The Playlist: Week 18 streams and fantasy basketball pickups

Yahoo Fantasy basketball analyst Dan Titus offers three players to add off waivers in deeper formats and looks the best fantasy schedules of the week.

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DAN TITUS: It's week 18. Welcome back to "The Playlist." Let's get right to my pickups in shell leagues. Make sure that Keyonte George, Marvin Bagley, and Tre Mann are not available on waivers. All three of these guys should be rostered in more than 50% of the leagues, considering what their opportunity looks like for the rest of the season.

But let's go into the deeper leagues. I'm looking at Andrew Nembhard. The Pacers play four games this week, with two of them coming on lighter slates. This is a guy that you want to pick up because he's a starter, and he gets you the assist, steals, and the efficiency that you want in category leagues. So really like Andrew Nembhard.

Also, Cam Whitmore. Under 20% rostered? Yeah, sign me up for that. Pick him up right now. The Rockets are going nowhere fast. They're 12th in the Western Conference, so they're going to give their 19-year-old more run, man.

Like, he's one of the better rookies on a per game basis this year. And I think he's going to continue to shine. Points, 3's, steals, I think he's just going to mature and get way better as the season progresses.

And then lastly, Grant Williams. The man may be hated on by everybody in the league right now. But for fantasy managers and the Charlotte Hornets, he's been solid-- top 70 guy in category leagues, so I really like Grant Williams heading into this week, in week 18, with the Hornets playing four games.

Let's get to the schedule, things you need to know.


All right, so how I'm navigating week 18-- we have 18 teams that play three games. And we have 12 teams that play four games. Of those teams that play four games, the teams that I really like are the Pacers, the Grizzlies, the Kings, and the Raptors. Why? Because those teams all play on the lighter slates. The lighter slates this week are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

The Grizzlies are the only team to play on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. But you can really find some value in the beginning of the week targeting players on the Raptors, the Kings, as well as the Pacers because those teams play on Monday and Wednesday to start the week. So I'd be looking at people like Kelly Olynyk, Gary Trent, Jr., Andrew Nembhard, who I already mentioned, Bennedict Mathurin. Those are some of the type of guys that I'd be looking at to stream earlier on in the week. And then leave some-- some room for yourself at the end of the week on Saturday, if in case you need to get in a couple later streams.

Make sure you remember also, it is trade season. The trade deadline is March 7, so you only have about a week left in order to make some moves. So make sure you do that if you are tinkering on the playoff spot or you've already got your playoff spot secured, and you're trying to bolster your team to get higher in the seeding or potentially make a last-minute championship run.

And if you haven't already, make sure you play the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball game. It's already open, so draft a team today and have a little fun with it. But until then, we'll see you next week on "The Playlist." I'm out. Peace.