Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner!
What a time to be an NBA fan. The trade deadline has come and passed over the past week. Players, teams, just about everyone is in a new situation, scene, and has something new about them.
Teams like the Magic really set the tone by trading three of their best players. The Raptors came close to trading their best player in franchise history but did settle by selling Norman Powell. Teams like the Blazers, Nuggets, and others made major strides to try and compete.
All that while other teams like the Celtics tried to get better but seemed to strike out in the process. The NBA is unfolding in a weird way right now. The buy-out market is now upon us and things are only going to get spicier.
Andre Drummond, Jeff Teague, and LaMarcus Aldridge are just some of the names that grace the free agency market as they were all bought out by their teams. Where will they go? Who knows. Things are going to unfold that will change the fantasy landscape.
Now let's dive into this 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner and breakdown some streamers, starts, sits, and many more things!
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner
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Schedule Run Down: March 29th - April 4th
- Rockets (Thu @ MIA, Fri @ TOR)
- Hornets (Thu @ BKN, Fri @ IND)
- Hawks (Thu @ SA, Fri @ NO)
- Thunder (Fri @ PHX, Sat @ POR)
- Timberwolves (Fri @ MEM, Sat @ PHI)
- Bucks (Fri @ POR, Sat @ SAC)
- Mavericks (Fri @ NY, Sat @ WAS)
- Magic (Sat @ UTA, Sun @ DEN)
- Heat (Wed @ IND, Thu vs GS)
- Knicks (Fri vs DAL, Sat @ DET)
- Pacers (Fri vs CHA, Sat @ SA)
Four Game Slates
Wizards, Jazz, Spurs, Kings, 76ers, Magic, Thunder, Knicks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Bucks, Heat, Grizzlies, Clippers, Pacers, Rockets, Warriors, Pistons, Mavericks, Bulls, Hornets, Nets, Hawks, Celtics
Three Game Slates
Raptors, Blazers, Suns, Lakers, Nuggets, Cavaliers,
Pickup of the Week
Khem Birch, Orlando Magic, PF/C
After the trade deadline, you can argue that almost nobody's stock rose quite like that of Birch. On Friday in a spot start for Nikola Vucevic, the veteran center who was traded to the Bulls, Birch put up an outstanding 14 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.
— Kevin Sacdalan (@KevSacdalan) March 27, 2021
The Magic just traded for Wendell Carter and still has Mo Bamba on the roster, but both players are lower grade. I think showing out on Friday has given the Magic a bit of hope for Birch. With this young team needing to draft and developed in the rebuild, guiding Birch to success could lead to big things ahead.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 13, 2019
Team to Target
There is not a single team that is buzzing more in the NBA right now than the Magic. After trading off three of their top players, they left behind a roster of outcasts and young players. The value in not knowing many of these guys is huge for fantasy.
Take a look at the scores in terms of fantasy numbers from the first game since the trade of the three Magic players.
Chuma Okeke in his last 6 quarters of Basketball:
12/13 FG (92%)
7/7 3 PT FG (100%)
He’s a rookie..
— Magic On To🅿️💫 (@MagicOnTop) March 27, 2021
Just off the bat, that's four players that are in play for fantasy reasons. Most of these guys are either streamable or rosterable in most fantasy formats and likely aren't on any rosters. That's the perfect mixture for fantasy leagues.
Now let's look at the Magic schedule for the week, first off they start by playing four games which is a leg up on six other teams. Now let's take a look at spots.
- Tuesday @ Clippers
- Thursday @ Pelicans
- Saturday @ Jazz
- Sunday @ Nuggets
The schedule is tough; all road games are even tougher. But the goal is grabbing streamers along with guys that have huge upside. That's the Magic, these guys aren't just streamers, they are potential league winners.
The Nuggets and Pelicans are both ripe for the taking on defense and the Clippers have stepped off a bit lately as well with Kawhi Leonard being on the shelf. The Jazz could potentially blow out the Magic which means blowout minutes and garbage time points for starters and bench.
Things add up and make a lot of sense for you to play and stream Magic players this week.
Team to Avoid
Being one of the teams that play less than the others is always one of my main reasons to avoid a team versus another. That's the reason for this one with the Nuggets. They are slotted to play three games this week, which puts them in the category with just five other NBA teams.
Take a look at the schedule the Nuggets are tasked with playing this week.
- Tuesday vs 76ers
- Thursday @ Clippers
- Sunday vs Magic
First things first, the pace in all these games is going to be SLOOOOOW. Orlando ranks 22nd in pace, the Clippers rank 28th, and the 76ers rank 5th, but that's with Embiid. The Nuggets themselves rank 25th. These games will be a lot of slow-paced, possession-type basketball games.
Slow pace means fewer possessions which means fewer fantasy points. Not great for a Nuggets team that only plays three games. To make matters worse, the rotation for the Nuggets just got even more log jammed as the team traded for Aaron Gordon from Orlando.
Orlando ➡️ Denver
— ESPN (@espn) March 25, 2021
The log jam of minutes mixed with a slow pace environment is going to kill an already barren wasteland of fantasy production on the Nuggets. Guys like Jokic are always auto-plays but Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon are likely sits for me this week just because of matchups and pace.
Hot and Trending
Alec Burks, PG/SG, New York Knicks
The Knicks are good? Right? I guess so. They currently sit as a playoff team in the Eastern Conference and continue to get better and even more healthy as Alec Burks and Julius Randle lead the charge. Since logging 20 minutes way back on March 4th, it's been an explosion for Burks.
With Rose, Quickley, and Payton all banged up and missing games, Burks has been the head man on campus. Over his past seven games, he has seen less than 27 minutes once and it was 24 minutes. He also has registered 26 or more fantasy points in all but two of those games.
GIVE ALEC BURKS 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) March 26, 2021
He and Julius Randle are carrying the load on the offensive side of the ball helping lead the Knicks to what seems to be a potential playoff spot.
Jordan Poole, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
On fire doesn't even begin to cover it with Mr. Poole. Since Steph Curry went down just a short week ago, the young guard has slotted into his spot and helped keep the Warriors a competitive team in a loaded Western Conference.
Take a look at Poole's stats since the injury to star guard Steph Curry:
- 34.8 MPG
- 19.3 PPG
- 2.8 RPG
- 4.0 APG
He's been the Warriors' primary ball-handler and near-leading scorer on almost every occasion. Since being activated back with the team on March 4th, Poole has not failed to score double-digit points one time. He also hasn't seen less than 20 minutes in a single one of those games as well.
Jordan Poole in his last 8 games
• 20.3 PTS
• 54.2% FG
• 44.8% 3PT
• 90.9% FT
• 25.7 MPG
This kid is a bucket, he’s only 21 👀 pic.twitter.com/8ArJa2ONe3
— Jay💎 (@DubsFanJay) March 21, 2021
With Curry remaining on the shelf for an extended period and the Warriors not likely to rush their all-world player back, Poole may continue to trend up in role and minutes. Even if Curry does come back, I can see Poole being a 6th man for the struggling team providing spark scoring off the bench.
Injuries to Monitor
And finally, the worst part of the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Weekly Planner, some injuries we need to monitor:
- Malik Beasley (suspension) out 12 games
- D'Angelo Russell (leg) out multiple weeks
- Andre Drummond (trade request) out indefinitely
- Evan Fournier (groin) day-to-day
- Derrick Rose (health protocols) day-to-day
- TJ Warren (foot) out for the season
- Joel Embiid (knee) out 2-3 weeks
- Bradley Beal (knee) day-to-day
- Kevin Durant (calf) out multiple weeks
- Eric Gordon (groin) out 4-6 weeks
- Dennis Smith Jr (covid) day-to-day
- LeBron James (ankle) out 4-6 weeks
- Anthony Davis (foot) out for a while
- Kawhi Leonard (knee) day-to-day
- Steph Curry (tailbone) week-to-week
- Kyrie Irving (personal) week-to-week
- Collin Sexton (hamstring) day-to-day
- Lonzo Ball (hip) day-to-day
- Serge Ibaka (back) day-to-day
- Kevin Porter Jr (quad) day-to-day
- Marvin Bagley (hand) out multiple weeks
- Goran Dragic (knee) day-to-day
- Darius Bazleuy (shoulder) week-to-week
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) out a while
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