While opponents matter less in fantasy basketball than they do in fantasy football, schedules can still greatly influence a player’s short-term value. Playing more games than other guys may not help a player’s percentages, but it does give fantasy players with more condensed schedules a leg up in the counting stats.
Counting stats (points, rebounds, three-pointers made, assists, steals, blocks and turnovers), of course, outnumber the percentage stats.
For that reason, added consideration may be given to the players who play the most games in the first four full fantasy weeks (Monday through Sunday) of December. Seven teams play 15 games between Monday, December 3 and Sunday, December 30—the Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets.
Every other team plays 14 or fewer. The Oklahoma City Thunder play 11. Here are five fringe fantasy studs that could benefit from an extra night of action in the short term.
All stats accurate as of November 22, 2012.