Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Schedule Primer

A look at the abbreviated All-Star Break week for head-to-head fantasy basketball leagues.

The All-Star Break is in the review mirror, and that means the playoffs are right around the corner in your head-to-head fantasy basketball leagues. Week 19 only features four days, so it can be a tricky slate to navigate.

There are only seven weeks to go if your league plays all the way until the final games of the regular season. Be sure to stay active and continue making shrewd pickups that can help propel you to the championship. If you are looking for schedule help, check out the Advanced Schedule Grid at Hashtag Basketball to answer all your inquiries.

Let us jump right into our look at Week 19.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: All 30 teams have two games in this abbreviated week. That means start your best players. Keep your eyes on players returning from injuries after the week-long break as well. Goran Dragic, Tyus Jones, and Kevin Love could all be in line to return and/or see their minutes ramp up starting this week.

Some owners may be on their fence about their final starting spot, so here are ten players you can add that should help you in Week 19. All potential targets are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  1. Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks (27%)- The rookie is poised to be a top-100 contributor from today forward in head-to-head leagues.
  2. Kent Bazemore- Atlanta Hawks (42%)- Bazemore is a consistent across the board contributor that is worth owning in all leagues when playing over 25 minutes per game.
  3. Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics (42%)- Smart is a game-changer in steals with help in threes, assists, and rebounds for a guard.
  4. P.J. Tucker- Houston Rockets (42%)- Tucker is a rebounds, steals, and threes add that averages 0.5 blocks per game as well.
  5. Kevin Knox- New York Knicks (43%)- Knox is worthy to add for help in points, threes, and rebounds for the rest of the year.
  6. Al-Farouq Aminu- Portland Trail Blazers (42%)- Aminu is a strong source of rebounds with 1.3 3-pointers made and 0.9 steals per game.
  7. Dwyane Wade- Miami Heat (37%)- Wade brings 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game for the season.
  8. Collin Sexton- Cleveland Cavaliers (49%)- Sexton continues to score in bunches and is worthy add for anybody looking for a boost in the points category.
  9. Mitchell Robinson- New York Knicks (48%)- Robinson is averaging over two blocks per game in less than 18 minutes a night on the year, but offers little help in the other categories.
  10. Mikal Bridges- Phoenix Suns (37%)- Bridges 1.5 steals per game on the year can be a category winner.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The action resumes on Thursday with a six-game slate that should be good for streaming. Friday is questionable with nine games and Saturday is a no-go with 12. Sunday brings another opportunity with only six squads seeing action.

Note: The schedule is so even this week, but I will mention the Toronto Raptors who play twice and at home on Friday and Sunday.

Back-to-backs

Thursday-Friday pseudo

No teams scheduled.

Thursday-Sunday pseudo

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Denver Nuggets

Malik Beasley (48%)- No word yet on the status of Gary Harris, but Beasley has been fantastic in his place. The addition of Isaiah Thomas also throws a wrench in here, but Beasley can be a solid source of points and threes if given the minutes.

Isaiah Thomas (45%)- Thomas has played just 13 minutes all season, so it difficult to tell how his playing time will shake out. IT can be a valuable contributor in 25 minutes a night, though.

Mason Plumlee (19%)- Blocks and steals add.

LA Clippers

Patrick Beverley (38%)- Beverley is playing 30.4 minutes per game since Jan. 1. He is averaging 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 3-pointers made, 1.0 steal, and 0.9 blocks per game over those 23 contests.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (29%)- SGA would be a top-100 player if he played 30 minutes per game, but that looks unlikely on this Clippers squad.

Landry Shamet (15%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson (48%)- Strictly a blocks streamer.

Kevin Knox (43%)- Since Dec. 1, Knox is averaging 32.9 minutes per game with 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.9 3-pointers made, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Noah Vonleh (19%)- Rebounds streamer.

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin (41%)- Assists target.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes (18%)- Forbes is a points and 3-pointers made add with sturdy percentages.

Toronto Raptors

Danny Green (49%)- Green is threes, steals, and blocks target.

Jeremy Lin (13%)- Deeper league points and assists add.

Looking ahead to Week 20

Taking a glance at next week creates an opportunity to maximize your games in two consecutive matchups. Monday of Week 20 features 11 games likely making streaming impossible. We will take a look at the Sunday-Tuesday pseudo-back-to-back instead.

Sunday-Tuesday of Week 20

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

New York Knicks

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Orlando Magic

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Toronto Raptors

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

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