Week 22 Games Played:
4 Games: HOU, LAC, NOP, OKC, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR
3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, UTA, WAS
For many of you, this is the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Lineup decisions are obviously crucial at this stage, so if you need guidance don’t hesitate to ask me on Twitter here!
Week 22 Streaming Schedule:
Monday: SAS @ HOU, MIL @ MEM, SAC @ OKC, MIA @ POR
Tuesday: IND @ PHI, MIN @ WAS, OKC @ ATL, TOR @ BKN, DAL @ NYK, LAC @ CHI, CHA @ NOP, ORL @ SAS, DET @ UTA, CLE @ PHX, DEN @ LAL
Wednesday: MIL @ ORL, WAS @ BOS, MIA @ SAC, LAL @ GSW
Thursday: TOR @ IND, CHA @ ATL, PHI @ NYK, LAC @ HOU, CHI @ MEM, NOP @ SAS, DET @ DEN, PHX @ UTA, CLE @ POR
Friday: BOS @ ORL, BKN @ PHI, DAL @ TOR, LAC @ OKC, SAC @ GSW, MIA @ LAL
Saturday: ATL @ MIL, IND @ WAS, HOU @ NOP, DAL @ BKN, CHA @ NYK, CLE @ CHI, DEN @ MEM, MIN @ SAS, SAC @ UTA, GSW @ PHX, DET @ POR
Sunday: OKC @ TOR, BOS @ NOP, HOU @ MIN, POR @ LAC
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Teams with Back-to-Backs
Monday-Tuesday: Thunder, Spurs
Tuesday-Wednesday: Lakers, Magic, Wizards
Thursday-Friday: Clippers, 76ers, Raptors
Friday-Saturday: Nets, Mavericks, Warriors, Kings
Saturday-Sunday: Rockets, Wolves, Pelicans, Blazers
-The Clippers, Pelicans and Raptors all have 4-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.
-The Celtics and Warriors are the only teams that don’t begin their week until Wednesday. Both teams have a total of three games.
-There are four “quality streaming days” this week and that’s Monday (4 games), Wednesday (4 games), Friday (6 games), and Sunday (4 games).
-If you pick up a player for Tuesday (11 games), Thursday (9 games) or Saturday (11 games) you likely won’t be able to fit them into your lineups.
-The following teams have the most quality streaming days: Celtics (3), Heat (3), Thunder (3) and Kings (3).
-The Warriors (2), Rockets (2), Clippers (2), Lakers (2), Bucks (2), Magic (2), Blazers (2), Raptors (2) have the next most quality streaming days.
-The following teams play three games in four nights at some point this week: Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Pelicans, Magic, 76ers, Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors. Adding a player right before a team plays three games in four nights could give your team a huge advantage.
-The Rockets, Clippers, Pelicans, Blazers and Raptors all have three games from Thursday-Sunday, so picking up a player in the middle of the week like an Ed Davis or a Fred VanVleet could help you maximize your games played.
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Pickup of the Week:
Montrezl Harrell (33%)- What an absolute beast. Harrell is a per-minute monster that has been eating lately, averaging 19.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 22.0 minutes over his last five games and 16.4 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks in 20.0 minutes over his last 10. Coach Doc Rivers isn’t ready to push Tobias Harris to SF and start Harrell yet, but either way, his role is quickly growing. How good has he been? If the season ended today, Harrell would become the first NBA player of all time to play over 10 minutes a game, shoot at least 63%, and average over 30 points and 12 boards per 100 possessions.
He’s also fourth in the NBA in true shooting percentage, behind only Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan and Clint Capela. Still not convinced? Over his last five games, Harrell has the sixth highest PER (player efficiency rating) in the entire league. This guy is legit and be sure to scoop him up before it’s too late.
Streaming Options with 4-Game Weeks
Milos Teodosic (15%)- If you’re targeting assists this week, Teodosic is likely one of the best options on your waiver wire. He has dished out at least four assists in six straight games and is averaging 4.9 dimes in 25.0 minutes on the season. The rest of his stats leave a lot to be desired apart from his 1.9 triples per game though, as he’s scoring just 9.2 points with 3.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals.
Austin Rivers (55%)- Being the coach’s son has it’s benefits, as Rivers continues to log heavy minutes for the Clippers. He’s still available in quite a few shallow leagues, and since returning from injury he has played 32 or more minutes in 10 out of 12 games, averaging 14.9 points, 4.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples. He’s a high-volume shooter, so just make sure you can live with his 43.1 field goal percentage.
E’Twaun Moore (28%)- He’s a low-end fantasy asset and is better suited for deeper leagues, but could be a nice play during the Pelicans’ 4-game week. Since his scoreless dud on Feb. 12, Moore has played at least 29 minutes in eight out of nine games, posting averages of 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 triples.
Emeka Okafor (2%)- If you’re targeting blocks this week, one of the hardest categories to find on the wire, then Okafor should be on your radar. He’s always been a great shot-blocker and that hasn’t changed in his age-35 season. In just 16.2 minutes per game, Okafor is swatting 1.6 shots per contest, adding 5.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. In a four-game week, getting 6-8 blocks from a waiver-wire pickup could give you a huge advantage.
Ed Davis (9%)- He’s been huge off the Portland bench and has been chipping away at Jusuf Nurkic’s workload. He’s basically in a timeshare with Nurkic now, averaging 23.2 minutes over his last five games with 7.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks on 65.4% shooting. "He's having a career year," Damian Lillard said of Davis. "His impact on the game is crazy… It’s just great to see that from Ed after how he ended last season. I know how hard he was working this summer. You could tell mentally and physically he came into this season ready to go and it's really starting to show through.” Davis has grabbed double-digit rebounds in five out of his last six and his strong play off the bench is one of the many reasons why the Blazers have won nine straight games.
Skal Labissiere (26%)- Labissiere was rolling before he bruised his left hip on Friday, averaging 12.8 points, 6.5 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 0.5 triples on 47.8% from the field and 81.8% from the line over 30.1 minutes in his previous four games. The Kings are starting to rest their veterans more and more, so Labissiere’s workload will continue to be steady as long as this hip injury doesn’t linger into next week. As I’m writing this, the most recent report was that he said his hip is “fine,” but you never know with the Kings.
Buddy Hield (54%) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (50%)- Both players are must-own fantasy assets even if their ownership rate doesn’t reflect that. They have both had scoreless duds recently, but for the most part they have been productive. Since the All-Star break, Hield is averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples, while Bogdanovic is averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.9 triples in that same span. The Kings also have three quality streaming days in Week 22.
Frank Mason (3%)- With De’Aaron Fox’s (back) status up in the air, Mason is an intriguing add if you need a point guard. Mason didn’t draw the start on Friday, but still played 28 minutes with seven points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. He shot 2-of-12 from the field with five turnovers, but he played a lot better than his line suggested. He might hurt your field goal percentage, but it will be hard to find a comparable PG on the wire in a 14- or 16-team league.
Fred VanVleet (11%)- Delon Wright (toe) and OG Anunoby (ankle) could miss more time, opening more minutes for FVV. He played down the stretch alongside Kyle Lowry in Friday’s huge win over Houston, scoring 11 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes. He has also played at least 23 minutes in six straight outings, averaging 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 triples.
Jakob Poeltl (13%)- He’s had a rough 2-game stretch, but prior to that he blocked at least one shot in 13 straight games with a total of 28 blocks in that span. He’s just a blocks specialist in his reserve role, but he can also help you with rebounds (4.7 in 18.4 minutes per game) and field goal percentage (64.1%).
Mario Hezonja is a hot pickup this week with both Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (knee) going down with injuries. He was pretty quiet on Friday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and a triple in 33 minutes, but the last time Gordon missed action Hezonja had a nine-game stretch with 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.3 triples.
The Celtics don’t begin their week until Wednesday, but picking up Marcus Smart (51%), Terry Rozier (38%) or even Marcus Morris (35%) in the middle of the week is a strategy I like. All three of Boston’s games are on quality streaming days, so those guys could have some solid value. Smart is probably unavailable in your league, but Rozier and Morris are still floating on a lot of wires. Rozier is averaging 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.3 triples over his last 10 games, while Morris is averaging 12.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 triples in that same span. All three of these guys get a bump with Jaylen Brown (concussion) on the shelf.
The Wolves have a rough fantasy playoff schedule and only play one of their three games before Saturday in Week 22. It will be tough to hold Nemanja Bjelica early in the week, but just make sure he’s owned before Minnesota’s back-to-back set to close the week. He’s coming off a career-high 30-point game with 12 rebounds and has fared well in nine fill-in starts, averaging 12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.1 triples.
Similar to Boston, the Heat also have a 3-game week and all of their games are on quality streaming days. In that case, check to see if guys like Justise Winslow (37%), Dwayne Wade (66%) or Kelly Olynyk (41%) are on your wire. Through five games in March, Winslow is averaging 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 triples. He’s shooting 52.1% from the field and 53.8% from 3-point range in that span which isn’t sustainable at all, but I like the idea of riding with the hot hand in the fantasy playoffs. As for Wade, he has found the fountain of youth and Olynyk has established himself as the second best big man to own in Miami ahead of James Johnson and Bam Adebayo.
Even though the Thunder have three quality streaming days and a total of four games, you shouldn’t trust anyone outside of the four obvious studs (RWB, PG-13, Melo and Adams).