Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Schedule Preview

Week 6 of fantasy basketball is here. Today, we examine the scheduled in hopes of maximizing your games played in head-to-head leagues.

Week 6 of fantasy basketball is here, and it provides a difficult slate for streaming. The Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday features zero games. There is also a heavy overall number of games, meaning four packed days.

Let us take a look to try to help managers maximize their games played in head-to-head leagues. Please check out our Advanced Schedule Grid for any questions relating to the games this week. 

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The schedule is packed with 19 teams playing four times (Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Thunder, Magic, 76ers, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz, and Wizards). Three organizations (Nuggets, Rockets, and Suns) have only two games. The remaining eight teams have three contests.

Maximizing games is important on such a larger slate. James Harden, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, Russell Westbrook, and Clint Capela are the only surefire starts playing two games. Other players should be looked at hard against the available options on the wire.

Here is a look at the top ten streaming options that have four games and are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo Leagues.

  1. Nic Batum, Charlotte Hornets, SG/SF (36%): Batum has only played five games this season. He missed straight games after an injury on opening night. Batum provides rebounds and assists plus one steal and 0.5 blocks per game. That makes him intriguing in fantasy with the potential for more.
  2. Dillion Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF (34%): Brooks is playing 27.2 minutes per game, but is working his way into standard league relevancy. He is averaging 13.7 points, 1.8 3-pointers, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks. Brooks needs to continue scoring.
  3. Isaiah Thomas, Washington Wizards, PG (47%): Thomas is playing well as the Wizards starting point guard. He is averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 assists over that span. Thomas is still only playing about 25 minutes per game. There is plenty of room for that to improve in the weeks ahead.
  4. Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic, PG/SG (28%): Fultz has nine games as the starting point guard under his belt. He is still only playing about 25 minutes per game, but averaging 11.1 points and 1.8 steals per. Fultz should only see an increase in his playing time.
  5. Jae Crowder, Memphis Grizzlies, SF/PF (33%): Crowder is a steady veteran contributor. He produces enough rebounds, assists, steals, and 3-pointers. Crowder will make some noise this season.
  6. Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder, PF/C (41%): Noel has proven he can be an asset in both steals and blocks. If he continues to play even 20 minutes per game, Noel is worth streaming.
  7. Alec Burks, Golden State Warriors, PG/SG (46%): Burks is averaging 14.9 points and 1.4 3-pointers made per game on the season. Add him for the upside in those categories.
  8. Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers, C (34%): Zubac is strictly a rebounds and block stream on sturdy percentages.
  9. Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic, C (15%): With Nikola Vucevic out, Bamba should play at least 20 minutes per game. He quickly becomes an interesting rebounds and blocks streamer.
  10. Bryn Forbes, San Antonio Spurs, PG/SG (24%): Add Forbes for his contributions in points and 3-pointers made.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: There are double-digit games on Monday (11), Wednesday (14), and Friday (13). Thursday is an off-day for the entire NBA too. That leaves just three for streaming and Sunday has nine games. It is going to be hard to find pickups in Week 6. Here is a look at the opportunities.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Saturday pseudo

Denver Nuggets

Mason Plumlee (6%): Deeper league blocks streamer.

Saturday-Sunday

No teams scheduled.

Looking ahead to Week 7

The way the schedule sits should allow fantasy managers to have leftover pickups at the end of the week. Use them wisely by grabbing someone that is playing early in Week 7.

Sunday-Monday of Week 7

Golden State Warriors

Alec Burks (47%): Points and 3-pointers made add.

Glenn Robinson III (22%): Points, rebounds, and steals target.

Memphis Grizzlies

Dillon Brooks (34%): Points, threes, and steals add.

Jae Crowder (33%): Rebounds, 3-pointers made, and steals target.

Kyle Anderson (21%): Rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks stream in deeper leagues.

Tyus Jones (4%): Assists and steals add.

Utah Jazz

No recommended streamers.

New York Knicks

Bobby Portis (27%): Rebounds streamer.

Frank Ntilikina (19%): Steals add.

Final thoughts

Week 6 presents a difficult matchup for fantasy managers. Do not get discouraged if your team falters this week. The schedule was difficult, but it is about to get significantly better.

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