• We’re a long way away from the fantasy playoffs, but they are a demanding beast. A lot of people like the “dance with the one who brought you” philosophy, but ultimately we’re playing a numbers game. Streaming is almost a necessity in hyper-competitive leagues, and we’re here to help you get the most out of those late-year transactions by looking way ahead, and in depth, at the late-season schedule.

    Yahoo’s playoffs can be run starting in Week 20, so we’ll start there. It has to be noted that playoffs typically run from Week 22-24, so that chunk will get extra emphasis, and we’re generally opposed to fantasy seasons lasting the full duration of the NBA season. Weeks 25 & 26 are a trainwreck, but as someone who once rode Johnathan Motley to victory, it’d be foolish to ignore those dates entirely.

    Stacked Days

    When we talk about stacked days, we’re looking at double-digit games. Those are the days where you’re almost certainly going to have players on the bench, which means you might have to consider dumping the bottom of your roster to maximize games played on other days during the week.

    That won’t work for everyone — teams built on strong percentages might be safe from the push for volume stats — but most of us will have to make some choices at the end of the bench. Getting rid of a player who’s going to be on the bench for a guy who will play tomorrow is generally advisable.

    Last season we had just one stacked day through the standard playoff slate, but this year they are back with a vengeance.

    Week 20 (March 2-8): 2 – 10 on Friday, March 5 and 11 on Sunday, March 8
    Week 21 (March 9-15): 0 – but 9 on Tuesday, March 9 and Saturday, March 14
    Week 22 (March 16-22): 2 – 10 on Wednesday, March 18 and 10 on Saturday, March 21
    Week 23 (March 23-29): 0 – but 9 on Wednesday, March 25
    Week 24 (March 30-April 5): 3 – 10 on Wednesday, April 1, 11 on Friday, April 3 and 14 on Sunday, April 5

    Week 25 (April 6-12): 2 – 13 on Tuesday, April 7 and 11 on Saturday, April 11
    Week 26 (April 13-15): 2 – 12 on Monday, April 13 and 13 on Wednesday, April 15

    Streaming

    Week 20 (March 2-8)

    4 Games: BKN, BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
    3 Games: ATL, CHA, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, PHI, PHX, TOR
    2 Games: None

    Back-to-Backs

    Sunday of Week 19/Monday: DAL, MIL
    Monday/Tuesday: None
    Tuesday/Wednesday: BOS, OKC, BKN, MIN, NOP, WAS
    Wednesday/Thursday: None
    Thursday/Friday: None
    Friday/Saturday: UTA, ATL, MEM, POR
    Saturday/Sunday: DET, CLE, SAC

    Week 21 (March 9-15)

    4 Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, DEN, UTA
    3 Games: ATL, CLE, DAL, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, POR, SAS, WAS
    2 Games: DET, IND, PHI, PHX, SAC, TOR

    Back-to-Backs

    S20/Mon: MIL, TOR
    Mon/Tues: None
    Tues/Wed: NYK, DAL
    Wed/Thurs: None
    Thurs/Fri: BOS, BKN
    Fri/Sat: CLE, MIA, MIN, SAS, NOP, LAC
    Sat/Sun: None

    Week 22 (March 16-22; standard First Round)

    4 Games: ATL, DAL, GSW, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOP, PHI, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
    3 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR
    2 Games: BKN

    Back-to-Backs

    S21/Mon: WAS, LAL
    Mon/Tues: MEM, DAL
    Tues/Wed: NYK, OKC, MIN
    Wed/Thurs: PHI
    Thurs/Fri: None
    Fri/Sat: BOS, IND, GSW, CHI, PHX
    Sat/Sun: LAL, SAC, NOP

    Week 23 (March 23-29; standard Semifinals)

    4 Games: ATL, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAS, WAS
    3 Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, SAC, TOR, UTA
    2 Games: None

    Back-to-Backs

    S22/Mon: DET, DEN
    Mon/Tues: None
    Tues/Wed: POR, TOR, MEM
    Wed/Thurs: None
    Thurs/Fri: PHI, SAS
    Fri/Sat: BKN, LAC, WAS, NYK, PHX
    Sat/Sun: GSW

    Week 24 (March 30-April 5; standard Finals)

    4 Games: BKN, CHA, CLE, DEN, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, OKC, PHX, SAC, TOR, UTA
    3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, SAS, WAS
    2 Games: None

    Back-to-Backs

    S23/Mon: MIN, IND
    Mon/Tues: DEN
    Tues/Wed: NOP
    Wed/Thurs: None
    Thurs/Fri: GSW
    Fri/Sat: None
    Sat/Sun: OKC, SAC, LAL

    Week 25 (April 6-12)

    4 Games: HOU, MIL, SAS, TOR
    3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, WAS
    2 Games: DAL, MEM, POR, UTA

    Back-to-Backs

    S24/Mon: None
    Mon/Tues: None
    Tues/Wed: TOR, CHA, IND, SAS, HOU, CHI, LAC, CLE
    Wed/Thurs: GSW
    Thurs/Fri: None
    Fri/Sat: BOS, ORL, WAS, OKC, PHI,
    Sat/Sun: MIL

    Week 26 (April 13-15)

    2 Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
    1 Game: ATL, MIL

    Back-to-Backs

    S25/Mon: HOU, SAS, MIN
    Mon/Tues: MIA, DET, DEN, UTA,
    Tues/Wed: TOR, NYK, SAC, LAL

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