In-Season Strategy: Week 8 Schedule Considerations
In-Season Strategy: Week 8 Schedule Considerations

This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.

Moving into Week 8 of the fantasy basketball season, the schedule is once again a relatively minor concern, with only two teams – Boston and Philadelphia – playing two games, while the rest of the league plays three or four.

Four games: BKN, CLE, DEN, DET, NOR, NYK, SAS, TOR

Three games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS

Two games: BOS, PHI

The issue, of course, is those teams house a number of fantasy-relevant players, including big-time talents in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum, and Kyrie Irving. Even Gordon Hayward finally emerged from his early slump on Saturday, putting up a season-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds and eight assists.

While that was overwhelmingly encouraging for owners who've been patient with Hayward, he and the rest of the Celtics' regulars may be worth holding out in Week 8 – particularly in favor of four-game options.

As lineup lock approaches, here are a handful of players to consider starting or sitting in Week 8:

GUARDS

SIT: Lonzo Ball, LAL
Opponents: SA, SA, MEM
With the exception of a blowout loss to Denver (18 minutes), Ball continues to see increased playing time in the absence of Rajon Rondo. However, that's yet to translate to better fantasy production, as he's scored in double-figures just once over the last five games. Big point totals have never been Ball's
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