Fantasy Basketball Week 23 Schedule Primer

Week 23 means we're well into the fantasy basketball playoffs, so it's time to take advantage of the schedule to maximize your games played.

Fantasy basketball managers are in the midst of the playoffs in their head-to-head leagues, so they know the importance of maximizing their games this week. That is precisely why we will jump right into the pickups for this week. To get an extra advantage use our Advanced NBA Schedule Grid or Premium tools for Yahoo leagues.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The defending champion Golden State Warriors are the team to target this week. They have five games including the final three at home. 16 other teams have four contests. The Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando both play twice. The remaining 11 organizations have three games.

In standard leagues, it would be wise to avoid all Magic and Nets players. Add players playing four or five times to boost your lineup.

Here are the top pickups for Week 23 playing four or five games and rostered in under 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  1. P.J. Tucker- Houston Rockets (46%)- Tucker is a steals, rebounds, and 3-pointers made streamer.
  2. Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics (47%)- Smart has produced elite steals for the entire season. He also helps in rebounds, assists, and 3-pointers made.
  3. Wesley Matthews- Indiana Pacers (34%)- In his 13 games with the Pacers, Matthews is producing 12.8 points, 2.5 3-pointers made, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in 33.6 minutes a night.
  4. Kelly Olynyk- Miami Heat (46%)- Olynyk is hot and producing well in points, threes, rebounds and steals since the All-Star break.
  5. Jalen Brunson- Dallas Mavericks (44%)- Add Brunson for his points, rebounds, assists, and threes contributions in nearly 30 minutes a game.
  6. Luke Kennard- Detroit Pistons (23%)- Kennard is a points and threes streamer since the trade deadline.
  7. Andre Iguodala- Golden State Warriors (8%)- Steals, blocks, and assists add playing five games in Week 23.
  8. Jae Crowder- Utah Jazz- Crowder can do a bit of everything. Crowder should produce well in points and threes.
  9. Thomas Bryant- Washington Wizards (22%)- Over the last 30 days, Bryant is averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
  10. Terry Rozier- Boston Celtics (41%)- Add Rozier for the threes, steals, and assists help.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: The maximum games of a given day this week is nine on Monday and Wednesday. There are eight games on Saturday and Sunday. Managers need to pay attention to their future lineups to know how to plan their additions.

Note: The Warriors have the top schedule this week because of their five games, but their streaming options are not plentiful.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Indiana Pacers

Wesley Matthews (34%)- Matthews is playing 33.6 minutes per game since joining the Pacers and should be owned when playing in all head-to-head leagues.

Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala (8%)- In ten games played since Feb. 12, Iguodala is averaging 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game in 24.9 minutes a night.

Tuesday-Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers

T.J. McConnell (4%)- Deeper league assists and steals add.

Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker (46%)- Since Jan. 13, Tucker has at least one steal in 27 of 28 games. He is averaging 2.3 steals, 1.5 3-pointers, and 5.9 rebounds each night in that time.

Kenneth Faried (39%)- Faried is a points and rebounds target when playing 25-plus minutes per game.

Gerald Green (4%)- Green is a 3-pointers made streamer.

Milwaukee Bucks

No recommended targets.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Atlanta Hawks

Kent Bazemore (40%)- Bazemore is a target for help in steals and 3-pointers made.

Kevin Huerter (27%)- Add him for threes and points with the potential to produce a nice across the board line in 30-plus minutes per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Taj Gibson (41%)- Rebounds and points target.

Ty Jones (19%)- Assists and steals add.

Charlotte Hornets

Cody Zeller (20%)- Zeller has missed two straight games with a knee injury but was on a role prior to that. He had started 12 consecutive contests and averaged 12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 block each night.

Miles Bridges (4%)- Deeper league steals add.

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica (25%)- Bjelica is a rebounds, steals, and blocks target.

Indiana Pacers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Wednesday-Thursday

Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson (44%)- Since Jan. 31, Brunson has started 16 of the 18 games. He is averaging 29.3 minutes, 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 0.6 steals per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 80.0 percent on his free throws.

Maxi Kleber (8%)- Kleber is averaging 1.2 blocks per game on the year in 20.4 minutes. He is playing over 25 minutes per game since the trades.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (37%)- Crowder is averaging 12.1 points and 2.2 3-pointers made per game.

Kyle Korver (3%)- Korver is a 3-point marksman.

Washington Wizards

Thomas Bryant (22%)- Blocks target.

Thursday-Friday

Denver Nuggets

Malik Beasley (18%)- Beasley is a 3-pointers made streamer.

Mason Plumlee (14%)- Add Plumlee for his rebounds and blocks contributions.

Friday-Saturday

Memphis Grizzlies

Avery Bradley (33%)- Bradley is hot right now and producing well across the board.

Justin Holiday (26%)- Steals target.

Joakim Noah (23%)- Rebounds and blocks target when playing over 22 minutes per game.

Miami Heat

Kelly Olynyk (46%)- Since the All-Star Break, Olynyk is averaging 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 3-pointers made, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in 30.3 minutes a night.

Bam Adebayo (43%)- Rebounds and blocks target.

Dwayne Wade (35%)- Wade is producing well during his farewell tour in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks for a guard. Expect him to attempt to push through a knee injury as well.

Dion Waiters (10%)- Points and threes streamer.

Saturday-Sunday

Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart (47%)- Since Feb. 9, Smart is averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 3-pointers, 1.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes a night.

Terry Rozier (41%)- Over his last 20 games, Rozier is averaging 10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals in 23.9 minutes a night.

Charlotte Hornets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Detroit Pistons

Luke Kennard (23%)- Over his last 15 games, Kennard is averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 3-pointers made, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a night in 27.8 minutes.

Wayne Ellington (14%)- Since joining the Pistons, Ellington averages 2.6 3-pointers made and 1.0 steal each game.

Langston Galloway (5%)- Galloway is playing 20.6 minutes per game since Feb. 8 with 2.1 3-pointers made.

Ish Smith (5%)- Since Feb. 8, Smith is averaging 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in 21.3 minutes a night.

Sacramento Kings

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Golden State Warriors

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Looking ahead to Week 24

We always look ahead, but no teams play on Sunday and Monday Week 24 this week. Tuesday features ten games, so streaming may not be possible in the two matchups.

Final thoughts

The season is wrapping up, but the Watching the Boxes Podcast will help you close out the year strong and prep you for next year’s draft. There will also be plenty of content about dynasty and keeper leagues.

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