Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Schedule Preview

The fantasy basketball regular season is winding down. It's important to maximize games played in head-to-head leagues by using the schedule to your advantage. Here's a look at how to do it in week 16.

The fantasy basketball regular season is winding down making each and every win more important. Managers should be looking to maximize their games played in head-to-head leagues to gain an advantage. Here is a look at the schedule to do just that.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: Only 15 teams (Hawks, Celtics, Mavericks, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Blazers, Spurs) play four times in Week 16. The Bulls are the only team with just two games. The remaining 14 organizations play three times.

Take the Bulls out of your lineup this week. Try to maximize games played by filling your starting spots with four-game players.

Here is a look at the top 10 streaming options that play four times and are rostered in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo Leagues.

  1. Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks, PG (39%): Over his last 13 games, Payton is averaging 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.5 steals.
  2. P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, SF/PF (49%): Tucker is averaging 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers made per game this season. Add him for help in those three categories.
  3. Jae Crowder, Memphis Grizzlies, SF/PF (22%): Crowder is averaging 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers made per game this season.
  4. Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks, PG (20%): In the six games Luka Doncic has missed this season, Brunson is averaging 14.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 4.1 rebounds. Doncic will miss the entire week with a sprained ankle.
  5. Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat, SG/SF/PF (43%): Robinson is a points and 3-pointers made streamer, but his 3.4 threes per game are near the top of the league.
  6. Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, PG/SG (40%): Jackson is still working his way back to full strength, but expect points, assists, and threes when he is fully healthy.
  7. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers, SG/SF (13%): Thybulle is averaging 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game over his last ten games.
  8. Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics, PF/C (44%): Theis is averaging 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 26.1 minutes over his last ten games.
  9. Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers, C (22%): Zubac is a rebounds and blocks streamer.
  10. Tim Hardaway Jr, Dallas Mavericks, SG/SF (38%): THJ is averaging 14.0 points and 2.7 3-pointers made per game this season.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Monday is the only day with double-digit games. That means streaming options aplenty this week. Here we take a look at back-to-backs to help fantasy managers get two games out of one pickup.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Wednesday

Denver Nuggets

Gary Harris (48%): Steals and threes add.

Wednesday-Thursday

Orlando Magic

Mohamed Bamba (7%): Deeper league blocks streamer.

Thursday-Friday

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (49%): Rebounds, steals, and threes target.

Danuel House (28%): Threes and steals add.

Philadelphia 76ers

Matisse Thybulle (13%): Steals and blocks streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

Trevor Ariza (36%): Steals and 3-pointers made target.

Friday-Saturday

Dallas Mavericks

Delon Wright (46%): Add Wright for rebounds, assists, and steals.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (38%): Points and threes target.

Jalen Brunson (20%): Points and assists streamer with Luka Doncic out. 

Detroit Pistons

Reggie Jackson (40%): Points, threes, and assists add.

Christian Wood (38%): Points and rebounds streamer.

Indiana Pacers

Justin Holiday (8%): Threes and steals target.

Phoenix Suns

No recommended streamers.

Sacramento Kings

No recommended streamers.

Toronto Raptors

No recommended streamers.

Saturday-Sunday

LA Clippers

Ivica Zubac (22%): Zubac is averaging 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 block per game this season.

Landry Shamet (17%): 3-pointers made streamer.

New York Knicks

Elfrid Payton (39%): Assists, rebounds, and steals target.

Looking ahead to Week 17

Here is a look at using your final pickup of this week to help you going into the next matchup.

Sunday-Monday of Week 17

Atlanta Hawks

Damian Jones (1%): Jones is starting because of the Hawks injuries. Over the last 2 games, he is averaging 11.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game.

Miami Heat

Duncan Robinson (43%): Points and threes streamer.

Utah Jazz

Jordan Clarkson (31%): Points and 3-pointers made add.

Final thoughts

That wraps up our look at Week 16. Best of luck in your matchup and quest to qualify for the playoffs.

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