I hate Daylight Savings Time. I mean, I’m really not a fan. However, my love for this archaic nuance of our calendar shifted during seasons of my life. Growing up through college and early married years? Loved Fall Back and loathed Spring Forward. Now? Well, my three little kids that run on a body clock and not a real one don’t care that you just gained an hour. Wake the eff up and play with me! Don’t worry…I say that to my wife sometimes in the mornings, just with less aggressive language. It’s much more enticing. And you don’t care.

So, my point is…now that Spring Forward is here the responsible professional in me is still loathing losing an hour of sleep. But the parent in me…haha, oh the parent. They sleep an extra hour now?!? Done. Give me this thing all day long. I look forward to ‘losing an hour.’

And now that I’m ~200 words in to something that no one cares about, let’s just call that a test to see if you’re with me. Many have dropped out to this point, and only the truly great still remain. It’s officially playoff time in fantasy basketball (at least for the RCL’s), so we trim the fat and only discuss that which matters. As a result, this week is a little thinner in depth. So, let’s Spring Forward not just into a warmer season (and baseball!), but into the playoffs!

Oh, and into the 7 Ahead!

The 7 Ahead

  • 5-game week: N/A
  • 4-game weeks: BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
  • 2-game week: NYK

Top Weekly Waiver Options (<40% owned in Y!/games this week):

  • Cory Joseph (33%/4) – I get why he’s only owned in 1/3 of the leagues (I feel like I said that previously this year), but Joseph’s been spectacular in the stead of Kyle Lowry. You can’t ask for much more from a waiver stream giving you 12.3/3.6/5.0 with almost 1 3pg, over a steal and great % in 33+ mpg. As long as Lowry’s out, and he is this week, plug Joseph in. He’s the Gem of the Week.
  • Sean Kilpatrick (40%/4) – If you need a scoring boost to start the playoff run, look no further than Kilpatrick. Sure, he followed up three straight 20+ pt games with a big 9 spot, but what do you think he is? Steph Curry? Well, he may be hotter than Steph lately. If you need a SG spot, he’s a great stream.
  • Kosta Koufos (22%/4) – He’s a great shot at a double-double each night with the current Kings construction. I wouldn’t be hopeful to snag more than the points and boards, but those can really add up in a 4-game week.

Yep, just the three. It’s the playoffs…you didn’t get here because you need more than one of these guys each week, and no one is reading this that doesn’t have a team like that. So, snag one of those three if needed, make sure your clocks moved forward (they did, btw. It’s 2017. phones do it by themselves…), and now a look at the daily rhythms of the NBA for this week!

Monday: 8 GAMES – Hopefully Kawhi Leonard (my preseason pick for MVP, btw) returns to action as the Spurs host the wannabe Spurs of the East, Atlanta Hawks on national TV. But if not, I’m equally as hopefully that Gordon Hayward posterizes Blake Griffin in LA to start the week. Aren’t you?!?

Tuesday5 GAMES – Alright, let’s set the Over/Under: How many dunks will LeBron James throw down when the Cavs host the Pistons on Tuesday? Some of His Greatness’ greatest highlights came against the Pistons…why not a few more?

Wednesday10 GAMES – The prized night of the week for the Association gets one last game in that matters in the national spotlight until March Madness ends, and after beating the Warriors I’m intrigued to see if the Timberwolves can travel to Boston and dethrone another top contender for the second time in less than a week. Next year Minnesota is primed for a big step forward. I guess they were this year, too, though. Hmm…

Thursday6 GAMES – Hopefully are Warriors can remember how to win when the Magic visit the Bay on Thursday, but the  first two games of the night deserve the attention. Utah @ Cleveland is an alternate universe’s NBA Final Preview, and then OKC @ TOR could be the other. Dueling universes? Who needs a piano…

Friday8 GAMES – So is Dallas trusting the Process now, too, after showing a strong improvement since their Nerlens Noel trade? Should be interesting to see how the fans react to Noel when Dallas travels to Philly to start the weekend. In my opinion, 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo made a mistake not working out a way to keep Noel around before this season ever started.

Saturday: 8 GAMES – Cleveland against the Clips will get the eyes of the nation (those that aren’t watching everything wonderful about basketball in the NCAA Tourney), but San Antonio @ Memphis and Houston @ Denver will compete for the best game of the night in the NBA. Parallel styles between the two matchups.

Sunday8 GAMES – The state of the NBA is so top heavy I want to say, ‘Who cares?’ for Sunday since there aren’t any great games happening, but I can’t do that. That would be lazy. And the only thing lazy on a Sunday is Chris Parnell and Andy Samburg. Sooooo…Indiana @ Toronto? Haha, see…told you. At least we can watch Cory Joseph look like the next Jeff Teague story!


And don’t be afraid to send along any questions on trades, pickups or life!
Good luck in Week 21!

  1. Lasandro says:

    Nice write-up!!

  2. E says:

    What do you think of Jordan Crawford this week?

    • @E: He’s gonna green light shots from the outside. He may hurt your percentages, and may not provide much beyond 3PM and points, but his resurrection to fantasy relevance may begin with this 10-day in NO.

  3. Tyler says:

    which 2 would you choose for a final 2rounds of playoffs since I have a bye this week. Punting 3s/TO.
    I placed # of games played in parentheses:
    Chriss(4-4), Nance(3-4), Zubac(3-4), Holmes(4-4), Ingram(3-4), CoJo(3-4), Ish(3-4), Ulis(3-4), Hield(3-4),Snell(4-4), Portis(4-3), Jordan Crawford(3-4), Jamal Crawford(5-3)

    • @Tyler: Man…hard to predict three weeks out how many they’ll be playing during that 2 week stretch. But looking at it at a glance I’d go with Ish and Chriss in terms of upside and games.

      Given your matchup probability, where are you leaning as of now?

      • Tyler says:

        @[email protected]: i was leaning Chriss and Zubac for upside right now. But Zu only plays 3games and ish as well. So might be better to roll with Holmes with 4games perhaps?

        Rest of my team looks like this:


        • @Tyler: Solid starting squad. Can’t go wrong locking in the most amount of games possible.

  4. Unstoppabull says:

    In a h2h points league (+1 for Pts, Rebs, Asts, Stls, Blks, FGM, FTM & -1 for TOs, FGA, and FGM), pick 1 player that you would bench this week?

    Gorgui Dieng (4 games)
    Darren Collison (4 games)
    Jordan Crawford (4 games)
    Kosta Koufos (4 games)

  5. Tyler says:

    Should I drop LouWill(3gms) or Harkless(4gms) for Brogdon(4gms)?

    12team lineup semis start nex week. Have a bye this week.

    Since its playoffs maybe I should solidify my guard stats by losing Hark since he has been killing Fts lately.

    • @Tyler: I’d still ride with Harkless over Brogdon, and could make the argument that 3 of Lou is as good as 4 of the others depending on the needs of your team and how you have is structured.

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