Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball season is back and in full swing. We review the week 2 schedule to provide head-to-head managers with opportunities to maximize their games played.

The NBA season is officially in full swing. Fantasy managers saw injuries, and a surprise suspension to deal with in week one.

Do not panic. Losing the first week means nothing. Continue searching the waiver wire for a difference-making talent and believe in the squad you drafted.

Today, we will examine the week 2 schedule in an attempt to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues. You should also check out our Advance Schedule Grid for a closer look to see which teams are playing on selected days.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The NBA returns to a more normal schedule this week. 14 teams (Bulls, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Bucks, Knicks, Magic, Kings, Spurs, and Jazz) play four times. There are four organizations (Celtics, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, and Wizards) that only play twice. The remaining 14 teams have three games.

It would be difficult to start any player ranked outside the top 50 playing two games this week. Replace players like Gordon Hayward, Ja Morant, and others with four-game options.

Here are the top ten streaming options for week 2 that are owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

  1. P.J. Tucker (SF/PF) Houston Rockets (40%): Tucker averaged 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers made in 34.2 minutes per game last season for the Rockets. The hefty workload should return and so too should the stats.
  2. Darius Garland (PG) Cleveland Cavaliers (42%): Garland started at point guard on opening night. He will be the team’s primary playmaker. Garland is a strong 3-point shooter with scoring and playmaking ability. He could work his way into the top 100 in his rookie season.
  3. Marcus Morris (SF/PF) New York Knicks (49%): Morris should average 15 points, 2.0 3-pointers made and 6.0 rebounds per game this season.
  4. Cedi Osman (SF/PF) Cleveland Cavaliers (33%): Osman is going to play significant minutes in Cleveland. He averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 threes, and 0.8 steals last season. Add him for steady across the board production.
  5. Maurice Harkless (SF/PF) LA Clippers (18%): Harkless averaged 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in 23.6 minutes per game last season. He is playing more while Paul George is out, and could be the difference in winning those two categories.
  6. D.J. Augustin (PG) Orlando Magic (36%): Augustin is the starting point guard for Orlando. He averaged over five assists per game and 1.5 3-pointers made per game last season.
  7. Tristan Thompson (C) Cleveland Cavaliers (49%): Thompson is a walking double-double, but he will not provide fantasy managers help in other categories.
  8. Markelle Fultz (PG/SG) Orlando Magic (24%): Fultz has a fantasy-friendly game. He should produce well in steals, assists, and rebounds - even in limited minutes. Fultz has upside to take over the starting role and work his way into a top 100 player.
  9. Wesley Matthews (SG/SF) Milwaukee Bucks (9%): Matthews should average over two 3-pointers made with 12 points and nearly one steal per game this season.
  10. Landry Shamet (PG/SG) LA Clippers (30%): Add Shamet for 3-pointers made.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: There are 11 games on both Monday and Wednesday, making it extremely difficult to stream those days. The other five should provide opportunities, though.

Best schedule of the week: Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Both have three games on light schedule days, and four in total.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Atlanta Hawks

DeAndre Hunter SF (44%): Hunter has upside in rebounds, steals, and blocks. The rookie is starting. Keep an eye on his production.

Jabari Parker SF/PF (12%): Deeper league points streamer.

Denver Nuggets

Jerami Grant SF/PF (36%): Grant should be a solid source of blocks and 3-pointers, but he is averaging just 26 minutes per through Denver’s first two games.

Miami Heat

Kendrick Nunn SG (33%): The 24-year-old got hot in Miami’s first game. Coach Spoelstra said Nunn is going to start even after Jimmy Butler’s return. Take a flier on the 24-year-old.

Thursday-Friday

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes SG (11%): Add Forbes for his over two 3-pointers made per game. The Spurs need his shooting which could lead to significant minutes.

Friday-Saturday

Brooklyn Nets

No recommended streamers.

Detroit Pistons

Luke Kennard SG (31%): Kennard is strictly a streamer for 3-pointers made. He should average over two per game in his increased playing time.

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

Milwaukee Bucks

Wesley Matthews SG/SF (9%): Stream Matthews for 3-pointers made. He should average about 12 points and nearly a steal as well.

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin PG (36%): Add Augustin for his five assists per game with over 1.5 3-pointers.

Markelle Fultz PG/SG (24%): Grab Fultz for steals, assists, and rebounds from a guard.

Mo Bamba C (20%): Bamba averaged 1.4 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game as a rookie. He is one of the best blocks streamers on the wire.

Al-Farouq Aminu (8%): Deeper league add for rebounds.

Saturday-Sunday

No teams scheduled.

Looking ahead to Week 3

Perhaps, you have your matchup locked up at the end of week 2 or you just want a jump start on week 3? Here is a look at the teams playing on Sunday that could help you in week 3 too.

Sunday-Monday of Week 3

Houston Rockets

P.J Tucker SF/PF (40%): Tucker is a fantastic stream for rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers made.

Final thoughts

That is a wrap for the week 2 schedule analysis. Good luck. Continue trying to improve your roster.

Looking for a bit of extra help? Check out the Watching the Boxes podcast for everything you need to dominate your fantasy leagues this season.

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