The San Antonio Spurs are looking to set the all-time single-game attendance mark in the NBA Friday night as they host Golden State in the Alamodome. Organizers expect upwards of 65 thousand to pack the long-standing venue for the Spurs 50th anniversary.
What does this mean for streamers? Not much, but it is a fun anecdote before diving into the list of players that could help managers win their weekly match-up. I will note that playing in large domes often affects players’ sightlines and the way the ball carries, so don’t expect high shooting percentages in this record-setting affair.
Fantasy Basketball Weekend Streamers
NBA Fantasy Streamers is a weekly article put out by Fantrax to help Fantasy NBA managers chase down statistics in weekly league formats. All the players listed below play 2 games in three nights between Friday and Sunday, giving you the best opportunity to maximize their statistical output.
Teams With Two Games
ATL, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIN, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA
Andrew Nembhard, G – Indiana Pacers | 52% rostered
Best stats: AST, STL, PTS
Starting point guard, Tyreese Haliburton is recovering from knee and elbow injuries and won’t even be evaluated for two weeks. Despite big minutes, Nembhard hasn’t been asked to be the leading distributor, which will change in Haliburton’s absence. Fantasy managers should expect big things from the rookie guard at least in the coming weeks.
Josh Richardson, G/F – San Antonio Spurs | 47% rostered
Best Stats: 3PM, AST, PTS
With Devin Vassell sidelined until after the all-star break, Josh Richardson is primed to pick up the slack and is already showing those signs of a break-out. Over his last 6 games, he’s hitting 2 three-pointers, dishing 4.3 assists, swiping 1 steal, and averaging 14.3 points per night.
The veteran is a part of a rebuilding Spurs team very keen on landing a top draft pick. There is always a chance he could be trade bait, but is a strong streaming candidate for at least a month going forward.
Walker Kessler, F/C – Utah Jazz | 88% rostered
Best Stats: BLK, REB
Even in limited minutes, Walker Kessler is one of the top shot blockers in the league. Kessler has been a somewhat unexpected immediate return for trading away Rudy Gobert, and this weekend he should have bloated stat lines. With Kelly Olynyk set to miss both the Jazz matchups, Kessler will assume the starting center role. Don’t be discouraged by his roster percentage, in standard leagues he’s up to 70% available.
De’Andre Hunter, F – Atlanta Hawks | 77% rostered
Best Stats: PTS, REB, 3PM
Hunter has been on a good run lately, and this weekend could be a good opportunity to see that continue. Over his last 10 games, he’s averaging 16.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and over and over 1.5 three-pointers made. Again, don’t be fooled by his rostered percentage, Hunter is likely available in 10 and 12-team formats.
Norman Powell, G/F – Los Angeles Clippers | 75% rostered
Best Stats: 3PM, PTS
Norman has been scorching over his last four outings, putting up 18.8 points and 2.2 three-pointers made. With the uncertain health of both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard he’s been a great, “plug and play” guy after being out of the rotation early in the season. It’s hard to see Powell continue this hot streak long-term but is an intriguing option headed into the weekend.
Zach Collins, F/C – San Antonio Spurs | 46% rostered
Best Stats: REB, PTS
Collins has been reduced to his normal bench role with Jakob Poetl returning, but in any case, he is one of the best rebounding options headed into the weekend. Popovich often runs strange rotations, seeing young players get extended runs, and Collins can often be a beneficiary. This pick-up is a bit of a flyer but worth a look.