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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 25

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

Week 25 Schedule Grid: Games Played






2 Games: MIN, OKC, SAC


This is the last full week of the 2017-18 season, so I’d like to give a shoutout to all my readers and followers for the support. Good luck to all and don’t hesitate to ask me any fantasy questions. Find me on Twitter here!



Week 25 Streaming Schedule:


Monday: No games!


Tuesday (13 games): TOR @ CLE, BKN @ PHI, ATL @ MIA, ORL @ NYK, CHA @ CHI, WAS @ HOU, BOS @ MIL, GSW @ OKC, POR @ DAL, IND @ DEN, LAL @ UTA, SAC @ PHX, SAS @ LAC


Wednesday (6 games): PHI @ DET, DAL @ ORL, MIA @ ATL, BOS @ TOR, MEM @ NOP, SAS @ LAL


Thursday (6 games): GSW @ IND, WAS @ CLE, POR @ HOU, BKN @ MIL, LAC @ UTA, MIN @ DEN


Friday (10 games): DAL @ DET, CHA @ ORL, CLE @ PHI, ATL @ WAS, CHI @ BOS, MIA @ NYK, IND @ TOR, SAC @ MEM, NOP @ PHX, MIN @ LAL


Saturday (6 games): DEN @ LAC, MIL @ NYK, BKN @ CHI, OKC @ HOU, NOP @ GSW, POR @ SAS


Sunday (7 games): IND @ CHA, DAL @ PHI, ATL @ BOS, DET @ MEM, ORL @ TOR, UTA @ LAL, GSW @ PHX



Teams with Back-to-Backs:


Tuesday-Wednesday: Hawks, Celtics, Mavericks, Lakers, Heat, Magic, 76ers, Spurs, Raptors


Wednesday-Thursday: None


Thursday-Friday: Cavaliers, Pacers, Wolves, Wizards


Friday-Saturday: Bulls, Pelicans, Knicks


Saturday-Sunday: Warriors



Schedule Notes:


-The Wolves, Thunder and Kings all have two-game weeks, meaning the vast majority of these players can be dropped. The only players from these teams that I’d start in a weekly format are Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Paul George. I’d also consider Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein


-The following teams have stacked schedules at the beginning of the week with three games from Tuesday-Friday: Hawks, Celtics, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pacers, Lakers, Heat, Magic, 76ers, Raptors, Wizards. 


-The following teams have stacked schedules at the end of the week with three games from Thursday-Sunday: Warriors, Pacers. The Pacers are on here twice because of their back-to-back on Thursday and Friday. 


-There are four quality streaming days this week, or days with seven games or fewer. Those days are Wednesday (6 games), Thursday (6 games), Saturday (6 games) and Sunday (7 games). If you pick up someone just keep in mind that you probably won’t be able to fit them into your lineup on Tuesday (13 games) or Friday (10 games). 


-The following teams have the most quality streaming days this week (games on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday): Warriors (3), Hawks (2), Celtics (2), Nets (2), Mavericks (2), Nuggets (2), Pistons (2), Rockets (2), Pacers (2), Clippers (2), Lakers (2), Grizzlies (2), Bucks (2), Pelicans, Magic (2), 76ers (2), Blazers (2), Spurs (2), Raptors (2), Jazz (2). 



Waiver-Wire Pickups (under 50% owned)



Isaiah Taylor (5%)- The Hawks have shut down Dennis Schroder for the season with an ankle injury and Taylor is the next man up. Coach Mike Budenholzer is high on the young point guard and so am I as he combines his speed with the ball with a really nice passing ability. We’ve already seen what he can do in five starts with averages of 16.6 points, 5.8 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples and he doesn’t have any competition for minutes the rest of the way. The Hawks play four times in Week 25 and that includes two quality streaming days. 


Josh Hart (6%)- After a month on the shelf with a broken left hand, Hart returned to action on Friday and immediately played big minutes with 35 on the night, scoring 13 points with 13 rebounds, one block and one triple. Regardless of whether or not he starts going forward, Hart is locked into heavy minutes and averaged 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 triples in February before his injury. 


MarShon Brooks (3%)- Brooks is a former first-round pick that has spent the past four years overseas, but the 29-year-old wing is making the most of his second chance in the NBA. He’s always been a dynamic scorer and that’s been on full display in his first two games with Memphis. He’s averaging 22.5 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.0 triples on 60% shooting, and the scary thing about it is that he averaged that in just 20 minutes against two playoff-bound teams. Brooks is legit and should get plenty of buckets on a team with few offensive weapons. 


Richaun Holmes (19%)- He was a letdown in his first game since the Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) news, scoring seven points with three rebounds, one block and two assists in 24 minutes. There’s still a lot to like about Holmes and we’re talking about a guy who had top-35 value after the All-Star break last season with 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.7 3-pointers on 58.1 percent shooting. I’m confident that he will turn things around after that dud vs. Atlanta. 


Jonathan Isaac (4%)- The rookie has had trouble staying healthy and was limited to 21 minutes in his return on Friday with four points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block. The Magic play four times in Week 25 and that includes two quality streaming days, and I know the Magic want to take an extended look at Isaac next to Aaron Gordon. “I love it,” Isaac said about spending more time next to A.G. “I think that’s great, with our size and being able to switch and defend and get out and run and both being able to shoot the ball. I think it’s a great thing for years to come.” While he is raw offensively, he’ll probably be one of the best sources of steals and blocks on your wire with 2.2 steals and 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes. 


Markelle Fultz (40%)- I’m not sure if we’ll ever know all the details about Fultz’s mysterious shoulder injury, but he’s officially back and has looked solid in limited action. He’s averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in just 15.7 minutes, hitting a combined 2-of-3 from the line with a single turnover. He did shoot just 38.5% from the field, though. He’s just the second player in the shot-clock era to record 10+ points and 8+ assists in under 15 minutes and  he did that in his first game back. He’s loaded with talent and I think the 76ers will ramp up his workload this week to get him ready for the postseason. 


Nerlens Noel (40%)- The Mavericks had been rotating Noel and Salah Mejri into the rotation every other game, but Noel finally played in his second straight game on Friday because Mejri is dealing with a knee injury. There’s a chance that Noel will sit out one game of Dallas’ back-to-back set this week, but if that’s the only game he misses then he will still have three chances to help fantasy owners.  He’s been a great source of FG%, rebounds and defensive stats in March, averaging 5.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 steals on 54.3% shooting in under 22 minutes per game. I can’t wait to see what he can do when he leaves Dallas this summer. 


Tyler Ulis (9%)- Elfrid Payton (knee) was losing his grip on the starting job prior to his injury, so Ulis should be able to run away with the job now. He’s played 30+ minutes in four out of his last five games, averaging 16.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 triples in that span. “I think it could be the fact that he’s healthy and can move,” coach Jay Triano said of Ulis’ resurgence. He spent the offseason rehabbing from ankle surgery and maybe that’s to blame for his slow start, but he’s rolling again and may actually have a future with the Suns unlike Payton. 


Marquese Chriss (35%)- Here we go again. Chriss’ upside is well documented and we’ve seen this movie before, but maybe Chriss is finally starting to get it. He’s playing with energy on both ends and is averaging 13.2 points, 8.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys over his last five games. He’s getting big minutes at center with Alex Len and Tyson Chandler injured, and the Suns would love to build his confidence up heading into the offseason. “He’s had a little bit of an up and down year so being good now I think will be positive for him,” coach Jay Triano said. “I think how you finish is what you’re going to remember over the course of the summer and it’s going to make you focus on how hard you’re going to work to get better in the offseason.”


Jarrett Allen (25%)- His ownership rate is still way too low as he continues to fly under the radar in a lot of leagues. Since he was named a starter back on Jan. 30, he’s posted averages of 10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 61.8% from the field. He also has 3+ blocks in three out of his last six games and you have to love a big man that hits his free throws (78.9% on the season). Still only 19, he’s going to be a popular pick next season for hardcore fantasy owners. 


Cameron Payne (15%)- I like Isaiah Taylor and Tyler Ulis a bit more because of their workloads and Payne’s production has been a bit erratic. He’s still had some nice games as the starter and is averaging a respectable 9.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 triples with the first unit. Kris Dunn’s (toe) season is likely over, so expect the Bulls to evaluate Payne the rest of the way.


Quinn Cook (50%) and Trey Burke (43%)- If these guys are available on your wire, you need to find a more competitive league. Cook has led the Warriors in scoring in five out of their last seven games, averaging 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.9 triples in that span. Burke has been just as impressive, averaging 22.0 points, 6.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.0 triples over his last five games, stealing Emmanuel Mudiay’s job in the process. I’d take both of these guys over anyone else on this list down the stretch. 


Tyrone Wallace (2%)- It’s hard to believe that the Clippers didn’t convert his two-way contract into a long-term deal, but at least Wallace is eligible for the remainder of the regular season. He’s exceeded expectations all season and has played 34+ minutes in two straight games, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals and 0.5 triples. 


Troy Daniels (9%)- We still have no idea when Devin Booker (hand) will return, making Daniels one of the hottest pickups for owners targeting 3-pointers. He had seven of them on Friday vs. Houston on his way to 23 points and is averaging 4.5 triples over his last seven contests.