Fantasy Basketball Week 17&18 Schedule Preview

The NBA All-Star break is approaching and with it comes a different schedule. Here is how to take advantage to maximize your games played in fantasy basketball leagues.

The NBA trade deadline just passed and the All-Star break is on the horizon. Hopefully, you were able to make the best of some changing value at the deadline. The winners and losers have been discussed plenty.

There is a curveball coming. The NBA stops action on Thursday, Feb. 13 and picks back up on Thursday, Feb. 20. That means combining Week 17 and Week 18 makes almost one perfect week. The problem is not all leagues do that. We will try to help managers in both this week. Be sure to pay close attention to the details this week. For further inquiries check out the Advanced Schedule Grid

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: Six teams (Bulls, Cavaliers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Knicks, 76ers) play just one time this week. The other 24 teams have two games. I would avoid any player ranked outside the top 50 with only one game in my lineup if it just counted the week ending Feb. 16.

The Chicago Bulls play three times next week. The Clippers, Knicks, and Magic are the only teams with one game. The rest of the NBA has two. Meaning every team has four games in the two weeks combined except the Cavaliers, Rockets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Magic, 76ers, and Knicks. New York has just two games so avoid all of their players in your lineup.

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

  1. Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans, SG/SF (40%): Hart is inside the top 125 for the season. He continues to play around 30 minutes a game and produce a solid across the board stat line. Add him.
  2. OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors, SF/PF (45%): Anunoby is another player producing well across the board. His steals, rebounds, threes, blocks, and field goal percentage could all make a difference in your matchup.
  3. P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets, SF/PF (41%): Washington is averaging 12.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game on the season. The buyouts of Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should only open more minutes for the young forward.
  4. Tim Hardaway Jr, Dallas Mavericks, SG/SF (39%): Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 2.7 3-pointers made per game for the season. Luka Doncic should return and give THJ a few more open looks too.
  5. Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz, PG/SG (32%): Clarkson is averaging 14.7 points and 2.1 3-pointers made for the season. He continues to fill that scoring role off the bench for the Jazz.
  6. Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat, SG/SF/PF (47%): Robinson is averaging 3.4 3-pointers made per game with 12.3 points. Add him for the contributions in those two categories alone.
  7. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets, SG/SF (43%): Harris is struggling to hit his shots but remains a solid steals streamer with the potential for an across the board line that keeps him off the waiver wire for good.
  8. Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves, PG/SG (31%): The T’Wolves appear committed to making Beasley a key piece of their future. He had 23 points, ten rebounds, and four assists in his first game with the team. It is a speculative add at this point, but expect enough steals and threes to make him a quality add.
  9. Ish Smith, Washington Wizards, PG (27%): Smith is starting in Washington and should be a solid source of assists, rebounds, and steals.
  10. JaVale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers, PF/C (46%): Rebounds and blocks add.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday has 11 games, but the other three days should be open for streaming in week 17. All four games in Week 18 should be available too. That means plenty of opportunities over the two weeks.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

San Antonio Spurs

Derrick White (42%): Rebounds, assists, and blocks target for a guard.

Tuesday-Thursday

Boston Celtics

Daniel Theis (21%): Rebounds and blocks add.

LA Clippers

Ivica Zubac (26%): Rebounds and blocks streamer.

Landry Shamet (19%): 3-pointers made add.

New Orleans Pelicans

Josh Hart (40%): Steals, rebounds, and threes target.

Jaxson Hayes (8%): Deeper league blocks grab.

Oklahoma City Thunder

No recommended streamers.

Thursday-Thursday of Week 18

No teams scheduled.

Thursday-Friday of Week 18

Memphis Grizzlies

D’Anthony Melton (13%): Steals, rebounds, and assists add.

Friday-Saturday of Week 18

Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland (28%): Points, threes, and assists streamer.

Cedi Osman (25%): 3-pointers made and steals add.

Dallas Mavericks

Maxi Kleber (45%): Blocks, rebounds, and threes target.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (42%): Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Seth Curry (12%): Points and threes add.

Phoenix Suns

Cameron Johnson (1%): Deeper league 3-pointers made add.

Utah Jazz

Jordan Clarkson (32%): Points and threes target.

Saturday-Sunday of Week 18

Chicago Bulls

Coby White (19%): Points and threes add.

Final thoughts

That wraps up our look at the All-Star break period. Fans should enjoy the festivities of the weekend off. The NBA always puts on a good show for the fans.

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