2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Planner

by Mike Cooper
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Planner!

We’ve got a heavy schedule on the books for the week ahead, which means big weekly numbers in all leagues. There are TWENTY (!) teams with a four-game schedule, so it shouldn’t be hard for you to maximize your games played.  

Last week saw a mass rush to the waiver wire to pick up breakout players like Bol Bol, Trey Murphy, and the resurgent Brook Lopez.  But don’t despair if you missed out! The natural ebb and flow of fantasy basketball always result in new key pickups to grab each week.  In this week’s planner, we will overview the schedule, check in on the injury (and suspended) list, and see who the best pickups are for the week ahead.  Once you're done with that, go check out the updated rankings for the rest of the season!


2022-2023 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Planner

NBA Schedule Overview

Monday - 15 games

Tuesday - 0 games (go vote!)

Wednesday - 13 games

Thursday - 4 games (ATL v PHI, CHA @ Mia, DAL @ WAS, NOP v POR)

Friday - 8 games

Saturday - 8 games

Sunday - 7 games

Aside from needing some streamers on Thursday, the rest of the week is pretty heavily loaded with daily games.



Teams with back-to-backs:

Wk 3 Sun/Wk 4 Mon - CHI, CLE, LAC, LAL, MEM, TOR*, UTA*, WAS

Wed/Thur - ATL, CHA, DAL, NOP, POR

Fri/Sat - BOS, DET, TOR

Sat/Sun - BRK, PHI, UTA, WAS

* Toronto and Utah technically have two back-to-backs as they end week 3 and start week 4 with a Sunday/Monday B2B.


Teams to Target:

With so many four-game weeks, the teams to target depends on your league structure.  Don't despair! That's why we have the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Planner.

If you’re in a weekly league with rosters that lock on Monday, you want to reduce your risk by looking at the five teams with a four-game slate and no back-to-backs: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings.  That bodes well from a rest perspective for the superstars like Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, and most relevantly, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.  Additionally, oft-injured stars like Michael Porter Jr. and DeAron Fox are likely to play all four.

If you’re in a league that allows daily roster changes, then you need to be looking at the seven squads that have four-game weeks AND play on Thursday. Those teams are: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, and Portland Trailblazers.


Teams to Avoid:

Chicago Bulls and LA Clippers

These two teams are the only ones with a three-game week and a back-to-back.  Fortunately, the second half of their back-to-backs both come on the first day of the week.  So you'll know before lineups lock whether you're looking at a rest day for Paul George or Zach Lavine.  If they sit, they only have a two-game week ahead and might be risky plays.  That said, with how great Paul George has been over his past three games (31.7 ppg, five rpg, six apg, 2.7 steals to go with 4.0 three-pointers and great percentages), he might still be worth the start.  Certainly, players like Marcus Morris, Norman Powell, and of course, Kawhi Leonard, should be benched in favor of some of the four-game streamers listed in the pickups below.


Injury Update:

Kyrie Irving PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie will miss at least five games after his suspension from the Nets. Most people in that organization have had it with Kyrie, but I’m not so sure they’ll move on from him now that he’s issued an actual apology.  The soonest he can return is November 13th.

James Harden, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers

Harden strained a right foot tendon on November 3rd, and while he’ll be reevaluated in two weeks, it was also reported he will be out for a month.

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trailblazers. Lillard should be returning from a right calf strain in the next week or so, but it's yet to be determined when he will make his return.

Fred Vanvleet, PG, Toronto Raptors.

Vanvleet is dealing with back stiffness, which may explain his terrible shooting to start the year.    He was questionable for Friday's game before being ruled out, so it sounds like he'll be back soon.

Jimmy Butler,  SF/PF, Miami Heat

Butler's hip tightness has held him out of two games thus far.  He tends to be slow to heal up, but with his next game on Monday, fantasy owners will get an update before lineups lock.

Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets

Frustratingly Rozier has been out for 7 games and has been listed as doubtful for every one of them, with no expected return date announced.  He is best left on the bench until some clear news is released on his progress.

Pascal Siakam, PF/C, Toronto Raptors

Pascal strained his groin on Friday night and there is no update as of this writing for how severe it may be.

Week 4 Pickups

Lonnie Walker, SG/SF, LA Lakers (55% Owned)

Lonnie has been fantastic as his minutes have increased with the Lakers.  He's been a top 25 player in the last week with averages of 21.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.3 three-pointers.  It seems he has secured his role in the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues.

Isaiah Hartenstein, C, New York Knicks (55% Owned)

He keeps winning more and more minutes, and now Mitchell Robinson might be out with a sore right knee.  He's averaging 2.6 stocks in 24 minutes per game so far this season, so he could be a nice play with more minutes on a four-game week.

Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (47% Owned)

Boucher should already be owned as he is a stat-stuffer who has been racking up minutes and stats over the past 10 days.  Now, with Pascal Siakam straining his groin, Boucher becomes an absolute must-add on a four-game week.  

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Cam Thomas, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets (13% Owned)

It's not clear who will pick up Kyrie's minutes this week.  So far it's been Cam Thomas who has been the most productive.  Last season he proved he could score if given minutes, and I expect him to get the lion's share in the week ahead.  He's worth a grab for one week.

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