Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 10 Planner!
A lot of buy-low windows have closed in the last few weeks. Players like CJ McCollum, Chris Paul, and Klay Thompson have shown signs of life. The returns of James Harden, Damian Lillard and LaMelo Ball have all gone far better than expected. There aren't many players left to capture at discount prices.
Your best chance to steal some wins is with sneaky pickups to gain an advantage. The injuries to Steph Curry and Clint Capela have opened up some windows for Donte DiVincenzo and Onyeka Okongwu. We still have to see what will happen with Anthony Davis.
Meanwhile, Week 10 has some scheduling bumps including only six teams with four-game weeks and a two-game Thursday slate. Let's dive in to see how we can capitalize.
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 10 Planner
Joel Embiid’s last 6 games:
34 PTS - 13 REB - 4 STL
31 PTS - 7 REB - 1 BLK
53 PTS - 12 REB - 3 AST
38 PTS - 12 REB - 5 AST
39 PTS - 7 REB - 2 BLK
35 PTS - 11 REB - 8 AST
He’s now averaging 33.3 PPG on the season 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gwwZQJsVZ9
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) December 17, 2022
There are six teams with a 4-game week and four with a 2-game week! That means most fantasy squads are looking at lighter-than-usual games played. In weekly leagues, the teams to target are the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers play a back-to-back on Monday, which could mean rest for Lebron James. Big stat weeks lay ahead for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, and Joel Embiid.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat all play just twice. One wouldn't expect the random rest days from Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler on a two-game week, but you never really know. Proceed with caution.
In daily leagues, Thursday is the only day with a severe deficit of games. There are just 2 games, with the New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, and Utah Jazz playing. Look for streamer pickups like Trey Murphy, Larry Nance, Walker Kessler, Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, and, if Bradley Beal is still out, Jordan Goodwin.
|# Games Played||7||9||5||11||2||14||0||5||7|
|Golden State Warriors||3||@TOR||@NYK||@BRO||MEM|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2||CHA||@PHI||@DET|
|Los Angeles Lakers||4||WAS||@PHX||@SAC||CHA||@DAL|
|New Orleans Pelicans||3||MIL||SAS||@OKL||IND|
|New York Knicks||4||@IND||GSW||TOR||CHI||PHI|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||3||POR||POR||NOP|
|Portland Trail Blazers||3||@OKL||@OKL||@DEN||CHA|
|San Antonio Spurs||3||@HOU||@NOP||@ORL||UTA|
Quentin Grimes might be figuring it out. 16% rostered with 4 games in week 10.
Quentin Grimes is an incredible transition player pic.twitter.com/Uhr8hmr8Tb
— Big Knick Energy (@BigKnickEnergy_) December 17, 2022
Believe it or not, the man the New York Knicks decided not to trade for Donovan Mitchell might actually be worth a fantasy roster spot. Not definitively. But maybe. He is putting up 8th-round value over the past 2 weeks and getting big minutes. In the last 14 days, he is averaging 11.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.5 APG 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He is also knocking down 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 50% from the field and 86% from the line. I would consider those numbers his floor (blocks aside) if he can stick with the starters. Seems like a worthwhile risk on a four-game schedule.
Last call for Larry Nance Jr. 52% rostered (up 26% in the last week).
Larry Nance Jr last 2 games (both vs PHX)
17 PTS - 9 REB - 5 AST - 4 STL - 7/10 FG
15 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 4 STL - 6/7 FG
Extremely active hands on defense, quick feet in PnR, switchable, rim protector in a pinch — everything you'd want in a C alongside Zion pic.twitter.com/6CYsv2hprn
— Lucas Burns (@nba_indepth) December 12, 2022
Larry Nance Jr is doing a lot of things right. In fact, in the last 7 days, he is the 12th-ranked player in fantasy. On the season he is shooting 64.8% from the field on 9.4 PPG. He has upped his peripheral stats in the last two weeks, with 7.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, and a beastly 2.7 stocks. He won't hit threes, but he also won't turn the ball over. It's clear that he is crucial to this Pelicans team winning games, and he will continue to receive meaningful minutes even once Brandon Ingram returns.
Andrew Wiggins, who has missed the team’s last five games, was re-evaluated earlier today.
Following the evaluation, Andrew has been cleared to participate in practices/shootarounds with the team. His return to play will be determined by his continued progress. pic.twitter.com/zZjr7QDEbr
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 15, 2022
John Collins, PF, ATL - Collins is now day-to-day and should be back sooner than later. He also might be traded sooner than later.
Dejounte Murray, PG, ATL - 8 days into a two-week timeline means Dejounte will probably miss all of Week 10, but be back in Week 11.
Ricky Rubio, PG, CLE - Rubio is cleared for 5-on-5 work, and his return to the court could come before the New Year.
Michael Porter Jr., SF, DEN - MPJ could be back tomorrow or in a month. I'm banking on sooner than later.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, GSW - Wiggins is back at practice and should play in week 10.
Wendell Carter Jr, C, ORL - Carter should be back sometime in Week 10.
Deandre Ayton, C, PHO - Initially feared to be a more serious ankle injury, Ayton looks like he is days away from a return.
Out A While
"I'm told that the optimistic timeline on a Steph Curry return is about 3 weeks. But these all heal differently and the rehab can be different. I think the 3-to-4-week range is realistic for this [shoulder] injury."
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 17, 2022
Clint Capela, C, ATL - Capela will sit for 1-2 weeks with a calf strain, meaning he might return in Week 11, but more likely in Week 12.
Stephen Curry, PG, GSW - Steph will miss a month with a shoulder labrum injury. Put him on the IL and hope for the best.
Desmond Bane, SG, MEM - Bane is likely out another 2 weeks still with his toe injury.
Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN - KAT has been out 17 days of his 4-6 week timetable, meaning he has 2-4 more weeks before he returns.
Brandon Ingram, SF, NOP - Finally a sort of update! Ingram will be out for at least one more week.
Tyrese Maxey, C, PHI - Maxey will now be out another 3-4 weeks. Fire up Melton everywhere.
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