Fantasy Basketball Week 20 Schedule Primer

The playoffs are approaching fast in head-to-head fantasy basketball leagues. This article prepares you for your matchups this week.

Hello, Week 20 in fantasy basketball is here. The All-Star Break has passed, and now there are only seven weeks left in the regular season. That means your fantasy league is likely narrowing down its playoff field and ultimately crowning a champion. Today, I aim to help you sort out your pickups in each of your head-to-head leagues. Please do not forget to check out the fantastic Advanced Schedule Grid on Hashtag Basketball. Without further ado, let us jump right into it.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The Sacramento Kings play five games this week. 15 other teams play four games during the matchup. The San Antonio Spurs are the team to stay away from this week with just two contests. I would not start any Spur in my weekly lineup.

Note: 13 teams play three games this week, so your lineup may feature a player or two from this group. Do not panic if your squad is starting a few from this category.

Top 10 potential pickups playing four games: (All ownership percentages based on ESPN leagues and under 40 percent owned was the cut-off for available on the waiver wire)

  1. De’Aaron Fox- Sacramento Kings (39.5%)- Fox is consistently playing 30 plus minutes since the calendar flipped over to 2018. In that period, Fox is averaging 13.8 points, 0.9 3-pointers made, 2.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game 30.0 minutes a night. Five contests of that production sound pretty tasty from the waiver wire.
  2. Bogdan Bogdanovic- Sacramento Kings (26.9%)- Bogdanovic is a consistent threat in 3-pointers made, assists, and steals plus Bogi chips in the occasional 20 point evening. Add him with confidence as I suspect he is top 100 player for the remainder of the season.
  3. Buddy Hield- Sacramento Kings (20.5%)- Points and 3-pointers specialist who is averaging nearly a steal per game. Add that up over five contests and Hield could be the difference in all three categories.
  4. Austin Rivers- LA Clippers (28.2%)- Rivers is averaging 15.5 points, 2.4 3-pointers made, 2.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on the season. He should only handle the ball more with Blake in Detroit. Add him.
  5. Ish Smith- Detroit Pistons (36.3%)- Should be owned in all leagues while he is starting.
  6. Wesley Matthews- Dallas Mavericks (36.4%)- Matthews is averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 3-pointers made, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals per game on the season and is worth owning in every league because of it.
  7. John Henson- Milwaukee Bucks (26.6%)- Blocks and rebounds target who is averaging about a dozen points per game recently.
  8. Jarrett Allen- Brooklyn Nets (29.6%)- In February, Allen is averaging 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 steals per game in just 23.5 minutes a night. Look for Allen to be a force the rest of the way.
  9. Tomas Satoransky- Washington Wizards (33.8%)- In his 11 games as a starter, Satoransky is averaging 11.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game or worthy of owning in all leagues until John Wall returns.
  10. Taurean Prince- Atlanta Hawks (18.7%)- Prince is a solid across the board contributor that continues to be underrated. Add him and watch your team move up in the standings.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Both Monday and Friday feature ten game slates. On Wednesday, there are nine games. Those are the three most substantial days, but often you can steal stream on a ten game slate. All days will be featured in the breakdown to provide you with the best fit for your squad.

NOTE: The absolute best schedule this week goes to the Kings with five games and four on light schedule days.

Back-to-backs

Monday- Tuesday

Chicago Bulls

Denzel Valentine (13.9%)- Rebounds and assists combo make him intriguing.

David Nwaba (10.0%)- Monitor his minutes and production in his new role. Worth a shot in the short-term.

Brooklyn Nets

Jarrett Allen (29.6%)- Allen should help in rebounds, steals, and blocks plus give you double-digit points.

Allen Crabbe (17.2%)- Points and 3-pointers add who also provides four rebounds per game.

Caris LeVert (8.7%)- Currently out with a knee injury, but could return on Monday. Monitor his status before adding.

Joe Harris (3.4%)- Points and threes add in deeper leagues.

Sacramento Kings

De’Aaron Fox (39.5%)- Fox provides significant contributions in points, assists, and steals and should continue to play over 30 minutes a game.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (26.9%)- A steady across the board contributor with upside. Add him and hold him the rest of the way.

Buddy Hield (20.5%)- Points and threes with a steal per game.

Skal Labissiere (2.1%)- Upside in blocks, rebounds, and points, but the minutes are always inconsistent for Labissiere. Fantastic deeper league add for his upside, though.

Frank Mason (0.5%)- Assists stream in 14 team leagues and deeper.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Charlotte Hornets

Frank Kaminsky (10.1%)- Inconsistent production game-to-game, but has upside in points, rebounds, and 3-pointers made.

Marvin Williams (9.0%)- Williams averages 1.6 3-pointers made, 4.7 rebounds, and 9.5 points per game on the season and that is likely to continue.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (4.8%)- Upside in the defensive stats to make MKG useful in all leagues, but it has not materialized yet this season.

Michael Carter-Williams (0.3%)- Deeper league steals target.

LA Clippers

Austin Rivers (28.2%)- Rivers worth owning in all leagues. To read more check out the weekly portion of this article.

Milos Teodosic (6.1%)- Assists streamer.

Montrezl Harrell (5.9%)- Add him for the blocked shots, but he should contribute in points and rebounds as well.

Milwaukee Bucks

John Henson (26.6%)- Expect about seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, plus a dozen points.

Washington Wizards

Tomas Satoransky (33.8%)- Add him. Read more in the weekly portion of the article.

Kelly Oubre Jr (18.1%)- A tad overrated, but provides steady contributions in rebounds, points, threes, and steals.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Cleveland Cavaliers

Larry Nance Jr (28.3%)- Blocks, steals, and rebounds make him a worthy addition.

The rest of the rotation fluctuates a lot, but feel free to pin your horse on someone for his set.

Miami Heat

Tyler Johnson (11.9%)- Points add who adds a steal per game and 1.5 3-pointers made.

Wayne Ellington (6.4%)- Threes streamer and one of the best.

Portland Trail Blazers

Al-Farouq Aminu (18.5%)- Rebounds and 3-pointers made add who provides potential in steals and blocks.

Maurice Harkless (1.1%)- Stellar potential in the defensive stats when he plays significant minutes.

Brooklyn Nets

Listed under Monday-Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers

T.J. McConnell (8.5%)- Steals streamer in standard leagues, plus 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game help.

Marco Belinelli (3.7%)- Points and 3-pointers made target.

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Monday- Tuesday

Wednesday- Thursday

No teams scheduled

Thursday-Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jamal Crawford (5.8%)- 12 points or more in each of the last five games.

Tyus Jones (0.9%)- Averaging 1.2 steals per game even in limited minutes.

Philadelphia 76ers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Los Angeles Lakers

Josh Hart (12.2%)- Steals add.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Miami Heat

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Portland Trail Blazers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Monday- Tuesday.

Friday-Saturday

Denver Nuggets

Wilson Chandler (38.6%)- Rough season for Chandler, but he picked it up in points and rebounds recently.

Trey Lyles (23.4%)- A nice across the board stat line, but nothing spectacular to praise.

Mason Plumlee (6.6%)- Blocks streamer.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (32.8%)- Points and steals target in Utah.

Detroit Pistons

Ish Smith (36.3%)- Add him everywhere.

Reggie Bullock (14.6%)- Points and 3-pointers made streamer.

Stanley Johnson (7.0%)- Steals addition.

Memphis Grizzlies

Andrew Harrison (13.3%)- Playing over 28 minutes per game in February and averaging 15.3 points and 3.9 assists on some unsustainable shooting. Ride the hot hand, though.

JaMychal Green (11.5%)- Add him for the double-double potential in rebounds and points.

Dillon Brooks (3.9%)- a dozen points, three rebounds, and a steal per game from a player owned in less than four percent of leagues sounds enticing.

Jarell Martin (1.0%)- Deeper league add for defensive stats.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Jerami Grant (3.6%)- Target him for blocks in leagues of 14 teams or larger.

Orlando Magic

Mario Hezonja (29.0%)- Add Hezonja for the steals and points. He is averaging 2.1 steals per game over his last ten contests.

Jonathon Simmons (24.1%)- Losing minutes to Hezonja, but a solid add for points and steals.

Saturday-Sunday

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Monday- Tuesday

Looking ahead to Week 21

Perhaps, you have an extra pickup heading into Sunday’s games and would like to take advantage of both that and the beginning of next week. Here is the place for you.

Sunday-Monday of Week 21

Indiana Pacers

Bojan Bogdanovic (33.5%)- Points and threes streamer.

Lance Stephenson (10.9%)- An intriguing combination of rebounds and assists.

Cory Joseph (2.2%)- Assists and steals add while Darren Collison is out.

Milwaukee Bucks

Listed under Tuesday-Wednesday

Phoenix Suns

Alex Len (17.7%)- Fantastic rebounds, points, and blocks target while Tyson Chandler is out.

Troy Daniels (0.3%)- Deep league 3-pointers streamer.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, you find your way into the playoffs and bring home your championship. If you have any questions, you can Tweet me @wattsy4444, or our main account @hashbasketball and we will answer all your basketball related inquiries. Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all the fantasy basketball information you need in podcast form.

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