Fantasy Basketball program preview: December 6-12


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It’s been a tough week with injuries piling up in the league: LaMelo Ball, Ja Morant, OG Anunoby, Brook Lopez, Damian Lillard, Terry Rozier, Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Bam Adebayo are all there for various the reasons. It is almost impossible to replace this type of production, but you can bypass the schedule to close this gap as much as you can. Let’s take a look at this week’s slate and see which player collection can give you a boost.


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The weekly distribution of games is as follows:

  • Monday December 6: 10 games
  • December 7, Tuesday: 3 games
  • Wednesday December 8: 13 games
  • December 9 Thursday: 3 games
  • Friday December 10: 9 games
  • December 11, Saturday: 7 games
  • December 12, Sunday: 6 games

Teams with 5 games this week (1)

SAS

Teams with 4 games this week (13)

LAL, BKN, DAL, MEM, OKC, MIL, DET, DEN, MIN, PHI, NYK, CLE, ENT

Teams with 3 games this week (12)

GSW, LAC, SAC, HOU, MIA, NOR, IND, CHA, WAS, BOS, CHI, UTA, POR

Teams with 2 games this week (3)

TOR, PHO, ATL

Streaming options: Covid and scheduled programs:

CHARLOTTE HORNETS – Charlotte only has 3 games this week on the heaviest days. However, with many Covid protocol starters, there is a short term value available to squeeze into your range.

Players to target:

PJ Washington (PF / C): A must. It should have more opportunities in the form of minutes and usage.

Cody Martin (SF): It doesn’t matter whether Martin starts or not. Martin will get high minutes and increased usage.

Kelly Oubre (SF / PF): Must add. If it’s on your waiver thread, be sure to pick it up and deploy it. Oubre had a hot streak and will now absorb more use.

Ish Smith (PG): Probably the spot starter for LaMelo Ball. Temper your expectations, but Smith can add value in assists and steals.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Spurs have five games this week, including games on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It should be noted that the Spurs will have two consecutive games this week (Monday-Tuesday and Saturday-Sunday). While the Spurs are young, Coach Pop can let the starters rest on one of the two back-to-backs.

Players to target: Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker, Bryn Forbes, Doug McDermott. Also keep an eye out for Thaddeus Young after expressing his frustration with his role. With 5 games this week, Coach Pop might find a way to get Young more minutes.

LAKERS OF LOS ANGELES – The Lakers have 4 games this week, and especially on slow days (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday). With a back-to-back, veteran Lakers can rest by opening up more minutes for reserves.

Players to target: Dwight Howard, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker

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