2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner

by Bill Yin
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner!

Week 3 of the NBA season is upon us; what are some of your biggest surprises so far? Is it the reigning WCF champs Suns’ 1-3 record? Russell Westbrook with 30 turnovers in five games? Rick Carlisle’s Pacers going 1-4?

Let’s jump right into the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner, where you’ll find options for streaming, pickups, and teams to target and avoid.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Weekly Planner

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Pickup of the Week

Bobby Portis, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks

Brook Lopez has no timetable for return at the moment, which is news that should send you all to the wire to scoop Bobby Portis if he’s available. He’s currently rostered in 41% of Yahoo leagues and finished 111th last season averaging 11 points and seven rebounds on 52% FG.

Milwaukee will be cautious in easing him back into the lineup and will probably look to gradually increase his minutes as he gets back into playing shape after a long Championship run, but he’ll be a solid source of points and boards as the last guy on your bench.

Buy

James Harden, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
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There’s a good chance you grabbed The Beard with a top 4 draft pick this year, and for good reason. He’s had all offseason to rehab his hamstring, theoretically will get higher usage playing without superstar teammate Kyrie Irving, and is playing in one of the fastest offenses in the NBA coached by another Mike D’Antoni product. This means that he’s going to have a monster year...right?

Harden is currently sitting at 38th overall in 9-Cat, averaging 16.6 points, seven boards, eight assists, and 1.2 steals on bad field goal percentage and a meager three free throw attempts a game. Why is this happening? We don’t really know; maybe the free throw rule changes are affecting him more than we anticipated.. He says that he’s not exactly in game shape (obviously), and spent his offseason rehabbing instead of playing pickup games. He may still be adjusting to the new free throw rules that were implemented this season.

He’s running the Brooklyn offense this season by running the PNR with Nic Claxton with no intention of scoring, dumping the ball to Kevin Durant, or just kicking out to their perimeter shooters.

Despite this, he’s simply too good to be slumping for much longer. His 36% FG is due for some positive regression, and the Nets’ lackluster record should be an alarm to the Nets organization that Harden simply needs to be better and more aggressive if they want to be a serious contender this year.

Sell

Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Charlotte Hornets
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I know what you’re going to say. Why would I sell a clear breakout player who’s eviscerating his ADP of 92? He’s currently giving you top-10 production, averaging 26 points with three triples a game, and almost two steals a game with godlike efficiency. Well...that’s the problem.

Bridges is averaging 35 minutes a game and is shooting at personal historic highs. He’s hitting almost 53% of his shots from the field, and is shooting a staggering 91% from the line on 4.4 attempts a game. The FG% could feasibly stay above 50%, but he’s never attempted more than 2 free throws a game before this season. He’s a good free-throw shooter, but he’s not this good. He’s doubling his shot attempts at 18 shots a game (second highest is 11.6 during his sophomore season), and is tripling his steal rate.

I’m not telling you to sell him for the sake of selling him, but rather you should go ahead and try to get a sense of his market value in your leagues. If you could flip this guy who’s currently giving you top-10 value for a top-30 player, you need to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. Terry Rozier’s return will diminish his usage, his shooting will regress, his free throw rate will come down, and the steals most certainly will too.

Week 3 Team to Target

Los Angeles Clippers
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The Clippers have an upcoming four-game slate with a lot of streaming upside. Marcus Morris Sr. has a lingering knee issue that may cause him to miss a few games and create some opportunities for guys like Nicolas Batum (10% rostered on Yahoo), Luke Kennard (10%), Terance Mann (31%), or even Isaiah Hartenstein (1%) if you need some boards with a smattering of defensive stats.

In Week 3 they’ll go up against OKC (27th in defensive rating this season), twice against Minnesota (28th last season), and Charlotte (16th this season), who may still be missing their starting point guard in Terry Rozier. OKC is clearly tanking and will allow big offensive and defensive stats to opposing teams (unless you’re the Lakers), while Minnesota has been overperforming their defensive capabilities so far (middle of the pack this season) given the defensive talents, or lack thereof, of their roster.

Team to Avoid

Minnesota Timberwolves
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The waiver wire looks pretty dry for the Wolves so far this season, with only three players on their roster sitting at 60% rostered (Yahoo) or higher. Can you guess who they are?

In addition to their paltry three-game slate, in which they play the Magic once and the Clippers twice, they don’t offer much streaming upside with players such as Naz Reid, Jarred Vanderbilt, Patrick Beverley, or Josh Okogie. All four of these guys play under 22 minutes a game.

Even Malik Beasley (31% rostered with 21 minutes per game), who was on the verge of a breakout last season before he ran into legal issues, is hard to use in a standard 12 Team roster; he simply doesn’t get the usage he needs while one of Anthony Edwards or D’Angelo Russell is healthy.

Keep your eye out for Jaden McDaniels to start heating back up; he’s beginning to get dropped in some leagues, but still plays about 30 minutes a night and will be a good source of defensive stats if you can survive his limited bucket-getting contributions.

Schedule Run Down: November 1st - November 7th

Team Playing Four Games via Basketball Monster

TeamGamesAwayB2BMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
ATL411WAS@BKNUTAPHX
BOS431CHI@ORL@MIA@DAL
CHA430CLE@GSW@SAC@LAC
CLE430@CHAPOR@TOR@NYK
HOU441@LAL@PHX@DEN@GSW
IND420SASNYK@POR@SAC
LAC420OKC@MIN@MINCHA
NYK420TOR@IND@MILCLE
ORL410@MINBOSSASUTA
PHI421PORCHI@DET@CHI
POR411@PHI@CLEINDLAL
SAC411@UTANOPCHAIND
SAS430@INDDAL@ORL@OKC
TOR420@NYK@WASCLEBKN
UTA431SAC@ATL@MIA@ORL
WAS410@ATLTORMEMMIL

Back-To-Backs

Tue/Wed - Mavericks (MIA, @SAS), Pelicans (@PHX, @SAC), Kings (@UTA, NOP)

Wed/Thu - Hawks (@BKN,UTA), Celtics (@ORL, @MIA), 76ers (CHI, @DET)

Thu/Fri - Pistons (PHI, BKN)

Fri/Sat - Trail Blazers (IND, LAL)


Sat/Sun - Rockets (@DEN, @GSW), Jazz (@MIA, @ORL)


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