November 20, 2016, 8:07 pm
Welcome to This Week Tonight. We’ll be breaking down some of the schedule for the week ahead, hot pickups, drops, and a run down of the injury report to keep you prepped on this week’s NBA slate.
4 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS
3 Games: BKN, BOS, CLE, MIL, NYK, SAC, TOR, WAS
2 Games: CHI, UTA
With the way the games lay this week there isn’t a big opportunity for streamers to take advantage of a compact schedule as the entire NBA has Thanksgiving off. As of the now there are seven teams that play three games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: Charlotte, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, and San Antonio. That makes them prime streaming targets mid week if you need a body that plays extra games.
New Orleans, Denver, LA Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Portland all play four games from Tuesday on. That makes those teams prime streaming targets after a busy Monday night as it will maximize your games played on the thinner days.
With Thanksgiving week having a condensed NBA schedule it’s important to maximize games played on off days so make sure you take advantage in both weekly locked leagues and streaming leagues.
Top Pickups for the Week:
Trey Lyles – I was hesitant on Lyles in Wednesday’s live reactions because of the presence of Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson. Diaw returned Sunday but has been a non-factor most of this season. The Jazz are reportedly looking to extend George Hill before they do Derrick Favors which to me speaks volumes to the development of Trey Lyles. He should be owned as of now even though he isn’t having a great start to the season as he’s shown good upside.
Seth Curry and Justin Anderson – Both look like they’re going to relevant moving forward into the season, the question is simply how effective they will be and if that will lead to Rick Carlisle giving them more minutes. Curry the lesser has been solid so far, Anderson however gave way to a smoking hot Jonathan Gibson on Saturday. Both are worth taking the flier on.
The waiver is getting thinner at the moment as there hasn’t been a rash of injuries opening up time for fantasy relevant players. If Terrence Jones or Jrue Holiday is available in your leagues they absolutely shouldn’t be. Keep an eye on Willy Cauley-Stein in the event of a sudden DeMarcus Cousins trade.
Thabo Sefolosha(knee) missed Sunday’s game and is considered day-to-day.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) missed Sunday but is on track and could play as soon as Wednesday. Considering the Nets don’t play until Wednesday I’d start him in weekly.
Cody Zeller has a history with the shoulder he injured and underwent a precautionary MRI. He should be fine and is coming off a career Friday night.
Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) hasn’t progressed well from his injury and could leave a ton of time open for Marco Belinelli who had a monstrous game in Lamb’s absence.
Rajon Rondo tweaked his ankle but played Sunday. He was disastrous for the Bulls in his time on the court.
Doug McDermott is still recovering from his second concussion on the year and may continue to miss extended time. His minutes are being distributed more heavily to Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade than anyone.
Seth Curry said his shoulder “popped” out on Saturday night, but says it’s just sore for now. His situation should be monitored but he’s a hold in all leagues.
Dirk Nowitzki was expected to miss the last two games on Friday and Saturday but is a question mark for this week. The Mavs play Monday and he’s questionable for that one, but may return Wednesday, making him a risky play this week.
Will Barton (ankle) returned Sunday night against the Jazz and looks like he’s good to go moving forward.
Gary Harris isn’t expected to rest his injured ankle until mid-December.
Darrell Arthur returned to action from his knee injury and is irrelevant as Wilson Chandler has taken over his minutes at both power forward and small forward.
C.J. Miles (sore knee) had his MRI come back clean, but that means little for the oft injured forward. He was hot but he’s inconsistent.
Paul George (sore left ankle) missed Sunday’s game. His scans came back negative which is great news for owners and the Pacers hope to have him back later this week.
Chandler Parsons will miss at least the next two weeks with what is being called a left knee bone bruise. Fortunately it’s not his surgically repaired knee, unfortunately it’s another injury to add to the list for Parsons.
Tyreke Evans (knee) is said to be “pain free.” He should be picked up everywhere but expectations should be kept to a minimum as Evans knees have been a mess the past few seasons.
Robert Covington (ankle contusion) has been bad this year and the injury certainly doesn’t help matters. He was “available” to return, so it appears he should be safe from injury, though a benching is a different story.
Jerryd Bayless (wrist) took part in scrimmages with the Sixers D-league affiliate but has said it will be awhile before he’s comfortable. Either way I don’t think his health or play will get him on the court, leaving Sergio Rodriguez as a low end asset.
T.J. Warren (illness) missed one game and played only nine minutes in the next but should be able to go on Monday. Check back for updates, but I’d lock him into my lineups this week.
Tyson Chandler’s mother died and he has missed a few games since then. He should return soon which will limit Alex Len.
Al-Faroq Aminu (calf) is traveling with the team on it’s five game road trip. He was reportedly targeting late December so he should be benched unless news comes out.
Boris Diaw (leg) returned Sunday but played very limited minutes. He’ll directly affect Trey Lyle’s minutes.
George Hill (sprained thumb) continues to miss time and it’s a bit worrying at this point. There’s no word of surgery but also little word of when he’ll return.
Markieff Morris exited Saturday’s game and was withheld from Sunday’s practice, but said he’d be “ready” for Monday’s game.
Ian Mahinmi went through some 4-on-4 this week and his return is near. When he’s up to speed Marcin Gortat will likely take a significant hit as the Wizards don’t want to wear him down.