Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Breakdown: Tips to win the semifinals
The Fantasy Basketball Playoffs are in full swing! With the league quarter-final rounds nearly complete, it’s time to start looking ahead to next week’s matches and strategizing how to maximize your squad’s movement to compete in the championship.
Below, I’ll go over the teams you should avoid and use, each with recommendations from a few players and some forward plans for the next round.
The Fantasy Gods are not being kind to the Nuggets in Week 22; they’re only playing two games, with one of those games on Wednesday’s big 10-game list. Out of schedule, rivals are also not favorable; On Wednesday they will take on the Wizards (top 10 in Pace this season) and play Bucks on Saturday (possibly the best defensive team in the league).
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As long as I don’t care Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. And Aaron GordonThis Centavius Caldwell-Pope‘sand Bruce BrownX from the world that you will probably have to drop if you want to stream.
In Week 22, the Heat will play the same hand as the Nuggets. With only two games, you can safely quit Kyle Lowry and additional assets such as Kevin Love, Victor Oladipo And Max Strus.
The Pistons are fading away easily with two games into week 22, but beyond that, it’s getting harder to trust Dwayne Casey and his rotations at this stage. Killian Hayes has been great in the last three games with over 15 points, 10 assists and 3 rebounds, but his streak could be over Jayden Ivey probable Thursday. I’m comfortable holding James Wiseman and Ivey before Tuesday’s game against the Hawks. However, Hayes Jalen Duren And Corey Joseph it will be difficult to make a list as their next game falls on Friday’s 10-game list.
If you’re ditching those three squads like I am in Week 22, here are the teams and players I’d like to use:
Los Angeles Clippers
There are several reasons why I like the Clippers in Week 22. First, their three-game schedule avoids the bigger matches in week 22. Secondly, on Tuesday they will meet with the “Thunder”. And Thursday and end of the week against the Pelicans on Saturday.
Some streaming options: Eric Gordon (11%) has has been a consistent source of triples since joining the Clippers, hitting almost two in a contest. Terence Mann (10%) he appears to be turning the corner after a slump when he first moved to the bench role a few weeks ago. He has at least 14 points on 4 rebounds while playing at least 25 minutes in two of his last three games.
These are deeper league options, sure, but with the Clippers tightening up their rotation during their recent four-win streak, the only other option to stream low rebounds and stocks would be Mason Plumlee (48%).
No back-to-back play for a four-game week is a great formula for fantasy production. Luka Doncic (square) and Kyrie Irving (leg) is still healing, but the situation with Kairi looks more concerned.
I would take Jayden Hardy (14%) as he may have a higher workload at week 22. He has played over 37 minutes in his last three games and is scoring at high speed, dropping at least 22 points on 3 assists and 3 trebles. He also grabbed six or more rebounds in his last two games.
Another strong option Josh Greenwho is also performing well in Week 21, averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.7 three-pointers while shooting 57% from the field in his last three games.
The Mavs will play the Grizzlies and Warriors earlier in the week, so for a team heading in the wrong direction in the Western Conference standings, this will be an important step. Luckily, they will play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and Saturday to end the week against a fantasy-friendly division.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans avoid big rosters in Week 22 by playing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They also have good games against the Spurs and Hornets, but not so much against the Clippers.
There is little lineup depth to choose from with regards to streaming, but keep that in mind if there are any last-minute injuries to players like Brandon Ingram or Jonas Valanciunas. Josh Richardson (19%), Nazi marshal (6%) and Larry Nancy Jr. (13%) are likely to increase playing time if Ingram or Valanciunas stay.
Kenyon Martin Jr. (51%) and Tari Eason (40%) may be available in shallow leagues, and if they are, dig them out. Three out of four Rockets games are against favorable teams such as the Warriors and Grizzlies (twice). While the Cavs offer some breakthrough potential, Martin is averaging 16 points with 6 rebounds while shooting 61% from the field compared to his previous eight games.
Eason played just 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday, but he played the most minutes of the year in March, playing about 27 minutes per night and averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at 2.1 shares.
More teams/players will be streaming next week
Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu, De’Andre Hunter
Bulls: Patrick Beverly
Spurs: Devonte Graham, Jeremy Sochan, Keita Bates-Diop
Kings: Malik Monk, Trey Liles
Warriors: Donte Di Vincenzo
Jazz: Talen Horton-Tucker, Chris Dunn
Thunder: Lugenz there
Pacers: TJ McConnell, Isaiah Jackson
Grizzly: Xavier Tillman, Tyus Jones, David Roddy
Blazers: Matisse Tibull