2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Planner

by Mike Cooper
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Planner!

We are in the meat of the season now, and nearing the halfway mark of the regular season.

By now you should clearly know your team's likelihood of success for the year.  If you are in the bottom half of your league, then I suggest you go for the hail mary pass.  Your best move is to buy low on several underperforming players and hope for the best.

In the meantime, let's jump into the Week 9 Planner to see what's up for the week ahead.

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Planner

Week 9 Overview

We have a somewhat balanced slate for the week for the first time this season.  Thursday is the lowest volume day, but we still have four games on tap. Meanwhile, the rest of the week has between 5 and 10 matches per day.  Despite this, we actually don't have an abundance of four-game schedules.  There are 11 teams that play four times, 18 teams with three games, and just one team playing twice.



Two Games: PHI

NBA Week 9 Schedule

# Games Played751041077
Boston Celtics4@LAC@LALORLORL
Brooklyn Nets3@WAS@TOR@DET
Charlotte Hornets3@PHIDETATL@DEN@SAC
Chicago Bulls3@ATLNYKNYK@MIN
Cleveland Cavaliers4@SAS@DALINDDALUTA
Dallas Mavericks4OKLCLEPOR@CLE@MIN
Denver Nuggets3WAS@LALCHA
Detroit Pistons3LAL@CHASACBRO
TeamGamesSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayMon: W10
Golden State Warriors4@MIL@IND@PHI@TOR
Indiana Pacers4MIAGSW@CLENYK
Los Angeles Clippers4BOSMINPHXWAS
Los Angeles Lakers3@DETBOSDENWAS@PHX
Memphis Grizzlies3ATLMIL@OKL
Milwaukee Bucks3@HOUGSW@MEMUTA@NOP
Minnesota Timberwolves4@POR@LAC@OKLCHIDAL
New Orleans Pelicans3PHX@UTA@UTA@PHXMIL
TeamGamesSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayMon: W10
New York Knicks3SAC@CHI@CHI@IND
Oklahoma City Thunder4@DALMIAMINMEMPOR
Philadelphia 76ers2CHASACGSWTOR
Portland Trail Blazers4MIN@SAS@DAL@HOU@OKL
Sacramento Kings3@NYK@PHI@TOR@DETCHA
San Antonio Spurs3CLEPORMIA@HOU
Washington Wizards4BRO@DEN@LAC@LAL

The Philadelphia 76ers play just twice this week.

Once again, Philadelphia has a 2 game week.  All said they have five two-game weeks on the season.  Combined with injuries to Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey this year, these low-game slates are a tough pill to swallow.  Regardless, both Embiid and Harden should be a go this week for most fantasy squads.  Tobias Harris has been shockingly fantastic and is probably worth playing as well.

However, I wouldn't bother taking a chance on recent waiver wire gems De'anthony Melton and Shake Milton.  Both have seen significant drop-offs in production since the Sixers have regained a semblance of health, and aren't worth the risk in the week ahead.

Jaylen Nowell has 4 games and is rostered in 32% of Yahoo leagues.

Mark my words.  This will be amongst your last chances to pick up Jaylen Nowell while Karl Anthony Towns is out.  In the last two weeks, Nowell is averaging 17.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.2 three-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 turnovers.  Oh, did I mention those stats are coming in 24 minutes a game?

His season-long per-36 numbers read as follows: 22.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 3.4 triples, and 1.5 steals.  That's some serious production, just waiting for minutes.

Minnesota will likely be in a season-long battle for a play-in spot, but they also want to develop their young talent.  The fourth-year shooting guard represents a great opportunity for the Timberwolves, and they are starting to recognize it.

Monte Morris has 4 games, is available in 39% of Yahoo leagues, and Bradley Beal is hurt.

To be fair, Bradley Beal might return to the team as early as Wednesday against Denver.  However, Wes Unseld Jr. also said they will be cautious with his hamstring injury.  Hamstrings are tricky, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Beal miss this full week.

In the last 14 days, he is putting up seventh-round value in 12-team leagues.   In the past 3 games without Beal, Morris is averaging 14.3 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.0 RPG, and 2.0 three-pointers, while shooting 51.5% from the field and 100% from the line.  I would plan to stream him this week and cut him loose when Beal returns.


Injury News

Returning Soon

John Collins, PF, ATL - He was ruled out for at least two weeks following his December 1st ankle sprain.  I doubt he returns in Week 9, but Week 10 seems likely.

Robert Williams, C, BOS - The Timelord returns!  He is day-to-day and it sounds likely he returns during the LA road trip to start Week 9.  He will need a few games to get up to speed, and will likely have a minutes restriction, and sit back-to-backs.

Ricky Rubio, PG, CLE - Rubio is suddenly doing 5-on-5's and a return to the court by the new year is possible.

Collin Sexton, PG, UTA - Sexton is expected to miss one week with a mild hamstring strain.  He is about to lose his starting gig back to Mike Conley anyhow.

Bradley Beal, SG, WAS - Beal is expected to miss about a week as well, and should be ready to roll again in Week 10.

Still Out A While


LaMelo Ball, PG, CHA - The lack of useful news out of Charlotte pushes Lamelo to the "long term" injury list.  He could be back in 3 days or 3 weeks. We know Charlotte is being abundantly cautious, and won't rush him back until he is truly 100%.

Cade Cunningham, PG, DET - Cade was spotted shooting before Detroit's matchup vs the Cavaliers on Tuesday.  This doesn't mean his return is imminent, but it's a positive step away from the "season-ending" injury talk we were hearing before.

Desmond Bane, SG, MEM - He is out another 3-4 weeks for his toe injury.  This is a major setback for the breakout star, who many thought would already have returned.

Tyrese Maxey, PG, PHI - Many thought Maxey would be on the cusp of a return, but a recent report has him without a timetable.  Maybe he can get back by Week 10.


Gordon Hayward, SF, CHA - Hayward's fractured shoulder has him out for the foreseeable future.  When you have an injury-prone player with a serious injury on a tanking team, it's fair to wonder if this is the end of his season.

Michael Porter Jr, SF, DEN - MPJ just can't stay healthy.  He is dealing with a heel injury now and has no timetable to return.  Considering his past and the fact that Denver needs him healthy later in the season, I wouldn't be surprised to see a prolonged rest period now.

Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, MIN - KAT still has another month until he makes his return.  Keep him on the IL and be patient.  He will be a beast for Minnesota when he is back.

Wendell Carter Jr, PF, ORL - Carter is reportedly 1-2 weeks away from his return.  He will come back to a very crowded front court in Orlando.


Thanks for reading the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Planner!  Come back in 7 days for the Week 10 edition.  Good luck!

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