This week marks almost the exact three-quarters mark in the 2020-21 NBA season which means the fantasy basketball playoffs are almost here. While roto-league managers still have a few more weeks to make one final push, it's do-or-die time for those in head-to-head formats.
When it comes to tackling the postseason, it's important to remember the core tenets that put you in contention for a fantasy championship in the first place. All season, you've kept up with player news, meticulously worked the waiver wire, analyzed schedule advantages and ensured that your team is in the best position to rack up stats each and every night. In the playoffs, each of those points are amplified even further. Just one small mistake could be the difference between living to see another week and your season coming to an end.
In this condensed, wildly unpredictable NBA season, there's no magical formula to guarantee success in the fantasy playoffs. But let's examine a few key strategy points to keep in mind as you prepare for Round 1.
Maximize the Schedule
Perhaps the single most important factor in succeeding in the fantasy playoffs is taking full advantage of the schedule. It's crucial in weekly lineup leagues and extremely crucial in leagues that allow for daily changes and transactions. After all, the entire goal is to accrue more fantasy production than your opponent, and while you may risk damaging your percentage categories, you'll almost never regret squeezing an extra game or two out of your roster.