With the NBA heading into a short week before the All-Star game, most teams only have a pair of games on the schedule this week with four teams just playing one game before taking the extended layoff. The Clippers, Knicks, Magic, and Suns have the single-game schedule for the coming week, so make sure to figure that in to your overall gameplan for the week.
It’s important to understand what your league does with the short week. Many fantasy basketball systems combine week 16 with week 17 (which takes place after the break) meaning that most teams have five or six games in the scoring period. If your league uses weekly scoring, make sure you understand what the games this week count for since they could be worth more or less than regularly scheduled games.
For the top 10 pickups this week, the focus will be a little more long-term as we look for players that have potential to be impact contributors coming down the stretch more than who can help your fantasy team in this week’s abbreviated schedule.
As always, the first five on this list are options that can bolster your backcourt and the second five can strengthen your frontcourt. Here’s the top ten pickups who are all available in more than half of ESPN fantasy basketball leagues: