Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner!
Each week, I'll be reviewing which teams have the toughest matchups and which have the most favorable matchup. To go along with that I'll also be providing you with weekly streams and sits at several positions.
The Streamers will focus on guys who are 50% owned or less in ESPN leagues. And hey, if they end up playing well enough they may find a permanent spot on your roster for the season.
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner
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Schedule Run Down: December 28th - January 3rd
Teams who play four games: Hawks, Nets, Celtics, Bulls, Nuggets, Pistons, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Suns, Blazers, Jazz, Wizards
Teams who play three games: Hornets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Warriors, Pacers, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors
Pickups of the Week
Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzles [37% owned]
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦
Dillon Brooks | vs. @Timberwolves
2 STEALS pic.twitter.com/4HGDy9ZKte
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) December 15, 2020
With the news that second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr being out indefinitely it opens up minutes and heavy scoring production to be picked up. In comes Dillon Brooks. During the preseason Brooks showed exactly why he deserves to be rostered. Brooks tallied 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.5 threes in 22 minutes per game.
Last season, Brooks had the best season of his career. He scored 16.2 points per game on a 24.7 usage rating. With teams having to adjust to All-NBA/Rookie of the Year guard Ja Morant, it should open things up for Brooks. Brooks is currently just on the border of being a top-150 player but should easily smash value.
Brooks does have a tough schedule squaring off against the Celtics, Lakers, Hornets, and Nets.
Goran Dragic, PG, Miami Heat [45.9% owned]
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 25, 2020
I can't seem to wrap my head around this one. A lot of expert consensus rankings have Dragic as a top-120 player, yet the ownership doesn't show that. 46% owned for a guy of his caliber? Absurd.
Did we forget what Dragic did in the playoffs last year? Dragic averaged 33 MPG, 16 FGPG, 20 PPG, and shot 45% from the field. He propelled the Heat to another level that allowed them to make a run to the NBA finals.
Coming off of elite-level production and being this low owned is absurd. The Heat have a myriad of options around that should allow Dragic to rack up assists and get to the basket. Players like Herro and Robinson should make opposing teams respect the 3-point shooting allowing Dragic to pick and roll and drive to the hoop a lot easier.
Dragic does get two tough matchups as he squares off against Jrue Holiday and the Bucks in B2B games to open the week. Then to end the week, Dragic gets a cupcake against the Mavericks. Likely MVP candidate Luka Doncic will be guarding Dragic. Last season Doncic in defensive plus-minus was ranked as the worst SG in the league. I'm grabbing all the stock of Dragic I can get this week.
Weeks Biggest Movers
Larry Nance Jr, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
The absence of Kevin Love (calf) on Wednesday's game versus the Hornets propelled Larry Nance into the starting lineup. Nance started alongside Andre Drummond to form the twin towers down near the rim.
With Nance in the starting lineup, it looked like a shot in the arm for a young Cavs team. He played floor general all night, his play reminded me of how Jokic plays for the Nuggets. Setting screens, pick and rolls, top of the key directing traffic. Effortless play from the young man.
Nance pitched in with 13 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and compiled a few blocks and steals in 34 minutes of play.
Nance's stock is on the rise and with Love's injury extent being unknown it draws questions on if they need to rush him back.
Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
Have we seen the arrival of the next young star in the NBA? It sure seems like it. Only a mere two seasons ago, Murray took the NBA by storm. After putting on a clinic he finished the season injured, ending a promising second season.
Last year, Murray returned to the Spurs and still didn't look like his old self. Finally, on Tuesday night, Murray exploded and scored 55 fantasy points. He had 21 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and 9/15 from the field in 31 minutes of play.
Is Dejounte Murray the most underrated young guard in the league? He is just 24 and is already one of the best on ball defending guards in the league, and his offensive game has taken big strides since he first entered the league. He has also been on very limited minutes. pic.twitter.com/MDW9haStQB
— G (@GTalksHoops) December 23, 2020
Quick hands, explosive footwork, and jolting speed have propelled Murray into the Greg Popovich circle of trust. In his fourth year at only 24, we could be witnessing a second coming for the young guard. With more minutes the stock of Murray could skyrocket. He is currently only 79% owned on ESPN formats. Let's make that 100% before the arrival is official.
Sits of the Week
Hassan Whiteside, C, Sacramento Kings
After posting an inefficient first game in his Kings debut one thing remains clear. This isn't the Miami Heat Hassan Whiteside. The old Whiteside that would rise up and block shots, rebound effortlessly, play big minutes, and dunk in your face. The new Whiteside sits behind Richaun Holmes. If that doesn't say it all, well, then I don't know what to tell you.
In Whitesides's first game he registered a stat line of 18 minutes, four points, nine rebounds, and had two turnovers. Very inefficient play for the former elite big.
Not only am I sitting Whiteside this week for his inefficiency and lack of minutes, but I'm also sitting him due to the schedule. Whiteside squares up against the Nuggets to start the week and finishes with two games with the Rockets to close. Matchups versus Nikola Jokic and a combination of Christian Wood/DeMarcus Cousins are a scary sight. Last season Wood ranked third among all forwards in defensive plus/minus. Nikola Jokic ranked fourth in the entire league in defensive plus/minus.
With Whiteside logging limited minutes and pairing that with inefficient play and a tough matchup expect him to play poorly this week. I'm sitting him for someone with more games and a higher upside.
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