Fantasy Basketball Schedule Preview: 3-9 May

Fantasy basketball managers are facing an important playoff matchup. Here is how to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues.

It is playoff time in fantasy basketball, so let us keep things short and sweet here. The goal is to use the schedule to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues. Fans can check out the slate and how to take advantage further using our Advanced Schedule Grid. Let’s jump right into it. 

Teams that play five times (1)

Pistons

Teams that play four times (20)

Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Warriors, Pacers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Magic, Knicks, Thunder, Sixers, Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, Wizards

Teams that play three times (9)

Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Rockets, Clippers, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Raptors

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. Resting will be a massive story down the stretch. Every team is playing a jam-packed slate and looking to keep players healthy. Expect plenty of days off over the final two weeks.
  2. Injuries are a massive story too. LeBron James returned on Friday night. Giannis came back on Sunday. Others are on the horizon so keep an eye on the injury news.
  3. The playoff races are tight meaning some teams will prioritize games. Fantasy managers can take advantage by targeting players from both playoff and lottery teams giving added opportunities down the stretch.
  4. The Pistons have the best schedule of the week as they play five times over the seven days.
  5. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the worst fantasy schedule with three games coming on the highest volume days.

Top streaming options from 3-9 May (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons (37%), SF

Over the last 25 games, Bey is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.8 3-pointers made per game. The Pistons have five games this week. Bey will hurt your percentages but should provide plenty of counting stats.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 44 3 32.6 0.395 0.750 4.00 17.00 7.70 3.00 1.30 1.00 1.00
2020/21 Season 168 62 26.3 0.402 0.857 2.40 11.60 4.30 1.30 0.80 0.20 0.80

Josh Jackson, Detroit Pistons (31%), SG/SF

Over his last 11 games, Jackson is averaging 17.2 points per game. Fantasy managers looking to swing points are unlucky to find a better option on their waiver wire.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 302 2 27.2 0.333 0.600 1.00 9.00 3.50 3.50 0.50 0.50 3.50
2020/21 Season 217 58 25.2 0.424 0.723 1.20 13.50 4.00 2.20 0.80 0.70 2.20

Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons (19%), PG

Over his last eight games, Hayes is averaging 6.8 assists and 1.9 steals. Fantasy managers that need those categories should stream Hayes and his five games this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 136 3 28.3 0.273 0.000 0.70 4.70 3.70 7.30 2.30 0.30 3.30
2020/21 Season 259 19 23.8 0.333 0.894 0.60 5.70 2.40 4.80 1.20 0.40 2.80

Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks (45%), SF/PF

Over the last 15 games, Finney-Smith has averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks on outstanding shooting. Fantasy managers should ride the hot hand in their fantasy championship.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 29 3 34.5 0.615 1.000 3.70 15.00 6.70 2.30 1.70 0.30 1.30
2020/21 Season 119 51 32.5 0.469 0.815 2.10 9.90 5.60 1.60 0.90 0.40 0.70

Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers (39%), SG/SF

Green is an outstanding threes, steals, and blocks add that should be rostered in all leagues.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 195 2 23.0 0.308 0.000 1.00 5.00 3.50 0.50 1.50 1.00 0.50
2020/21 Season 103 61 28.2 0.417 0.772 2.50 9.40 3.70 1.70 1.30 0.90 1.00

Facundo Campazzo, Denver Nuggets (22%), PG

Since moving into the starting lineup eight games ago, Campazzo is averaging 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. The Nuggets guard could win fantasy managers two categories in this crucial playoff matchup.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 66 4 32.0 0.538 0.933 1.50 12.00 3.30 6.00 1.30 0.30 2.30
2020/21 Season 227 58 20.8 0.391 0.865 1.20 5.70 1.80 3.30 1.10 0.20 1.10

Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic (38%), C

Over his last eight games, Bamba averaged 10.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in 22.0 minutes. Expect plenty of rebounds and swats this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 59 5 22.5 0.556 0.714 1.20 10.20 7.20 1.40 0.80 2.20 1.20
2020/21 Season 219 40 14.3 0.487 0.648 0.90 7.40 5.00 0.60 0.30 1.20 0.80

Daily streaming options

Friday is the only day this week with double-digit games. The schedule is spread evenly, so fantasy managers should be checking their roster to make sure they can fit a streamer into their lineup. Here is a look at how you can get two games from one pickup.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Detroit Pistons

Saddiq Bey (37%): Points, rebounds, steals, and threes streamer.

Josh Jackson (31%): Points target.

Killian Hayes (19%): Assists and steals add.

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

New Orleans Pelicans

No recommended streamers.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaac Okoro (8%): Steals streamer.

Phoenix Suns

No recommended streamers.

Sacramento Kings

Delon Wright (48%): Rebounds, assists, and steals add.

Milwaukee Bucks

No recommended streamers.

Wednesday-Thursday

Indiana Pacers

Doug McDermott (11%): Points and threes streamer.

Memphis Grizzlies

De’Anthony Melton (15%): Steals, blocks, and threes add.

Washington Wizards

Daniel Gafford (27%): Rebounds and blocks target.

Atlanta Hawks

Lou Williams (40%): Points and assist stream in deeper leagues.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Detroit Pistons

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Indiana Pacers

Listed under Wednesday-Thursday.

Memphis Grizzlies

Listed under Wednesday-Thursday.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Luguentz Dort (49%): Points, threes, steals add.

Moses Brown (36%): Rebounds and blocks streamer.

Theo Maledon (20%): Points, assists, and threes target.

Washington Wizards

Listed under Wednesday-Thursday.

Brooklyn Nets

No recommended streamers.

Toronto Raptors

No recommended streamers.

Saturday-Sunday

Detroit Pistons

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo.

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