2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Weekly Planner

by Kyle Williams

Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 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 5 Weekly Planner

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Schedule Run Down: January 18th - January 24th

Road Back-to-Backs

  • Knicks (Thu @ GS, Fri @ SAC)
  • Heat (Fri @ TOR, Sat @ BKN)
  • Rockets (Fri @ DET, Sat @ DAL)
  • Nuggets (Fri @ PHX, Sat @ PHX)

Home/Away Back-to-Backs

  • 76ers (Fri VS BOS, Sat @ DET)
  • Mavericks (Fri @ SA, Sat VS HOU)
  • Bulls (Fri @ CHA, Sat VS LAL)
  • Nets (Fri @ CLE, Sat VS MIA)

Four Game Slates

Raptors, Spurs, Blazers, Suns, Magic, Knicks, Timberwolves, Bucks, Heat, Grizzlies, Rockets, Warriors, Pistons, Mavericks, Nets, Hawks

Three Game Slates

Wizards, Jazz, Kings, 76ers, Thunder, Pelicans, Lakers, Clippers, Pacers, Nuggets, Cavaliers, Bulls, Hornets, Celtics

Pickups of the Week

Tyrese Maxey, SG/PG, Philadelphia 76ers (39.9% owned ESPN)

Almost traded to the Rockets, but he wasn't. The 76ers refused to include young guard Maxey. There must be a reason why that is. If you are willing to trade Ben Simmons and not Maxey, that must mean the rookie guard is special in the eyes of the 76ers.

Honestly, that thinking is 100% correct. Maxey in the absences of several members of the team due to covid protocols has flashed elite level play and clear comfort alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Maxey has seen a big bump in minutes just due to the pure overall amount of players missing from the lineup. But what's to say now that even if the other guys come back they will start over Maxey? He's young, explosive, and shows a clear scoring touch and comfortability with the basketball.

With Embiid being ruled out for the upcoming road trip, Maxey will be in high demand on the offensive side of the ball. Over the past three games since scoring 39, the young guard is averaging an outstanding 15.3 points per game. Grab Maxey as a plug and play this guy with a rash of injuries to the 76ers squad.

DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets (38.3% owned ESPN)

Jarrett Allen is gone, James Harden is in. Now with little depth at the skill positions and especially at forward and center, it's even more important that Jordan returns to his old form.

Before Allen was traded he was starting and outplaying Jordan comfortably. Now that Allen is gone it frees up Jordan to enter the starting lineup. With Harden entering the Nets equation as a volume shooter it likely means an uptick in lob passes and rebounds for the veteran center.

A rebounding putback center who can block shots, play defense, and logs 30+ minutes a night. Where do I sign up? With the Nets having no choice but to rely on Jordan and the pure volume a center sees alone on a nightly basis makes Jordan a must-add in fantasy formats.

Week's Biggest Movers

Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I am a HUGE Boucher fan. I've written about him, tweeted, told everyone to grab him, basically pounded the door down for people to grab him weeks ago. Guess what, if you did, you found yourself a league winner.

After being in a bench role to start the season, it's obvious he can't remain there anymore. Centers Alex Len and Aaron Baynes are simply not as good and it's showing. Boucher has been inserted into the starting lineup and has injected life into the team. He has made it impossible for head coach Nick Nurse to sit the young budding star. His dominant display of defense and raw offensive prowess is eye-popping. Take a look at numbers from the season versus his last seven days as a starter.

Season vs Starting

  • 22.9 - 28.7 MPG
  • 15.3 - 20.0 PPG
  • 6.5 - 8.0 RPG
  • 1.0 - 1.0 AST
  • 0.6 - 0.7 STL
  • 2.5 - 3.7 BLK

Every stat has gone up massively besides assists and steals, which for a center aren't a huge deal. Just his minutes alone make him a viable fantasy option. His elite skills just take him up that much higher in the fantasy rankings.

Boucher is an absolute stud on both ends of the ball. He currently ranks as the 7th center in PPG in fantasy formats and is a widely regarded top-60 player.

Sits of the Week

Wizards, Suns, Timberwolves

I hate to be the guy that just gives teams and not players but when you have a huge problem playing these guys I just can't stand back and let you guys play them.

Listen, the league is making a huge mistake not expanding the rosters. It's causing a major problem, the league as of Friday has canceled 13 NBA games since the start of the season. On the same Friday, 6 players from the Wizards tested positive for covid-19 and have postponed the next two games to covid. On top of that, they only play three games this week.

The near-exact thing happened to the Timberwolves on Friday night. Star center Karl-Anthony Towns was pulled and tested positive with covid and the game between the Grizzlies and Wolves was canceled. With contract tracing ending the game, the Wolves may have more positives causing them to miss more games for the upcoming week potentially.

The cause with the Suns is also the lack of players available to play. They remain out with contact tracing and covid positives. Nobody knows exactly when they will be back and if they will miss games next week. Out of the three teams, the Suns are the ones I would consider starting. For now, with no news, they are a sit but if we do arrive on some news you can slot them in your lineup.

Lou Williams, SG, Los Angeles Clippers

Williams remains a player in whom I have nearly no interest. His lack of ability to do much other than score is glaring and concerning for fantasy owners. Unless the Clippers need scoring help, he is unplayable. And unless he's scoring, he is useless.

This season the aging guard has only five games over 10 points and only two games over 20. That's not good what so ever. To add insult to injury the former superstar sixth man is only seeing an average of 19.7 points per game and across the last seven days, it's shrinking to 16.5 minutes per game.

But to top that all off he is doing zero with his minutes. Across those 19.7 minutes per game, he is averaging a sad 1.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals per game.

Williams just doesn't produce many fantasy points and is 52% owned in fantasy leagues which is hilarious. Since the start of the new year, Williams has played seven games and has scored 20+ fantasy points in only two of them. In the other five games, he has a combined total of only 44 fantasy points which averages out to less than 10 per game. In my mind, he is a clear drop and a nonplay for the upcoming week.

Injuries to Monitor

  • Joel Embiid (knee) out two games
  • Wizards lineup covid protocols
  • Suns lineup covid protocols
  • Karl-Anthony Towns Covid-19
  • Markelle Fultz (knee) done for the season
  • Josh Richardson (covid protocols) out 7-14 days
  • Joe Ingles (Achillies) DTD
  • Kyrie Irving (personal) unknown
  • James Harden, Jarrett Allen (physicals) DTD
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) DTD
  • Darius Garland (shoulder) out 2-4 games
  • Evan Fournier (back) out a week
  • Collin Sexton (ankle) DTD
  • Michael Porter Jr. (covid) likely back this week

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