Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Schedule Preview

Fantasy basketball managers are facing a difficult week with the All-Star break on the horizon. Here is how to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues.

Fantasy basketball managers need to be on their toes this week. The All-Star break begins on Friday, so some leagues combine the week to count until March 14. Others end just play this matchup from Monday to Thursday. Fantasy managers need to know their scoring and how to react.

Today, we will attempt to help fantasy managers in both sets of leagues, but our primary focus will just be before the All-Star break. There are too many unknowns in this uncertain year about the following week. The goal is to maximize games played, so here is a look at the slate using the Advanced Schedule Grid.

Teams that play three times from March 1 to 4 (5)

Nuggets, Pacers, Pelicans, Blazers, Spurs

Teams that play two times (14)

Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Kings, Raptors, Jazz, Wizards

Team that plays once (1)

Timberwolves

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. The All-Star break is the perfect time to assess your roster and make trades. Games stop for a week and fantasy managers have more time to dive into the numbers. Be sure to analyze and adjust accordingly.
  2. The Toronto Raptors are the team to watch. They may not play a game before the All-Star break after Sunday’s contest was postponed because of health and safety protocols. In a weekly locks league, I’d sit all Raptors unless there is a certainty they will play before lineups lock.
  3. Be on your toes. Teams could rest players to give them more time off over the break. Be sure to check your lineups closely.
  4. The Nuggets and Spurs have the best schedules if only playing Monday to Thursday because they have three games with two on light schedule days. The Spurs have the overall best mark if looking through March 11 as they play six times and avoid the one-day with double-digit contests.
  5. The Lakers have the worst overall schedule with just three games before March 14. The Timberwolves take the case when looking at just this week as they only play once.

Top streaming options for Week 11 (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs (47%), C

Poeltl averages 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game on the season. He plays the maximum number of games no matter your format as well.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 100 2 30.2 0.500 0.333 0.00 6.50 10.00 2.50 0.50 2.50 1.00
2020/21 Season 159 29 22.8 0.598 0.319 0.00 6.40 7.20 1.80 0.60 1.60 1.10

Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs (21%), PG

Mills is a points and threes streamer that produces solid percentages.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 223 2 28.8 0.455 0.333 3.50 14.00 0.50 2.50 0.50 0.00 2.50
2020/21 Season 151 29 25.8 0.449 0.893 2.70 13.30 1.80 2.70 0.70 0.00 1.10

Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans (38%), SG/SF

Hart is a criminally underrated fantasy option because of his strong rebounds from the guard position. He plays six times over the next two weeks and could assist in winning that category, while not hurting managers elsewhere.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 172 4 29.8 0.353 0.727 1.00 9.00 6.50 1.30 0.80 0.80 0.30
2020/21 Season 160 33 28.4 0.440 0.722 1.40 8.80 7.40 2.10 0.80 0.20 0.70

Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers (42%), SF/PF

His name value outweighs the production at this point, but Melo averages over 13 points and 1.5 3-pointers made per game. That should have fantasy managers interested in streaming him over the next two weeks.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 161 3 24.6 0.455 0.835 1.00 12.70 3.00 2.00 0.30 1.00 1.00
2020/21 Season 156 31 25.3 0.396 0.843 1.70 13.10 3.40 1.30 0.80 0.80 1.00

Derrick Jones Jr., Portland Trail Blazers (30%), SG/SF

Steals and blocks streamer that could sway both categories in Week 11.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 63 3 28.5 0.790 0.665 1.00 12.30 5.30 1.30 0.30 2.30 1.00
2020/21 Season 181 28 27.6 0.509 0.613 0.80 8.30 4.90 0.80 0.80 1.10 0.80

T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers (44%), PG/SG

McConnell averages 6.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He should be owned in every league for those numbers alone.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 58 3 32.5 0.561 0.796 0.00 10.70 5.30 7.30 2.30 0.30 3.00
2020/21 Season 99 29 24.8 0.512 0.475 0.20 6.30 3.60 6.70 1.80 0.40 1.90

Daily streaming options

The first two days of the week have seven games with Wednesday and Thursday each having nine. Fantasy managers might be able to stream someone into their starting five every day. If so, here are some potential pickups to give you two games for one add.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Denver Nuggets

Will Barton (39%): Points, threes, rebounds, and assists target.

San Antonio Spurs

Jakob Poelt (47%): Rebounds and blocks add.

Patty Mills (21%): Points and threes streamer.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Atlanta Hawks

No recommended streamers.

Los Angeles Lakers

Marc Gasol (22%): Blocks streamer.

Alex Caruso (4%): Steals add.

Wednesday-Thursday

Indiana Pacers

T.J. McConnell (44%): Should be owned in all leagues for his help in assists and steals.

Doug McDermott (13%): Points and threes add.

New Orleans Pelicans

Josh Hart (38%): Rebounds and steals target.

Portland Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony (42%): Points and threes streamer.

Derrick Jones Jr. (30%): Steals and blocks add.

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Darius Bazley (45%): Rebounds and threes target.

Lu Dort (30%): Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Theo Maledon (13%): Assists, steals, and threes add.

Sacramento Kings

No recommended streamers.

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