Week 14 Schedule (Games Played)
4 Games: BKN, DET, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, NYK, SAS, TOR, UTA
3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, WAS
2 Games: DAL, PHX
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Monday (11 Games): CHA @ DET, TOR @ PHI, MIL @ WAS, SAS @ ATL, NYK @ BKN, MIA @ CHI, LAL @ MEM, SAC @ OKC, GSW @ CLE, IND @ UTA, HOU @ LAC
Tuesday (4 Games): MIN @ ORL, NOP @ BOS, DAL @ DEN, PHX @ POR
Wednesday (10 Games): WAS @ CHA, NOP @ ATL, SAS @ BKN, DET @ TOR, GSW @ CHI, NYK @ MEM, MIA @ MIL, LAL @ OKC, UTA @ SAC, DEN @ LAC
Thursday (4 Games): PHI @ BOS, ORL @ CLE, MIN @ HOU, IND @ POR
Friday (7 Games): SAS @ TOR, MIA @ BKN, WAS @ DET, SAC @ MEM, PHX @ DEN, NYK @ UTA, IND @ LAL
Saturday (9 Games): OKC @ CLE, CHI @ ATL, MIA @ CHA, MEM @ NOP, MIL @ PHI, GSW @ HOU, TOR @ MIN, LAC @ UTA, DAL @ POR
Sunday (4 Games): ORL @ BOS, NYK @ LAL, BKN @ DET, IND @ SAS
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Teams With Back-to-Backs
Tuesday-Wednesday: Pelicans, Nuggets
Friday-Saturday: Raptors, Heat, Grizzlies, Jazz
Every team with four-game weeks plays on Monday.
The Celtics, Nuggets, Wolves, Pelicans, Magic and Blazers have a 3-game week beginning on Tuesday.
The Mavericks have just two games on Tuesday and Saturday, while the Suns play two games on Tuesday and Friday.
The best days to stream players are on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. If you pick someone up for Monday, Wednesday or Saturday, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to fit them in your lineups.
Looking ahead to next week, the Magic are the only team that plays twice.
Pickup of the Week
Wayne Ellington (33% Owned) and Tyler Johnson (47% Owned)- The Heat announced on Friday that Dion Waiters will undergo surgery on his left ankle, and while they did not provide a timetable, he’s fully expected to miss the rest of the season. This means Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson could flirt with early-round value the rest of the way, but two other players will also benefit a ton and they are Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson.
Ellington is posting a career high 14.1 PER with a true shooting percentage of 61%, and he’s become one of Miami’s go-to options on offense. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wants Ellington to shoot 20 triples a game and he wasn’t kidding either. He’s been a top-70 player in 9-category leagues over the past 10 games and has played just under 34 minutes per game in that span, averaging 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 4.0 triples.
As for Johnson, I wrote a few days ago that he’s basically Josh Richardson without the blocks. The combo guard can play three different positions for the Heat and is playing over 34 minutes per game in his last 10, averaging 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 triples with top-75 value. I will warn you that he is battling a shoulder and neck issue (they are related), but it sounds like he’s good to go for Week 14 — he was able to play 31 minutes on Wednesday even though he was considered doubtful.
Steaming Options With 4-game Weeks
*Please note that these are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo Leagues.
Jarrett Allen (4% Owned) and Jahlil Okafor (26% Owned)- The Nets have been using a total of four centers in their rotation lately, but Tyler Zeller picked up a hip injury and will not play this weekend. If the injury lingers into Week 14, then I think both Allen and Okafor could be interesting with a four-game week. Allen is just a blocks specialists with 1.0 block per game over his last nine outings in just 16.7 minutes, but he doubles as a stash because the Nets are eventually going to turn him loose.
As for Okafor, he’s finally starting to get back into shape and had 17 points in just 12 minutes on Friday. Coach Kenny Atkinson called him a “beast,” and with Zeller out this is the perfect time for the Nets to take an extended look at both Allen and Okafor. I’m a Kenny Atkinson fan, but if he keeps playing Quincy Acy at the five I’ll have some thinking to do.
DeMarre Carroll (37% Owned)- Carroll was dumped in a bunch of leagues when it looked like he picked up a serious knee injury, but he was back after just two games on the shelf and notched 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes. He’s been an 11th-round value this season because he’s struggled with his shot (39.7%), but he’s a good source of points (12.4) rebounds (6.6), steals (0.9) and triples (1.7). Teams have been calling the Nets about his availability as well, so that gives the Nets a reason to showcase him.
Joe Harris (5% Owned)- He loses some appeal with Carroll back, but Harris should still see minutes in the 20s and will be a nice source of 3-pointers this week. He has hit at least two triples in four out of his last five games and is averaging 1.9 treys in 24.5 minutes on the season. Just don’t expect him to do much else. Allen Crabbe has been hot lately with 3.0 triples per game over his last five, but he’s already owned in 53% of leagues.
Caris LeVert (44% Owned)- LeVert has struggled a bit since returning from his groin injury, hitting just 10-of-30 from the field in his last three games. This is a player that came alive in December with averages of 14.3 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.6 triples on 49% shooting, so if he finds his rhythm in a 4-game week then that could give your fantasy team a huge lift.
Lance Stephenson (16% Owned)- Born Ready led the Pacers to a comeback win over LeBron’s Cavaliers on Friday, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 35 minutes. He’s been sneaky good for a while, averaging 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.1 triples in 28.5 minutes over his last 10.
Ish Smith (35% Owned)- Reggie Jackson (ankle) still isn’t close to a return, so Smith is locked in for a four-game week. He’s been pretty steady in his first seven starts, averaging 13.4 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 turnovers in 29.0 minutes. He’s hitting 45.9% from the field and 88.9% from the line in that span, but hasn’t hit a 3-pointer since Nov. 24.
Reggie Bullock (7% Owned)- Stanley Johnson is in the doghouse and has been banged up, so Bullock has been getting the bulk of the small forward minutes lately. Bullock has played at least 30 minutes in eight out of his last 12 games, and while he’s not lighting up the boxscore, he’s been a decent source of points (12.6) and triples (2.4) in that span.
Bam Adebayo (10% Owned)- The rookie has played 31 and 33 minutes in his last two games, averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 blocks. So what changed? The Heat started experimenting with Adebayo next to Hassan Whiteside, as the duo have played nearly 13 minutes per game together in that span. I don’t know if the Heat will continue this and James Johnson will be back from his suspension this weekend, but don’t hesitate to pick up Adebayo if he has another strong game on Sunday.
Larry Nance (34% Owned)- He had one of his best games in a while on Thursday vs. the Spurs, finishing with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double with two assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes. The Lakers are using the hot-hand approach with their frontcourt, so while Nance’s production and minutes might be all over the place, he’ll have some value in a 4-game week.
Jarrett Jack (19% Owned)- With Frank Ntilikina hot on his heels, Jack has elevated his play lately with 15.3 points, 8.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 triples over his last three games. That includes a triple-double, and the Knicks just waived Ramon Sessions on Saturday. I still think Ntilikina becomes a starter at some point this season, but Jack is safe to use in fantasy this week.
Delon Wright (26% Owned)- Fred VanVleet stole the spotlight with his big 22-point effort against the Cavaliers, but Wright has been consistently producing for a couple weeks and will have value even when Kyle Lowry (back) returns. In fact, he’s been the 35th best player in 9-category leagues over the past two weeks because of his money stats, as he’s averaging 11.8 points with 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 triples on 53.8% shooting. Fire him up in a four-game week even if Lowry plays.