Fantasy Basketball: week 6 starts and sits, plus the position-by-position breakdowns
The Week 6 scoring period encompasses the Thanksgiving vacation, which is a league-wide day off as the NBA cedes national sporting glory to the NFL. That leaves us with a much more even distribution of teams that have four and three game schedules this week. However, we have a pair of dreaded two-part registers, leading up to two of the more surprising Sit recommendations that you will see all season long.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the more difficult start / sit decisions for week 6:
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES: Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors
TWO GAME TEAMS: Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets
Start: Jalen Suggs, Magic
36% starting rate in CBS leagues
Suggs’ significant fire inefficiency is a concern, but the rookie still finds a way to provide multi-category output most nights and seems to have a safe role in a rebuilding Magic squad. Suggs enters Week 6 averaging 12.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 28.1 minutes per game and also makes 12.6 shot attempts per game. He’s proven to be able to offer more production in the non-scoring categories than other two-man guards, and he could also play at least the first of four games next week without Cole Anthony (ankle), which certainly could. lead to further use.
Jordan Clarkson, Jazz
45% starting rate in CBS leagues
Clarkson is a permanent contender for streaming, as his start rates are typically below 50%, despite being one of the most trusted reserve players in the league. The veteran is still trying to bring his shooting back to his usual standards, but his averages of 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.8 minutes in the last six games send him into Week 6. with a lot of momentum. It’s also worth mentioning that in addition to locked down job security, Clarkson shot four very attractive games this week against the Grizzlies, Thunder and Pelicans (twice).
ALSO CONSIDER: Patrick Beverley (21% starting rate in CBS leagues)
Sitting: Luka Doncic, Mavericks
75% starting rate in CBS leagues
Doncic is one of the previously discussed mega-stars who could deserve a seat, as he heads into Week 6 with adverse circumstances at stake. Not only does Dallas only have a two-game week, but Doncic is out for three games with ankle and knee injuries, one that could well extend to four on Tuesday against the Clippers. The all-star goalie’s assists and shooting percentages are dropping from last season, and his production may well be overtaken by a talented four-game option on your roster.
Start: Desmond Bane, Grizzly Bears
43% starting rate in CBS leagues
Bane continues to put together an outstanding second season which currently has him sporting averages of 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.6 minutes. The second-year winger’s starting role is secure, and he begins Week 6 with 12.5 shots per game, more than half of which (6.6) coming from the back of the arc. With the injuries of Dillon Brooks and De’Anthony Melton in nursing to start the week, Bane might be ready for even more fantasy.
Kelly Oubre, Hornets
43% starting rate in CBS leagues
Oubre is currently operating from Unit 2, but his career best three-point shot (37.0%) and strong workload still allows him to deliver useful multi-category production. The veteran winger is averaging 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists, and he’s entering Week 6 with a bit of steam. Oubre has shot 50.6%, including 45.8% from behind the arc, in his last seven games, a streak in which he averages 16.1 points in just 24.9 minutes per game.
ALSO CONSIDER: Josh Hart, Pelicans (43% starting rate in CBS leagues)
Sitting: RJ Barrett, Knicks
66% starting rate in CBS leagues
Barrett is coming off a rare 15-rebounding performance against the Bulls and has had a few other solid performances lately, but the sophomore wing has recorded four single-digit performances in the last eight games. Barrett is shooting a miserable 28.0%, including 17.5% at three points, over that span, a level of inefficiency that makes him hard to trust at the moment. While Barrett has proven capable of putting together high production streaks, he’s a risky game over a three-game week for the Knicks.
Start: Jakob Poeltl, Spurs
23% starting rate in CBS leagues
I trust Poeltl for this next scoring period, despite the fact that he only has three games on the schedule and has just been extended on the COVID-19 list. The big man returned to action on Thursday and was limited to just 15 minutes, but with several days to continue improving his conditioning since then he is expected to gradually get closer to his normal workload from Monday’s game against the Suns. Poeltl was setting career records in virtually every area before his layoff (12.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, as well as 1.1 blocks), and with enough time in the field the next week he should start to get back in shape.
Hassan Whiteside, Jazz
14% starting rate in CBS leagues
Whiteside is far from its Heat heyday at this point, but it remains a fantastic option usable in deeper formats. Even in reduced minutes, Whiteside still offers points, rebounds and blocks contributions. The veteran big man is averaging 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for the season while also setting a career-high 73.3 percent with the charity band. Whiteside enters Week 6 on a great production streak that includes 8.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16.7 minutes in his last seven games.
ALSO CONSIDER: Mason Plumlee, Hornets (26% starting rate in CBS leagues)
Sitting: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
79% starting rate in CBS leagues
Much like Doncic, Jokic should almost never be left on the bench, but Week 6 presents a unique situation. The Joker is suffering from a wrist injury that has already cost him the last two games, and he will also only have two opportunities to speak next week. Denver’s first game is Tuesday in Portland, and even if Jokic does manage to return for this contest, his production could be overtaken by a lesser four-game option. Granted, Jokic is so extremely productive that there is reason to keep him in the lineup over a two-game week, but that decision could prove costly if he is ultimately excluded from Tuesday’s game.