It’s that time of year again when the fantasy basketball playoffs (for most) begin next week. Whether you’re going for your first title or looking to repeat, here’s everything you need to know going into Week 21. That means schedule implications, players to target or avoid, important injury news and more.
So gear up – it’s time to go!
Remaining schedule for week 20
3 games, Cavaliers, Hawks, Heat, Hornets, Knicks, Nets, Nuggets, Thunder, Trail Blazers and Wizards
2 games, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Celtics, Clippers, Grizzlies, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Magic, Mavericks, Pacers, Pelicans, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets, Spurs, Suns and Warriors
1 game, timberwolves
week 20 tips
Having only one game left to play Friday versus the Nets won’t help the Timberwolves much. Maximize your transactions by avoiding streaming anyone who doesn’t fit your lineup. I want to stream players from the Nuggets, Nets and Wizards as they juggle Saturday’s massive 10-game slate.
apart from delon wright (54%) And Daniel Gafford (45%), I recommend scooping bruce brown (SF/PF, Denver Nuggets, 48% Roasted) If you’re in a shallow league.
The Nuggets face the Bulls, Spurs and Nets and also round out Saturday’s 10-game slate. Brown had success against the Bulls this season (dropped the 12/11/6 line), and the Spurs will likely be knocked out (this has happened twice this season), offering more minutes for Brown. . Brown hasn’t faced Brooklyn this season, but rest assured, he had it marked on his calendar after the Nets selected him to walk in free agency; He Expressed his disappointment about the Nets’ front office not seeing him as a guard,
If you’re looking for other streaming options for the rest of the week, check out my latest waivers and fantasy playoff cheat-codes articles. Also, watch out for players on the Lakers and Spurs at the end of the week as they will be valuable commodities in Week 21, with each team playing four games. Some of the players that I would keep on my watch list are:
Austin Reeves – SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (21%)
Devonte Graham – PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs (25%)
Charles Bassi – PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (9%)
Schedule for Week 21
The games are spread pretty evenly throughout Week 21. Fantasy managers should be able to start their streamers with a slate no larger than eight games each night.
4 sports: Bucks, Celtics, Grizzlies, Heat, Kings, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets, Spurs, Suns, Timberwolves and Warriors
3 games: 76ers, Bulls, CAVs, Clippers, Hawks, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder, Trail Blazers and Wizards
2 sports: Hornets, Jazz and Knicks
week 21 tips
To start the week, I’ll be looking for players from the Suns, Bucks, Pistons and Kings as they play three games over the first four nights. While all of these teams play four games, there is some risk to star players like giannis antetocampo Or Kevin Durant to rest on either one of the back-to-back, so be prepared to back up if needed.
The Pelicans have a cakewalk for a schedule to play against the Lakers and Rockets twice. Facing the Jazz, Grizzlies, Bulls and Pistons, the Heat are in an excellent position fantasy-wise.
The Jazz have the worst schedule, playing two games on Monday and Saturday, so although it may sound harsh, Kelly Olynyk, Tallen Horton-Tucker And Chris Dunn There are potential drops. The same goes for fringe players on the Knicks and Hornets (Dennis Smith Jr.,
For the back end of the week, 10 teams play either Fri/Saturn or Sat/Sun back-to-back sets (76ers, Bulls, Clippers, Heat, Grizzlies, Magic, Nuggets, Raptors, Timberwolves and Warriors), so make Make sure you leave room to sneak in some streamers from those teams if you need production at the end of the week.
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Schedule for Week 22
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday will be challenging days to stream with 9+ games on those slates, so try to focus your streaming efforts on the first half of the week as there are three days with smaller slates while the last half of the week I have two. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday should be a priority, and be sure to save a transaction or two for Saturday.
4 sports: 76ers, Bulls, Grizzlies, Hawks, Hornets, Jazz, Kings, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, Warriors and Wizards
3 games: Bucks, Cavaliers, Celtics, Clippers, Knicks, Lakers, Magic, Pelicans, Raptors, Suns, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers
2 sports: Heat, Nuggets and Pistons
week 22 tips
As you know, the NBA is very unpredictable, so I won’t make any recommendations on who to drop or add because we’re two weeks out. Still, I want to stream the players on the Clippers, Nets and Pelicans as they are the only teams playing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
You’ll probably want to move on from any fringe Heat or Nuggets players because they won’t get a chance in your lineup playing Wednesday and Friday in Week 22.
Spurs will be disappointed as they will be playing against four competitive teams on the road. And even though the Pistons play two games, at least they’re on Tuesday and Thursday, where you’ll want a few more games played.
The Hawks and Kings typically have two back-to-back sets at the beginning and end of the week. Be aware of one-on-one throughout the Week 14, and be prepared to pounce on any notable star players who are rested.
Schedule for Week 23
Well what do we have here? Two days with a two game slate (not ideal) and worse, two 13-game slates on Wednesday and Sunday! Easily one of the most bizarre scheduling layouts I’ve seen for fantasy championship week. There is no team playing at least two games.
4 sports: 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies, Jazz, Kings, Knicks, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pacers, Pelicans, Pistons, Rockets, Suns, Thunder, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers
3 games: Cavaliers, Celtics, Hawks, Heat, Hornets, Lakers, Magic, Nets, Raptors, Spurs, Warriors and Wizards
week 23 tips
The Pelicans are the team I have my eye on because they play on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – really the only streamable days, and they cover all of them. Now, the matchups aren’t great (Trail Blazers, Warriors, Nuggets, Clippers), but hey, it will give you a strategic advantage if you’re able to stream a player for four games using one transaction in championship week.
There are also nine back-to-back throughout the week:
Mon/Tue – Pelican
Mars/Mercury – Grizzlies, Heat, Thunder
Wed/Thursday – Rs.
Thu/Fri – Celtics, Nuggets
Fri/Sat – Clippers
Sat/Sun – Mavericks
If you are looking for a late push, the Clippers and Mavericks may be your best bet. Check out my Championship Week Discounts column ending Monday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 29, where I look forward to where Fantasy Basketball Championship Weekend ends.
Some Final Thoughts: Remember, It’s Not About the Games Played When They are played. Monitor injury reports so you can act fast on any sudden player absences, and don’t be afraid to reduce dead weight. The rostered percentage does not matter in the fantasy basketball playoffs; Stream people getting minutes on competitive teams competing for a spot in the NBA Playoff/Play-In Tournament. Rotations and pranks are too volatile for tanking teams.
Best of luck for the rest, and bring home that championship!