We head into a big Week 18 in fantasy basketball with a lot on the line as the fantasy playoffs begin in a number of leagues. In terms of the schedule, things set up as more balanced between four- and three-game weeks, and we even have one team (the Raptors) with a dreaded two-game week.
Teams with four games: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards
Team with three games: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz
Team with two games: Toronto Raptors
Without further ado, let's examine some of the tougher start/sit decisions for the coming week:
Start: Kevin Huerter, Hawks
34% start rate in CBS leagues
Huerter has been enjoying a successful starting run at small forward during the extended absences of De'Andre Hunter (knee) and Cam Reddish (Achilles), and although the former appears to be getting closer to a return, he'll likely be managed very carefully even if he suits up at some point during the Hawks' upcoming four-game week. Huerter had scored in double digits in his last eight starts heading into Sunday's contest against the Pacers while producing a well-rounded line of 14.8 points (51% FG), 4.1