Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Schedule Primer

The fantasy basketball playoffs are here - and we're here to look at the week 22 schedule to maximize games played in head-to-head leagues.

Fantasy basketball managers know that Week 22 is the most important week in head-to-head leagues. Playoff implications are abounded and maximizing your games is imperative, so here is a look at the upcoming schedule.

Weekly lock leagues

Tips for the week: The NBA schedule for Week 22 is what fans are used to from previous seasons (and last week). Ten teams have four games. Two squads (Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies) only place twice this week. The remaining 18 teams have three games.

The quandary is real when looking at Warriors and Grizzlies. Managers have to start Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. One game from either can be as a good as three games from another top-50 option. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, and Mike Conley would all be on the fence for me. It would depend on the stats needed to win my playoff matchup, and the options available on my waiver wire. Keep that in mind when setting your lineup.

Here are the top ten waiver wire additions that have four games in Week 22 and are rostered in under 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  1. P.J. Tucker- Houston Rockets (46%)- Since Jan. 1, Tucker is averaging 2.2 steals, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 3-pointers made, and 0.6 blocks per game.
  2. Patrick Beverley- LA Clippers (47%)- Since the Tobias Harris trade, Beverley is averaging 7.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 3-pointers made, and 0.8 blocks in 30.0 minutes per over 12 games.
  3. Collin Sexton- Cleveland Cavaliers (46%)- Since Jan 1, Sexton is averaging 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 3-pointers made in 31.8 minutes per game.
  4. Cedi Osman- Cleveland Cavaliers (49%)- Osman is averaging 31.7 minutes per game for the season, so the playing time is secured. Since Dec. 16, he is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and averaging 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.8 3-pointers made per game.
  5. Luke Kennard- Detroit Pistons (33%)- Since the trade deadline, Kennard is averaging 28.4 minutes per game and has become a viable streamer for points and threes.
  6. Landry Shamet- LA Clippers (10%)- Shamet is a points and 3-pointers made streamer in his new role with the Clippers.
  7. DeMarre Carroll (12%)- Carroll is a solid stream for points, 3-pointers made and rebounds down the stretch.
  8. Jae Crowder- Utah Jazz (33%)- Crowder is playing around 28 minutes per game and averaging 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 threes.
  9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- LA Clippers (23%)- SGA is not getting enough minutes, but his 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks should help from a guard spot.
  10. Thomas Bryant- Washington Wizards (28%)- Bryant has blocked at least one shot in 15 straight games. In that time, he averages 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.

Daily roster changes

First, a word on the schedule itself: It is friendly for streaming in Week 22. The maximum games on a given day are eight. The minimum is six meaning adding players for the waiver wire should be an option every each night.

Note: The Houston Rockets have the week’s top schedule with four games all at home. The face Charlotte, Golden State, Phoenix, and Minnesota and have no back-to-backs.

Back-to-backs

Monday-Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cedi Osman (49%)- Osman runs hot and cold, but should be a source of points and threes.

Collin Sexton (46%)- Add him for the points and 3-pointers made.

LA Clippers

Patrick Beverley (47%)- Beverley is producing in rebounds, assists, steals, threes, and blocks over the last month, so you should add him.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23%)- SGA is only playing 24.1 minutes per game since the roster shakeup in LA, but is still averaging 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.

Ivica Zubac (18%)- Zubac is averaging 19.6 minutes since joining the Clippers and producing 7.3 rebounds plus 1.0 block per game.

JaMychal Green (11%)- Green is producing 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers made in his 11 games with the Clippers.

Landry Shamet (10%)- Shamet should be rostered in more leagues. Since being traded to LA, he is averaging 12.3 points and 2.9 3-pointers made in 29.1 minutes per game.

Tuesday-Wednesday

No teams scheduled.

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson (5%)- Since the blockbuster trade with the Knicks, Brunson is averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.3 3-pointers made in 27.5 minutes a night.

Denver Nuggets

Malik Beasley (20%)- Over his last ten games, Beasley is averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 3-pointers made per in 24.8 minutes a night.

Mason Plumlee (14%)- Since Feb. 4, Plumlee is averaging 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Indiana Pacers

Wesley Matthews (36%)- Since joining the Pacers, Matthews is averaging 13.2 points, 2.8 3-pointers made, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in 32.5 minutes a night.

Cory Joseph (8%)- Since the Victor Oladipo injury, Joseph is averaging 25.7 minutes, 4.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Taj Gibson (39%)- Gibson is averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds on stellar percentages over his last ten games. Could be in line for massive minutes if Karl-Anthony Town misses time.

Tyus Jones (5%)- Jones is a deeper league assists and steals streamer when everyone is healthy with upside for more.

Josh Okogie (2%)- Okogie is producing 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game over his last ten despite playing just 24.5 minutes a night.

Los Angeles Lakers

No recommended streamers.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Listed under Monday-Tuesday.

Wednesday-Thursday

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustine (42%)- Augustine remains an assists and 3-pointers made streamer.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel (8%)- Deeper league steals and blocks streamer.

Utah Jazz

Jae Crowder (33%)- Crowder is averaging 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 3-pointers made per game on the year.

Kyle Korver (6%)- Korver is a 3-pointers made streaming target.

Thursday-Friday

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica (16%)- Risky add, but can often get a block and a three when playing over 15 minutes.

Los Angeles Lakers

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Friday-Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans

Cheick Diallo (21%)- He is only averaging 18.8 minutes over his last ten, but still producing 8.5 rebounds and 10.3 points per game.

Kenrich Williams (10%)- Since Jan. 29, Williams is playing 32.2 minutes per game. He is producing 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 3-pointers made, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks a night during that time.

Frank Jackson (5%)- Starting with Jrue Holiday out, Jackson becomes a player to monitor this week.

Phoenix Suns

Tyler Johnson (35%)-Since joining the Suns, Johnson is averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 3-pointers made, 1.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game.

Josh Jackson (29%)- Since Feb. 1, Jackson is producing 14.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in 27.4 minutes a night.

Mikal Bridges (25%)- Bridges has at least one steal in 20 straight games and he averages 2.2 per game over that time period.

Richaun Holmes (7%)- Deeper league blocks streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

Al-Farouq Aminu (43%)- Since Jan.1, Aminu is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game, but not helping much in other categories over 27.9 minutes a night.

Moe Harkless (23%)- Harkless continues to play inconsistent minutes, but is producing 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game over his last ten in just 25.7 minutes a night.

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes (12%)- 3-pointers made streamer.

Patty Mills (12%)- Threes target.

Washington Wizards

Jeff Green (34%)- Green is averaging 12.0 points, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 2.1 assists over the last 30 days.

Thomas Bryant (28%)- Add him for the blocks, but he should produce double-digit points and nearly six rebounds as well.

Saturday-Sunday

Atlanta Hawks

Kent Bazemore (43%)- Bazemore is steals and threes add.

Kevin Huerter (13%)- Target Huerter for his 3-pointers made production, but rookie gives a well-rounded line in 30-plus a night.

Brooklyn Nets

Allen Crabbe (31%)- Crabbe is averaging 2.2 3-pointers made per game since returning from injury.

DeMarre Carroll (12%)- Since Jan. 1, Carroll is averaging 12.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.8 3-pointers made per game in 27.0 minutes a night over 27 contests.

Ed Davis (7%)- Since Jan. 1, Davis is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game over 29 contests.

Looking ahead to Week 23

Your playoff matchup may or may not allow for this. Remember you have to win this week to see next, but adding a player late in the week that helps in the next matchup can give your squad a massive boost. Here are a few targets.

Note: Monday of Week 23 has nine games which may leave managers will a full roster. Be aware when adding a potential streaming option.

Sunday-Monday of Week 23

Chicago Bulls

Robin Lopez (43%)- Over his last 11, Lopez is averaging 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game.

Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade (37%)- Since Feb. 1, Wade is producing 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game in 26.2 minutes per night.

Bam Adebayo (32%)- Adebayo has started six straight games and is averaging 11.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game during that stretch.

Dion Waiters (11%)- Waiters is a points and threes add.

New York Knicks

Kevin Knox (32%)-Knox is struggling mightily with his shot right now and that is hurting his playing time. If the rookie starts knocking them down, expect his minutes to skyrocket.

Allonzo Trier (20%)- Trier is averaging 15.5 points and 1.5 3-pointers made over his last ten games.

Damyean Dotson (18%)- Dotson is producing 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.7 threes per game over his last nine games.

Emmanuel Mudiay (17%)- Since returning from injury, Mudiay is averaging 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal in 23.5 minutes per game.

Toronto Raptors

Danny Green (49%)- Steals and threes streamer.

Detroit Pistons

Luke Kennard (33%)-Since Feb. 8, Kennard is averaging 15.4 points and 3.0 3-pointers made in 28.4 minutes per game.

Wayne Ellington (13%)- Ellington continues to be a fantastic 3-pointers made streamer.

Ish Smith (6%)- Over his last ten games, Smith is averaging 5.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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