Fantasy Basketball: Make Every Game Count

John LorgeSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2009

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If you're up-to-date on your fantasy basketball news, you've been reading a lot about games recently.  Who's playing them and who's not.

Why should you worry about if a team is playing three or four games during the week?  LeBron James is going to get his regardless, right?

Well in some cases it doesn't matter how many games a player is playing, you are going to keep them on your roster and play them every chance you get.

On the other hand, if you are dealing with a 13-man roster, spots 11 through 13 might be up for debate depending on anticipated production, especially when you are in a heated battle. 

In week 22 the Phoenix Suns play five games.  Looking at Grant Hill's averages in March, he should compile 60 points, 30 rebounds, and 16 assists.

The Orlando Magic play three games in week 22.  Going off of Hedo Turkoglu's March averages he should compile 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists in that same time-span.

Sure, over 82 games you are going to pick Turkoglu every time, but in the playoffs you have to play each matchup one week at a time, one day at a time.

I heavily suggest you use this method of evaluation when you are looking at the players at the end of your roster.

In week 22 the Chicago Bulls play five games but they only play two the following week, how much will Tyrus Thomas do for you in week 23?  Most likely 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

The Houston Rockets only play five games total over the next two weeks, is Kyle Lowry worth a roster spot?  Not if you can get a point guard who plays eight. 

Would you rather have Ronnie Brewer playing five games in week 23 or Thabo Sefolosha playing three?  I like Brewer’s odds.

You do have to be cautious about who you are going to drop because other owners may lock your former player up for the remainder of the season.  If you do the math and are confident in the outcome, trust your instincts and maximize your roster spots.