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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 6

by Jonas Nader

Week 6 Schedule: Games Played






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Week 6 Streaming Schedule:


Monday (9 Games): BOS @ CHA, CLE @ DET, UTA @ IND, PHX @ PHI, LAC @ ATL, DAL @ MEM, DEN @ MIL, SAS @ NOP, OKC @ SAC


Tuesday (4 Games): TOR @ ORL, LAC @ WAS, BKN @ MIA, POR @ NYK


Wednesday (13 Games): IND @ CHA, NOP @ PHI, TOR @ ATL, NYK @ BOS, LAL @ CLE, PHX @ CHI, DET @ HOU, POR @ MIL, DEN @ MIN, BKN @ DAL, MEM @ SAS, SAC @ UTA, OKC @ GSW


Thursday (0 Games): Happy Thanksgiving!




Saturday (7 Games): HOU @ CLE, NOP @ WAS, CHI @ MIN, DEN @ OKC, BOS @ DAL, SAS @ MIL, SAC @ GSW


Sunday (8 Games): ORL @ LAL, PHX @ DET, CHA @ ATL, PHI @ BKN, MIA @ TOR, NYK @ MEM, UTA @ SAC, LAC @ POR






Sunday (Nov. 18) to Monday: Grizzlies, Spurs


Monday-Tuesday: Clippers


Tuesday-Wednesday: Nets, Knicks, Blazers, Raptors


Thursday: Thanksgiving, zero games


Friday-Saturday: Celtics, Bulls, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Bucks, Wolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Spurs, Wizards


Saturday-Sunday: Kings


Sunday (Nov. 25) to Monday: Hornets, Magic, Jazz


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Schedule Notes:


This week is pretty straightforward with 20 teams playing four times and 10 teams playing three times, but having a zero-game Thursday for Thanksgiving makes streaming more important than ever. Streaming a player on Wednesday or Friday isn’t viable since they probably won’t be able to fit into your lineup, and Monday (9 games) and Sunday (8 games) won’t be easy either. For that reason, there are just two quality streaming days this week and they are Tuesday (4 games) and Saturday (7 games).


The Wizards are the only team that plays on both Tuesday and Saturday, so their 3-game week is still valuable. 


The following teams play three times in four nights at some point this week: Celtics (Wednesday-Saturday), Nets (Tuesday-Friday), Bulls (Wednesday-Saturday), Cavaliers (Wednesday-Saturday), Nuggets (Wednesday-Saturday), Warriors (Wednesday-Saturday), Rockets (Wednesday-Saturday), Bucks (Wednesday-Saturday), Wolves (Wednesday-Saturday), Pelicans (Wednesday-Saturday), Knicks (Tuesday-Friday), Thunder (Wednesday-Saturday), Blazers (Tuesday-Friday), Spurs (Wednesday-Saturday), Raptors (Tuesday-Friday). 



Streaming Options:


*Please note that most of these players are available in 50% or more of Yahoo Leagues. Outside of Mitchell Robinson, Terrence Ross and maybe one or two more guys, you can evaluate other options when you get a game or two of value out of the players listed below. 


Jeremy Lin (11%)- He is slowly climbing back to relevance with double-digit points in four out of his last six games. He also has a respectable 22 assists in that span (3.6 per game), and he’s played at least 20 minutes in four out of his last five. Lin is only playing 20% of his minutes at SG which limits his upside since Trae Young is handling the bulk of the PG minutes, but it makes sense for the Hawks to use them together more often. 


Dewayne Dedmon (50%)- He’s coming back from a 3-game absence on Saturday due to personal reasons, and his numbers are good enough to warrant a roster spot in standard leagues with 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 50% from the field and 83.3% from the line. John Collins is mostly going to play the four and Alex Len is one of the worst rotation players in the NBA, so Dedmon still has a path to 24 minutes. 


DeMarre Carroll (16%)- Has hit just 8-of-27 from the field over his last three games, but he’s still working his way back into shape coming off an injury. I’m still intrigued by the minutes and opportunities with Caris LeVert (leg) out indefinitely, as Carroll has played at least 24 minutes in three straight. 


Ed Davis (7%)- Arguably the best streaming option when you’re specifically targeting rebounds. He’s averaging 8.1 boards in under 18 minutes per game and is 3rd in the entire NBA in total rebounding rate. 


Cody Zeller (19%)- A 10th-round value on the season that is decent in most categories without any negatives that can drag your team down. An ideal center for the last spot on your roster or a safe streaming option with averages of 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 1.1 turnovers on 58.8% from the field and 90.3% from the line. 


Malik Monk (16%)- Viewer discretion is advised, as Monk is one of the coldest players in the NBA — he’s shooting 30.6% over his last five games. There is some potential here if he heats up though, as he was attempting 12.4 shots per game in that same span. 


Miles Bridges (8%)- There is a lot of opportunity with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right ankle) out, but Bridges didn’t take advantage of it with a 5-point outing in 16 minutes vs. the Cavaliers. I’ll be watching him closely on Saturday vs. the 76ers because Bridges is a guy who can do it all — he has per-36 averages of 13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 triples. 


Ryan Arcidiacono (11%)- If you want to scrape the bottom of a barrel for a point guard, Arcidiacono is averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.2 triples in 31.6 minutes over his last five games. Cam Payne is in the doghouse and Kris Dunn isn’t expected back this week. 


Rodney Hood (25%)- Despite a 20% usage rate, Hood’s stats don’t jump off the page with 13.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 triples over his last five games. He’s hitting 50% from the field in that span, but hasn’t recorded a block or steal in six straight games. 


Cedi Osman (22%)- The counting stats have been OK with 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples, but he’s also turning the ball over 2.8 times while shooting 36.9% from the field and 76.2% from the line. The workload and touches will be there, but his efficiency has to improve in order for Osman to break into the top-100. I’ll be watching closely since Cleveland is about to have five straight weeks with four games. 


J.J. Barea (12%)- A popular steamer on here, Barea is heating up with 21, 14 and 14 points over his last three games with five assists in each. His minutes are still hovering around 20 though. 


Dorian Finney-Smith (3%)- He is quietly returning late-round value and is getting no love. DFS is averaging a modest 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, but 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 triples on 52.4% shooting in 25 minutes a night is solid. 


Monte Morris (16%)- He’s not going to stick in the starting lineup, but Morris has played 70 minutes next to Jamal Murray over his last five games which means he can still hold onto late-round value off the bench. He put up 11.0 points, 3.0 boards, 4.6 dimes, 0.6 steals and 1.0 treys in that span, and my money is on Morris being relevant until either Will Barton or Isaiah Thomas is healthy. 


Trey Lyles (15%) and Juancho Hernangomez (8%)- Lyles has scored in double digits in five of his last six games, and he has also shot above 63% from the field in four out of his last five. As for Hernangomez, he’s coming off a 25-point, 9-rebound game vs. the Hawks, but that has an asterisk beside it because of the opponent (Atlanta is allowing the most 3-pointers to opposing teams). Hernangomez has also played at least 30 minutes in three straight, though he was held to a combined 14 points in his previous two games. Both guys are deep-league assets and streaming options. 


Quinn Cook (40%)- A bit surprised he’s not owned in more leagues, as Stephen Curry is out at least another week. Cook has been terrific in November, posting 15.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebound and 2.7 triples in 24.7 minutes. He’ll put up mid-round value until Curry gets back, which could be a while. 


Kevon Looney (5%)- With Draymond Green (toe) joining Curry on the shelf for at least two games, Looney might have a shot at top-100 value in Week 6. He’s been the most productive out of the three centers in Golden State, averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games in 21.0 minutes. 


James Ennis (22%)- One of my favorite adds this week and someone you might end up keeping if his strong play continues. Over his last two games, Ennis has played 33 and 34 minutes with averages of 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 triples. Those are sexy numbers, especially in category leagues. Can he sustain it?


P.J. Tucker (35%)- Pretty sure I’ve written about him every week, but this is simple. He’s bound to put up nice stats considering he’s played at least 31 minutes in every single game this season.


Cory Joseph (3%)- Has played alongside Darren Collison in three straight games and has played at least 30 minutes in three out of his last four. In that span he’s averaging a respectable 10.0 points, 3.3 dimes, 3.5 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples. He could steal some of Collison’s minutes if he doesn’t turn things around. 


Patrick Beverley (22%)- His FG% (36.0) is hard to live with, but he’s dishing out 4.2 dimes per game and his 0.7 steals are bound to come up if his history tells us anything. 


Shelvin Mack (21%)- He’s quietly churning out low-end value with November averages of 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.9 triples. 44% of his minutes have been off the ball at SG, so that’s been the key to his success. 


Justise Winslow (18%)- His 4.3 assists are elite for a wing and he also has 9.0 points, 1.2 steals and 5.3 rebounds, but his 2.1 turnovers and percentages (34.3% from the field and 68% from the line) are difficult to build around. 


Tyler Johnson (36%)- He had some really nice value over the past week with Dwyane Wade (personal) out, but I don’t see how he sustains it when the Heat gets some bodies back.


Wayne Ellington (14%)- A true 3-point specialist with 13 triples in his past four games. Like Tyler Johnson, Wade’s eventual return won’t help. 


Thon Maker (1%)-  In his first shot as the backup center, Maker scored nine points vs. the Bulls on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, one block and three triples in 18 minutes. John Henson (wrist) is likely out through the All-Star break, so Maker has some appeal in deeper leagues for his per-minute production in blocks and triples. 


Mitchell Robinson (24%)- It’s not rocket science. The NBA’s leader in block rate has 16 swats in his past four games and has played at least 22 minutes in three of those. Unlike the other players on this list, Robinson is a must-own fantasy asset. 


Nerlens Noel (12%)- Has somehow carved out late-round value in just 14.0 minutes per game with 1.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 5.3 boards on 61.2% shooting. Will have a shot at early-round value if Steven Adams ever has to miss time. 


Terrence Ross (52%)- Yes he’s owned in more than 50% of leagues, but I want to quickly mention him anyways. Even with Jon Isaac back in the lineup, Ross saw 31 minutes and scored 15 points with seven boards, three 3-pointers and one steal. Since Nov. 4, Ross has been a top-60 player in 9-category leagues and should be owned everywhere. 


Mikal Bridges (3%)- Wrote about Bridges at length here (link), as he’s someone that I think is going to be a must-own player after the new year. He has outplayed Trevor Ariza and needs more minutes, and I think the Suns see that now. 


Derrick White (38%)- His five-game stint as the starter has been a rollercoaster ride with two duds, two strong showings and one bland outing, but I like his chances of posting top-100 numbers once he has his legs under him.


Kelly Oubre (36%)- He broke out of his slump in a big way vs. the Nets with 18 points in 28 minutes. Oubre has stolen some of Otto Porter’s minutes and could benefit if the Wizards make some moves like everyone is expecting them too. The first domino to fall will be the firing of Scott Brooks