For those looking for some shorter term fantasy options to help deal with struggling players or injuries, this is where you want to be. Streaming is a popular fantasy term that means you are looking for the best set of matchups in a short term basis. For leagues where you need to set a weekly lineup, this can come in handy. Injuries are always messing with our lineups, but that is what the waiver wire is for. Let us dive in to find the best weekly streaming options by position.
Backcourt Streaming Options
At the beginning of the season, we were never quite sure what the point guard rotation was going to look like. Overall we were never sure what this Bulls team was going to look like. Kris Dunn has three position eligibility, a four game week, and has been playing well with larger minutes of late. Over the last five games he is averaging 10-4-4 with 2.2 steals per game. Dunn can really help in the steals category, given he has been excellent in that department since coming into the league.
Not only is Darius Garland a great streaming option this week, he is a long term pick up. He has been playing well of late, and the big minutes have followed. Garland has played over 35 minutes in each of the last five games, and no less than 30 since the New Year. He is averaging 18-2-6 over the last two weeks, and ranks 107th in nine category formats. Cleveland also has four games this week, which is a big plus for Garland and the minutes he is receiving. Don’t be afraid to target these Cavs names.
The rookie Jarrett Culver is averaging 15-5-2 over the last five games, and is notching 1.4 steals per game. Culver has averaged 1.8 threes per game in that span, and shot 47% from the field. He is coming into his own right now, and Minnesota is wise to finally get him steady minutes. With the season slipping away, Culver will see plenty of minutes moving forward. In Week 13 he has four games, and also another four game week in Week 14. Culver is sitting around the 40% mark as far as ownership goes.
Markelle Fultz – PG, SG – Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz has been playing extremely well of late, and the minutes have followed. Over the past two weeks he is playing 29 minutes per game, averaging 10-4-5 with two steals per game. D.J. Augustin is a bit banged up, which would push a few extra minutes his way, but overall his role is carved out for the meantime. Orlando has a four game week, and I would advise hanging onto Fultz for a bit longer than this week. Orlando also has four games in Week 14. The downside here is that you will have to live with the up and down FG%.
With Jrue Holiday banged up and expected to miss a few games still, Josh Hart is a solid streaming option this week. He has three games on schedule this week, and has played over 30 minutes per game since Holiday went down. His shot has been a bit off, but Hart is still producing a decent line over his last five, going 11-6-1 with a steal and two threes made per game.
Frontcourt Streaming Options
The center situation in Boston isn’t that appealing right now with the split minutes, but Daniel Theis has been contributing in various categories of late, and Boston also has four games this week. Theis currently ranks 127th in nine category formats this season, and 125th over the last two weeks. He is averaging 95-1 in that span, but also a steal and block per game. While he plays just 20-23 minutes a game, the impact is there.
Thaddeus Young – SF, PF – Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter going down is going to move around some of the front court names, although the rotation will likely be changing on a nightly basis. Thaddeus Young is worth a look out there, averaging 10-5-1 with 1.8 steals over the last five games. The Bulls have a four game week which puts Young as one of the better streamers at the forward position, even if the minutes are a bit up and down.
Cedi Osman – SF, PF – Cleveland Cavaliers
With the Kevin Porter injury, this opens the door back up for more Cedi Osman minutes. He has played over 30 minutes in five straight games, and has been a double-digit scorer in all but one game since the new year. In the last two weeks he is averaging a 13-4-2 line, shooting 49% from the field, and averaging 2.1 threes per game. The only knock on him is that he doesn’t record many defensive stats. As mentioned with Garland, the Cavs having a four game week is a plus.
Joel Embiid is out for the next few weeks, and Mike Scott will see a tick up in minutes. He has played 23 and 26 in the absence of Embiid over the last two games. Scott can help bring some threes to your team this week, which is a four game week for the 76ers which is why he has a bit of an edge. He will also face three weaker defenses, playing Brooklyn, Chicago, and New York. Scott isn’t the sexiest of names out there, but will chip in with some threes and rebounds.
There are a few center options out there right now, and Dwight Powell is the one I would want if he is available. He is averaging 13 and 7 over his last five games, and is consistently playing 30 minutes a night. Powell currently ranks 145th in nine category formats this season, but 110th over the last month. In that span he is putting up 10-6-2 with 1.1 steals per game. Powell will see some good matchups for centers this week, facing Golden State, Sacramento, and Portland.
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