The Playlist: Week 22 fantasy basketball waiver pickups and lineup advice for 2nd week of playoffs

Welcome to The Playlist: my weekly column that allows you to know who and what to play — with regards to music or different issues in my rotation — for the upcoming week in fantasy basketball.

Every week, you may see a compilation of the pickups you must make, lineup notes (who’s out and in of rotations), adopted by key takeaways on the schedule.

So press play and shuffle by way of the newest fantasy basketball information for the fantasy playoffs!

🏀 Week 21 wrap up

🏆 Prime performers

De’Aaron Fox edged out Tyrese Haliburton for probably the most fantasy factors in Week 21, beating him by 1.4 fantasy factors. Fox earned the highest spot in factors leagues for the primary time this season.

As predicted, Mr. Clutch turns up for fantasy managers when it issues most.

Anthony Davis took the highest spot in nine-category codecs, ending the week with a dominant and environment friendly stat line.

🗓️Schedule issues you must know

  • The perfect days to stream are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • The Pelicans and Bucks are the one groups to play on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • The Hawks and Celtics play on Thursday and Saturday

  • The Kings and Mavericks have a Monday-Tuesday back-to-back to begin the week

  • There aren’t any Saturday-Sunday back-to-backs to finish the week

  • The Nets play towards probably the most fantasy-friendly opponents, going through the Raptors, Wizards, Bulls and Lakers

🎧 WHO’S IN MY ROTATION: Gamers to choose up on waivers who’re lower than 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues.

If a fantasy supervisor dropped a notable participant in haste final week, I might prioritize choosing them up over among the deeper-league provides listed under. Every staff and league is totally different, so consider one of the best transfer to enhance your roster this week.

(Additionally, WE DONT TRUST YOU by Future and Metro Boomin has been on repeat since Friday. There aren’t any misses, solely bangers.)

Shallow league streamers for Week 22

Trayce Jackson-Davis – PF/C, Golden State Warriors (49%)

The ascending rookie cannot shoot free throws however has in any other case been a stable addition to fantasy groups during the last month. He is been a beast defensively, averaging 2.5 shares over the previous month whereas additionally offering 11 factors with seven rebounds in beneath 25 minutes per evening. He has wonderful fingers and developed a robust rapport with Chris Paul within the second unit, so I might proceed to stream him in the event you want shares and rebounds in class codecs. The Warriors play 4 video games (albeit on the bigger slates) in Week 22. Including a high 70 participant during the last 14 days isn’t a foul thought.

Malik Beasley – SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks (38%)

Beasley is value streaming, with the Bucks enjoying three high quality video games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Over the previous two weeks, Beasley has been exterior the highest 150 in factors and class codecs, however he nonetheless provides fantasy managers a dependable supply of threes and factors.

Payton Pritchard – PG/SG, Boston Celtics (37%)

Pritchard’s sensible efficiency in Week 21 carried many fantasy managers to the subsequent spherical. He completed the week within the high 40 in per-game worth in nine-category codecs and high 60 in factors leagues.

Jrue Vacation has already been dominated out on Monday (his fourth straight recreation). With Derrick White questionable, Pritchard is in for one more sturdy begin. And there’s extra to come back later within the week, with Boston enjoying on Thursday and Saturday (lighter slates).

Deep-league streamers for Week 22

Sam Hauser – SF/PF, Boston Celtics (16%)

The Celtics have been alternating relaxation days for his or her stars, and Hauser is among the finest choices off the bench anytime that happens. Like Pritchard, Hauser is a worthy addition later within the week since you’ll play him on Thursday and Saturday. He’ll be a pleasant increase for fantasy managers needing factors, threes and steals. Over the previous 14 days, he is ranked twelfth in per-game worth in nine-category codecs — insane manufacturing.

Naji Marshall – SG/SF. New Orleans Pelicans (8%)

Marshall is a perfect streaming choice for Week 22 as a result of, with the Pelicans enjoying on the entire lighter slates — Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, he is startable all week lengthy. Marshall advantages from Ingram’s absence, enjoying over 23 minutes and hitting double-figures within the final two contests. He’ll additionally present some threes, steals and rebounds, so add him if you would like further manufacturing on days with fewer video games.

Keon Ellis – SG, Sacramento Kings (15%)

He is coming off his finest all-around recreation as a professional on Saturday evening, scoring 19 factors (7-12 FG, 1-2 FT, 4-9 3PT) with 5 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes. Kevin Huerter is out indefinitely, leaving a large minutes hole for Ellis to fit in. He is averaging 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks over his final six video games, so he is an add, particularly at the start of the week with the Kings opening Week 22 with a Monday-Tuesday back-to-back set.

Larry Nance Jr. – PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans (21%)

Once more, it is a scheduling play, because the Pelicans are top-of-the-line groups to focus on in a troublesome streaming week. One other optimistic for Nance is that Jonas Valančiūnas’ minutes plummeted in March, averaging simply 19 minutes per evening in his earlier 10 contests. Nance will not blow you away, however his means to contribute throughout classes makes him value an add in nine-category codecs.

Richaun Holmes – C, Washington Wizards (12%)

With Kyle Kuzma (shoulder) out on Monday and Marvin Bagley nonetheless ramping up (he performed 16 minutes in his return on Saturday), Holmes has been dominating the glass, knocking down a median of 13 boards in Week 21. He posted a 15-point and 14-rebound double-double on Saturday and has a minimum of one block in 4 straight video games. Think about including him in the event you’re in want of a giant man.

Miles McBride – PG, New York Knicks (18%)

He is again enjoying a ridiculous quantity of minutes and began the earlier three video games for the Knicks, so he is value streaming in what must be a fantasy-friendly week for New York. With matchups versus the Pistons, Raptors, Spurs and Thunder, McBride is averaging 18 factors with 5 assists as a starter this season and has been surprisingly environment friendly from the sector, so he is value a glance in each factors and class leagues so long as he continues to begin.

James Wiseman – C, Detroit Pistons (29%)

The Pistons play on the again finish of a back-to-back on Monday evening. With Jalen Duren lacking the previous two video games attributable to again spasms, Wiseman is value including if Duren continues to sit down. Previously two outings, Wiseman has been averaging 20 factors, 10 rebounds and two assists with out Duren within the lineup.

Different streaming choices in Week 22:

Speculative add for Week 22:

Mitchell Robinson – C, New York Knicks (40%)

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Robinson is training however does not have a transparent timetable for his return, so I might solely add him when you have an open IL/IL+ spot obtainable. In the event you nonetheless have a few weeks left within the playoffs, he might emerge as a block and rebound risk down the stretch.

🚑 Gamers to drop if you have not already:


Schedule breakdown

Each day Video games Performed:

  • Monday: 11

  • Tuesday: 4

  • Wednesday: 12

  • Thursday: 2

  • Friday: 12

  • Saturday: 3

  • Sunday: 10

Groups enjoying 4 video games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, NYK, OKC, PHI, SAC, SAS, UTA and WAS

Groups enjoying three video games: BOS, DET, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, ORL, PHX, POR and TOR

Groups with back-to-backs:

  • Monday/Tuesday: Kings and Mavericks

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Lakers, Thunder and Warriors

  • Wednesday/Thursday: Hawks

  • Thursday/Friday: None

  • Friday/Saturday: Magic

  • Saturday/Sunday: None

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