17/18 Playoff Schedules

 

Below is fantasy basketball’s 2017-2018 playoff schedule. These schedules are based off of Yahoo’s default playoff weeks (Week 21-23). Week 21 begins March 12th, Week 22 begins March 19th, and Week 23 begins March 26th.

 

ATL BKN BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM
Week 21 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3
Week 22 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4
Week 23 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4
Total 10 10 9 11 11 11 10 10 11 10 11 9 12 10 11
MIA MIL MIN NOR NYK OKC ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS TOR UTA WAS
Week 21 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 3
Week 22 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 3
Week 23 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 2 3 4
Total 10 11 10 10 10 10 9 11 10 11 11 11 10 10 10

 

Teams with 12 games:

LAC

Teams with 11 games:

CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, HOU, MEM, MIL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS

Teams with 10 games:

ATL, BKN, DAL, DEN, GSW, LAL, MIA, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, PHO, TOR, UTA, WAS

Teams with 9 games: 

BOS, IND, ORL

Teams with two game weeks: 

TOR

Teams with five game weeks:

None

 

Week 21 Breakdown: 

Teams with four games:

HOU, LAC, NOR, OKC, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR

Teams with three games:

ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, UTA, WAS

Teams with two games:

None

 

Week 22 Breakdown:

Teams with four games:

ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MYK, PHI, SAS, TOR, UTA

Teams with three games:

BOS, DAL, DEN. GSW. IND. LAL. MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS

Teams with two games:

None

 

Week 23 Breakdown (Championship Week): 

Teams with four games:

CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS

Teams with three games:

ATL, BKN, BOS, HOU, IND, MIA, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, UTA

Teams with two games:

TOR

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  1. Bobby

    HI .This is a great tool. i made the finals of 3 out of 3 leagues last year. won 2 of them. and i used this is drafting/trading for players. it literally puts you over the top. ive been playing for 15 years and i just used this 3 years ago. discovered your site last year. Keep up the great work and advice.

    my fantasy playoffs in yahoo has been adjusted to week 20,21.22 … can you send me please an adjusted one. if its not possible i guess ill just have to do it manually.

    i appreciate it.

    Bobby

  2. Adam Stock

    Thanks Bobby! Here’s your breakdown:

    12 games:
    CHA, CLE, GSW, ORL, SAC

    11 games:
    ATL, CHI, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIL, NOR, PHI, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    10 games:
    DAL, IND, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHO, POR

    9 games:
    BKN, BOS, LAL, MIA

  3. Bobby

    awesome Adam!!! …i appreciate it

    whats your comment on the 11 game players. which ones do you “value” more? i dunno if this can be a new wrinkle to your advise column.hehe

    1) 3-4-4
    2) 4-3-4
    3) 4-4-3

    my two leagues draft 11 and 13 total players on Yahoo. So this is assuming at least half of my players are 12gamers (which happened pretty much last year in all 3 of my leagues..The rest will be 11 game players and because of draft flow ill have one to 3 players falling into the 10 and 9 game types who i eventually will trade during the season. Assuming that team make up heres how i “value” the 11 gamers.

    1) 3-4-4 – the arguement in FAVOR of this is since its just the first round of the playoffs im up against usually the “weaker” of the playoff teams. like the 5 to 8th seed. so i can afford to only have 3 games on week 21 as long as at least 60% or 70% of my team are 12 gamers. Meaning ill at the worst have as much games or a couple more than my quarterfinal opponent and win out. And since my week 21 and 22 im getting 4 games each from my 11 gamers then my whole team pretty much is going 4-4 to finish the semis and finals giving me a great advantage.

    2) 4-3-4- the arguement in Favor of this is i start strong in the quarterfinals. my whole team has 4 games so im so sure that i will win just by sheer number of games. And i kinda eliminate the possibility of a loss due to “freak” weeks from my opponents players especially when it comes from his 2 or 3 game players that quarterfinal week. Now the “weakness” of the 4-3-4 players is i only get 3 games from them in the Semis where my opponents are stronger so im kinda nervous at the Quarter finals. The only thing that can help me during this week is i have a 9 or 10 game player that i can flip each day to catch up with game totals. so its imperative if i have a 9 or 10 gamer in my team hes not that good that i can just flip him. Also another strategy i used is if my worst player is an 11 gamer and his 3rd game that week (week 21, semis) falls on a Saturday then i drop him and get a Sunday player fill in. Essentially im not put in a disadvantage by still getting 4 games total that week. So im just hoping A) im killing my quarterfinal opponent that i dont have to drop my 11 gamer cuz im getting 4 games from him on Finals week. B) if i have to drop a player the player im getting has 4 games in Finals week and is balling by year end (which happens each year. Jordan Clarkson. Zach Lavine. Bargnani types last year)

    3) 4-4-3 – the arguement in Favor of this type of player is im not sweating it the Quarterfinals and Semis. Im so sure i have more games than my opponents so im almost 90% sure to win. The problem comes on Finals week which is the MOST important week of the year im shorthanded in total games. Just like my “strategy” with the 4-3-4 players i pick the 434 player whos last game of the year ends on a Saturday or Friday. I forgot which players those were but there were a couple. So a 443 player that ends on a SAt is essentially a 444 player cuz you can flip him for a Sunday player. So i have to preserve a move for that player cuz we have 40 total moves per season.

    Conclusion:

    In my humble opinion, I value the 443 player who ends on a Sat and the 344 more than the 434.

    hoping to hear your advice soon. my first draft is Oct 17. All the best thank you Adam

  4. Adam Stock

    NP! Great breakdown. I think I’d rank them 344 > 443 > 434. I like 344 the most, since as you said, you’d likely be playing someone weaker when your schedule is weaker. Also, since it’s the first round, you can set up for the first round during the last regular season week. Assuming you have a good team you can ignore how you do in the last week of the regular season and try to make your early week streamers as good as possible for week 1 which makes the poor schedule easier to handle. Unlike if you have the 3 game sched in the semis where you have to both consider the current week (quarters) and the next playoff.

    443 is good too since anything goes in the finals and so much can happen in the quarters and semis that both team’s schedules are going to be messed up by then anyways.

    I don’t any way you go is going to make a huge difference but it’s always good to be thinking like this. Small adjustments can swing weeks.

    Good luck!

  5. Bobby

    Thanks. All the best.

  6. Bobby

    HI Adam,

    Its Bobby.Again.

    Been on a title drought. haha…
    1) This new NBA sked seems similar to a few years ago. when one or 2 teams had 12 games. am i right?
    2) My approach to this new playoff sked is ill get as much Clips i can ( hava an auction) and fill my roster out with as much 11 gamers as possible.
    3) im gonna make sure the worst 3 players on my roster are either 12 or 11 gamers. whichis where Austin Rivers/ Teodosic can be like my 3rd or 4th point guard.
    Gallo can be my back up Sf. and spend the big bucks on Blake Griffin and Deandre.

    any comments ? new strategy im not seeing ?

    Thanks Adam. hope all is great on your end.

  7. Fiffy

    Is it better to start the 3 week playoffs on week 21 or 22 and why?

    1. Adam Stock

      I’d start it on Week 21. That way the playoffs wrap up before the final couple weeks where there will be a ton of guys resting.

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