Playoff schedules for leagues with playoffs beginning on March 16th

Teams with 11 games:

IND, LAL, MEM, MIN, PHI, PHO, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

Teams with 10 games:

ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MIA, MIL, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, POR

Teams with 9 games:

CHI

Teams with two-game weeks:

BKN

Overall Analysis

  • The Brooklyn two-game week looms large. Fantasy players with Nets on their roster are going to have some very difficult decisions to make. Their Week 23 and 24 schedules make this an especially tough situation. If you drop your Nets in Week 22, you may end up squaring off against them and their four-game weeks in the later rounds.
  • The Bulls have the worst schedule in this setup but I wouldn’t avoid their studs. The Bulls’ best players are all young and the team won’t have any reason to sit them late in the season. Only Otto Porter should be at risk of late-season nights off.
  • The Pacers, Nets, and Suns play four games in both the semi-finals and the finals. If you know that you are going to finish the year as one of your league’s top two squads, it makes sense to target players on these teams.
  • The Hawks, Bulls, Mavericks, Warriors, and Pelicans play the least amount of games after the first round of the playoffs. Players on these teams will help fantasy players with byes less than players on busier teams.
  • The potential first-round picks with the best schedules in this setup are Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, and Bradley Beal. All three have 11 games scheduled during the fantasy playoffs. Joel Embiid and the Sixers also play 11 times but there’s no way the big man plays in all 11 games. Kyrie Irving is the only potential first-round pick with a potentially problematic schedule.

Week 22 Analysis

You can see Week 22’s full schedule here.

  • Brooklyn only plays two games and doesn’t start their week until Wednesday. The second game doesn’t come until Saturday. All Nets not named Kyrie Irving could end up being droppable after Wednesday or even earlier in the week. When considering players from the Nets, figure out if you are fine with potentially dropping your X round pick in the middle of Week 22. You may want to look elsewhere and grab a player who is more likely to be on your roster in Week 23.
  • The Mavericks start the week with a back-to-back set against the Clippers and Kings. Kristaps Porzingis may take a seat during one of those games. The Mavericks play four games in Week 22 so you could still get three games from Porzingis.
  • The Lakers have a back-to-back set this week that includes a game against the Hornets. Anthony Davis and LeBron James could see their four-game week turn into a three-game week.
  • The Sixers have a back-to-back set that starts with a revenge game against the Raptors and ends with a trip to Charlotte. The odds of Joel Embiid suiting up for the game against the Hornets are…not good. Luckily, the Sixers play four games that week so you should still get three games from The Process.

Week 23 Analysis

You can see Week 23’s full schedule here.

  • The Sixers have a four-game week that includes back-to-back games against the Bulls and the Suns. Joel Embiid feels like a lock to miss at least one of those games. It’s possible he sits out both. Given the weak competition, a night off for Al Horford is possible as well. You’ll more than likely get four games out of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Josh Richardson.
  • The Clippers also have a scary back-to-back set against the Pistons and Hornets. Kawhi Leonard won’t play against the Hornets. He may not play against the Pistons either. There were some back-to-back sets last year where Kawhi sat out both games. He also sat two non-back-to-back games in Week 24 last season. Paul George could also get a night off against the Hornets. To make matters worse, the Clippers also play the Knicks during Week 23. Load management is the worst.
  • Bradley Beal and the Wizards have a back-to-back set late in Week 23. Given that this week takes place at the end of the March, a rest day for Beal makes a lot of sense.

Week 24 Analysis

You can see Week 24’s full schedule here.

  • There are only seven back-to-back sets in Week 24. That is great news as teams will be looking for excuses to sit their veterans and the schedule takes one away. Don’t get too comfortable though. Week 24 takes place in April and that usually leads to shenanigans.
  • There are 11 games on Friday and 14 games on Sunday. When you are planning your team, take a look at your schedule on these days before drafting. It should not be a deal-breaker for any players but it is something to keep on eye on. Losing games to overload can turn a strong fantasy schedule into a mediocre one.
  • The Clippers, Mavericks, and Sixers do not have any back-to-back sets in Week 24. That doesn’t mean that Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, and Kristaps Porzingis are in the clear, but it helps.

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