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2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner

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The NBA is back! And if you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a ton of player movement this offseason. 15 former all-stars have switched teams including Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Jimmy Butler among others. This makes prognosticating fantasy players even tougher than usual as we’ll need some time to figure out playing time and roles, which I will still do in the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner.

But have no fear, every Friday I will be releasing a weekly planner to help you with those decisions.

I’ll review which teams play favorable or unfavorable schedules and weekly streamers and sits. Streamers will focus on players with 40% or less ownership. And hey, if they play well, they continue to play well, they might just find a permanent spot on your team.

2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner

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Positional eligibility and ownership %’s will be based on Yahoo numbers. Week 2 will cover October 28th to November 3rd.

Weekly Schedule (October 28th to November 3rd)

Four games: CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, NYK, ORL, SAC, SAS, UTA

Three games: ATL, BKN, CHA, DAL, LAL, MIA, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR

Two games: BOS, MEM, MIN, WAS

Starts for the Week

Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks – 27%

The Knicks have a crowded backcourt which made drafting Payton pretty difficult even though he was very solid last year. While Allonzo Trier got the start, he only played seven minutes while Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina played ten and three minutes respectively.

Meanwhile, Payton played 26 minutes, started the second half, and posted 11 points, eight assists, and five (!) steals. He’s likely going to be in the starting lineup starting Friday and is my favorite streamer for Week 2 as he has four games that week.

Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets, PG (14%)

Graham got off to a hot start in Charlotte’s opener, racking up 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting (six three-pointers), eight assists, and four rebounds. More importantly, he finished the game ahead of free-agent signee Terry Rozier.

There’s no guarantee that he’ll continue to outplay Rozier, but he definitely has a nice role as the point guard or alongside him.

Dwayne Bacon, Charlotte Hornets, SG (26%)

Back-to-back Hornets players to start my first column of the year. Not quite what I expected, but we adapt. Bacon scored 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting (two three-pointers) and added five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

Like Graham, the stats are nice, but they don’t tell the whole story. Bacon led the team in shot attempts and was Charlotte’s highest usage player at 32.7% and will likely continue to function as one of their lead scorers.

With Nicholas Batum breaking his thumb and expected to miss a few weeks, we can expect continued high usage for Bacon.

Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat, PG (19%)

Miami has a knack of pulling productive players out of nowhere so it’s Nunn too surprising that they were able to this year too (I’m sorry – please keep reading).

With Jimmy Butler out for personal reasons, Nunn scored 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting and added three assists and two rebounds. He only hit one three-pointer, but he can shoot it, hitting 48% of his threes in the preseason and averaging 4.5 threes per game on 39.4% shooting his last year of college.

After the game, Erik Spoelstra solidified Nunn’s spot in the starting lineup – with or without Butler.

Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons, SG, Detroit Pistons (29%)

I touted Kennard as a potential deeper league sleeper in my Fantasy Basketball Guards Sleepers and Busts Preview this offseason. At the time, I didn’t know Blake Griffin would be out but I should have factored that in as well.

Through two games, Kennard has taken on more of a ball-handling and playmaking role, averaging 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 29 minutes per game while tacking on nine total threes. With Reggie Jackson also slated to miss time, Kennard should be an add this week as the Pistons play a four-game schedule.

Marcus Morris, New York Knicks, SF/PF (40%)

Morris just makes the cut at 40%, but he has to be mentioned. Like their guard situation, the Knicks have a logjam at the forward spot as well. However, what separates Morris from Kevin Knox, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson is his consistent shooting ability. That, and his ability to play both SF and PF led him to play a team-high 39 minutes.

In those minutes he scored 26 points on 50% shooting, grabbed four rebounds, three steals, and hit three threes. Morris has hovered around 14 points per game his last four seasons, but he could step it up this year on a less talented team that could really use his scoring punch.

He’s a definite add for this week as the Knicks play four games and will probably stick to the end of most rosters.

Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers, SF/PF (33%)

Osman is a serviceable streamer this week as he has a consistent role, contributes a little in every category, and – most importantly – the Cavaliers play a four-game schedule.

He scored 13 points and added three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three three-pointers in the season opener.

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, PF/C (40%)

Another Cavalier (four games this week!) sneaks in at 40% ownership. With Ante Zizic and John Henson out, Thompson played 33 minutes in the season opener. He had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds on 73% FG shooting.

As long as those two remain injured, Thompson should flirt with double-doubles nightly.

Sits for the Week

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, SG/SF (74%)

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After somehow securing a four-year/$115 million dollar contract, Brown disappointed in the season opener. Although he was battling foul trouble, he scored only eight points and had seven rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

Perhaps more discouraging is the while we expected Jayson Tatum (22 shots) and Kemba Walker (18 shots) to be the focal point of the offense, Gordon Hayward turned back the clock and scored an efficient 25 points on 15 shots. If Hayward trends back towards his Utah Jazz days, there simply might not be enough offense to go around for Brown.

He’s a stock down overall and a definite sit this week as the Celtics only play two games.

Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies, C (90%)

An argument can be made here for all Grizzlies players since they only play twice this week. But I think Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr might be explosive enough to warrant a look.

That being said, Valanciunas looked rusty in 16 minutes as he worked his way back from a foot injury. He scored just seven points on 43% shooting and only grabbed one rebound. Best to sit him this week until he looks a little healthier.

DeAndre Jordan, Brooklyn Nets, C (78%)

Jordan came off the bench behind Jarrett Allen and played 17 minutes in an overtime game, tallying two points and three rebounds. In doing so, he proved that his 4-year/$40 million contract was essentially a finder’s fee for bringing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to Brooklyn.

In all fairness, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has said that Allen and Jordan will play based on matchup. Looking forward to Week 2 though, the Nets face Memphis, Indiana, and Houston.

Jordan should see some run against Memphis and the aforementioned Valanciunas, but Memphis plays the majority of the game with Jaren Jackson Jr as a small-ball center. Indiana will stretch him out with either Myles Turner or Domantas Sabonis. Houston will play him off the floor through isolations or constant pick-and-rolls with Clint Capela.

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Looking at the matchups, it should be a Jarrett Allen week, leaving Jordan easily benched.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMHuo

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