Because of the scheduling nightmare that is this week our quality days (Monday, Thursday, and Saturday), and maybe even Tuesday's lighter slate, will have a lot of significance here. No team plays all three quality days making it difficult for leagues with fewer acquisitions, but many teams do play two out of three of those days, and some play Tuesday as well so take a look at your lineups prior to making decisions. Cleveland and Detroit are the only teams to play Monday and Thursday and the Cavs are a team to watch for resting players. For Thursday and Saturday, we can choose from the Nets, Suns, Lakers, Timberwolves, Blazers, Clippers and Bulls while all but the Clippers and Bulls also play Tuesday.
Games Per Day
Monday- 6 games
Tuesday- 8 games
Wednesday- 10 games
Thursday- 5 games
Friday- 11 games
Saturday- 5 games
Sunday- 12 games
Tue/Wed- ATL, CHA, GSW, IND, MIA, MIL, PHI, WAS
Thu/Fri- CLE, DET, HOU, ORL, SAC
Fri/Sat- ORL, SAC
Sat/Sun- ATL, BKN, CHI, LAL, PHO
Larry Nance Jr. 20% ownership
As the Lakers continue to tank Larry Nance Jr. has been putting together a solid run. In his last four he's averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals on 44% shooting and 93% from the line. The Lakers play four games on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Channing Frye 17% ownership
He's as streaky as they come but he's probably the best Cavalier available on your wire. His performances have not been exemplary since the return of Kevin Love, and he's kind of a Hail Mary because of that but he can get hot quick and have a nice stretch so at least keep your eye on him. In his last four games he's got just 5.5 points with 1.0 three and 30 rebounds on 42% shooting, but the Cav's will not hesitate to let him shoot when they're going in. The Cav's have four games this week on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
Denzel Valentine 21% ownership
He hasn't really been utilizing his extended run, but he still has a very complimentary schedule this week. In his last four games, he's averaged 6.0 points with 1.3 threes, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.8 steals, shooting an abysmal 28% from the field. The Bulls play four games this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Ish Smith 21% ownership
He could help out a ton in assists and has a favorable early-week schedule, just don't get too attached t your efficiency categories if you choose to deploy him. In his last four games, he's got 9.4 points with 0.5 threes, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals going 41% from the field and 50% from the line. Detroit plays four games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Nikola Mirotic 68% Y!, 22% ESPN ownership
If you're in Yahoo leagues he's probably gone, but if you're on ESPN it's kind of a no-brainer at this point. He's most likely better than your worst player and maybe the best thing left on the wire. He's shown he's one of the better players on the Bulls and they desperately need him to stretch the floor, it's kind of surprising how little he's been involved with the rotation and offense this year and he is probably a much better player than the Bulls have chosen to exhibit.