Welcome to the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Weekly Planner!
Each week, I'll review which teams play favorable or unfavorable schedules and weekly streamers and weekly streamers and sits.
Streamers will focus on players with 50% or less ownership. And hey, if they play well, they might find a permanent spot on your roster.
2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Weekly Planner
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Positional eligibility and ownership % 's will be based on Yahoo numbers. Week 18 will cover February 17 to February 23.
Weekly Schedule (February 24 to March 1)
Four games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, WAS
Three games: BOS, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, NOP, OKC, POR, TOR, UTA
Two games: CHI, SAS
Starts For The Week
Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks, PG/SG (17%)
February has been a good month for DiVincenzo, he has averaged 10.7 points, five rebounds, and 1.5 assists. In his previous two games, he averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds, and shot 45.5 percent from three. Now that he rested over the All-star break, DiVincenzo will be looking to destroy his Week 19 opponents (Wizards, Raptors, Thunder, Hornets).
Three of the Bucks games are on the road, and DiVincenzo is better than his season averages on the road. This season he is averaging 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a 57.3 True Shooting percentage. He should have better numbers than his average against the Wizards and Hornets, two of the NBA's worst defenses.
The Wizards are the worst defense in the NBA, they have a 115.3 Defensive Rating. DiVincenzo has already punished Washington this year. In his last game against the Wizards, he scored 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
Against the Hornets, he is averaging 9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and one assist. Charlotte is stingy with scoring to opposing shooting guards, but allows them to have their way in rebounding and assists. DiVincenzo is afraid of fighting the big men for rebounds or dishing out dimes.
Now the Bucks' game against Toronto will be a tough matchup, but DiVincenzo should get plenty of rebounds in that game.
Sit him in against the Thunder, no good can come from it. Other than that game, DiVincenzo should provide Fantasy owners with plenty of points and rebounds in Week 19.
Doug McDermott, Indiana Pacers, SF/PF (3%)
Doug McDermott is producing 1.385 PPP (!!) in off-screen sequences. He has accounted for 37% of the Pacers' possessions in this play type.
He has displayed both effective sharpshooting, an ability to put the ball on the ground to finish at the rim, and finishing through contact. pic.twitter.com/7qolSaniM2
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) December 24, 2019
The Pacers have the easiest schedule in Week 19, Hornets, Trail Blazers, and Cavaliers. Dougie Buckets will be jacking up a ton of threes in those games.
In his previous five games, McDermott averaged 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 5.2 three-pointers attempted.
Against the Hornets, he is averaging 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and shooting 46.2 percent from three-point range. I know that stat line doesn't scream excitement, but McDermott is averaging 13 three-point attempts per game against Charlotte. If he keeps on his recent hot streak from three-point range, he'll be in for a big game against the Hornets.
If McDermott has a repeat performance against Portland, he will be a week winner for Fantasy owners, 19 points and shot 75 percent from three-point range.
The Cavaliers are a dumpster fire and have no time to play defense. That's why they allow the second-most Fantasy points to Small Forwards, and second-worst in Defensive Rating in the NBA, 115.1.
Please take advantage of McDermott's three-point shooting while it's hot.
Sits Of The Week
J.J. Redick, New Orleans Pelicans, SG (66%)
JJ Redick tonight: 20 pts, 5-10 fgs, 4-7 3-fgs, 2 rebs, 2 asts, +4 +/- pic.twitter.com/mIrpJPVGjz
— 𝕼𝖚𝖎𝖓𝖓 𝕸𝖎𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖗 (@quinntmillar) February 12, 2020
Redick has been on fire, so why am I suggesting Fantasy owners sit him?
The Pelicans have only three games in Week 19, and two of them are against the Lakers. That's right two games against a defensive juggernaut.
The Lakers have a 106.3 Defensive Rating and haven't allowed Fantasy points to shooting guards, especially three-point shooters like Redick. They've only allowed 2.8 three-pointers made this season to shooting guards.
Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves, PG/SG (53%)
— MSP Athletics (@MSPAthletics) February 16, 2020
Timberwolves have a tight schedule in Week 19, and it would be too easy for me to say to sit Karl-Anthony Towns since he has a wrist injury, so Malik Beasly is my choice.
Just like Redick, Beasley has been on a hot scoring streak with two games with 20-plus point totals out of his last three games. But he will be facing defense who specialize in destroying shooting guards, Dallas (twice), Orlando, and Miami.
Dallas only allows 21 points per game to shooting guards. The Heat allow 22 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Magic allows 21.5 points and has a 107.4 Defensive Rating (slightly behind the Lakers and Clippers). As you can see, points will be tough for Beasly to get, and he hasn't had success previously against these teams.
Beasley has failed to reach double-digit point totals in all previous matchups against Dallas, Miami, and Orlando.
Have Beasley ride the pine in Week 19 and reinsert him in the starting lineup in Week 20.
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