Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball managers in head-to-head league should be maximizing their games played by using the weekly schedule. Here is how to do it in Week 4.

Fantasy basketball managers are all dealing with injuries. Learning to adjust, adapt, and win weeks is going to be the key to making the playoffs. The easiest way to do it is by using the schedule to your advantage to maximize games played.

Teams that play five times (2)

Pacers, Sixers.

Teams that play four times (15)

Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Jazz, Wizards.

Teams that play three times (12)

Nets, Bulls, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Bucks, Spurs, Raptors.

Teams that play twice (1)

Timberwolves.

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. Teams across the league are facing COVID issues. They are not going away. Fantasy managers have to be on their toes and ready to adjust at a moment’s notice. A player sitting out creates a larger opportunity for someone else. Be sure to make a decision just before the games start each day in daily leagues.
  2. Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Durant returned during the weekend. Kristaps Porzingis and Kyrie Irving could both return by the middle of this week. Get the stars back in your lineup in their first game back.
  3. Don’t be afraid to take chances on players this week. Rookie Tyrese Maxey dropped 39 points on Saturday. Players given a massive opportunity will go off and the production counts all the same in fantasy.
  4. The Timberwolves have by far the worst schedule this week. They only play twice and both games come on high schedule volume days.
  5. The Pacers and Sixers are set to have the best schedules. Both teams play five times over the next seven days. Give the nod to Philadelphia for having a slightly easier slate of games.

Top 10 streamers for Week 4 (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers (22%), SG

The Sixers have five players out in the league's health and safety protocols. Maxey dropped 39 points, six assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in their last game. Expect him to see plenty of opportunities this week

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 76 4 24.2 0.536 1.000 1.80 17.00 3.50 2.80 1.00 0.30 0.50
2020/21 Season 216 10 18.8 0.489 1.000 0.80 10.10 2.20 2.00 0.70 0.10 0.70

Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers (12%), C

Add Howard if you need rebounds, points, and blocks this week. The former All-Star should see plenty of minutes.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 232 4 16.9 0.667 0.455 0.30 7.50 10.00 1.00 0.00 0.50 2.00
2020/21 Season 236 10 14.7 0.703 0.556 0.20 6.40 6.80 0.70 0.20 0.60 2.10

Trey Burke, Dallas Mavericks (1%), PG

COVID issues have left the Mavericks scrambling. They need offense and shot creators and Burke provides both. Expect plenty of points, assists, steals, and minutes this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 81 2 14.9 0.667 0.000 4.00 16.00 0.50 2.00 0.00 0.50 1.00
2020/21 Season 192 8 18.3 0.467 0.885 1.90 9.90 1.30 1.80 0.50 0.30 0.90

Jeff Teague, Boston Celtics (30%), PG/SG

The Celtics are dealing with COVID issues which should create plenty of playing time for Teague. The veteran point guard should provide plenty of points, assists, and steals this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 291 1 14.7 0.333 0.000 0.00 4.00 3.00 2.00 1.00 0.00 2.00
2020/21 Season 189 8 20.0 0.333 0.815 0.90 7.00 2.60 2.60 1.60 0.30 1.00

Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers (25%), SG/SF

Holiday is playing 29.5 minutes per game so far this season. He should be able to hit two 3-pointers and average 1.5 steals per game in that playing time.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 78 3 35.0 0.536 0.802 2.70 15.30 5.70 1.70 0.70 0.30 1.30
2020/21 Season 110 9 29.3 0.538 0.762 1.80 11.20 3.70 1.20 1.20 0.30 1.00

T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers (2%), PG/SG

McConnell is easy to overlook, but in 17.0 minutes per game expect nearly five assists and one steal every time out. Those 25 dimes could easily sway this matchup in your favor.  

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 113 2 21.3 0.500 0.000 0.00 5.00 3.50 2.50 3.00 0.00 0.00
2020/21 Season 188 8 17.0 0.538 0.520 0.00 3.60 2.90 4.40 1.50 0.00 1.40

Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks (7%), C

Cauley-Stein should average strong rebounds, blocks, and points this week. The Mavericks are short-handed leaving massive minutes for Trill as long as he can avoid foul trouble.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 117 3 24.6 0.617 0.833 0.00 8.70 7.30 1.70 0.70 0.70 0.30
2020/21 Season 275 9 16.0 0.601 0.670 0.00 5.60 4.70 0.90 0.40 0.40 0.60

Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks (47%), SF/PF

Reddish offers production in points, rebounds, and steals, but be careful of him dragging down your field goal percentage.

Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies (20%), PG/SG

Jones should pile on the assists and steals this week. He should be added in all leagues.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 206 3 30.4 0.302 0.777 2.00 13.00 4.30 1.30 1.70 0.00 2.00
2020/21 Season 183 9 29.1 0.347 0.813 1.60 11.60 4.60 1.30 1.40 0.20 1.70

Dakota Mathias, Philadelphia 76ers (0%), PG

Mathias played 41 minutes in the Sixers last game and produced 12 points, five assists, and one steal. The 25-year-old could produce similar numbers if the playing time remains this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 276 3 19.3 0.474 0.504 1.00 7.70 0.70 2.00 0.30 0.30 0.30
2020/21 Season 334 5 14.2 0.429 0.500 1.00 6.20 0.80 1.60 0.20 0.20 0.20

Daily streaming options

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday and Friday are the days to avoid streaming as each features double-digit games played. Managers should be able to sneak someone in on the remaining days.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Indiana Pacers

Justin Holiday (25%): Threes and steals streamer.

T.J. McConnell (2%): Assists and steals target.

Philadelphia 76ers

Tyrese Maxey (22%): Points, assists, and steals target.

Dwight Howard (12%): Rebounds, blocks, and points add.

Dakota Mathias (0%): Deeper league add for points, assists, and steals.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cedi Osman (18%): Points, rebounds, assists, and steals add.

JaVale McGee (11%): Rebounds and blocks target.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Indiana Pacers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Philadelphia 76ers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Denver Nuggets

Paul Millsap (41%): Points, rebounds, and steals streamer.

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (22%): Rebounds, steals, and threes add.

Miami Heat

Kelly Olynyk (33%): Points, steals, and blocks target.

San Antonio Spurs

Patty Mills (33%): Points and threes add.

Rudy Gay (31%): Points, threes, and rebounds add.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Indiana Pacers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Philadelphia 76ers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Charlotte Hornets

Bismack Biyombo (22%): Rebounds and blocks streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

Enes Kanter (44%): Rebounds and points add.

Derrick Jones Jr. (6%): Steals streamer.

Houston Rockets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Miami Heat

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

San Antonio Spurs

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Toronto Raptors

No recommended streamers.

Saturday-Sunday

Indiana Pacers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Philadelphia 76ers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Looking ahead to Week 5

Fans may make a pickup on Sunday that can help them in Week 5. Here are the teams playing Sunday and Monday of Week 5.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs could look extremely different by this time next week. Kristaps Porzingis is close to returning and they have four players in COVID protocols right now. Keep an eye on them.

Trey Burke (1%): Points, assists, and threes add.

Willie Cauley-Stein (7%): Rebounds and blocks target.

New York Knicks

Nerlens Noel (31%): Steals and blocks streamer.

Austin Rivers (28%): Points and threes add.

Washington Wizards

Deni Avidja (18%): Threes and steals target.

Chicago Bulls

Patrick Williams (14%): Steals and blocks add.

Thaddeus Young (8%): Rebounds and steals streamer.

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