As we approach the final weekend of the regular season for many fantasy leagues, there is a decent chance that winning this week’s matchup could go a long way toward securing a spot in your league’s playoffs, locking up a first round bye, or maybe even just getting a favorable first round matchup. This means that you might need to be a bit more aggressive than usual, taking to the waiver wire to try and stream your way to an extra category or two as the week comes to an end. Fortunately, with 25 games on the NBA schedule over the next three days, there are a number of teams with a pair of games this weekend that could provide some sneaky fantasy value from a handful of under-the-radar players. So let’s dive in and take a look at some of this weekend’s best streaming options, who could tilt the scale in your favor as you look to finish off your regular season with a victory.
Alperen Sengun, PF/C, Houston Rockets
Best Categories: PTS, REB, STL, BLK
Right off the bat, Alperen Sengun presents a huge boom-or-bust streaming option this weekend, as he offers an incredibly high ceiling when given enough minutes, but these opportunities are unfortunately few and far between. Over the past two games with Christian Wood sidelined with an illness, Sengun has gone off thanks to 30 and 40 minutes, respectively. The rookie averaged 17 and 11 across those two games, adding in 5 stocks (steals + blocks). Wood is questionable to return for tonight’s game, but with the Rockets season as good as over, there is simply no logical reason not to let Sengun see the floor for 30 or more minutes in every game down the stretch. And assuming he does see major minutes again, he should have no trouble producing similarly this weekend against the Mavericks and Pelicans. He’s definitely a gamble if you need guaranteed production, but the potential rewards are massive.
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Best Categories: 3PM, PTS
Malik Beasley is definitely limited in the categories to which he contributes, but over the past six games, he has been contributing to those two categories in a major way. Beasley is hotter than the sun of late, knocking down at least three triples in each of his past six contests, going off for a career-best 11 made threes on Wednesday against the Thunder. Overall, the 25-year-old is averaging 5.7 threes and 18.7 points per game across that span, and he is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. His minutes have gone up over this stretch too, giving him even more opportunities to make a positive impact in the stat sheet. And with games against Orlando and Miami, he could single-handedly provide double-digit threes over the course of this weekend for your fantasy team. If you’re looking to stream someone who can grab some boards and defensive stats, Beasley probably isn’t your guy, but few players present a better option over the next three days if what you need is a sharp shooter.
Immanuel Quickley, PG/SG, New York Knicks
Best Categories: 3PM, PTS, AST
Another enticing backcourt option, who offers a bit of a more well-rounded stat line, is Immanuel Quickley. The sophomore guard for the Knicks has been playing some great basketball of late, severely out-performing Alec Burks to finally earn minutes in the 30s in each of his past two games. He’s scored in double figures in five of his last six, reaching the 20-point mark in three of those, he’s buried three triples in four of his last six, and he’s totaled 16 assists across his last three. He’s also recorded a steal in six straight contests, so he’s not a complete liability defensively, although it’s certainly not his strong suit. Overall, the minutes are there, the production has certainly been there, and a pair of games against the Nets and Grizzlies should present some fast-tempo up-and-down action that could provide some very fantasy-friendly stat lines for the young guard. He makes for a very intriguing option for this weekend especially, but down the stretch of the season as well.
Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
Best Categories: PTS, REB
With Isaiah Stewart suffering a knee injury, Marvin Bagley has joined the starting rotation for the Detroit Pistons, and he looks like someone who could easily take advantage of the open minutes as the Pistons play for absolutely nothing over the season’s final weeks. Over the last three games, Bagley is averaging 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, shooting 50% or better in each of them. So while matchups this weekend against the Celtics and Clippers might not be the best pair of games for fantasy purposes, being a near guarantee for around 30 minutes a night as a nightly double-double threat definitely makes him someone worth considering as a streaming option. The stats might not mean a whole lot for his actual team, but they could do wonders in fantasy, so take a chance on the former second overall pick who is more than capable of dropping 20 and 10 on any given night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG/SF, Washington Wizards
Best Categories: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has seen 30 or more minutes in six straight games and eight of his last nine, and he has actually played quite well in that span. The veteran is averaging 19.2 points and 3.0 triples on a very efficient 49.3% from the floor and 93.1% from the line over the last two weeks, making him an excellent streamer this weekend for some efficient scoring numbers. KCP has also tallied 10 steals over his last eight games for good measure, making him a strong 3-and-D guy with favorable weekend matchups against the Lakers and Trailblazers. He’s been extremely consistent with double-digit scoring in ten of his past 11 games, and he’s even displayed some big-game potential with 27 or more points twice in that span. I like his chances of having two very productive games this weekend.