Fantasy Basketball Week 10 Schedule Preview

Week 10 of fantasy basketball is here, and it brings the Christmas slate. That means a difficult week to maximize games played, but we are here to help.

Fantasy basketball has reached Week 10 and with it comes the annual Christmas Day slate. The casual NBA fan is just about to be tuning in. The NFL season is winding down and basketball is on the verge of taking center stage.

That also means managers are likely to be more active with their fantasy hoops teams. You should take advantage of that. Send out some trade offers over the holiday break to try to improve your position in the standings.

Today, we will look at the Week 10 scheduled to help managers in head-to-head leagues maximize their games. For more on the slate check out our Advanced Schedule Grid

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: There are eight teams (Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pelicans, 76ers, Kings, and Raptors) that play four games in Week 10. The Nets, Hornets, Bulls, and Clippers each have just two games. The remaining 18 organizations play three times.

It is difficult to recommend starting any player with two games outside of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in weekly leagues. Instead, grab an option playing four times and get the additional chances at stats.

Here is a look at the top ten streaming options that play four times and are owned in 50 percent or fewer of Yahoo Leagues.

  1. Willie Cauley-Stein, Golden State Warriors, PF/C (49%): Cauley-Stein should be owned in every league. He is the 106th ranked player per game on the season. WCS is producing 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks each night. That defensive production is hard to match and makes him must roster.
  2. Danuel House, Houston Rockets, SG/SF (26%): House continues to provide threes, steals, and rebounds from the wing. He is settled in as a starter playing a consistent 30-plus minute role. House ranks 119th per game on the season. Don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.
  3. Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings, PF (41%): Bjelica is the 85th ranked player per game on the season. He continues to play steady minutes and produce a solid across the board line. The run may dip when the Kings get back to full strength but ride him until it happens.
  4. Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF (39%): Brooks is a points (14.4), threes (1.8), and steals (1.1) add.
  5. Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans, SG/SF (39%): Hart is the 120th ranked player on the season. He is a solid across the board contributor that does not stand out in one area. A nice pickup for teams looking to solidify the back end of their starting lineup.
  6. Jae Crowder, Memphis Grizzlies, SF/PF (31%): Crowder is averaging 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.0 3-pointers made per game this season. Expect that production to continue this week.
  7. Glenn Robinson III, Golden State Warriors, SG/SF (24%): Robinson III is starting on the wing for the Warriors. That means plenty of minutes and production. He is averaging 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 3-pointers, and 0.9 steals per game on steady percentages. It has him ranked in the standard league range making him a solid streamer when playing four games.
  8. Ben McLemore, Houston Rockets, SG/SF (24%): The comeback here has been incredible. The 26-year-old barely played last season. Now he is the thick of the Rockets rotation and producing well. Over his last 17 games, McLemore is averaging 13.9 points, 3.3 3-pointers made, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per. Add him for a boost in those categories.
  9. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Toronto Raptors, SF/PF (13%): RHJ is playing a few more minutes because the Raptors are withouth Marc Gaosl and Pascal Siakam. That has allowed him to be a points and rebounds target with upside for more. Keep an eye on his playing time and the injury updates.
  10. Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies, PG (4%): Jones is averaging 4.9 assists per game on the season. He may not help in other categories, but the Grizzlies backup point guard could swing that one in your favor.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The NBA is off on Christmas eve (Tuesday) which puts the week down to six days. There are 11 games on Monday and 14 on Saturday which takes them out of the streaming equation. Managers should look to maximize their games for the rest of the days.

The issue is the schedule is not kind. The options for streaming are few and are between. That means managers will need to be smart about using the players already on their roster to steal categories this week.

Back-to-backs

Wednesday-Thursday

No teams scheduled.

Thursday-Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel (39%): Steals and blocks must add.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Charlotte Hornets

Nic Batum (27%): Rebounds and assists target.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Thursday-Friday.

Looking ahead to Week 11

Fantasy manager will likely have pickups remaining on Sunday heading into Week 11. Grab an option that plays both on Sunday and can help you into the upcoming matchup. Here are the top players.

Sunday-Monday

No teams scheduled.

Sunday-Tuesday

Denver Nuggets

Mason Plumlee (6%): Deeper league rebounds and blocks streamer.

Houston Rockets

Danuel House (26%): 3-pointers made, steals, and rebounds target.

Ben McLemore (24%): Points, threes, and steals add.

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica (41%): Points, rebounds, steals, and threes streamer.

Cory Joseph (2%): Deeper league assists add.

Toronto Raptors

Patrick McCaw (1%): McCaw played 34 minutes in the Raptors win over the Wizards because the team is dealing with injuries to Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, and Norman Powell. He could be a worthy threes and steals add.

Chris Boucher (17%): Deeper league rebounds and blocks add.

Dallas Mavericks

Delon Wright (46%): Rebounds, assists, and steals streamer.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (40%): Points and threes add.

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Thursday-Friday.

Final thoughts

That puts a wrap on Week 10. Have a happy holiday and please enjoy some basketball. It is always a fun time of year and things in fantasy start to heat up too. Wishing you the best on all of it.

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