Fantasy Basketball Week 21 Schedule Primer

There is likely no more important week in fantasy basketball than Week 21 because it starts the head-to-head playoffs. Here is a look at ways to maximize your games played in this matchup.

The fantasy basketball playoffs are likely here in head-to-head leagues. That makes this week perhaps the most important one of the season. Without further ado, let us jump right into the action.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: Week 21 sees a more traditional schedule. 10 teams play four games. Two squads (Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers) play just twice. The remaining 18 teams have three games. Managers likely should avoid all Cavs and Clippers this week and replace them with four-game options.

Here are the top ten waiver wire pickups that have four games in Week 21 and are rostered in under 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  1. Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks (13%)- The Hawks wing can do a bit of everything for your fantasy squad. He makes his most hay in 3-pointers made, but his across the board production should make him a top-100 option down the stretch.
  2. Robin Lopez- Chicago Bulls (34%)- Lopez is on fire right now. From Feb. 11 to March 1, he averaged 33.8 minutes per game while producing 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game. That includes shooting percentages of 61.3 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the foul line.
  3. Mikal Bridges- Phoenix Suns (23%)-Since Jan. 1, Bridges averages 30.8 minutes, 1.9 steals, 1.4 3-pointers made, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 0.5 blocks per game. The rookie is not a big-time scorer but helps in plenty of other categories.
  4. Kelly Olynyk- Miami Heat (40%)- Olynyk is playing well since Feb. 1. In 28.0 minutes, he is producing 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 3-pointers made, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game. Olynyk is also shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 91.3 percent on his free throws.
  5. Dwayne Wade- Miami Heat (36%)- Wade’s last dance continues to go well. He is averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 3-pointers made, and 0.8 steals per game for the year.
  6. Josh Jackson- Phoenix Suns (32%)- Jackson continues to be a bit of a tough read. He averages 21.6 minutes per game over his last six. Jackson had seven straight games playing over 32 minutes directly before that. When he gets minutes, Jackson produces well in points and steals, but no guarantees.
  7. Kevin Knox- New York Knicks (37%)- Knox is struggling with his shot his the massive trade with the Mavericks. He is playing 31.8 minutes a night since Feb. 1, but shooting 32.6 percent from the field. When he corrects, Knox should average over 15 points per game with 5.5 rebounds, and 2.2 3-pointers made.
  8. Emmanuel Mudiay- New York Knicks (23%)- Mudiay has played four games since returning from injury. He averages 15.8 points and 1.5 3-pointers in that time.
  9. Dwight Powell- Dallas Mavericks (37%)- Since the Jan. 31 when the Mavs made the blockbuster Porzingis trade, Powell is averaging 28.1 minutes a night. That allows him to produce 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 threes, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field and 80.4 percent on his free throws.
  10. Maxi Kleber- Dallas Mavericks (4%)- Kleber averages 1.2 blocks per game on the season and is making 1.3 3-pointers per game over the last 30 days.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: Wednesday (10) is the only day with double-digit games in Week 21. Friday and Sunday both become questionable streaming days with nine games apiece. Here is a look at the back-to-back streaming options for this week.

Note: The Milwaukee Bucks own the week’s top schedule by playing four games and avoiding Wednesday and Friday matchups.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Indiana Pacers

Wesley Matthews (35%)-  Matthews is averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 3-pointers made, and 1.0 steal per game since joining the Pacers in February.

Cory Joseph (8%)- Assists streamer.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Markieff Morris (27%)- Morris is a deeper league points and 3-pointers made target in OKC.

Nerlens Noel (8%)- Minutes appear to be trending down for Noel, but he is one of the best per-minute blocks and steals targets in the league.

Portland Trail Blazers

Al-Farouq Aminu (44%)- Rebounds, threes, and steals add.

Moe Harkless (22%)- Over his last five games, Harkless is averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in 28.2 minutes per night.

Evan Turner (4%)- Rebounds and assists target in deeper leagues.

Thursday-Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Milwaukee Bucks

George Hill (3%)- Deeper league steals stream.

Portland Trail Blazers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Friday-Saturday

Charlotte Hornets

Cody Zeller (44%)- Since returning from injury on Feb. 5, Zeller is averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 block per game in 29.0 minutes a night.

Miles Bridges (5%)- Deeper league steals add.

Washington Wizards

Jeff Green (35%)- Points and threes streamer.

Thomas Bryant (33%)- Points, rebounds, and blocks target.

Saturday-Sunday

Atlanta Hawks

Kent Bazemore (43%)- Bazemore is only playing 22.0 minutes per game over the last 30 days, but he is still averaging 1.2 steals per game.

Kevin Huerter (13%)- Huerter has plenty of fantasy potential, but the threes and steals are the reason to add him.

Milwaukee Bucks

Listed under Thursday-Saturday pseudo

Minnesota Timberwolves

Taj Gibson (39%)- Gibson is averaging 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds on 56.6 percent from the field and 79.4 percent on his free throws over the last 30 days.

Tyus Jones (9%)- The status of Jeff Teague plays a large role in Jones’ production. Teague has missed games on and off lately. Jones is a solid source of assists and steals in limited minutes and that skyrockets when Teague out.

New York Knicks

Kevin Knox (37%)- Knox is a points and 3-pointers made streamer that is currently struggling with his shot.

Emmanuel Mudiay (23%)-Mudiay is a points and threes target.

Damyean Dotson (18%)- Dotson is averaging 2.1 threes made per game over the last 30 days.

Phoenix Suns

Josh Jackson (32%)- Points and steals target.

Mikal Bridges (23%)- Steals and three streamer that provides contributions in rebounds and assists.

Looking ahead to Week 22

Maximizing your games in two straight matchups critical if you are advancing in the playoffs, so here is a look at the players who have games at end of Week 21 and beginning of Week 22.

Sunday-Monday of Week 22

Detroit Pistons

Wayne Ellington (13%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Luke Kennard (11%)- Points and threes target.

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (46%)- Rebounds, steals, and threes add.

Kenneth Faried (47%)- Faried is battling a hip injury, but is on a tear since joining the Rockets. Expects points and rebounds if he plays.

Toronto Raptors

Danny Green (50%)- Threes and steals streamer.

Final thoughts

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