Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball managers can use the schedule to get a games played advantage in their head-to-head leagues. Find out how to here.

The NBA season is flying. It is already Week 3. Fantasy managers saw injuries to Stephen Curry, Trae Young, Myles Turner, and others in their last matchup. Do not panic. Any team can still make the playoffs. Try to make trades if your roster needs upgrades.

Today, we will examine the schedule in an attempt to help you maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues. Fans can look at the slate using our Advanced Schedule Grid.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The NBA schedule provides plenty of streaming opportunities. 11 teams (Hawks, Hornets, Warriors, Pacers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Thunder, Magic, 76ers, and Trail Blazers) play four games. There are three organizations (Clippers, Kings, Jazz) that only play twice. The remaining 16 teams have three tilts.

It would be difficult to start anybody playing twice expect Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, De’Aaron Fox, and Buddy Hield. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers only play twice, but it is a back-to-back. Leonard will likely miss one of those games. To replace the other options, add someone playing four games in Week 3.

Here are the top ten streaming options for this matchup that are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  1. Goga Bitadze (C) Indiana Pacers (5%): Myles Turner is out with an ankle injury. In the first game without Turner, Bitadze played 25 minutes. He produced ten points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and one 3-pointer made. It could be a fun ride with the 20-year-old.
  2. Terrance Ross (SG/SF) Orlando Magic (48%): Ross is struggling with his shot early on. The 28-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged 15.1 points, 2.7 3-pointers, and 0.9 steals per game. Expect Ross to turn it around.
  3. Matisse Thybulle (SG/SF) Philadelphia 76ers (19%): Thybulle has the ability to be an elite steals and blocks contributor. He may not produce much else, but the 22-year-old could win you those two categories.
  4. Kent Bazemore (SG/SF) Portland Trail Blazers (33%): Bazemore is always underrated. He produces steals, blocks, and 3-pointers made with solid rebounds. Bazemore is the type of add that wins fantasy managers weeks with steady production.
  5. Kyle Anderson (SG/SF/PF) Memphis Grizzlies (26%): Anderson has been limited by injuries. The Grizzles may choose to be cautious on the Friday-Saturday back-to-back. He is producing 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 blocks in 20 minutes per game this season.
  6. Markelle Fultz (PG/SG) Orlando Magic (25%): Fultz looks healthy. He has the potential to be a top 100 player this season. He can score, rebound, pass, and get steals. Keep an eye on the minutes for Fultz.
  7. D.J. Augustin (PG) Orlando Magic (31%): Assists and 3-pointers made option. Augustin continues to be the starting point guard for the Magic.
  8. Jae Crowder (SF/PF) Memphis Grizzlies (22%): Crowder is playing 31.5 minutes per game early on. He should produce well in threes, rebounds, steals, and points in that playing time.
  9. Kevin Huerter (SG) Atlanta Hawks (45%): The 21-year-old is still ramping up his minutes after an early injury. He may not produce a ton of value in week three, but he likely finishes the season inside the top 100.
  10. Alex Len (PF/C) Atlanta Hawks (33%): Len has been in a shooting slump early, but he can provide one 3-pointer made plus one block per game with double-digit points.

Bonus: Jordan Poole (SG) Golden State Warriors (7%): Keep an eye on Poole. Stephen Curry is set to miss three months after breaking his hand. The Warriors need backcourt help. Poole could be an interesting add for points, threes, and steals.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Friday features the massive 11 games. The rest of the week should provide opportunities, though. Wednesday has nine contests putting it on the borderline for streaming. Managers should be able to take advantage of the schedule this week.

Best schedule of the week: The Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder share the top slate in week three. Both teams play four times and are off on Wednesday and Friday.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Atlanta Hawks

Kevin Huerter SG (45%): Solid across the board contributor, but limited to 25 minutes per game.

Alex Len PF/C (33%): Add him for the blocks.

DeAndre Hunter SF (24%): The rookie has an interesting fantasy profile especially in the defensive stats. Just a deeper league add for now.

Jabari Parker SF/PF (12%): Parker is averaging 13.8 points per game early on. If you need a scoring boost, add him.

DeAndre’ Bembry SF (4%): Bembry will be taking on more playmaking responsibility with Trae Young out. He had 18 points, ten rebounds, and eight assists on Halloween night. Stream him in if Young is sidelined.

Indiana Pacers

Goga Bitadze C (5%): Add the rookie for rebounds and blocks with potential in points and threes.

Justin Holiday SG/SF (3%): Steals streamer.

Orlando Magic

Terrance Ross SG/SF (48%): Points, 3-pointers made, and steals add.

D.J. Augustin PG (31%): Assists streamer.

Markelle Fultz PG/SG (25%): Fultz can contribute across the board, but needs a bit more playing time.

Mohamed Bamba C (10%): Blocks streamer.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF/PF (8%): Rebounds, steals, and blocks add.

Chicago Bulls

Tomas Satoransky PG/SG (44%): Stream Satoransky for steals and assists.

Coby White PG (43%): White has been up and down early in his career. He is getting plenty of shots, though. Add him for points and threes.

Kris Dunn PG/SG (5%): Steals streamer.

Wednesday-Thursday

LA Clippers

Landry Shamet PG (25%): 3-pointers made add.

Moe Harkless SF (8%): Steals and blocks streamer.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Charlotte Hornets

Dwayne Bacon SG (12%): Deeper league points add.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel PF/C (8%): Deeper league steals and blocks streamer.

Boston Celtics

No recommended streamers.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes PG/SG (26%): Points and threes streamer.

Jakob Poeltl C (10%): Deeper league blocks add.

Saturday-Sunday

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

Looking ahead to Week 4

Perhaps, you have your matchup locked up at the end of week three or you just want a jump start on week four? Here is a look at the teams playing on Sunday that could help you at the beginning of the next matchup.

Sunday-Monday of Week 4

Minnesota Timberwolves

Josh Okogie SG (5%): One of the best steals streamers on the waiver wire.

Shabazz Napier PG (3%): Napier is averaging 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game heading into week three.

Toronto Raptors

Norman Powell SG/SF (7%): Deeper league steals stream.

Final thoughts

That wraps up the look at this week’s schedule. Best of luck in your matchup. If you are looking for more tips, check out the Watching the Boxes podcast for all the latest news and analysis fantasy managers crave.

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