As we hit the middle of January, players are still flying in and out of health and safety protocols. This means there are a ton of players still picking up temporary value in fantasy hoops, who can make a big difference over a short span. These players make for perfect streaming options over the weekend, as you try and finish off the week strong with a few difference-makers from the waiver wire. So let’s dive right in and take a look at this weekend’s top streamers, who, as always, must have two games over these next three days.
Chuma Okeke, PF, Orlando Magic
Best Categories: 3PM, REB, STL
With Wendell Carter Jr. out of the lineup and Mo Bamba questionable to play, Chuma Okeke should once again draw the start for the Magic and see at least 30 minutes in Orlando’s games against the Hornets and Mavericks. Okeke has been solid since returning from health and safety protocols, averaging 1.5 threes and 1.8 steals over his past four games while topping double-digit rebounds in one of them. The shooting efficiency hasn’t been there, as he failed to shoot better than 33% in any of those contests, but he has still managed to produce some solid value even without the scoring. If he can find his shot even a little bit over this weekend, he could be an elite streaming option with heavy minutes coming his way along with the steady production he provides in other areas.
Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
Best Categories: PTS, REB
Despite a horribly underwhelming season as a whole thus far, Marvin Bagley has actually been playing some really solid basketball of late, and that can be expected to continue into this weekend. Bagley has been starting for Sacramento and seeing minutes in the mid to upper 20s most nights, putting up very respectable scoring and rebounding numbers. The 22-year-old has averaged 10.5 points over his past four games, and an impressive 8.7 rebounds across his last six. And with back-to-back games this weekend against the Houston Rockets, who give up a league-worst 116.6 points per game, Bagley has a major opportunity to drop a pair of monster stat lines.
Chimezie Metu, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
Best Categories: 3PM, REB, STL, BLK
With the back-to-back games against Houston presenting such an enticing matchup for the weekend, it only seems fitting to add another Kings player to this list. Chimezie Metu has seen a major increase in minutes with Richaun Holmes still working his way back into game shape, and the versatile big man has impressed. Playing over 20 minutes in each of the last two games, Metu 5 threes, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, averaging 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds as well. After playing so well, it’s reasonable to think the minutes could increase even higher, and the production could rise again with it. Metu looks like a prime streaming option this weekend if you need any of those specific stats, or just an overall strong couple of stat lines.
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
Best Categories: 3PM, PTS
For anyone looking for more of a three-point specialist this weekend, Bryn Forbes might very well be the guy to get. Forbes has been shooting the ball well over his past three games, knocking down 10 triples with 14.7 points per game in that span. He’s seen nearly 27 minutes per game over his last four games as well, which is plenty of time to make a difference, especially if he heats up quickly in either matchup against the Cavaliers or Clippers. Forbes won’t offer a whole lot outside of scoring and triples, but he could be a nice option if that’s the kind of production you need.
Max Strus, SG/SF, Miami Heat
Best Categories: 3PM, PTS
For another hot shooting option, Max Strus is another guy who has been red-hot from beyond the arc. With 50 points and 14 threes in his last three games, very few players, if any, have provided better specialist stats in recent games. And dating back before dealing with health and safety protocols, Strus had recorded eight consecutive games with 3 or more triples, making him as consistent of an option as there is in that category. With one of his two games this weekend coming against the defensively-challenged Hawks, Strus will have some explosion potential that could win the three-point category by himself with a big weekend. He’s definitely worth a streaming look to see if he stays hot.
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