Fantasy Basketball Start and Sit: Week 23 Top 150 rankings

Editor’s Note: Every week we will release the Top 150 players based on their projections for that scoring period. Use this list to compare players and help make those really tough decisions.

It is, in most leagues, Fantasy championship week, so congratulations if you’ve made it this far. You’ve avoided the landmines of injuries and under-performance, and now you stand at the precipice of greatness. Week 23 (March 27-April 2) is when it all gets decided for many of you and, luckily, the Fantasy gods have smiled upon us.

No team plays more than four times this week, so there’s no obvious advantage to be gained. In fact, only six teams play three times -- nobody plays twice -- so this might actually be the most balanced schedule all season. Week 23, and your championship, should come down to who has the best team. As it should be.

 Of course, as anyone following the debate about rest embroiling the NBA world knows, the schedule is never as straightforward as it might seem. So, while the schedule looks balanced, it’s important to know how the games are actually distributed, so let’s take a look at some key back-to-back sets that could cause Fantasy players headaches in Week 23.

Atlanta: Home vs. Phoenix, @ Philadelphia; @ Chicago, @ Brooklyn

Paul Millsap is the only player who might sit out for Atlanta, but it’s a real concern at this point, given the knee injury that has cost him four straight games heading into play Friday. The Atlanta Hawks are fighting for playoff positioning, but with games against the Brooklyn Nets (Sunday), followed by the matchup against the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers on consecutive nights, there might not be any real pressure to get him back in the lineup. Another matchup with the Nets the following Sunday means it’s not out of the question to think Millsap may only play Saturday against Chicago. Ersan Ilyasova looks like he could be a good stream here.

Golden State: @ Houston, @ San Antonio

These are both games the Golden State Warriors could use, as they continue to grapple with the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the West. The good news is, they’ve been pretty open about when and where they will rest their players, giving a decent amount of advanced notice, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we learn by Monday that at least some of the Warriors’ stars are sitting out. If I had to guess, Tuesday’s game in Houston seems like a more likely spot to rest, but you’ll still get at least three games out of the likes of Stephen Curry , Draymond Green , and Klay Thompson , so there isn’t too much to be concerned about here.

Cleveland: @ Chicago, Home vs. Philadelphia

The issue for the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t necessarily that they rested their stars last week, but that they failed to give enough advanced notice for a highly publicized national TV game. The game against the Chicago Bulls  on Thursday is the big national game this week, so I would be willing to bet we see Kyrie Irving , Kevin Love and LeBron James suit up for that one, with the potential for a day off Friday against the lowly 76ers. Like the Warriors, it seems likely you’ll still get three games from your stars, so there’s nothing to worry about here. Three games of LeBron is still better than four from most players.

Washington: @ L.A. Los Angeles Lakers , @ L.A. Los Angeles Clippers

 The Washington Wizards haven’t been as proactive as some other teams in getting their stars some much-needed rest, but Tuesday against the Lakers feels like a perfect opportunity. The Lakers are a mess, and the Wizards’ B-squad should be able to at least keep it close, giving them an opportunity to come away with two wins on a West Coast trip even while resting. Of course, Scotty Brooks hasn’t given Bradley Beal and John Wall many nights off anyway, so it might not be a concern. Stick with your Wizards studs no matter what.  

Week 23 schedule breakdown


Week 23 Sportsline Projections
1Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC48.
2James Harden, SG, HOU411.
3LeBron James, SF, CLE46.
4John Wall, PG, WAS44.
5Stephen Curry, PG, GS417.
6Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL41.
7DeMarcus Cousins, C, NO46.
8Anthony Davis, PF, NO42.
9DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR42.
10Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA47.
11Kemba Walker, PG, CHA411.
12Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE48.
13Marc Gasol, C, MEM44.
14Mike Conley, PG, MEM49.
15Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY47.
16Goran Dragic, PG, MIA46.
17Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA40.
18Draymond Green, PF, GS44.
19Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA48.
20Paul Millsap, PF, ATL44.
21Paul George, SF, IND410.
22Damian Lillard, PG, POR310.
23Devin Booker, SG, PHO48.
24Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL41.
25Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL45.
26Chris Paul, PG, LAC36.
27Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN33.412.
28Andre Drummond, C, DET40.
29Jeff Teague, PG, IND44.
30Klay Thompson, SG, GS413.
31Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS39.
32Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA47.
33LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SA41.
34Blake Griffin, PF, LAC31.
35Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY46.
36Derrick Rose, PG, NY41.
37Kevin Love, PF, CLE48.910.
38Jrue Holiday, PG, NO45.
39Bradley Beal, SG, WAS410.
40Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI33.
41Rudy Gobert, C, UTA40.
42Brook Lopez, C, BKN45.
43Dwight Howard, C, ATL40.
44Julius Randle, PF, LAL41.
45Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL41.
46George Hill, PG, UTA47.
47Reggie Jackson, PG, DET44.
48Tyler Ulis, PG, PHO41.
49Khris Middleton, SG, MIL46.
50D’Angelo Russell, PG, LAL49.
51Zach Randolph, PF, MEM41.
52Cory Joseph, PG, TOR42.
53Victor Oladipo, SG, OKC47.
54Tobias Harris, SF, DET45.
55Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN31.
56CJ McCollum, SG, POR38.
57Tyler Johnson, SG, MIA45.
58Harrison Barnes, SF, DAL44.
59Tyreke Evans, PG, SAC44.
60Serge Ibaka, PF, TOR46.
61Myles Turner, PF, IND41.
62T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI40.
63Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN32.
64Greg Monroe, C, MIL40.
65Evan Fournier, SF, ORL48.
66T.J. Warren, SF, PHO41.
67Darren Collison, PG, SAC44.
68Robert Covington, SF, PHI49.
69Pau Gasol, C, SA42.
70Dario Saric, SF, PHI45.
71Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR40.
72Jeremy Lin, PG, BKN45.
73Al Horford, C, BOS33.
74Jordan Clarkson, PG, LAL45.
75Alan Williams, C, PHO40.
76Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL45.
77Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN33.
78Marcus Morris, PF, DET46.
79Lou Williams, SG, HOU48.
80James Johnson, SF, MIA43.
81Wesley Matthews, SG, DAL410.
82Clint N’Dumba-Capela, C, HOU40.
83DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC30.
84Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET48.
85Derrick Favors, PF, UTA40.
86Marcin Gortat, C, WAS40.
87Markieff Morris, PF, WAS42.
88Ty Lawson, PG, SAC42.
89Eric Gordon, SG, HOU411.
90Ish Smith, PG, DET41.
91Enes Kanter, C, OKC40.
92Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU46.
93Tony Parker, PG, SA41.
94Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL43.
95Malcolm Brogdon, SG, MIL43.
96Nerlens Noel, C, DAL40.
97Marvin Williams, PF, CHA46.
98Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU48.
99Jusuf Nurkic, C, POR30.
100Thaddeus Young, SF, IND42.
101Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI40.
102J.J. Barea, PG, DAL44.
103Otto Porter, SF, WAS45.
104Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG48.
105Seth Curry, SG, DAL47.
106Yogi Ferrell, PG, DAL45.
107Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA40.
108Frank Kaminsky, PF, CHA45.
109Ryan Anderson, PF, HOU49.
110Jordan Crawford, SG, NO48.
111Alex Len, C, PHO40.
112Steven Adams, C, OKC40.
113Sean Kilpatrick, SG, BKN45.
114Andre Iguodala, SF, GS43.
115Courtney Lee, SG, NY45.
116Rodney Hood, SG, UTA47.
117Cody Zeller, C, CHA40.
118Willy Hernangomez, C, NY40.
119Avery Bradley, SG, BOS36.
120Willie Cauley-Stein, C, SAC40.
121Trevor Booker, PF, BKN41.
122DeMarre Carroll, SF, TOR46.
123Zaza Pachulia, C, GS40.
124Tristan Thompson, C, CLE40.
125Kent Bazemore, SF, ATL44.
126Buddy Hield, SG, SAC48.
127Rajon Rondo, PG, CHI32.
128Marquese Chriss, PF, PHO44.
129Taj Gibson, PF, OKC40.
130Josh Richardson, SG, MIA45.
131Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL43.
132Tony Allen, SG, MEM41.
133Skal Labissiere, PF, SAC40.
134Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN35.
135Wayne Ellington, SG, MIA410.
136Sergio Rodriguez, PG, PHI44.
137JaMychal Green, PF, MEM42.
138Jae Crowder, SF, BOS35.
139Wilson Chandler, PF, DEN34.
140Ersan Ilyasova, PF, ATL45.
141Marcus Smart, PG, BOS33.
142Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN40.
143Kyle Korver, SG, CLE410.
144Jon Leuer, PF, DET42.
145Gorgui Dieng, PF, MIN30.
146Jeff Green, PF, ORL43.
147Evan Turner, SF, POR31.
148Matthew Dellavedova, SG, MIL43.
149Bojan Bogdanovic, SG, WAS46.
150Tim Frazier, PG, NO42.
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