Week 6 Schedule Analysis – RDT NBA

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Updated: November 19, 2017

“TRUST THE PROCESS!”

Finally those words are starting to ring true for the Philadelphia 76er’s. As of Saturday morning, the Sixers are 8-6 and it looks like they have at least 2 players who will be All-Stars for many years to come. On any normal night, a stat line of 18 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals and 1 block (41 Fantasy Points) – especially by a rookie – would be the main talking point. Not the case for Aussie gun Ben Simmons. His team mate Joel Embiid, finally released from a minutes restriction, blew those stats out of the water. 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks resulting in an epic Fantasy score of 71 points! This is easily the record for highest Fantasy score this season, and potentially ever given the short lifetime of RDT NBA.

Keep an eye on Embiid, he is currently priced at just over $10 million. If his minutes stay above 30, and if he continues to play every game (last year he didn’t play the second game of back to backs), he could be a value pickup. He is currently averaging 29 minutes per game, but has already missed 2 of the Sixers 14 games. Well done to the 5.6% of RDT coaches who had him in their lineup this week.


Schedule Breakdown

Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

Once again, we only have 1 team that plays 8 games over the next two fantasy weeks. The Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota – I said it last week, and so far have been well rewarded by following my own advice. Karl-Anthony Towns came into my team, and so far this week has scored 97 Fantasy points across 3 games (actually, it’s 194 points, as I placed the ‘C’ on him). The only thing that may slow down the mighty KAT down is fatigue. Coach Thibodeau has a habit of playing his main guys a lot of minutes. Hopefully KAT is up to the challenge, and can continue his awesome form.

Jimmy Butler‘s scoring this past week has been hit and miss, with scores of 32, 12 and 25. Minnesota play away at Charlotte, and then have three tasty games at home against Orlando, Miami and Phoenix. This should help Butler, and all his team mates to some very nice scores.


Cut them to the G-League

There are three teams this week who only have the two games – Detroit, Houston, and the LA Lakers.

Detroit – The Pistons have been one of the surprise packets of the season, with Stan Van Gundy taking his team to second in the Eastern Conference (as of Saturday) and a very healthy 10-5 record. Andre Drummond is quietly going about his business, averaging 29.2 Fppg. Some savvy coaches may also have picked up Tobias Harris, who has also been going very well. Unfortunately though, they have to go this week, as you can’t have 2 game players on your court.

Houston James Harden has once again been a Fantasy beast this season. Averaging almost 32 Fppg through 5 weeks, he has rewarded the 32% of RDT coaches who have him in their team. It’s time to offload him – if only for 1 week – and bring in a 3 or 4 game stud. You should have plenty to choose from as a trade with Harden currently valued at $14.5 million.

Chris Paul is also on the comeback trail, so the two game week will give coaches a chance to see what impact (positive or negative) his return the lineup will have on Harden.

LA Lakers – I have been looking for an excuse to dump Lonzo Ball, and it looks like I now have it! As expected from most rookies not named Ben Simmons, Ball has been inconsistent both on court and as a Fantasy player. He hasn’t quite made enough money to be able to downgrade one of your bench players, and upgrade Ball to an A-Grader like Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving.

If you are looking for some value when trading out Ball, have a look at some of the guards from the Brooklyn Nets. General Manager Sean Marks announced on Saturday that D’Angelo Russell has had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and couldn’t didn’t give a timeline for his return. Russell has led the Nets in Fantasy points this season, so keep a close eye on their game against the Warriors on Monday to see who is stepping up in his absence. Spencer Dinwiddie (awesome name) and Isaiah Whitehead are expected to pick up the slack in the back court.


Lockout Details

 

The majority of the NBA kick off on Tuesday this week, but it is handy to note that Golden State, Boston and Houston have their first game on Wednesday. This gives you a little bit of flexibility around what you do with your Rockets players. You can trade Harden for either Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving, and leave the decision up until Thursday. Both players are returning from injury – Curry after tweaking and ankle, and Irving after head-butting the elbow of team mate Aron Baynes – so keep an eye on the NBA news wire before making your decsion.

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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