Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner!
As a nice little follow-up bit of news to my planner last week, Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar Damian Lillard has decided to undergo surgery with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks at best. Brian Windhorst claims that the surgery isn’t to be season-ending, but it’s hard to envision Lillard returning to a team whose record will almost certainly not be good enough to contend for a play-in spot. Anfernee Simons is the no-brainer pick-up, but he’s likely gone in your leagues.
Damian Lillard is planning to have surgery in the near future to address a lingering abdominal injury, sources told ESPN. The procedure isn't expected to be season-ending but that is to be determined.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 12, 2022
The Memphis Grizzlies are sizzling, grabbing a W in each of their last 10 games, as the battle for the number one seed in both conferences continues to drag on.
Klay Thompson has returned, and so have your weekly planners! Let’s dive into the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner, where you’ll find options for streaming, pickups, and teams to target and avoid.
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Weekly Planner
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Pickup of the Week
Nic Claxton, C, Brooklyn Nets
Nic Claxton’s minutes have slowly been trending up as he continues to establish himself as the best rim protector on the Nets. These minutes have been inversely correlated with those of Lamarcus Aldridge, who only recently returned from health and safety protocols. Aldridge is old and is dealing with a lingering foot issue.
Claxton is trending up in a hurry, posting averages across his last 10 games of 12 points, six boards, with one steal and 1.6 blocks a game. He’s also shooting 68% from the field and 70% from the line in 26 minutes per game. If his minutes are to stay, his per-36 numbers of 15 points, 9 rebounds, with a steal, and two blocks could be good for mid-round value should he keep getting playing time. His playing time certainly looks decent, as he’s become a great pick ‘n’ roll partner with superstar teammate James Harden; he essentially operates as Harden’s new version of Clint Capela on this Brooklyn squad.
Nicolas Claxton over Giannis 😧
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2022
Team to Target
It feels a bit early to say, but it seems like the Boston Celtics probably won’t be making too much noise this season. They’ll probably grab the play-in spot in the East, but they’re having a lackluster season due to obvious roster issues. They’re suffering from a lack of quality playmaking, excessive iso possessions, rookie head coach, and a questionable fit between their two stars.
But they can turn it around in Week 14. They’ll be running into a very juicy schedule with a four-game slate featuring the Pelicans (24th in defensive rating), the Hornets (28th), the Trail Blazers (29th), and the Wizards (22nd). It’s going to be an important week for them to grab some easy wins on the schedule. While they don’t offer the best streaming upside, there are some decent options like Payton Pritchard, Josh Richardson, or even Enes Freedom who should grab some more touches should Marcus Smart miss time with his thigh injury.
Team to Avoid
With one of the three two-game slates during Week 14, the Rockets are particularly ill-suited for streaming due to a worse schedule than the other two teams with only two games. In Week 14, they’ll be going up against the second seed Golden State Warriors and the third seed Utah Jazz. The Jazz will be expecting Rudy Gobert back from quarantine soon, and it looks like two brutal Ls are on the horizon for the retooling Rockets.
I hope another team thinks that Christian Wood's defensive issues are due to being on a bad team and that he'll be better after a trade.
Because uh…I don't think that's it.
— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) January 11, 2022
On a side note, the Rockets are dead last in defensive rating, dead last in opponent points off the fast break and dead last in opponent points off turnovers. They give up the second-most points in the paint and are bottom five in second-chance points.
Schedule Run Down: January 17 – January 23
Teams playing 4 games via basketball monster
|Golden State Warriors||4||0||1||DET||IND||HOU||UTA|
|Los Angeles Clippers||4||3||0||IND||@DEN||@PHI||@NYK|
|Los Angeles Lakers||4||2||0||UTA||IND||@ORL||@MIA|
|New York Knicks||4||0||1||CHA||MIN||NOP||LAC|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||4||4||1||@DAL||@SAS||@CHA||@CLE|
|Portland Trail Blazers||4||4||0||@ORL||@MIA||@BOS||@TOR|
|San Antonio Spurs||4||0||0||PHX||OKC||BKN||PHI|
Mon/Tue – Knicks (CHA, MIN)
Tue/Wed – Pistons (@GSW, @SAC), Timberwolves (@NYK, @ATL)
Wed/Thu – Mavericks (TOR, PHX), Pacers (@LAL, @GSW)
Thu/Fri – Warriors (IND, HOU)
Fri/Sat – Bucks (CHI, SAC), Thunder (@CHA, @CLE)
Sat/Sun – N/A
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