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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 15

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

Week 15 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, HOU, LAC, MIN, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS

 

3 Games: BKN, BOS, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, POR, TOR, UTA, WAS

 

2 Games: ORL

 

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Week 15 Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday: SAC @ CHA, UTA @ ATL, MIA @ HOU, PHI @ MEM, PHX @ MIL, CHI @ NOP, WAS @ DAL, POR @ DEN, MIN @ LAC

 

Tuesday: SAC @ ORL, BKN @ OKC, CLE @ SAS, NYK @ GSW, BOS @ LAL

 

Wednesday: NOP @ CHA, UTA @ DET, PHX @ IND, CHI @ PHI, TOR @ ATL, HOU @ DAL, SAS @ MEM, MIN @ POR, BOS @ LAC

 

Thursday: SAC @ MIA, WAS @ OKC, NYK @ DEN, MIN @ GSW

 

Friday: ATL @ CHA, IND @ CLE, UTA @ TOR, LAL @ CHI, LAC @ MEM, BKN @ MIL, HOU @ NOP, POR @ DAL, PHI @ SAS, NYK @ PHX

 

Saturday: OKC @ DET, ORL @ IND, WAS @ ATL, CHA @ MIA, BOS @ GSW, BKN @ MIN, DAL @ DEN

 

Sunday: MIL @ CHI, PHX @ HOU, LAC @ NOP, DET @ CLE, LAL @ TOR, PHI @ OKC, SAC @ SAS

 

 

Teams With Back-to-Backs:

 

Monday-Tuesday: Kings

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Celtics, Spurs

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Wolves

 

Thursday-Friday: Knicks

 

Friday-Saturday: Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Mavericks, Pacers

 

Saturday-Sunday: Pistons, Thunder

 

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Schedule Notes:

 

The Thunder and Spurs have 4-game weeks that don’t begin until Tuesday. Every other team that has four games begin their weeks on Monday. 

 

The Celtics, Nets, Cavaliers, Warriors, Lakers and Knicks all have 3-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.

 

The Pistons, Pacers and Raptors all have 3-game weeks beginning on Wednesday.

 

The Magic only play on Tuesday and Saturday. The only players you should even consider starting in weekly matchups are Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier and Bismack Biyombo.

 

Looking ahead to next week, the Bulls and Clippers are the only team that plays just twice. 

 

 

Pickup of the Week:

 

Shabazz Napier (15% owned)- The Blazers only play three times this week, but Napier has been trending up for a while even with Damian Lillard healthy. Coach Terry Stotts said he’s going to play him a lot more going forward and the Blazers have been using some 3-PG lineups with Napier sharing the floor alongside C.J. McCollum and Lillard. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, The Blazers have outscored opponents by 22 points per 100 possessions with McCollum, Lillard, and Napier on the floor, and that ranks 30th among nearly 1,900 trios who have logged at least 100 minutes together. He’s averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 triples in January, so pick him up and let’s see if he can keep it going!

 

 

 

Streaming Options With Four Games:

 

*Please note that these are players widely available in fantasy leagues.

 

 

T.J. McConnell (28% owned)- Not only is J.J. Redick (leg) out this week, but now Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is on the shelf. The 76ers play every other day until their back-to-back starts on Jan. 28, and McConnell is averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 0.8 triples in his last four games with 26+ minutes in each.

 

John Collins (53% owned)- His minutes are slowly trending up again and he’s coming off two solid games in a row with averages of 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals in 24.0 minutes during that span. With Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon on the trade block, it’s just a matter of time before Collins is asked to log a ton of minutes. He’s one of their few building blocks and the Hawks are in 14th place in the East, so it’s time for them to unleash the rookie. With per-36 minute averages of 17.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 blocks on 59.4% shooting from the field and 74.3% from the line, he’s going to be a monster down the stretch and will hold value in a four-game week. 

 

Ersan Ilyasova (47% owned)- It’s no secret that Ilyasova is on the trade block, but no deal is imminent at the moment which means he’s safe to deploy in a four-game week. He hasn’t played less than 26 minutes in a single game since Dec. 12, and while he has cooled off a bit since his solid December, he still has January averages of 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 triples. 

 

Dewayne Dedmon (41% owned)- He isn’t a guy that is going to play big minutes, and similar to Ilyasova, the Hawks will probably move him before the Feb. 8 deadline. Reliable bigs are hard to find on the wire, but Dedmon is a solid option and has been getting the job done for fantasy owners since returning from his injury. He’s averaging 8.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in his last five, but he fouled out of two of those games which kept his numbers in check.

 

Jeremy Lamb (47% owned)- ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Hornets have made Kemba Walker “available” in trade talks, and he also said they would like to shed some of their unappealing long-term contracts. That likely includes Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and while Lamb will have some low-end value this week, he also has some serious stash appeal for the rest of the season if the Hornets do blow things up. He’s only playing 21.4 minutes per game in January, but he’s been productive in limited action with 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 triples. 

 

Denzel Valentine (18%) and Jerian Grant (6% owned)- To be clear, I would only look their way if we learn that Kris Dunn’s concussion will keep him out for most of the week. Jerian Grant is on the trade block with Cameron Payne (foot) nearing a return, so the Bulls will use this opportunity to showcase him. He hasn’t played close to Dunn’s level this season, but he did average 8.1 points, 6.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.7 triples as a starter. As for Valentine, his value has taken a hit with Zach LaVine back, but he’ll have more ball-handling responsibility with Dunn out and should be a nice source of triples, dimes and assists in a four-game week. 

 

Yogi Ferrell (20% owned)- It sounds like Seth Curry won’t be back until the All-Star break at the earliest, and J.J. Barea has been a little banged up. The Mavericks have been running him into the ground lately and he’s played 33+ minutes in four straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.8 triples. 

 

Tyrone Wallace (10% owned)- Since he was signed from the G-League, Wallace has been terrific and has played at least 31 minutes in six out of his seven games. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 triples, and his workload is safe with Austin Rivers (foot) still on the shelf. Lou Williams is on the trade block, so it’s possible Wallace could have some value past this week. 

 

E’Twaun Moore (42% owned)- He shot an unsustainable 59.8% from the field in December and has predictably cooled off, but he’s still playing heavy minutes for the Pelicans and is a solid option in a four-game week. He’s averaging 32.5 minutes per game in January, putting up 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples on 45.6% shooting. 

 

Dragan Bender (5% owned)- I would only trust him in deeper leagues, but Bender is probably looking at heavy minutes again this week because Marquese Chriss can’t seem to shake his hip issue. Bender has been pretty bad in his last three games, but he did have a two-game stretch against the Thunder and Rockets when he put up 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 4.5 triples. If he plays half that good, he’ll have some value this week.

 

Tyson Chandler (20% owned)- He's still starting and is the best fantasy option at center for the Suns, at least until they unleash Alex Len or Alan Williams returns from his knee injury. He’s grabbed 10+ rebounds in three out of his last five games, and the Suns probably won’t play as much small ball if Chriss can’t go this week. The trade deadline is drawing closer, so Chandler won’t be relevant for much longer. 

 

Josh Jackson (24% owned)- The Suns are coming off back-to-back weeks with a total of four games, but the schedule is finally favorable again for fantasy owners. Jackson has improved a ton and he said the game is slowing down for him, so I’m excited to see what he can do this week. He’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 triples in January, and his efficiency has also improved — he’s shooting 47.2% from the field, 76.9% from the line and turning the ball over 1.5 times per game in that span. Once his defensive stats pick up again, he has the potential to make a really big impact in fantasy leagues.

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic (45% owned)- He’s been a must-own player for weeks, but he’s still available in way too many leagues.  Bogdanovic has been a stud in January and has scored in double digits in every single game, averaging 16.1 points, 3.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples on 54.6% percent shooting and 91.3% from the line in 30.7 minutes. With the Kings resting two veterans in every game, Bogdanovic is locked into solid value the rest of the way. He’s been a top-75 player for the past month and has no business being on the wire. 

 

Buddy Hield (52% owned)- I have no idea why he’s owned in more leagues than Bogdanovic, but Hield should be able to get the job done for fantasy owners in a four-game week. His 3-point shot has been off lately, but he’s still hitting 42.9% from deep on 4.6 attempts per game on the season. The shot attempts will keep trending up, and Hield is only going to get better as the season progresses. 

 

Kyle Anderson (22% owned)- Rudy Gay (heel) is still at least a couple weeks away from a return and Kawhi Leonard (quad) is out indefinitely, so Anderson is locked into big minutes. He had five points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Friday vs. the Raptors, and he’s fared well as a starter this season, averaging 8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks.