/The Week Ahead: The Week Ahead: Week 2

The Week Ahead: The Week Ahead: Week 2

Week 2 Schedule:

 

4 Games: CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, LAL, MIL, PHX, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: BOS, BKN, CLE, DET, IND, LAC, MEM, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR

 

2 Games: ATL, DEN, HOU, MIA, OKC

 

 

 

Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (9 Games): ORL @ BOS, CHA @ TOR, NYK @ MIL, IND @ MIN, CHI @ DAL, MEM @ UTA, WAS @ POR, PHX @ GSW, SAS @ LAL

 

Tuesday (3 Games): PHI @ DET, LAC @ NOP, SAC @ DEN

 

Wednesday (11 Games): DAL @ ATL, BKN @ CLE, NYK @ MIA, MIN @ TOR, CHA @ CHI, UTA @ HOU, IND @ SAS, PHI @ MIL, LAL @ PHX, MEM @ SAC, WAS @ GSW

 

Thursday (4 Games): CLE @ DET, POR @ ORL, BOS @ OKC, DEN @ LAL

 

Friday (7 Games): CHI @ CHA, GSW @ NYK, DAL @ TOR, LAC @ HOU, MIL @ MIN, BKN @ NOP, WAS @ SAC

 

Saturday (9 Games): BOS @ DET, UTA @ NOP, CHI @ ATL, IND @ CLE, CHA @ PHI, POR @ MIA, PHX @ MEM , ORL @ MIL, LAL @ SAS

 

Sunday (4 Games): GSW @ BKN, UTA @ DAL, PHX @ OKC, WAS @ LAC

 

 

Back-to-Back Schedule:

 

Monday-Tuesday: None

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: 76ers, Kings

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Cavaliers, Lakers

 

Thursday-Friday: None

 

Friday-Saturday: Hornets, Bucks, Bulls, Pelicans

 

Saturday-Sunday: Suns, Jazz

 

 

Schedule Notes:

 

-This is an odd week with five different teams playing just twice. If you’re in a weekly league and own players from the Hawks, Nuggets, Rockets, Heat and Thunder, here are the only players I’d consider starting:
Taurean Prince,
Nikola Jokic,
Will Barton,
Jamal Murray,
Gary Harris,
Paul Millsap,
James Harden,
Chris Paul,
Clint Capela,
Josh Richardson,
Hassan Whiteside,
Goran Dragic,
Paul George and
Steven Adams. If you’re a little more desperate,
Trae Young,
Kent Bazemore,
Eric Gordon,
Kelly Olynyk and
Dennis Schroder can be considered. 

 

-The following teams have front-loaded schedules (3 games from Monday-Thursday): Lakers

 

-The following teams have back-loaded schedules (3 games from Thursday-Sunday): None

 

-The following teams play three times in four nights at some point this week (this is ideal for when you want to stream a pickup): Hornets (Wednesday-Saturday), Bulls (Wednesday-Saturday), Cavaliers (Wednesday-Saturday), Lakers (twice), Bucks (Wednesday-Saturday), Kings (Tuesday-Friday). 

 

-There are four quality streaming days this week, or days with fewer than nine games on the schedule. Those days are Tuesday (3 games), Thursday (4 games), Friday (7 games) and Sunday (4 games). If you stream a player on any other day, you may not be able to fit them into your lineup. 

-The following teams have the most games on quality streaming days this week: Clippers (3), Nets (2), Mavs (2), Nuggets (2), Pistons (2), Warriors (2), Pelicans (2), Thunder (2), Kings (2), Wizards (2). 

Editor’s Note: If you love Fantasy Football you have to be playing on DRAFT. It’s daily fantasy football snake drafts instead of salary caps. All the fun of season long drafts but with no management and they last for just one week. They take minutes to complete and there’s even auction drafts! No more setting lineups or constantly worrying about pros, just draft and win! Right now DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers an exclusive FREE entry into a real money draft when you make your first deposit! Here’s the link

 

Streaming Options:

 

*Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for this list, players have to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo Leagues. There aren’t many exciting options here, but that’s the point of streaming. Once you get a game or two of production out of these guys, you can drop and move onto the next one. As we progress through the season and injuries and trades start happening, there will be a lot of better long-term options on the wire. 

 

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (25%)- Shined in the opener and then fell flat in his second game, but inconsistency is expected when you’re dealing with rookies. He has a +7.9 rating which ranks 4th on the Clippers, coach
Doc Rivers can’t stop gushing about him and SGA has been outplaying
Patrick Beverley. He’ll make starts at some point this season and unlike a lot of guys listed below, you’ll want him on your team during the fantasy playoffs. Until then he’ll continue to do just enough to warrant a roster spot. 

 

Boban Marjanovic (42%)- He has an absurd +29.3 net rating and coach
Doc Rivers has kept his word about playing him every night (small sample size, though). He also ranks second in the NBA in Player Impact Estimate according to NBA.com. A Boban minute is basically the equivalent of two minutes for 90% of the league, so he’ll have a decent shot at top-100 output if he continues to see roughly 15 minutes a night. 

 

Trey Burke (22%)- I’m a bit surprised at the low ownership rate here, but I’ll admit he’s on the wire in a couple of my leagues and I haven’t been tempted yet. He has no competition for minutes with
Frank Ntilikina playing mostly off the ball, but he ranks 7th on the Knicks in usage rate and that’s not what you want from a score-first point guard. Still, an 11.5-4-4 average with 2.0 triples through two games is decent. 

 

Zach Collins (14%)- Maybe his opener was a fluke or maybe it wasn’t. We won’t know until Saturday night. Still, it’s hard to ignore his line of six points, six rebounds, two assists and six blocks in 26 minutes with a +39.6 net rating(!), and it’s not like the Blazers are loaded up front. I love bigs who can stretch the floor and block shots, so I’ll be in a rush to the wire if he turns heads again Saturday night. 

 

Joe Harris (41%)- The Nets are very short-handed right now and Harris has been forced into a much bigger role. While not teeming with upside, Harris can flirt with
J.J. Redick numbers when he gets consistent burn. Through two games he’s averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 triples on 50% shooting. 

 

P.J. Tucker (38%)- He has embraced the
Trevor Ariza role from last season and his ability to play SG-C means his minutes will be comfortably above 30 most nights. This isn’t a great week to pick him up obviously (2 games), but it’s hard to ignore his opening-night line of 19 points, four triples, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. 

 

Dorian Finney-Smith (1%)-
Dirk Nowitzki isn’t coming back soon and
Harrison Barnes’ (hamstring) status is still up in the air. Coach
Rick Carlisle really likes DFS, and he backed up his strong preseason with a head-turning opener. He played 30 minutes in that game with 12 points, three boards, one assist, three blocks and two 3-pointers, but we may have to put an asterisk beside it because of the opponent. We will see if he’s for real this weekend. 

 

Editor’s Note: Looking for an edge when it comes to fantasy hoops? Our new NBA DFS Toolkit has a Lineup Optimizer, Customizable Projections, Next Man Up tool and more for FanDuel, DraftKings and Yahoo! And for season-long, the NBA Season Pass provides weekly projections, rankings, Pickups of the Day and more.

 

Wes Matthews (21%)- As mentioned above, Dallas is banged up right now and Matthews will see an uptick in usage — he posted a 19.7 usage rate in the opener with 15 points, five dimes, two rebounds, one steal and two triples in 34 minutes. He shot below 41% from the field in three straight seasons which scares some owners, but he should do enough in other categories to offset that in the short term. 

 

Taj Gibson (45%)- Not much to talk about here. Coach
Tom Thibodeau is his biggest fan, he’ll get 30 minutes most nights and he coasted his way to mid-round value last season. 

 

Jae Crowder (23%)- He’s averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 triples through the first two games, and the Jazz are playing more small-ball at the expense of
Derrick Favors. Has the Boston version of
Jae Crowder finally returned!? We’ll find out soon. 

 

Dante Exum (4%)- One of my favorite stashes this season. I wrote about him extensively in the draft guide and one of my bold predictions was that he’d become one of the best pickups of the year.  He has the second best net rating (16.5) on the team, he can play multiple positions, he’s finally healthy and is one of the most improved offensive players in the NBA after being very limited in that aspect during his first few years. I’m excited to see how this plays out. 

 

Reggie Bullock (9%)- He was Detroit’s best wing last season and flirted with top-100 per-game value with 11.3 points, 2.0 triples and 0.8 steals on an efficient 48.9% from the floor. He’s widely available after missing the opener with an illness. 

 

Jerami Grant (50%)-
Patrick Patterson is terrible, so it’s no surprise that Grant has been getting the bulk of the power forward minutes. He’s very limited on offense, but he’s playing close to 30 minutes a night with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks. 

 

T.J. Warren (35%)- We only have a one-game sample size, but Warren is surprisingly among the league leaders in usage rate (33.3). While that won’t continue, the fact that he’s coming off the bench means he’ll be much more involved during his time on the floor. His new 3-point shot is apparently for real too, as he hit three triples en route to 17 points in 24 minutes. He should be owned. 

 

Isaiah Canaan (4%)- Until the Suns bring in another point guard, Canaan is the guy right now. He almost had a Rajon-Rondo like triple-double with eight points, seven assists and six rebounds, adding a pair of triples in 34 minutes. 

 

Pascal Siakam (34%)- Has only averaged 19.0 minutes so far, but I think he’ll shake off his slow start and step up like he did in the preseason. His out-of-position assists intrigue me. 

Week 2 Schedule:

 

4 Games: CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, LAL, MIL, PHX, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: BOS, BKN, CLE, DET, IND, LAC, MEM, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR

 

2 Games: ATL, DEN, HOU, MIA, OKC

 

 

 

Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (9 Games): ORL @ BOS, CHA @ TOR, NYK @ MIL, IND @ MIN, CHI @ DAL, MEM @ UTA, WAS @ POR, PHX @ GSW, SAS @ LAL

 

Tuesday (3 Games): PHI @ DET, LAC @ NOP, SAC @ DEN

 

Wednesday (11 Games): DAL @ ATL, BKN @ CLE, NYK @ MIA, MIN @ TOR, CHA @ CHI, UTA @ HOU, IND @ SAS, PHI @ MIL, LAL @ PHX, MEM @ SAC, WAS @ GSW

 

Thursday (4 Games): CLE @ DET, POR @ ORL, BOS @ OKC, DEN @ LAL

 

Friday (7 Games): CHI @ CHA, GSW @ NYK, DAL @ TOR, LAC @ HOU, MIL @ MIN, BKN @ NOP, WAS @ SAC

 

Saturday (9 Games): BOS @ DET, UTA @ NOP, CHI @ ATL, IND @ CLE, CHA @ PHI, POR @ MIA, PHX @ MEM , ORL @ MIL, LAL @ SAS

 

Sunday (4 Games): GSW @ BKN, UTA @ DAL, PHX @ OKC, WAS @ LAC

 

 

Back-to-Back Schedule:

 

Monday-Tuesday: None

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: 76ers, Kings

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Cavaliers, Lakers

 

Thursday-Friday: None

 

Friday-Saturday: Hornets, Bucks, Bulls, Pelicans

 

Saturday-Sunday: Suns, Jazz

 

 

Schedule Notes:

 

-This is an odd week with five different teams playing just twice. If you’re in a weekly league and own players from the Hawks, Nuggets, Rockets, Heat and Thunder, here are the only players I’d consider starting:
Taurean Prince,
Nikola Jokic,
Will Barton,
Jamal Murray,
Gary Harris,
Paul Millsap,
James Harden,
Chris Paul,
Clint Capela,
Josh Richardson,
Hassan Whiteside,
Goran Dragic,
Paul George and
Steven Adams. If you’re a little more desperate,
Trae Young,
Kent Bazemore,
Eric Gordon,
Kelly Olynyk and
Dennis Schroder can be considered. 

 

-The following teams have front-loaded schedules (3 games from Monday-Thursday): Lakers

 

-The following teams have back-loaded schedules (3 games from Thursday-Sunday): None

 

-The following teams play three times in four nights at some point this week (this is ideal for when you want to stream a pickup): Hornets (Wednesday-Saturday), Bulls (Wednesday-Saturday), Cavaliers (Wednesday-Saturday), Lakers (twice), Bucks (Wednesday-Saturday), Kings (Tuesday-Friday). 

 

-There are four quality streaming days this week, or days with fewer than nine games on the schedule. Those days are Tuesday (3 games), Thursday (4 games), Friday (7 games) and Sunday (4 games). If you stream a player on any other day, you may not be able to fit them into your lineup. 

-The following teams have the most games on quality streaming days this week: Clippers (3), Nets (2), Mavs (2), Nuggets (2), Pistons (2), Warriors (2), Pelicans (2), Thunder (2), Kings (2), Wizards (2). 

Editor’s Note: If you love Fantasy Football you have to be playing on DRAFT. It’s daily fantasy football snake drafts instead of salary caps. All the fun of season long drafts but with no management and they last for just one week. They take minutes to complete and there’s even auction drafts! No more setting lineups or constantly worrying about pros, just draft and win! Right now DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers an exclusive FREE entry into a real money draft when you make your first deposit! Here’s the link

 

Streaming Options:

 

*Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for this list, players have to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo Leagues. There aren’t many exciting options here, but that’s the point of streaming. Once you get a game or two of production out of these guys, you can drop and move onto the next one. As we progress through the season and injuries and trades start happening, there will be a lot of better long-term options on the wire. 

 

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (25%)- Shined in the opener and then fell flat in his second game, but inconsistency is expected when you’re dealing with rookies. He has a +7.9 rating which ranks 4th on the Clippers, coach
Doc Rivers can’t stop gushing about him and SGA has been outplaying
Patrick Beverley. He’ll make starts at some point this season and unlike a lot of guys listed below, you’ll want him on your team during the fantasy playoffs. Until then he’ll continue to do just enough to warrant a roster spot. 

 

Boban Marjanovic (42%)- He has an absurd +29.3 net rating and coach
Doc Rivers has kept his word about playing him every night (small sample size, though). He also ranks second in the NBA in Player Impact Estimate according to NBA.com. A Boban minute is basically the equivalent of two minutes for 90% of the league, so he’ll have a decent shot at top-100 output if he continues to see roughly 15 minutes a night. 

 

Trey Burke (22%)- I’m a bit surprised at the low ownership rate here, but I’ll admit he’s on the wire in a couple of my leagues and I haven’t been tempted yet. He has no competition for minutes with
Frank Ntilikina playing mostly off the ball, but he ranks 7th on the Knicks in usage rate and that’s not what you want from a score-first point guard. Still, an 11.5-4-4 average with 2.0 triples through two games is decent. 

 

Zach Collins (14%)- Maybe his opener was a fluke or maybe it wasn’t. We won’t know until Saturday night. Still, it’s hard to ignore his line of six points, six rebounds, two assists and six blocks in 26 minutes with a +39.6 net rating(!), and it’s not like the Blazers are loaded up front. I love bigs who can stretch the floor and block shots, so I’ll be in a rush to the wire if he turns heads again Saturday night. 

 

Joe Harris (41%)- The Nets are very short-handed right now and Harris has been forced into a much bigger role. While not teeming with upside, Harris can flirt with
J.J. Redick numbers when he gets consistent burn. Through two games he’s averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 triples on 50% shooting. 

 

P.J. Tucker (38%)- He has embraced the
Trevor Ariza role from last season and his ability to play SG-C means his minutes will be comfortably above 30 most nights. This isn’t a great week to pick him up obviously (2 games), but it’s hard to ignore his opening-night line of 19 points, four triples, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. 

 

Dorian Finney-Smith (1%)-
Dirk Nowitzki isn’t coming back soon and
Harrison Barnes’ (hamstring) status is still up in the air. Coach
Rick Carlisle really likes DFS, and he backed up his strong preseason with a head-turning opener. He played 30 minutes in that game with 12 points, three boards, one assist, three blocks and two 3-pointers, but we may have to put an asterisk beside it because of the opponent. We will see if he’s for real this weekend. 

 

Editor’s Note: Looking for an edge when it comes to fantasy hoops? Our new NBA DFS Toolkit has a Lineup Optimizer, Customizable Projections, Next Man Up tool and more for FanDuel, DraftKings and Yahoo! And for season-long, the NBA Season Pass provides weekly projections, rankings, Pickups of the Day and more.

 

Wes Matthews (21%)- As mentioned above, Dallas is banged up right now and Matthews will see an uptick in usage — he posted a 19.7 usage rate in the opener with 15 points, five dimes, two rebounds, one steal and two triples in 34 minutes. He shot below 41% from the field in three straight seasons which scares some owners, but he should do enough in other categories to offset that in the short term. 

 

Taj Gibson (45%)- Not much to talk about here. Coach
Tom Thibodeau is his biggest fan, he’ll get 30 minutes most nights and he coasted his way to mid-round value last season. 

 

Jae Crowder (23%)- He’s averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 triples through the first two games, and the Jazz are playing more small-ball at the expense of
Derrick Favors. Has the Boston version of
Jae Crowder finally returned!? We’ll find out soon. 

 

Dante Exum (4%)- One of my favorite stashes this season. I wrote about him extensively in the draft guide and one of my bold predictions was that he’d become one of the best pickups of the year.  He has the second best net rating (16.5) on the team, he can play multiple positions, he’s finally healthy and is one of the most improved offensive players in the NBA after being very limited in that aspect during his first few years. I’m excited to see how this plays out. 

 

Reggie Bullock (9%)- He was Detroit’s best wing last season and flirted with top-100 per-game value with 11.3 points, 2.0 triples and 0.8 steals on an efficient 48.9% from the floor. He’s widely available after missing the opener with an illness. 

 

Jerami Grant (50%)-
Patrick Patterson is terrible, so it’s no surprise that Grant has been getting the bulk of the power forward minutes. He’s very limited on offense, but he’s playing close to 30 minutes a night with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks. 

 

T.J. Warren (35%)- We only have a one-game sample size, but Warren is surprisingly among the league leaders in usage rate (33.3). While that won’t continue, the fact that he’s coming off the bench means he’ll be much more involved during his time on the floor. His new 3-point shot is apparently for real too, as he hit three triples en route to 17 points in 24 minutes. He should be owned. 

 

Isaiah Canaan (4%)- Until the Suns bring in another point guard, Canaan is the guy right now. He almost had a Rajon-Rondo like triple-double with eight points, seven assists and six rebounds, adding a pair of triples in 34 minutes. 

 

Pascal Siakam (34%)- Has only averaged 19.0 minutes so far, but I think he’ll shake off his slow start and step up like he did in the preseason. His out-of-position assists intrigue me.