• Most people know that it is better to use players with more games. Player A averages 20 points and 10 rebounds. Player B averages 15 points and 7 rebounds. Player A has two games in a certain week while player B has four. Of course player B will probably produce a larger output than player A.

    When trading for players, pay attention to their playoff schedules. The Bucks have a 4-4-4 playoff schedule and Wolves have a 4-3-3. So if you were in the playoffs, would you rather have Karl-Anthony Towns or Giannis Antetokounmpo? As far as free agent pickups go, take it one week at a time as you can swap them for another player every week.

    There is an additional step you can take to increase your chances of winning, but you might need a spreadsheet or a calculator. First, take the averages of all the players on your team and your opponent’s team (you can use season average, last month or any average you want). Then you multiply each player’s average by the number of games they have in the upcoming week.

    This will give you the player’s expected total output for the week. Add up all of the expected outputs and compare to your opponent’s. This will tell you which categories will end up being close and which will not. (For percentages, you will want to use average number of shots made and attempted and add those up, instead of using the actual percentage)

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    Not only will you be looking for players with the most games, but you would also know exactly which categories to focus on. Your needs will vary from week to week depending on your matchup. This is a little more time-consuming but it will give you a huge advantage over your opponent by knowing which categories are expected to be close before the matchup even begins.

    Rest days are another concern when nearing the fantasy playoffs. The Cavs and Spurs are notorious for giving their players games off and you can expect the best players from these two teams to sit at least one, possibly two games for the duration of the fantasy playoffs. This will hurt a lot if you are in a close matchup. As hard as it may be, it might be wise to trade players from these teams for someone of equal value, but for someone you know will give you maximum output during the upcoming weeks (preferably someone from a team fighting for playoff positioning).

    Also watch out for the teams that are tanking. These teams will rest their veterans more as the season progresses to give their young players a chance to gain experience. The Nets have already begun this process, giving out rest days left and right. So it might be smart to trade away Brook Lopez and Trevor Booker for players of equal value while you still can. Very soon, other teams will also start fading out of the playoff picture, such as the Heat, Suns, Lakers and perhaps even the Knicks, making star players like Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony rest day candidates.

    As I mentioned before, teams out of playoff contention have another element of interest to fantasy. Their younger players are given more opportunity toward the end of the season. This gives intriguing stash consideration for players such as Caris LeVert, Marquese Chriss, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac and Willy Hernangomez, among others. If you have any other candidates for young players you might stash, please let us know in the comments below.


Fantasy News

  • Jarred Vanderbilt
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have assigned Jarred Vanderbilt to a G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, on Wednesday.

    Vanderbilt has only played nine minutes across three games for the big league club this season. He will have more opportunity to work on his craft for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was selected with the 41st pick in the 2019 draft and is not currently on the fantasy radar outside of deeper dynasty leagues.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (lower back contusion) has been upgraded to available for Wednesday's matchup against the Heat.

    Love was previously listed as probable and should be ready to rock on Wednesday night. He might see an uptick in usage with Tristan Thompson (rest) already ruled out. He will likely start alongside Larry Nance Jr. in the frontcourt for Wednesday's matchup.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard is expected to return for Wednesday's tilt against the Celtics after missing three games with a left knee contusion.

    Leonard is a fantasy darling when he plays. The only flaw to his fantasy stat set is that it is likely that he will continue to miss games intermittently throughout the season. Expect a confirmation that confirms that he will play tonight but this news seems to indicate that he is trending in the right direction

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley will not play on the Kings four-game road trip due to a right thumb fracture but will be re-evaluated when it ends.

    It appeared that Bagley might play on the trip, but that is no longer the case. He's an intriguing talent, but the long absence has been frustrating for fantasy owners eagerly awaiting his return. Bagley hasn't played since October 23. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Henry Ellenson
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Henry Ellenson is available to play on Wednesday after returning from the G League.

    Ellenson had been playing for the Long Island Nets on his two-way contract. He'll make his NBA season debut if he gets into the game against the Hornets, but don't expect much production.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Admiral Schofield
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Admiral Schofield has been brought back from the G League for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Despite a 15 point outburst on November 2, Schofield is unlikely to hold much value. However, he will get a chance to impress the Wizards organization in his limited minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White will miss Wednesday's game with left foot soreness.

    White has been disappointing recently, averaging just five points over his last four games. Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills are likely to see more time on the court.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton has been recalled from the G League and will be available to play for the Sixers on Wednesday.

    Milton struggled on Tuesday while playing for the Delaware Blue Coats, but he has returned to the Sixers with Josh Richardson injured. Milton is unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact at the moment.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard is listed as questionable to play on Wednesday due to a left knee contusion, but did participate in shootaround.

    The Clippers have been very careful with Leonard so far this season. Montrezl Harrell, Paul George, and Ivica Zubac have been relied upon even more heavily in Leonard's absence. Stay tuned for more updates.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (right ankle) is expecting to play on Wednesday against the Clippers.

    Smart was already considered probable, but this is confirmation that he should be available. He has scored 15 or more points in five of his last six appearances and has helped soften the impact of Gordon Hayward's absence.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter