2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Weekly Planner

by Bill Yin

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Weekly Planner!

Clearly, the Rockets team read one of my Weekly Planners where I was bashing on their terrible record and uninspiring play. Because they’ve come back in a big way and have won seven straight games in a row. That’s good for the current longest winning streak in the NBA, including a recent win against the Kevin Durant-less top-seeded Brooklyn Nets.

To everybody’s pleasant surprise, the East has become extremely competitive this season, perhaps even tougher than the West. The Bulls are surging despite Alex Caruso’s injury, and teams like the Cavaliers and Wizards continue to impress beyond their expectations.

The Charlotte Hornets are this week’s COVID hospital; if they lose any more players, the GOAT himself might have to suit up. Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Weekly Planner, where you’ll find options for streaming, pickups, and teams to target and avoid.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Weekly Planner

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Pickup of the Week

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard is currently (attempting to) play through a persisting abdomen injury. He’s claimed that he’s been playing through it for the last few seasons, but the decline in his performance, by his standards, has been noticeable both during the Olympics and the beginning of this season. He’s beginning to round into form, but will probably catch a few DNPs this season amidst all the trade talks.

CJ McCollum has unfortunately suffered a collapsed lung, and may not be back for a while. The primary beneficiary of the Portland backcourt absence will first be Norman Powell, but Anfernee Simons next.

Simons has enjoyed a couple of spot stats in Lillard’s place this season and should be looking at a steady workload while McCollum is out. He’s putting up 18-4-3 shooting 46% FG with excellent FT percentages per-36 minutes and needs to be rostered everywhere as Portland continues to struggle with health, inconsistency, and just generally mediocre basketball.

Whatever happens to them this season, whether they make another playoff push or sell the farm and tank, Simons is 22 years old and any reasonable GM should be looking to play him big minutes if possible.

Team to Target

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers have four games this week and a ton of injuries. The aforementioned injuries to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have opened up a ton of shots to go around their roster, and it still remains to be seen how many games Damian Lillard will be able to suit up for, even though he’s rumored to return on Saturday.

Additionally, they have a relatively easy schedule, apart from the Phoenix Suns (2nd in defensive rating), running into the Grizzlies (25th) twice, and the Hornets (29th).

See if you can grab Dennis Smith Jr. (33% rostered on Yahoo), Larry Nance Jr. (31%), Anfernee Simons (24%), or Nasir Little (5%).

Team to Avoid

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder possesses the only two-game slate of the week, playing the Pelicans and the Clippers. Beyond the scarcity here, it’s also interesting to note that they have very unpredictable streaming upside given their rotations. For reference, they only have three players who are above 30% rostered on Yahoo (SGA, Josh Giddey, and Lu Dort).

The rest of the team gets minutes here and there, but overall it’s been a crapshoot this season to see who will get more minutes than others on any given night. Additionally, they’ve also recently set the record for the worst loss in NBA history according to point differential.

Schedule Run Down:

Teams playing 4 games via basketball monster

Atlanta Hawks410HOU@ORLDENCLE
Brooklyn Nets401TORPHIORLDEN
Charlotte Hornets440@DAL@SAS@POR@PHX
Cleveland Cavaliers421MIAHOU@MIL@ATL
Denver Nuggets420WASMIN@ATL@BKN
Detroit Pistons421@CHI@INDHOUMIA
Golden State Warriors442@IND@NYK@BOS@TOR
Houston Rockets431@ATL@CLENYK@DET
Memphis Grizzlies420PHI@POR@SACPOR
Miami Heat440@CLE@PHI@ORL@DET
Milwaukee Bucks421@BOSIND@NOPCLE
Philadelphia 76ers421@MEMMIA@BKNNOP
Phoenix Suns421@LAC@PORWASCHA
Portland Trail Blazers411PHXMEMCHA@MEM
Sacramento Kings410@TORWASMEMSAS
Toronto Raptors411SAC@BKNCHIGSW
Washington Wizards441@DEN@SAC@PHX@UTA


Mon/Tue - Warriors (@IND, @NYK), Suns (@LAC, @POR), Raptors (SAC, @BKN)

Tue/Wed - Trail Blazers (PHX, MEM)

Wed/Thu - Rockets (@CLE, NYK), 76ers (MIA, @BKN), Wizards (@SAC, @PHX), Pacers (@MIL, DET)

Thu/Fri - N/A

Fri/Sat - Warriors (@BOS, @TOR), Bucks (@NOP, CLE), Celtics (GSW, NYK), Magic (GSW, NYK), Jazz (SAS, WAS)

Sat/Sun - Nets (ORL, DEN), Cavaliers (@MIL, @ATL), Pistons (HOU, MIA)

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