Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Planner!
Holy injury list, Batman! The past 14 days have seen the downfall of a ton of top talent due to injury. But with that comes abundant opportunities for breakout waiver wire grabs. Some may even make or break your playoff run...
A couple of things to comment on for this week:
- Monday is Martin Luther King Jr day, which means there are a bunch of early games. In weekly leagues this means LINEUPS LOCK Monday at 1 PM!
- This week has more schedule variation than any other week. We have teams with 1 game and a team with 5 games. Plan ahead, read on!
Without further ado, let's jump on to our schedule overview, teams to target and teams to avoid, and the latest injury assessment.
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Planner
Woj: Kevin Durant (knee) expected to miss around 1 month.
— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) January 9, 2023
Those of you in daily leagues can pay attention to the weak game days of Tuesday and Thursday, where there are four and five games respectively. The rest of the week has between seven and nine games per night, so the odds of you being in need of a streamer on those days is fairly low.
Moreover, the Nets, Sixers, Trailblazers, and Raptors each have games on both of those days. Not to mention, the Nets play four games in the week and the Raptors get five. With the recent injury to Kevin Durant, Nets streamers are the best to target. TJ Warren is my favorite addition for the week. Joe Harris and Seth Curry should be set up for a productive week as well. Not only should they be productive, but all three of them are widely available in Yahoo leagues.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says he does not expect Devin Vassell back until a little bit after the All-Star break. That’s after he undergoes an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee next week.
— Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) January 7, 2023
Weekly League owners need to be on high alert this week. It's a wild one. However, Plan ahead and you will be ok. The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons each play one game this week. This means no one is startable. Therefore, don't start Zach Lavine, Nikola Vucevic, Bojan Bogdanovich... no one!
Meanwhile, there are two games from the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs. Again, NO ONE is startable on these squads in the two-game week. Aside from Devin Vassell (who is out until the all-star break), the best fantasy player on either team is Jakob Poeltl, ranked 76th on the season. Bench them all and grab some nice four gamers to start.
|# Games Played||9.0||4.0||9.0||5.0||9.0||7.0||7.0|
|Golden State Warriors||4.0||@WAS||@BOS||@CLE||BRO|
|Los Angeles Clippers||4.0||PHI||@UTA||@SAS||@DAL|
|Los Angeles Lakers||4.0||HOU||SAC||MEM||@POR|
|New Orleans Pelicans||4.0||@CLE||MIA||@ORL||@MIA|
|New York Knicks||4.0||TOR||WAS||@ATL||@TOR|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||3.0||IND||@SAC||@DEN|
|Portland Trail Blazers||3.0||@DEN||PHI||LAL|
|San Antonio Spurs||2.0||BRO||LAC|
Teams to Target
🏀 TJ McConnell got 24 mins, which was probably 2-3 under the mark we wanted, but he produced easily and is a full GO while Haliburton is out
🏀 Andrew Nembhard got plenty of opportunity but just couldn't make a shot going 2-for-16. Otherwise, the chance is there. ADD/START too
— Dan Besbris (@DanBesbris) January 14, 2023
The clear team to target is the Toronto Raptors, who have an incredible five-game week ahead. The problem is, this team is really just five players deep. Additionally, they are all rostered in almost every league. In fact, other than the five starters, no Raptor is playing more than 14 minutes a game in the past month.
What teams should we target instead? How about the Brooklyn Nets, as well as the Indiana Pacers? On a four-game week, with no Kevin Durant or Tyrese Haliburton available, there are a ton of nice grabs to be had. I mentioned above that TJ Warren (32% rostered), Seth Curry (21% rostered), and Joe Harris (8% rostered) are the best grabs. Warren is the most likely to give you a balanced, nine-category contribution, while Seth Curry and Joe Harris are most likely to win you the week in three-pointers.
The Pacers situation has opened the door for TJ McConnell and Andrew Nembhard, who will both be productive without Haliburton around. Whether starting or not, McConnell will likely produce a lot of assists and steals. Nembhard has a better chance at across-the-board upside. However, his inconsistency from night to night will be frustrating.
Teams to Avoid
As mentioned above, there are four teams to avoid this week, and all of them are blanket statements: DO NOT START IN WEEKLY LEAGUES. The Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls are the only team with fantasy talent, but one game just doesn't suffice. The rest of those teams just can't provide adequate fantasy value in a two-game week.
ESPN Sources: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to be out today vs. the Miami Heat (ABC, 1 PM). Antetokounmpo has been dealing with a sore left knee.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 14, 2023
- Demar Derozan, SF, CHI - Demar is now day-to-day and should return for week 14.
- Jalen Duren, C, DET - An ankle injury has limited Duren recently, but it won't keep him out much longer.
- Kevin Porter Jr, PG, HOU - KPJ is going to be back sooner than later with a foot bruise.
- Tyler Herro, PG, MIA - Herro is day-to-day and should return for Week 14.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, MIL - Giannis has been dealing with this knee discomfort for quite some time. However, he isn't expected to miss ongoing time.
- Khris Middleton, SF, MIL - Could it be true? Middleton is expected back any day now.
- Paul George, SG, LAC - PG-13 is made of glass, but he is technically day-to-day. The Clippers haven't revealed much.
- Bradley Beal, SG, WAS - Apparently Beal has been cleared to return to full basketball activities. His return is imminent.
Out a While
Hawks HC Nate McMillan says Clint Capela is once again out with a right calf strain and there is no timetable for his return.
Hawks face Brooklyn tonight and Lakers at home on Friday
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) December 28, 2022
- Clint Capela, C, ATL - With no timetable in sight, and Onyeka Okongwu filling in admirably, Capela will probably be out a while longer.
- Jaylen Brown, SG, BOS - Brown is expected out 1-2 weeks, which puts him on target for a week 15 or 16 return.
- Kevin Durant, PF, BRK - KD will miss another 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.
- Gordon Hayward, SF, CHA - Hayward is being listed as doubtful in advance of each game with a hamstring strain. He will likely miss another week or two.
- Kelly Oubre Jr, SG, CHA - Oubre will be out for 4-6 weeks. Jalen McDaniels will fill in until then.
- Tyrese Haliburton, PH, IND - Haliburton will be re-evaluated in 2 weeks with elbow and knee injuries, and expect Indiana to take it slow with him.
- Anthony Davis, C, LAL - AD is going to be back in 2-3 weeks as he is currently ramping back up.
- Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN - KAT is still weeks away. Don't hold your breath.
- Zion Williamson, PF, NOP - Zion will be out for 3-4 weeks with a hamstring strain.
- Devin Booker, SG, PHX - Booker will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks with a groin strain.
- Devin Vassell, SG, SAS - Vassell will be out until at least the all-star break. With the Spurs in Wembanyama mode, his season is in jeopardy.
- Kelly Olynyk, PF, UTA - Olynyk will be out another couple of weeks with an ankle sprain.
Thank you for reading the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Planner. Good luck with the week ahead!
Check out more of our Fantasy Basketball content!