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Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Preview: They Are Who We Thought They Were

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Well, they figured it out. We knew the Warriors were going to be a scary good team. However, a lot of people were wondering how the Warriors were going to keep all of those hungry mouths fed this season, all the while developing a championship-caliber team chemistry. Twelve wins in a row and one lone loss in the month of November tells us that everything is going to be just fine.

It took some time to get Klay Thompson going, but his recent emergence completes what is a bonafide “Big Four” that looks unstoppable. The Warriors are even more fun to watch than last season, if that’s even possible. I’m hoping that this year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers (yes, I’m that confident) can live up to the seven game masterpiece of last season; but this team is so good it has me doubting it.

But until we get there, we have a Fantasy championship to win. Speaking of the Warriors, they are actually a very good match up for your Fantasy players. They play in one of the most high paced offenses in the league, and you’ll regularly find them of the schedules of teams I’m targeting.

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The Warriors draw the rare five game week this time around, but I will not be including them in my teams to target this week. I don’t need to tell you to start or pick up Warriors players, and I honestly don’t care who they are playing, as they are match up proof.

Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Preview

Schedules to Target

Utah Jazz (4 Games)

The Jazz have by far the juiciest schedule of Week 7, facing the Lakers, Suns, Warriors, and Kings. All of these teams except for the Kings are in the top 10 in the NBA in pace, and Utah’s offense likes to spread the wealth, making many of their role players usable this week.

Memphis Grizzlies (4 Games)

The loss of Mike Conley is no doubt a disaster for the Grizzlies, but the schedule they have still makes them usable. The Pelicans, 76ers, Blazers, and Warriors are all in the top 10 in pace, but also in the bottom half in scoring defense. It will be interesting to see how this offense looks with Andrew Harrison at the point, who we will talk more about later.

Indiana Pacers (4 Games)

The Pacers high-paced offense and lack of defense always lends itself to a nice Fantasy output. This week is extra special as they face off against the Warriors, Suns, Mavericks, and Blazers. The Mavs are the lone slow team in the bunch, but have proven they can still be a vulnerable team.

Schedules to Avoid

I always recommend finding teams that play at least four games in a week for streaming players, so the Hawks, Nets, Thunder, Kings, Raptors, and Clippers will all be omitted here. I will focus on teams that play a full slate, but still should be avoided.

Charlotte Hornets (4 Games)

The Hornets have surprised a lot of people by being real factors in the Eastern Conference this season. Their offense has been good, but the upcoming schedule is not kind for Fantasy purposes. Games against the snail’s paced Mavericks, the quietly elite defense of the Pistons, the stout defense of the Magic, and powerhouse Cavaliers have me staying away from these teams.

Chicago Bulls (4 Games)

The Bulls start off with a nice match up against the Blazers, but it is all down hill from there. They go on to face three top five defenses after that, and their own slow pace makes them that much more unappealing this week.

Minnesota Timberwolves (4 Games)

The Timberwolves haven’t done much winning, but their players have been very kind to Fantasy owners. This week might change that as they face a murder’s row of defenses in the Spurs, Raptors, and Pistons. That stretch of games makes any Timberwolves, outside of your regular stars, useless this week.

Waiver Wire Targets

Andrew Harrison, PG, Memphis Grizzlies

Andrew Harrison has stepped in to the starting point guard role for the Grizzlies, and two games in, things are looking pretty good. It is a small sample size, but Harrison has proven he is a valuable fantasy asset. He also provides a safety net the value of his teammates. Averaging 16.5 points, six assists, and three rebounds a game since taking over, Harrison is a pick up that could pay dividends for the rest of the season.

Sean Kilpatrick, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are bad, but not as bad as we thought they’d be. One of the bright spots has been Sean Kilpatrick. Casual fans probably heard of Kilpatrick after the 38 point and 14 rebound performance he had against the Clippers. But Kilpatrick has been quietly contributing all season. There aren’t many shooting guards that can rebound like Kilpatrick, and they aren’t available in over 50 percent of leagues.

Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Philadelphia 76ers

Ilyasova has scored in double digits almost every games since being traded to the 76ers at the beginning of November. He isn’t setting the world on fire, but he is consistent. He can also contribute in rebounds and three pointers with consistent playing time on a struggling 76ers roster.

 

About Chris Wright

Chris is a self-diagnosed, non-recovering Fantasy addict. Balances stats on paper with actual on field evidence when making projections. Check him out on Twitter @ChrisWright_F6P

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