RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 11 – Christmas Week

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Updated: December 22, 2017

 

And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?

Real Dream Team’s not over. You can still be number one!!

And so this is Christmas, I hope you have guns (the NBA type!)

The Beard and the Deer ones, the old (Lebron) and the young (Simmons)

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

Lets hope it’s a good one, without any fear (of injuries to key players)

 

If there is something I love more than a reference to an 80’s cartoon, it’s a reference to a Beatle (or former Beatle).

We are all faced with an epic dilemma this week. Christmas day in America falls on Boxing Day in Australia. As such, the slate of “Christmas games” will be broadcast in Australia on Tuesday. If you are lucky enough to have league pass, you are already used to an abundance of choice of games, however for us mere mortals who rely on ESPN on Foxtel, Christmas comes a day later with 5 games on TV. Unfortunately a few of these games are on at the same time as the more traditional Boxing Day sporting event – the Australia v England Test match. Time to ask Santa for a second TV I think.

The schedule for Christmas day provides some juicy games to watch from a Fantasy point of view.

  • Porzingas (hopefully) and the Knicks take on Simmons and Embiid (maybe). (4am EDST – I’m not getting up for this one)
  • Golden State take on Cleveland in a rematch of last years’ Finals series. Lebron will go huge in this marquee game. (7am EDST – this could be worth getting up early for – but only if you are in the Eastern States)
  • We have Kyrie and his Celtics take on John Wall and the Harry Potters. (9:30am EDST – this is the first one most will get to watch live)
  • In a game that could see a record set for most shots taken by one player from each team, James Harden takes on Russell Westbrook. Let’s face it, it will basically be those two playing one on one, with all the other players just watching. (12:00pm EDST – watch this one, it will be epic)
  • Finally, the young Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the day off before this game, expect Coach Tibs to play Butler and KAT 47 minutes. (2:30pm EDST – just in time for your afternoon nap)

Schedule Breakdown

Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

Chicago (@Mil, NYK, IND, @Was) – After being absolutely horrible to start the season, the Chicago Bulls have gone on a run the last couple of weeks. After starting the season 3-17, the month of December has seen a different Bulls team. They are 7-3 so far this month, with Nikola Mirotic leading the way. So far in Week 10, he has scored 28 Fantasy points against the 76ers, and 22 Fantasy points against the Magic. He should still be priced at under $7 million leading into week 11, so if you are looking for some value, he is the guy for you.

LA Lakers (Min, Mem, LAC, @Hou) – There is not really much Fantasy relevance here. If you still have Lonzo Ball or Kyle Kuzma, you can be comfortable to play them on the court. Being rookies, they can be streaky, but should be good for around 60 points.

Minnesota (@LAL, Den, @Mil, @Ind) – There are really only two options here, but they are probably the best options of all the 8 game teams this week. Karl-Anthony Towns (29.1 Fppg) and Jimmy Butler (23.2 Fppg) should be your main trade in targets for Week 11.

New York (Phi, @Chi, @SAS, @NOP) – Kristaps Porzingas is tempting, but has been injured of late. Keep a close eye on his status as New York have a back to back to finish off week 10. He had an absolute shocker against Boston, finishing on -7 after failing to hit a single field goal. If he plays against both Boston AND Detroit, he could be a nice player of difference over the next couple of weeks. A lot of coaches will be (rightly) scared off by his injury history this season and his bad game against, so it could be a good chance to jump up the rankings. I am backing him to bounce back.

Other – Given the lack of trade in targets for 8 game teams, I think it is important to also look at James Harden. The Rockets have 7 games over the next two weeks, and with Chris Paul once again hurt, Harden’s usage rate will go through the roof. Harden should be your number 1 trade in target this week.


Cut them to the G-League – 2 Game Teams

Portland – Damien Lillard should be the only player you have from The Trailblazers. He hurt his hamstring against San Antonio, so will likely miss the two games anyway. He needs to go this week.


Lockout Schedule

If you are moving on Damien Lillard, you have a LOT of time to decide who to trade him to, with Portland playing there first game for the week on Friday. Don’t wait until Friday though, as every other team will be locked out.


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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