Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Schedule Primer

Fantasy Basketball Week 6 is just around the corner and here are the streaming targets to maximize games in head-to-head leagues.

The Hashtag Basketball Week 6 Schedule Primer is here, and the Thanksgiving holiday wreaks havoc on the schedule.  The NBA takes a well-deserved break on Thursday meaning we only have six days with games.  That is just the beginning of the craziness, though.  Let us jump right into it.  Be sure to check out the fantastic Hashtag Basketball Advanced Schedule Grid for all your queries on the schedule.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: Every team plays three or four times in Week 6.  20 squads play four games and the remaining ten have three.  That cuts down drastically on the advantage of adding players for weekly matchups.  Play any top-50 player this week with confidence.  Managers want to fill the back half of their starting lineup with four game players, though.

Here are the options to stream this week.

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

  1. Derrick White- San Antonio Spurs (38%)- White remains a bit of a mystery man in fantasy. He has played five games this season.  In three, he averages 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 28.4 minutes.  In the other two, White has played just 16 minutes a night and scored 0 points. It is risky, but White should get the minutes and production.
  2. Cedi Osman- Cleveland Cavaliers (22%)- Osman is struggling after missing two games at the end of Week 4, but he is worth owning. Playing 30 minutes per game should net Osman 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.7 3-pointers made per game.
  3. Dewayne Dedmon- Atlanta Hawks (50%)- Dedmon has shown the ability to be a top-100 player and has been dropped recently after missing three games dealing with a personal matter. He is back and should produce rebounds, steals, blocks, and 3-pointers on solid percentages.
  4. Al Farouq Aminu- Portland Trail Blazers (48%)- Aminu is a predictable safe player on the Blazers. He plays 30 minutes and grabs 7.5 rebounds with 1.0 steal, 0.5 blocks, and 1.5 3-pointers made.
  5. Jordan Clarkson- Cleveland Cavaliers (36%)- Clarkson is a steady source of points. He should average around 14 per game in 24 minutes a night.
  6. Collin Sexton- Cleveland Cavaliers (44%)- The rookie is playing massive minutes since the Cavs coaching change, but he produces no defensive stats and is only averaging 3.6 assists per 36 minutes. Sexton is an add for points, but not much else.
  7. Garrett Temple- Memphis Grizzlies (17%)- Temple continues to play 32 minutes per night and is producing 12.5 points, 1.1 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers per game.
  8. Shelvin Mack- Memphis Grizzlies (22%)- Mack continues his improbable run, but ride the hot hand for points, steals, and threes.
  9. Reggie Bullock- Detroit Pistons (9%)- Bullock should provide 2.0 3-pointers per game with 11 points and 0.8 steals in 27 minutes per.
  10. Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets (9%)- Zeller has been playing 27 minutes per game in non-blowouts. In that time, he should average nearly a block and steal per game with over six rebounds.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The slate did fantasy managers no favors this week.  Thanksgiving day features no games.  The days on either side feature 13 and 14 contests meaning no streaming on those days either.  Monday has nine games so that may be in question as well.

Readers will notice that the options are slim this week, but that is what the schedule dictates.  Be sure to be first to your wire to make the pickups.

Note: The Clippers and Kings have the best schedules this week playing four times and having three games on slighter schedule days.  If you are looking for one pickup for the week target those teams.



LA Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (*57%)- The top pickup of the week.  He is owned in more than 50 percent of leagues, but this rookie should be a top 100 player for the rest of the season.

Patrick Beverly (22%)- Beverly offers an interesting combo for rebound, assists, and elite steals if he regains his previous form.

Tuesday-Saturday pseudo

Washington Wizards

Markieff Morris (43%)- Morris is only playing 25.6 minutes per game, but could quickly work his way into standard league territory if he ramps up to 30.

Kelly Oubre Jr. (36%)- Oubre Jr. is averaging 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks this season in 25 minutes per game.

Jeff Green (19%)- Deeper league add for across the board production.


Sacramento Kings

Iman Shumpert (3%)- Stream Shumpert for steals and 3-pointers made.

Looking ahead to next week

Perhaps, you have your Week 6 matchup in the bag by Sunday or you just want to get a head start on the week ahead.  Then, here is the place for you.  We take a look at the teams playing Sunday and the first two days in Week 7 to help you maximize games in each matchup.

Sunday-Monday of Week 7

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin (44%)- Add Augustin for his nearly five assists per game with 1.7 3-pointers made and double-digit points.

Jerian Grant (3%)- Steals streamer in standards leagues plus assists for deeper leagues.

Charlotte Hornets

Marvin Williams (31%)- Williams is playing more with MKG sidelined, but his production has been all over the map.  Add him for blocks and steals and hope for rebounds and points.

Cody Zeller (19%)- Add him for steals, blocks, and rebounds.

Malik Monk (16%)- Stream Monk for 12 points per game and not much else.

Miles Bridges (8%)- The rookie is struggling to get minutes, but offer deeper league upside if he is playing 25 minutes.

Utah Jazz

No recommended streamers.

Sunday- Tuesday of Week 7

Los Angeles Lakers

Tyson Chandler (9%)- Deeper league rebounds addition.

Miami Heat

Tyler Johnson (36%)- Johnson is averaging 1.0 steal and 0.7 blocks per game in 26 minutes a night.

Kelly Olynyk (24%)- Boom or bust add for points, rebounds, 3-pointers, and assists.

Justise Winslow (18%)- Rebounds, assists, and steals with poor percentages.

Wayne Ellington (14%)- 3-pointers made streamer with Dwayne Wade out.

Bam Adebayo (10%)- Deeper league rebounds add.

Atlanta Hawks

Dewayne Dedmon (50%)- Dedmon missed three games in Week 5 for a personal matter, but he is back.  Dedmon is a strong contributor in rebounds with some block, steal, and 3-pointers on sturdy percentages.  Add him.

Alex Len (19%)- With the return of John Collins, Len’s value will slowly fade away.  Be careful of this add.

Jeremy Lin (11%)- Lin is playing limited minutes but is stream worthy in 20 per night.  It is risky that the playing time drops to 10 minutes again.

DeAndre’ Bembry (4%)- Deeper league add with an interesting across the board stat line that plays well in a larger role.

Detroit Pistons

Reggie Bullock (9%)- Add for threes and steals with solid percentages and double-digit points.

Ish Smith (7%)- Assists stream who is worth owning in 16 team leagues.

Stanley Johnson (3%)- Steals add.

Memphis Grizzlies

Garrett Temple (17%)- Temple will continue to be a worthy addition as long as he is earning over 30 minutes per night.

Shelvin Mack (22%)- Mack’s run is unsustainable, but ride the hot hand for assists, steals, and points.

New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson (16%)- Averaging 1.9 blocks and 0.8 steals per game with little help elsewhere.

Noah Vonleh (15%)- Rebounds streamer when he’s receiving playing time.

*The Knicks rotation changes rapidly and is difficult to predict, but they have a plethora of guard and wing streamers.

Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges (3%)- Steals streamer.

Isaiah Canaan (3%)- Starting point guard who offers north of three rebounds and three assists per game.

Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet (43%)- Assists target.

Final thoughts

That concludes the Week 6 edition of the Hashtag Basketball Weekly Schedule Primer.  Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all your fantasy basketball needs throughout the week, including trade targets, waiver wire adds, and spotlights on players performing unexpectedly.

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