Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Weekly Planner!
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That's where this article comes in to play. In this article, I break down the schedule, road back to backs, who plays the most and least games, every team's home, and away back to backs. All this while giving you the top starts and injury alerts around the league.
Now let's dive into the article and discuss 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. If you're feeling really lucky, perhaps you can try your hand at some betting. You can use this bonus code to get some extra deposit money.
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Weekly Planner
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Schedule Run Down: February 1st - February 7th
- Pistons (Mon @ DEN, Tue @ UTA)
- Clippers (Tue @ BKN, Wed @ CLE)
- Celtics (Tue @ GS, Wed @ SAC)
- Rockets (Wed @ OKC, Thu @ MEM)
- Jazz (Thu @ ATL, Fri @ CHA)
- Raptors (Fri @ BKN, Sat @ ATL)
- Bulls (Fri @ ORL, Sat @ ORL)
- Timberwolves (Fri @ OKC, Sat @ OKC)
- Bucks (Fri @ CLE, Sat @ CLE)
- Pistons (Fri @ PHX, Sat @ LAL)
- Blazers (Sat @ NYK, Sun @ CHA)
- Wizards (Tue VS POR, Wed @ MIA)
- Pacers (Tue VS MEM, Wed @ MIL)
- Mavericks (Wed @ ATL, Thu VS GS)
- 76ers (Wed @ CHA, Thu VS POR)
- Pelicans (Fri @ IND, Sat VS MEM)
- Nets (Fri VS TOR, Sat @ PHI)
- Kings (Sat VS DEN, Sun @ LAC)
Four Game Slates
Blazers, Wizards, Jazz, Kings, Suns, Thunder, Knicks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Bucks, Heat, Grizzlies, Clippers, Pacers, Rockets, Pistons, Mavericks, Cavaliers, Bulls, Hornets, Celtics, Hawks
Three Game Slates
Raptors, Spurs, 76ers, Magic, Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets, Nets
Pickup of the Week
Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves (38.5% owned ESPN)
The 2020 number one overall draft pick is finally getting his chance to start. After being assigned a 6th man bench role for most of the season, the Timberwolves have finally given their young star a chance to start. Over the past week of starting, things are trending upward for the rookie.
He's averaging 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals across 27.0 minutes per game as a starter. Every statistic has risen as a starter, especially the scoring output. His production has seen a near five points per game rise since joining the starting unit.
25 PTS (career-high), 9/14 FG, 3/3 3PT, 6 REB, 2 BLK in 24 MINS
25 PTS, 9/19 FG, 5/8 3PT, 4 REB, 3 STL in 32 MINSpic.twitter.com/1UH391Dx1W
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 28, 2021
With the Timberwolves still missing Karl-Anthony Towns out with COVID-19, Edwards is getting a shot to prove himself as an elite NBA scorer. He's showing great strides as a rookie and by the middle of the season, he could flirt with being a legitimate top-80 option in fantasy formats.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers (35.9% owned ESPN)
If you follow me on Twitter you've heard me speak about Lamb. Since returning from injury Lamb has been a menace. Take a look at a tweet I posted warning people to grab him mid-week.
Jeremy Lamb is on the comeup, get infront of it now people. Only 31.8% owned in ESPN leagues.
Just came back from injury and is averaging 28.25 fantasy points since his return.
🔥 25.0 MPG
🔥 16.8 PPG
🔥 4.8 RPG
🔥 0.8 APG
🔥 1.0 SPG
Saw a season high 33 minutes yesterday 👀
— Kyle Williams ✪ (@betonthegame) January 26, 2021
I warned everyone then and I'm trying to warn you now. The ship is ready for take-off with Lamb. Take a look at the stats that Lamb has produced since returning from injury.
- 25.3 MPG
- 13.7 PPG
- 4.7 RPG
- 1.3 APG
- 1.0 SPG
- 0.5 BPG
The above stats are incredible, to say the least. He's averaging all this while only seeing the starting lineup just twice. His ceiling is massive considering he's flirted with two games above 20 points. If Lamb can get the minutes he flirts with being a top-100 fantasy player. In just two games since his injury, he has received above 30 minutes. In both of those games, he scored over 30 fantasy points.
With the Pacers vying for a playoff spot and now with Oladipo gone there is no reason for Lamb to not be a top-100 fantasy player. Grab him now before he blows up! It's your last warning.
Sits of the week
Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic
After being in last week's article as one of the league's hottest pick-ups, Anthony now slots in as the sit of the week. Guard Evan Fournier is back in action, severely hindering Anthony.
Fournier, since returning a near five games ago, has slumped the value of Anthony. Anthony has seen a 10% drop in his points since his return and his minutes and assists are going downward.
Evan Fournier with an impressive 5-game stretch!
25 PTS, 4 AST, 42.6 FPTS
19 PTS, 6 AST, 34.4 FPTS
21 PTS, 6 AST, 32.6 FPTS
26 PTS, 9 AST, 43.3 FPTS
24 PTS, 2 AST, 32.2 FPTS pic.twitter.com/uliZZvF6PM
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) January 28, 2021
The Magic seem to be looking to the older aged veteran guard, rather than the young promising rookie. With Anthony slotted to only play three games versus the Raptors and two against the Bulls I'm sitting him this week in favor of someone else. The Raptors and Kyle Lowery are pests on defense and Bulls guard Coby White along with Zach Lavine are outstanding on defense.
Fading Anthony is a great position for this week. Look to acquire another player at guard to replace him. Note that the Thunder have plus matchups and the Blazers have five games. Target both of those teams for pickups this week.
Team to Target
Oklahoma City Thunder
I love the Thunder's matchups for the Week 7 slate. They start their schedule with two straight home games against a Rockets team then have to square off against a bad Timberwolves team who will also play on a road back to back in Oklahoma City. The four home games this week alone are justification for a play, let alone both of these teams will play road back to backs versus the Thunder.
I'll be heavily targeting Al Horford in matchups this week. The veteran center returned from a nine-game absence just a short few games ago and has been averaging solid numbers since. In his first two games back he is averaging 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks across 27.0 minutes per game. Those numbers are outstanding for the veteran.
But look at the matchup, the Timberwolves statistically rank in the bottom of the barrel in terms of defense versus the center position. They allow centers to average a whopping 27.2 points per game along with giving up 17.2 rebounds per game as well. This Timberwolves squad with and without Karl-Anthony Towns is a dumpster fire on the defense side of the ball.
Here’s the shot that got him there. @Al_Horford now only 7th active player with 12k+ points and 1k+ blocks.
He’s got 14 points, a block and 2 steals so far tonight. 4 threes. pic.twitter.com/N7g42fUUBZ
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 28, 2021
From the Thunder side of the ball, I'll also be targeting Louguentz Dort as a potential streamer. The matchup versus the Rockets is outstanding for guards and his on guard ball ability versus some of the sloppiest ball handlers makes him a standout play. He also has a little extra motivation against the Rockets. Some of the best games Dort has had including in last season's playoff run have come against the Rockets.
But it's the metrics on defense that make Dort a valuable play. The Rockets are allowing the most points per game to SGs and are ranked as the second-best matchup for guards according to metrics. With the Rockets allowing 3.9 three-pointers made per game and 27.9 points per game allowed I'm all in on Dort is a play this week in fantasy.
Lou Dort's shooting ability has grown tremendously in the last year. Teams have been daring him to shoot, and he has been punishing them as a result. Dort is shooting 44% from 3 on almost 5.6 attempts per game. #ThunderUp #PI pic.twitter.com/L5jd1T1rkR
— Intuition Hoops (@IntuitionHoops) January 26, 2021
Team to Avoid
San Antonio Spurs
With the Spurs being one of only eight teams slotted to play three games they make the list of teams to avoid. The team as a whole shouldn't be avoided as DeMar DeRozan has been playing some outstanding basketball as of recent. Young fourth-year veteran Dejounte Murray also does not fall under this category.
Keldon Johnson is a guy I'm looking to fade this week. Johnson's three-game schedule has him slotted to play the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, and Rockets. The Grizzlies are an extremely concerning matchup as they play with one of the slowest paces in the entire NBA. But it's not just the pace for me it's the return of veteran Derrick White to the lineup.
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsNBA) January 29, 2021
Bad news for Johnson as he has found his footing in the league as of recent. He is on my avoid list with guys like Lou Dort being in better matchups at the same position they offer more value.
Week 7 Biggest Movers
Wayne Ellington, SG, Detroit Pistons
Two of the most slept on players in the entire league are on the Pistons. One is forward Jerami Grant. The other is guard Wayne Ellington. Lost in one of the league's worst teams, Ellington has been on a scorching hot streak over the past two weeks.
Since Ellington returned back from a one-game absence on January 15th, he's been white-hot. The veteran guard is averaging an outstanding 17.6 points per game across 30.3 minutes per game. His impressive scoring doesn't just stop with his points per game. Since January 15th, Ellington is shooting 60% from three and 58% from the field. The sharpshooting veteran has been setting the league on fire from the arc.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 24, 2021
With such high scoring volume on a bad team, things are looking up for Ellington. In roto leagues, he's a dream scenario for scoring, shooting, and percentages. Over the past few weeks, he is also rising to the radars of fantasy owners. His stock has seen a 30% rise in pickups in just the past seven days alone.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Houston Rockets
From superstar to injury-plagued bench player, it's been a long road for Cousins. After getting traded to the Pelicans things took a turn. Tearing his knee up, heading to the Warriors and Lakers, and getting injured in those spots as well. He finally has landed in what looked to be his last and final chance in the league.
Now Cousins looks to turn back the clock and seems to flash signs of his old self. Since starting center Christian Wood went down with an injury, Cousins has stepped in and held the team together like glue. He's helped lead the Rockets to four straight wins and has averaged 17.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in that time frame as a starter.
Demarcus Cousins tonight:
Love to see Boogie ball out 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oAtTZUlEGK
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 24, 2021
The stock of Cousins and the Rockets as a team is skyrocketing. With the trade of Harden in recent weeks and scoring and assists being lost, Cousins has really stepped in and pulled his wait as a leader on the floor. Cousins has seen a 24% rise in his ownership in the past seven days.
Injuries to Monitor
- Kevin Durant (injury management) won't play back-to-backs
- Anthony Davis (knee) swelling day-to-day
- Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19) out indefinitely
- Donavon Mitchell (concussion) out indefinitely
- Jimmy Butler (league protocols) day-to-day
- C.J. McCollum (foot) out multiple weeks
- Jonas Valanciunas (COVID-19) out indefinitely
- OG Anunoby (calf) day-to-day
- Caris LeVert (kidney) out for the season
- Robert Covington (concussion) out indefinitely
- Goran Dragic (groin) out indefinitely
- Kevin Love (wrist) out indefinitely
- T.J. Warren (foot) out indefinitely
- Wendell Carter (quad) out four-plus weeks
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