Top Fantasy Basketball Streamers: Week 2

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Streaming Strategy:

My streaming approach for H2H matchups is to maximize the number of games played by players who can help you win closely contested categories.

If you’re in a league with weekly rosters, having a list of recommended streamers may be all the help you need. However, leagues that allow daily roster changes may benefit from a more involved streaming strategy. A streaming approach I’ve taken in leagues with both limited and unlimited weekly acquisitions is:

  • Start picking up streamers on the Sunday before your matchup (depending on how the previous matchup is going) to conserve acquisitions for the week ahead.
  • Pick up the top Monday-Saturday streamers to maximize 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 the following week, both conserving roster moves and giving you first dibs on streamers.
  • Pick up streamers with back-to-back sets during the week to maximize games played and to minimize your roster acquisitions.
  • Follow injury news closely throughout the week and stream players who get unexpected opportunities. Injuries and rotation changes can significantly alter the streaming landscape.
  • Consider a consolidation trade if your streamers get too good to drop and inhibit 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, attempt to get some value back by trading more players for fewer players, so long as you’re clearly getting the best player(s) in return.
  • 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.

Now that we know what to look for, let’s cover some streaming options for week 2 of the fantasy basketball season, October 28th – November 3rd. Note: The ultimate goal of streaming is to maximize the number of games played by players who can help you win closely contested categories.

TOP 20 STREAMERS:

RankNameTeamPosGamesQ. GamesY! Own
1DeAndre’ BembryATLG/F321%
2Jabari ParkerATLF3212%
3Kendrick NunnMIAG2222%
4Bryn ForbesSASG318%
5Moe HarklessLACF3117%
6Josh HartNORG3131%
7Ivica ZubacLACC3124%
8Luke KennardDETG4029%
9Wesley MatthewsMILG/F407%
10George HillMILG405%
11Pat ConnaughtonMILG403%
12Devonte’ GrahamCHAG3016
13P.J. TuckerHOUF3037%
14Tristan ThompsonCLEF/C3043%
15Kris DunnCHIG308%
16Marcus MorrisNYKF3043%
17Elfrid PaytonNYKG3030%
18Kevin KnoxNYKF3011%
19Cedi OsmanCLEF3033%
20Kent BazemorePORG/F3035%

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.

TOP 20 MONDAY-SATURDAY STREAMERS:

RankNameTeamPosGamesQ. GamesY! Own
1Kendrick NunnMIAG3222%
2DeAndre’ BembryATLG/F321%
3Jabari ParkerATLF3212%
4Moe HarklessLACF4117%
5Ivica ZubacLACC4124%
6Bryn ForbesSASG418%
7Josh HartNORG3131%
8P.J. TuckerHOUF4037%
9Luke KennardDETG4029%
10Wesley MatthewsMILG/F407%
11George HillMILG405%
12Pat ConnaughtonMILG403%
13Tristan ThompsonCLEF/C4043%
14Kris DunnCHIG408%
15Marcus MorrisNYKF4043%
16Elfrid PaytonNYKG4030%
17Kevin KnoxNYKF4011%
18Cedi OsmanCLEF4033%
19Devonte’ GrahamCHAG3016
20Kent BazemorePORG/F3035%

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 by Sunday, you can proactively acquire players for next week, both conserving roster moves and giving you first dibs on streamers.
  • Hold the following streamer if he’s on your roster: Moe Harkless.
  • 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.
  • 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.