The 2021-2022 NBA season is upon us. For many fantasy basketball General Managers, week 1 may feel like a smack in the face with the volatile and inconsistent schedule. Need not worry, on October 25 the first full week of the season begins. With it comes a slightly more consistent spread of games across the league.
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The weekly breakdown of games is as follows:
- October 25, Monday: 9 games
- October 26, Tuesday: 5 games
- October 27, Wednesday: 10 games
- October 28, Thursday: 6 games
- October 29, Friday: 7 games
- October 30, Saturday: 11 games
- October 31, Sunday: 5 games
Monday (9), Wednesday (10), and Saturday (11) are heavy days with more than half the league in action. Tuesday (5), Thursday (6), and Sunday (5) are lighter days with only a small percentage of the league playing.
All teams are either playing 2, 3, or 4 games this week.
Teams with 4 games this week (9)
MIA, UTA, LAL, DET, IND, WAS, TOR, DAL, CLE, CHA, POR, ATL, NOR, DEN, ORL, MIL, BKN
Teams with 3 games this week (18)
GSW, SAS, SAC, NYK, MIN, OKC, HOU, CHI, PHI, LAC, BOS, MEM
Teams with 3 games this week (3)
To get the most out of your streaming options this week, identify players on the teams fill the gaps in your team’s weekly schedule. Adding the right player can significantly change the outcome of your head-to-head matchup. Let’s go over a few options from a schedule point of view.
Ricky Rubio – CLE – PG
While Darius Garland is currently injured for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ricky Rubio is a must roster player. Rubio is averaging 16.7 points, 3 threes, 4 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 1.3 steals on 48% shooting in 29 minutes a game. When Garland plays, expect Rubio to get around 25 minutes and contribute effectively across the board and especially in assists and steals. With 4 games next week, Rubio is a no-brainer add if he is available in your league.
Will Barton – DEN – SF
He is not owned across the standard league and deeper formats. If he is on your waiver wire, find a way to add him.
Jae’Sean Tate – HOU -SF
The Second-year forward is starting for the Houston Rockets’ youth movement. After a rough game 1, Tate was dropped across leagues. Tate had a fantastic follow-on performance in game two going for 16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 threes, 6 assists, and 1 steal on 66% shooting in 28 minutes. In competitive leagues, Tate can be a difference-maker with his unique ability to contribute across multiple categories. As a young starter for a team looking to focus on developing young talent, Tate is in a perfect position to have a consistent production across with a few monster lines mixed in.
Precious Achiuwa – TOR – PF
The Toronto Raptors prefer to use athleticism across their lineup to switch nearly every pick and roll on defense. This is great news for Precious Achiuwa. As a starter, Achiuwa’s minutes in three games have been 18, 25, and 33. Through these three games, Achiuwa is averaging 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. He won’t block a ton of shots, nor will he be a high FG% play, but Achiuwa is a great addition if you need big man depth.
For more fantasy basketball fun check out Mike Omelan’s 10 Things He Thinks He Thinks He Knows for 2021 Fantasy Basketball.
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