Jonas Nader

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The Week Ahead: Weeks 18 & 19

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Week 18 Schedule Grid:

 

2 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

 

1 Game: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, IND, MEM, POR, WAS

 

 

Week 19 Schedule Grid: 

 

3 Games: CHA, CLE, PHI, WAS

 

2 Games: BOS, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA

 

1 Game: ATL, BKN, IND, TOR

 

 

*Note- The vast majority of fantasy leagues combine Weeks 18 and 19 because the All-Star break is between them. Week 18 runs from a Monday to Thursday, while Week 19 runs from the following Thursday to Sunday.  With that in mind, let’s also combine their total games from the two weeks. 


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Weeks 18 and 19 Combined: 

 

5 Games: PHI

 

4 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS

 

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, DAL, MEM, POR, TOR

 

2 Games: IND

 

 

Teams With Back-to-Backs in Weeks 18-19:

 

Feb. 12-13: Spurs

 

Feb. 13-14: Hawks, Rockets, Heat, Thunder, Kings, Raptors

 

Feb. 14-15: Lakers

 

All-Star Break

 

Feb. 22-23: Hornets, Cavaliers, Clippers, Wizards

 

Feb. 23-24: Celtics, Mavericks, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Wolves, Suns, Blazers, Jazz

 

Feb. 24-25: 76ers

 

 

NBA Streaming Schedule: 

 

Feb. 12: NOP @ DET, NYK @ PHI, LAC @ BKN, ORL @ CHI, SAS @ UTA, PHX @ GSW

 

Feb. 13: MIA @ TOR, ATL @ MIL, HOU @ MIN, CLE @ OKC, SAC @ DAL, SAS @ DEN

 

Feb. 14: ATL @ DET, CHA @ ORL, MIA @ PHI, IND @ BKN, WAS @ NYK, LAC @ BOS, TOR @ CHI, SAC @ HOU, OKC @ MEM, LAL @ NOP, PHX @ UTA, GSW @ POR

 

Feb. 15: DEN @ MIL, LAL @ MIN

 

All-Star Break

 

Feb. 22: BKN @ CHA, NYK @ ORL, WAS @ CLE, PHI @ CHI, OKC @ SAC, LAC @ GSW

 

Feb. 23: BOS @ DET, ATL @ IND, CHA @ WAS, MIL @ TOR, MIN @ HOU, CLE @ MEM, MIA @ NOP, SAS @ DEN, LAC @ PHX, POR @ UTA, DAL @ LAL

 

Feb. 24: ORL @ PHI, MEM @ MIA, BOS @ NYK, OKC @ GSW, CHI @ MIN, POR @ PHX, DAL @ UTA, LAL @ SAC

 

Feb. 25: DET @ CHA, NOP @ MIL, SAS @ CLE, PHI @ WAS, HOU @ DEN

 

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Schedule Notes:

 

The Following teams play three games in four nights at some point in Weeks 18-19: Hornets (Feb. 22-25), Cavaliers (Feb. 22-25), 76ers (Feb. 22-25), Wizards (Feb. 22-25). 

 

The Pacers have a total of two games in Weeks 18 and 19. The only players to even consider using are Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner

 

The 76ers are the only team with five games combined in Weeks 18-19, but I wouldn’t expect Joel Embiid to play in all five. The 76ers have three games from Feb. 22 to 25, so I’d expect him to sit out one of those. 

 

The worst days to stream players are on Feb. 14 (12 games) and Feb. 23 (11 games), as you may not be able to fit a streamer into your lineup. 

 

 

Pickup of the Week:

 

Michael Beasley was going to be my pickup of the week, but his ownership rocketed up to 58% and deservedly so. D.J. Augustin is only owned in 32% of Yahoo Leagues and is one of the biggest winners of the trade deadline. The Magic dumped Elfrid Payton and his awesome hair for just a second-round pick, opening the door for Augustin to start for the foreseeable future. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel did report that the Magic may bring in another PG from the G-League after the All-Star break, but for now, Augustin is locked into big minutes. 

 

He did great in his first audition in the starting lineup on Thursday, scoring 18 points with three rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Going forward, I expect him to flirt with averages of 15 points, five to six assists, a few rebounds, a steal and couple triples. His competition right now is Shelvin Mack, so that makes him worth adding in all standard leagues. 

 

"I’ve started before, I’ve been a back-up before, I’ve been benched, traded and cut. I’ve been everything, so I know how to handle myself and be ready at all times," Augustin said. "That’s something I pride myself on – being ready to do whatever I need to do to help my team win." For what it's worth, coach Frank Vogel couldn't stop talking about Augustin's shooting over the weekend and it sounds like he had a hand in this move. 

 

 

Streaming Options:

 

*Note: For this section we’ll be focusing on players that are widely available with at least four games on the schedule in Weeks 18 and 19 combined.

 

 

Marvin Williams (47% owned)- Apart from acquiring Willy Hernangomez for pennies on the dollar, the Hornets stood pat at the deadline, an indication that this team will still try to sneak into the playoffs. That bodes well for Williams, as the Hornets won’t have a lot of incentive to get Frank Kaminsky or Treveon Graham more involved until their playoff hopes fade. Williams has demonstrated mid-round upside in recent years, and while he’s not having a great season this time around, he’s averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 triples in 23.5 minutes in his last two games since returning from a four-game absence due to ankle injury. 

 

Jeremy Lamb (45% owned)- Lamb was a loser at the NBA trade deadline, as the Hornets didn’t move Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist even though all three were on the block. Lamb is one injury away from a significant spike in value, but he does have some standalone value in deeper leagues, especially with four games in Weeks 18 and 19. Lamb has at least two steals in three out of his last four games and has scored in double digits in five out of his last six games despite seeing minutes in the low 20s off the bench. 

 

T.J. McConnell (8% owned)- It’s not like we can pluck Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons or J.J. Redick off the wire, so if you’re looking to take advantage of Philly’s league-high five games in Weeks 18 and 19, then our only option to consider is McConnell. He’s averaging 7.2 points, 4.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 24.3 minutes this season, and you don’t have to worry about him hurting you in any category. 

 


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