Week 16 Schedule: Games Played
4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, DEN, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, TOR
3 Games: CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, LAL, NOP, ORL, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
2 Games: CHI, LAC
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Monday: CHA @ IND, MIN @ ATL, PHX @ MEM, PHI @ MIL, MIA @ DAL, BOS @ DEN
Tuesday: OKC @ WAS, BKN @ NYK, MIN @ TOR, CLE @ DET, ORL @ HOU, SAC @ NOP, DEN @ SAS, GSW @ UTA, POR @ LAC
Wednesday: MEM @ IND, LAL @ ORL, CHA @ ATL, PHI @ BKN, MIA @ CLE, NYK @ BOS, CHI @ POR, DAL @ PHX
Thursday: MEM @ DET, TOR @ WAS, MIL @ MIN, HOU @ SAS, OKC @ DEN
Friday: IND @ CHA, ATL @ BOS, LAL @ BKN, POR @ TOR, MIA @ PHI, NYK @ MIL, NOP @ OKC, UTA @ PHX, GSW @ SAC
Saturday: CHI @ LAC, MIA @ DET, PHI @ IND, WAS @ ORL, HOU @ CLE, NOP @ MIN, UTA @ SAS, GSW @ DEN, DAL @ SAC
Sunday: POR @ BOS, MIL @ BKN, ATL @ NYK, MEM @ TOR, LAL @ OKC, CHA @ PHX
Teams with Back-to-Backs:
Monday-Tuesday: Nuggets, Wolves
Tuesday-Wednesday: Nets, Cavaliers, Knicks, Magic, Blazers
Thursday-Friday: Bucks, Thunder, Raptors
Friday-Saturday: Warriors, Pacers, Heat, Pelicans, 76ers, Kings, Jazz
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The Nets, Knicks, Thunder, Blazers and Raptors all have 4-game weeks that don’t begin until Tuesday.
The Lakers and Bulls are the only two teams that don’t play on either Monday or Tuesday. The Lakers begin their 3-game week on Wednesday and the Bulls begin their two-game week on Wednesday.
The only Bulls to consider starting in a two-game week are Lauri Markkanen and Nikola Mirotic, while Lou Williams, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are the only Clippers you should be starting in their two-game week.
The Nuggets, Grizzlies and Wolves are the only teams that open the week with three games in the first four days of the week.
The best days to stream players this week are Monday (6 games), Thursday (5 games) and Sunday (6 games).
Pickup of the Week:
Dejounte Murray is only owned in 50% of Yahoo Leagues and is easily the top pickup of the week. The Spurs have officially named him their starting PG and he has rewarded their trust in him with four strong starts in a row. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.8 turnovers in that span, hitting 44% from the field. He became just the second player in league history to record at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in 30 minutes or less against the Cavaliers, and that was also just the fifth 19/10/7 game in franchise history. Sure he doesn’t hit many 3-pointers, but he has the potential to be a fantasy stud and coach Gregg Popovich is clearly enamored with his PG of the future.
*Please note that this list only includes players that are widely available with four-game weeks
Ersan Ilyasova (40% owned)- With the trade deadline less than two weeks ago, Ilyasova’s window for fantasy value is closing because he’s expected to be traded to a contender. He’s still a decent option in deeper leagues in a four game week though, as he has January averages of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 triples. With that said, he’s cold right now and hasn’t hit a triple in four straight games.
Taurean Prince (54% owned)- I try to keep the players on this list under 50% owned, but I’ll make an exception for Prince since he was dropped in so many leagues. He had a horrible stretch over the last two weeks with single-digit points in five out of his last seven games, but snapped out of his slump in a big way on Friday with 21 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Not only is he a nice streaming option this week, but I think Prince becomes a must-own player again down the stretch for his 1-1-1 potential in steals, blocks and triples. Atlanta is expected to move a bunch of veterans, so that will help Prince as well.
Dewayne Dedmon (37% owned)- Dedmon has been pretty disappointing since returning from his injury, as coach Mike Budenholzer insists on using three centers in his current rotation. Dedmon should still see about 20+ minutes per night, making him a streaming option for deep-league owners. He has January averages of 7.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 blocks, and it’s no secret that finding a big on the waiver wire is incredibly difficult.
*John Collins is owned in 56% of leagues, but he’s a must-start player in all formats this week.
Joe Harris (9% owned)- Harris has scored in double digits in 11 out of 13 games in January, averaging 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.2 triples in 26.3 minutes. He’s been on fire from the field, hitting 53.8% percent of his shots and 54.7% of his triples. He started the second half for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin strain) on Friday and could be looking at 30+ minutes if RHJ’s absence extends into Week 16.
Jarrett Allen (5% owned)- The rookie center has now played well in two straight games, averaging 12.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.5 minutes in that span. “He’s had kind of sporadic energy, which is normal for a young guy, but I think he’s becoming more consistent and more aggressive,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I think there’s a tiger in him. He’s a very cerebral guy, very calm, but I do think he has grit . . . He’s definitely not afraid. He’s trying to dunk everything now. It’s great to see.” The Nets are still using 3-4 centers every night, but Allen has clearly emerged as the best option in real life and in fantasy. He’s a solid blocks and rebounds specialist in a four-game week, but expect his role to keep growing down the stretch.
Caris LeVert (32% owned)- LeVert has been disappointing for a couple weeks and has lost some value with D’Angelo Russell back. He’s only shooting 31.8 percent from the field in his last five games, averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 triples in that span. I wouldn’t feel confident streaming him outside of deeper leagues, but keep in mind that he will benefit if Hollis-Jefferson misses time with his groin injury.
Terry Rozier (20% owned)- With Marcus Smart (right hand laceration) expected to miss two weeks, Rozier is the big winner and is worthy of a standard-league spot in a four-game week. He played 24 minutes on Wednesday vs. the Clippers and had more ball-handling responsibility, finishing with 15 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Marcus Morris (38% owned)- I’ve been impressed with Morris lately and it looks like his knee issue is behind him because he was able to play in a back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has played 24+ minutes in every game in January apart from one DNP earlier in the month and played even more lately with 26+ minutes in four straight games. He has January averages of 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.3 triples, and he should also see a boost in playing time while Marcus Smart (hand) is out — his 28 minutes on Wednesday were his most since Nov. 30.
Jeremy Lamb (49%)- Not only is Lamb a decent streaming option this week, but he has a lot of stash appeal with the trade deadline looming. If the Hornets move on from Kemba Walker or Nicolas Batum, Lamb immediately becomes a must-own player and we’ve seen what he can do in a big role when he thrived early this season.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (32% owned)- He scored 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Friday and January has easily been his best month. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals in that span, and while his upside is limited by a lack of 3-pointers (he has two attempts on the season), his field goal percentage is solid since so many of his shots come from close range (he’s shooting 55.7% in January).
Trey Lyles (33% owned)- He’s been all over the place lately, but it’s fair to blame that on coach Mike Malone’s wild rotations. He’s still coming off a 22-point game on Thursday in 22 minutes, and he’s averaging 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 triples over the past two weeks. That should get the job done in a four-game week. For what it’s worth, I think Mason Plumlee takes a bigger hit than Lyles when Paul Millsap (wrist) comes back, mainly because Denver needs Lyles’ floor spacing.
Mason Plumlee (25% owned)- Plumlee has now started two games in a row, and while we have no idea if this will stick, he has about a two-week window to continue helping fantasy owners until Paul Millsap (wrist) comes back. In his last three starts, Plumlee averaged 13.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Jarell Martin (2% owned)- The Grizzlies are embracing the tanking lifestyle now that they have ruled out Mike Conley (heel) for the season, so expect them to continue being cautious with JaMychal Green (ankle). Martin has been a really nice surprise in recent weeks, averaging 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks over the past two weeks, hitting 55.6% from the field and 75% from the line.
Wayne Ellington (43% owned)- It’s a crime that he’s not owned in more leagues. He’s arguably the best 3-point specialist in fantasy basketball right now, hitting 3.8 triples per game in January. He’ll be a must-own player the rest of the way with Dion Waiters (ankle) out for the season.
Tyler Johnson (41% owned)- He’s expected to return from his five-game absence this weekend, so make sure he’s not on the wire. Johnson also had a shoulder injury early in January, but assuming he’s finally healthy, his December averages make him a very attractive fantasy pickup — he averaged 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 triples that month.
John Henson (38% owned)-Now that Jason Kidd is gone, I’d expect more consistent rotations going forward. That should bode well for Henson, and he’s been getting the job done in two-center leagues for weeks. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 29.0 minutes over his last five games, hitting 54.3% from the field and 81.8% from the line (he’s at 57.1% from the line on the season, so keep that in mind). The Bucks are expected to pursue a center at the trade deadline, but Henson is safe to deploy this week.
Michael Beasley (45% owned)- His upside isn’t as high when Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis are active, but his play over the past month has been hard to ignore. He has January averages of 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 steals and 0.8 treys on 54.9% shooting, and he doubles as an excellent insurance policy for Porzingis’ fantasy owners.
T.J. McConnell (18% owned)- We still don’t know when J.J. Redick (leg) will return, but he’s expected to be re-evaluated within the next few days. McConnell isn’t what I would call a sexy fantasy asset, but he’s a decent PG3 in a four-game week. During the month of January, McConnell is averaging 9.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.6 triples in 27.5 minutes per game. Timothe Luwawu could also have some value this week and has looked strong as the fill-in starter at SG, but Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is expected back on Monday and could complicate things.
Marquese Chriss (47% owned)- He looked super rusty on Friday and hit just 1-of-12 shots, but that’s to be expected after missing nearly three weeks. He has elite upside and was playing really well before the hip injury, and it’s not like Dragan Bender is a threat.
Greg Monroe (52% owned)- Thanks to an Alex Len ankle injury, Monroe has emerged as the top center to own in Phoenix for the time being. Even if you include his dud on Friday, Monroe is averaging 14.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in his last three games. It’s not a bad idea to hold him beyond this week as well with the trade deadline looming. I heard the Pelicans might be in need of a center. Get well soon, DeMarcus Cousins.
Troy Daniels (4% owned)- He made his first start of the season on Friday, a move that was long overdue. The Suns might experiment with Devin Booker at PG for a while since Tyler Ulis has been terrible, so there’s a chance this move sticks. Daniels scored 11 points with one assist and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes and will be a solid source of 3-pointers in a four-game week. Just don’t expect many supporting stats.