2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Planner

by Mike Cooper
NBA DFS 5-7-21 DraftKings Picks

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Planner!

The NBA landscape changes faster than the nation after an epic Christmas storm.  Injured players return.  Stars go down.  Bench guys step up.  The best example lately seems to be how Anfernee Simons went from superstar to virtually unstartable.  The only difference between Simons last month and this month is the presence of Damian Lillard.

Since last week we have learned that something is wrong with Anthony Davis's foot.  We don't really know what. Or how long he'll really be out.  The optimistic scenario seems to be about another couple of weeks, but other reports claimed indefinitely.  Cross your fingers and pick up (the now injured?) Thomas Bryant.

Miles Bridges might be coming back? That's weird.  He will likely be suspended for a long time even if he does come to a contract agreement.  Don't think he has rest-of-season value.  Plus it feels odd morally to pick him up.

We finally have the long-awaited return of Desmond Bane to celebrate.  Michael Porter Jr., too.  Not to mention Wendell Carter.   It's incredible how unreliable the timelines have been this season.  We still don't have a good idea about Tyrese Maxey, Brandon Ingram, or even Stephen Curry.

So without further ado, let's see how the schedule will shape up for the week ahead, and which players are worth a grab.  Read on and find out!

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Planner

Schedule Overview

Daily leagues have it pretty easy.  Every day, between 12 and 20 teams play.  Except for Sunday, where just six teams go.  Those teams are the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, and Milwaukee Bucks.  There are a few nice streamers available to grab for Sunday.  Bruce Brown, Bones Hyland, Daniel Gafford, and Deni Avdija are all widely available and make for reasonable additions on the weak-game day.

In weekly leagues, the big team to avoid is the Portland Trailblazers.  They're the only team in the NBA with a 2 game week.  And with Damian Lillard back, the value of much of the team has changed dramatically.   In the last 14 days, Anfernee Simons is ranked 107, Jusuf Nurkic is 123, Josh Hart is 128 and Jerami Grant is 142.   Meanwhile, Lillard sits at borderline first-round value with a rank of 14.  He's a usage drain, and the rest of the Blazers suffer as a result.  I'm not sure I would bother starting any of them aside from Lillard, especially if you have a good four-game alternative.

And it shouldn't be very hard to find that alternative.  There are FIFTEEN teams that get 4 games this week.  You can check them all out in the chart below.  There are also a ton of back-to-backs this week. Watch out for rest games on back-to-backs from Klay Thompson, LeBron James, Lamelo Ball, Michael Porter Jr, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, and Mike Conley.

# Games Played571086993113
Atlanta Hawks3@INDBROLAL@GSW
Brooklyn Nets3@CLE@ATL@CHASAS
Charlotte Hornets4@POR@GSWOKLBROLAL
Cleveland Cavaliers3BRO@IND@CHICHI
Dallas Mavericks3LALNYKHOU@SAS@HOU
Detroit Pistons4LACORL@CHI@MIN@POR
Golden State Warriors3MEMCHAUTAPORATL
Houston Rockets4@CHI@BOS@DALNYKDAL
Los Angeles Clippers4@DET@TOR@BOS@INDMIA
Los Angeles Lakers3@DAL@ORL@MIA@ATL@CHA
Memphis Grizzlies4@GSWPHX@TORNOPSAC
Minnesota Timberwolves4@MIA@NOP@MILDETDEN
New Orleans Pelicans4INDMINPHI@MEM@PHI
Oklahoma City Thunder3SAS@CHAPHIBOS
Orlando Magic3LAL@DETWAS
Philadelphia 76ers3@NYK@WAS@NOP@OKLNOP
Portland Trail Blazers2CHA@GSWDET
Sacramento Kings4DENDENUTA@MEM@UTA
Toronto Raptors3LACMEMPHX@IND
Washington Wizards4PHIPHX@ORL@MIL@MIL

Four-Game Plays Under 65% Rostered, Ranked in the Top 100 in the Last 14 Days

  • Jalen Duren (64%) - He's a double-double on 73% shooting and a stock or two thrown in each game.
  • Mason Plumlee (63%) - Consistency is key here.  You know you'll get a 10-10-4 line with high fg% and occasional stocks.
  • Bruce Brown (62%) - The return of MPJ will hurt him a lot.
  • Walker Kessler (60%) - Why isn't he owned everywhere?  As the season progresses he will continue to get more run.
  • Marcus Morris (46%) - He doesn't do anything great, but he does a lot of things OK.
  • Deni Avdija (33%) - His last two week averages are 11.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 3.7 APG, along with 1.3 stocks and 1.6 three-pointers.#
  • Kyle Anderson (25%) - SloMo is doing a reasonable job filling in for Karl-Anthony Towns.
  • Aaron Nesmith (21%) - The rotation in Indiana is unpredictable.  But Nesmith is doing his best to stay relevant.  He's a watch.

Three-Game Plays Under 65% Rostered, Ranked in the Top 100 in the Last 14 Days

  • Mo Bamba (45%) - His name is being floated on the trade market.  If he lands somewhere with minutes, grab him quickly.
  • Moritz Wagner (53%)  - Will likely lose significant playing time with Wendell Carter returning.
  • Onyeka Okongwu (51%) - Clint Capela's return will hurt him, but it was nice to see him flash his skillset.  Must grab if John Collins/Capela get traded.
  • Quentin Grimes (35%) - Grimes might have staying power in the starting lineup for the Knicks. Worth a grab.

The above-mentioned players are those that might reasonably have rest-of-season value as well.  If you can make your pickups count for this week and the future, they become that much more worthwhile.  Personally, I subscribe to the method of over-adding.  This season I've made 17 pickups in my weekly league. Some hit, some don't. But when they do, like Walker Kessler, they change the outcome of your season.

Thank you for reading the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Planner.  Good luck with the week ahead, and see you in Week 12!

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