2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner

by Kyle Williams
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner

Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 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 3 Weekly Planner

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Schedule Run Down: January 4th - January 10th

Road Back-to-Backs

  • Bulls (Tue @POR, Wed @SAC)
  • Jazz (Tue @BKN, Wed @NYK)
  • Cavaliers (Wed @ORL, Thu @MEM)
  • Magic (Fri @HOU, Sat @DAL)
  • Suns (Fri @DET, Sat @IND)
  • Nuggets (Sat @PHI, Sun @NYK)
  • Heat (Sat @WAS, Sun @BOS)
  • Spurs (Sat @MIN, Sun, @MIN)

Home/Away Back-to-Backs

  • Clippers (Tue-Wed)
  • 76ers (Wed-Thu)
  • Lakers (Thu-Fri)
  • Grizzlies (Thu-Fri)
  • Nets (Thu-Fri)
  • Bucks (Fri-Sat)
  • Hornets (Fri-Sat)
  • Kings (Fri-Sat)
  • Wizards (Fri-Sat)
  • Magic (Fri-Sat)
  • Timberwolves (Sat-Sun)

Four Game Slates

Jazz, Raptors, Spurs, Kings, 76ers, Magic, Thunder, Knicks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Heat, Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Warriors, Pistons, Nuggets, Cavaliers, Bulls, Hornets, Nets, Celtics

Three Game Slates

Wizards, Blazers, Suns, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Pacers, Mavericks, Hawks

Pickups of the Week

Alec Burks, SG/SF, New York Knicks (32.5% owned)

A New York Knick slotting in as the top free-agent pickup is extremely surprising, considering the Knicks backfield is stuffed with guards. Before the start of this week, Burks wasn't even on fantasy radars for most leagues. But all of a sudden here we are. Burks is averaging a whopping 37 fantasy points per game across three games so far in 2020.

Note: Burks is hurt but upon his return, he will be a must-start. He is logging near 28 minutes per game so far to go along with his high-end scoring average. He's leading the Knicks in scoring with almost 21 points per game on the young season.

The scoring touch is helping propel him into heavier minutes for the Knicks. The veteran guard is also flirting with nearly four rebounds and assists a game, pushing his fantasy totals that much higher. He has shown a real scoring touch and pairing that with the assists and rebounds he has a great floor of near 30 points. Burks is a stash play for now with the injury, but many smart managers plan ahead for the future.

Keldon Johnson, SF, San Antonio Spurs (28.7% owned)

Are we witnessing the birth of another star Spurs player? Last week it was Dejounte Murray, this week it's Keldon Johnson. The young forward in limited minutes has shown real prowess for the Spurs. Guys like Aldridge who were once staples of the Spurs are now washed up and aging. Johnson, among other younger players, are being forced to answer the call.

Man oh man, he has answered the call. His defense is already at an elite NBA level and pairing that with his surprising scoring burst as of late bodes well for the young guard. Here is a tweet that shows how great Johnson has been on the defensive end of the ball.

His defense has him averaging 1.4 steals per game and near a block per game as well. The defense is uber impressive and pairing that with his 15 points per game on offense is enticing for fantasy owners. Take a look at Johnson's averages on the season for the Spurs. 30 MPG, 15 PPG, 7.6 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.4 STL, 0.8 BLK, and 31.6 fantasy points per game. The youngin is a STUD.

A player with Johnson's upside logging 30+ minutes a night is a must-add for fantasy purposes. At less than 30% owned it's a no-brainer to add Johnson at this time.

Weeks Biggest Movers

Darius Garland, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

Leading the bench, Garland has been an unstoppable force in only his second year as a pro. He's played so well that the Cavs have rewarded him, slotting him alongside Collin Sexton in some lineups forming a speedy, quick, aggressive attacking duo. This is just the beginning.

Garland has seen a 45% gain in ownership in ESPN formats and with good reason. Take a look at the stats. 35.8 MPG, 18.5 PPG, 4.0 REB, 7.8 AST, 1.8 STL, and 44.5 FPPG. The young buck is on a mission.

Garland's stock is skyrocketing quickly in 2020, with the news that former all-star forward Kevin Love will be out multiple weeks only improves Garlands stock. They will need to turn to him and Sexton to keep the red hot Cavaliers afloat for a playoff spot.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Detroit Pistons

Bouncing from team to team and finally landing on the Thunder in 2018, Grant propelled himself into a versatile player that looked to be a real starting-caliber NBA player. Then transitioning to the Nuggets in 2019 it looked even better. Finally, we get to where he has landed again. He's in Detroit playing for the Pistons.

So far on the season, Grant has looked even sharper on the Pistons than he did in his previous destinations. Grant actually leads the Pistons in points per game so far on the season averaging an outstanding 22.8 per contest. As if that wasn't enough take a look at his combined stats per game on the year. 37.3 MPG, 22.8 PPG, 6.0 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.8 BLK, and 41.8 FPPG. This kid is a monster.

With several injuries across the Pistons including forwards Jahlil Okafor and Blake Griffin along with guard Killian Hayes, it seems Grant will be asked to do even more than he is.

Grant does have two easy and two hard matchups in the coming week. He squares off against Giannis and the Bucks back to back then gets to play easier matchups versus the Jazz and Suns. If Grant continues this scoring out of the point he could be one of the steals of your fantasy drafts.

Sits of the Week

LaMelo Ball, PG, Charlotte Hornets

The No. 3 overall pick has struggled to find his footing so far this season. Averaging less than 20 minutes per game is not a recipe for fantasy success.

Even with his roster percentage being at 80% I still can't see why people are starting him. I get the "talent" is there, but is the opportunity? Not really. Guards Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham are soaking up most of the minutes while LaMelo is left with only 17ish minutes a night.

Even in limited minutes at only 17, Ball has looked timid and plain not great. In his first start, he scored 0 points and frankly didn't do much else on the boxscore as well. All that while guard Terry Rozier dropped 40+ points.

I don't want to hate on the young kid, he clearly has talent and the Hornets must believe in him if they spent that capital on him. The problem is the minutes just aren't there and if they were he hasn't maximized them to his potential. With rumors of Malik Monk being off the injury report he could slot in and affect Ball even more.

Don't drop Ball just yet, he has some upside and potential in this league. Monitor the situation with Monk this week and check back where we're at in a week. For this week Ball is a clear sit for me.

Lou Williams, SG, Los Angeles Clippers

This one is pretty obvious, Dating back to last year in the playoffs the veteran guard has struggled to stay on the court. His old age and slow feet are making him near unplayable in situations. He is still an absolutely incredible scorer and shooter but nearly a detriment on the defensive end. In games where it's tight or the Clippers are trailing Williams can't be called upon due to defensive liability. That's just the start of the scary sight.

Even with his scoring attainments, he isn't doing much on that side of the ball this season either. So far this season he is averaging a pathetic 9.8 points per game. The only reason it's that high is that in the one game with all-star Kawhi Leonard, Williams dropped 20.

That's fine and all until you realize Leonard will be back sooner than later from his mouth laceration. That means bye-bye Lou Williams. The veteran guard will have scorer outputs here and there but he is too streaky for my likes. Guys like Darius Garland, Kyle Anderson, and Larry Nance were all waiver guys I prefer over Williams in this setting.

Key Injuries:

  • Kevin Love (calf) out 1-3 weeks
  • Ja Morant (ankle) out 3-5 weeks
  • Kawhi Leonard (mouth laceration) out unknown
  • Clint Capela (achillies) minutes restrictions
  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) out a week
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) practicing again
  • Malik Monk (migraine) not practicing

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