Fantasy Basketball Schedule Preview: 19-25 April

Fantasy basketball managers are likely facing a playoff matchup this week. Here is how to use the schedule to maximize your games played.

There are just four weeks left in the NBA’s regular season, so fantasy managers are likely in their head-to-head playoffs. Now is the time to hunker down and secure the championship. One easy way to grab an advantage in your matchup is playing more games.

Today, we will attempt to help you with that by using the Advanced Schedule Grid. Here is a closer look at the week ahead.

Teams that play four times (19)

Hawks. Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, 76ers, Suns, Trail Blazers, Spurs, Wizards

Teams that play three times (10)

Mavericks, Clippers, Lakers, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Kings, Jazz

Team that plays twice (1)

Raptors

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. Teams eliminated from the playoff race have a ton of value sitting on the waiver wire this time of year. Do not be afraid to ride a hot hand or add a player that is under the radar.
  2. Be sure to check the inactive list each night. Teams will begin resting players and gearing up for the playoffs.
  3. Injuries will shift value too. Stay up on the news and how it could benefit your roster.
  4. The Charlotte Hornets have the best schedule this week as they play four times and avoid the two heaviest schedule days.
  5. The Toronto Raptors have the worst schedule as they are the only team playing just twice.

Top streaming options from 19 April- 25 April (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers (41%), SG/SF

Green is in the top 100 in per-game ranks this season. He should be rostered in every league. The veteran wing will help fantasy managers win 3-pointers made, steals, and blocks every week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 93 3 30.6 0.368 1.000 2.00 8.00 3.70 1.70 1.70 1.00 0.30
2020/21 Season 97 55 28.5 0.418 0.750 2.60 9.70 3.70 1.70 1.30 0.90 1.00

Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons (44%), SF

Bey has started the Pistons' last 30 games. Over that stretch, he is averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.7 3-pointers made per game. Adding Bey will knock your field goal percentage, but the rookie could help any manager win four categories this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 71 4 32.5 0.460 0.875 2.80 16.00 5.00 1.00 1.80 0.50 1.80
2020/21 Season 182 55 25.6 0.409 0.878 2.30 11.30 4.10 1.20 0.70 0.10 0.80

Jalen McDaniels, Charlotte Hornets (40%), PF/C

McDaniels has averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.0 3-pointers made in 32.6 minutes over his last six games. The Hornets look committed to giving him minutes and the 23-year-old is producing.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 101 4 33.1 0.425 0.833 1.80 11.50 4.00 1.50 2.30 0.50 2.00
2020/21 Season 331 30 15.0 0.477 0.727 0.70 6.20 2.50 0.80 0.50 0.30 0.90

Cory Joseph, Detroit Pistons (12%), PG

Joseph has averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in his 12 games since joining the Pistons. Detroit needs a point guard and floor general. Joseph appears ready to fill that role.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 121 3 29.1 0.400 0.752 0.70 9.70 3.30 6.30 2.00 0.00 1.00
2020/21 Season 225 57 22.4 0.457 0.806 0.70 7.50 2.50 3.20 1.00 0.20 1.20

Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons (25%), PF/C

Over his last 32 games, Stewart has produced 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He could help fantasy managers win both categories this week.

Daily streaming options

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 63 4 24.6 0.697 0.556 0.50 13.30 11.80 1.50 0.30 1.30 1.00
2020/21 Season 167 55 20.1 0.579 0.650 0.20 7.10 6.30 0.90 0.50 1.10 0.90

Fantasy managers are treated to a bit of a small slate this week. Wednesday is the only day with double-digit games. Streaming should be possible in the other six days, but be sure to check your roster. Here’s how managers can get two games out of one pickup this week.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Charlotte Hornets

Jalen McDaniels (40%): Points, steals, and threes target.

Cody Zeller (14%): Rebounds streamer.

New Orleans Pelicans

James Johnson (8%): Steals and blocks add.

Orlando Magic

Chuma Okeke (32%): Steals, blocks, and rebounds target.

Cole Anthony (29%): Points, assists, and rebounds streamer.

Thursday-Friday

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Boston Celtics

Tristan Thompson (21%): Rebounds streamer.

Friday-Saturday

Miami Heat

Kendrick Nunn (34%): Points, steals, and threes add.

Denver Nuggets

Monte Morris (21%): Points and 3-pointers made flier.

Facundo Campazzo (12%)- Threes, assists, and steals target.

JaVale McGee (3%): Blocks streamer.

Houston Rockets

No recommended streamers.

Saturday-Sunday

Milwaukee Bucks

No recommended streamers.

Indiana Pacers

Justin Holiday (42%): Threes and steals add.

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