As we enter November, the fantasy landscape is starting to look clearer and clearer. Due to the election on Tuesday, no NBA games will be played that day. That means pretty much everyone will be playing on Monday and Wednesday, with only 8 teams on Thursday, and about half the league playing each day of the weekend.
All teams play either 3 or 4 games in week 4. The Wizards play on Thursday, as well as games on Saturday and Sunday, so I’d be looking at getting some of these guys into your lineup.
De’Anthony Melton (PG/SG) PHI-4 games
With the news that James Harden will miss at least a month, Melton owners find themselves with an absolute must start. Clearly he won’t put up Harden numbers, but he has already been a top 75 player prior to the injury, and after sliding into the starting lineup, you can expect top 50 numbers this week and all of November. And as mentioned above, I love his schedule in week 4.
Chris Boucher (C) TOR-4 games
Boucher is another player who will see his opportunities increase due to injury after the Raps lost Pascal Siakam for the next 2-3 weeks. His minutes will get split up between Boucher and Precious Achiuwa, but it’s Boucher’s game that I really like for fantasy purposes.
He’ll contribute in points, threes, with lots of boards and blocks as well. Honestly, you probably will be happy starting either Raptor while Siakam’s out.
Bones Hyland (PG/SG) DEN-4 games
One of my favorite young players in the game, Bones has really found his game in his last two outings, averaging 25 pts with 6.5 threes a game, 5 assists and 3 boards a game, not to mention a very pretty 1.5 steals per game.
So why was he on your bench? He missed two games in between the pair of contests mentioned above, with a hip injury. At some point, this kid is gonna have it all click, and he will be unsittable at that point. I might be a little early on this ascension, but I think you’ll be really happy with him in your lineup this week
Kevin Love (PF/C) CLE-4 games
The ageless one refuses to let go of his relevance for yet another season. After a slow start to the year, Love seems to have knocked the dust off, scoring 20+ in 2 of his last 3, and just missing a triple double by 2 rebounds on Friday. Love has not sat out a game this season, has no back to backs in week 4 and also plays four games.
Admittedly, he puts up better lines, as he tends to get more minutes when the score isn’t close. But the big decider is Love just doesn’t hurt you. He shoots high percentages from the field and from the charity strip, is always good for some 3’s and will rack boards for you on a nightly basis. If you’re thin at center, you can depend on some safe if not spectacular returns from Big Kev this week.
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