2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Weekly Planner

by Kyle Williams
2020-2021 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Weekly Planner

Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 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 4 Weekly Planner

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Schedule Run Down: January 11th - January 17th

Road Back-to-Backs

The Toronto Raptors start Week 4 on the back end of back-to-back road games. They play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday and then head up the coast to Portland for a game with the Blazers on Monday.

  • Pacers (Mon @SAC, Tue @GSW)
  • Jazz (Tue @CLE, Wed @WAS)
  • Lakers (Tue @HOU, Wed @OKC)
  • Hornets (Wed @CHA, Thu @TOR)
  • Warriors (Thu @DEN, Fri @PHX)
  • Magic (Fri @BOS, Sat @BKN)
  • Jazz (Fri @UTA, Sat @POR)
  • Pacers (Sat @PHX, Sun @LAC)
  • 76ers (Sat @MEM, Sun @OKC)

Home/Away Back-to-Backs

The New York Knicks start Week 4 on the back end of a back-to-back. They host the Denver Nuggets in NYC on Sunday and then travel to Charlotte to play the Hornets on Monday.

  • 76ers (Mon-Tue)
  • Cavaliers (Mon-Tue)
  • Thunder (Tue-Wed)
  • Nets (Tue-Wed)
  • Celtics (Tue-Wed)
  • Blazers (Wed-Thu)
  • Suns (Fri-Sat)
  • Grizzlies (Fri-Sat)
  • Pistons (Fri-Sat)

Five Game Slates

76ers, Pacers

Four Game Slates

Wizards, Jazz, Kings, Blazers, Suns, Magic, Thunder, Knicks, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Cavaliers, Hornets, Celtics, Hawks

Three Game Slates

Raptors, Spurs, Bucks, Heat, Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Pistons, Nuggets, Bulls, Nets

Two Game Slates


Pickups of the Week

Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (41.8% owned ESPN)

I wrote about this man in my very first fantasy basketball waiver article.  All the things that I said back in Week 2 I still believe to be true now. Boucher is starting to really earn the trust of the Raptors staff, coaches, and players. In the second half of the Raptors game on Friday, Boucher got the start over veteran Alex Len.

Boucher may not be starting or even playing a ton of minutes but in the few minutes he has played, he has flashed high upside. Especially on the defensive end of the floor. Take a look at the hustle and block on this play from the young center.

Boucher's defense is the reason he is seeing the floor. And what pushes his stock even higher is his silky scoring touch.

Take a look at the numbers for the young guy. He's averaging 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.0 blocks across only 19.6 minutes per game. Boucher has flashed high upside and has even scored 20 or more points for the Raptors several times this season.

It's clear he is the best center on the Raptors and it's only a matter of time before they start him. Right now he is averaging 28.7 points per game on only 20 minutes per game, he currently ranks as the 20th center in such limited time.

Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic (23.6% owned ESPN)

When one guy goes down another must rise. On Thursday, star guard Markelle Fultz suffered a non-contact ACL tear and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season for the Magic. In Fultz's absence someone must be called upon to take the minutes Fultz will be leaving behind. That someone is Cole Anthony, the rookie guard out of North Carolina.

Anthony will have some big shoes to fill. Take a look at the stats being left behind by Fultz.

  • 26.9 Minutes
  • 13.0 FGA
  • 3.1 Rebounds
  • 5.4 Assists
  • 12.9 Points

It's going to be a challenge for the young guard as he and Michael Carter-Williams will be scrapping for the starting job. Although Anthony should have the upper hand on the job as on Friday versus the Rockets, Anthony was active while Carter-Williams was not. Take a look at Anthony's stats from the first game without Fultz.

  • 28 Minutes
  • 15 Points
  • 2 Rebounds
  • 3 Assists
  • 2 Steals

That is a very solid stat line for the rookie. It's going to be a slow process for Anthony, rookies don't always pop in their first few games but with more time it looks like Anthony will. He clearly belongs in this league as he has lottery pick potential. I'm grabbing and stashing him with the upside of potentially 20+ points and 28+ minutes per game.


Weeks Biggest Movers

De'Andre Hunter, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks

One of the hottest pickups from Week 3, Hunter has continued his impressive run on the court over the past few weeks. The second-year pro is averaging an outstanding 31.4 fantasy points per game this season. Hunter has played excellent so far this season and the Hawks have rewarded him, slotting him into the starting lineup.

Hunter has seen his production off of his unreal shooting rate. This season he's shooting 43% from three and shooting an unheralded 51.1% from the field. If today were to end the season Hunter would be in the exclusive club of people who shoot 50-40 from the field. It's extremely rare to see a player shoot that well from the field. Guys like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are usually the only guys that have the capability to even do it.

It's not just what Hunter is doing from the floor shooting the basketball. It's the whole package that's doing it. Take a look at his averages on the 2020-2021 season.

  • 32.4 Minutes
  • 16.0 Points
  • 6.6 Rebounds
  • 2,4 Assists
  • 0.5 Steals
  • 0.5 Blocks

Hunter possesses such high defensive prowess, a quick motor, high intensity, and pure feel and touch for the game of basketball. His stock is elevating as the days go on. He is currently 63.9% owned which is up 51.6% owned just from last week.

Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings

The once-great forward for the Warriors has continued to impress with the Kings this season. He has shown excellent scoring touch and may potentially be sparking a return for his career path. Take a look at Barnes's stats so far this season. 34.6 Min, 17.4 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 3.3 Ast, and 0.8 steals across 34.6 minutes per game.

Barnes has been putting in work on both sides of the ball for a young Kings team. His presence has really calmed the presence of Buddy Hield and other young pieces. Barnes should continue to play a major scoring role on the Kings. He's averaging 31.3 fantasy points per game which slots him in as a top-80 player currently. He has seen his ownership rise up nearly 30% just this week alone.

Sits of the Week

Minnesota Timberwolves Players

This is a no-brainer, the Wolves only play two games for this week's slate. They are the only team to play that little games so far to start the season. But it's not just the lack of games, it's also the lack of true fantasy starters on their team.

Guys like Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, and Malik Beasley are the only players that are rostered in fantasy formats. Towns is hurt, Beasley is a backup bench piece on most fantasy rosters, and Russell has been uninspiring for fantasy owners.

The potential for any of them to outscore someone you can get on the waiver wire is unlikely. Towns, if he plays, may see around 100 points combined in his games, while Russell may top out at 60-70 range. You can find guys like Harrison Barnes, De'Andre Hunter, and many more on your waiver wire who will play 3-4 games and offer you a higher floor and potential than these guys above. Sit all of your Minnesota players this week.

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