Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Schedule Primer

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Hello and welcome to the return of the Hashtag Basketball fantasy basketball weekly schedule primer.  This is year two of the article.  If you are returning, it is wonderful to have you back.  If you’re new, welcome it should be a fun and wild fantasy basketball season. 

Our goal here is to help you with streaming in your head-to-head leagues.  No matter the depth of your league, we have you covered here.  If you have further questions feel free to find us on Twitter.  I am @tylerpwatts or you can Tweet our main account @hashbasketball.  Let us jump right into the advice.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: Nine teams play four games this week and five squads have just two games.  At this moment, it would be difficult to start anyone outside of James Harden, Rusell Westbrook, and Nikola Jokic in a weekly league of teams playing two games.  Those teams are the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

You want to replace those two-game players in your lineup with men suiting up for four games, so here is a look at some potential additions.

Top 10 potential pickups playing four games: (All ownership percentages based on ESPN leagues and under 40 percent owned was the cut-off for available on the waiver wire)

  1. JaVale McGee- Los Angeles Lakers (30.1%)- Averaged nearly a block per game in less than 10 minutes per game. Now playing over 20, McGee should be a good source of blocks, rebounds, and field goal percentage.
  2. Markieff Morris- Washington Wizards (19.9%)- Morris should average nearly 12 points with six rebounds, 1.5 assists, and a steal per game on sturdy percentages.
  3. Malcolm Brogdon- Milwaukee Bucks (31.3%)- Brogdon shoots high percentages and produces marginally in every category. He is the perfect four-game across the board boost for your fantasy team.
  4. Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers (25.0%)- Hart looks improved in his second season. He should be a solid source of points, rebounds, and steals from a wing.
  5. Wesley Matthews- Dallas Mavericks (5.2%)- Expecting an improved season for Matthews, and he should be a nice streamer for steals and 3-pointers while chipping in around 13 points per game. The Mavs also have fantastic matchups this week.
  6. Isaiah Canaan- Phoenix Suns (1.3%)- Suns starting point guard who is worth taking a flier on for as long as that lasts. Canaan should contribute 4.5 assists, 2.0 3-pointers made, and 12 points in over 30 minutes of action.
  7. Malik Monk- Charlotte Hornets (16.8%)- Strictly a points streamer.
  8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- Charlotte Hornets (6.2%)- Low-end guy, but his block and steal upside is intriguing.
  9. J.J. Barea- Dallas Mavericks (18.1%)- The best assists streamer on the board.
  10. Jae Crowder- Utah Jazz (7.7%)- Crowder is a low upside add, but safely adds you four games of stats for the week.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The schedule this week has only one day with double-digit games and that is Wednesday.  Both Monday and Saturday have nine contests, though.  That might make it difficult to stream on those days as well.  Plenty to look at here, so let us move into it.

Reminder: The goal here is to maximize your games played by picking up one player and getting two games out of him.  Wednesday was eliminated from the analysis due to the high volume of games.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Denver Nuggets

Trey Lyles (1.9%)- Good per-minute producer who could see a larger role with Will Barton sidelined.

Detroit Pistons

Stanley Johnson (0.6%)- Steals streamer who averaged 1.4 per game last season.

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans

E’Twaun Moore (8.8%)- Averaged 12.5 points and a steal per game with small contributions in rebounds and assists.  He is playing similar minutes this year.

Charlotte Hornets

Malik Monk (16.8%)- A points streamer who is averaging 14.7 points per game through three games, but offers little else.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6.2%)- Steals and blocks stream with the potential to average one of each per game for the season.

Chicago Bulls

Justin Holiday (2.4%)- Holiday looks in line for minutes at least until Markkanen returns.  He averaged 12.2 points with 1.1 steals per game last season in similar playing time.

Milwaukee Bucks

Malcolm Brogdon (31.3%)- Brogdon is a solid across the board contributor that won’t hurt you anywhere except blocks.

Donte DiVincenzo (1.1%)- Deeper league 3-pointers made streamer.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Brooklyn Nets

Spencer Dinwiddie (30.2%)- Dinwiddie is off to a hot start and should be a solid source of points with high assists if playing 30-plus minutes.

Allen Crabbe (4.3%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

LA Clippers

Marcin Gortat (25.5%)- Rebounds streamer.

Montrezl Harrell (14.7%)- Points and blocks streamer even in limited minutes.

Patrick Beverley (8.8%)- Steals addition.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (7.2%)- Player to watch this season.  He could take a big leap in the rankings if given consistent minutes.

Dallas Mavericks

J.J. Barea (18.1%)- Barea averaged 6.3 assists per game last season and is playing similar minutes this year.  He is an underrated streamer for dimes.

Wesley Matthews (5.2%)- Matthews averaged 12.7 points and 1.2 steals per game last season.  The Mavs increased their pace and playmakers this offseason meaning the numbers should only improve for Matthews.

Golden State Warriors

Damian Jones (3.6%)- Blocks streamer.

Washington Wizards

Markieff Morris (19.9%)- Morris is a better fantasy asset than he gets credit for and is trending towards universal standard league ownership.

Austin Rivers (1.1%)- Points and steals streamer for deeper leagues as he is coming off the bench in Washington.

Saturday-Sunday

Phoenix Suns

Isaiah Canaan (1.3%)- Starting point guard on the Suns. Canaan should produce solid steals, assists, and 3-pointers made numbers in starter’s minutes.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (7.7%)- Crowder averaged 11.8 points and 0.9 steals per game last season in 27 games with Utah.  He also shot just 38.6 percent, but expect an improvement this season which could boost his scoring.

Looking ahead to next week

Maybe you have your weekly matchup locked up by Sunday and you want a player that can help you for your Week 3 matchup.  We have you covered here.  Warning, Monday has nine games, so it may be a little difficult to stream.

Sunday-Monday

Brooklyn Nets

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Dallas Mavericks

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Golden State Warriors

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

That will wrap up the weekly schedule primer for Week 2.  Please check back with us next week for another edition. If fans are searching for a new podcast, check out Watching the Boxes for all your fantasy related needs.

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