The Week Ahead: Week 6

David Leggieri
Rotoworld

ICYMI, here are several notable columns written by the Rotoworld Hoops crew throughout the week:

Michael Gallagher and Jonas Nader go in-depth on potential waiver additions.

Matt Stroup ranks the top-25 players in nine-category leagues.

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Dr. A hits on some buy-low and sell-high options.

Ryan Knaus looks at the correlation between usage rate and fantasy value.

Tommy Beer analyzes notable numbers from recent play.

Lastly, check out our injury report for details on the injuries around the league.

Now, to the Week 6 slate!

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Week 6 Schedule: Games Played

4 games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, DET, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, OKC, ORL, PHI, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

3 games: CHI, CLE, DAL, MIN, NOP, NYK, POR, SAC

2 games: DEN, HOU, PHX

The Suns will get a light week to make up for their five-game slate last week. Nearly two-thirds of the league has four games, so there should be a lot of full lineups this week.

NBA Streaming Schedule:

Monday (11 games): 76ers @ Raptors, Lakers @ Spurs, Jazz @ Bucks, Hornets @ Heat, Grizzlies @ Pacers, Thunder @ Warriors, Magic @ Pistons, Nets @ Cavs, Blazers @ Bulls, Kings @ Celtics, Wolves @ Hawks

Tuesday (2 games): Wizards @ Nuggets, Clippers @ Mavs

Wednesday (14 games): Knicks @ Raptors, Wolves @ Spurs, Thunder @ Blazers, Wizards @ Suns, Kings @ 76ers, Lakers @ Pelicans, Hawks @ Bucks, Clippers @ Grizzlies, Jazz @ Pacers, Heat @ Rockets, Bulls @ Warriors, Magic @ Cavs, Pistons @ Hornets, Nets @ Celtics

Thursday (0 games): Thanksgiving off day

Friday (13 games): Clippers @ Spurs, Bulls @ Blazers, Mavs @ Suns, Raptors @ Magic, Pelicans @ Thunder, 76ers @ Knicks, Warriors @ Heat, Jazz @ Grizzlies, Wizards @ Lakers, Hawks @ Hornets, Hornets @ Pistons, Bucks @ Cavs, Celtics @ Nets

Saturday (4 games): Nuggets @ Kings, Pacers @ 76ers, Hornets @ Bucks, Hawks @ Rockets

Sunday (9 games): Jazz @ Raptors, Warriors @ Magic, Celtics @ Knicks, Thunder @ Pelicans, Grizzlies @ Wolves, Mavs @ Lakers, Wizards @ Clippers, Spurs @ Pistons, Heat @ Nets

Quite a few days with a ton of games, which should make streaming on the other days much tougher this week.

Back-to-backs: 

Sunday (11/24)-Monday: Nets, Kings

Monday-Tuesday: none

Tuesday-Wednesday: Clippers, Wizards

Wednesday-Thursday: none

Thursday-Friday: none

Friday-Saturday: 76ers, Pacers, Hawks, Hornets, Bucks

Saturday-Sunday: none

Sunday-Monday (12/2): Knicks, Jazz, Warriors, Grizzlies

Back-to-backs are limited this week with Thanksgiving day off. The Clippers and 76ers, two of the teams that will be most impacted by load management, each have a back-to-back set this week, though. Kawhi Leonard will likely have a day off and it’s possible Joel Embiid will, too, though he will do his best to talk his way into playing. The 76ers could also choose to give Al Horford one of those games off, like they did in their previous back-to-back set. At the end of the week, it’s possible Ja Morant gets a day off as the Grizzlies work to manage his minutes during his rookie season.

Three games in four nights:

Monday-Thursday: none

Tuesday-Friday: Clippers, Wizards

Wednesday-Saturday: 76ers, Pacers, Hornets, Bucks, Hawks

Thursday-Sunday: none

As previously mentioned above, this week is like on games in a short period due to every team getting Thanksgiving off. The Clippers and 76ers are the two teams to monitor for rest days.

Potential Waiver Adds:

I’m going to take a new approach this week. We already have a few columns designated for waiver adds (read Michael Gallagher and Jonas Nader), so instead I’m going to take a look at each day during the week and suggest some potential streaming options. All players highlighted are currently owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, as usual. Here we go.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 

We start off the week with an 11-game day, so you should have no problem filling out a full lineup. Same goes for Wednesday (14 games) and Friday (13 games). Some of these names may not play on each of these days, but they will be available on at least one of them to help you out.

Alec Burks, De’Andre Hunter and Terrence Ross should be owned in most leagues right now. Nerlens Noel and JaVale McGee should be available if you need some blocks. Langston Galloway has been on fire. Markelle Fultz should be counted on more with Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon out with ankle sprains. Mo Bamba, Khem Birch, Glenn Robinson III, Daniel Theis, Aaron Holiday, Duncan Robinson, Ky Bowman and Skal Labissiere will all see added time due to injuries.

Tuesday:

Isaiah Thomas, Moritz Wagner, Jerami Grant, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green, Moe Harkless, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson are the highlights of the day. Troy Brown Jr., Ish Smith, Mason Plumlee, Juancho Hernangomez, Monte Morris and Justin Jackson make for desperation plays.

Saturday:

After a busy Friday, things calm down a bit on Saturday with just four games. Jerami Grant, Nemanja Bjelica, Cory Joseph, Aaron Holiday, Justin Holiday, Furkan Korkmaz, James Ennis, Mike Scott, Trey Burke, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, Malik Monk, Bismack Biyombo, Donte DiVincenzo, George Hill, Wesley Matthews, Sterling Brown, De’Andre Hunter, DeAndre Bembry, Damian Jones, Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, Danuel House (if healthy), Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore are the highlights of the day that could be available. 

Sunday:

There should be plenty of options available for any last-minute streams you need on the final day of matchups for the week with 9-game slate. 

Here are some options to round out the week: Jeff Green, Royce O’Neale, Terence Davis, Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss, Omari Spellman, Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney, Markelle Fultz, Terrence Ross, Khem Birch, Mo Bamba, Brad Wanamaker, Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, Bobby Portis, Frank Ntilikina, Taj Gibson, Dennis Smith Jr., Nerlens Noel, Hamidou Diallo, Terrance Ferguson, E’Twaun Moore, Kenrich Williams, Nicolo Melli, Dillon Brooks, Jae Crowder, Jarrett Culver, Jake Layman, Josh Okogie, Isaiah Thomas, Moritz Wagner, Duncan Robinson and Garrett Temple.

Let me know what you think about this new format! Send any thoughts to @legsanity on Twitter.

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