This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
The NBA is still on collective vacation for another couple of days, but when play resumes after the All-Star break, the stretch run of the Fantasy season begins in earnest.
The All-Star break ostensibly serves as the league's halfway marker, but in reality, it's much closer to the two-thirds or even three-quarters point. Each team entered the break having played between 56 and 59 games – or roughly 68 to 72 percent of its schedule. That means that when play resumes Thursday night, it's immediately time to start looking ahead to the Fantasy postseason.
In most head-to-head leagues that employ a postseason format – as opposed to simply playing out the full regular season and determining a winner – the playoffs encompass the final few weeks of the NBA's regular season. Each league manager can determine exactly when the postseason begins and how many teams qualify, but it's most typical for the playoffs to span the final four weeks of the NBA schedule. Sometimes, those are combined – i.e. an individual matchup plays out over the course of two weeks – to offer a larger sample and account for short-term schedule anomalies.
Long story short: If you're in a playoff league, you're essentially drawing a line before the final month of the season. So while each team has at least 24 games remaining, you may only have two or three more weeks before the field is trimmed down.
With that in mind, it's important to ensure your team is both