As the NBA regular season begins to wind down, daily fantasy managers will be looking ahead to prepare for a playoff push regardless of whatever format they fancy.
With this being considered there are some potential advantageous situations and possible pitfalls that await managers as we make our way through the last month of the regular season.
Here are some important factors to consider:
Teams Playing For the Draft Lottery
For a team like the Phoenix Suns or Los Angeles Lakers, there is not even a glimmer of hope in qualifying for the NBA Playoffs. With this being said, these franchises in particular will look to kill two birds with one stone and play their reserves or young personnel while inching themselves closer to a higher draft lottery pick.
As revealed by previous episodes, teams that finish in the bottom three have a great chance of earning the top pick in the NBA Draft. These teams have this initiative on their mind and thus it is advantageous for any daily fantasy manager to stay clear of anyone associated with these teams whenever possible.
Teams Resting Starters For Playoffs
This is another commonality that may become more prevalent as the final games are upon us. You are more likely to see teams like Cleveland, Golden State or San Antonio bring in the second string once they have their respective division, conference and/or home court advantage locked down.
In these scenarios it is also best to stay clear of these teams once the final stages of the regular season are upon us. Contrarily, it is worth taking a look at the supporting cast as there is great potential to find a low-cost, high-flier in line for a temporary induction of playing time.
Teams On The Bubble
The most value from starters will assuredly be found in those teams fighting for playoff positioning or for a berth outright.
On a short list, Milwaukee, Indiana, Denver, Chicago and Detroit are the teams that are currently in the midst of survival for the eighth seed and thus these teams will be throwing out the kitchen sink every night to get a win.