This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
What a difference a week makes! If your league started the playoffs last week, the teams that owned key Golden State players got punished, with the Warriors playing just two games, and Kevin Durant not playing at all. If you start the playoffs in Week 23 however, those same teams with key Warriors are at a huge advantage, with them playing five games. Meanwhile two fantasy relevant teams, the Nets and Magic, have just two games, in a week where 16 teams have four games. The good news for you if you rely on Brooklyn or Orlando players is that if you do play in a head-to-head league with playoffs, you have fewer opponents to compete with on the waiver wire. Before get into the particulars, here's the full list of games.
Number of Games:
Five Games: GSW
Four Games: BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, NYK, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three Games: ATL, CHI, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR
Two Games: BKN, ORL
For the second week in a row, we'll start with the Warriors, and we have to begin with Kevin Durant. He missed Saturday night's game against the Thunder, but before the game coach Steve Kerr said that he expects Durant to play Monday against the Spurs. But certainly in a five-game week there's always a risk of a player getting a maintenance day, and Durant would be a primary choice for that option. Aside from