Week 12 Games Played Schedule
4 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, MEM, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHX, TOR
3 Games: BOS, BKN, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, NOP, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
2 Games: NYK
Some potential four-game streamers for Week 12 – Trae Young, Dewayne Dedmon, Jeremy Lin, DeAndre Bembry, Alex Len, Kevin Huerter, Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, Nicolas Batum, Cody Zeller, Jeremy Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Anderson, Dillon Brooks, Derrick Rose, Dario Saric, Tyus Jones, Taj Gibson, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, De’Anthony Melton, D.J. Augustin, Terrence Ross, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green.
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2 Emmanuel Mudiay Knicks 55% – Sadly, the Knicks, who hold quite a few hot pickups right now, only have two games this week. Mudiay’s having a dream month in December and is averaging 18.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting during the month, and will hope to keep it going into the new year. The Knicks go four times in Week 13, but then only have one game in Week 14. Then they have back-to-back four-game weeks for Weeks 15 and 16.
3 Thomas Satoransky Wizards 42% – By now you’ve heard that John Wall will have season-ending heel surgery and Sato came through with 20 points, four boards, six assists and four 3-pointers on Saturday. With the Wall news, Sato’s now a must-own player in my book.
4 Fred VanVleet Raptors 53% - FVV has been filling in for Kyle Lowry (back) and Lowry’s going to miss another game on Sunday. FVV is averaging 12.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games, but will take an obvious hit once Lowry’s able to go again. I like him as a flier with four games this week.
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3 Tyler Johnson Heat 42% - TJ’s been pretty solid with Goran Dragic down and out with his knee injury and he’s going to be out until at least late February. Johnson is averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five, and also qualifies as a must-own player at this point.
4 D.J. Augustin Magic 40% - DJA had 27 points and six dimes on Wednesday, and 17 points and six dimes on Friday. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five, shooting 49 percent from the floor and 95 percent from the line. With four games this week, I say pick him up and roll him out there, if he happens to be available in your league.
4 Tyus Jones Timberwolves 10% – Both Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are likely out on Sunday due to ankle injuries, which will force Jones into heavy action. Jones should have a big game on Sunday and is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals over his last four games, and is intriguing with four games this week and some banged up teammates.
4 Trae Young Hawks 85%
4 Jeremy Lin Hawks 10% - Lin is having a nice season playing in the shadow of Trae Young and is averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Lin is an interesting streaming option with four games. And speaking of Trae Young, he had 21 points, nine assists and just three turnovers on Saturday, and has been playing much better. He’s at 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 3-pointers and 3.8 turnovers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. With four games this week, I’m into him if he’s somehow sitting out there on the waiver wire.
3 Alec Burks Cavaliers 9% – Burks was pretty bad after I called him a “no-brainer” a few weeks ago, but has heated up, scoring 17 points in back-to-back games and averaging 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. It helps that Rodney Hood’s been out with an achilles injury.
3 P.J. Tucker Rockets 42%
3 Austin Rivers Rockets 8%
3 Gerald Green Rockets 2%
3 Danuel House Rockets 1% – Eric Gordon will have an MRI on his right knee, which means he could miss time, especially since he’s had issues with the knee before. Austin Rivers would likely get a big boost if Gordon’s out, while Tucker, Green and House would also get a boost. I’ve ranked them in the order I like them for pickups. And don’t forget that Chris Paul is out for at least another week with his hamstring injury, further adding intrigue to Rivers.
3 Reggie Bullock Pistons 22% - Bullock blew up for 33 points on Dec. 19, but has been a bit quiet since then. But he’s still getting big minutes and is averaging 14 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, getting 35 minutes a night.
3 Malik Beasley Nuggets 11% - Beasley has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games and has been outplaying Monte Morris. He’s averaging 16.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games in 28 minutes a night. He’s shooting 47 percent over that stretch and hasn’t missed a free throw in that time, either. Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (hip) are nearing returns, but Beasley has played well enough he might be able to keep it going for another week or so.
3 Josh Hart Lakers 50% – Hart has scored in double digits in four straight games while filling in for LeBron James (groin) and has seven steals and six 3-pointers over his last three games. He’s averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five. LeBron is out again on Sunday and we really don’t know when he’ll be back from his injury. I like the idea of rolling Hart out there this week.
4 Mikal Bridges Suns 26% - Bridges is finally heating up, scoring 17 points on Saturday and 13 points on Friday. He’s averaging a ridiculous 35 minutes over his last five games, along with 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting. Those steals, blocks and 3-pointers are nice, and with four games this week, Bridges looks like a must-add player. Teammate Josh Jackson could also break out of his funk in the upcoming week.
3 Cedi Osman Cavaliers 23% – Osman has quietly gotten hot, scoring in double digits in five straight games and averaging 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in them. He’s not stealing, blocking or assisting much, but has otherwise been playing very well for the Cavs.
3 Juancho Hernangomez Nuggets 36% - Hernangomez has been playing pretty well, averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He might be on thin ice with Gary Harris and Will Barton nearing returns from their hip injuries, but he’s been getting 31 minutes a night and I still like him.
3 Iman Shumpert Kings 16% - Shumpert has hit double digits in four straight games and is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers in them. I don’t know how long he can keep it up, but he’s been an interesting fantasy add for a week now.
Power Forwards -
3 Justise Winslow Heat 63% – Winslow, and not Tyler Johnson, is the Heat’s starting PG for the foreseeable future (Dragic is out) and he’s been tearing it up. He put up a whopping 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and hit 11-of-21 shots on Friday, after scoring 21 and 22 in his previous two games. I wish he played four times this week, but he’s become a must-own player at this point.
2 Kevin Knox Knicks 60% – Knox’s shot has failed him over his last three games (16-of-64), but he’s still getting huge minutes and is a big part of what the Knicks do, as they continue to lose game after game. He’s averaging 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five, but is shooting just 40 percent. He’s going to be a rough play this week with two games, and probably belongs on benches in weekly leagues.
3 Nemanja Bjelica Kings 56% – Marvin Bagley’s still at least two or three weeks away with his knee injury and Bjelica has been fun again, averaging 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s shooting just 39 percent over that stretch, but has shot it much better in his last two games.
4 Jonathan Isaac Magic – 56% - Isaac is still ‘baby stepping’ along and is averaging 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting just 39 percent. He’s got a four-game week and is due to breakout at some point, so maybe this is the week.
3 Rodions Kurucs Nets 24% – Kurucs was on fire, but fell off a cliff on Friday and Saturday, when he hit 2-of-11 shots for seven points and four rebounds in two games. He could easily get hot again at any moment, but Allen Crabbe (knee) is getting closer to a return. I’m not sure Crabbe will ruin Kurucs, but he’s not going to help him, and Kurucs’ last two games were tough pills to swallow.
3 Kevon Looney Warriors 6% - Looney has quietly been starting and is averaging 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals over his last five, hitting 69 percent of his shots. He’s not a must-own player, but he might be able to help in deep leagues.
3 Thomas Bryant Wizards 32% – The IU product finally blew up last week and has scored in double digits in four of his last five games. He had 31 points and 13 boards on Dec. 22, and had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double on Saturday against the Hornets. He’s averaging 16.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, shooting 75 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line. His usage should be nice with John Wall’s season over and Bryant looks like a must-own player for now. Markieff Morris has been out with a neck injury, but Bryant should be able to keep it going, even when Morris is back.
2 Luke Kornet Knicks 11% – Kornet is now starting over disgruntled Enes Kanter and is averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.5 3-pointers in those two games and the Knicks may just roll with him the rest of the way. He’s a tough add with the two games this week, and we’re looking at a very hot player in a very small sample size, but if you need a center, it looks like he can help. The Knicks games-played schedule is all over the place, but here’s what it looks like the rest of the way: 2-4-1-4-4-3-3-2-3-4-3-4-2-6.
4 Cody Zeller Hornets 28% - Zeller’s been playing well of late, averaging 8.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games. With four games this week, he’s worth a roll of the dice to see if he can keep it going.
3 Ivica Zubac Lakers 28% - Zubac was rolling until his last two games, but continues to start at center for the Lakers while JaVale McGee recovers from pneumonia. Meanwhile, Tyson Chandler sprang to life over the last two games, racking up 17 points and 25 rebounds in them, further clouding the picture around Zubac. McGee is due back soon, possibly on Sunday, and Chandler is heating up, so I don’t have a ton of faith in Zubac. But as long as he’s starting, he’s at least worth a DFS look until his hourglass runs out of sand.
3 Bam Adebayo Heat 27% – Bam blew up for 18 points, nine boards and five assists on Friday, hitting all eight of his shots against the lowly Cavaliers. Hassan Whiteside was dealing with a hip injury and got into foul trouble in that one, so Adebayo’s not guaranteed to match that feat any time soon. Just keep an eye on him.