Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner

  • Daniel E. Dobish

Welcome to the 2013-14 National Basketball Association regular season. We hope this finds you well, and that you had a very successful and somewhat enjoyable draft season. It certainly was interesting, as the injury bug made the drafting process a little trickier than past years with some key personnel either coming back from major injuries, dealing with a nagging injury, or heading into the season after a recent surgery.

After the first week or two, we’ll get an even better idea about a few question marks, but we’ll try and sift through the information as best we can to help you set the best possible lineup. And, if you’re a Daily Fantasy Basketball player, check out our Daily tab at to help in setting your lineup each evening.

Teams with four games: L.A. Lakers, Miami, Orlando.

Teams with three games: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington.

Teams with two games: Denver.

TV TIME (national broadcasts in the upcoming week)

TUE: Chicago-Miami (8 p.m. TNT), L.A. Clippers-L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. TNT).

WED: Brooklyn-Cleveland (7 p.m. NBATV), L.A. Lakers-Golden State (10:30 p.m. NBATV).

THU: New York-Chicago (8 p.m. TNT), Golden State-L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. TNT)

FRI: Miami-Brooklyn (8 p.m. ESPN), San Antonio-L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ESPN)

SAT: Chicago-Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. WGN, NBATV)

SUN: Phoenix-Oklahoma City (7 p.m. NBATV)

In cumulative Fantasy leagues, those which do not average points per game in a scoring period, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, each have favorable schedules since they have four games, as opposed to three for a majority of The Association. In fact, if you drafted a ton of Denver Nuggets, you will have some difficult lineup choices in the first period since they are the lone team to play just two games in the first week of action. PG Ty Lawson is a must-start Fantasy option regardless, but you’ll have to think long and hard about starting guys like C JaVale McGee or J.J. Hickson, for example, as it might be best to start lesser rated players who have three or four games.

The Los Angeles Clippers could get off to a very quick start, too. They face the gutted Lakers on Opening Night, and then they have games against the defensively challenged Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.


We’ve covered injuries pretty thoroughly during the preseason, but if you are trying to decide on guys, we have a special system we will be introducing this season. It is rather self-explanatory, but START will be must-start for the upcoming week, CAUTION means proceed at your own risk and SIT means you should find a better alternative.

Gustavo Ayon, PF, ATL (shoulder) – SIT

Harrison Barnes, SF, GS (foot) – START

Trey Burke, PG, UTA (finger) – SIT

Caron Butler, SF, MIL (ankle) – CAUTION

Andrew Bynum, C, PHI (knee) – SIT

Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL (Achilles’) – CAUTION

Wilson Chandler, SF/SG, DEN (hamstring) – SIT

Glen Davis, PF/C, ORL (foot) – START

Carlos Delfino, SF, MIL (foot) – CAUTION

Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN (hamstring) – CAUTION

Danny Granger, SF, (calf) – CAUTION

Jeff Green, PF/SF (forearm) – START

James Harden, SG, HOU (knee) – CAUTION

Devin Harris, PG, DAL (toe) – SIT

Tobias Harris, SF, ORL (ankle) – START

Kirk Hinrich, PG, CHI (shoulder) – CAUTION

Ersan Ilyasova, PF, MIL (ankle) – CAUTION

Al Jefferson, PF/C, CHA (leg) – CAUTION

Brandon Jennings, PG, DET (tooth) – SIT

Terrence Jones, PF, HOU (shoulder) – CAUTION

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF, CHA (hamstring) – SIT

Carl Landry, PF, SAC (hip) – SIT

Ty Lawson, PG, DEN (groin) – START

Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR (finger) – CAUTION

C.J. McCollum, PG, POR (foot) – SIT

Wesley Matthews, SF/SG (heart) – CAUTION

Paul Millsap, PF, ATL (Achilles’) – START

Joakim Noah, C, CHI (groin) – SIT

Nerlens Noel, C, PHI (knee) – SIT

Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS (knee) – SIT

Derrick Rose, PG, CHI (knee) – START

Rodney Stuckey, PG, DET (thumb) – CAUTION

Gerald Wallace, SF, BOS (foot) – CAUTION

Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC (knee) – SIT

Lou Williams, PG/SG, ATL (knee) – SIT

Brandan Wright, C, DAL (shoulder) – SIT


In future weeks when some trends develop, we’ll post Fantasy free-agents who are proficient in certain categories. These players will be able to help your Fantasy team, particularly in Rotisserie formats.

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