The Playlist: Week 19 fantasy basketball waiver call and lineup advice

By | March 4, 2024

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers

Welcome to The Playlist: my weekly column that tells you who and what to play โ€” when it comes to music or other things in my rotation โ€” for the week ahead in fantasy basketball.

Each week you’ll see a compilation of the pickups you need to make, lineup notes (who’s in and out of the rotations), followed by the key points on the schedule.

So press play and start browsing the latest fantasy basketball information.

๐Ÿ€ Completion of week 18

Milestone – Smoke Dza & Pete Rock (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss and Styles P

๐Ÿ† Top performers

Luka Donฤiฤ‡ was the best fantasy player in the points leagues in week 18. The MVP candidate racked up 281 fantasy points in four games. Victor Wembanyama topped the charts in category competitions for the second week in a row.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธThe Fantasy Basketball trade deadline ends Thursday

Get those trade offers in because the deadline for standard Yahoo leagues ends on Thursday, March 7.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Plan things you need to know

  • The matches are nicely spread out over week 19, with Tuesday and Sunday being the only days with nine matches or more.

  • The Brooklyn Nets play five games this week

  • 16 teams will play four games this week and 13 teams will play three games

๐ŸŽง WHO IS IN MY ROTATION: Players who can get waivers who are around 50% or lower in Yahoo leagues.

Top shallow streams for week 19

Andre Drummond – C, Chicago Bulls (53%)

Drummond has been partying lately with the Bulls who have succumbed to many injuries. He destroyed the Cavs last Wednesday with an outstanding performance of 17 points and 26 rebounds and is averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game over his previous 10 games. It must be scheduled in all formats.

The Food – Common (feat. Kanye West)

Kelly Olynyk โ€“ PF/C, Toronto Raptors (51%)

With Scottie Barnes likely out for the remainder of the season, Olynyk has seen minutes at power forward alongside Jakob Poeltl, while logging backup minutes at center. With Poeltl injured, we could see Olynyk appear in the starting lineup. He was productive in Toronto before the injuries and is coming off a double-double with three assists on Friday night, followed by 25 fantasy points on Sunday. He is a must-add in all competitions.

Norman Powell – SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers (46%)

Powell’s minutes have increased lately; he has scored at least 30 minutes in four of the last six appearances. With Russell Westbrook set to miss an extended period, Powell is worth picking up, especially in the points leagues.

He’s fresh off dropping 24 points with six triples against the Timberwolves on Sunday, which is a good sign of things to come as the primary scorer off the bench. His efficiency is also suitable for category competitions, but he doesn’t do much in the way of assists, rebounding or shares. However, the increase in odds should help.

Royce O’Neale – SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (37%)

O’Neale leveled up, going from the crumbling Nets to the playoff-contending Suns. He also fits in and does a little bit of everything for a team that needed more depth. Since joining Phoenix, he has posted a league-friendly 10/6/3 line with more than two threes and nearly two steals per game. He’s ranked 63rd in nine-category competitions over the past 30 days, and with Devin Booker (ankle), O’Neale may be needed in the rotation on a daily basis. He had a 20-point, 10-rebound, two-share performance on Saturday, so add him if you need a player with multi-category appeal.

Boom – Royce Da 5’9″

Isaiah Stewart – PF/C, Detroit Pistons (47%)

Since returning from injury and suspension, Beef Stew had two strong performances, just missing a double-double in each game. If there is one consistency we can find from Monty Williams this season, he will play Stewart for more than 30 minutes when he is available. Stewart is a capable rebounder and defender, and while I wouldn’t rely on his three-balls every night, he’s putting up enough stats to be included in both points and category competitions.

Additional streaming options for shallow competitions in Week 19

Deep league streams for week 19

Dorian Finney-Smith – SF/PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (12%)

DFS is a volume play as the Nets are the only team with five games in Week 19. He’s probably the best option in terms of waivers, so I’d prioritize picking him up on Monday. He won’t light up the scoreboard in any one category or score a ton of points, but in so many games his points, 3s, rebounds and shares will help fantasy managers in a critical week.

Get this money – slum

Kyle Lowry – PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers (28%)

When Lowry got home to Philly, I didn’t think he had much left in the tank, but he has played at least 33 minutes for the Sixers in their last two games. The Sixers won both games with Lowry from PG, so I suspect this will be the wave heading into Week 19. He probably won’t have shooting nights from the field (as evidenced by Sunday’s 1-for-9 showing), but he can still count enough threes, steals and dimes to be helpful in category competition. The Sixers play two games in three nights to start the week, so pick it up early and check it out if you don’t like the results.

This Can’t Be Real – Freeway (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)

Jabari Walker – PF/C, Portland Trailblazers (24%)

Walker posted consecutive double-doubles off the bench against the Grizzlies this weekend, averaging 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals in those games. Deandre Ayton missed both games (hand), while Jerami Grant (quad) missed the second game, a trend I would expect to continue considering the Trail Blazers have the fifth-fewest wins in the NBA. Grant was also ruled out on Monday. It’s also encouraging to see a 25% usage rate from those games, so with the Blazers playing four games in Week 19 and the injuries working in Walker’s favor, he’s a player I’d consider taking this to last a week.

Grant Williams โ€“ PF/C, Charlotte Hornets (27%)

He’s down more than 9% from last week after an up-and-down week in terms of production, but the guy is still averaging 14 points with six boards, two threes and shooting 50% from the field as a member of the Hornets. He is still a player I would include in category competitions because he is efficient and has an easy path to 27-30 minutes per night as a power forward and center for Charlotte.

Taylor Hendricks – PF, Utah Jazz (18%)

Monday is for the Taylor gang. Lauri Markkannen and Walker Kessler will miss Monday’s game against the Wizards, so this could be a big game for the rookie. Hendricks had a career-high 13 rebounds against the Heat on Saturday night, but more importantly, he’s playing 27 minutes per game over his last five games. He should achieve his first double-double on Monday. Furthermore, there is also no guarantee that Markkannen or Kessler will play against the Bulls on Wednesday. While I like Hendricks as a stream, he is also a player I will be keeping a close eye on as the season comes to a close.

Find a way – Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y

Miles McBride – PG, New York Knicks (11%)

I’m speculatively adding Deuce McBride in a few spots because I can’t see how Brunson will play in the short term after a knee bruise. The good news is that Brunson’s x-rays came back negative, but he doesn’t have a timeline, so I expect to hear something in the coming days. Meanwhile, Deuce had 16 points (6-15 FG) with five dimes and four threes and played 47 minutes in relief of Brunson on Sunday, even breaking Evan Mobley’s ankles. I participate.

Breaker, Breaker – GZA

Additional deep-league streaming options in Week 19

Watchlist for week 19 and beyond

๐Ÿš‘Injury news

Suns G Devin Booker (ankle) day-to-day, still under review

The piece: Add Royce O’Neale.

Blazers C Deandre Ayton (hand) is listed as questionable on Monday

The piece: Keep an eye on Ayton’s progress throughout the day and if he misses another match, expect Duop Reath to make another start.

Warriors F Andrew Wiggins (personal reasons) is away from the team

The piece: Moses Moody could be streaming in deep leagues in Wiggins’ absence, and Brandin Podziemski is dealing with inflammation in his right knee, so Moody should remain in the rotation for the next week.

Rockets F Tari Eason is undergoing knee surgery and is expected to be out four months

The piece: Cam Whitmore will be a running back, and while he may not be playing heavy minutes right now, he’s someone I’d keep an eye on as the Rockets get further out of the play-in race.

Bucks F Khris Middleton (knee) remains out

The piece: No game, more usage for the starters and Bobby Portis.

Nets G Cam Thomas (ankle) and F Ben Simmons (back) were ruled out Monday

The piece: Roll with the aforementioned DFS. If he is unavailable, Dennis Smith Jr.

Breakdown of the schedule

Games played daily:

  • Monday: 6

  • Tuesday: 9

  • Wednesday: 8

  • Thursday: 7

  • Friday: 8

  • Saturday: 7

  • Sunday: 9

One team plays five matches: Nets

16 teams play four matches: 76ers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Clippers, Grizzlies, Hawks, Heat, Lakers, Magic, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers, Bucks, Kings and Wizards.

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13 teams play three matches: Celtics, Hornets, Jazz, Knicks, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pacers, Pelicans, Pistons, Raptors, Spurs, Suns and Warriors

Teams with back-to-backs

  • Monday/Tuesday: Nets

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Cavaliers, Hawks, Magic, Rockets and Sixers

  • Wednesday/Thursday: Bulls, Kings and Warriors

  • Thursday/Friday: Heat and Timberwolves

  • Friday/Saturday: Hornets and Trail Blazers

  • Saturday/Sunday: Nets and Clippers

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