Fantasy Basketball Schedule Preview: 22-28 March

Fantasy basketball managers should be maximizing their games in head-to-head leagues with an eye on the NBA's trade deadline this week. Find out more here.

The NBA trade deadline happens on March 25, which often means a shakeup in the fantasy basketball landscape. Every deal shifts rotations and could create new opportunities on all the teams involved. Be sure to watch closely for news leading up to Thursday’s deadline and how it could impact the rotations involved.

Fantasy managers are treated to a few fewer games this week, but plenty of streaming opportunities. Here is a look at the slate.

Teams that play four times (18)

Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Magic, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz

Teams that play three times (12)

Nets, Bulls, Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Heat, Pelicans, Knicks, Thunder, 76ers, Wizards

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. LeBron James suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s game that is likely to cost him at least this week. The Lakers will be hurting with both of their stars out. Now is the time to grab Talen Horton-Tucker, though. The 20-year-old should get plenty of opportunities to shine with AD and LeBron sidelined.
  2. The Hawks and Bucks are surging, while no team is struggling more than the Rockets. Be sure to check the stats over the last two weeks to see which players are getting more opportunities. Joe Ingles and Kelly Olynyk are top 50 players over the last two weeks and available on waiver wires.
  3. If trades happen this week, players will miss a few days getting to their new markets. Be on your toes in daily lock leagues for that.
  4. The Spurs have the best schedule of the week. They play four times with three on light schedule days. San Antonio has four home games with two coming against the Hornets and Bulls.
  5. The Nets have the worst schedule of the week with three games including two on the highest volume days. Brooklyn has three road games including having to go to Utah and Portland in a back-to-back.

Top streaming options for Week 12 (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (48%), SG/SF

Brooks averages 15.6 points, 1.9 3-pointers made, and 1.3 steals per game on the season. His percentages are a worry, but the Grizzlies wing can help fantasy managers win three categories in every matchup.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 191 5 28.0 0.310 0.944 1.60 13.80 1.60 1.80 1.00 0.20 1.00
2020/21 Season 155 36 29.1 0.387 0.849 1.90 15.60 2.90 2.50 1.30 0.40 2.00

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets (45%), SF/PF

Bridges ranks 85th in total value this season, despite playing just 26 minutes per game. He produces a strong across-the-board line with outstanding percentages. Add him if you need an overall boost this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 148 4 25.1 0.607 0.667 1.30 10.80 4.30 2.30 0.30 0.50 0.50
2020/21 Season 115 41 26.4 0.501 0.902 1.20 9.80 5.70 2.00 0.60 0.70 1.60

Talen Horton-Tucker, Los Angeles Lakers (19%), SG/SF

THT figures to see an increase in minutes with LeBron out. The Lakers need his scoring and playmaking ability if they are going to win games without their two superstars. Horton-Tucker could provide solid steal and block numbers as well.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 130 4 23.4 0.550 0.917 0.00 13.80 4.30 5.00 0.30 0.00 1.50
2020/21 Season 223 38 18.2 0.455 0.849 0.50 7.90 2.60 2.30 0.80 0.50 1.30

Lou Williams, LA Clippers (48%), PG

Over his last 20 games, Williams averages 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 45.1 percent from the field and 85.9 percent on his free throws. The veteran got off to a slow start but has found his stride.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 183 4 20.8 0.353 0.857 1.00 10.00 1.00 2.00 1.50 0.30 1.30
2020/21 Season 185 40 22.4 0.422 0.860 1.10 12.30 2.20 3.50 1.00 0.10 1.60

Nic Batum, LA Clippers (36%), SF/PF

Batum remains an underrated fantasy option because of his lack of scoring. The veteran offers rebounds, 3-pointers made, steals, and assists on solid percentages. Add him if you need help in those categories.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 133 4 25.6 0.500 1.000 1.30 8.00 4.50 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.80
2020/21 Season 106 40 28.9 0.477 0.854 1.90 8.90 4.70 2.30 1.20 0.30 0.80

Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets (26%), SG

Tate is a steals and rebounds streamer that will not hurt your percentages. The 26-year-old rookie is playing over 30 minutes per game and flies under the radar in Houston.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 53 4 29.8 0.439 0.800 1.00 12.00 5.00 2.80 3.00 0.80 1.00
2020/21 Season 128 40 27.9 0.517 0.740 0.70 10.20 5.20 1.70 1.20 0.50 1.20

Gary Trent Jr, Portland Trail Blazers (42%), SG/SF

Trent Jr. is a points and threes streamer. He averages 15.0 points and 2.9 3-pointers made per game on the season and the Blazers need scoring with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins out.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 154 4 30.1 0.357 0.789 2.00 13.30 3.50 1.50 1.30 0.30 1.00
2020/21 Season 167 39 31.3 0.413 0.775 3.00 15.00 2.30 1.50 0.90 0.20 0.80

Daily streaming options

Wednesday and Friday both feature 11 games, so it will be difficult to stream on those days. The rest of the week should allow for streaming. Here is how to use the schedule to get two games out of one pickup.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Los Angeles Lakers

Talen Horton-Tucker (19%): The Lakers will need him to score and handle the ball with LeBron and AD out. Pick him up in every league with the hopes he flourishes with an expanded opportunity.

Portland Trail Blazers

Gary Trent Jr. (42%): Points and threes add.

Derrick Jones Jr. (12%): Blocks streamer.

Golden State Warriors

Jordan Poole (35%): Threes target.

Miami Heat

Kelly Olynyk (48%): Rebounds, threes, and steals add.

New York Knicks

Nerlens Noel (43%): Blocks, steals, and rebounds target.

Philadelphia 76ers

Dwight Howard (46%): Rebounds and blocks streamer.

Danny Green (34%): Steals, blocks, and threes add.

Matisse Thybulle (13%): Steals target.

Washington Wizards

No recommended streamers.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

LA Clippers

Lou Williams (48%): Points, assists, and steals streamer.

Ivica Zubac (37%): Rebounds target.

Nic Batum (36%): Rebounds, steals, and threes add.

Marcus Morris Sr. (27%): Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Sacramento Kings

No recommended streamers.

San Antonio Spurs

Patty Mills (20%): Points and threes add.

Lonnie Walker IV (10%): Points and 3-pointers made target.

New York Knicks

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Philadelphia 76ers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Washington Wizards

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Saturday-Sunday

No teams scheduled.

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