This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
The final week of the regular season is a veritable minefield of potential pitfalls for both season-long and DFS players.
The combination of playoff-bound teams resting players, other squads jockeying for a better seed, and numerous franchises kicking the tires on younger players with nothing to play for makes for a roller-coaster ride with a lot of variance. If someone tells you they possess all the answers for the final week, they're either delusional or they own a time machine.
But I do have some ideas that can help bring this confusing week into focus. You'll often find yourself going against your best instincts and fading players that you'd usually chalk up, while considering players you've never played before. Rest assured, there's method to the madness!
Focus on Bubble Teams and Seeding RacesIf you want an iron-clad guarantee for high-quality output in the final week, you need to pay attention to the subtle nuances of playoff seeding. An obvious spot to monitor is the cluster of six teams clamoring for five spots in the West, as all six teams are within four games of each other. This means that Utah, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Minnesota, Denver and the Clippers are teams that you should feel comfortable with in the immediate short term.
The Spurs should be the first to lock down a spot as they have an easy schedule and favorable tiebreakers, and when you add the volatility of Gregg Popovich's lineup decisions they are probably the