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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 17

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: February 2, 2019, 3:44 pm ET

Week 17 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: ATL, IND, MIL, NOP, ORL, PHX, SAC, SAS, WAS

 

3 Games: BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR

 

2 Games: UTA

 

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Week 17 Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (6 Games)- Nuggets @ Pistons, Hawks @ Wizards, Bucks @ Nets, Pacers @ Pelicans, Rockets @ Suns, Spurs @ Kings

 

Tuesday (8 Games)- Clippers @ Hornets, Celtics @ Cavs, Lakers @ Pacers, Pistons @ Knicks, Raptors @ 76ers, Wolves @ Grizzlies, Magic @ Thunder, Heat @ Blazers

 

Wednesday (7 Games)- Nuggets @ Nets, Pelicans @ Bulls, Wizards @ Bucks, Hornets @ Mavs, Suns @ Jazz, Rockets @ Kings, Spurs @ Warriors

 

Thursday (6 Games)- Clippers @ Pacers, Wolves @ Magic, Raptors @ Hawks, Lakers @ Celtics, Grizzlies @ Thunder, Spurs @ Blazers

 

 

Friday (8 Games)- Knicks @ Pistons, Nuggets @ 76ers, Cavs @ Wizards, Bulls @ Nets, Bucks @ Mavs, Warriors @ Suns, Wolves @ Pelicans, Heat @ Kings

 

Saturday (9 Games)- Spurs @ Jazz, Cavs @ Pacers, Hornets @ Hawks, Raptors @ Knicks, Clippers @ Celtics, Wizards @ Bulls, Pelicans @ Grizzlies, Thunder @ Rockets, Magic @ Bucks

 

Sunday (5 Games) Blazers @ Mavs, Lakers @ 76ers, Suns @ Kings, Magic @ Hawks, Heat @ Warriors

 

 

Back-to-Backs:

 

Sunday (Feb. 3)-Monday: None

Monday-Tuesday: Pistons, Pacers

Tuesday-Wednesday: Hornets

Wednesday-Thursday: Spurs

Thursday-Friday: Wolves

Friday-Saturday: Bulls, Cavs, Bucks, Pelicans, Knicks, Wizards

Saturday-Sunday: Hawks, Magic

 

 

Schedule Notes: 

 

This is trade deadline week, so please keep in mind that if you have a player that is likely to be dealt, you should plan on them missing at least one game as they travel to join their new team and pass their medicals etc. 

 

This is also your last chance to stash high-upside players like Terry Rozier and Harry Giles in case the deadline opens up more minutes for them. In fact, I’d rather stash a couple roster spots as opposed to streaming them this week. 

 

If you do plan on stashing or streaming, remember to do so before the week ends on Sunday night. The reason for this is that you want to keep AT LEAST two waiver-wire moves for the deadline because this time period usually always creates a couple waiver-wire gems.

 

The following teams play three times from Monday-Thursday: Pacers, Spurs

 

The following teams play three times from Tuesday-Friday: Wolves

 

The following teams play three times from Wednesday-Saturday: Bulls, Bucks, Pelicans, Spurs, Wizards

 

The following teams play three times from Thursday-Sunday: Hawks, Magic

 

 

Waiver-Wire Pickups: 

 

*These are guys you should consider keeping for the long haul (with some short-term adds mixed in), 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.

 

Kevin Huerter (26%)- There’s zero doubt that Huerter has established himself as Atlanta’s third building block alongside Trae Young and John Collins. He’s hanging around the top-100 in standard leagues over the past two weeks with 10.2 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.4 triples, but he’s only hitting 34.5% from the field in that span and playing 27 minutes. The FG% should stabilize in the mid-40s as one of the best young shooters in the league, and his minutes are bound to jump up with both Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince on the trade block. 

 

Marcus Smart (42%)- I wrote in his last blurb that he’s not for everybody, as Smart’s value mostly lies in three categories. He’s coming off a pair of duds, but still has top-75 value over the past month for his assists (3.7), steals (1.4) and triples (2.4). It’s also worth noting that Smart’s name could pop up at the deadline, as his contract would be easy to move if Boston wants to make a splash for a big name. 

 

Shabazz Napier (34%)- I don’t think GM Sean Mark gets enough credit for what he’s done with Brooklyn, as their depth has kept them afloat after some bad injury luck with guys like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe. Napier went from barely playing to Brooklyn’s sixth man, averaging 27.3 minutes over his last four games with 19.3 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 triples. The scary part? He’s hitting just 35.6% from the field in that stretch. There’s a lot of short-term upside here, but his value won’t last forever. 

 

Bobby Portis (47%)- Portis was putting his fantasy owners to sleep for the past couple weeks with some boring lines, but finally erupted on Wednesday, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes. The Bulls will attempt to flip Robin Lopez for a second-round pick at the deadline, but will buy him out if they fail. That means more minutes for Portis, who is putting up 20.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per 36 minutes. It’s too bad the rest of his stat set is empty for the most part, though. 

 

Cedi Osman (50%)- While proofreading, his ownership jumped another 4% which would normally disqualify him from the list, but he’s worth mentioning. Osman was a popular preseason sleeper for his success with the Turkish National Team this summer, but didn’t wake up until now with top-40 value over his last four games. In that stretch he’s putting up 24.3(!) points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.8 triples on 54.7% from the field. The law of averages tells us that his FG% will dip back into the 40s sooner rather than later, but he’s getting a ton of usage/touches on arguably the worst team in the NBA which means the counting stats should be consistent. The fact that Alec Burks and Rodney Hood are both on the block bodes well for his outlook as well. 

 

Dwight Powell (28%)- He’s a big winner of the Porzingis blockbuster, as DeAndre Jordan is out of the picture and Porzingis is expected to sit out the entire season. Coach Rick Carlisle may not unleash Powell to play 30+ minutes, but his first game with the new-look Mavs was very encouraging with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes. You also got to love the fact that he’s hitting 58% from the field and 73.4% from the line on the season. I’ll also be keeping a close eye on Maxi Kleber (8%) for his underrated stat set, with 2.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.8 triples per 36. 

 

Malik Beasley (34%)- This dude is breaking out before our eyes with a combined 57 points over his last two games. Anytime you outscore James Harden (35-30) on National T.V., you have to run to the wire to pick him up. The Nuggets changed Gary Harris’ injury designation from a groin issue to an adductor strain, so there’s no telling how much time he could miss. Plus, Jamal Murray is still out with a “serious” ankle injury. Beasley is a no-brainer add when the Nuggets are shorthanded and it’s no surprise that he’s the 58th ranked player over the past two weeks for his points (17.3), 3s (2.7) and elite efficiency. 

 

Monte Morris (24%)- I just talked about Beasley being ranked 58th over the past two weeks, but Morris is right there with him as the 57th ranked player in that same span. Nuggets coach Mike Malone sounded very concerned about Murray’s ankle, and thanks to their record they have the luxury of being cautious. In that stretch, Morris has been phenomenal with 14.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 2.1 triples and 0.7 turnovers on 64.1% from the field! He’s one of the most efficient players in the NBA.

 

Patrick Beverley (45%)- Beverley was drafted in the late rounds of fantasy leagues for a reason, but after countless adds/drops by fantasy owners, he has finally turned the corner with top-20(!) value over the last two weeks. He’s averaging 11.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.3 triples, taking full advantage of Danilo Gallinari’s absence and moving ahead of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the guard pecking order. This type of production isn’t sustainable, but this is a player with a top-80 season on his resume just a season ago. He’s a strong add in category leagues. 

 

Ivan Rabb (1%)- If you’re looking for some upside for the trade deadline, Rabb is definitely a name to watch. Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green are both readily available on the market, and the Grizzlies would be foolish to keep playing Joakim Noah if they go through with their rebuild. Rabb can play the four and the five and has produced in his last two chances with 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.5 minutes. 

 

Kenrich Williams (3%)- He’s one more solid game away from being a pickup, so he’ll be a must-watch player on Saturday night vs. the Spurs. With the Pelicans missing five of their top six players and the team on the verge of a fire sale at the deadline, Williams has emerged as a key rotation player for the team with 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.5 triples over his last two games. 

 

Jonathan Isaac (50%)- It took forever to get to this point, but Isaac is finally showcasing his upside for the Magic with top-50 value over his past three games, putting up 10.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks and 0.7 triples. The Magic will likely be sellers at the deadline and ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned Aaron Gordon as a name that could be moved, and that would give Isaac a pathway to consistent top-75 numbers for his elite output in the defensive categories. We saw what he could do on the offensive end during the summer league, so I’d like to see the Magic give him more responsibility on that end as well. 

 

Mikal Bridges (26%)- Like Isaac, Bridges is another player who makes his money for his defensive output. Over the last two weeks, Bridges has been inside the top-50 for his steals (2.0) and out-of-position blocks (0.7), but he’s scoring better with 9.1 points and 1.7 triples. He’s constantly overlooked because a lot of people don’t understand that every category counts the same, and there aren’t many players that can match his steal rate as he currently ranks 13th in the NBA. 

 

Richaun Holmes (16%)- He’s finally back from his foot injury and beat Deandre Ayton (ankle) to the court, so we got an extended look at him over his past two games. He obviously didn’t disappoint, averaging 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 3.5 blocks in 28.5 minutes. Holmes is a guy who was posting mdi-round value in an 18-minute role behind Ayton, and he’s going to draw some interest at the deadline with his valuable expiring contract. If he ends up somewhere like the Grizzlies or Kings, Holmes will be a league-winner. 

 

Harry Giles (4%)-  He had a career-high 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting vs. the Hawks with seven rebounds and one assist in just 21 minutes, but Giles has vanished before after a strong showing (mostly because of Dave Joerger). However, Willie Cauley-Stein is going to be readily available at the deadline, and Giles just needs 24 minutes to put up sexy fantasy lines. He’s the definition of a trade deadline stash. 

 

 

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:

Cedi Osman (20.3)

Malik Beasley (17.3)

Jeff Green (16.3)

Bobby Portis (15.7)

Shabazz Napier (14.8)

Ante Zizic (14.3)

Jerryd Bayless (14.3)

Josh Jackson (14.1)

Monte Morris (14.1)

 

 

Assist Leaders:

Jerryd Bayless (6.7)

Dwyane Wade (6.0)

Tim Frazier (5.2)

Fred VanVleet (5.0)

Terry Rozier (5.0)

T.J. McConnell (4.8)

Patrick Beverley (4.7)

Kevin Huerter (4.6)

 

 

Rebounding Leaders:

Ed Davis (11.0)

Ante Zizic (9.7)

Noah Vonleh (9.3)

Patrick Beverley (8.7)

Jon Isaac (8.0)

Bismack Biyombo (7.7)

 

 

Steal Leaders:

P.J. Tucker (3.0)

Corey Brewer (2.2)

Mikal Bridges (2.0)

Patrick Beverley (1.7)

Kevin Huerter (1.6)

Cedi Osman (1.5)

Dorian Finney-Smith (1.4)

 

 

Block Leaders:

Mitchell Robinson (2.7)

Richaun Holmes (2.3)

Jonah Bolden (1.8)

Nerlens Noel (1.7)

Bruno Caboclo (1.6)

Jon Isaac (1.4)

Bismack Biyombo (1.4)

 

 

3-point Leaders:

Davis Bertans (3.3)

Jae Crowder (3.2)

Darius Miller (3.0)

Marco Belinelli (2.7)

Bryn Forbes (2.7)

Malik Beasley (2.7)

Jerryd Bayless (2.7)

Kevin Huerter (2.4)