Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Schedule Primer

A look at the NBA schedule to gain an advantage in your head-to-head fantasy basketball matchups in Week 16.

Fantasy basketball managers are facing the last full week before the trade deadline in Week 16. Be prepared because moves could happen any day that shake up the fantasy landscape. Turn those Twitter notifications on and be prepared to make the necessary pickups.

Let us dive right into another wild schedule for Week 16, but first be sure to check out the Advanced Schedule Grid at Hashtag Basketball for a fast and easy breakdown on any fantasy week you desire to deep dive.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The games get spread out in Week 16. Nine teams have four games this week. The Portland Trail Blazers have an odd schedule where they only play once. Five organizations have two games and the remaining 15 teams have three games.

Starting any Blazers is nearly impossible in Week 16. Damian Lillard could drop 40 with 12 assists, but playing a four-game guard who averages 11 points and 3.2 assists would create more fantasy production. All players from the two games teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors) would be considered questionable starts as well.

Always maximize your games so here is a look at some possible streaming targets playing four times in Week 16. (All roster percentages are based on Yahoo leagues and under 50 percent was the cutoff line for available on the waiver wire)

  1. Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics (38%)- Smart is averaging a matchup changing 1.7 steals per game for the season in 26.5 minutes a night. Add in 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 0.4 blocks and Smart becomes a wise add to secure a victory.
  2. Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks (33%)- Over his last 20 games, Huerter is averaging 12.9 points 2.4 3-pointers made, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks per game in 34.4 minutes a night.
  3. Noah Vonleh- New York Knicks (49%)- Vonleh is averaging 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 0.8 blocks, and 0.9 3-pointers per game in 25.6 minutes over the Knicks last ten games. He has seen over 30 minutes a night in three straight meaning the production may only increase.
  4. Justin Holiday- Memphis Grizzlies (38%)- Holiday is playing over 30 minutes per game with the injuries on the Griz. That should allow him to produce plenty of steals, threes, and rebounds.
  5. Bismack Biyombo- Charlotte Hornets (11%)- Since the Cody Zeller injury, Biyombo is averaging 21.3 minutes per game. He is producing 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game on strong percentages.
  6. Kevin Knox- New York Knicks (46%)- Over the last 20 games, Knox is playing 34.7 minutes a night and producing 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.1 3-pointers made per game.
  7. DeMarre Carroll- Brooklyn Nets (20%)- In his last 11 games, Carroll is averaging 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 3-pointers made in 27.9 minutes a night. Expect similar production for this week.
  8. Jeremy Lin- Atlanta Hawks (10%)- In 11 January games, Lin is averaging 12.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 23.9 minutes. The playing time is a bit low, but Linsanity is a strong per-minute producer.
  9. Terry Rozier- Boston Celtics (44%)- Rozier’s combination of rebounds, assists, and 3-pointers make him a worthy pickup for your last starting spot.
  10. Alex Len- Atlanta Hawks (16%)- Len is averaging double-digit points with 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 block per game on the year.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: There is only one day with double-digit games in Week 16. Saturday is a hefty 12 game slate that will curtail all streaming opportunities. Every other day should be smooth sailing, though.

Note: The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks share the honor of top schedule with four games all on lighter schedule days plus three home games.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Brooklyn Nets

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (29%)- RHJ is having a disappointing season, but his potential in rebounds, steals, and blocks make him an interesting add especially in deeper leagues.

DeMarre Carroll (20%)- Carroll is back healthy and producing well in points, threes, and rebounds.

Ed Davis (8%)- Davis averages 8.7 rebounds per game in just over 18 minutes per game on the year.

Rodions Kurucs (5%)- Deeper league add for points and steals.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Chicago Bulls

Jabari Parker (42%)- Parker averaging 12.0 points per game in 17.3 minutes a night over his last seven games.

New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil Okafor (44%)- In the four games since Anthony Davis’ injury, Okafor is averaging 31.8 minutes a night and producing 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

E’Twaun Moore (23%)- Moore continues to play and produce in points, steals, and threes.

Washington Wizards

Jeff Green (28%)- Over his last 11 games, Green is averaging 14.2 points, 2.3 3-pointers made, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists a night in 31.1 minutes.

Wednesday-Thursday

Dallas Mavericks

Wesley Matthews (32%)- The minutes are down slightly in recent games, but Matthews remains a strong points and threes contributor.

Maxi Kleber (4%)- Kleber is averaging 1.3 blocks per game on the year in 19.0 minutes per game.

Indiana Pacers

Cory Joseph (14%)- Joseph is averaging 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game from the month of January and may be in line for more opportunities with the Victor Oladipo out for the season. 

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel (8%)- Noel averages 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocks per game for the year in less than 14 minutes per game.

Boston Celtics

Terry Rozier (44%)- Rozier is overrated in fantasy, but his rebounds, assists, and 3-pointers combination can sway a matchup.

Marcus Smart (38%)- Smart is a game-changer in steals with 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.4 3-pointers made per game.

Memphis Grizzlies

Justin Holiday (38%)- Holiday is seeing increased minutes and producing well in steals, threes, and rebounds.

JaMychal Green (28%)- Green is battling an injury, but when healthy is a steady producer in rebounds while averaging double-digit points 0.7 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game.

New York Knicks

Noah Vonleh (49%)- Add Vonleh for rebounds, steals, and blocks.

Kevin Knox (46%)- Knox is playing significant minutes and producing in points, rebounds, and 3-pointers made.

Looking ahead to Week 17

Maximizing your games played is important in every head-to-head matchup. Here we take a look at using the final add for Week 16 to help you in your matchup for next time out. Let us dive right into it.

Sunday-Monday of Week 17

No teams scheduled.

Sunday- Tuesday of Week 17

Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet (49%)- Add him for assists, steals, and 3-pointers made help.

LA Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24%)- SGA is averaging 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks, and 2.9 assists per game for the year.

Patrick Beverly (23%)- Beverly is averaging 29.9 minutes per game for the month of January. That allowed him to average 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Boston Celtics

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Memphis Grizzlies

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

New York Knicks

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

That wraps another weekly schedule primer. Hopefully, you continue your trek to a fantasy championship. If you are looking for additional advice, be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast. It will keep you abreast on the latest fantasy basketball news. We analyze everything you need to know to dominate your league, so do not miss it.

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