2023–24 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Planner

by Mark B
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner

AT LAST! The NBA is back for a full week of action following a week-long All-Star break in Indianapolis. We are now in the final weeks of fantasy, so paying attention to the 2023–24 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Planner will go a long way.

In the annual exhibition of the best players in the league, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 211-186 on Sunday to win the All-Star Game for the first time since 2014. This was the first time in NBA history that a team scored more than 200 points.

The weekend concluded spectacularly with Damian Lillard becoming the first player in NBA history to win both the three-point competition and the All-Star Game MVP award in the same year. Bennedict Mathurin won MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, Mac McClung captured his second slam dunk championship, the Pacers won the Skills Challenge, and Stephen Curry defeated Sabrina Ionescu in a first-of-its-kind, unforgettable three-point shootout.

Week 18 finds us returning to normal after a Week 17 that saw scores spread over two weeks in the majority of fantasy leagues because of the All-Star break. There are some intriguing schedule peculiarities for managers to take into account when they are selecting their starting lineups. Of the 30 NBA teams, 18 will play three games, while the remaining 12 will play four. Heading into Week 18, both Miami and Phoenix have key players sidelined; however, Phoenix's schedule may help. Let's take a peek at the Week 18 itinerary and a few key plot points.

2023–24 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Planner Consideration

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Five teams will be finished with Week 18 by Friday

Two things unite Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Sacramento, and Washington in Week 18: each team will play just three games, all of which conclude on Friday. Chicago, New Orleans, and Sacramento will play one of their three Week 18 games on Wednesday, even though none of these teams have very active schedules.

Even while there aren't as many games as on Monday (four) or Saturday (five), there are still enough games on that six-game slate to potentially get some value from streamable players on those clubs.

With Zach LaVine out indefinitely and Patrick Williams' season-ending injury, Ayo Dosunmu—who is already worth rostering—will be valuable to have. Given the recent health concerns of Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum, and Brandon Ingram, as well as the possibility of Jose Alvarado's suspension for his involvement in Friday's Pelicans vs. Heat brawl, New Orleans will be interesting to watch.

More leagues may be considering Trey Murphy III, whose play has reduced his fantasy value, while Herb Jones' rostered percent ought to rise.

Phoenix won’t play its first game until Thursday

Week 18 features just three games for the Suns, all of which are scheduled over four days, starting on Thursday against the Rockets. Is that all the time Bradley Beal needs to return to the court? Due to a hamstring ailment, he missed the team's first two games following the All-Star break, which allowed his broken nose some time to heal. The guy most affected by Beal's availability is Eric Gordon, but Bol Bol also had a tremendous performance in Friday's loss to the Rockets.

It's also noteworthy that Jusuf Nurkic is out due to an ankle sprain. He's expected to play against the Lakers on Sunday night, so having more time off should help him in Week 18.

The Timberwolves must manage two consecutive games.

Minnesota has two back-to-back games in their four games during Week 18. The good news is that it starts on Tuesday with the Spurs. Sacramento and the Clippers are Minnesota's other two opponents; San Antonio, Memphis, and Portland are not even close to being contenders for a postseason berth. This might also be helpful.

Due to a damaged ankle, Rudy Gobert was unable to play in Saturday's victory over the Nets, and Naz Reid sustained an ankle injury in the game's second quarter. The good news is that Reid was able to resume his activities, which should allow him to play on Tuesday. With Gobert out, the values of Reid and Kyle Anderson increased; Anderson was the player who started in place of Gobert.

What center will the Hawks play?

Due to a sprained toe, backup Onyeka Okongwu will not be available for two weeks. Bruno Fernando was not helped by his absence or Capela's minutes restriction, as Jalen Johnson was moved to center when CC had his first break on Friday. If Quin Snyder is still prepared to play small, De'Andre Hunter is someone to keep an eye on. Hunter has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, and Johnson's benching could mean that De'Andre plays a few more minutes. Hunter is ranked in less than 40% of Yahoo leagues. Managers of fantasy football should start with Hunter rather than thinking of adding Fernando.

2023–24 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Planner Schedule

Feb 26 - Mar 3

Schedule 2/26 to 3/3
TeamGamesHomeAwayb2bMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
ATL3120UTA@BKN@BKN
BKN4221@MEM@ORLATLATL
BOS3300PHIDALGSW
CHA4131@MILMIL@PHI@TOR
CHI3301DETCLEMIL
CLE4221DAL@CHI@DETNYK
DAL4131@CLE@TOR@BOSPHI
DEN3211SACMIA@LAL
DET4131@NYK@CHICLE@ORL
GSW4041@WAS@NYK@TOR@BOS
HOU3030@OKC@PHO@PHO
IND4221TORNOR@NOR@SAS
LAC3210LALWAS@MIN
LAL3211@LACWASDEN
MEM4311BKN@MINPORPOR
MIA4131@SAC@POR@DENUTA
MIL3121CHA@CHA@CHI
MIN4401SASMEMSACLAC
NOR3121@NYK@INDIND
NYK4311DETNORGSW@CLE
OKC3120HOU@SAS@PHO
ORL3300BKNUTADET
PHI3120@BOSCHA@DAL
PHO3301HOUHOUOKC
POR3121MIA@MEM@MEM
SAC3121MIA@DEN@MIN
SAS3210@MINOKCIND
TOR4310@INDDALGSWCHA
UTA3030@ATL@ORL@MIA
WAS3121GSW@LAL@LAC

2023–24 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Planner Outlook

3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, DEN, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIL, NOP, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS

4 Games: BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, IND, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, TOR

Week 18 back-to-back games

Sun (Week 17)-Mon: IND, SAC

Mon-Tues: BKN, DET, MIA, NYK

Tues-Weds: CHI, CLE, DAL, MIN, NOP

Weds-Thurs: DEN, LAL

Thurs-Fri: CHA, GSW, MIL, WAS

Fri-Sat: MEM, POR

Sat-Sun: PHX

Sun-Mon (Week 19): LAC, MIN, OKC

Late Start

First Game on Weds: DEN, LAC, LAL

First Game on Thurs: PHX

Early Finish

Last Game on Fri: CHI, MIL, NOP, SAC, WAS

Big Gaps

NOP: Game Friday, Next Game on Tuesday (Week 19)

Game Schedule

Mon: 4 Games (Light Game Day)

Tues: 11 Games

Weds: 6 Games

Thurs: 8 Games

Fri: 9 Games

Sat: 5 Games

Sun: 8 Games

Teams that play Monday & Saturday

BKN, MEM, MIA

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