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2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Weekly Planner

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Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Weekly Planner!

Another day another week closer we are to the NFL season, the NFL draft, the NBA playoffs, and many more exciting things. April is widely considered one of the best times for sports on the calendar.

You get regular-season baseball kicking off, the NFL draft, NHL, and who could forget the NBA. But the problem now with the NBA is the injuries are racking up rapidly and teams are starting to sit their players to give them rest for the playoffs. Guys like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and many more stars continue to be plagued with the injury bug.

Meanwhile, tons of guys like Jamal Murray are lost for the season with fluke injuries that change the landscape of the NBA and the fantasy playoffs. Now it’s up to guys like Monte Morris to help you get to where you need to be. The promise land, aka the fantasy championship.

But that’s why I’m here. I’m going to help you get your lineups right. Fix your roster before the season’s end. And help you make that final push to the fantasy championship that is a near few weeks away.

Now let’s dive into this 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Weekly Planner and break down some streamers, starts, sits, and many more things!

2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Weekly Planner

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Schedule Run Down: April 19th – April 25th

Road Back-to-Backs

  • Timberwolves (Tue @ SAC, Wed @ SAC)
  • Nets (Tue @ NO, Wed @ TOR)
  • Suns (Wed @ PHI, Thu @ BOS)
  • Pistons (Wed @DAL, Thu @ SA)

Home/Away Back-to-Backs

  • Clippers (Tue @ POR, Wed vs MEM)
  • Hawks (Tue vs ORL, Wed @ NYK)
  • 76ers (Wed vs PHO, Thu @ MIL)
  • Bulls (Wed @ CLE, Thu vs CHA)
  • Celtics (Thu vs PHO, Fri @ BKN)
  • Hornets (Thu @ CHI, Fri vs CLE)
  • Heat (Fri @ ATL, Sat vs CHI)
  • Rockets (Fri vs LAC, Sat @ DEN)
  • Nuggets (Fri @ GS, Sat vs HOU)
  • Bucks (Sat vs PHI, Sun @ ATL)
  • Pacers (Sat vs DET, Sun @ ORL)

Four Game Slates

Spurs, Blazers, Suns, 76ers, Bucks, Heat, Grizzlies, Lakers, Pacers, Rockets, Warriors, Pistons, Nuggets, Cavaliers, Bulls, Hornets, Nets, Celtics, Hawks

Three Game Slates

Jazz, Kings, Magic, Thunder, Knicks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Clippers, Mavericks, Thunder

Two Game Slates

Raptors

Pickup of the Week

Darius Bazley, Oklahoma City Thunder, SF/PF

It’s no secret the Thunder are tanking. The trading of Paul George and Russell Westbrook helped get fortunes of draft picks and prospects. One of the prospects they know have in their treasure trove is that of Darius Bazley.

The young forward has shown flashes of playing at a high level during his injury-riddled sophomore season. In just 39 games played this season, the second-year pro has flexed his muscles to the toon of 12.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, and a combined 1.1 blocks and steals per game.

A great jump from last season’s rookie campaign. With the Thunder consistently running into injury problems and the recent news that star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be out for another two weeks, Bazley makes for the perfect add in fantasy formats.

Since Bazley returned from injury just three games ago, he’s been lighting it up as one of the team’s top options on the floor. His presence in the starting lineup has been a calming presence for the young team. Take a look at how the young forward has done in his return.

  • 31.0 MPG
  • 15.3 PPG
  • 6.9 RPG
  • 2.0 APG
  • 0.3 SPG

He’s been on absolute fire. In two of three of the games he’s scored over 27 fantasy points. The stats look a bit worse as well due to the fact that in-game two he struggled scoring just seven points and a rebound in a horrendous night. In the other two nights, Bazley scored over 17 points and had over seven rebounds in each.

With Gilgeous-Alexander out for an extended period, Al Horford sitting out the rest of the year, Aleksji Pokusevski being out for “an extended period”, and the Thunder roster struggling with health, Bazley makes a ton of sense as a pickup.

It also helps that the Thunder play the 13th easiest schedule down the stretch. They square off against the Kings, Wizards, and Pistons multiple times each which happen to be fast-paced fantasy darling teams. Grab Bazley and reap the rewards down the stretch.



Team to Target

Golden State Warriors

My favorite team to target for Week 17 is the Golden State Warriors led by non-other than Steph Curry. Arguably one of the best players in the league and may be some people’s potential MVP. The Warriors and their MVP candidate take the court this week as one of 19 teams that play a four-game schedule.

What sets them apart from other teams that play four games is the fact that they play one of if not the softest schedules. Take a look:

  • Monday @ 76ers
  • Wednesday @ Wizards
  • Friday vs Nuggets
  • Sunday vs Kings

A true blazer of a schedule. Teams like the Kings and Wizards are a beautiful sight for your fantasy teams. However, both the Wizards and Kings rank in the top 10 in pace and in the bottom five in defense. Pace-heavy teams paired with terrible defense are delicious for fantasy matchups.

Another reason to like the Warriors, is they get to play four games with at least a day’s rest. Another factor that makes me really like them is the fact they have so many streamable players.

Guys like Kelly Oubre have been ruled out with injuries and we have even seen Steph Curry take some recovery days. Against teams like the Wizards that may be the case again for the MVP candidate.

Guys like Jordan Poole and Kent Bazemore become streamable if Oubre or Curry miss any stretch of games on the four-game trip. The Warriors also may have guys on your wire like Juan Toscano-Anderson or Kevon Looney, both of which are garnering high-level minutes.

With all things mixed together, I really like the Warriors this week.

Team to Avoid

Toronto Raptors

Not much to discuss with this one, it’s fairly obvious. The Raptors play the least amount of games this week at only two. To make a bad thing worse is the fact that the Raptors matchup in one of the two games happens to be one of the worst fantasy oppositions in the New York Knicks.

The Knicks rank dead last in pace in terms of possessions per game and are one of the team’s stingiest defense. They rank nearly in the top five against every position in terms of fantasy points allowed. They are especially stingy against point and shooting guards which are the strength of the Raptors fantasy roster.

Guys like Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, and Gary Trent Jr are going to struggle mightily in matchups against Elfrid Payton. To make matters even worse is the fact that the Raptors seem to be looking to tank and are resting the only truly good fantasy options.

Guys like Lowry, VanVleet, and Pascal Siakam have all taken rest days in the past two weeks and as the Raptors currently stand in the East it’s likely going to keep happening. The tank is starting to become real and you simply can’t trust guys like De’Andre Bembry, Chris Boucher, Khem Birch, and Gary Trent Jr.

The Raptors have so many factors against them this week with lack of games, the strength of schedule, injuries, and the tank effect. Fade them this week and be happy you did.


Injuries to Monitor

And finally, the worst part of the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Weekly Planner, some injuries we need to monitor:


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