Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Schedule Primer

Our fantasy basketball weekly schedule primer is here to help you maximize your games in head-to-head leagues.

Our weekly Schedule Primer is back to help you navigate Week 4 of the fantasy basketball season.  Our goal here is to help you maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues.  The schedule features a few noteworthy quirks, so be ready to take advantage.  Let us jump right into it.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: 11 teams play four games this week.  18 have three games, and the San Antonio Spurs feature only two contests.  In standard leagues, all Spurs should be on the bench this week including DeMar DeRozan as long as there is a worthy four-game option to replace him.

Here is a look at some potential streaming options.

Top 10 potential pickups playing four games: (All percentages are based on Yahoo leagues and under 50 percent was the cut-off for available on the waiver wire)

  1. P.J. Tucker- Houston Rockets (33%)- A three-category contributor in rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers.
  2. Frank Ntilikina- New York Knicks (23%)- Ntilikina should provide strong steals and assists with 3-pointers made help in over 30 minutes a night for the Knicks.
  3. Kelly Olynyk- Miami Heat (32%)- Olynyk provides a diverse fantasy skill set that is based on good percentages with solid points, assists, and rebounds.
  4. Jerami Grant- Oklahoma City Thunder (46%)- Grant should average 1.3 blocks, 0.7 steals, and one 3-pointer made per game for the season with double-digit points in nearly 30 minutes a game.
  5. Alex Len- Atlanta Hawks (21%)- Len should contribute in blocks and rebounds with double-digit points with John Collins sidelined.
  6. Mitchell Robinson- New York Knicks (24%)- A nice per-minute combination of blocks, steals, and rebounds, but needs to play more to unlock steady standard league value.
  7. Terrance Ross- Orlando Magic (5%)- Ross should provide solid points, steals and 3-pointers made.
  8. Damyean Dotson- New York Knicks (21%)- Playing 30.6 minutes per game, Dotson is averaging 1.1 steals, 12.9 points, and 6.1 rebounds on the young season. Ride him while he’s hot.
  9. Ish Smith- Detroit Pistons (15%)- Smith should produce approximately 12 points and four assists per game on a sturdy field goal percentage.
  10. D.J. Augustin- Orlando Magic (27%)- Augustin should be the best assists pickup of the week.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: There are two games this week that streaming is likely not an option and potentially a third fits in there.  Wednesday and Saturday both feature 10 games and Monday has nine games.  Those days are going to be difficult, so they are eliminated from the list of back-to-backs.  Here is how the rest of the schedule breaks down.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Phoenix Suns

Josh Jackson (25%)- Playing just 21.6 minutes per game, but provides an interesting per-minute combo of steals and blocks for deeper leagues.

Portland Trail Blazers

Zach Collins (49%)- Ride a hot hand, but Collins current production is unsustainable.

Al-Farouq Aminu (35%)- Rebounds and steals streamer.

Evan Turner (14%)- Providing strong assists and rebounds this season.

Nik Stauskas (12%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Seth Curry (3%)- Deeper league 3-pointers made target.

Milwaukee Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova (14%)- Ilyasova should average around 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 3-pointers made per game.

John Henson (7%)- Blocks streamer.

Thursday-Friday

Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart (13%)- Steals streamer.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Charlotte Hornets

Jeremy Lamb (38%)- Points streamer.

Cody Zeller (24%)- Zeller should average over six rebounds on a strong field goal percentage with upside in blocks.

Malik Monk (23%)- Monk and Lamb are splitting the minutes at the two, but are both producing strong point totals with not much else.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12%)- Averaging over six rebounds per game and has shown the ability to produce blocks and steals in the past.

Atlanta Hawks

Alex Len (21%)- Len is playing 23.5 minutes on the season.  He is averaging 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on 54.1 percent shooting.  Len should be viable while John Collins remains out.  

Jeremy Lin (5%)- Don’t look now, but Lin is slowly playing more minutes and producing.  He has played over 23 minutes in two straight games.  Lin will provide strong value in points, assists, steals, rebounds, and threes in that playing time.

DeAndre Bembry (5%)- Deeper league steals streamer.

Boston Celtics

Listed under Thursday-Friday.

Denver Nuggets

Monte Morris (10%)- Deeper league add for steals.

Mason Plumlee (3%)- Averaged 1.1 blocks per game in 19.5 minutes a night last season.

Detroit Pistons

Ish Smith (15%)- Smith is averaging 28.7 minutes per game with Reggie Jackson healthy.  Smith figures to be a solid source of points, assists, and field goal percentage.

Stanley Johnson (3%)- Stream Johnson for steals (1.4 in 27.4 minutes per game last season).

Indiana Pacers

Cory Joseph (5%)- Deeper league steals streamer.

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin (27%)- Augustin should average over four assists per game.

Terrance Ross (5%)- Flying under the radar after an injury-riddled season last year.  Ross should be rostered in more leagues.

Jonathon Simmons (4%)- Deeper league points streamer.

Looking ahead to next week

Here is a way to use this week’s moves to help you win your Week 5 matchup.

Sunday-Monday of Week 5

Orlando Magic

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Sunday-Tuesday of Week 5

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (33%)- Tucker is an add for rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers.

Gerald Green (2%)- Green is strictly a 3-pointers made streamer.

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Atlanta Hawks

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

That concludes the Week 4 edition of the Hashtag Basketball Weekly Schedule Primer.  Check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all the fantasy basketball information fans needs to know throughout the week.

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