20/21 Week 19 Schedule Analysis

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Congratulations to those still alive. Making the finals or semi-finals in a year like this is no small feat. If your season came to end last week, then congratulations are in order as well. You’re life just got significantly less stressful now that you no longer have to deal with the absurdity that was the 2020-2021 season. That sounds like a win to me. If you are headed towards the finals, then I strongly recommend sitting down this weekend and planning out multiple strategies for next week. No week on the fantasy calendar demands more creativity than the finals since the end of the season brings so many more strategies into play. Because you can get a little wild this week, a fantasy player’s skill matters more than it does during the regular season or the first two rounds of the playoffs. Obviously, your roster and luck will still be major determinates of your fate, but more than any other week, a strong strategy can be a difference-maker.

Schedule Analysis

  • The schedule makers have not been kind to us this year, but they did us a solid in what is the finals in most leagues. Every day is busy, so there are plenty of back-to-back sets, and the only day where you may need to worry about overload is Friday. Also, the majority of the league has stretches of three games in four nights this week, so you should have no problem maximizing your games.
  • The first thing that jumps out to us when looking at this week’s schedule is the Pistons playing five games. Detroit lacing them up five times is great news for owners of Isaiah Stewart (who is looking like a league-winner), and Saddiq Bey. For owners of the rest of the rotation, the five-game schedule doesn’t mean much. With the Pistons having two back-to-back sets next week, you are getting – at most – three games out of Jerami GrantCory Joseph, Mason Plumlee, and Killian HayesJosh Jackson may play five games, but he’s only for deep leagues, as he’s inefficient points and not much else these days and comes with a huge turnovers hit.
  • The Hawks also have a great schedule this week. That may seem like a strange statement given that Atlanta only plays three times, but it’s true. The Hawks end their three-game week on Thursday. The early finish will make it easy to get six games out of any roster spot currently filled with a Hawk, and you’ll only need to use two moves to manage that. The Bucks have a similar setup. They play their three games by Friday and then are off on the weekend. Giannis and co. will be hitting the wire on Friday night in most leagues.
  • For a full breakdown of the players with stretches of three games in four nights, see the streaming guide. From Monday to Thursday night, the Warriors, Pistons, Pacers, Wizards, Grizzlies, and Hawks play three times. From Tuesday to Friday, the Bucks, Kings, Hornets, Mavericks, Suns, and Cavaliers play three times. From Wednesday to Saturday, the Sixers, Grizzlies, Pacers, Wizards, Jazz, Spurs, Blazers, Rockets, and Nuggets play three games. From Thursday to Sunday, the Hornets, Mavericks, Thunder, Bulls, Pistons, and Lakers play three games.
  • The back-to-back sets are spread out nicely this week with the best days for streaming coming in the middle of the week. The sets starting on Monday and Tuesday have the weakest batches of players playing in back-to-back games, so it is probably best to save your moves for the second half of the week. There are three back-to-back sets starting on Monday, four starting on Tuesday, four starting on Wednesday, four starting on Thursday, six starting on Friday, two starting on Saturday, and two starting on Sunday.
  • The Celtics, Wolves, and Rockets have a very problematic start to their Week 19 schedule. All three teams do not start their week until Wednesday. If you are looking to maximize games played and are going to have a move to spare on Sunday of Week 18, it makes sense to drop their low-end options for someone with a busier early-week schedule. The Heat also only play one game over their first four days of the week, except their first game comes on Tuesday.
  • Trae Young will be a risky start in weekly leagues due to the Hawks only having three games and two of the games being playing on back-to-back days. I would think that he would play in both ends of the back-to-back set, but starting him does carry some risk. With a back-to-back on the schedule this week, Kristaps Porzingis will only play three games at most in Week 19. If he’s not a lock to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Heat when the Monday night lock comes around, I would likely play it safe and sit him in weekly leagues for a healthier option. I have no idea if LeBron James will play in both ends of the Lakers’ back-to-back set, but he’s an obvious start with the team playing four times next week. The same goes for Joel Embiid. With a game against the Pistons part of the Sixers’ back-to-back set, it’s possible that The Process gets a night off.
  • Next week’s easiest schedule belongs to the Warriors. They get the Pelicans twice and the OKC Blue twice. I would not want to be facing Steph Curry in the finals. The cake schedule makes Kent Bazemore a very attractive streamer. Bazemore has been putting up top-100 numbers as of late and could flirt with the middle rounds due to the easy opponents. The Pelicans have a bottom-four defense, and the Thunder are the Thunder. The Kings, Sixers, and Hornets also have very favorable schedules. 
  • Of the teams with four games, the Nuggets and Knicks have the most difficult schedules. I would downgrade their role players when trying to figure out your streaming strategy. The Nuggets play the Lakers, Knicks, Jazz, and Nets. The Knicks play the Grizzlies, Nuggets, Suns, and Clippers.

Streaming Guide

*The categories that are beside the players’ names are the categories that I think the players could potentially produce above-average numbers in.

**Keep an eye out for COVID-related news. Additional strong streaming options will likely pop up due to players entering quarantine. 

Monday/Tuesday Streamers

Isaiah Stewart (FG%, REB, BLK), Saddiq Bey (PTS, 3PM), Josh Jackson (PTS, AST), Kent Bazemore (3PM, STL), Jordan Poole (PTS, 3PM), Kevon Looney (FG%, REB), Willy Hernangomez (FG%, REB), Jaxson Hayes (FG%, REB), Naji Marshall (REB, STL), Eric Bledsoe (3PM AST)

Tuesday/Wednesday Streamers

Moe Harkless (STL, BLK), Delon Wright (AST, STL), Bobby Portis (FG%, PTS, REB), Pat Connaughton (3PM), Jeff Teague (AST), Bryn Forbes (3PM), Jae Crowder (3PM, REB), Cam Johnson (PTS, 3PM), Cameron Payne (AST), Isaac Okoro (STL), Isaiah Hartenstein (FG%, REB, BLK)

Wednesday/Thursday Streamers

Brandon Clarke (FG%, REB, BLK), Grayson Allen (PTS, 3PM), De’Anthony Melton (3PM, STL), Desmond Bane (3PM), Rui Hachimura (PTS, REB), Davis Bertans (PTS, 3PM), Daniel Gafford (FG%, REB, BLK), Alex Len (FG%, REB, BLK), Oshae Brissett (3PM, REB, BLK), Goga Bitadze (BLK), Justin Holiday (3PM, STL), Doug McDermott (PTS, 3PM), T.J. McConnell (FG%, AST, STL), Lou Williams (FT%, PTS, AST), Onyeka Okongwu (BLK), Danilo Gallinari (FT%, PTS, 3PM)

Thursday/Friday Streamers

Cody Martin (REB, STL), Malik Monk (PTS, 3PM), Maxi Kleber (3PM, REB, BLK), Jalen Brunson (PTS, AST), Josh Richardson (PTS, 3PM), Dorian Finney-Smith (3PM, REB), Patrick Williams (STL), Lauri Markkanen (PTS, 3PM), Tomas Satoransky (AST, STL), Thad Young (REB, AST, STL), Daniel Theis (FG%, REB), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (PTS, 3PM), Alex Caruso (STL), Montrezl Harrell (FG%, REB)

Friday/Saturday Streamers

Keldon Johnson (PTS, REB), Rudy Gay (PTS, 3PM), Patty Mills (PTS, 3PM), Devin Vassell (3PM, STL), Lonnie Walker (PTS), Seth Curry (PTS, 3PM), Matisse Thybulle (STL, BLK), Shake Milton (PTS, AST), Dwight Howard (FG%, REB, BLK), Furkan Korkmaz (PTS, 3PM), Jordan Clarkson (FT%, PTS, 3PM), Derrick Favors (FG%, REB, BLK), Kevin Porter Jr. (PTS, AST), Kenyon Martin Jr. (REB, BLK), Sterling Brown (3PM), Aaron Gordon (FG%, REB), Facundo Campazzo (AST, STL), Paul Millsap (REB), JaMychal Green (3PM, REB), P.J. Dozier (AST, STL), Carmelo Anthony (PTS, 3PM), Enes Kanter (FG%, REB)

Saturday/Sunday Streamers

Moses Brown (FG%, REB, BLK), Tony Bradley (FG%, REB, BLK), Darius Bazley (PTS, 3PM, REB), Theo Maledon (AST), Ty Jerome (3PM, AST), Svi Mykhailiuk (3PM), Aleksej Pokusevski (3PM, REB, BLK), Isaiah Roby (PTS, REB, STL), Isaiah Stewart (FG%, REB, BLK), Saddiq Bey (PTS, 3PM), Josh Jackson (PTS, AST)

Sunday/Monday of Week 20 Streamers

Willy Hernangomez (FG%, REB), Jaxson Hayes (FG%, REB), Naji Marshall (REB, STL), Eric Bledsoe (3PM AST), Isaac Okoro (STL), Isaiah Hartenstein (FG%, REB, BLK)

Monday to Thursday Three Games in Four Nights Streamers

Isaiah Stewart (FG%, REB, BLK), Saddiq Bey (PTS, 3PM), Josh Jackson (PTS, AST), Kent Bazemore (3PM, STL), Jordan Poole (PTS, 3PM), Kevon Looney (FG%, REB), Oshae Brissett (3PM, REB, BLK), Goga Bitadze (BLK), Justin Holiday (3PM, STL), Doug McDermott (PTS, 3PM), T.J. McConnell (FG%, AST, STL), Rui Hachimura (PTS, REB), Davis Bertans (PTS, 3PM), Daniel Gafford (FG%, REB, BLK), Alex Len (FG%, REB, BLK), Brandon Clarke (FG%, REB, BLK), Grayson Allen (PTS, 3PM), De’Anthony Melton (3PM, STL), Desmond Bane (3PM), Lou Williams (FT%, PTS, AST), Onyeka Okongwu (BLK), Danilo Gallinari (FT%, PTS, 3PM)

Tuesday to Friday Three Games in Four Nights Streamers

Bobby Portis (FG%, PTS, REB), Pat Connaughton (3PM), Jeff Teague (AST), Bryn Forbes (3PM), Moe Harkless (STL, BLK), Delon Wright (AST, STL), Cody Martin (REB, STL), Malik Monk (PTS, 3PM), Maxi Kleber (3PM, REB, BLK), Jalen Brunson (PTS, AST), Josh Richardson (PTS, 3PM), Dorian Finney-Smith (3PM, REB), Jae Crowder (3PM, REB), Cam Johnson (PTS, 3PM), Cameron Payne (AST), Isaac Okoro (STL), Isaiah Hartenstein (FG%, REB, BLK)

Wednesday to Saturday Three Games in Four Nights Streamers

Seth Curry (PTS, 3PM), Matisse Thybulle (STL, BLK), Shake Milton (PTS, AST), Dwight Howard (FG%, REB, BLK), Furkan Korkmaz (PTS, 3PM), Brandon Clarke (FG%, REB, BLK), Grayson Allen (PTS, 3PM), De’Anthony Melton (3PM, STL), Desmond Bane (3PM), Oshae Brissett (3PM, REB, BLK), Goga Bitadze (BLK), Justin Holiday (3PM, STL), Doug McDermott (PTS, 3PM), T.J. McConnell (FG%, AST, STL), Rui Hachimura (PTS, REB), Davis Bertans (PTS, 3PM), Daniel Gafford (FG%, REB, BLK), Alex Len (FG%, REB, BLK), Jordan Clarkson (FT%, PTS, 3PM), Derrick Favors (FG%, REB, BLK), Kevin Porter Jr. (PTS, AST), Kenyon Martin Jr. (REB, BLK), Sterling Brown (3PM), Aaron Gordon (FG%, REB), Facundo Campazzo (AST, STL), Paul Millsap (REB), JaMychal Green (3PM, REB), P.J. Dozier (AST, STL), Carmelo Anthony (PTS, 3PM), Enes Kanter (FG%, REB), Keldon Johnson (PTS, REB), Rudy Gay (PTS, 3PM), Patty Mills (PTS, 3PM), Devin Vassell (3PM, STL), Lonnie Walker (PTS)

Thursday to Sunday Three Games in Four Nights Streamers

Cody Martin (REB, STL), Malik Monk (PTS, 3PM), Maxi Kleber (3PM, REB, BLK), Jalen Brunson (PTS, AST), Josh Richardson (PTS, 3PM), Dorian Finney-Smith (3PM, REB), Patrick Williams (STL), Lauri Markkanen (PTS, 3PM), Tomas Satoransky (AST, STL), Thad Young (REB, AST, STL), Daniel Theis (FG%, REB), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (PTS, 3PM), Alex Caruso (STL), Montrezl Harrell (FG%, REB), Isaiah Stewart (FG%, REB, BLK), Saddiq Bey (PTS, 3PM), Josh Jackson (PTS, AST), Moses Brown (FG%, REB, BLK), Tony Bradley (FG%, REB, BLK), Darius Bazley (PTS, 3PM, REB), Theo Maledon (AST), Ty Jerome (3PM, AST), Svi Mykhailiuk (3PM), Aleksej Pokusevski (3PM, REB, BLK), Isaiah Roby (PTS, REB, STL)

 

 

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