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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 24

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: March 24, 2019, 2:02 am ET

Week 24 Schedule: Games Played

4 Games: DEN, LAC, LAL, MEM, OKC, ORL, POR, SAC, WAS

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, PHI, PHX, SAS, TOR, UTA

2 Games: NYK

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Week 24 Streaming Schedule

Monday (4 Games): 76ers @ Magic, Thunder @ Grizzlies, Suns @ Jazz, Nets @ Blazers

Tuesday (10 Games): Spurs @ Hornets, Celtics @ Cavs, Magic @ Heat, Bulls @ Raptors, Rockets @ Bucks, Clippers @ Wolves, Hawks @ Pelicans, Kings @ Mavs, Pistons @ Nuggets, Wizards @ Lakers

Wednesday (5 Games): Blazers @ Bulls, Warriors @ Grizzlies, Pacers @ Thunder, Wizards @ Suns, Lakers @ Jazz

Thursday (8 Games): Magic @ Pistons, Nets @ 76ers, Mavs @ Heat, Raptors @ Knicks, Nuggets @ Rockets, Clippers @ Bucks, Kings @ Pelicans, Cavs @ Spurs

Friday (6 Games): Pacers @ Celtics, Blazers @ Hawks, Warriors @ Wolves, Nuggets @ Thunder, Wizards @ Jazz, Hornets @ Lakers

Saturday (9 Games): Cavs @ Clippers, Celtics @ Nets, Kings @ Rockets, Blazers @ Pistons, Magic @ Pacers, Heat @ Knicks, Raptors @ Bulls, 76ers @ Wolves, Grizzlies @ Suns

Sunday (7 Games): Bucks @ Hawks, Mavs @ Thunder, Lakers @ Pelicans, Kings @ Spurs, Wizards @ Nuggets, Hornets @ Warriors, Grizzlies @ Clippers

 

Back-to-Backs:

Monday-Tuesday: Magic

Tuesday-Wednesday: Bulls, Lakers, Wizards

Wednesday-Thursday: None

Thursday-Friday: Nuggets

Friday-Saturday: Celtics, Blazers, Pacers

Saturday-Sunday: Clippers, Grizzlies, Kings

 

Three Games in Four Nights:

Monday-Thursday: Magic

Tuesday-Friday: Nuggets, Lakers, Wizards

Wednesday-Saturday: Pacers, Blazers

Thursday-Sunday: Nuggets, Clippers, Kings

 

Waiver-Wire Pickups and Streamers:

*These players must be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo Leagues, and they are not in order because that would depend on your roster build. 

 

4 Games

Monte Morris (16%)- His strong play has pushed Isaiah Thomas out of the rotation, and Morris’ ability to play alongside Jamal Murray has kept his workload up into the 20s. In the past two weeks, Morris is averaging 24.1 minutes per game with 10.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 triples. When you combine his 4-game week and elite efficiency (1.0 turnover in that span on 60% from the field), he’s an obvious start this week. There’s a reason he’s ranked 5th in the entire NBA in offensive rating.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (47%)- Things have really started to click for the rookie just in time for a 4-game week. In the last two weeks alone, SGA ranks inside the top-70 with 15.2 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.3 triples and 1.8 turnovers in 29.6 minutes. Armed with an elite steal rate, solid efficiency and playmaking, he’s a must-own player. If you need a 3-point specialist and want to take advantage of this 4-game week for the Clippers, Landry Shamet is hitting 2.8 triples per game in that same stretch.

Alex Caruso (12%)- He’s the definition of the Silly Season. Caruso should get a ton of burn with the Lakers eliminated and is ranked as the 72nd player for the past two weeks with 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 triples on 43.2% from the field. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. If you want to roll the dice on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (42%) for his 3-pointers and steals I’m OK with that, but his numbers are inflated by his random 35-point outburst vs. the Bucks. He’s been awful for most of the season.

Delon Wright (24%)- One of the top adds, Wright has a clear runway to mid-round value. The Mike Conley DNPs are coming, and Avery Bradley’s injury means Wright should eclipse 30+ minutes the rest of the way. Wright was terrific with a 12-8-7 line on Friday to go with one steal and a block, and he’s someone who can get you 10-5-5 nightly with plenty of steals and out-of-position blocks (1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per 36 for his career). Justin Holiday (26%) is a name to monitor after his 22-point eruption on Friday, especially with so many injuries in Memphis. If Chandler Parsons is getting regular minutes, that says a lot about the state of the roster. 

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Terrence Ross (48%)- This one is a no-brainer. The Magic are coming off a 2-game week which means Ross was dropped in a ton of leagues. He’s been hanging around the middle rounds for fantasy value all season and is coming off one of his best games with 31 points, eight triples, seven rebounds and a steal. The Magic are still in pursuit of the eighth spot in the East, so Ross’ minutes and touches are secure for at least another week.

Moe Harkless (12%)- I’m a little worried about Harkless resting his knee at some point this week (likely the back-to-back set on March 29-30), but that would still leave Harkless with at least three games. He’s one of those “money stat” contributors which are so valuable in fantasy, as he’s quietly ranked inside the top-70 for the past two weeks with 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks and 0.8 triples in 26.2 minutes. The C.J. McCollum injury gives him a small boost and I’m trusting him in all lineups. Seth Curry (3%) is someone to consider in deeper leagues to see if he can build some momentum on his 20-point outing with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four triples in 28 minutes vs. the Mavs on Wednesday, another win for the “revenge game narrative.”

Thomas Bryant (30%)- For those of you who held Bryant through the tough times like I blindly did, congrats! He was absolutely dominant vs. the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 22 points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. The Wizards are all but eliminated and coach Scott Brooks said Bryant will continue to start the remainder of the season so that he can evaluate both Bryant and Bobby Portis, both of whom will be free agents this summer. Despite some huge bumps in the road, Bryant was still a top-95 player in the past month in 20.0 minutes per game. If he gets 30 minutes like I’m expecting, look out! Troy Brown (3%) is another young player to watch in Washington and he fared well in his first start with Trevor Ariza injured, posting a 13-5-3 line in 33 minutes. A versatile playmaking forward, Brown is a strong bet to make some noise in the final two weeks.