NBA Fantasy Basketball Schedule Analysis for Week 22

*Mike Barner*

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Schedule Analysis for Week 22

It’s important to know the intricacies of the NBA schedule to gain an advantage over your opponent in a head-to-head fantasy league as starting your best players might not always give you the best chance to win. Here are some moves you might want to consider for your team based on the week ahead.

Teams With The Most Games – 4 Games Each
Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors

It’s crunch time in the fantasy playoffs, but only eight teams can give you an edge by playing four games each this week. If you’re dealing with injuries or need a boost for your squad, consider adding the players below who are still available in the majority of leagues.

NBA Fantasy Basketball Schedule Analysis for Week 22

Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics

The Celtics don’t play four games this week, but Rozier is still someone to consider adding with three games on the schedule. Not only is Jaylen Brown (concussion) likely out for most, if not all, of this week, but Kyrie Irving (knee) also left Sunday’s game against the Pacers and did not return. From the sound of Irving after the game, he is likely going to miss some time. With the Celtics cruising towards the playoffs, it makes a lot of sense for them to take a cautious approach with their best player. Rozier should be in line for a ton of playing time this week, giving him a significant boost in value. In nine games that Rozier has logged at least 30 minutes this season, he is averaging 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.1 three-pointers. He’s still available in 61% of Yahoo! leagues and could be a difference maker when it matters the most.

Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers

Harrell is coming on strong down the stretch, averaging 17.8 points and 4.2 rebounds through five games in March. He doesn’t provide many assists or blocks, but he’s been stellar from the field, shooting 63.3% this season. That’s no fluke either as he is shooting 64.2% from the field for his career. With Danilo Gallinari (hand) out again this week, that frees up more minutes up front for the Clippers. If you need a big man in your fantasy playoffs, Harrell is still available in 68% of Yahoo! leagues.

Corey Brewer, Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have lacked depth all season and didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline, but they did manage to bring in Brewer after he was bought out by the Lakers. He’s started and played at least 28 minutes in back-to-back games, averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, one steal and two three-pointers. In his four games this week, two are against bad teams in the Hawks and Kings and the other is against the Clippers, who play at the sixth-fastest pace (101.2 possessions per game) in the league. He should provide value with points, three’s and steals with the extra game this week and is still available in 97% of Yahoo! leagues. He’s likely not someone to consider in standard size leagues, but if you play in a deep league, Brewer might be someone to target on waivers.

Teams With The Fewest Games – 3 Games Each
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

Outside of the eight teams with four games each, the rest of the league all plays three games each during Week 22. Although the difference isn’t as drastic as it has been in previous weeks, you should still consider benching the players below.

NBA Fantasy Basketball Schedule Analysis for Week 22

Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics

After playing just 16 minutes Sunday due to a sore left knee, Irving said it’s an issue he’s been dealing with for the last week and that he might need some additional rest. The Celtics don’t play again until Wednesday, but it seems likely that Irving is going to miss some time. While his uncertainty comes at an inopportune time for those in the fantasy playoffs, it might be too much of a risk to put him into your lineup this week.

Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers

Ingram has made major strides in his second season in the league but has missed the last five games with a groin injury. The Lakers announced Sunday that Ingram won’t play Tuesday or Wednesday either, leaving him to play just one game this week best case scenario. Keep him anchored to your bench with the hope that he can return for Week 23.

Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers

Young is struggling mightily right now, averaging only 5.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.5 assists through six games in March. He’s averaging 33 minutes per game on the season overall but may be starting to lose playing time, logging just 23 minutes in back-to-backs contests. Two of his three opponents this week are the Raptors and Wizards, both teams he has not played well against this season. Young has been a productive player throughout the season, but his recent struggles make him too much of a risk.

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