Week 18 Start/Sit: Adjusting for All-Star Week
Week 18 Start/Sit: Adjusting for All-Star Week

Week 18 is one of the most unique weeks of the 2018-19 season, with the trade deadline ending the prior Thursday and only one team having more than two games due to the beginning of the All-Star Break. Let's check out how many games each squad will be playing:

Team with three games: NYK

Teams with two games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, TOR, WAS

Teams with one game: LAL, PHO, SAC, SAS, UTA

It goes without saying that you should do everything you can to sit almost everybody on a one-game week, except elite players, and the same can be said for trying to get Knicks players in your starting group. So I'll focus mostly on players affected by trades in recent days. Some of them are long shots, but with waiver wire orders likely flying, it's good to have some contingency plans.

If you're in a league where the Weeks 18 and 19 are combined into one to account for the All-Star break, these suggestions still apply. However, adding and starting riskier guys like Jabari Parker, for example, become bigger gambles, as you can't immediately pull them out of your lineup after two games of damage.

GUARDS

Consider starting: T.J. McConnell, PHI (6% owned, 3% start)
Opponents: BOS, NYK

The 76ers sacrificed depth to get Jimmy Butler earlier in the season and gave up even

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