Welcome to week two of the fantasy basketball schedule preview. The opening week of the NBA was as good as advertised. Highlights included the debut of Victor Wembanyama, the return of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson, the absence of James Harden, and an explosive performance by Damian Lillard in his new Bucks uniform.
However, given the lop-sided nature of week one, managers either had a massive schedule advantage or a disadvantage. The good news is that week two will be more consistent and settle into the typical NBA schedule with low nights on Tuesday and Thursday.
To prepare for upcoming matchups, we’ll analyze the schedule and identify potential waiver wire pickups in a comprehensive preview.
Fantasy Basketball Schedule Preview
This week’s schedule:
- Monday (10/30): 11 games
- Tuesday (10/31): 3 games
- Wednesday (11/1): 14 games
- Thursday (11/2): 4 games
- Friday (11/3): 7 games
- Saturday (11/4): 8 games
- Sunday (11/5): 5 games
Teams with four games this week:
UTA, CHI, DAL, NOR, CLE, PHO, POR, GSW, CHA, TOR, DEN, MEM, IND, BKN, DET, ORL
Teams with three games this week:
MIN, OKC, NYK, ATL, MIA, LAL, BOS, MIL, WAS, SAS
Teams with two games this week:
SAC, HOU, PHI, LAC
The Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, and San Antonio Spurs play on Tuesday and Thursday, offering plenty of options to gain games during the week if necessary. There might be better options on the waiver wire, but these teams can turn the tide if you need to bolster categories by streaming. The Spurs do not offer great streaming options and were omitted.
Phoenix Suns (T/TH/F/SAT)
- Josh Okogie – SG/SF: Starter in Phoenix, Okogie can produce across categories when Beal, Booker, or Durant sit. Okogie has an upside in steals but can also provide threes and rebounds.
- Jordan Goodwin – PG/SG: Goodwin has a route to value when Booker sits and contributes across the board when his shot falls.
- Eric Gordon – SG/SF: Eric Gordon will have a role off the bench even if Beal and Booker play and can contribute in points and threes. Expect inconsistency.
- Grayson Allen – SG/SF: Like Gordon and Okogie, Allen should be in the lineup most nights, but scoring opportunities will be limited.
- Drew Eubanks – PF: Operating as Jusef Nurkic’s backup, Eubanks provides blocks and rebounds in deep leagues that can help your team.
Orland Magic (M/T/TH/SAT)
- Jalen Suggs – PG/SG: Suggs’ has yet to hit his stride shooting the ball but provides great defensive stats at the guard position and can contribute in rebounds and assists.
- Jonathon Isaac – SF/PF: While playing limited minutes, Isaac is worth deploying for defensive stats alone. He can rack up steals and blocks at elite levels.