The Week Ahead: Week 24

Jonas Nader
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Jonas Nader looks at some waiver-wire pickups and the schedule to get you ready for Week 24!

The Week Ahead: Week 24

Jonas Nader looks at some waiver-wire pickups and the schedule to get you ready for Week 24!

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

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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.

3 Games

Miles Bridges (20%)- The Hornets aren’t out of the playoff hunt yet and are 2.5 games back from the 8th-seeded Heat, but we’ve already seen some signs of the team waving the white flag as they have reduced the minutes of guys like Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and Tony Parker. Bridges’ rookie season has not been a success by any means, but he has shown the occasional flash of upside with his multi-category contributions. He’s played 29 minutes in back-to-back games, averaging 9.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 triples. His workload will only go up, so he’s a streaming option on March 26, 29 and 31. I’m also keeping an eye on youngsters Willy Hernangomez and Malik Monk who got a rare opportunity vs. the Wolves, but it will take a couple good games to rope me back in because coach Borrego has been hard on both this season.

Shaq Harrison (2%)- I’m purposefully leaving out Robin Lopez (43%), as he’s been a must-own player for weeks and I’m not sure why his ownership rate stays below 50%. Harrison has always had some fun upside, but hasn’t gotten a fair chance until recently. With the Bulls throwing most of their best players on the injury report, Shaq has been the 43rd ranked player in standard leagues over his last three games with 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.0 steals(!) and 2.0 turnovers on 53.6% from the field. He has averaged 2.4 steals per 36 minutes in both of his NBA seasons which means it’s not a fluke, and he’s averaging close to a block per 36 as well. The schedule isn’t great with three games, but the good news is that all his games are between March 26-March 30 for streaming purposes.

Brandon Knight (3%)- He’s been hit or miss and is only owned in 3% of leagues for a reason. That being said, the wire is depleted these days and Knight has been an 11th-round value for the past two weeks with 10.9 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.4 triples on 44.9% from the field. Cleveland’s three games are from March 26-March 30, so Knight will be a low-end streamer for that stretch with potential for more depending on how many players the Cavs have left on the active roster.

Justin Jackson (3%)- Jalen Brunson (48%) has been an outstanding pickup in Dallas and should still be trusted in a 3-game week as the 54th ranked player over the last two weeks. Tim Hardaway Jr.’s leg injury has opened the door for another young player too, as Justin Jackson has played 33+ minutes in back-to-back games with 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.0 triples. The second-year wing doesn’t have a great resume with career per-36 averages of 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 dimes, 0.7 steals and 1.6 triples, so I have him pegged as a low-end streamer despite his strong two-game stretch.

Maxi Kleber (12%)- An underrated fantasy asset, Kleber is ranked 76th in standard leagues for the past two weeks and the Hardaway Jr. injury will only help a player that can log minutes at three different positions. Kleber is averaging 9.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 triples in that span, so he can do a little of everything which makes him a solid addition to a lot of different roster builds.

Wayne Ellington (35%)- Luke Kennard was the Detroit wing everyone wanted two weeks ago, but then flopped with five games of single-digit points in seven games. Ellington finally broke through in his last two games, putting up a monster 24.0 points with 1.0 assists, 1.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 6.5(!) triples. Those numbers are inflated because of the opponents (Cavs and Suns) and because Blake Griffin rested for one of those, but Ellington is one of the most reliable sources of 3-pointers on the wire with a handful of steals. If it’s assists and steals you’re looking for, Ish Smith (10%) is an option with 4.0 dimes and 1.1 steals in that same stretch.

Danuel House (16%)- People are going to look at his 1-point dud and immediately write him off, but it’s hard to produce when MVP-frontrunner James Harden goes rogue for 61 points. Before that game, House put up 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 3.8 triples in his previous four outings. Coach Mike D’Antoni will be resting his veterans a good bit and House has logged minutes at three different positions. That means you can squeeze some value out of him in Houston’s three games from March 26-March 30.

Tyreke Evans (29%)- He recently had a sit-down meeting with coach Nate McMillan and it looks like he got the message loud and clear. In his last two games, Evans put up 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 dimes and 3.0 turnovers, playing 29 minutes in each. That’s a direct result of Darren Collison (quad) missing two games, and Indiana’s starting PG is currently considered questionable for Sunday. If DC does continue to miss time, I’ll be tempted to turn to Evans even though he flopped as a pickup earlier this season when Victor Oladipo went down.

Pat Connaughton (6%)- He’s been a sneaky source of fantasy value as the 96th ranked player over the past two weeks. He has stepped up in the absence of Malcolm Brogdon, averaging 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.9 triples in 26.5 minutes. Of course his numbers are inflated a bit because Giannis Antetokounmpo has missed time, but he still posted a 6-10-4 line with two triples in 28 minutes on Friday with Giannis in the lineup. He’s a fine option in deeper formats.

Tyus Jones (27%)- With Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose out for the season, Jones should be the starter the rest of the way. He’s not 100 percent himself and has been battling through a couple nagging leg injuries, so that might explain why he hit 25.7% of his shots in his last three games. I do expect him to improve though and he’s a fine option if you’re targeting dimes and steals with 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals per 36 minutes. Josh Okogie (11%) is another player who will benefit from the tank in Minnesota, and he’s currently on a top-90 run over his last three games with 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.0 triples, but he’s also hitting 55.9% in that span which is bound to come way back down.

Mikal Bridges (29%)- His minutes have never been more secure with Kelly Oubre out for the season and Josh Jackson going down with an ankle injury. Bridges is coming off an excellent game with a 13-7-3 line to go with one steal and two triples, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better source of steals on the wire with 1.8 per game over the past month. De’Anthony Melton is another player to keep tabs on with a league-leading steal rate, but his upside on offense is capped considerably for as long as Devin Booker is active. 

 

Streaming Options for Category Hunting

*The following section is for owners searching for help in specific categories. The stats provided are over the past two weeks, and the players must be available in over 50% of leagues. 

 

Point Leaders:

Jalen Brunson (18.3)
Frank Jackson (16.7)
Damyean Dotson (16.6)
Terrence Ross (15.3)
Robin Lopez (15.2)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (15.2)
Kevin Knox (15.0)
Emmanuel Mudiay (14.9)
Dwyane Wade (14.4)
D.J. Augustin (14.1)

Assist Leaders:

D.J. Augustin (7.3)
Tyus Jones (5.3)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (5.3)
Patrick Beverley (5.3)
Delon Wright (5.0)
Mason Plumlee (4.5)
Ish Smith (4.0)
Jalen Brunson (4.0)

Rebounding Leaders:

Ed Davis (9.6)
Ivica Zubac (9.0)
Maxi Kleber (8.5)
Nemanja Bjelica (8.3)
Jakob Poeltl (7.6)
Joakim Noah (7.5)

Steal Leaders:

Marcus Smart (2.2)
Cory Joseph (2.1)
Shaq Harrison (2.0)
P.J. Tucker (1.8)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (1.7)
Kenrich Williams (1.7)
Mikal Bridges (1.6)

Block Leaders:

Thon Maker (1.6)
Jakob Poeltl (1.6)
Mason Plumlee (1.5)
Thomas Bryant (1.3)
Maxi Kleber (1.2)
Robin Lopez (1.2)

3-point Leaders:

Wayne Ellington (3.7)
Terrence Ross (3.3)
Danuel House (3.0)
Dion Waiters (2.9)
Langston Galloway (2.9)
Damyean Dotson (2.8)
Landry Shamet (2.8)
Terry Rozier (2.8)

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