Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball managers looking to get a leg up in their leagues should look no further. Today, we examine the schedule to maximize games played in head-to-head leagues.

The fantasy basketball and NBA are flying by. Three weeks are down already, and your team should be starting to take shape. Continue evaluating your roster and determining ways to improve it. That could be through trades, waiver-wire pickups or just starting the right players.

Today, we will examine the schedule to help you maximize your games in head-to-head leagues. Managers should check out our Advanced Schedule Grid for the full schedule of games played.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The NBA schedule again provides plenty of streaming opportunities. 11 teams (Hawks, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Pelicans, 76ers, and Spurs) play four games. There are three organizations (Bucks, Thunder, and Suns) that only play twice. The remaining 16 teams have three tilts.

It would be difficult to start any player that has two games except for Giannis, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul, and Devin Booker. Replace the other options with someone playing four times.

Here is a look at the top ten streaming options that are owned in fewer than 50 per cent of Yahoo Leagues.

  1. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, SG/SF (46%): Gordon averaged 16.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers made per game last season. Those numbers should continue when Gordon starts hitting his shots again.
  2. Jabari Parker, Atlanta Hawks, SF/PF (46%): In the two games since John Collins was suspended, Parker is averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Fantasy managers should count on steady points and rebounds while Collins is out.
  3. Bryn Forbes, San Antonio Spurs, PG/SG (23%): Forbes is starting and averaging 29.0 minutes per game. He is averaging 14.6 points and 2.4 3-pointers made. Add him for those stats.
  4. Dillion Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF (22%): Brooks is averaging 15.1 points, 2.0 3-pointers made, and 1.1 steals through seven games. The Griz need someone to score. Brooks is taking on that role.
  5. Glenn Robinson III, Golden State Warriors, SG/SF (13%): Robinson is playing hefty minutes for Golden State. He will grab boards and get steals along with decent point and 3-pointers made production.
  6. Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers, C (32%): Zubac is starting for the Clippers. He is a rebounds and blocks streamer that will shoot efficient percentages.
  7. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers, SG/SF (13%): Thybulle has played under 14 minutes in two straight games, but he has shown elite steals and blocks production when getting minutes. It is a risky stream, but it could pay off handsomely in winning those two categories.
  8. Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies, SF/PF (23%): Anderson is only playing 20.7 minutes per game so far, but he is still averaging 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks with 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He needs a few more minutes to break into standard league relevancy.
  9. Ky Bowman, Golden State Warriors, PG (25%): The Warriors desperately need scoring. Bowman is stepping up averaging 14.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.0 steal over their last three games.
  10. Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks, SG/SF (42%): Huerter is ramping up his minutes and will be standard league relevant once he begins playing 30 each and every game.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The games are spread out this week. The largest scheduled days are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday all with just eight games. That means streaming could be possible every night. Using back-to-backs to maximize games will be key this week.

Best schedule of the week: The Celtics have the week’s best schedule. They face the Mavs, Wizards, Warriors, and Kings with a day off between every game. Dallas is 18th in defensive rating. The other three teams are in the bottom five.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Detroit Pistons

Bruce Brown Jr SG (16%): Brown Jr. is forced to play point guard with both Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson on the shelf. The 23-year-old has had at least six assists and a steal in all three games with both other point guards sidelined. Brown should provide solid stats during their absence.

Utah Jazz

No recommended streamers.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Los Angeles Lakers

JaVale McGee C (31%): Blocks streamer.

Philadelphia 76ers

Matisse Thybulle SG/SF (13%): Steals and blocks add.

Portland Trail Blazers

Kent Bazemore SG/SF (32%): Bazemore is averaging 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game so far this season.

Rodney Hood SG/SF (28%): 3-pointers made, points, and steals add.

Wednesday-Thursday

LA Clippers

Ivica Zubac- C (32%)- Blocks streamer.

Landry Shamet- PG (22%)- 3-pointers made add.

Moe Harkless- SF/PF (5%)- Deeper league steals and blocks streamer.

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday-Saturday

Houston Rockets

Eric Gordon SG/SF (46%): Points and threes add.

Danuel House Jr SG/SF (41%): Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Josh Okogie SG (4%): Steals streamer.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes PG/SG (23%): Points and 3-pointers made add.

Charlotte Hornets

Dwayne Bacon SG (11%): Deeper league points streamer.

Indiana Pacers

No recommended streamers.

Saturday-Sunday

Atlanta Hawks

Jabari Parker SF/PF (46%): Add Parker for points and rebounds.

Kevin Huerter SG (42%): Huerter is still ramping up his minutes, but he will be a backend standard league option once he starts playing 30-plus minutes. He is an across the board contributor.

Alex Len C (31%): Blocks streamer.

New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil Okafor C (22%): Deeper league blocks and rebounds add.

Looking ahead to Week 5

Perhaps, you lock up your weekly matchup early or you just want to get a leg up on a tough one ahead. Here is a look at the teams that play on Sunday plus early in Week 5. Note: There are nine games on Monday, so I included Sunday-Tuesday pseudo-back-to-back as well.

Sunday-Monday of Week 5

Boston Celtics

Daniel Theis- PF/C (7%)- Deeper league rebounds streamer.

Robert Williams- C (5%)- Deeper league blocks target.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Jordan Clarkson- PG/SG (33%)- Points, threes and steals streamer.

Cedi Osman- SF/PF (25%)- 3-pointers made and steals target.

Darrius Garland- PG (21%)- Garland is still adjusting to the NBA, but will grow into a threes, assists, and steals streamer.

Sunday- Tuesday of Week 5

Golden State Warriors

Ky Bowman PG (25%): Over the Warriors' last three games, Bowman is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and one steal. There are plenty of shots available and Bowman is playing 37.2 minutes per game over that stretch.

Glenn Robinson III SG/SF (13%): Over the last three games, he is averaging 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 3-pointers made. It will be up and down for Robinson III.

Alec Burks PG/SG (9%): Deeper league points streamer.

Los Angeles Lakers

Listed under Tuesday-Wednesday.

Memphis Grizzlies

Kyle Anderson SG/SF/PF (23%): Deeper league blocks, steals, rebounds, and assists add.

Dillion Brooks SG/SF (22%): Brooks is averaging 15.1 points, 2.0 3-pointers made, and 1.1 steals per game through his first seven.

Jae Crowder SF/PF (16%): Crowder is 3-pointers made and steals add.

Tyus Jones PG (5%): Assists and steals streamer.

New Orleans Pelicans

Listed under Saturday-Sunday.

Sacramento Kings

No recommended streamers.

Final thoughts

That wraps up our look at Week 4. Good luck. Hopefully, it is nothing but wins in your fantasy matchups.

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