Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Schedule Primer

Fantasy Basketball Week 5 is here, and we look to maximize your games in head-to-head leagues. Plus, discussion on fantasy value changes from the Jimmy Butler trade.

The Hashtag Basketball weekly Schedule Primer is back, and the NBA had a blockbuster trade go down on Nov. 10.  The Minnesota Timberwolves finally decided to move Jimmy Butler, and it was the Philadelphia 76ers that stepped up with the best offer.  The deal has plenty of fantasy implications, so let us take a closer look.

The trade

Sixers receive: Jimmy Butler, Justin Patton

Timberwolves receive: Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second round pick

Value up

Karl-Antony Towns (Minnesota) - Towns should be the no doubt number one option on the Wolves and return to being a top-eight fantasy option.

Jeff Teague (Minnesota)- Teague has been better with Butler off the floor and should see a usage boost.  Expect the point guard to be a top-50 player once he returns.

Robert Covington (Minnesota)- Covington continues to be an underrated option, and now likely plays an extra minute or two per game with the Wolves.

Dario Saric (Minnesota)- Saric was struggling a bit in Philly, but he likely starts which means massive minutes playing for Coach Thibs.

J.J. Redick (Philadelphia)- Should see increased playing time with Covington out of the picture.  Also, Redick is the best fit in the starting five over Fultz.

Wilson Chandler or Mike Muscala (Philadelphia)- It is worth monitoring who gets the minutes left by Dario Saric.  Either one of these two men could gain a lot of value if they can step into that playing time.

Value down

Jimmy Butler (Philadelphia)- Butler should still be a top-20 option, but he takes a small hit because his minutes likely decrease slightly in Philly.

Taj Gibson (Minnesota) - Assuming Saric takes his starting role, that likely means Gibson heads to the bench and plays limited minutes.

Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia)- Butler likely eats into his usage and forces him into a sixth man role.

With the trade out of the way, here is a look at the upcoming schedule to maximize your games in head-to-head leagues.

Courtesy of the Hashtag Basketball Advanced Schedule Grid.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The Golden State Warriors lead the week with five games.  12 teams play four times in Week 5.  Those are the players you are going to want to stream in because the schedule gets wild near the bottom.

The Detroit Pistons play only once in Week 5.  The Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, and Milwaukee Bucks each have two games.  In a weekly lock league, it is recommended to remove all Pistons from your lineup in standard leagues including Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.  The only two game players under consideration to start are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Victor Oladipo.  Starting them would depend on my alternative options too.

Let us examine the top players you could stream in playing additional games in Week 5.

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

  1. Quinn Cook- Golden State Warriors (24%)- A worthy add with Steph Curry sidelined with his groin injury. The Warriors play five times, but we have no idea how time Curry will miss at this point.  Adding Cook and starting him seems worthwhile, but it is a risky move.
  2. Justise Winslow- Miami Heat (29%)- Don’t look now, but Winslow is playing 29.0 minutes per game and producing a friendly fantasy line this season. His 4.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 10.7 points sound enticing but remember it comes on poor percentages.
  3. Derrick White- San Antonio Spurs (26%)- Played 30 minutes on Saturday and produced a juicy fantasy line.  Has shown upside in both the G-League and Las Vegas Summer League.  Minutes should be safe and production should follow.
  4. E’Twaun Moore- New Orleans Pelicans (38%)- Moore is producing 13.3 points, 1.5 3-pointers made, and 2.1 assists on strong percentages this season. He has shown in the past the ability to average over a steal per game as well.
  5. Terrance Ross- Orlando Magic (11%)- Ross continues to produce points (12.5), 3-pointers made (1.9), and steals (1.2) with two assists per game.
  6. Shelvin Mack- Memphis Grizzlies (15%)- Mack is producing 11.4 points, 3.8 assists, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 1.0 steal per game in just over 25 minutes per game this season.
  7. Garrett Temple- Memphis Grizzlies (16%)- Temple is playing over 30 minutes and producing well in points, 3-pointers made, and steals.
  8. Wilson Chandler- Philadelphia 76ers (4%)- Speculative add after the trade. If Chandler grabs the heavy minutes on a consistent basis he is worth holding in all leagues.
  9. Mike Muscala- Philadelphia 76ers (2%)- The other potential starter in Philly. Even in massive minutes, Muscala may be more of a streamer, though.
  10. D.J. Augustin- Orlando Magic (42%)- Strictly an assists streamer, but he is averaging 4.8 per game with double-digit points.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday features 11 games, and Saturday has ten eliminating both days from streaming consideration.  Monday also has nine games, so that is on the fence. 

The schedule is wide open on the remaining days meaning plenty of streaming opportunities.

Note: The Warriors have a fantastic schedule this week.  They play five games with four on low volume days including playing on both Tuesday and Thursday when there are only three games.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Golden State Warriors

Quinn Cook (24%)- When given the minutes, Cook can produce points, assists, and rebounds on helpful percentages.

Damian Jones (5%)- Steals and blocks streamer.

Kevon Looney (4%)- Rebounds and blocks add.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Atlanta Hawks

Alex Len (20%)- Rebounds and blocks streamer, but only playing 21 minutes per game.

Omari Spellman (12%)- A rookie flashing intriguing upside.  Spellman averages 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 3-pointers made, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in under 20 minutes a night.

Jeremy Lin (8%)- A risky add, but one with upside in points and assists in any game that he plays 25-plus minutes.

Denver Nuggets

Trey Lyles (13%)- Lyles needs more playing time, but offers upside in points, rebounds, and steals.

Monte Morris (4%)- Add him for the steals, but hope a hot shooting night.

Mason Plumlee (3%)- Blocks streamer.

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (36%)- Tucker always produces in 3-pointers, rebounds, and steals.

James Ennis III (3%)- 3-pointers made add.

Golden State Warriors

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

New York Knicks

Noah Vonleh (32%)- Vonleh averages 8.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game in under 22 minutes a night.

Mitchell Robinson (23%)- Blocks streamer with upside in rebounds and steals if he earns more minutes.

Damyean Dotson (18%)- Dotson is averaging 12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.8 3-pointers made per game in over 30 minutes a night on the season.

Frank Ntilikina (14%)- Steals streamer who is playing 28 minutes a night.

Portland Trail Blazers

Al-Farouq Aminu (38%)- Rebounds and steals addition.

Zach Collins (34%)- Collins continues to block shots and provide stellar percentages.

Evan Turner (22%)- Turner is averaging 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 25 minutes on the year.

Memphis Grizzlies

Shelvin Mack (15%)- Mack provides points, assists, 3-pointers made, and steals in just over 25 minutes per game this season.

Garrett Temple (16%)- Temple is averaging 12.4 points, 1.8 3-pointers made, and 0.9 steals per game this season.

Miami Heat

Justise Winslow (29%)- Winslow contributes elite steals with solid rebounds and assists on poor percentages.  He is playing over 29 minutes per game and scoring double-digit points too.

Kelly Olynyk (25%)- Olynyk needs to play a few more minutes, but the upside for points, rebounds, and 3-pointers made are present.

Tyler Johnson (23%)- Johnson continues to provide strong steals in limited minutes and could be added in all leagues for help in that category.

Wayne Ellington (14%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The trade makes this a fluid situation, so keep that in mind when making pickups.

Josh Okogie (7%)- Deeper league steals streamer.

Tyus Jones (4%)- Deeper league add for assists and steals.

Washington Wizards

Kelly Oubre Jr. (43%)- Oubre Jr. is averaging 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 3-pointers made this season in nearly 27 minutes per game.

Jeff Green (5%)- Deeper league points and rebounds target.

Looking ahead to next week

Perhaps, you have your Week 5 matchup locked up by Sunday or you just want to get a jumpstart on the week ahead.  Then, here is the section for you.  We take a look at the teams playing Sunday and the first two days in Week 6 to help you maximize games in both matchups.

Sunday-Monday of Week 6

San Antonio Spurs

Derrick White (26%)- White’s production is still an unknown, but he is starting.  The 24-year-old has also shown flashes in both the G-League and Las Vegas Summer League.  Watchlist for now, though.

Patty Mills (15%)- Mills is 3-pointers made streamer.

Marco Belinelli (12%)- Deeper league add for 3-pointers made and steals.

Memphis Grizzlies

Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Sunday- Tuesday of Week 6

Orlando Magic

Terrance Ross (11%)- Ross is extremely overlooked this season and should be rostered in close to 50 percent of leagues given his contributions in points, 3-pointers made, and steals.

D.J. Augustin (42%)- An assists streamer, but his 4.8 per game may top the waiver wire.

Jerian Grant (2%)- Deeper league assists (3.3) add, but his current steals (1.4) make him worth streaming in all leagues.

New York Knicks

Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Portland Trail Blazers

Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Miami Heat

Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Washington Wizards

Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

That wraps up the Week 5 edition of the Hashtag Basketball Weekly Schedule Primer.  Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all the fantasy basketball information fans needs to know throughout the week, including trade targets and spotlights on players performing unexpectedly.

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