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
Chicago gets a four game week, and not a bad one. They will take on Dallas, Minnesota, Indiana, and Brooklyn. Outside of Indiana, there isn’t a team here that is great against opposing backcourts in terms of defense. Minnesota and Brooklyn are also two matchups White can really take advantage of. Coby White’s hot streak could last a little longer, as he is averaging over 25 points per game over the last five games.
With Ben Simmons out, Shake Milton has been getting more run. Philadelphia has a three game week, but some enticing matchups. The Lakers will be the big one, and a bit of a challenge for this 76ers team, but Sacramento and Golden State both rank bottom ten against opposing point guards. Milton can add threes to your game, as he is averaging three per game over the last two weeks.
Dillon Brooks – SG, SF – Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks certainly cooled off, but hit a good stretch over the weekend. He gets an excellent Week 20 set of games, facing Atlanta twice, Brooklyn, and Dallas. Facing the Hawks twice is already a good start, but Brooklyn and Dallas are not teams to shy away from either. Brooks can be a good source of threes, and also help the field goal percentages while he is hot. With these matchups, I would bank on Brooks finding that stable form again like we saw earlier in the season.
Minnesota has four games this week, and will be facing the Timberwolves twice. They rank 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing backcourts. Chicago and Orlando are the other two games, who are better defensively but not enough to keep Beasley at bay. Beasley continues to play well in Minnesota. Since coming to Minnesota, he is averaging 17 shots per game, shooting 44% from the field. He is also knocking down 3.9 threes per game, averaging 21-5-2 in these eight games.
Gary Trent Jr. – SG – Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard has already been ruled out for Monday’s game, and no guarantee he comes back. Gary Trent has been getting more run in the process, but even if you set lineups and Lillard comes back, the minutes will be enough for some fantasy relevance. Orlando is the toughest of the matchups, but they rank just 13th. Washington, Phoenix, and Sacramento are all great matchups for the Blazers. Trent’s production can be a bit up and down, so he is more of a deeper league start at this point.
Frontcourt Streaming Options
Thaddeus Young – SF, PF – Chicago Bulls
Because of the limited options for the Bulls, Thaddeus Young has been getting extra run and really playing well. He gets a decent week, as Indiana is the tougher of defenses, and then things slow down a bit. Minnesota ranks 28th against front courts, while Brooklyn and Dallas are middle of the road. Young is averaging 16-6-2 with three steals per game over the last two weeks. He currently ranks as a top 20 player in that span for nine category formats. I would look at Young especially if you are in need of steals and three pointers.
The Heat have a four game week, and kick things off with a big home game against Milwaukee. After that they get Orlando, New Orleans, and Washington. Three defenses that Miami should be able to put up strong numbers against. Crowder continues to play 25-30 minutes a night, and is averaging 12-6-1 with two steals per game over the last two weeks. While Crowder has been shooting above his career norm, he does enough to produce if those numbers start to come back down to earth.
James Johnson – PF – Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns remains without a return date, and James Johnson is getting 25 minutes a night, producing across most categories. New Orleans twice is already a good start to the week, with them ranking 26th against opposing front courts. Chicago ranks 25th. Orlando will be the tougher of matchups, as they rank 11th. He averages 12-5-2 with one steal and two blocks per game in the last two weeks. Johnson also ranks inside the top 75 for fantasy scoring in that span.
Daniel Theis continues to play well, and the Celtics have a four game week against Brooklyn, Cleveland, Utah, and Oklahoma City. Theis’ matchups get tougher towards the end of the week, but he is producing in multiple categories. Averaging 16 points and 10 boards over the last two weeks is a solid run for Theis, and he will chip in with the occasional defensive numbers as well. Getting a few great matchups against Brooklyn and Cleveland who struggle against centers, this should be a favorable week.
Gorgui Dieng – PF, C – Memphis Grizzlies
With the injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr and Brandon Clarke, Gorgui Dieng is seeing more run. I love the matchups for him this week, as Atlanta ranks 30th against opposing front courts, and they will play them twice. Brooklyn and Dallas are the other two, who are middle of the road. Averaging nine points and six rebounds in the past two weeks is decent, but the 2.6 blocks + steals per game is where he can add in as well. We saw Dieng have some fantasy relevance filling in for Towns back in Minnesota, and now he is being asked to do the same with the Grizzlies injuries.
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