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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 24

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

Week 24 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, WAS

 

3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, HOU, IND, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, UTA

 

2 Games: TOR

 

This will be the Finals week for many of you, so good luck to all my readers! If you have any lineup questions, feel free to ask me on Twitter here!

 

NBA Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday: NYK @ CHA, LAL @ DET, DEN @ PHI, MEM @ MIN, BOS @ PHX

 

Tuesday: SAS @ WAS, DEN @ TOR, CLE @ MIA, CHI @ HOU, POR @ NOP, DAL @ SAC, IND @ GSW, MIL @ LAC

 

Wednesday: CLE @ CHA, BKN @ ORL, NYK @ PHI, POR @ MEM, ATL @ MIN, BOS @ UTA, LAC @ PHX, DAL @ LAL

 

Thursday: WAS @ DET, CHI @ MIA, OKC @ SAS, IND @ SAC, MIL @ GSW

 

Friday: CHI @ ORL, PHI @ ATL, NOP @ CLE, PHX @ HOU, DEN @ OKC, MIN @ DAL, MEM @ UTA, MIL @ LAL, LAC @ POR

 

Saturday: CHA @ WAS, DET @ NYK, TOR @ BOS, BKN @ MIA, GSW @ SAC

 

Sunday: PHI @ CHA, WAS @ CHI, HOU @ SAS, IND @ LAC, ORL @ ATL, DET @ BKN, DAL @ CLE, OKC @ NOP, UTA @ MIN, MIL @ DEN, PHX @ GSW, MEM @ POR, SAC @ LAL

 

 

Teams with Back-to-Backs: 

 

Monday-Tuesday: Nuggets

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Cavaliers, Mavericks, Clippers, Blazers

 

Wednesday-Thursday: None

 

Thursday-Friday: Bulls, Bucks, Thunder

 

Friday-Saturday: None

 

Saturday-Sunday: Nets, Hornets, Pistons, Warriors, Kings, Wizards

 

 

Schedule Notes:

 

-The Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Warriors, Clippers, Bucks, Blazers, Kings and Wizards all have 4-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.

 

-The Rockets, Pacers, Heat, Pelicans and Spurs have 3-game weeks beginning on Tuesday.

 

-The Hawks, Nets, Magic and Jazz all have 3-game weeks beginning on Wednesday. 

 

-The Thunder are off for the first three days of the week and begin their 3-game week on Thursday. 

 

-Unlike previous weeks, there are no teams that play three games from Monday-Thursday, making it hard to stack your schedule early. 

 

-If you want to stack your schedule for the end of the week, the following teams play three games from Thursday-Sunday: Bulls, Pistons, Warriors, Bucks, Kings, Thunder and Wizards. 

 

-There are only three “quality streaming days”  this week, or days with fewer than eight games played. Those days are Monday, Thursday and Saturday with five games each. If you’re planning to pick someone up on Tuesday (8 games), Wednesday (8 games), Friday (9 games) and Sunday (13 games), you may not be able to fit them into your lineup. 

 

-The following teams have the most quality streaming days: Pistons (3), Celtics (2), Hornets (2), Warriors (2), Heat (2), Bucks (2), Knicks (2), Kings (2), Wizards (2). 

 

-With just two games on the schedule for the Raptors, pretty much everyone besides DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas can be dropped. They do play early in the week on Tuesday, so waiting to do that until Tuesday night is also an option if you’re relying on someone like a Serge Ibaka or a Delon Wright

 

 

Waiver-Wire Options:

 

Quinn Cook (34%)- He might be the hottest waiver-wire pickup over the last two weeks, especially with Stephen Curry injuring his knee in his first game back from his ankle issue. Curry isn’t going to be back during the regular season, so Cook is locked in as the starting PG for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs. Cook averaged 24.3 points, 4.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 4.0 triples in his last three games without Curry, and he even put up a nice line in the game that Curry hurt his knee with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal. The Warriors may have some reinforcements coming with Kevin Durant possibly back this week and Klay Thompson the following, but I’m absolutely rolling with Cook in a 4-game week that includes two quality streaming days. 

 

Nick Young (20%)- As mentioned above, it sounds like Klay Thompson (thumb) is about a week away, meaning Young is safe to deploy in a 4-game week. Coach Steve Kerr has given him the green light and Young has attempted 14.0 shots in 35.0 minutes over his last five outings, averaging 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 3.0 triples. He’s shooting just 41.4% from the field in that span and 43.1% on the season, so keep that in mind in case you’re targeting the FG% category. 

 

Jarrett Allen (25%)- Like most rookies, Allen’s production has been all over the place. However, he’s a great 3-category player for owners targeting FG%, rebounds and blocks. He also won’t hurt you in other categories, as he’s shooting just under 80% from the line with 1.1 turnovers per game. He has 14 blocks over his last five games, averaging 7.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 25.2 minutes in that span. 

 

John Collins (39%)- The Hawks begin their 3-game week on Wednesday, so picking up Collins after lineup locks on Tuesday night makes a lot of sense. His blocks have been down in March with just 0.4 per game, but I’m expecting him to get back on track soon. Now that the Hawks are using him at PF and center, he should be able to eclipse the 30-minute mark pretty consistently and he did play 32 minutes in his first game back from an ankle injury on Friday. I could realistically see him averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this month, assuming he’s healthy and able to avoid foul trouble.

 

Cameron Payne (15%)- Kris Dunn (toe) is starting to make some progress, but he’s not expected back this week and there’s a good chance we don’t see him again this season. Payne has exceeded all expectations in recent weeks and is starting to show flashes of the player he used to be before all those foot injuries. Since moving into the starting lineup five games ago, Payne is averaging a respectable 11.0 points, 6.2 assists 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 triples with just 1.6 turnovers. Sure he’s only shooting 42.2% from the field on the season, but it’s hard to find these numbers (especially the assists) on the wire this late in the season.  

 

Denzel Valentine (37%)- Fantasy owners can plan on trusting Valentine and Payne in a lot of leagues this week, as the Bulls play four times including two games on quality streaming days. Valentine is my preferred choice over Payne because he brings more to the table, and he’s locked into big minutes with both Kris Dunn (toe) and Zach LaVine (knee) on shut-down watch. It’s worth noting that Valentine did tweak his shoulder Saturday, but as I’m writing this he’s not on the latest injury report. He did have one really bad game vs. the Knicks, but if we ignore that one he would have averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 4.6(!) 3-pointers over his last five games.

 

Jeremy Lamb (49%)- Nicolas Batum’s (Achilles) chances of playing again this season are slim, especially with the Hornets headed straight for the lottery. Lamb has deserved more minutes all season, but he’s finally getting them and has quickly become a must-own player. In his last four games without Batum, Lamb has played 26+ minutes in each with 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 triples. He’s one of the best rebounding wings in the league and is an underrated playmaker who should have the ball in his hands quite a bit over the last few weeks. 

 

Wayne Selden (2%)- He’s more of a deep-league guy and I still don’t fully trust him. However, the Grizzlies are resting Tyreke Evans and Andrew Harrison quite a bit, and prior to his 6-point dud on Saturday Selden scored 16+ points in four straight games with a combined 11 3-pointers and eight dimes. He’s had some trouble with his knees which has kept his minutes down, but the Grizzlies are high on him and he’s even versatile enough that they used him as the backup PG earlier this season. If you need scoring in a deep league with decent supporting stats, you could do worse. However, despite having four games on the schedule, the Grizzlies have zero quality streaming days. 

 

Trey Burke (15%)- With Frank Ntilikina moving over to shooting guard, Burke is now the best point guard on New York’s roster. His competition is Emmanuel Mudiay and Jarrett Jack, so that’s not exactly a hot take. Mudiay is losing his grip as the starter and played just five minutes in his last game, so Burke’s chance is coming. Burke is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 triples over his last five games and coach Jeff Hornacek praised him for “controlling the pace” in his last game. “I knew my opportunity would come eventually,” Burke said. "I just wanted to make sure I was ready when it did.” The Knicks only have three games this week, but two of them are on quality streaming days. 

 

Cheick Diallo (3%)- I streamed Diallo last week and he’s going to be one of the reasons my teams advance in the fantasy playoffs. It took coach Alvin Gentry a while to trust him, but Diallo is firmly in the rotation now with at least 19 minutes in five straight games. He averaged 10.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in just 22.4 minutes in that span, hitting 64.3% of his shots. The Pelicans are also starting to use him next to Anthony Davis more and it’s working well with the duo boasting a net rating of 17.5! The Pelicans only play three times in Week 24, but if you need to stream rebounds on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday then Diallo is definitely a solid option. 

 

Marquese Chriss (32%)- I promised myself I was done with Chriss, but here we are. I’m weak, forgive me. He’s now scored in double digits in four straight games, averaging 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.8 triples in just under 24 minutes per game. “He was very active,” Triano said of Chriss’ recent play. “I liked the way that he played. He played until he was tired and had to come out. If he ever gets in excellent shape, I think he can be very consistent with that type of play.” Chriss said the reason for his strong stretch is because he’s "getting the opportunity to play more consecutive minutes,” and it makes sense for the Suns to get him going so he can go into the offseason with some much needed confidence. If you’re feeling lucky, give Chriss a look.

Luke Kornet (1%)- Kyle O'Quinn is going to miss Sunday's game vs. the Wizards with a hip injury, though it's a bit odd that he's sitting out right after he had a verbal altercation with coach Hornacek. The Knicks might as well use this opportunity to give Kornet an extended look, and we already know he has solid upside in fantasy leagues -- in the three games that Kornet played 20+ minutes, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 2.7 triples.