Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Schedule Primer

Fantasy Basketball Week 7 is here and this is a look at how to maximize your games played in head-to-head fantasy leagues.

The Hashtag Basketball Week 7 Schedule Primer is here, and now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed the NBA returns to a more regular schedule.  With plenty of information to unpack, let us jump right into it.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: 11 teams play four games in Week 7.  There are three teams that have just two contests.  The other 16 squads have three.  The Nuggets, Thunder, and Kings have two games, and it would be difficult to start anyone outside of Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, and Paul George from those three organizations.

Here is a look at four games players that you could place into the starting lineup 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 availability on the waiver wire).

  1. Jae Crowder- Utah Jazz (50%)- Crowder is playing nearly 30 minutes per game and producing 12.4 points, 1.9 3-pointers, 5.1 rebounds, and 0.8 steals with 0.5 blocks.
  2. Cedi Osman- Cleveland Cavaliers (39%)- Osman is shooting a poor field goal percentage, but is producing 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 3-pointers, and 0.8 steals per game in 31.1 minutes a night. Expect things to only improve for Osman.
  3. Kelly Oubre Jr- Washington Wizards (40%)- Oubre Jr. stat line reads 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers made in over 24 minutes per game.
  4. Markieff Morris- Washington Wizards (41%)- Morris is having a bit of a disappointing season, but his 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers are helpful in four contests.
  5. PJ Tucker- Houston Rockets (30%)- Tucker continues to be a worthy add for steals (1.2 per game), 3-pointers (2.1) and rebounds (5.8).
  6. Jordan Clarkson- Cleveland Cavaliers (41%)- Clarkson is an add for his 16.1 points per game on sturdy percentages.
  7. Marvin Williams- Charlotte Hornets (31%)- Williams does not produce eye-popping stats, but his 1.3 3-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game on the season could be the difference in your matchup.
  8. Bryn Forbes- San Antonio Spurs (23%)- Forbes is not going to win you the league, but his 12.9 points, 2.3 3-pointers, and 0.8 steals per game may just win you this week.
  9. Mikal Bridges- Phoenix Suns (15%)- Strictly an add for steals, but Bridges is averaging 1.4 per game in limited minutes. Watch his production as the minutes likely increase as the season progresses.
  10. Ryan Arcidiaconco- Chicago Bulls (6%)- The current starting point guard for the Bulls is averaging 4.3 assists and 1.6 3-pointers per game in nearly 28 minutes per game on the year.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday and Friday are once again the two days where streaming is unlikely.  They both feature double-digit games on the slate.  The remainder of the week tops out at seven games meaning plenty of opportunities to increase your games played in Week 7.

Note: The Indiana Pacers have the absolute best schedule this week because they play four games, but avoid both Wednesday and Friday.  That means if you add a Pacer for the entire week managers should get all four games from that player.  Unfortunately, their streaming targets are not plentiful.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Indiana Pacers

Cory Joseph (8%)- Joseph is averaging 1.5 steals per game this season with 3.8 assists.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet (46%)- The Raptors backup point guard is averaging 4.6 assists and 1.3 3-pointers made per game this season.

OG Anunoby (5%)- Deeper league steals and threes target.

Los Angeles Lakers

Tyson Chandler (6%)- Rebounds streamer.

Indiana Pacers

Written under Monday-Tuesday.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica (49%)- Bjelica has been a fantasy surprise this season, but add him for the points, steals, blocks, 3-pointers, and rebounds.

Iman Shumpert (15%)- Steals and 3-pointers add.

Golden State Warriors

Quinn Cook (27%)- A risky add for points and a percentage boost if Steph Curry remains sidelined.

Damian Jones (4%)- Deeper league target for blocks.

Toronto Raptors

Written under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Indiana Pacers

Written under Monday-Tuesday.

Saturday-Sunday

No teams scheduled.

Looking ahead to Week 8

Maximize your games in two matchups may be your key to long-term success, so here is the place for you.  Fantasy managers can add these players for Sunday’s games and keep them around for the start of Week 8.  Let us take a look at the players.

Sunday-Monday Week 8

LA Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (49%)- A player fantasy managers are going to want to pick up and hold for the rest of the season because in 30-plus minutes SGA is going to be a top-75 player.

Patrick Beverly (21%)- Beverly is already providing the rebounds and assists plus steals and 3-pointers should be on there way back making him an interesting fantasy add when he's playing 30 minutes.  That has not been the case lately, but monitor the situation.

New Orleans Pelicans

No recommended pickups.

Sunday-Tuesday Week 8

Dallas Mavericks

Wesley Matthews (49%)- Points, steals, and 3-pointers made target.

J.J. Barea (17%)- Top assists target on the waiver wire who is averaging double-digit points per game.

Dorian Finney-Smith (5%)- DFS has an intriguing shot to averaging over a steal, block and 3-pointer per game.

Maxi Kleber (2%)- Kleber is averaging 1.4 blocks per game in only 18 minutes per game.

Miami Heat

Wayne Ellington (23%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Dwayne Wade (18%)- Points streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

Evan Turner (12%)- Assists and rebounds target.

Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges (15%)- The rookie is averaging 1.4 steals in under 21 minutes per game.

Richaun Holmes (3%)- Deeper league blocks streamer.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes (23%)- Add him for points, steals, and 3-pointers made.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (50%)- Crowder is the top pickup in the weekly adds section of this article.

Final thoughts

That concludes proceedings for this week.  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 a look at players performing unexpectedly.

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