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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 13

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: January 6, 2019, 1:07 am ET

Week 13 Schedule: Games Played


5 Games: DEN






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Week 13 Streaming Schedule:


Monday (8 Games): Spurs @ Pistons, Nets @ Celtics, Nuggets @ Rockets, Jazz @ Bucks, Grizzlies @ Pelicans, Lakers @ Mavs, Knicks @ Blazers, Magic @ Kings


Tuesday (8 Games): Pacers @ Cavs, Wizards @ 76ers, Nuggets @ Heat, Hawks @ Raptors, Wolves @ Thunder, Kings @ Suns, Knicks @ Warriors, Hornets @ Clippers


Wednesday (10 Games): Pacers @ Celtics, 76ers @ Wizards, Hawks @ Nets, Bucks @ Rockets, Spurs @ Grizzlies, Cavs @ Pelicans, Suns @ Mavs, Magic @ Jazz, Bulls @ Blazers, Pistons @ Lakers


Thursday (4 Games): Celtics @ Heat, Clippers @ Nuggets, Thunder @ Spurs, Pistons @ Kings


Friday (9 Games): Hawks @ 76ers, Bucks @ Wizards, Pacers @ Knicks, Nets @ Raptors, Cavs @ Rockets, Mavs @ Wolves, Lakers @ Jazz, Hornets @ Blazers, Bulls @ Warriors


Saturday (8 Games): Pistons @ Clippers, Grizzlies @ Heat, Celtics @ Magic, Pelicans @ Wolves, Spurs @ Thunder, Nuggets @ Suns, Bulls @ Jazz, Hornets @ Kings


Sunday (7 Games): 76ers @ Knicks, Raptors @ Wizards, Bucks @ Hawks, Rockets @ Magic, Warriors @ Mavericks, Blazers @ Nuggets, Cavs @ Lakers






Sunday (Jan. 6)-Monday: Nets, Lakers, Magic


Monday-Tuesday: Nuggets, Knicks, Kings


Tuesday-Wednesday: Hawks, Cavaliers, Pacers, 76ers, Suns, Wizards


Wednesday-Thursday: Celtics, Pistons, Spurs


Thursday-Friday: None


Friday-Saturday: Hornets, Bulls, Wolves, Jazz. 


Saturday-Sunday: Nuggets, Magic


Sunday-Monday (Jan. 14): Rockets, Blazers



Schedule Notes:


The Nuggets have already had three 2-game weeks this season, but this week they will make up some ground as the only team with a five-game week. The rest of schedule is pretty even with 16 teams playing four times and 13 teams playing three times. 


There are only two quality streaming days this week, or days with seven or fewer games, and the Nuggets are the only team with games on both days. 


The following teams play three times from Monday-Thursday: Celtics, Nuggets, Pistons, Kings, Spurs


The following teams play three times from Tuesday-Friday: Hawks, Cavaliers, Pacers, 76ers, Wizards


The following teams play three times from Wednesday-Saturday: Celtics, Bulls, Pistons, Spurs, Jazz


The following teams play three times from Thursday-Sunday: Nuggets



Waiver-Wire Pickups: 


*These are guys you should consider keeping for the long haul. To qualify these players have to be available in at least 50% of Yahoo Leagues.


Jeff Green (38%)- If you missed out on picking up Thomas Bryant and Tomas Satoransky, there is still another Wizard on the wire worth your attention and that’s Jeff Green. Over his last four games, Green has played at least 33 minutes with 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 triples on 41.3% shooting. That’s good for top-70 value, and his minutes should be steady with Markieff Morris (neck) out for several weeks. Otto Porter could complicate things when he’s up to speed, but Green’s ability to play three positions helps — he even played some backup center in their last game. 


Jae Crowder (40%)- Crowder wasn’t even a top-150 player in December and recently missed a game with a thumb issue, but he’s been terrific since with 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 4.0 triples in his last two games. There are reasons to be skeptical with Crowder in a timeshare with Derrick Favors and because he hit 14-of-24 shots in those games, but he’s generally a mid-round player when he’s firing on all cylinders. 


Dante Exum (7%)- One of my preseason sleepers in the draft guide, Exum has finally started showing signs of life recently with 13.4 points, 5.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples in just 20 minutes over his last five outings. His spike in production has been noticeable for the past month with per-36 minute averages of 19.1 points, 8.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 triples on 50% shooting. He has the best net rating (+13.0) on the team over that stretch, and his strong play hasn’t gone unnoticed. “The last few games I think has been the best stretch of his career,” Rudy Gobert said of the young guard. His workload is worth monitoring very closely, but I think he’s worth a flier in most leagues. 


Bryn Forbes (34%)- He’s criminally undervalued right now with top-70 value in standard leagues over the past month. The 3-point marksman has diversified his stat set lately, putting up 13.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.3 triples over that stretch in just 28.4 minutes per game. Coach Gregg Popovich loves him and said the SG has “carved out” an NBA career for himself despite going undrafted in 2016. 


Derrick White (43%)- What a turnaround. White was a popular pickup at the beginning of the season when he returned from his Achilles injury, but he was promptly sent packing to the wire after countless poor performances. However, he recently found the form that made him a Summer League sensation with averages of 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 triples over his last four games. The steals won’t be this juicy, but White can do a little bit of everything and has a legitimate shot at mid-round value going forward. “He’s rising to the challenge,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He wasn’t expected to be in this position this season, and he’s grown by leaps and bounds every week. With every game, he seems to be more confident."


Mikal Bridges (30%)- He gets overlooked a lot because he has just as many duds as big games, but when you look at the big picture he has more than enough value with top-75 numbers over the past month. In that stretch he’s averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 triples. The money stats are the key here we know his minutes are safe as Phoenix’s best wing defender and because of his ability to stretch the floor unlike Josh Jackson


Richaun Holmes (13%)- Despite being a top-70 asset over the past month, Holmes had a quiet two-week stretch before erupting on Friday with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steal and three blocks in 21 minutes. The Suns were blown out again and there’s rumors of another possible lineup change, but either way Holmes has to be owned for his per-minute upside. If anything ever happens to Deandre Ayton, Holmes could be a fantasy-league winner. 


Luke Kornet (27%)- He finally showed a chink in his armor with a dud vs. the Lakers on Friday, but before that Kornet averaged 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 blocks and 5.0 triples in his previous three starts. Things are going to get messy when Mitchell Robinson (ankle) gets back, but hold onto Kornet while we see how this shakes out. With his fantasy-friendly game, he just needs 24 minutes to post top-100 numbers. 


E’Twaun Moore (31%)- He barely made a blip on the radar in recent weeks, but Moore is heating up again with top-90 value over his last three games. He’s averaging 18.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 triples in that span, but his FG% (51.2%) is my favorite thing about his stat set because it’s so rare for a SG. 


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (51%)- I know, I know, he doesn’t qualify under the ownership rules, but I’m putting him on here just in case he’s available with LeBron James out another week and four games on the schedule for the Lakers. KCP has outplayed Josh Hart and has put up 17.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples over his last four games. I’m curious to see if the Rockets take another run at him. 


Bobby Portis (30%)- Portis is all set to return from a 7-game absence and should immediately reprise his role as the sixth man and third option on offense. While his stat set isn’t that sexy, Portis can rack up points and boards in a hurry with 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game before the injury. 


Willy Hernangomez (23%)- His first shot as the starting center didn’t go well with the Hornets getting blown out by Dallas, but Willy did grab 10 rebounds in 18 minutes. His per-minute upside is similar to Enes Kanter’s, but his defense makes it hard for the Hornets to throw him out there for more than 24 minutes. I like him as a flier, but this could go south quickly. 


DeMarre Carroll (21%)- It’s taken him a while to get it going, but DC is heating up fast with 17.3 points, 6.3 boards, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals and 2.3 treys in 31.7 minutes over his last three games. Carroll has several seasons of mid-round value on his resume, and it looks like he can keep hitting that 30-minute mark with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on the sidelines once again. The Nets have the worst fantasy playoff schedule, but riding him in the short term while he’s hot looks like the right move. 



Streaming Options


For this week’s article, I’m switching things up and will place my focus on specific stats. Most of these players are irrelevant in fantasy, but could make the difference for you in one or two categories. The stats provided are their averages over the past two weeks. 


Assist Specialists:


J.J. Barea- 6.4

Emmanuel Mudiay- 6.2

D.J. Augustin- 5.7

T.J. McConnell- 5.3

Cory Joseph- 4.6

Collin Sexton- 4.2

Jeremy Lin- 4.1

Monte Morris- 4.0

Marcus Smart- 3.9 


Point Specialists:


Malik Beasley- 16.5 

Alex Len- 16.4 

D.J. Augustin- 15.8

Emmanuel Mudiay- 15.2

Alec Burks- 13.2

Cedi Osman- 13.0

Dwyane Wade- 13.0

Tyler Johnson- 12.4

Terrence Ross- 12.3

Tyreke Evans- 12.3

Collin Sexton- 12.2


Rebounding Specialists:


Alex Len- 9.4

Ed Davis- 9.2

Mason Plumlee- 8.7

P.J. Tucker- 7.8

Moe Harkless- 7.0

Kevon Looney- 6.7

JaMychal Green- 6.3

Jakob Poeltl- 6.2


Steal Specialists:


Tyus Jones- 2.1

De’Anthony Melton- 1.9

Marcus Smart- 1.9

Moe Harkless- 1.7

Ed Davis- 1.6

Malik Beasley- 1.5

Iman Shumpert- 1.5

Tyler Johnson- 1.4

Cory Joseph- 1.4


Block Specialists:


Alex Len- 1.8

Mo Bamba- 1.6

Nerlens Noel- 1.6

Moe Harkless- 1.5


3-point Specialists:


Gerald Green- 3.2

Malik Beasley- 2.8

Terrence Ross- 2.4

Seth Curry- 2.3

Reggie Bullock- 2.3

D.J. Augustin- 2.2

Davis Bertans- 2.2

Wes Matthews- 2.2

Iman Shumpert- 2.0

Danuel House- 2.0

Tyler Johnson- 2.0

Patrick Beverley- 1.9