Fantasy Basketball

2015-16 Fantasy Basketball: Week 11 Preview

5 Games: UTA
2 Games: PHX


Brook Lopez – C – Brooklyn Nets

Brook Lopez is putting together a very nice season for the Nets so far, and he is coming off of what might be his best week so far. Lopez averaged 26.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.3 assists per game over the past week. He only shot 42% from the field, but made up for it by shooting 89% from the free throw line and putting up monster numbers across the board. Lopez has now had four straight double-doubles, and six in the last seven games. Unfortunately, Lopez has been a ticking time bomb waiting to go off with an injury that will make him miss a great deal of time. He has a reputation of being injury prone throughout his NBA career, but he has been able to stay on the court and really put up big numbers of late. He is still very affordable in DFS, and as long as he is putting up these kinds of numbers, he is worthy of a look until he cools off.


Victor Oladipo – SG – Orlando Magic

It has been a tough year for Victor Oladipo personally, despite the success that the Magic have had early on, getting moved to the bench and averaging just 25 minutes of playing time per game over the past week. He is also only shooting 34% from the floor and averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game over the last week. His average draft position in ESPN leagues was 34th, but he is struggling to get anything going on a Magic team that does not have a star, go-to player. They have been able to win as a team with contributions from many different players across the board, leaving a prime opportunity for Oladipo to jump in and become the Orlando truly needs. It just simply hasn’t worked that way, as Oladipo has struggled turning the ball over and it doesn’t help that Evan Fournier has really started heating up and taking away his playing time.

Stream Options

Shane Larkin – PG – Brooklyn Nets

Larkin will take over as the starting point guard for the Nets because of a torn ACL for Jarrett Jack, who will miss the remainder of the season. Larkin is averaging just 6.6 points, 3.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals in just 19.2 minutes per game this season as a backup, but he will immediately step into a much larger role moving forward. Shane will help the most with steals and assists, but will contribute with decent points and rebounds as well. He is just 4% owned in ESPN leagues, but needs to be added to see how things will go and what he is able to give you moving forward as the team’s starter.

Jeff Withey – C – Utah Jazz

It’s been tough defensively for the Jazz since Gobert went down with an injury, but Jeff Withey has stepped in and has recently been seeing big minutes as the Jazz rim protector. He has now scored in double digits in four straight games, blocking three shots per game during that span. Withey is not going to put up big offensive numbers, but he will block shots with the best of them if he plays starter minutes. Jeff can contribute with rebounds and steals as well. The Jazz are the only team in the NBA to play five games this week, making Withey an even more attractive option this week, and he is owned in just 4.8% of ESPN leagues.

Trey Burke – PG – Utah Jazz

Once again, sticking with the Utah Jazz theme, as they are the only team in the NBA that plays five games this week, making for ideal stream options. That being said, Burke has averaged just over 18 points per game the last week, also chipping in with 1.8 threes, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game over that time. Burke could give you a huge boost this week in points and threes if that’s an area of need for you, but his FG% is sure to be less than ideal.

Games of the Week

Monday – Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors

The Hornets make a trip out west to take on the Warriors, Stephen Curry’s hometown team. Curry, however, might not play in this game, which would put the 34 game home winning streak on the line at Oracle Arena.

Tuesday – Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks

DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. Rajon Rondo will play against his former team in Dallas as well.

Wednesday – Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder

These two teams seem to go back and forth each time they play, as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant host Mike Conley and Marc Gasol in a Western Conference showdown.

Thursday – Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls

Isaiah Thomas will face off against Jimmy Butler in a backcourt showdown between two eastern conference playoff teams.

Friday – Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards

Kyle Lowry and the Raptors face off against John Wall and the Wizards in a possible playoff preview.

Saturday – Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks host the Bulls as Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, Paul Milsap and Jeff Teague headline an All-Star caliber matchup out east.

Sunday – Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets

Paul George and James Harden are both in the top five in the NBA in scoring, and they will go head-to-head in Houston.

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