Fantasy Planner Week 8: Gentlemen, Start Your Pistons, Clippers & Warriors

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Here’s a quick look at the upcoming NBA schedule to help you plan your Week 8 strategy. Jeff Nichols will return in this space with much more thorough advice next Sunday.

One of the best teams in the NBA takes on four of the worst. The L.A. Clippers open in Detroit and finish in Phoenix, with home games against New Orleans and Sacramento in between. Only the likelihood of garbage time in any (or all) of those games keeps me from calling Chris Paul and Blake Griffin the two best players to own. One guy who is owned in only 12% of Yahoo leagues is Matt Barnes, the Streamer of the Week. Roll the dice on Eric Bledsoe (18% owned) though a bruised hip may slow him down on Monday. In very deep formats, even Lamar Odom (4% owned) can be streamed.

The Detroit Pistons will probably get run out of their own gym on Monday night by the mighty Clippers. Call that one a character-builder. The rest of the week, they make a short trip to Toronto, then have a home-and-home with the Washington Wizards. That’s the definition of an easy schedule. Use Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe with confidence and don’t shy away from Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince or Andre Drummond.

It’s four games in five nights for Golden State, all winnable if they sustain the momentum from that amazing 6-1 road trip. Finishing with the Lakers on Saturday (after Charlotte the night before) is the biggest challenge by far. The Warriors believe in themselves, and I’m a convert. Start ‘em all, and in deep leagues take a good look at rookie Draymond Green, whose excellent defense has earned him minutes. Already a source of REB, STL and BLK, his shooting can only improve.

ATL Hawks Team Page @WAS OKC @PHI CHI
BOS Celtics Team Page @CHI CLE MIL
BRK Nets Team Page UTA @NYK PHI
CHA Bobcats Team Page @LAL @PHO @GSW @DEN
CHI Bulls Team Page @MEM BOS @NYK @ATL
CLE Cavs Team Page TOR @BOS IND @MIL
DAL mavs small logo PHI MIA @MEM @SAS
DEN Nuggets Team Page SAS @POR CHA
DET Pistons Team Page LAC @TOR WAS @WAS
GSW Warriors Team Page NOH @SAC CHA LAL
HOU Rockets Team Page @NYK PHI MEM
IND Pacers Team Page @MIL UTA @CLE @NOH
LAC Clippers Team Page @DET NOH SAC @PHO
LAL Lakers Team Page CHA @GSW
MEM Grizzlies Team Page CHI MIL DAL @HOU
MIA Heat Team Page MIN @ DAL UTA
MIL Bucks Team Page IND @MEM @BOS CLE
MIN Wolves Team Page @ORL @MIA OKC @NYK
NOH Hornets Team Page @GSW @LAC @SAS IND
NYK Knicks Team Page HOU BRK CHI MIN
OKC Thunder Team Page SAS @ATL @MIN
ORL Magic Team Page MIN WAS @TOR UTA
PHI Sixers Team Page @DAL @HOU ATL @BRK
POR Blazers Team Page DEN PHO @SAC
SAC Kings Team Page @PHO GSW @LAC POR
SAS Spurs Team Page @OKC @DEN NOH DAL
TOR Raptors Team Page @CLE DET ORL
UTA Jazz Team Page @BKN @IND @MIA @ORL
WAS Wizards Team Page ATL @ORL @DET DET


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  1. Love the weekly report. Any way to color code your schedule, so that one can discern at a glance how many games a team will play in a given week? (i.e. red for two, yellow for 3, and green for four?) Thanks.

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