The Week Ahead: Week 8

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 looks some of the best players over the age of 30.

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

Ryan Knaus takes a look at where you can find some help in each category.

Tommy Beer goes through some players that were overlooked during draft season, but have now become fantasy factors.

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

Now, to the Week 7 slate!

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Week 8 Schedule: Games Played

4 games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC

3 games: BOS, BKN, DET, LAL, MIA, MIN, OKC, PHX, TOR, UTA

2 games: DAL, POR, SAS, WAS

Two-game weeks for guys like Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal will hurt, but there is plenty of streaming available to help make up for their light slate at least a little bit.

NBA Streaming Schedule:

Monday (9 games): Cavs @ Celtics, Raptors @ Bulls, Grizzlies @ Warriors, Kings @ Rockets, Clippers @ Pacers, Magic @ Bucks, Pistons @ Pelicans, Wolves @ Suns, Thunder @ Jazz

Tuesday (4 games): Nuggets @ 76ers, Hawks @ Heat, Wizards @ Hornets, Knicks @ Blazers

Wednesday (11 games): Clippers @ Raptors, Thunder @ Kings, Grizzlies @ Suns, Lakers @ Magic, Jazz @ Wolves, Pelicans @ Bucks, Celtics @ Pacers, Knicks @ Warriors, Rockets @ Cavs, Hawks @ Bulls, Hornets @ Nets

Thursday (4 games): 76ers @ Celtics, Blazers @ Nuggets, Mavs @ Pistons, Cavs @ Spurs

Friday (9 games): Pacers @ Hawks, Hornets @ Bulls, Bucks @ Grizzlies, Lakers @ Heat, Clippers @ Wolves, Rockets @ Magic, Pelicans @ 76ers, Knicks @ Kings, Warriors @ Jazz

Saturday (8 games): Nets @ Raptors, Spurs @ Suns, Cavs @ Bucks, Wizards @ Grizzlies, Pistons @ Rockets, Thunder @ Nuggets, Heat @ Mavs, Clippers @ Bulls

Sunday (6 games): Magic @ Pelicans, Hornets @ Pacers, Kings @ Warriors, Knicks @ Nuggets, 76ers @ Nets, Lakers @ Hawks  

There are some interesting games this week, with Kawhi Leonard returning to Toronto and Al Horford returning to Boston.

Back-to-backs: 

Sunday (12/8)-Monday: Clippers, Thunder, Raptors, Bulls, Wolves, Kings

Monday-Tuesday: none

Tuesday-Wednesday: Hawks, Hornets, Knicks

Wednesday-Thursday: Cavs, Celtics

Thursday-Friday: 76ers

Friday-Saturday: Heat, Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets, Clippers, Bucks

Saturday-Sunday: Nuggets, Nets

Sunday-Monday (12/16): none

Our two favorite load management teams have back-to-backs again this week. The Clippers have a back-to-back that overlaps Weeks 7 and 8, which means Kawhi Leonard could potentially miss two games this week if he sits on Monday Dec. 7 instead of Sunday Dec. 7. The 76ers have a back-to-back later in the week, so Al Horford and Joel Embiid will be on #RestWatch on those days.

Three games in four nights:

Monday-Thursday: Celtics, Cavs

Tuesday-Friday: Hornets, 76ers, Knicks, Hawks

Wednesday-Saturday: Bucks, Cavs, Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies, Rockets

Thursday-Sunday: Nuggets, 76ers

Potential Waiver Adds: 

As always, read Michael Gallagher and Jonas Nader for deeper dives on potential waiver pickups. I’m going to outline some streaming options for each day of the upcoming week. All players highlighted are currently owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, as usual. Let’s roll.

Monday (9 games)

Players to stream: Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, John Henson, Enes Kanter, Norman Powell, Coby White, Kris Dunn, Jae Crowder, Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton, Solomon Hill, Tyus Jones, Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Nemanja Bjelica, Trevor Ariza, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Ivica Zubac, Justin Holiday, Terrence Ross, D.J. Augustin, Khem Birch, George Hill, Donte DiVincenzo, Langston Galloway, Christian Wood, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo, Mikal Bridges, Nerlens Noel, Jeff Green

Tuesday (4 games)

Players to stream: Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis, De’Andre Hunter, Damian Jones, Cam Reddish, Alex Len, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk, Isaiah Thomas (if healthy), Moritz Wagner (must own), Ish Smith, Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kent Bazemore, Anfernee Simons

Wednesday (11 games)

Players to stream: Ivica Zubac, Norman Powell, Nerlens Noel, Nemanja Bjelica, Trevor Ariza, Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo, Mikal Bridges, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo (if healthy), Alex Caruso Terrence Ross, D.J. Augustin, Khem Birch, Jeff Green, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, George Hill, Donte DiVincenzo, Enes Kanter, Justin Holiday, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, John Henson, De’Andre Hunter, Damian Jones, Cam Reddish, Alex Len, Coby White, Kris Dunn, Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Garrett Temple

Thursday (4 games) 

Players to stream: Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis, Enes Kanter, Kent Bazemore, Anfernee Simons, Mario Hezonja, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris, Dwight Powell, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Seth Curry, Jalen Brunson, Langston Galloway, Christian Wood, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White, Jakob Poeltl, Patty Mills

Friday (9 games)

Players to stream: Justin Holiday, De’Andre Hunter, Damian Jones, Cam Reddish, Alex Len, Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Coby White, George Hill, Donte DiVincenzo, Jae Crowder, Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton, Solomon Hill, Tyus Jones, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo (if healthy), Alex CarusoDuncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk, Ivica Zubac, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Terrence Ross, D.J. Augustin, Khem Birch, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Nemanja Bjelica, Trevor Ariza, Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Jeff Green

Saturday (8 games)

Players to stream: Garrett Temple, Norman Powell, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White, Jakob Poeltl, Patty Mills, Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo, Mikal Bridges, Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, John Henson, George Hill, Donte DiVincenzo, Isaiah Thomas (if healthy), Moritz Wagner (must own), Ish Smith, Jae Crowder, Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton, Solomon Hill, Tyus Jones, Langston Galloway, Christian Wood, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Seth Curry, Jalen Brunson, Ivica Zubac, Coby White

Sunday (6 games) 

Players to stream: Terrence Ross, D.J. Augustin, Khem Birch, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, Justin Holiday, Nemanja Bjelica, Trevor Ariza, Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris, Malik Beasley, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis, Garrett Temple, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo (if healthy), Alex Caruso, De’Andre Hunter, Damian Jones, Cam Reddish, Alex Len

Feel free to send any thoughts on the column or fantasy hoops questions my way: @legsanity on Twitter. Have a great week!

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