Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Preview: Less is Morris


While you were probably busy watching the Cubs and Indians make history, you may have missed out on another great week of NBA Basketball. Now that the baseball season is officially in the books, we can really dive into the basketball season. With games every night, you usually don’t have to look far for NBA action.

With that being said, there’s no way you can watch every game and find every hidden gem in the box score. That’s were I come in. Every week I will be compiling every thing you need to know to get ready for your upcoming Fantasy Basketball match up.

In order to get the most out of your team each week, you’ll need to know which teams have a week stuffed full of games, and which teams have a thin week. Equally as important are the match ups each team will face in the given week. Are they facing a tough defense or a slow paced team every night of the week? Or are they facing high paced offensive teams?

All of this, as well as some players you should consider picking up, should give you the edge against your opponent every week.

Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Preview

Schedules to Target

Los Angeles Lakers (4 Games)

The Lakers have three games on the road this week, but that has not stopped from pushing the pace and scoring as of yet. Games against Phoenix, Dallas, and Sacramento should lead to good numbers from Los Angeles.

Phoenix Suns (4 Games)

The Suns may not do much winning, but with a soft schedule ahead, they should put up plenty of big numbers.

Portland Trail Blazers (4 Games)

Portland finds themselves at the bottom of the barrel defensively. Their lack of defense will push their offense to get high output in what should be a week of high scoring games.

Schedules to Avoid

Charlotte Hornets (4 Games)

The Hornets take the floor four times in Week 3, but match ups against the Pacers, Raptors, Jazz, and Cavaliers do not have me rushing to pick up their players.

Denver Nuggets (4 Games)

The Nuggets’ lack of star power lends itself to be a team consistently relied upon for streaming options. Not this week. The Nuggets face off with the Grizzlies, Warriors, and Pistons.

Houston Rockets (3 Games)

James Harden and the Rockets will stay in Texas for two of their three match ups this week. Unfortunately, both of those games are against the stingy San Antonio Spurs.

Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks

The Mavericks, Grizzlies, and Bucks only play two games this week, rendering their players not worthy of burning an acquisition.

Waiver Wire Targets

Marcus Morris, PF, Detroit Pistons

The fact that Marcus Morris is still available in over 50 percent of leagues is very surprising, and it will not last. In 32 minutes per game, Morris has averaged 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, and a steal. Morris can help in every category, and production like that won’t sit on the wire for long.

Trevor Booker, PF, Brooklyn Nets

Trevor Booker found a new home for the 2017 season in Brooklyn, and has been one of few bright spots for the Nets. Booker is still available in roughly 70 percent despite averaging almost nine rebounds and about two steals per game.

Booker is getting about 30 minutes per game and should continue to do the dirty work for the Nets.

Matthew Dellavedova, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks

Available in about 75 percent of leagues, Matthew Dellavedova has proved he can succeed anywhere. He has averaged about 30 minutes per game as the listed point guard for the Bucks, but he really plays SG since Giannis Antetokounmpo plays point most of the time.

Still, Dellavedova is good for about 11.5 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game.

The Bucks are on the teams to avoid list, but this is a pick up that can pay dividends on a long term basis, not just this week.

About Chris Wright

Chris is a self-diagnosed, non-recovering Fantasy addict. Balances stats on paper with actual on field evidence when making projections. Check him out on Twitter @ChrisWright_F6P

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