Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball managers are looking to use the schedule to maximize their games played in head-to-head leagues. Here is a look at how to accomplish that in week 14.

The NBA schedule is chalked full of games in Week 14. The Martin Luther King Day slate on Monday features 14 games with only the Clippers and the Mavericks off. That is one of three massive schedule days this week.

Streaming will be more difficult, but that does not mean you can’t maximize your games played. Here is a peek at how to do it. For all schedule inquiries, check out the Advanced Schedule Grid.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: 20 teams (Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Bulls, Nuggets, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Suns, Spurs, Raptors, and Wizards) have four games in Week 14. The Hornets and Bucks both play only twice. The remaining eight organizations have three games.

Fantasy managers should avoid using any Hornets or Bucks not named Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ideally, your lineup is filled with players with four games. The extra contests could pay dividends in a week with so many contests.

Here is a look at the top 12 streaming options that play four times and are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo Leagues.

1. Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF (47%): Brooks is averaging 15.4 points, 2.2 3-pointers made, and 1.0 steal per game this season. He is the top 125 for the season.

2. Jarrett Culver, Minnesota Timberwolves, PG/SG/SG (42%): Culver finished last week averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block, and while it comes from a small sample size of 4 games, it's a step in the right direction, and he's worth an add to see how long he can continue playing like this for.

3. Taurean Prince, Brooklyn Nets, SF/PF (48%): Prince is averaging 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 3-pointers made, and 0.9 steals per game on the season. He continues to be a top 125 option that should be owned in all leagues.

4. P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, SF/PF (47%): Tucker should be owned in all leagues. He does not produce a ton of points, but he helps in other categories. Expect plenty of threes, steals, and rebounds from Tucker with solid shooting percentages. That makes him a top 130 player.

5. Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls, PG/SG (30%): Dunn is an elite steals producer. His 2.0 per game could immediately swing that category. He also averages 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists each night. That puts Dunn inside the top 120 for the year.

6. Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder, PF/C (41%): Noel is an elite steals and blocks option even in limited minutes. He has the ability to change those categories.

7. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, SG/SF (45%): Gordon provides points and threes in bunches. He is averaging 3.0 triples per game with 13.6 points so far. The numbers should only improve as he ramps over 30 minutes per game.

8. Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks, PG (24%): Payton is averaging 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. He can sway those three categories in your matchup.

9. Jae Crowder, Memphis Grizzlies, SF/PF (27%): Crowder continues to produce in the top 130 this season. He is averaging 10.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 3-pointers made in 30.3 minutes per game.

10. JaVale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers, C (45%): McGee is averaging 1.7 blocks and 5.9 rebounds per game this season even in limited minutes.

11. Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans, SG/SF (26%): Hart is a rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers add.

12. Danny Green, Los Angeles Lakers, SG/SF (48%): Steals and threes target.

13. Sekou Doumbouya, Detroit Pistons, SF/PF (35%): Since moving into the starting five, Doumbouya is averaging 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.4 3-pointers made in 30.1 minutes per game. The 19-year-old should continue to play with Blake Griffin out. It will be interesting to monitor his development this season.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Streaming on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is virtually impossible this week. There are 14, 12 and 11 games on each of those days. Fantasy managers should be looking to take advantage of the rest of the slate, though.

Here is a look at how they can get two games out of one pickup.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Dallas Mavericks

Tim Hardaway Jr. (39%): Points and threes add.

Delon Wright (43%): Steals, rebounds, and assists target.

Maxi Kleber (40%): Blocks and 3-pointers made streamer.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Brooklyn Nets

Taurean Prince (48%): Prince is a points, threes, rebounds, and steals add.

Garrett Temple (3%): Temple is dealing with a knee injury, but when healthy is a steady 3-pointers made and steals streamer.

Los Angeles Lakers

Danny Green (48%): Steals and threes target.

JaVale McGee (45%): Rebounds and blocks add.

Alex Caruso (3%): Deeper league steals streamer.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland (48%): Garland is a points, threes, and steals add.

Cedi Osman (28%): Points, 3-pointers made, and steals target.

Dallas Mavericks

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Saturday-Sunday

Brooklyn Nets

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

Looking ahead to Week 15

Fantasy managers should look to use their final pickup of the week to give them a boost in their next matchup too. Here is a look at players that can help in both.

Sunday-Monday of Week 15

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (47%): Threes, rebounds, and steals target.

Eric Gordon (45%): Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Danuel House (12%): Steals and threes add.

Orlando Magic

No recommended streamers.

San Antonio Spurs

Rudy Gay (46%): Threes, rebounds, and point add.

Bryn Forbes (8%): Points and threes add.

Final thoughts

That wraps up Week 14. The playoffs are right around the corner, so be on the lookout for ways to upgrade your roster. That could be the key to winning your championship this season.

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