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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 5

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: November 14, 2018, 9:51 am ET

Week 5 Schedule: Games Played


5 Games: GSW






2 Games: CHA, CLE, IND, MIL


1 Game: DET


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Streaming Schedule:


Monday (9 Games)- ORL @ WAS, PHI @ MIA, NOP @ TOR, DAL @ CHI, UTA @ MEM, BKN @ MIN, PHX @ OKC, SAS @ SAC, GSW @ LAC


Tuesday (3 Games)- CHA @ CLE, HOU @ DEN, ATL @ GSW


Wednesday (11 Games)- PHI @ ORL, CLE @ WAS, CHI @ BOS, MIA @ BKN, DET @ TOR, MEM @ MIL, NOP @ MIN, NYK @ OKC, UTA @ DAL, SAS @ PHX, POR @ LAL


Thursday (3 Games)- GSW @ HOU, ATL @ DEN, SAS @ LAC


Friday (8 Games)- TOR @ BOS, MIA @ IND, UTA @ PHI, BKN @ WAS, SAC @ MEM, POR @ MIN, NYK @ NOP, CHI @ MIL


Saturday (10 Games)- LAC @ BKN, PHI @ CHA, ATL @ IND, LAL @ ORL, DEN @ NOP, UTA @ BOS, TOR @ CHI, SAC @ HOU, GSW @ DAL, OKC @ PHX


Sunday (5 Games)- MEM @ MIN, LAL @ MIA, NYK @ ORL, POR @ WAS, GSW @ SAS



Back-to-Back Schedule:


Sunday (Nov. 11)-Monday: Magic


Monday-Tuesday: Warriors


Tuesday-Wednesday: Cavaliers


Wednesday-Thursday: Spurs


Thursday-Friday: None


Friday-Saturday: Celtics, Nets, Bulls, Pacers, Pelicans, 76ers, Kings, Raptors, Jazz


Saturday-Sunday: Warriors, Lakers, Magic


Sunday (Nov. 18)-Monday (Nov. 19): Grizzlies, Spurs


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Schedule Notes:


This is our first wild week, as four teams play just two games and the Pistons play once. If you own any Hornets, Cavaliers, Pacers or Bucks, the only guys I would start in weekly leagues are Kemba Walker (if healthy), Nicolas Batum, Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Darren Collison, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe


As for the Pistons, only desperate fantasy owners should consider Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin with a single game on the schedule. 


On the other hand, the Warriors play a week-high five times, making some fringe guys like Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney worth a look. With Stephen Curry injured, Quinn Cook is a must-own player (more on these guys later). Also, don’t be surprised if the Warriors give their studs a night off this week with two back-to-backs on the schedule. 


The following teams have front-loaded schedules with three games from Monday-Thursday: Warriors and Spurs.


The following teams have back-loaded schedules with three games from Thursday-Sunday: Warriors (benefits of a 5-game week).


The following teams play three times in four nights at some point this week (excluding the teams above): Celtics (Wednesday-Saturday), Nets (Wednesday-Saturday), Bulls (Wednesday-Saturday), Pelicans (Wednesday-Saturday), 76ers (Wednesday-Saturday), Raptors (Wednesday-Saturday), Jazz (Wednesday-Saturday).


There are only three quality streaming days this week, or days with fewer than eight games. They are on Tuesday (3 Games), Thursday (3 Games) and Sunday (5 Games). 


The following teams have the most quality streaming days: Warriors (3), Hawks (2), Nuggets (2), Rockets (2), Spurs (2). 


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Streaming Options / Best Pickups


*Please note that these are guys that are available in around 50% or less of Yahoo Leagues.


Jeremy Lin ( 7%)- Has only played a handful of minutes next to Trae Young this season which has limited his value, but he’s been cleaning up in garbage time with 19 or more points in three out of his last five games. With the Lakers, Warriors and Nuggets on the schedule, I have a feeling we will see at least a couple lopsided scores. Now that Lin is finding his rhythm, that has really hurt DeAndre Bembry’s shot at late-round value. 


Omari Spellman (10%)- A risky add because John Collins (ankle) is finally day-to-day and will ruin Spellman’s appeal once he’s back. If we do hear that Collins is out, Spellman has been doing work over the past two games with 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.5 blocks and 2.5 triples. 


Dewayne Dedmon (61%)- His ownership rate is finally up and Alex Len’s days as the starting center are numbered, but Dedmon’s minutes are going to be “dialed back” on Atlanta’s road trip. A risky start in weekly leagues, but still good enough to stream here and there. Put up 13 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes in his last outing, and he has 8 blocks in his last six games. 


Terry Rozier (54%)- We saw what he could in the starting lineup with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and five triples, but Kyrie Irving will be back from a personal absence this Sunday. Rozier hasn’t played that well this season, but he’s a good streamer in some spots and has obvious stash appeal with reports about him being unhappy about his playing time. If he’s traded to a team like the Suns, he could be a league-winner. 


Joe Harris (57%)- People are starting to take notice of Harris and his ownership rate reflects that. He has top-90 value on the season with 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 triples while shooting an absurd 55.1% from the field. The return of DeMarre Carroll dampens his appeal a bit and might push him outside of the top-100, though. 


Malik Monk (27%)- I didn’t want to include any Hornets here because of their two-game week, but Kemba Walker got pretty banged up in his last outing and Jeremy Lamb got hurt as well. Monk had one of his worst games of the season, but shot the ball 19(!) times. An obvious streamer if either player misses time. Tony Parker would be a nice source of assists in that scenario as well. 


Ryan Arcidiacono (2%)- I had to check my spelling three times for that name. Cameron Payne has been painful to watch and lost his starting job, so it’s Arcidiacono’s turn. There’s not much long-term appeal with Kris Dunn due back soon, but Arcidiacono is certainly worth a look this week if you’re hurting at PG. In his last outing, he put up 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and three triples. 


Antonio Blakeney (4%)- I’m curious to see if he gets any PG minutes with Cam Payne in the doghouse. Blakeney is a two-category player for his points and triples and has been hit-or-miss with 15+ points in four out of his last six games with 12 triples in that span. 


Dorian Finney-Smith (2%)- He has been a sneaky play in very deep leagues. Prior to his dud vs. the Jazz, DFS played 25+ minutes in three straight with 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 triples. He’ll have a stable workload off the bench until Dirk Nowitzki comes back. 


J.J. Barea (9%)- Assists are hard to find on the wire but Barea has 25 of them over his last four games despite being limited to minutes in the teens. 


Trey Lyles (13%)- He’s starting to heat up a bit and has produced three respectable fantasy lines in a row with 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.7 triples in that span. Strictly a 14-16 team guy, but he’ll get the job done as a streamer. 


Quinn Cook (24%)- He might be the add of the week and we’re going to get another chance to see him tonight vs. the Nets. Stephen Curry is day-to-day with a groin injury, but the Warriors won’t be in a rush to bring him back. Cook had 15 points, five assists, two rebounds and three triples in just 19 minutes vs. the Bucks on Thursday, and he averaged 11.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 steals and1.8 triples when Curry sat out last season. Even if you only get one or two starts out of him, he’s worth taking a flier on for Golden State’s five-game week. 


Damian Jones (5%), Jordan Bell (30%), Kevon Looney (4%)- Draymond Green (foot, ankle) is targeting a return on Monday vs. the Clippers, but it’s possible that a couple of these guys could have low-end value in a five-game week, especially if the Warriors rest some guys here and there. The problem here is that we never know who coach Steve Kerr will roll with, so I still wouldn’t feel comfortable about playing these guys outside of deeper leagues. 


P.J. Tucker (36%)- He’s churning out top-75 value in 9-category leagues for his triples (2.2), steals (1.7) and blocks (0.6) with a handful of points (8.7) and rebounds (5.5). He hasn’t played less than 33 minutes in a single game. 


Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23%)- He’s my personal favorite for add of the week, but I’m biased as someone who drafted him in most of my leagues. He scored a career-high 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 35 minutes in his last outing, he has made two starts in a row and coach Doc Rivers is planning on keeping him with the first unit. If his usage rate trends up, it may not be long before he’s churning out mid-round value for his all-around game. 


Boban Marjanovic (32%)- I don’t think you can plug him into lineups every night, as coach Doc Rivers won’t ride him in certain matchups. Still has a shot at top-100 numbers if he plays at least 15 minutes in every game this week. 


Kyle Anderson (54%)- He might be the hardest player to gauge in fantasy basketball right now. He’s been horrendous for most of the season despite a world of opportunity in Memphis, but he’s starting to trend up with 7.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals over his last five games. 


Shelvin Mack (15%)- He had an incredible stretch before a dud vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, putting up 17.3 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.5 triples in his previous four games. The key is that he’s been playing off the ball next to Mike Conley for long stretches, so we’ll see if that continues. 


Kelly Olynyk (25%)- He’s been all over the place, but he’ll have random stretches where he puts up top-75 numbers only to disappear for 2-3 games. 


Justise Winslow (29%)- Has been a solid source of counting stats so far with 10.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.9 triples, but his FG% (36.0) and FT% (65.2) with 2.3 turnovers limits him to late-round status. 


E’Twaun Moore (38%)- His last two games haven’t been pretty with a combined 12 points, but he was comfortably returning top-100 value before that because he’s putting up modest numbers with elite efficiency (52.3% shooting with 1.2 turnovers). 


Mitchell Robinson (23%)- Patience is the key here. 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes in a league with dwindling shot-blocking totals. Going to get a ton of burn down the stretch. 


Allonzo Trier (15%)- One of the hottest rookies in the league right now with double-digit points in five out of his last six games. Unfortunately, he doesn’t bring much to the table outside of points and triples, so he’s basically Antonio Blakeney with a better workload. 


Jerami Grant (57%)- Since beginning the season on a cold streak, Grant has scored in double digits in eight straight games. Has the potential to be a 1-1-1 guy with 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.9 triples. Just beware of his FT%. 


Terrence Ross (16%)- It’s still unclear how long Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will be out, so Ross is my favorite add on the wings. He has scored 12+ points in four straight games with at least 28 minutes in each. He also has an average of 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples in that span. Those are mid-round numbers, so don’t sleep on him in a 4-game week. 


Wilson Chandler (3%)- With Dario Saric now in Minnesota along with Robert Covington, that trade may have catapulted Chandler into fantasy relevance. He’s been a top-100 player many times in the past, but keep in mind that the 76ers are going to bring him along slowly because of his hamstring. Not a bad flier if you’re looking for forward depth, but I’m not in a rush to add him anywhere. 


Isaiah Canaan (6%)- He has played 31 minutes or more in four straight games, but the stat lines have been all over the place. He’ll have some streamer appeal for his 3-pointers (8 in his last four) and dimes (14 in his last four), but he could put a dent in your FG%. 


Richaun Holmes (4%)- Not a pickup yet, but keep an eye on him. Needs just 20 minutes to have value, but that means he’ll have to earn a few minutes alongside Deandre Ayton. It’s not out of the question. 


Zach Collins (34%)- Still flirting with top-100 value and his minutes have gone up in five straight games. Still a hold, but he will be inconsistent behind a healthy Jusuf Nurkic. Love his blocks/triples upside. 


Evan Turner (22%)- Not the best stat set with minimal 3-pointers, but 4.3 assists alone makes him worth owning. Having a terrific season as Portland’s sixth man. 


Derrick White (26%)- His debut was a disaster, but there’s a ton of opportunity here as the starting PG in Popovich’s offense. Let’s give him a couple weeks before making any rash judgements. 


Kelly Oubre (43%)- I have a feeling that this Washington team could look a lot different at the trade deadline. Oubre is an injury or trade away from must-own status.