Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Schedule Primer

A look at how to gain a games played advantage in your fantasy basketball head-to-head leagues.

The NBA is back with a hefty slate of games in Week 13, so let us move right into the advice.

As always check out the Advanced Schedule Grid on answer your own schedule related questions.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The Denver Nuggets have a massive five game week ahead. Another 16 teams play four times. The remaining 13 organizations have three games. It is a loaded schedule in the NBA this week.

Here are the top-ten players worth rostering that playing either four or five times this week: (All percentages are based on Yahoo leagues and under 50 percent rostered was the cutoff line for available on the waiver wire)

  1. Mason Plumlee- Denver Nuggets (14%)- Plumlee is averaging 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game on the year. He is also playing 26.7 minutes a night over Denver’s last ten games and just 20.4 on the year.
  2. Wesley Matthews- Dallas Mavericks (38%)- Matthews is a strong across the board contributor. He is averaging 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.4 3-pointers made, and 0.9 steals per game in over 30 minutes a night.
  3. Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks (11%)- As a starter (21 games), Huerter is averaging 10.0 points, 1.9 3-pointers made, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.6 blocks per game in 31.2 minutes. That is a nice across the board line to help your squad.
  4. Terrance Ross- Orlando Magic (31%)- Ross is another player who helps fantasy managers in nearly every category. Ross is averaging 13.3 points, 2.1 3-pointers made, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in only 25.5 minutes per game.
  5. Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics (34%)- Smart is averaging 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game on the year. That could help your secure two categories in your weekly matchup.
  6. P.J. Tucker- Houston Rockets (33%)- Tucker is averaging 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 3-pointers made, and 1.2 steals per game in over 35 minutes per game on the year.
  7. D.J. Augustin- Orlando Magic (45%)- Augustin is producing 5.0 assists per game with 11.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.7 3-pointers made on the season.
  8. Jae Crowder- Utah Jazz (40%)- Crowder is averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.1 3-pointers made per game.
  9. J.J. Barea- Dallas Mavericks (14%)- Barea’s 5.7 assists per game can be a game changer in your weekly matchup if you need a boost in assists.
  10. Collin Sexton- Cleveland Cavaliers (48%)- Sexton is averaging 14.7 points per game and chipping in nearly three rebounds and three assists.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday is the only day with double-digit games this week. The slate is quite balanced, though. Five days have eight or more games during Week 13. Managers are going to have to look at their lineups and plan ahead this week.

Note: The Nuggets have five games including two back-to-back sets. It is hard to resist the additional games, but Denver does not have a plethora of streaming options.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Denver Nuggets

Mason Plumlee (14%)- Plumlee is a rebounds, steals, and blocks streamer.

New York Knicks

No recommended streamers. The rotation changes too rapidly to feel strong about any less than 50 percent owned player on the Knicks.

Sacramento Kings

No recommended additions.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

LA Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31%)- SGA is still only averaging 26.5 minutes per game for the year, but his 1.0 steal and 0.6 blocks for a guard make him worthy of streaming.

Miami Heat

Tyler Johnson (36%)- Johnson’s 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks per game make him interesting, but the return of Waiters could eventually push his minutes down slightly.

Bam Adebayo (25%)- He is averaging 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.8 blocks per game on the year.

Wayne Ellington (8%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel (15%)- Noel is a steals and blocks streamer.

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Saturday

Charlotte Hornets

No recommended streamers.

Chicago Bulls

Bobby Portis (34%)- Portis is averaging 11.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game on the year.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Tyus Jones (14%)- Deeper league steals and assists streamer.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (40%)- Add Crowder as a points and threes boost who produces well in rebounds, steals, and blocks depending on the matchup.

Kyle Korver (5%)- Deeper league 3-pointers made streamer.

Saturday-Sunday

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin (45%)- Add him for the five assists per game with 11.3 points and 1.7 3-pointers made on sturdy percentages.

Mohamed Bamba (42%)- Blocks streamer.

Terrance Ross (31%)- Ross is a positive in plenty of categories and is strong add any time the Magic take the court.

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Looking ahead to Week 14

Managers have the ability to gain an advantage in two straight matchups by using their final pickup of Week 13 to help them pick up extra games early in Week 14. Here is a look at few options for that add.

Sunday- Monday of Week 14

Houston Rockets

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

Austin Rivers (16%)- Rivers is averaging 38.0 minutes per game since joining the Rockets because of the Chris Paul injury. In that time, Rivers is averaging 13.5 points, 2.8 3-pointers made, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 rebounds.

Gerald Green (4%)- Deeper league 3-pointers made streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

Moe Harkless (7%)- Harkless is always a worthy add for blocks and steals when healthy and playing over 25 minutes per game.

Evan Turner (6%)- Turner’s combination of 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists make him a worthwhile streamer.

Final thoughts

That wraps up another look at the week’s schedule. Best wishes in all your fantasy leagues. Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all your fantasy basketball related needs this season, including trade targets, waiver wire adds, and a look at the players performing unexpectedly.

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