2022-2023 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner

by Andrew Barton
Omer Yurtseven Fantasy Basketball

Welcome to the 2022-2023 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner!

The NBA is officially back! There has been plenty of off-season drama to keep fans occupied. Kevin Durant requested a trade. Draymond Green punched his teammate, Jordan Poole. French prospect Victor Wembanyama has the entire basketball world abuzz.

Regardless of all the chaos of the past few months, the focus is now on the regular season. The Golden State Warriors will look to blend their aging core with promising young talent. The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the deepest teams in the league. All eyes will be on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to lead Los Angeles' less glamourous team. Not to mention there is a promising crop of young rookies headlined by Duke alumni Paolo Banchero.

It is a long 82-game season ahead of fantasy managers. Taking things week by week is the best strategy when it comes to fantasy basketball. In this weekly planner, you’ll find quick advice on potential pickups, teams to avoid or target, and a quick schedule breakdown for the coming week.

I will be using ESPN’s default scoring format when calculating fantasy points scored by a player and when discussing a player’s rostered percentage.

2022-2023 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Weekly Planner

Pickup of the Week

Aaron Gordon, PF, Denver Nuggets: 46% Rostered

Last year Aaron Gordon was thrust into a secondary scoring role with the Nuggets. He was adequate scoring 15 points per game. With the return of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., Gordon’s scoring production will likely dip on a per-game basis. But Gordon will now be able to fill his ideal role in Denver. With Jokic passing the ball he will see easy, high-efficiency looks at the rim. Gordon also is a strong rebounder and will see close to 30 minutes a game.

With Murray working his way back into game shape, Gordon could have a strong scoring start to the season. By the midway point, I envision Gordon posting a solid stat line of 12 points, six rebounds, and a handful of assists, steals, and blocks. He should be Denver’s best defender as well.

Team to Target

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves not only have the luxury of playing four games in week two but three of said games are at home. They will be matching up with the San Antonio Spurs three times and the Los Angeles Lakers to fill out their four-game slate.

The Spurs are not only one of the youngest but arguably the least talented teams in the league. Last year they were a middle-of-the-pack defensive team ranking 16th overall. Now with top defensive guard Dejonte Murray gone, they will likely drop. The Lakers were actually worse defensively last year finishing 21st. The Wolves have plenty of fantasy-relevant players such as Karl Anthony-Towns, Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell, and Rudy Gobert. This week might be their easiest of the year.

Team to Avoid

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento has plenty of players that will likely be fantasy factors. Unfortunately, in week two they are the only team that will be limited to two games. Not only do they have limited games this week but they draw the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat. They ranked fourth and fifth in defensive rating respectively last year. The Grizzlies feature one of the most talented young cores in basketball. Miami is led by two defensive-minded players in Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

The Kings may surprise people this year in both fantasy and reality. De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis should be key pieces on fantasy rosters. Players like Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter provide solid outside shooting numbers. Lastly, Keegan Murray could prove eventually provide an impact as a rookie. His preseason numbers were outstanding. If his production carries over this team could be feisty. I just wouldn’t rely on them in week two.

Schedule Run Down for October 24th-30th

TeamGamesAwayB2BMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
BKN421@MEM@MILDALIND
CHI411BOSIND@SASPHI
DAL421@NOR@BKNOKCORL
DEN420@PORLALUTA@LAL
DET411@WASATLATLGSW
GSW431@PHOMIA@CHA@DET
HOU430UTA@UTA@POR@PHO
IND441@PHI@CHI@WAS@BKN
MIA431TOR@POR@GSW@SAC
MIN411SASSASLAL@SAS
NYK420ORLCHA@MIL@CLE
ORL430@NYK@CLECHA@DAL
PHI431IND@TOR@TOR@CHI
SAS420@MIN@MINCHIMIN
UTA422@HOUHOU@DENMEM

Back-to-Backs

Mon/Tue- N/A

Tue/Wed- DET (@WAS, ATL)

Wed/Thu- BKN (@MIL, DAL), MIA (@POR, @GSW)

Thu/Fri- N/A

Fri/Sat- ATL (@DET, @MIL), CHA (@ORL, GSW), CHI (@SAS, PHI), IND (@WAS, @BKN), PHI (@TOR, @CHI), UTA (@DEN, MEM)

Sat/Sun- GSW (@CHA, @DET)


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