Top Fantasy Basketball Streamers: Week 9

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Let’s cover some streaming options for week 9 of the fantasy basketball season, December 10th-16th. Remember that the ultimate goal of streaming is to maximize the number of games played by players who can help you win closely contested categories. For an overview of streaming strategy, please visit the Fantasy Basketball Streaming Strategy: Overview. For daily streaming recommendations, follow me on Twitter @BasketBlogBoy. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in next week’s post.

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Top 20 Streamers:

RankNameTeamPosGamesQ. GamesY! Own
1Josh HartLALG/F4144%
2Mike MuscalaPHIF/C405%
3Mikal BridgesPHOG/F428%
4Nemanja BjelicaSACF4036%
5JaMychal GreenMEMF/C4028%
6Kelly Oubre Jr.WASF4044%
7Tomas SatoranskyWASG403%
8Garrett TempleMEMG/F4013%
9Rodney HoodCLEG/F4021%
10Wilson ChandlerPHIG/F403%
11Alec BurksCLEG4023%
12Tyreke EvansINDG4049%
13Cedi OsmanCLEF4028%
14Cody ZellerCHAF/C3021%
15Marvin WilliamsCHAF3040%
16Nerlens NoelOKCF/C4012%
17Juan HernangomezDENF3046%
18De’Anthony MeltonPHOG427%
19Marcus SmartBOSG4025%
20Bam AdebayoMIAF/C4039%

Context and a tip:

  • These rankings are based on 9-category formats & all players are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • “Q. Games” stands for quality games. That means games played on a day with a light NBA schedule, typically 5 games or less.
  • Follow injury news closely throughout the week and stream players who get unexpected opportunities. Injuries and rotation changes can significantly alter the streaming landscape.


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Top 20 Monday-Saturday Streamers:

RankNameTeamPosGamesQ. GamesY! Own
1Mikal BridgesPHOG/F428%
2JaMychal GreenMEMF/C4028%
3Garrett TempleMEMG/F4013%
4Cody ZellerCHAF/C3021%
5Nerlens NoelOKCF/C4012%
6Marvin WilliamsCHAF3040%
7De’Anthony MeltonPHOG427%
8Josh HartLALG/F3144%
9Marcus SmartBOSG4025%
10Richaun HolmesPHOF/C4216%
11Kevon LooneyGSWF/C307%
12D.J. AugustinORLG3141%
13Nemanja BjelicaSACF3036%
14Mike MuscalaPHIF/C305%
15Reggie BullockDETG/F307%
16Terry RozierBOSG4044%
17P.J. TuckerHOUF3235%
18Rodney HoodCLEG/F3021%
19Patrick BeverleyLACG4215%
20Wilson ChandlerPHIG/F303%

More context and tips:

  • Why Monday-Saturday streamers? To maximize the number of games played by “weekly” streamers while also affording you roster flexibility for additional moves on Sunday, depending on what categories are close. Or, if your matchup is already decided, you can proactively acquire players for next week, both conserving roster moves and giving you first dibs on streamers.
  • Hold the following streamers if they’re on your roster: Juan Hernangomez, Bam Adebayo,  De’Anthony Melton, & Mikal Bridges. Hernangomez was already providing top-60 value for two weeks before Paul Millsap went down, Adebayo stepped up to the plate with Whiteside out, Melton is worth a hold as the Suns rotation shakes out, and I still love Bridges’ opportunity, despite his inconsistency. The other players are churnable.
  • Consider a consolidation trade if your streamers get too good to drop and cramp your streaming. Sometimes you’ll be too deep to roster every serviceable player and will have to cut bait. It happens. But when you can, first attempt to extract some value by trading more players for fewer players, so long as you’re clearly getting the best player(s) in return. Someone recently tweeted me about a THJ + Lou Williams for Marc Gasol deal (they got Gasol). That is a great example of a consolidation trade.
  • Stash quality injured players if you have an IR spot. Injuries make fantasy managers nervous, often leading them to drop players they shouldn’t. If you have the small luxury of an IR spot, stash any player who could become fantasy-relevant at some point this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic was an injury stash to start the year, and now he looks like a top-80 player at worst. Others to monitor:
    • Caris LeVert is now under 50% ownership. Check his availability in your league.
    • Same goes for Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis. Why not take a flier?

Possible Week 9 injuries and DNPs with streaming implications:

  • Hassan Whiteside (stream Bam Adebayo)
  • Josh Richardson (stream Justise Winslow)
  • Devin Booker (stream De’Anthony Melton)
  • Al Horford (stream Daniel Theis)

Other helpful streaming resources:

Please share your feedback with me on Twitter @BasketBlogBoy. Rather have this article on Saturday than Sunday? Want ranks by position or specific categories or something different altogether? Let me know.

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