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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 15

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: January 19, 2019, 4:53 pm ET

Week 15 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, DEN, DET, GSW, LAL, MIL, PHI, SAS

 

2 Games: CHA, IND

 

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Week 15 Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (11 games): Thunder @ Knicks, Bulls @ Cavs, Pistons @ Wizards, Mavs @ Bucks, Magic @ Hawks, Kings @ Nets, Pelicans @ Grizzlies, Heat @ Celtics, Rockets @ 76ers, Blazers @ Jazz, Warriors @ Lakers

 

Tuesday (4 games):  Kings @ Raptors, Blazers @ Thunder, Clippers @ Mavs, Wolves @ Suns

 

Wednesday (10 games): Raptors @ Pacers, Cavs @ Celtics, Magic @ Nets, Clippers @ Heat, Rockets @ Knicks, Spurs @ 76ers, Hawks @ Bulls, Hornets @ Grizzlies, Pistons @ Pelicans, Nuggets @ Jazz

 

Thursday (4 games): Warriors @ Wizards, Pelicans @ Thunder, Blazers @ Suns, Wolves @ Lakers

 

 

Friday (10 games): Wizards @ Magic, Knicks @ Nets, Heat @ Cavs, Clippers @ Bulls, Raptors @ Rockets, Kings @ Grizzlies, Pistons @ Mavs, Hornets @ Bucks, Suns @ Nuggets, Wolves @ Jazz

 

Saturday (5 games): Spurs @ Pelicans, Pacers @ Grizzlies, Warriors @ Celtics, 76ers @ Nuggets, Hawks @ Blazers

 

Sunday (9 games): Cavs @ Bulls, Kings @ Clippers, Bucks @ Thunder, Raptors @ Mavs, Magic @ Rockets, Jazz @ Wolves, Wizards @ Spurs, Heat @ Knicks, Suns @ Lakers. 

 

 

Back-to-Backs:

 

Sunday (Jan. 20)-Monday: None

 

Monday-Tuesday: Mavs, Thunder, Blazers, Kings

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Clippers, Raptors

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Pelicans

 

Thursday-Friday: Wolves, Suns, Wizards

 

Friday-Saturday: Nuggets, Grizzlies

 

Saturday-Sunday: Spurs

 

 

Schedule Notes:

 

This week there are 18 teams with four games, 10 teams with three games and two teams with two games, so it’s a pretty packed week compared to Week 14. If you own any Hornets or Pacers, I’d only deploy Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young and Domantas Sabonis

 

There are only three quality streaming days this week, or days with fewer than nine games. 

 

The Blazers (3), Wolves (2), Pelicans (2), Thunder (2), Suns (2), Warriors (2) are the only teams with multiple quality streaming days. 

 

The following teams play three times from Monday-Thursday: Pelicans, Thunder, Blazers

 

The following teams play three times from Tuesday-Friday: Clippers, Wolves, Suns, Raptors

 

The following teams play three times from Wednesday-Saturday: Nuggets, Grizzlies, Pelicans

 

The following teams play three times from Thursday-Sunday: Wolves, Suns, Wizards

 

 

Waiver-Wire Pickups: 

 

*These are guys you should consider keeping for the long haul, but are not in order because everything depends on your roster build. To qualify these players have to be available in at least 50% of Yahoo Leagues.

 

4 Games

 

Thomas Bryant (52%)- He’s been a must-own player for over a month, but I’m just throwing his name on here because a bunch of people dropped him during Washington’s one-game week. He’s the 28th ranked played over the past month and that’s in under 25 minutes per game. Stud. 

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24%)- The rookie is coming off his worst stretch of the season and has been irrelevant in fantasy leagues since late-December, but all that changed on Friday night. With Lou Williams (hamstring) out and Danilo Gallinari (back) leaving the game early, SGA matched his career-high of 24 points with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 43 minutes while shutting down Klay Thompson on the other end. He had a 22% usage rate which is 5% higher than his season average, and hopefully that performance means he’s ready to break down the rookie wall that has been holding him back. With Williams out at least two more games, I’m picking SGA back up and expecting top-100 numbers in a 4-game week. 

 

Richaun Holmes (29%)- He’s on this list every week, yet he’s the 62nd ranked player over the past month with 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.5 turnovers on 70.4% shooting and 82.1% from the line. The best part is that he’s doing this in 17 minutes per game… It’s going to be interesting to see if any teams come calling at the deadline. 

 

Mikal Bridges (23%)- I just talked about Holmes being under-appreciated, but Bridges is too. In fact, he’s the 54th player in that same span. Sure he’s only scoring 7.4 points with 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists, but he has 1.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.4 triples with less than a turnover per game. He’s a solid glue guy for the end of your roster. 

 

Jonathan Isaac (45%)- If you’re tired of waiting around on Isaac I don’t blame you, but the biggest roadblock to his fantasy value is Aaron Gordon and he’s currently battling a back injury. Isaac has per-36 minute stats of 13.2 points, 6.9 boards, 1.5 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 treys with Gordon off the floor, so he still has a ton of hidden upside that just needs to be unlocked. Let’s see what happens on Saturday night, but I’m very hopeful he can get it going before Orlando’s 4-game week. 

 

Terrence Ross (50%)- Ross goes through stretches of top-75 value and will then disappear for a few weeks, but he’s currently on a hot streak and is absolutely worth deploying in a four-game week. In his last six games, Ross is ranked inside the top-45 with 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.7(!) triples on 47% shooting. It’s no surprise then that the wing has been linked to the Pelicans, as he’s on an expiring contract and the Magic are fading fast. 

 

Kenneth Faried (11%)- The Manimal hasn’t seen daylight in a long time and was buried on the bench in Brooklyn pretty much all season, but the Nets waived him on Saturday and he’s expected to clear waivers on Monday. The Rockets already have a deal lined up for the 29-year-old forward, and he’s going to play “significant” minutes right out of the gate with Clint Capela (thumb) out through the All-Star break. Faried is arriving just in time for a 4-game week and has a clear path to minutes in high 20s to lower 30s. Faried averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his only two games with 20+ minutes with the Nets this season, and he should get a ton of easy looks with James Harden throwing him countless lobs. He’ll also get a ton of easy looks in transition with Houston. With career per-36 averages of 16.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks on 54.4% from the field and 65.4% from the line, Faried should be a blast to own for the next 4-6 weeks. 

 

Justin Holiday (31%)- Guys, it finally happened! The Grizzlies decided to use the player they gave up two draft picks for on Friday night and he made the most of his opportunity with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. This is a player who has always produced no matter where he is, and his short-term outlook is promising with Kyle Anderson (ankle) still out. You could argue that his long-term outlook is even better, as the Grizzlies will likely be sellers at the deadline which could further open things up for Holiday. If he plays well on Saturday, I think he’s worth picking up if you need points, triples and defensive stats in advance of Memphis’ 4-game week. “We need him to play well,” coach Bickerstaff said. "We need him to be comfortable so that he can contribute at the level that we think he can. We’ll never do anything to the detriment of the team. But when you make a trade for a guy, there’s a commitment to give him some sort of opportunity.”

 

Bobby Portis (39%)- Portis does not have the best fantasy skill-set, but sometimes fantasy is more about opportunity than anything else. Well, with Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) out for at least two months and Robin Lopez still on the trade block, that means we’re going to be seeing a lot of Portis moving forward. In his first game without the rookie center, Portis only hit 4-of-13 shots, but the usage was there and he played 28 minutes with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and a triple. He’s not going to help you much in the defensive categories with 0.5 blocks and 0.4 steals on the season and his FG% could resemble your average SG, but there’s no doubt that he can pile up some points and boards. Jabari Parker is another name worth monitoring, but I’m skeptical that the Bulls will use him extensively since he has no future with the team. 

 

Maxi Kleber (9%)- Here’s a sneaky name for you. Kleber has benefitted the most from Dennis Smith Jr.’s absence and it sounds like he could stick with DSJ likely on the move. Kleber is only scoring 7.8 points with 4.4 rebounds over his last five games, but that’s not where his value comes from. He’s an outstanding source of money stats, putting up 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 triples in that same span. Those categories are often overlooked and to prove my point he’s been a top-75 player in 9-category leagues in that time. 

 

Luke Kornet (11%)- What a rollercoaster this guy has been. Kornet put up three solid lines in his first three starts, disappeared for four games and then went bonkers in his last two games with 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals, 3.5 triples and 0.5 blocks. He’s shaping up to be a boom-or-bust guy like most young centers, but with Enes Kanter on the trade block it looks like the Knicks are going to stick with him as their starter. Once Mitchell Robinson (a solid stash with his league-leading block rate) gets his legs under him, this could become a timeshare and a situation where both guys are worth owning. 

 

3 Games

 

Luke Kennard- Could it be? Could there finally be a wing in Detroit worth getting excited about? Kennard had one of his best games of the season on Friday, hitting 8-of-17 shots for 22 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and four triples. “I think Luke is showing he is going to be a dynamic wing player in this league,” coach Dwane Casey said. "He hit some big shots and we got to continue to do that and be consistent with it.” Casey was saying before the game that Kennard is Detroit’s second or third best playmaker, so it sounds like Detroit will be running more offense through him with Reggie Jackson playing like Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith tweaking his troublesome groin. Kennard’s minutes have gone up in four straight games and I’ll be watching him closely on Saturday night to see if he can put together his third strong showing in a row. 

 

Kevin Huerter (31%)- Even with Taurean Prince back, Huerter isn’t going away. It’s no surprise that he’s second on the team in net rating behind John Collins, and he’s been outstanding in the new year with 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples on 42.9% shooting. Things are going to get really complicated when the Hawks get Kent Bazemore (ankle) back, but Huerter just has to survive until the Feb. 7 trade deadline with Bazemore linked to several teams including the Pelicans and Rockets.

 

DeAndre Bembry (13%)- Like Huerter, Bembry has become one of coach Lloyd Pierce’s go-to guys and his versatility allows the Hawks to use him all over the floor. In his last five games which includes one major dud, Bembry put up 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 triples. He also had 3.2 turnovers in that span, and his shooting percentages (43.3% from the field and 60% from the line) on the season haven’t been great, but I love his counting stats. He’s coming off a two-game week which means he’s available in a bunch of leagues just like Huerter, but he’ll have the same roadblock to consistent value as the rookie SG with Bazemore due back soon. 

 

Ivica Zubac (24%)- This is a tough situation to gauge because we have no idea what coach Luke Walton is going to do here. JaVale McGee is fading fast and really needs LeBron James or Rajon Rondo on the floor to succeed, so maybe Walton turns to Zubac on Saturday night vs. Houston after he dominated the Thunder on Thursday night for a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 28 minutes on 12-of-14 shots. If Zubac starts and/or puts up another strong line, I’d be willing to roll the dice on him in a 3-game week given the scarcity of quality centers on the wire. 

 

 

Streaming Options

 

*The following section is for owners searching for help in specific categories. The stats provided are over the past two weeks, and the players must be available in over 50% of leagues. 

 

Point Leaders:

 

Emmanuel Mudiay (17.8)

Terrence Ross (17.1)

Kevin Huerter (16.2)

Marco Bellinelli (15.9)

Reggie Bullock (15.3)

Jabari Parker (14.7)

DeMarre Carroll (14.5)

Austin Rivers (14.1)

Collin Sexton (14.1)

Malik Beasley (13.9)

 

Assist Leaders:

 

De’Anthony Melton (6.3)

Shelvin Mack (5.3)

Fred VanVleet (5.3)

T.J. McConnell (5.3)

Jeremy Lin (5.0)

Dwyane Wade (4.5)

Tony Parker (4.3)

Kevin Huerter (4.0)

Emmanuel Mudiay (4.0)

 

Rebounding Leaders:

 

Ed Davis (9.0)

Kenneth Faried (8.5)

Aron Baynes (8.5)

Taj Gibson (8.2)

JaMychal Green (7.9)

Bismack Biyombo (7.4)

Bobby Portis (7.0)

Alex Len (7.0)

Ante Zizic (6.7)

 

Steal Leaders:

 

De’Anthony Melton (2.2)

P.J. Tucker (2.0)

Josh Hart (1.9)

DeAndre Bembry (1.7)

T.J. McConnell (1.6)

Derrick Jones Jr. (1.6)

Marcus Smart (1.5)

 

Block Leaders:

 

Aron Baynes (1.5)

Kevon Looney (1.4)

Bismack Biyombo (1.3)

De’Anthony Melton (1.3)

Maxi Kleber (1.2)

Mo Bamba (1.0)

Luke Kornet (1.0)

*Mitchell Robinson will be on this list next week. 

 

3-point Leaders:

 

Terrence Ross (3.3)

Reggie Bullock (3.3)

Gerald Green (3.1)

Austin Rivers (2.9)

Malik Beasley (2.8)

Kevin Huerter (2.8)

Marcus Smart (2.8)

Marco Belinelli (2.7)

Patty Mills (2.3)

P.J. Tucker (2.1)