Fantasy Basketball: start/sit down for week 4
We have a busy Week 4 ahead, with the bulk of the teams on four-game weeks and no two-game schedule at stake after a Week 3 that saw three unusually high teams with such light records.Each week, we’ll be aiming to highlight a pair of starting candidates for your fantasy rosters – usually teams with four games – who can turn into some of the toughest calls of the week to make, with the focus usually on on players with a start rate (if available) or roster rate of 50% or less in Yahoo leagues.
Likewise, we’ll also spotlight a candidate for each position who wouldn’t normally be considered for a spot on your bench, with the focus often on players with fewer playing opportunities during the week at come.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
TEAMS WITH THREE MATCHES: Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the tougher starting/seat decisions for Week 4:
Start: De’Anthony Melton, 76ers
43% start rate
James Harden will be out for up to a month with his foot injury, making Melton a hot commodity as a two-guard backup at the moment. The young veteran has already started, averaging an outstanding 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game over 25 minutes in the five games before Harden’s injury. Melton then provided 12 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks while navigating an unusually poor shooting night (4-18 FG) against the Knicks in Philly’s first game without Harden. However, those struggles loom as an outlier, considering Melton entered the game shooting 51.7%, including 40.7% from 3-point range.
Start: Dillon Brooks, Grizzlies
45% start rate
Brooks took a few games to get his shot after a delayed start to the season with a thigh injury, but then he hit his stride. The veteran winger averaged 18.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals on 47.8% shooting, including 51.9% from 3-pointers, in his five final contests entering its next four-game week. Despite sharing the floor with star backcourt Ja Morant and Desmond Bane, Brooks is firmly entrenched as a third option while averaging just under 14 shot attempts per game in the sample, and that figure is likely to continue to increase based on its track record. . He will have plenty of opportunities to continue making solid contributions in the offensive categories this coming week, which will put him firmly in play for a start.
Seated: Klay Thompson, Warriors
64% start rate
The Warriors are in for a funk as their three-game week begins, and with a homecoming they can understandably be out of this in no time. However, Thompson is already the least reliable fantasy producer between himself, Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins. Thompson will only have three speaking opportunities this week, and there’s a chance a shooting slump could derail at least one of those outings. As a result, Thompson is a candidate for a one-week internship in your roster.
Begin: De’Andre Hunter, Hawks
31% start rate
Hunter has stepped up his offensive use to new highs this season, hitting a career-high 12.4 shots per game while shooting a career-best 42% from beyond the arc. Overall, the fourth-year forward is averaging 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in just under 30 minutes per game, and he’s generated double-digit scores in all nine games so far. While Atlanta’s offense will naturally continue to play out primarily in its star backcourt, Hunter is a key supplemental source of goals, especially with Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) still out. Trae Young (shin) is also questionable for Monday’s game, giving Hunter a chance to start the week with a much bigger attacking role.
Start: Santi Aldama, Grizzlies
30% start rate
Aldama continues to hold the fort at the forefront of the Grizzlies with Jaren Jackson (foot) still nowhere near ready to make his season debut. The big sophomore is making good use of that opportunity averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game. Aldama isn’t afraid of the occasional 3-point attempt either – he’s averaging 3.7 per game – and while he only depletes them at 27%, that figure could naturally improve the more he passes from time on the floor. In the meantime, a four-game week gives him plenty of opportunities to boost your rebounding and blocking categories.
Seated: Mikal bridges, suns
81% start rate
There’s no denying Bridges’ status as a rock-solid real-world fantasy player, but it’s not like his potential output is irreplaceable when he’s on a three-game week either. Additionally, the fifth-year winger experienced a downturn in offensive engagement early on, shooting just 9.2 per game after hitting a career-high 10.5 last season. Bridges enters his three-game week with back-to-back quiet performances, as he averaged just 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals and shot 43.8 percent in his last pair of games. While his contributions in defensive categories and 3-point shooting are valuable, consider sitting him out if a viable four-game option is available.
Begin: Isaiah HartensteinKnicks
47% start rate
Mitchell Robinson is expected to miss at least this week with his knee injury, which likely sets up Hartenstein for four starts at center during the Knicks’ busy schedule that includes some particularly favorable positional matchups against the Pistons and Thunder. Hartenstein made good use of his first start on Saturday night against the Celtics, posting a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included an assist and a block. He entered this game averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 24.5 minutes in his bench role, and so he should be ready for a productive week on all levels with the bump in opportunity.
Start: Precious Achiuwa, Raptors
42% enrollment rate
Chris Boucher will rightly be a popular game this week too with Pascal Siakam (groin) sidelined, but Achiuwa is shaping up to be more of a genuine alternative at center and should also benefit significantly from his team-mate’s absence. The third-year big has already had six double-digit goal efforts in his first 10 games coming off the bench (21.8 minutes per game), and although he has struggled with foul trouble in the first out of Siakam on Sunday against the Bulls, Achiuwa still found his way to five points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in just 14 minutes. He’s done a good job avoiding the referee’s whistle this season, so he should have plenty of minutes to work with in Toronto’s four-game week and could certainly reward you in multiple categories.
Seated: Myles Turner, Pacers
77% start rate
Turner’s production has been on a rollercoaster since his late season debut, with the veteran big man interspersing a pair of single-digit tallies with outings of 16 and 27 points. Turner has been solid in rebounds (7.0 per game) and elite blocks (3.5 per game), but he will only have three chances to hit the field this week and has already missed a game for the management of ankle injuries. If you’re in dire straits when it comes to blocks, you can always consider rolling with Turner, but otherwise the risk of a few offensive clunkers or an absence is one you might want to avoid if you have any problems. solid four games. options available.