Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Schedule Primer

A look at exploiting the week 14 schedule to give fantasy basketball managers an advantage in their head-to-head leagues.

Fantasy basketball managers should buckle their seat belts because Week 14 has plenty of schedule quirks and oddities to navigate. Let us not waste another minute and jump right into it.

As always check out the Advanced Schedule Grid for a quick breakdown on any fantasy week you desire to breakdown.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The schedule is spread out in Week 14. Eight teams play four games. The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards head to London for a Thursday meeting. That means each team only plays once this week. The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks both only have two games. The remaining 18 teams have three games.

Fantasy players are going to want to avoid all Knicks and Wizards. Bradley Beal may sneak into your starting lineup, but even that is questionable only playing once. Starting Hawks and Mavericks is also difficult in Week 14. Try to find four game players to fill your lineup.

Here are the top-ten players worth rostering that playing four times this week: (All percentages are based on Yahoo leagues and under 50 percent rostered was the cutoff line for available on the waiver wire)

  1. De’Anthony Melton- Phoenix Suns (8%)- Melton is playing nearly 24.5 minutes per game over the Suns' last ten. In that time, he is producing 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks a night. The defensive production could swing your weekly matchup.
  2. Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics (42%)- Inserting Smart for his 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game can help managers win two categories in their weekly matchup.
  3. Kelly Oubre Jr.- Phoenix Suns (49%)- Oubre Jr. is averaging 12.1 points, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers made in 25.3 minutes during his time with the Suns.
  4. Mikal Bridges- Phoenix Suns (22%)- Bridges is playing 26.2 minutes per game on the year and averaging 1.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers made.
  5. Bismack Biyombo- Charlotte Hornets (8%)- Biyombo is playing 20.8 minutes per game since the Cody Zeller injury. He is averaging 8.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in that time period. Biyombo should continue to produce well in each category.
  6. Bryn Forbes- San Antonio Spurs (35%)- Forbes is averaging 12.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 3-pointers made per game on the year.
  7. Reggie Bullock- Detroit Pistons (24%)- Bullock is producing 12.0 points with 2.5 3-pointers made, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 30.3 minutes per game on the year.
  8. Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns (40%)- Jackson is averaging 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks 4.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game on the year.
  9. Cory Joseph- Indiana Pacers (7%)- Joseph is producing 1.2 steals, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game in just over 25 minutes a night on the season.
  10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- LA Clippers (29%)- SGA is averaging 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks, and 2.9 assists in just over 26 minutes per game. The rookie needs a few more minutes to exit the streamer’s class though.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The schedule is quite spread out this week. Three different days have exactly six games. Only Saturday has double-digit contests with ten. Let us throw that day out and look at the back-to-back sets for daily streaming.

Note: The LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs have the best schedules with four games, and they avoid Saturday. The Clippers have a slight edge by playing three home games and no back-to-backs.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

Milwaukee Bucks

No recommended streamers.

Wednesday-Thursday

Toronto Raptors

Danny Green (47%)- Green is averaging 2.2 3-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game on the year.

Thursday-Friday

No teams scheduled.

Friday- Sunday pseudo

Minnesota Timberwolves

Taj Gibson (49%)- Rebounds target.

Tyus Jones (8%)- Jones is producing 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game on the year.

LA Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (29%)- Add SGA for a boost in steals and blocks from the guard position.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes (35%)- Points and threes add.

Looking ahead to Week 15

Managers have the ability to gain an advantage in two straight matchups by using their final add of Week 14 to help them play extra games early in Week 15. Monday features 11 games, so it is unlikely that the free agent will fit in your starting lineup. Here is a look at few options for that acquisition, though.

Sunday- Tuesday of Week 15

Phoenix Suns

Kelly Oubre Jr. (49%)- The 12.1 points with nearly a steal and block per game makes Oubre Jr. a worthy stream.

Josh Jackson (40%)-Jackson is averaging 1.0 steal and 0.6 blocks per game on the year.

Richaun Holmes (28%)- Blocks streamer.

Mikal Bridges (22%)- Steals (1.4 per game) and blocks (0.5) for a guard.

De’Anthony Melton (8%)- Melton is playing more and has a chance to produce elite steals and blocks numbers for a guard.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

LA Clippers

Listed under Friday-Sunday pseudo.

Final thoughts

That concludes the look at the wild week ahead for fantasy basketball. Be sure to check out the Watching the Boxes Podcast for all your fantasy basketball related hunches this season. The podcast including trade targets, waiver wire adds, looks at the players performing unexpectedly, and your questions. It is the perfect way to feed your fantasy needs.

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