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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 11

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Week 12 Schedule (Games Played)









If any of you have lineup decisions you need help with, ask me on Twitter here!



Week 12 Streaming Schedule


Monday (4 Games): ORL @ BKN, MIL @ TOR, POR @ CHI, LAL @ MIN


Tuesday (5 Games): POR @ CLE, SAS @ NYK, ATL @ PHX, CHA @ SAC, MEM @ LAC


Wednesday (12 Games): HOU @ ORL, SAS @ PHI, NYK @ WAS, MIN @ BKN, DET @ MIA, CLE @ BOS, TOR @ CHI, IND @ MIL, GSW @ DAL, PHX @ DEN, NOP @ UTA, OKC @ LAL


Thursday (2 Games): GSW @ HOU, OKC @ LAC


Friday (10 Games): DET @ PHI, MIN @ BOS, NYK @ MIA, TOR @ MIL, CHI @ DAL, PHX @ SAS, UTA @ DEN, WAS @ MEM, ATL @ POR, CHA @ LAL


Saturday (8 Games): GSW @ LAC, BOS @ BKN, HOU @ DET, CHI @ IND, CLE @ ORL, MIL @ WAS, NOP @ MIN, DEN @ SAC


Sunday (5 Games): UTA @ MIA, NYK @ DAL, OKC @ PHX, SAS @ POR, ATL @ LAL



Teams with Back-to-Backs


Monday-Tuesday: Blazers


Tuesday-Wednesday: Cavaliers, Spurs, Knicks, Suns


Wednesday-Thursday: Warriors, Rockets, Thunder


Thursday-Friday: None


Friday-Saturday: Pistons, Wolves, Celtics, Bucks, Bulls, Nuggets, Wizards, 


Saturday-Sunday: None


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Schedule Notes:


-The Knicks, Suns and Spurs all have 4-game weeks that don’t start until Tuesday


-The following teams all have 3-game weeks that don’t begin until Wednesday: BOS, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MIA, OKC, UTA, WAS


-The Hornets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Pelicans, 76ers and Kings all have two-game weeks. In weekly fantasy formats, the only players I would start from those teams are Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Myles Turner, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, Joel Embiid, Robert Covington and Ben Simmons


-If Isaiah Thomas debuts this week, keep in mind that he’s not cleared for back-to-back sets. That means he will play a maximum of two out of three games. 


-With one back-to-back set in Week 12, that means Kawhi Leonard will only play in a maximum of three out of four games. 



Pickup of the Week 


Marquese Chriss was a popular fantasy sleeper this year after his impressive play after the All-Star break last season. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.2 triples in 26.9 minutes per game in that span, showcasing the 1-1-1 upside in the money stat categories (blocks, steals and 3-pointers) that is so valuable in fantasy. 


So why did he play so bad earlier this season? Well, Chriss showed up to training camp out of shape, and he didn’t exactly have the best mentality either, racking up cheap fouls and sulking after each mistake. However, Chriss appears to have turned a corner, as he’s coming off his best 3-game stretch of the season with 10.7 points, 7.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 triples and 1.7 blocks per game. He’s hitting 64.7% from the field in that span, but he hasn’t had much luck from the free throw line (42.9%). 


Still, this is a step in the right direction and now feels like the time for fantasy owners in standard leagues to pick him back up and pray that he keeps trending in the right direction. “Yeah, I think I just had to acknowledge the type of player that I am, I have to feed off my energy. I have to go get the ball, just get it off the rim,” Chriss said. “You know I can’t always search for my shots and stay on the 3-point line because that’s not the player that I am.” He added that he needs to focus on rebounding and defense because he knows the points will come when he does his job. Still only 20 years old, the sky’s the limit if he keeps playing with the energy and passion that was missing earlier in the campaign. 



4-Game Week Streaming Options


For those of you in weekly formats, here are some players that have four-game weeks that are readily available in a lot of leagues. 


Denzel Valentine (17% Owned)- Prior to his dud on Friday vs. the Pacers, Valentine was really starting to get it going, averaging 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.0 steals in his previous five games. He also shot 62.1 percent from the field in that span and 52.6 percent from long range. “He’s not playing outside himself right now,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Earlier in the season, if he wasn’t getting shots he’d take a crazy one. Now he’s letting the game come to him. He’s a guy we can play through because he gives us another playmaker out there on the floor.”


Jordan Clarkson (64% Owned)- Lonzo Ball (shoulder) has already been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the Wolves and there’s a chance he may not play at all in Week 12 — we won’t know until he’s re-evaluated on Sunday. Clarkson has done a respectable job in his last three games as the starting point guard, putting up 19.7 points, 5.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.3 triples. He also played at least 35 minutes in each one of those games, making him an attractive option this week. 


John Henson (36% Owned)- He’s coming off a great game on Friday with a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting (2-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes. His minutes have been more consistent lately, as he’s played 28 or more in three out of his last four games with averages of 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks in that span. Just keep in mind that while he hit 71.4% of his shots in those four games, he also only hit 5-of-10 free throws. 


Tyus Jones (30% Owned)- There are a lot of fantasy owners asleep at the wheel with Jones available in so many leagues still. Jeff Teague (knee) has a reported timetable of 2-4 weeks, so Jones has a nice window to provide some really nice fantasy value. In four total starts this season, Jones has put up averages of 10.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 steals(!), 1.3 triples and 0.5 turnovers on 51.7 percent shooting. He plays within himself and takes really good care of the ball, and he’ll use these next few weeks to make a case for more playing time even when Teague comes back. Don’t be surprised if he puts up top-75 fantasy numbers in the short term. 


Michael Beasley (24% Owned)- Beasley, or as some may call him the “Walking Bucket”, got loose again on Thursday vs. the Spurs with 23 points on 9-of-13 shots with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He played 33 minutes with Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn in some foul trouble, and that included 19 minutes next to Kristaps Porzingis — that combo has played just 6.5 minutes together in 11 games total. Nobody knows if coach Jeff Hornacek will continue to look at this combo, but if he does, that would make Beasley a very intriguing pickup because he’s usually been productive every time he gets a chance. He has played 30 or more minutes in a total of four games this season, averaging 26.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 triples. 


Frank Ntilikina (11% Owned)- As expected, it sounds like it’s just a matter of time before The Frenchise is starting. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he’s “looking at” moving Ntilikina into the starting lineup, but he wasn’t ready to provide a timeline. The rookie is coming off one of his best games of the season with a career-high 11 assists vs. the Spurs, and he’s now played 27+ minutes in three straight games with averages of 6.3 points, 3.3 assists, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 turnovers in that span. He also played almost 15 minutes next to Jarrett Jack vs. the Spurs in a two-PG lineup, a trend I hope continues. With 2.2 steals per 36 minutes, he should be a nice source of dimes and steals in a four-game week, but make sure you can live with some inefficiency. 


Alex Len (42% Owned)- Yes, his minutes are still all over the place, but I’m still convinced that Len is the center in Phoenix you want to own now and going forward. Greg Monroe has only been playing on back-to-back sets when Tyson Chandler rests, and there’s been no indication that that will change. He has December averages of 8.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks, and I think we’re going to see a lot more of him in the new year. 


Kyle Anderson (13% Owned)- As I noted earlier, Kawhi Leonard will play in three out of four games at the most this week, and he’ll still have restrictions when he does play. Now with Rudy Gay (heel) looking at two weeks on the sidelines (at least), Anderson becomes interesting again. He had 16 points (4-of-4 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), eight rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes on Thursday, and he seems like a lock to play 25+ minutes for the next couple weeks which would make him a nice source of points, rebounds, assists and steals.