Week 16 of the Fantasy Basketball season begins Monday February 6, 2017. Specific needs need to be addressed and that’s exactly what we are going to do this week!!
Teams with four games this week include the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz.
The Portland Trail Blazers have just two games this week and all other NBA teams have three games on their NBA schedules.
Do You Need Steals this Week?
Philadelphia 76ers SF/PF Robert Covington is averaging three steals a game over his past five games and nearly two steals per game for the season. He’s also averaging 18 points, nine rebounds 2.3 assists and one blocked show plus three triples over his past five games. The 76ers also have four games this week and Covington is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
What About Blocked Shots?
Over the past five games Chicago Bulls C Robin Lopez is averaging just over a block per game and over the season just less than two blocked shots per game. He’s also good for nearly ten points a game and seven rebounds a night. The Bulls have four games this week and Lopez is available in exactly 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
If Assists Are What You Need this Week
Philadelphia 76ers PG T.J. McConnell averaged 8.4 assists over his past five games. The 76ers have four games this week so if that average holds that’s 32 assists or so. He’ll also net you 10 points or so and a steal or two. You don’t want that? Apparently you don’t as he is still available in over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Leagues.
Do you Need Three Pointers?
Dallas Mavericks PG/SG Seth Curry knocked down nearly three triples a night over the past five games and for the season averaging just under two long balls a night. He’ll also be good in just about every other scoring category, has four games this week and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
Week 16 Waiver Wire
Miami Heat SF James Johnson has four games this week (Minnesota, Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Philadelphia) and all of them are on the road. Over the past five games Johnson averaged 13 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 steals. On the road this season Johnson 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and has a 22.7 percent road Usage Rate. Johnson is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
New York Knicks PG Brandon Jennings has four home games this week (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver) and over the past five games Jennings is averaged 12.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals. Granted some of that had to do with Derrick Rose being out of the lineup with an ankle injury but he still produces even with his 21 minutes and 17 percent Usage Rate at home this season. Jennings is solid and if Rose stays hurt look for what he did over the past five games to continue and he is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
New York Knicks C Willy Hernangomez is getting a bit of a run these days and has four home games this week (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver). Over the past five games Hernangomez is averaging 8.6 points and 10.6 rebounds and played about 19.8 minutes a game for the struggling Knicks. If you need rebounds this week Hernangomez is averaging four per game at home and has a home Usage Rate of 18.5 percent. Hopefully the longer runs of over 25 minutes per game will continue and Hernangomez is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
Philadelphia 76ers PF Dario Saric has four games this week (@ Detroit, San Antonio, @ Orlando and Miami) and over the past five games Saric 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists plus the occasional triple playing 24.8 minutes a night. The road/home splits look very close however he does seem to get more minutes on the road and his Usage Rate of 23.1 percent is a bit higher on the road than it is at home. The fun part is the easiest games on the schedule this week are on the road so picking up Saric for the entire week or even streaming him against Detroit or Orlando won’t hurt you. Saric is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
With Zach LaVine out for the season Minnesota Timberwolves SF Shabazz Muhammad stands in line to gain the most and with four homes games this week (Miami, Toronto, New Orleans and Chicago) I like his chances. In 24 home games this season Muhammad is averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds with a home Usage Rate of 20.2 percent. Over his past five games he averaged 14 points, 4.2 rebounds and two triples a night with solid shooting percentages. Muhammad is available in over 85 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
Phoenix Suns SG/SF/PF P.J. Tucker has four games this week (@ New Orleans, @ Memphis, Chicago and @ Houston) and over his past five games Tucker is averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 steals and nearly two triples a night while playing 32.8 minutes per game. There isn’t that big of a difference between his home and road splits but it must be noted that Tucker scores three more points a game at home and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.
Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball Owner!!
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