Fantasy Basketball Week 20 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball season is heating up. Here is a look at the schedule to help managers maximize their games played in head-to-head leagues.

The fantasy basketball playoffs are right around the corner, so managers need to be on their games. The easiest way to gain an advantage is to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues. Today, we take a look at the schedule to help you do just that.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: 20 teams played four times in Week 20. The other ten teams have just three games.

Managers should shoot to have all four-game players this week. I’d stick with any top 50 option playing just three times. Replace the remaining players with guys on the waiver playing the next game.

Here is a look at the top 10 streaming options that play four times in Week 20 and are rostered in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo Leagues.

  1. Seth Curry, Dallas Mavericks, PG/SG (33%): Curry is averaging 18.9 points, 3.8 3-pointers made, and 1.0 steal in 31.8 minutes per over the last nine games. He is on fire and continues to play more down the stretch.
  2. Jae Crowder, Miami Heat, SF/PF (44%): Crowder is playing 30 minutes per game with the Heat. He is averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 3-pointers made, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per over those nine contests.
  3. Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans, SG/SF (31%): Hart averages 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 2.0 3-pointers made per game on the season. He is a strong across the board contributor.
  4. Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers, PG (28%): Garland is averaging 12.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.6 3-pointers made in 34.2 minutes per over the last 12 games. The numbers should only improve down the stretch for the rookie.
  5. Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies, SG/SF (46%): Brooks averages 15.8 points, 2.0 3-pointers made, and 0.9 steals per game on the season making him a fantastic streamer.
  6. Taurean Prince, Brooklyn Nets, SF/PF (43%): Prince is averaging 12.4 points, 2.4 3-pointers made, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game on the season. That places him inside the top 125.
  7. Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder, PF/C (33%): Noel is averaging 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks per game on the season.
  8. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, SG/SF (40%): Gordon is averaging 14.9 points and 2.8 3-pointers made on the season. Managers needing help in those categories should add Gordon.
  9. Kevin Porter Jr, Cleveland Cavaliers, SG (23%): Over the last nine games, Porter Jr. is averaging 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.7 blocks in 27.8 minutes per. The rookie is getting plenty of playing time and should be a valuable asset down the stretch.
  10. Ish Smith, Washington Wizards, PG (22%): Smith is averaging 4.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game on the season.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Friday and Saturday both have double-digit games making it difficult to stream. The other days should be open for adding someone off the waiver wire. Here is a look at using back-to-backs to maximize games played.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

San Antonio Spurs

Derrick White (42%): Blocks and assists target.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Boston Celtics

Enes Kanter (39%): Rebounds add.

Brooklyn Nets

Taurean Prince (43%): Prince is a points, threes, rebounds, and steals target.

Garrett Temple (8%): Temple is an across the board contributor for deeper leagues.

Minnesota Timberwolves

James Johnson (25%): Points, steals, and blocks add.

Juancho Hernangomez (23%): Points, rebounds, and threes streamer.

New Orleans Pelicans

Josh Hart (31%): Rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers made target.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel (33%): Blocks and steals add.

Washington Wizards

Ish Smith (22%): Assists and steals streamer.

Shabazz Napier (17%): Assists and steals target.

Wednesday-Thursday

No teams scheduled.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Houston Rockets

Eric Gordon (40%): Points and threes add.

Danuel House Jr. (21%): Steals and 3-pointers made target.

Sacramento Kings

Kent Bazemore (37%): Steals and threes streamer.

Charlotte Hornets

P.J. Washington (44%): Points, rebounds, steals, and blocks add.

Cody Zeller (40%): Rebounds target.

Denver Nuggets

Gary Harris (40%): Steals and 3-pointers made streamer.

Golden State Warriors

Eric Paschall (34%): Points and rebounds add.

Damion Lee (31%): Points, rebounds, and steals target.

Philadelphia 76ers

No recommended streamers.

Looking ahead to Week 21

Sunday is not a great streaming day, so managers should look to add a player for Saturday that also plays on Monday of Week 21. That gives them a jump in their next matchup.

Saturday-Monday pseudo

Utah Jazz

Royce O’Neale (5%): Deeper league rebounds and steals add.

Atlanta Hawks

Jeff Teague (44%): Assists and steals target.

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

Denver Nuggets

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

That wraps things up for this week. Good luck in your matchup and the rest of the season.

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