What’s up my fellow fantasy basketballers! It’s getting to be that time of year again where we fight for those fantasy basketball championships, it’s crunch time! Today, I will be breaking down the three weeks in which most of us will be participating in the first three rounds of the fantasy basketball playoffs. I will also break each week down by number of games for each team and go over some players that could be available to stream on a week to week basis. Since NBA teams do not play the same amount of games from week to week, we would rather run guys out that have 4-5 games per week over some guys who only play 2-3 times that particular week. If you are set and ready to rock for the playoffs, I would suggest doing some proactive planning and determine who you may drop or add in the next 3-4 weeks depending on that particular week. You’ll also want to decide on what days you will make the switch, which will depend on how many free agent adds you are allowed per week or per playoffs. For example, in one of my leagues we are allowed four adds per week and if only two or three are used, it could be wise to use those moves on a Sunday if needed before the end that round. This is especially recommended for those in weekly leagues which makes it tough when locking players in for the entire week, so were here to help you make those educated decisions. There’s a plethora of injury news and playoff breakdown to get to, so lets get down to business….
Round 1 - March 17th through March 23rd
Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Indiana, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington.
Three Games - Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah.
Two Games - Los Angeles Clippers.
Round 2 - March 24th through March 30th
Five Games - Portland.
Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Los Angeles Clipper, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah.
Three Games - Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Washington.
Two Games - Golden State.
Round 3 - March 31st through April 6th
Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.
Three games - Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.
Now, obviously the Clippers and Warriors are teams you will want to stay away from in round one and two, but it will also depend on the player. You won’t want to run Jared Dudley or Draymond Green out that week if you have a similar option with one or two more games. As for your studs, like Chris Paul and Steph Curry, they need to in starting lineups at all costs. Stay tuned, as I will be breaking down each round weekly and going over players to add and player to stay away from that particular week. Recognize and Strategize!
Eric Bledsoe – Is currently participating in five on five drills and I would be surprised to not see him in the lineup in the next week or so. The Suns are still positioning for playoffs so he should have the motivation to return as soon as possible. Im holding.
Joakim Noah – Is beasting right now and playing through a bothersome ankle. He is playing today and should be fine.
Anderson Varejao – May be close to returning but wouldn’t blame you for dropping him. We have no guarantee on his health, when he returns, or his playing time when he returns to action. I’m just monitoring for now.
Tobias Harris – Congratulations for those who hung on to Harris through the tough times. He’s heating up with Glen Davis out of the picture and has dropped at least 20 points in four of his last six games.
Tony Parker – TP returned on Sunday and a big way going for 22 points, 3 boards, and 7 dimes. Looks like he’s good to go for fantasy playoffs.
Miles Plumlee – The Suns have been going small lately and Plumlee’s production has suffered severely. He should only be owned in very deep leagues.
Anthony Davis – Is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury right now, but should break out of it with no setbacks.
Amir Johnson – Playing better as of late, while fighting through ankle injuries. He’s a nice add right now if you need a big man.
Jimmy Butler – Playing well after returning from the rib injury. He contributes across the board and probably should not be available right now in your league.
Dwyane Wade – Out Monday due to rest. Monitor his back to back games each week and expect this to be a normal thing the rest of the way.
Martell Webster – Out Monday with a nagging back injury and is day to day.
Gerald Henderson – Also out Monday with a calf injury and is considered day to day right now.
Kevin Garnett – If there are better options out there, I would make the switch while you can. KG will be rested often down the stretch.
Kevin Seraphin – Out for Monday’s game. Upgrade Trevor Booker as long as Seraphin sits.
Tyreke Evans – Has been moved to the starting five in place of Al-Farouq Aminu and it sounds like it will stick for the rest of the season. This is great news for Tyke owners as he is averaging 18/7/4.5 so far as a starter.
Chandler Parsons – Was out with an illness but practiced Monday and sounds probably for Houston’s next contest.
Steve Nash – Likely out for season and may be retiring. Drop. It was fun while it lasted Steven!
Caron Butler – With Thabo Sefolosha out for a month or so, Butler is expected to jump right into the Thunder’s starting lineup. He should be a decent source of threes.
Russell Westbrook – Looks to be knocking the rust off. Westy owners can exhale…..
Kawhi Leonard – Is paying off for owners who held on to him. He should be a nice player for the playoff stretch as long as he stays out of Popovich’s dog house.
Danny Green – Continues to struggle. I officially have no more patience for the sharp shooter. Which hasn’t been very sharp this year.
Gerald Wallace – Crash is out for the season with a torn meniscus.
Dion Waiters – Day to day with a balky knee, but is expected to returnTuesday.
Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson – Both played Monday. Phew.
George Hill – Left Sundays game with a left shoulder injury. Upgrade Evan Turner. Hopefully the injury isn’t too serious.
Nick Young – Is not playing Monday.
Larry Sanders – Return is expected in late March but I’m not counting on it considering the Bucks are merely playing for the worst record right now.
Jrue Holiday – Is officially out for the season after leg surgery. Drop.
Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo – Both are day to day so look for them to return this week.
Jason Richardson – Has been shooting and may return mid March. Lets just monitor him for now.
Nene Hilario – Out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. will likely not be available until playoffs are over. Upgrade Marcin Gortat, Kevin Seraphin, and Trevor Booker.
Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck to everyone in the upcoming playoffs! Let’s go get those championships! See you next weekend!