperately need outside shooting outside of J.J. Reddick and he provides just that. Shamet has drained 11 3-pointers in the last five games and he can help put the odds in your favor if you need help in the 3-pointers category.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 11 (Dec 24 - Dec 30)

The holidays are upon us, and with plenty to do on and around Christmas, make sure you set your lineups for each day and think ahead if you plan to stream your way to victory in the last week of 2018.

There's nothing sweeter during the holiday period than warm family, cold drinks, hot food, and smoked fantasy NBA opponent.

I'm here to help you stream your team into the New Year with a W, and to do just that, here are our Fantasy Basketball Streamers for Week 11.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 11

With NBA players earning their well-deserved rest on Christmas, this leaves us with no games to be played on Monday. So we have a six-day week on our hands and it will be the biggest challenge to field a full team - you guessed it - on Tuesday and Thursday with just five games apiece, this time followed closely by Sunday which will have six matches played.

Furthermore, due to no-game Monday, only two teams play four games, and both play on all three of these days, so we will have some heavy favorites to stream this week. But more on that later.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 0
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 20
Thursday: 10
Friday: 20
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 12

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: -
Wednesday/Thursday: SAC
Thursday/Friday: LAL
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DEN, LAC, NOP, PHO, SAS, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: POR
Sunday/Monday the following: DAL, MIN, OKC, ORL

Days with seven or fewer games
Tuesday: 5 games
Thursday: 5 games
Sunday: 6 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Boston Celtics
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers

Team playing on Thurs/Sat:
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 11

With Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday having nine or ten games played, fantasy owners shouldn't have problems fielding a respectable team on those days. The trouble will most likely come on the other three days, so we will shift our focus on teams playing on those days.

With three teams playing on all of those days, and two of these three being the Lakers and the Blazers, the only teams with four games this week, it becomes obvious who will be the best streaming targets for Week 11. The third team that plays on all three days are the 76ers and we will take a look at their players as well.

After these three teams, we will give honorable mentions to players from the Thunder, the Celtics, the Warriors, the Rockets, the Bucks, the Knicks, and the Jazz, who all play on two of the three scarce days we've mentioned.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG/SF, LAL, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, FT%
Josh Hart, SG/SF, LAL, (42% Owned) -
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (40% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: AST, STL, REB - buyer beware: has just recovered from injury - may be eased into the rotation
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, POR, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: can go on a shooting slump
Marcus Morris, SF/PF, BOS, (69% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST
Terry Rozier, PG/SG, BOS, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, AST
Jaylen Brown, PG/SG, BOS, (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything
Eric Gordon, SG, HOU, (71% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, HOU, (38% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, MIL, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, FG%, REB, AST, 3PM, PTS
Noah Vonleh, PF, NYK, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, AST
Kevin Knox, PF, NYK, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, NYK, (55% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, AST, 3PM
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, FG%
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Jae Crowder, SF/PF, UTA, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, TO
Derrick Favors, PF/C, UTA, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Tyson Chandler, C, LAL, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Lance Stephenson, SG/SF, LAL, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Zach Collins, PF/C, POR, (10% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Evan Turner, SG/SF, POR, (7% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL, REB, AST
Maurice Harkless, SF, POR, (2% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a bit of everything
Seth Curry, PG/SG, POR (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Nik Stauskas, SG/SF, POR (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Wilson Chandler, SG/SF/PF, PHI, (4% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, STL, a bit of everything
T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FG%
Mike Muscala, PF/C, PHI, (5% Owned)
- Strong Cats: FT%, REB, 3PM, BLK
Landry Shamet, PG, PHI (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Robert Williams, PF/C, BOS, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%, increased opportunity with Al Horford and Aron Baynes injured
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%, increased opportunity with Al Horford and Aron Baynes injured
Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK
Jonas Jerebko, SG/SF, GSW, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, PTS, a bit of everything
Kevon Looney, PF/C, GSW, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB, FG%
Danuel House, SG, HOU, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Gerald Green, SG/SF, HOU, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Nene Hilario, SG/SF, HOU, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, STL/BLK, REB
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST, 3PM
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, REB, 3PM
D.J. Wilson, PF, MIL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, REB
Tony Snell, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM
Damyean Dotson, SG, NYK, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, PTS
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, UTA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Dante Exum, PG/SG, UTA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS

 

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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Let's Get Monte Morris Ownership Levels Rightfully Above 50%

If only we had a cover picture of Monte Morris...Anyway, I'll be sure to spread the knowledge around to the rest of the league as well, but there have only been 20-odd players that have been more valuable than Monte Morris over the past two weeks. With all the injuries and the talent the Nuggets have, no matter where he falls in the rotation, whether it be for his defense, passing, or speed, Morris is guaranteed minutes and will be used as a secure, secondary ball-handler. The stats back up the hype, and I'll dive deeper later in the article. At this moment, you should be looking at players like Reggie Bullock, Tyler Johnson, and Thaddeus Young for immediate production. All three are trending upwards, but Young has the most interesting position. Because he plays behind talented rebounders, his role is based on each matchup and his ability to over-power opponents. Right now, he is a sell-high, with both Johnson and Bullock being ideal buy-lows candidates. Johnson is benefitting from an injury and his usage will drop closer to February and March, but Bullock is definitely on an uptrend. He started off slow and wasn't able to contribute, but his impact is multiplied when he hits shots. He can offer defensive stats and threes, putting him on the list next to Robert Covington and Josh Richardson as versatile fantasy assets.

Dario Saric started off his Timberwolves career slowly, but Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibadeau finally understood the value of player development. He just needed to give Saric some serious minutes on the court for him to finally mesh and produce as he did in Philadelphia. Normally, I'd say his upside is capped by his coach, but at this point, Thibadeau knows he needs to play Saric.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 10

Monte Morris, G  – Denver Nuggets

Ownership: 33%

10.1 PPG / 4.1 APG / .484 FG% / 1.1 3PM

Monte Morris also offers value in steals, giving him all-around upside. Like stated earlier, his minutes aren't really in jeopardy after proving his worth time and time again on the court. There really isn't anything he can't do well; he just doesn't have explosive performances. He has big-play ability but with the team surrounding him, it rarely comes down to Morris being the one forced to do everything. We'd prefer this out of him now that everyone reading this needing a point guard will pick him up, but it's still ambitious thinking. He will be a consistent point guard option for the rest of the season, even in a backup role when it gets to that point. He won't get priority over Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, or Will Barton, but along with Nikola Jokic, he is one of the best playmakers on this team. Look for that to carry him into at least 25 minutes a night for the rest of the season.

 

Jeff Green, F – Washington Wizards

Ownership 30%

10.9 PPG / 4.8 RPG / 1.3 3PM / .504 FG%

Of course, this isn't one of those emergency picks, but it's pretty evident that Jeff Green is still seeing minutes despite the Trevor Ariza trade. This is not a rest of the season add, but more for the next week if you need someone to stream. The teams he plays in the coming two weeks seriously struggle to guard wings, and it's unlikely that Ariza takes all of Green's minutes. His usage has gone down which indicates that Green is closer to being on his way out of fantasy relevance than in, but that doesn't mean he won't have a big game to help you win this week. If you had a player get hurt recently, like Chris Paul, Allen Crabbe, or Zach LaVine, Green can be the perfect filler for the time being. If he wasn't offering across the board contributions, I'd pass over him, but I'm hoping and assuming Green is going to close out the calendar year strong and carry it into mid-January.

 

Richaun Holmes, C – Phoenix Suns

Ownership 20%

7.3 PPG / 4.5 RPG / .657 FG% / 1.2 BPG

The blocks are an added bonus, but to be fair, there are usually never many bigs left on the wire that are guaranteed to produce this deep into the season. Holmes has been all over the place production-wise, but he is still doing the most with his minutes. His most recent game was not promising, but this is to be expected from a center in his role. The Suns tend to run smaller, leaving Holmes with minimal upside unless he is able to get to the rim and help rebound. Usually, that's the case, but it's ridiculous to think that Holmes will simply dominate competition purely based on athleticism. The most promising aspect about picking up Holmes is his upside. He has seen some of his higher minute totals in recent games and that should continue since the Suns are still in rebuild mode. Holmes isn't necessarily a direct part of that rebuild, but he is the best big Phoenix has and will get more minutes moving forward because they will need someone to attack all the coming missed shots.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 10

Looking ahead into Week 10, we're just about halfway into the fantasy basketball season. It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 10 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen.

As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 10.

 

Week 10 Schedule

4 Games - Bulls, Nets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Thunder, Suns, Trailblazers, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, Wizards

3 Games -  Hawks, Lakers, Heat, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, Sixers, Raptors, Hornets, Celtics

2 Games - Nuggets

 

Week 10 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Noah Vonleh - PF, KNICKS (46% Ownership)

The injury to Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Lance Thomas (knee) will give Vonleh a bigger leash for more minutes and contributions as he was already a stable player to roster in most 12-team leagues. Vonleh had an impressive double-double by putting in 15 points, 11 boards, and seven assists in 42 minutes of action. The upside and minutes are there, so scoop him up and hope he continues to have a fine season.

Nemanja Bjelica - PF, KINGS (48% Ownership)

Marvin Bagley (knee bruise) is out at least for the next two weeks, which makes Bjelica a must-own player again. He's drained 12 triples in the last three contests, including four blocked shots on Sunday. The Kings lean on him to space the floor and with Bagley out of the way, he'll be an excellent source of triples with nice percentages.

Cody Zeller - PF/C, HORNETS (32% Ownership)

Not exactly the most exciting player to own, Zeller clung onto late-round value thanks to his excellent percentages with the trickle of blocked shots. The former Hoosiers product scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Knicks on Friday on a near-perfect 9-of-10 from the field.

Kevin Knox - SF/PF, KNICKS (55% Ownership)

Have to give him credit when it due, but Knox has quickly turned his rookie campaign around last week since being re-inserted back into the starting lineup. Knox has now scored in double-figures in four straight games and is averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers per game over the last five. He's not contributing much in the defensive stats, but we shouldn't nitpick too much for a 19-year old rookie. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this as a moment to sell and get a player in return with a more positive outlook.

Monte Morris - PG, NUGGETS (25% Ownership)

Gary Harris (hip) will miss at least another week and Morris will likely get a bulk of those minutes playing next to Jamal Murray. Given that assists are hard to come by, Morris is worth an add despite the Nuggets only playing two games this week. He's scored double-figures in six straight games now and continues to thrive in the Sixth-Man role.

Juan Hernangomez - SF/PF, NUGGETS (52% Ownership)

Paul Millsap (broken toe) will probably miss at least a month, so Hernangomez will get a huge boost for the time being. He's cooled off as of late but is still averaging close to 36 minutes per game over the last five. He'll have some up and downs and it'll all depend if his shot is falling, but the Nuggets are one of the best offensive teams so there's plenty of opportunities to get counting stats. Get him in your lineup as he has tremendous upside. His upside is similar to Nikola Mirotic.

Kevin Huerter - SG, HAWKS (20% Ownership)

Taurean Prince (ankle) will miss extended time, where Prince being out for at least another week or so gives Huerter a huge boost. He's one of the best shooters in this draft and demonstrated why by knocking down 13 triples over the last four. He's still logging heavy minutes and despite being held to just four points on Sunday against the Nets, he should be kept at least this week to see where it goes.

Kelly Olynyk - PF/C, HEAT (39% Ownership)

Olynyk went from DNP's earlier in the season to putting in double-digit scoring in eight straight games. The Heat realized they need his offensive punch off the bench and he's likely going to stick with this role as the season progresses. He's always had top-75 upside when given the opportunity, and I'd look to add him everywhere as he's logged 32 minutes on Sunday even with Hassan Whiteside active and healthy.

Kyle Anderson - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (61% Ownership)

Slo-mo has really worked his way into the standard league consideration after a brutal start. He's no longer battling a sore Achilles, and while the numbers won't wow you, he'll contribute in most categories to help you in many ways. He's doing enough in multiple categories to keep, even though he is boring to roster. Pick him up if you have dead weight on your roster.

Richaun Holmes -PF/C, SUNS (22% Ownership)

The steals and blocks are undeniable, and he should be picked up in most leagues because it's been that consistent. He's been a top-60 player the past week and is showing that he can maintain value in limited minutes thanks to his defensive contributions. If anything ever happens to Deandre Ayton, Holmes would become truly be unleashed. He's loaded with upside, and the departure of Tyson Chandler has given Holmes a stable backup role on the Suns.

Joe Harris - SG, NETS (53% Ownership)

Harris is healthy again, and the Nets continue to give him big minutes. He's going to be a resourceful source of 3-pointers as long as he's logging close to 30 minutes per game, and his percentages won't hurt you anywhere. He's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues.

Emmanuel Mudiay - PG/SG, KNICKS (40% Ownership)

Mudiay has played well as of late for the Knicks, having reached double-digit scoring in four straight games. His fantasy game is very similar to Reggie Jackson, as the assists to turnover ratio is mediocre at best and the percentages will prevent him from being a top-100 asset. There's no telling if he'll continue to start, and it's anyone's guess given Fizdale's constant jerking of the rotation. He's worth a look if you can deal with the volatile production.

 

Week 10 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

JaMychal Green - PF/C, GRIZZLIES (32% Ownership)

Green is averaging 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a reserve behind Jaren Jackson J.R. and Marc Gasol, so it's clear that he's a better player coming off the bench against the opposition's second units. He's more suited for deeper leagues.

Rodions Kurucs - SF/PF, NETS (2% Ownership)

Kurucs has taken advantage of the injured Allen Crabbe (knee) and looks to be a great fit in the Nets offense lately. The Nets have suddenly won five straight games after Sunday and Kurucs has certainly played his way into the rotation by averaging 13 points per game and shot a combined 13-of-21 from the field over the last three games. He's someone to heavily monitor as the season goes on and he has a hint of upside you won't find elsewhere on the waiver wire.

James Johnson - SF/PF, HEAT (31% Ownership)

The Heat is battling a lot of nagging injuries with Goran Dragic (rest), Josh Richardson (shoulder) and Tyler Johnson (hip) so Johnson and Winslow is getting a handful of opportunities to produce more. He's slowly come on and should be on the radar in even standard leagues given his multi-category contributions. Johnson's averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over his last five contests.

Austin Rivers - PG/SG, SUNS (8% Ownership)

This is probably a dart and a lotto ticket, but Rivers can potentially be a starter in Phoenix. He's not a point guard by all means, but his athleticism with his volatile shooting will give him an opportunity to showcase if he's a good fit next to Devin Booker. He's a guy to monitor going forward and I would scoop him in 16 + team leagues to see where it goes, starting with the Knicks on Monday.

Landry Shamet - SG, SIXERS (1% Ownership)

Shamet has been so consistent he can be used as a streamer in any format as a 3-point specialist. The Sixers desperately need outside shooting outside of J.J. Reddick and he provides just that. Shamet has drained 12 3-pointers in the last four games and he can help put the odds in your favor if you need help in the 3-pointers category.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 10 (Dec 17 - Dec 23)

Dear streamers, we're back with a longer look into Week 10 of NBA fantasy basketball. If his schedule is poor, cut that lonely dude at the end of your bench. You know you're not going to play him unless you have to, and on the days he plays, a ton of other players play as well so he will just be sad seeing everyone else picked in front of him. If you love something, you have to set it free.

In his stead, you can stream some players who will play on those days when you desperately need them to. And, lord knows, there are a few such days coming up.

Let's see which teams will help you fill your starting rosters on those scarce game-days, and which players could make the difference in your matchup for next week. Here are our Fantasy Basketball Streamers for Week 10.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 10

Tuesday has only four games and Thursday is even worse with only two. These days will give fantasy owners most trouble, since only one team plays on both those days. Moreover, Saturday has seven games, so some fantasy teams will look to fill that gap as well. Six teams play on at least two of these days, and their players will be on our radar.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Hornets
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors

Team with 2 games:
Denver Nuggets

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 16
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 24
Thursday: 4
Friday: 20
Saturday: 14
Sunday: 22

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: BKN, CLE, IND, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday: HOU
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: MIL, SAS, TOR, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: DAL, GSW, LAC, MIA, OKC, PHO, WAS
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with seven or fewer games
Tuesday: 4 games
Thursday: 2 games
Saturday: 7 games

Team playing on all three days:
Dallas Mavericks (4 games total this week)

Team playing on Tue/Thurs:
Dallas Mavericks

Teams playing on Tue/Sat:
Denver Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks
Washington Wizards

Team playing on Thurs/Sat:
Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 10

As we already mentioned Tuesday has just four games and Thursday two, so it is clear that those will be the toughest days to field a decent team. Only Dallas plays on both these days. Furthermore, they play on Saturday that has the third-fewest games this week with seven, and have another game on Sunday as well. It is clear that their players should be at the top of your streaming lists.

Other teams that play at least two games on these three days are Denver, Houston, LA Clippers, Miami and Washington. They all play on Saturday and on either Tuesday or Thursday. Players from these teams will also be subjects of our focus for next week's streaming. Do beware of the Nuggets though, as they only play two games this week in total.

 

Streaming Options for the Week

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dennis Smith Jr. PF/C, DAL (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Dirk Nowitzki, PF/C, DAL (32% Owned) -
Strong Cats: FT%, FG%, 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: has just recovered from injury - will probably be eased into the rotation
Eric Gordon, SG, HOU, (73% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, HOU, (30% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, LAC (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, STL/BLK, AST, a bit of everything
Bam Adebayo, SG/SF, MIA, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%
Justise Winslow, SF/PF, MIA, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK - buyer beware: poor percentages
Dwyane Wade, SG/SF, MIA (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL/BLK - buyer beware: DNP - Old
Rodney McGruder, SG/SF, MIA, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
James Johnson, SF/PF, MIA, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL/BLK, a bit of everything
Markieff Morris, PF/C, WAS, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, WAS, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Juancho Hernangomez, SF/PF, DEN, (52% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, a bit of everything

 

Player Recommendations

Shallower League Add

Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, DAL, (50% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS

Wes hasn't been the same guy he was back in Portland since he came to Dallas. But he has reminded us why Dallas signed him to a lucrative deal in the last three weeks. He strung together eight double-digit scoring games before cutting the streak in his penultimate game. He scored in double digits again in his last outing though, so it seems his slump is officially over.

His season averages of 14.8 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 43.0 FG% and 76.3 FT%, 2.5 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 1.2 TO in 31 minutes per game is exactly what you can expect from him. Not too flashy, but taken into consideration Dallas' great schedule nest week, Matthews is a prime streaming candidate. He is especially valuable to teams in need of scoring and threes, that wouldn't mind too much if Wes screwed with their field goal percentage.

Deep League Add

Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, MIA, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, FT%, PTS, a bit of everything

Olynyk has had a rough start to the season. Well, actually, he has been quite fluky for about the first month and a half. He has had more single- than double-digit games in that period, even going scoreless twice. But then December came, and it's as if Kelly was just waiting for that. Since his game against the Pelicans on Dec 1, the Canadian has scored in double digits in eight games in a row, not having less than 13 points in any of them.

In the last 14 days, he is returning top-65 value according to Yahoo, and what's got him there are his averages of 14.9 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 42.9 FG% and 80.0 FT%, 6.4 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.7 BLK, and 1.6 TO in almost 27 minutes per outing during that period.

Hassan Whiteside was away due to the birth of his child, but even with him back, Kelly did great in his last game. He scored 18 points on 5-of-9 from the field (4-of-7 from beyond the arc) and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, adding five boards, five assists, a steal and a block to make his fantasy owners ecstatic. He did have two turnovers, but after such a performance, who cares!?

Olynyk is in terrific form, and if he is available in your league, he can be of great help to your efforts to win your next-week's matchup.

Insanely Deep League Add

Jalen Brunson, PG, DAL (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, STL, AST

Jalen Brunson is the living proof of the wise words from the popular movie "Field of dreams". "If you build it, he will come." Brunson was training, waited for the opportunity and - it came. And he is definitely making the most of it.

In the last five games, he is playing over 26 minutes a night and averaging 12.0 points with 0.6 threes on 60.0% from the field and 56.3% from the charity stripe, adding 1.2 rebounds, 3.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, no blocks and 0.6 turnovers. Not too shabby for a guy who can be had in the large majority of leagues.

The 33rd pick of this years draft has an additional "rookie appeal", as we probably haven't seen his best yet. And, as Brunson demonstrated already this season...it will come.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Devin Harris, PG/SG, DAL (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL (6% Owned)
- Strong Cats: STL, REB, 3PM - buyer beware: Dirk is back
Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (5% Owned)
- Strong Cats: FG%, REB - buyer beware: Dirk is back
Maxi Kleber, PF/C, DAL (1% Owned)
- Strong Cats: BLK, REB - buyer beware: Dirk is back
Danuel House, SG, HOU, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Gerald Green, SG/SF, HOU, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Nene Hilario, SG/SF, HOU, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, STL/BLK, REB
Boban Marjanovic, C, LAC, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%, FT%, PTS - buyer beware: they just refuse to unleash the Boban
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, 3PM, REB
Marcin Gortat, C, LAC, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAC, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: none really, but he once was a great fantasy player and is getting 30 minutes a night
Mike Scott, PF, LAC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Tyrone Wallace, SG/SF, LAC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, MIA (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, 3PM
Derrick Jones Jr., SF, MIA (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, FG%
Jeff Green, SF/PF, WAS (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: good percentages, a bit of everything
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, WAS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, good percentages
Thomas Bryant, C, WAS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Sam Dekker, SF/PF, WAS, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Torrey Craig, SG/SF, DEN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Trey Lyles, PF, DEN, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Mason Plumlee, PF, DEN, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK, a bit of everything
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

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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State of the Meta: Punting FG% in Fantasy Basketball Leagues

The holiday season is fast approaching, and enough season has passed to afford us the chance to evaluate our early season calls and take the temperature of the NBA. With around a third of the season over, now is a good time to reflect and re-calibrate some of our expectations.

In this series, I'm going to take a look from a top-down point of view at some of the Punt strategies, and look to give some guidance on how to move forward if your teams are in those particular strategies, and what kind of thoughts should be doing through our heads as we gear up for what is hopefully a successful stretch run and playoffs.

We'll start with Punt FG%.

 

Changing Expectations

My preseason call for punt FG% was that it would be a lot shallower than previous years and harder to build a great team around due to the situations surrounding some of the elite pivots and cornerstones for the strategy - Porzingis projected to miss most of the season and Boogie's injury and situation being the biggest problems.

I said that the number of ideal Center eligible players for the strategy would be low and the best ones would be heavily over-drafted and that most leagues would not be able to support 2 strong punt FG% teams like in years past. I also mentioned that you might have to some rely on rookies to carry that load, a very high-risk position to be in.

About that... The rookie center eligible guys are exactly what has been carrying the strategy this season.

 

Triple-J and the Block Panther

These two are the real deal and have breathed new life into the strategy. If you're a punt FG% team that got either Jaren Jackson Jr. or Wendell Carter Jr. late in the draft, or traded for them early in the season, your punt FG% team is pretty solid. Both these guys are elite block pivots that provide a solid base of rebounds without hurting your FT%, and pretty much serve a similar role for the strategy that Marc Gasol has for years.

Carter Jr. has struggled a bit of late, and there is a bit of a frontcourt crunch with the Bulls' rotation with the return of Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen, but he is definitely part of the Bulls' future and will see consistent minutes as he continues to work on his foul issues. Jackson Jr. is already on a star trajectory and has been a wonderful surprise so far this season, and his combination of Porzingis-level blocks and decent FT% has made him look like a cornerstone for the strategy for years to come.

Another guy who's been a solid value this season is Brook Lopez, who has been a phenomenal blocks pivot for the strategy, and obviously, Gasol has been his usual excellent self in punt FG% and LaMarcus Aldridge has been alright for those who overpaid for him. Lopez, Aldridge, and Gasol, along with the two rookies have made it so leagues can actually support 2-3 punt FG% teams now that won't be terrible at blocks and rebounds, and the strategy is in a much better place than it was back in October.

 

Not What You Expected

For every punt build, sometimes you end up with players who's season stat lines end up a little different from what you expected. You pay a premium for a guy expecting one thing and end up with another that kind of runs counter-intuitive to your strategy. Let's take a look at those guys for Punt FG%.

Russell Westbrook

For over half a decade, Russ has been one of the premier punt FG% guards for his out of position rebounds and across the board contributions that look better when you disregard his most damaging stat. It's pretty amazing that in 2018, Russ has become almost unplayable in the strategy, and now is probably the premier punt FT% guard in the league. With less FG volume and better efficiency in recent years, Russ' FG% impact is actually very bearable now and pretty easy to make up for in a big heavy team like Punt FT%.

Yet now, his biggest negative impact stat aside from turnovers is FT%, which sits at an unbearable z-score of over 2 right now despite a very low volume that is due to go up as he gets his legs back under him from his injury issues. Punt FG% usually can't afford to have such a high volume negative in free throw percentage from one of your guard spots, and I think that if you own Russ, you should be looking to move him for a player, or package of players who better fit the strategy.

It's crazy that you could have started the draft off with something like Embiid/Russ at the wheel and think you have the perfect base for a punt FG% team, and now be in a position where you've lost FT almost every week and need to revamp your team.

John Wall

Here for the exact same reasons as Westbrook above, with a track record of a year+ as a bad free throw shooter. Wall was a great target for punt FG% due to his out of position blocks, and now is a much better fit in punt FG% for his steals, points and assists.

Wall's FT% has a been a little easier to stomach than Russ' so far but it's still been a significant negative, and it is a lot harder to field a competitive FT% team when your guard is having such a negative impact on that category. On the flip side, Wall's FG% is a lot easier to patch over in punt FT% just due to the strategy naturally tilting towards more bigs.

For reference, I moved on from Wall on one of my punt FG% teams for Mike Conley and Brook Lopez, who are much better fits for the strategy than this 2018 version of Wall is.

 

The Wire

One big advantage of being in a punt strategy is being able to find value in players who are not worth rostering for others. Here are some guys you should be grabbing if they are on your wires for your punt FG% teams. (% are for Yahoo leagues)

Jonathan Isaac, 56% Owned

If Isaac was dropped in your league, he should be your number one pickup. There's no reason for him to be unowned in 44% of leagues, and for punt FG% his skill-set is exactly what you need to fill your hard to fill cats. He is a perfect late round pivot for blocks and rebounds and will absolutely return value for a punt FG% team.

Isaac has averaged 29 minutes the last week (27 last 2 weeks), and now that he is healthy, I see him overtaking Jonathan Simmons for the starting spot long term on a surprisingly competitive Magic team.

Danny Green, 59% Owned

Green has a very similar spread to Isaac with a little less defense and more 3s, and his contributions in rebounds and blocks make him excellent as a coverage guy for punt FG%.

If you are running punt PG% and are in one of the 41% of the leagues where green is on the wire, pick him up. He is locked into his role and being punt FG%, you don't care about his streaky shooting nearly as much as anyone else, so take advantage of a top-100 value player you can get for free.

Marcus Smart, 29% Owned

Marcus Smart has been a top 70 player over the last month in punt FG%, and the Celtics have been winning handily since moving him into the starting lineup. This bodes well for the futures, as Smart is an excellent player who contributes to winning basketball (5.9 Net Rating in 29 minutes last year, 7.5 in 25 minutes this year). The Celtics know that, and his minutes have ramped up over the last 2 weeks, making him an excellent add for the strategy.

Smart won't keep up the blistering production he's put up over the last week, but now with a starting role and the minutes to back that up, I see a top-100 punt FG% player on the season, which means that he should be owned in a lot more than 29% of leagues.

Mikal Bridges, 11% Owned

With Trevor Ariza gone, I expect that 11% number to shoot up quite a bit over the next couple weeks. Bridges is one of the best stashes out there, as he has been a top 90 guy in 32 minutes over the last 2 weeks for punt FG% teams and should see his production and consistency improve as the year goes on.

His on/off numbers are fantastic for a rookie, meaning he is having a strong impact on the court for a dumpster fire Suns team, which leads to me to believe that we will see 30+ minutes for Bridges for the rest of the season. That is more than enough time for him to be a top-100 value for the build.

Mitchell Robinson, 12% Owned

My favorite kind of stashes are the players who can provide some kind of niche value in the short term while presenting long-term upside if things go right. Mitchell Robinson fits that bill perfectly for me. This is a bit more of a higher skill-level play, as I wouldn't advise grabbing Mitch Rob in punt FG% if you are new to fantasy basketball (or punting), but he is the kind of polarized skill-set weapon that can steal categories in an unbalanced schedule week.

Points is my most common weekly audible punt, as there are weeks where I am fairly certain I won't be able to win points, and deploying Robinson strategically as a punt points play to try to steal the categories that a punt FG% team will struggle in (rebounds and blocks) has definitely done work this season. Robinson's block rate is insane for a guy playing such limited minutes, and that is exactly the type of player you want on the bench in a deep league - a guy who is elite in a category that can put you over the top when you know your matchups inside and out.

There have been weeks where Robinson has single-handedly won me blocks, as well as letting me steal turnovers when I otherwise wouldn't have been able to, and getting those wins here and there definitely add up over a full season.

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Waiver Wire Adds or Injury Report? (Week 9)

Injuries and rest are starting to open up minutes for some reserves, so let's recap some of the injuries that recently happened and who will be returning soon. One of the more important losses this season was Will Barton, who should be coming back within the next month. He allowed players like Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig, and Monte Morris to get minutes, but he will be directly inserted back into the rotation when he is back and healthy. Morris and Beasley are the only players I see keeping a spot when Barton returns so make sure if you are an owner, sell high with those players as a package deal closer to January. Since Gary Harris is injured, look for Morris and Beasley to see continued minutes through the close of the year.

Another major injury to the Nuggets that is almost old news at this point is Paul Millsap. Juancho Hernangomez and Trey Lyles will see more minutes, but Hernangomez is the clear-cut starter at this point. Not to jumping around, but the thumb injury to Jonas Valanciunas will open the door for O.G. Anunoby to see more minutes with Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka taking over center duties. The Celtics are starting to get into their depth, meaning Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier will start to see increased minutes and a spike in usage.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

 

Standard League Adds for Week 9

Tim Frazier, G  – New Orleans Pelicans

Ownership: 22%

4.8 PPG / 4.8 APG / .457 FG% / 1.4 TO

Lately there have been few players that have Frazier's type of upside. Elfrid Payton has been out for some time now and as his return gets closer, Frazier's minutes and usage should take a hit. Despite Frazier being a player that can easily get triple-doubles due to his pass-first demeanor, you have to be cautious of his downside. He is smaller guard that struggles to defend other guards.

If he gets in foul trouble or the Pelicans need immediate defense, Frazier will be the sacrificial lamb. Even though that is the case, Frazier has still been close to 30 minutes a night and always making sure he involves his teammates. The assists are his saving grace so target that source of production and expect his turnovers to go slightly down as the season progresses.

 

Derrick Jones Jr., F – Miami Heat

Ownership 2%

5.4 PPG / 3.9 RPG / .8 SPG / .420 FG%

There really isn't much behind this pick based on his raw numbers, but recently Derrick Jones Jr. has had a massive spike in steals, giving him relevance for anyone who needs help in that department for the next week or two. In complete honesty, Jones Jr. has yet to play more than 25 minutes in a Heat win which is a really bad sign seeing how the Heat are still a competitive team in the East.

BUT, if you look at the schedule for next week, they play the Grizzlies, Pelicans, Rockets, and Magic. All teams that can absolutely lead to Jones getting minutes as an athletic rebounder that can cause problems for slower teams. In his last three gams he has seen consistent minutes for the first time, so look for this to be a slight trend for the next month although he will be restricted to rebounds, steals, and points mostly.

 

Robert Williams, C – Boston Celtics

Ownership 1%

2.4 PPG / 2.5 RPG / .667 FG% / 1.0 BPG

Eye-popping numbers here from Robert Williams. Like most of the people on this list, he's strictly benefitting from injuries and open spots in the rotation. Marcus Morris is still available and should be fairly productive assuming his usage will skyrocket over the next week or so. Williams on the other hand has a much lower ceiling, but that isn't to say that he won't continue to do what he's doing in the very few minutes he gets.

This is a short-term add with little potential for the rest of the season, but given how Williams is playing now, the Celtics are sure to give Al Horford and Aron Baynes as much time as they need. Williams is a solid big and he will be able to get rebounds on literally any team. There is only so long you can box him out before he finds a way to overpower you.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 9

Looking ahead into Week 9, owners should have a slight idea of what their team's strengths and weaknesses are. It's never too early to explore trades to boost your team's chances, especially in head-to-head leagues. With that said, we're here to bless you all with everything you guys need to stay ahead of your opponents in all your fantasy leagues. Below are our recommended waiver wire pickups for Week 9 of the fantasy basketball season, for those looking to beef up their teams. We wish everyone the best of luck in your leagues and may the odds forever be in your favor!

It's the best time to start exploring trades, and get out ahead before it's too late! Sell high, buy low - trying to look for ways to improve your team despite where you are in the standings will go a long way for you in case injuries and cold streaks happen.

As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling and player injuries are all things to consider. Drop the dead weight, make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Don't be attached to short-term pickups when there is a hot player on the horizon, especially if a hot player can stick with significant minutes the rest of the season. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents. Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now let's get prepared for Week 9.

 

Week 9 Schedule

4 Games - Wizards, Raptors, Kings, Suns, Sixers, Thunder, Heat, Grizzlies, Lakers, Clippers, Pacers, Mavericks, Cavaliers, Celtics

3 Games -  Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Nuggets, Pistons, Rockets, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, Trailblazers, Spurs, Jazz

 

Week 9 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Tomas Satoransky - PG, WIZARDS (3% Ownership)

John Wall (heel) is looking to be doubtful come Monday against the Pacers and could actually miss additional time. The Wizards will look to lean on Satoransky to run the team until Wall is healthy, and he's worth a look given that he's averaging 7.8 points, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 3-pointers and is shooting 59 percent over his last five games. He could be a nice add to give you a boost in assists this week with the Wizards playing four games.

Josh Hart - SG/SF, LAKERS (45% Ownership)

Brandon Ingram (ankle) will miss at least a week due to an ankle sprain he suffered against the Spurs on Wednesday. Hart blew up for 16 points with four rebounds, three steals, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes Saturday, and he'll look to get a couple more starts this week with Ingram out. The Lakers love his ability to play and guard multiple positions while also being able to hit 3-pointers at a high clip.

Monte Morris - PG, NUGGETS (11% Ownership)

Gary Harris (hip) will miss at least a couple of weeks and Morris will likely get a bulk of those minutes playing next to Jamal Murray. Given that assists are hard come to by, Morris is worth an add despite the Nuggets only playing three games this week. Morris struggled from the field on Saturday, connecting on only on 4-of-14 from the field, but still had 10 points with two rebounds, seven assists, five steals, two 3-pointers.

Juan Hernangomez - SF/PF, NUGGETS (48% Ownership)

Paul Millsap (broken toe) will probably miss at least a month, so Hernangomez will get a huge boost for the time being. The Spaniard scored 17 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in a whopping 40 minutes on Saturday. Get him in your lineup as he has massive upside. His upside is similar to Nikola Mirotic.

Deandre Bembry - SF, HAWKS (9% Ownership)

Jeremy Lin (back) and Taurean Prince (ankle) will miss extended time, where Prince being out for at least the next three weeks gives Bembry a huge boost. Bembry is known for his multi-category contributions and he had a career-high 18 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in just 19 minutes (!) of action on Saturday. Give him a look if you have some dead weight on your roster.

Kelly Olynyk - PF/C, HEAT (28% Ownership)

Olynyk went from DNP's earlier in the season to putting in double-digit scoring in five straight games. The Heat realized they need his offensive punch off the bench and he's likely going to stick with this role as the season progresses. He's always had top-75 upside when given the opportunity, and I'd look to add him with the Heat playing against a favorable match up against the Lakers on Monday.

Alec Burks - PF, KINGS  (26% Ownership)

Burks being traded to the Cavaliers has revived his fantasy value, as he's now getting an opportunity to showcase his game. George Hill traded to the Bucks and Rodney Hood (foot) has opened the path for more minutes as he's now averaging close to 30 minutes per game over the last five games. He's also averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game over that span. He's not going to the difference breaker to winning your league, but he's definitely worth a long look given how well he's been playing.

Kyle Anderson - SG/SF, GRIZZLIES (64% Ownership)

Slo-mo has really worked his way into the standard league consideration after a brutal start. He's no longer battling a sore Achilles, and while the numbers won't wow you, he'll contribute in most categories to help you in many ways. He's doing enough in multiple categories to keep, even though he is boring to roster. Pick him up if you have dead weight on your roster.

Richaun Holmes -PF/C, SUNS (16% Ownership)

The steals and blocks are undeniable, and he should be picked up in most leagues because it's been that consistent. He's averaging 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals over the last five games, all while still being able to average 10.0 points on 67 percent shooting in only 18 minutes of playing time. That span has him inside the top-100 in nine-category leagues, and that should be a good enough indicator he's worth owning, especially if you need a big man. If anything ever happens to Deandre Ayton, Holmes would become a very hot pickup. He's loaded with upside, and the departure of Tyson Chandler has given Holmes a stable backup role on the Suns.

Markieff Morris - PF/C, WIZARDS (68% Ownership)

Dwight Howard (butt) will likely need to have surgery, giving Morris a clear-cut path to minutes. He was a borderline player to own because of his inconsistency, but the Wizards will now have no choice but to give Morris more minutes because Thomas Bryant is not ready to take upon a bigger role to play over 20 minutes per game given his inexperience. Morris is averaging 16.2 points and 8.6 boards per game. Give him a look.

Terrence Ross - SG/SF, MAGIC (54% Ownership)

Ross has re-emerged as a reliable enough threat to be considered as a standard league add again, and he'll continue to bomb away from deep for a Magic team that is now suddenly looking into sneaking into the playoff hunt. The Magic loves his scoring ability off the bench, and he's been hot enough that he needs to be on rosters if he's going to continue hitting shots.

Trey Lyles - PF, NUGGETS (15% Ownership)

Paul Millsap (broken toe) will probably miss at least a month, and Lyles logged a whopping 38 minutes of action on Saturday. He didn't have the greatest game, shooting just 2-of-13 from the field but still managed to rack up nine points and 10 rebounds with a steal and a block. He'll get plenty of opportunities with Millsap out, and the Nuggets running one of the NBA's most potent offenses helps his outlook.

 

Week 9 Deeper Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

Joe Harris - SG, NETS (52% Ownership)

Harris is healthy again, and the Nets continue to give him big minutes. He's going to be a resourceful source of 3-pointers as long as he's logging close to 30 minutes per game, and his percentages won't hurt you anywhere. He's worth a look in all 14+ team leagues.

Jakob Poeltl - C, SPURS (28% Ownership)

Poeltl has finally shown some signs of life, and with Pau Gasol (stress fracture) nowhere near a return, he'll get a chance to rack up stats especially in garbage time. The Spurs aren't very good nowadays, so the Spurs could play him more to see what they received in the other part of the DeMar DeRozan trade. He'll be inconsistent and he plays for the Spurs, so expect plenty of headaches along with some popcorn numbers stat lines on some nights.

James Johnson - SF/PF, HEAT (34% Ownership)

The Heat is battling a lot of nagging injuries with Goran Dragic (rest), Josh Richardson (shoulder) and Tyler Johnson (hip) so Johnson and Winslow is getting a handful of opportunities to produce more. He's slowly come on and should be on the radar in even standard leagues given his multi-category contributions. Johnson's averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over his last five contests.

Justise Winslow - SF/PF, HEAT (20% Ownership)

Similar to James Johnson, Winslow is also picking up the slack due to multiple injuries on the team. He had one of the best and most complete games of his career, dropping 21 points (7-of-16 FG, 6-of-8 FT) with nine assists, six rebounds, two assists and one three-pointer in 39 minutes Saturday. Obviously he won't be this good every night, but he should be picked up to see how it goes. Although his value is likely to be suited for deeper leagues once the Heat gets some of their healthy bodies back.

Kevin Knox - SF/PF, KNICKS (26% Ownership)

Knox's hype coming into the season has quickly diminished. He has struggled with his shot and shot selection, where his inability to make it up for other parts of his game makes him an unappealing fantasy asset. He should get better as the season goes on because the Knicks will soon realize their rookies are the only thing that can boost the moral of this quick and tanking franchise. Knox will need to get better with taking better shots, while contributing in assists, steals, and blocks before we consider him as a standard league option. Knox had one of his better games of the season on Sunday, where he scored 23 points to go along with a career-high 14 boards. He offers a hint of upside given that the Knicks will get blown out of games a lot this season and he'll be playing in a majority of those garbage time minutes.

Emmanuel Mudiay - PG/SG, KNICKS (32% Ownership)

Mudiay has played well as of late for the Knicks, having reached double-digit scoring in four straight games. His fantasy game is very similar to Reggie Jackson, as the assists to turnover ratio is mediocre at best and the percentages will prevent him from being a top-100 asset. There's no telling if he'll continue to start, and it's anyone's guess given Fizdale's constant jerking of the rotation. He's worth a look if you can deal with the volatile production.

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