RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 12 – Happy New Year

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Updated: December 31, 2017

As we finish up the year that was 2017, let’s have a look back at the top RDT NBA Fantasy performers for the season so far. Endurance is always important when it comes to Fantasy, however in RDT NBA, injuries can make or break your week (just ask Victor Oladipo owners this week). Therefore, we will look at the leaders in both Overall points and Points Per Game.

Points Per Game

  1. LeBron James (37.4)
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (37.0)
  3. James Harden (33.7)
  4. Anthony Davis (33.3)
  5. DeMarcus Cousins (32.2)
  6. Kevin Durant (31.2)
  7. Steph Curry (29.1)
  8. Russell Westbrook (29.0)
  9. Joel Embiid (29.0)
  10. Karl-Anthony Towns (28.9)

There is nothing overly shocking about this list, apart from the fact that LeBron James is still as dominant as he is after 14 years in the league. I am a little bit surprised that known stat-stuffer (sorry to steal your thunder Dos) Russell Westbrook is only at number 8 on the list. Whilst it was a bit much to think he would have another double-double season, especially with the addition of All-Stars Carmello Anthony and Paul George, it was expected that he would be a top 5 Fantasy Player.

Russ and LBJ have both played 33 games this season, so where is difference? The biggest variance is in the Missed Shots category, which counts as a -1 in RDT NBA. Westbrook is a well known volume shooter, and LBJ prides himself on his efficiency of shooting. Westbrook is averaging 14 missed shots per game, whereas Lebron is only missing 9.4 shots per game.

The other obvious category that helps LeBron is blocks. Each block counts for 2 NBA Fantasy points, so players (especially guards) who can get you a block or two per game are gold. Lebron is averaging 1 block per game, whilst Russ is currently averaging 0.36 blocks per game.

Overall Points

  1. LeBron James (1233)
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (1072)
  3. DeMarcus Cousins (1063)
  4. James Harden (1046)
  5. Russell Westbrook (957)
  6. Karl-Anthony Towns (955)
  7. Anthony Davis (933)
  8. Andre Drummond (909)
  9. Kevin Durant (874)
  10. Victor Oladipo (843)

As you can see from the list above, it is LeBron James, then daylight to second. It is a testament to his rigorous conditioning that this far into his career, he can be playing so well without missing games. What’s more, he is actually getting better as the season progresses. Cleveland had a tough start to the year, but have found their groove in recent weeks. LBJ started the season averaging 33.3 Fppg, and has steadily increased his scoring, averaging 41 Fppg in Week 10. Anytime James has a 4 game week, you MUST have him.

So basically, after a deep dive into Fantasy scoring for the season, I have come to the shocking conclusion that LeBron James is a very good basketball player. Earth shattering journalism right there.


Schedule Breakdown

 

Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

 

Milwaukee (@Tor, Ind, Tor, @Was) – The obvious player to look to bring in is Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has missed a back to back game recently, so just be wary of that. It is worth the rish though. Even if you only get 3 games out of him, it is worth bringing him in. If you need someone a bit cheaper to allow you to bring in someone else in another position, Khris Middleton has been scoring well recently. Priced at around $10million, he could provide you the flexibility you require to bring in another gun.

The worry with the Bucks is actually their Coach, Jason Kidd. He has done some truly baffling things this season, from instructing his players to miss a free throw when they were 3 points up at the end of a game, to putting in a player because “He was the first person I saw” or to not playing someone because “His name wasn’t pulled in the lottery”. Even the players have no idea what is going on. Here is a clip of Giannis asking Malcolm Brogdon why he hasn’t checked in yet (this was in the second quarter).

When your players have no idea what is going on, what hope do you have. The concern for Fantasy coaches selecting anyone other than the Freak is Kidd could just dramatically cut their playing time.

Minnesota (LAL, @Bkn, @Bos, NOP) – Karl-Anthony Towns should be a monster for at least the first 2 games this week. I believe he will be good for 35+ against the Lakers and Nets. The game against Boogie and The Brow will be rough though, especially as it is a back to back after taking on the Celtics. Jimmy Butler will also be good value this week, and could even end up scoring more than KAT.

Jeff Teague suffered what looked to be a nasty knee injury this week, but he got the best outcome possible given how bad it looked initially. He has been diagnosed with a grade 1 MCL sprain to his left knee. Best case scenario, he is back in two weeks, worst case six weeks. In reality it is likely to be somewhere in the middle. This is good news for Tyus Jones. When he filled in for Teague earlier in the season, he put up some very nice numbers. You can see from the pictures below the bump in scoring and price during this time. This is a perfect example of how you can work the break-evens for a couple of weeks to make some cash. It would be a stretch to have him on your court, but if you can sideways trade someone, or even downgrade a topped out rookie (Jaylen Brown is perfect for this, and yes, I know he is not a rookie, but you get the idea) he will generate you an extra $1 million or so over the next 3 weeks.

Portland (@Chi, @Cle, Atl, SAS) – Damian Lillard has missed two games this week due to a hamstring injury, and is questionable for the game on Sunday. Even if he plays, I would be cautious bringing him in. There is better value to be had in the two teams listed above, as well as some of the 7 game teams in this fortnight.


Cut them to the G-League – 2 Game Teams

There are a lot of Fantasy relevant 2 game teams this week. I would be surprised if you didn’t have at least 2 players from teams on this list. If you can, you need to move them on.

Charlotte – Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lamb

Indiana – Miles Turner, Victor Oladipo

Memphis – Tyreke Evans, Marc Gasol

New Orleans – DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo

Philadelphia – Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Sacramento – Umm, you shouldn’t have anyone from Sacramento!


Lockout Schedule

 


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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