Fantasy Basketball Planner: Week 6
If you're in search of a big man, Milwaukee Bucks C John Henson might fit the bill. He woke up in Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic, hitting eight of his 13 shots from the floor while posting 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes. It's just one game, but Fantasy owners will want to monitor this situation closely. He is owned in just about a quarter of all formats, so Henson is likely available. He likely bought himself additional playing time with C Mason Plumlee being generally useless this season, and C Greg Monroe struggling with inconsistency.
Plumlee is averaging just 3.2 points per game (PPG) with 2.5 rebounds per game (RPG) and 1.0 assists per game (APG) in 15 games with nine starts. Monroe posted his first double-digit point total in Sunday's game in Orlando, going for 11 points and seven rebounds, his first time with double digit points in eight games dating back to Dallas Nov. 6. Monroe was once a double-double machine in Motown, but he has withered in Cream City and is a shell of his former Fantasy self, averaging a career-low 8.6 PPG with 6.6 RPG in 14 games played. Right now Henson is looking like the big man with the biggest Fantasy upside.
[caption id="attachment_116160" align="alignright" width="300"] Milwaukee's John Henson could be in line for a bigger role. Photo Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Zumapress/Icon Sportswire[/caption]
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Washington
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
Indiana, Phoenix, Portland
WEEK 6 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
CHICAGO BULLS: You're going to like what you see out of your Bulls Fantasy players this week. Despite facing a three-game schedule, it will seem like four games. They host the defensively-challenged Cavaliers (102.8 PPG) in what figures to be a game with at least 210-215 points. A home game against the Los Angeles Lakers (110.9 PPG) is also good news for the Fantasy outlooks for swingman Jimmy Butler, SG Dwyane Wade and PF Taj Gibson, as well as C Robin Lopez and PG Rajon Rondo.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS: The Bucks are in line for a very favorable week from Fantasy perspectives, as they have a home-and-home against Brooklyn. The Nets have the worst scoring defense in the league at 114.0 PPG. SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, averaging 22.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 6.0 APG with 2.1 BPG and 1.9 SPG, is going to have a huge week, while PF Jabari Parker, PG Matthew Dellavedova and SG Tony Snell are also must-start plays for this three-game week. Those in formats averaging points per game in a scoring period are going to really benefit with huge point totals.
INDIANA PACERS: The Pacers have just two games on tap this week, and one of those takes place at the L.A. Clippers, the team tied for the third-best scoring defense in the NBA at 97.4 PPG. Fantasy owners in cumulative leagues will want to keep most of their Indiana players on reserve this week. PF Paul George (back) has missed four of the past five games due to his back ailment, and he should be kept reserved, too.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: The Blazers game against the Pacers Wednesday figures to be a defensive slog, and that's never good for Fantasy production. Their game against the Miami Heat will be even worse, as they're tied with the Clips for the third-best scoring defense in The Association. You'll never want to reserve PG Damian Lillard or SG C.J. McCollum, but SF Moe Harkless is a slightly risky play while all others Blazers are must-sit plays across the board.
-- George of the Pacers is expected to be sidelined until at least Dec. 4 due to his sore left ankle, according to NBA.com. With George on shelf it means short-term Fantasy appeal for SF C.J. Miles and C Glenn Robinson III. Remember each of them in the upcoming week if you need frontcourt help, and they also are solid low-priced options in daily Fantasy formats.
-- Charlotte Hornets swingman Nic Batum (eye) is expected to be ready to play in Monday's game in Memphis. He hasn't yet been cleared to play, but Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports Batum is considered probable. With a four-game slate, Batum is a must-play Fantasy option this week.
-- Golden State Warriors PF Draymond Green (ankle) rolled his ankle Friday night at L.A. Lakers, and he was out Saturday againts the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is a question mark heading into the new week, and with just three games on the schedule he is a risky Fantasy option in cumulative formats. It's best to go another way if you have the roster flexibility. SF Kevon Looney filled in for Green Saturday, but mustered just six points with three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, so his Fantasy appeal is limited to deeper leagues if he continues to start.
-- If you're looking for assistance from the perimeter there are three guys who can step into your Fantasy lineup immediately in Rotisserie leagues to give you a boost, and chances are they're available off the waiver wire. New Orleans Pelicans PG Langston Galloway has popped 22 treys over his past 12 games, averaging 9.6 PPG with 2.8 RPG and 2.0 APG during that span while logging 22 minutes per game.
-- Toronto Raptors PF Patrick Patterson has dropped in 18 triples over the past 10 games while posting 7.8 PPG and 5.2 RPG. It's a rarity for a big to be a quality contributor from behind the arc, but Patterson has always been a hybrid player since his days of starring at the University of Kentucky. He also chips in with a handful of assists and an occasional steal to help Rotisserie owners across the board.
-- Oklahoma City Thunder SG Andre Roberson continues to log plenty of minutes, averaging about 31 minutes per contest with 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 1.0 BPG over the past 12 outings. He'll even drop in an occasional triple with handful of steals and assists per game. He is owned in just 20 percent of Fantasy leagues right now, but you can expect that number to continue to rise if he continues to log heavy minutes.
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