Fantasy Basketball Week 12 Schedule Primer

A look at the week 12 NBA fantasy schedule to maximize your games for head-to-head fantasy basketball leagues.

Week 12 in most fantasy basketball leagues marks the halfway point of the season. It also ushers in the 2019 calendar year. The holiday pushes some games to earlier in the day, and it also spread the games out this week.

Let us take a hard look at the Advanced Schedule Grid to create an advantage in your head-to-head leagues.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The schedule gives us nine teams with four games. The New York Knicks are the only team playing twice, and it is not recommended to start any Knick this week. The remaining 20 squads have three games.

Having that game advantage is the easiest way to pick up victories in your head-to-head leagues, so let us take a look at some four game players to add for Week 12.

Here are the top-ten players worth rostering that playing four games this week: (All percentages are based on Yahoo leagues and under 50 percent rostered was the line for available on the waiver wire)

  1. Wesley Matthews- Dallas Mavericks (42%)- Matthews is averaging 14.3 points, 2.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 3-pointers made, and 0.9 steals per game on the season. He is dealing with an injury, so monitor his status for Monday’s game.
  2. Terrence Ross- Orlando Magic (32%)- Ross is averaging 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.1 3-pointers made per game on the year. He is shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 82.0 percent on his free throws.
  3. Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks (9%)- Huerter is averaging 31.5 minutes per game over his 12 December games. He is producing 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.9 3-pointers made, 1.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game in that time on 44.3 percent from the field and 91.7 percent from the foul line.
  4. Garrett Temple- Memphis Grizzlies (23%)- Temple is playing nearly 32 minutes per game and averaging 10.5 points, 1.6 3-pointers, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks.
  5. J.J. Barea- Dallas Mavericks (19%)- Barea is averaging 5.6 assists per game on the year. He adds in 11.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 20.0 minutes per game.
  6. Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets (28%)- Zeller is averaging 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 block per game in the month of December despite only playing 26.5 minutes per game.
  7. D.J Augustin- Orlando Magic (39%)- Augustin is averaging 4.8 assists, 11.0 points and 1.6 3-pointers made per game in nearly 28 minutes a night.
  8. Nerlens Noel- Oklahoma City Thunder (12%)- Noel’s 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks per game in just 14.0 minutes per game make him a worthy streamer.
  9. JaMychal Green- Memphis Grizzlies (17%)- Green is averaging 10.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game on the year.
  10. Taj Gibson- Minnesota Timberwolves (46%)- Gibson is only playing about 23 minutes per game, but averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game on the year.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Only Friday features double-digit games this week. Wednesday and Saturday are borderline streaming days with nine and eight contest respectively. Opportunities to add players should be plentiful this week.

Note: The Toronto Raptors have the week’s best schedule with four games, all on light schedule days.



No teams scheduled.


Detroit Pistons

Reggie Bullock (21%)- Bullock is playing 30 minutes per game but is just a 3-pointers made (2.3 per game) streamer.

Stanley Johnson (3%)- Steals target.

Philadelphia 76ers

T.J. McConnell (6%)- Deeper league assists and steals addition.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Denver Nuggets

Monte Morris (42%)- Morris is averaging 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 10.1 points per game in nearly 25 minutes a night on the year.

Mason Plumlee (16%)- Plumlee is a rebounds, steals, and blocks streamer in his 20 minutes per night role.

Sacramento Kings

Iman Shumpert (13%)- Steals streamer.

Toronto Raptors

No recommended streamers.


No teams scheduled.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala (6%)- Deeper league add for steals and blocks.

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (42%)- Target Tucker for help in rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers made.

Gerald Green (2%)- Deeper league 3-pointers made streamer.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes (22%)- Forbes is a threes and points target.

Derrick White (13%)- Steals streamer.

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Toronto Raptors

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.


Charlotte Hornets

Cody Zeller (28%)- Add Zeller for rebounds, steals, and blocks.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (4%)- Deeper league rebounds and blocks target.

Toronto Raptors

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Looking ahead to Week 13

Managers have the ability to gain an advantage in two straight matchups by using their final pickup of Week 12 to help them early in Week 13. Here is a look at few options for that add.

Sunday- Monday of Week 13

Brooklyn Nets

No recommended streamers.

Los Angeles Lakers

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (39%)- He may take on a larger role with LeBron sidelined, but King James may return before he is in the lineup.

Tyson Chandler (7%)- Rebounds target. Best added in deeper leagues.

Orlando Magic

Mohamed Bamba (42%)- Bamba is strictly a blocks (1.3 per game) streamer at this point.

D.J. Augustin (39%)- Augustin is an assists target who chips in 11.0 points and 1.6 3-pointers on sturdy percentages.

Terrance Ross (32%)- Ross is worth rostering in standard leagues and is likely one of the top streamers on your waiver wire.

Final thoughts

That concludes this week’s look at the schedule ahead. Happy New Year to all. Hopefully, it is the best one yet.  Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all your fantasy basketball related needs this season, including trade targets, waiver wire adds, and a look at the players performing unexpectedly.

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