By Bryan Toporek

Bryan Toporek is a contributor at The Basketball Writers. He's also a Quality Editor for Bleacher Report, co-hosts The NBA Podcast and contributes at FanSided and elsewhere. He still trusts the Process.

Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Using NBA’s Schedule to Your Advantage

At this point in the fantasy basketball season, few things are more important than the schedule. Last week, the Golden State Warriors were one of only two teams with two games, while 10 teams played four games. For example, if you spent early-round picks on both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in an attempt to…

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This is it for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers’ long-term future—and everything The Process ever led up to—likely comes down to the next few months. With Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick and others all heading into unrestricted free agency this summer, an early playoff exit could result in yet another drastic shakeup. “A lot’s gonna depend on how this team…

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Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Which Players Should You Drop?

The fantasy basketball playoffs have arrived in most leagues, which means you can no longer afford to keep dead weight on your roster. That means it’s time to say “Bye, Felicia” to the following players. Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward (84.5% owned in ESPN.com leagues) has played better as of late, but you can’t depend…

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Veteran Options if L.A. Lakers Never Get Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season is effectively over. If their loss to the then-12-win Phoenix Suns on Saturday night wasn’t the final nail in the coffin, their ensuing two losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets were. Facing a 6.5–game deficit in the Western Conference standings with 17 games to play, the…

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Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Navigating Your Playoffs

Whether your fantasy basketball playoffs begin Monday or in the coming weeks, do-or-die time is quickly approaching. Now more than ever, short-term production is critical. You can’t be married to players due to draft pedigree or upside if they’re struggling or injured. Nondescript afterthoughts emerge as fantasy difference-makers in the playoffs. Trae Young—who’s the 145th-ranked…

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Fear the Brooklyn Nets

Prior to Victor Oladipo’s season-ending quadriceps tendon injury, the Eastern Conference appeared to be a five-team race. While the Indiana Pacers have remained surprisingly frisky sans Oladipo, a brutal upcoming stretch could send them plummeting back to earth, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics as the favorites to emerge from…

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Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: The NBA’s Tank Race and You

Now that we’re past the trade deadline and All-Star break, NBA teams are positioning into one of two camps: If they’re playing for the postseason, they’re tightening rotations, increasing minutes and going all out. If they aren’t gunning for a playoff spot, they’ll likely begin some chicanery to increase chances of landing more ping pong…

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Is Orlando Magic’s Rebuild Finally Over?

Ever since trading away Dwight Howard in August 2012, the Orlando Magic have been stuck in rebuilding purgatory. A series of boneheaded free-agent signings and trades rendered them too good to tank but not good enough for the playoffs, leaving them mired in the NBA’s worst kind of no-man’s land. Oddly enough, Los Angeles Lakers…

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Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Gearing Up for NBA Stretch Run

It’s time for fantasy basketball owners to gear up for the NBA Playoffs. Your approach to the final few weeks of the regular season largely depends upon your place in the standings. If you’re cruising toward a playoff berth—or, better yet, a first-round bye—now’s the time to take gambles. Owners who can survive a short-term…

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The Next Frontier of NBA Stars Asserting Their Power

NBA stars are flexing their muscles more than ever. LeBron James popularized the 1+1 contract, in which a player signs a two-year deal with a second-year player option to exert maximal pressure on his current team. Kevin Durant has since followed suit three times with the Golden State Warriors, and Anthony Davis could take a…

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