Welcome to the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 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 8 Weekly Planner
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Positional eligibility and ownership % 's will be based on Yahoo numbers. Week 8 will cover December 9 to December 15.
Weekly Schedule (December 9 to December 15)
Four games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC
Three games: BOS, BKN, DET, LAL, MIA, MIN, OKC, PHX, TOR, UTA
Two games: DAL, POR, SAS, WAS
Pickup/Starts For The Week
De'Anthony Melton, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies (8%)
The Grizzlies' roster is riddled with injuries, which allows more minutes for De'Anthony Melton. Memphis has multiple favorable matchups in their Week 8 schedule (GSW, PHX, WAS), which means big games for Melton.
The Warriors, Suns, and Wizards are few of the NBA'S worst defensive teams. Washington has a 115.9 defensive rating, Golden State has a 113.8 defensive rating, and Phoenix has a 109.7 defensive rating.
Each one of these teams is terrible defensively against guards. The Wizards have allowed 29 points and 6.2 assists per game to shooting guards. The Warriors have allowed 23.6 points and 5.3 assists per game to shooting guards. The Suns aren't much better; they are allowing 23.6 points and five assists per game to shooting guards.
Melton has been decent in his previous three games (against robust defenses), averaging 11 points, seven rebounds, and 6.7 assists.
Fantasy owners should expect big games from Melton with more minutes due to injuries and the fantastic upcoming matchups.
Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Milwaukee Bucks (9%)
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The Bucks are going to slaughter their competition in Week 8, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There is a high chance that a few of the games could turn into blowouts, and Fantasy owners should grab one of Milwaukee's key bench contributors, and their first choice should be DiVincenzo.
In his previous five games, DiVincenzo averaged 23 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1.6 assists. He shot 45 percent from the field during that period.
Fantasy owners can't go wrong in grabbing any of the Bucks' bench guards (Welesly Matthews or George Hill), but DiVincenzo is a multi-category contributor. Whereas Hill and Matthews only help with three-pointers.
Dennis Smith Jr., PG/SG, New York Knicks (8%)
It has been a rough start to the season for Smith, who was considered to be a promising player, but he has the opportunity to resurrect his career or least get his starting job.
The injury bug has hit the point guards of the New York Knicks. Frank Ntilikina has a back injury, and Elfrid Payton has been hampered by a lousy hamstring all season, which leaves Smith has the last man standing.
New York is facing cupcake matchups against Golden State, Portland, and Sacramento. The Warriors are allowing point guards to average 24.7 points, 7.5 assists, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.74 three-pointers made.
The Trail Blazers are allowing point guards to average 26.5 points, 7.9 assists, six rebounds, and 2.7 three-pointers made.
The Kings have allowed 22.4 points, 8.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 three-pointers made per game to point guards.
I know it seems strange to trust any player on the Knicks, especially a player who has struggled, but the stars are aligned for a comeback for Smith.
Sits For The Week
Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans (77%)
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The Pelicans have four games in Week 8, and two of those games are against teams who are in the top five in defensive rating, Milwaukee Bucks 101.8 (number one) and Philadelphia 76ers 102.6 (number three).
Each team the Pelicans face in Week 8 (Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Orlando) excels defensively in one category or more against point guards.
The Sixers are the third-best team in the NBA at preventing assists from point guards. Detroit only allows 20.4 points per game to point guards. Orlando is no slouch defensively either, they only allow 2.2 three-pointers made per game to PGs.
Let's face it even if Ball wasn't facing tough defenses, Fantasy owners shouldn't start him in the first place. He hasn't had one 20-point game this year. Ball has scored less than 10 points in six out of the 13 games played.
In his previous five games, Ball shot 31 percent from the field and had 12 turnovers. At this point in time, Lonzo Ball is a big name player with no production to his name.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets (70%)
The Nets only have three games in Week 8, and two of those teams are in the top five in defensive rating (Philadelphia and Toronto).
The Raptors don't allow centers to score, only 17.7 points per game, and Philadelphia doesn't allow centers to grab rebounds, only 12.7 rebounds per game.
During these two games, Jordan may lose minutes to Jarrett Allen since he is more athletic, which makes Allen the better option to guard Joel Emiid and Pascal Siakam.
Looks elsewhere for rebounds and double-doubles, because Jordan will not be helpful in Week 8.
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