RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 14

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Updated: January 14, 2018

Cash generation is an important factor in any Salary Cap based game. Picking the right rookies and value based players is key to having a successful season. Typically, the earlier you can ‘complete’ your team, the better you stand in both overall and league standings. Let’s have a look at the top 20 RDT NBA Fantasy teams, and see where their Team Value is sitting at the half way mark of the Fantasy season (the numbers are from the conclusion of Week 12, of a 24 week season). Also, a shout out to Wrigz Warriors, Damolished and Kingyfc who are all members of the OTLS Monster League who are in the Top 20.

The Top 20 teams have an average Team Value of $126,564,000. If we break that down a bit further, we can get an idea of how much money they have to spend for each position on their court. Looking at the benches of the Top 5 teams, coaches have around $3.2 million dollars per bench spot. Some coaches still have players worth up to $6 million on the bench, however I would expect a downgrade in the next week or so to take advantage of that cash. So, 5 bench spots, at $3.2 million each works out to $16 million dollars on the bench. This leaves coaches with approximately $110.5 million to spend on court. Some more basic math (which is about all I am capable of) reveals that leaves these top coaches with an average of $12.28 million per position on the floor.

There are only 9 players in the RDT NBA competition currently worth more than $12.28 million – The King, The Freak, The Beard, Russ, Boogie, The Brow, KD, KAT and Steph (Someone really needs to come up with a catchy nickname for Steph). It is literally impossible to have all 9 of these players in your team (Harden is the only SG eligible player), so that leaves you with 8 players that you can have on your team. With all the way the NBA schedule works, it is fair to assume that only 75% of these guys will be realistic options each week – we are now down to 6 players.

By selecting the best value players around to $10 million mark for the other 3 spots, you could actually select all 6 available/relevant/non-injured players remaining from the Top 9 players.

So my point, after all that, is you could effectively pick the best possible team each week from now on – and we are only half way through the season. It now becomes just a shuffling of the players exercise to get 4 game players in, as well as a bit of luck with injury. In my opinion, that makes the game a bit boring at this point in the season. What are your thoughts? Let me know on Twitter @OTLSArchie.


Schedule Breakdown

Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

San Antonio (@Atl, @Bkn, @Tor, Ind) Well, this is boring. San Antonio are the only team with 8 games over the next two weeks. They are also on a 3 game Eastern Conference road trip, so it’s very much on the cards that Coach Pop will give some of his older guys a rest throughout the week. Kawhi Leonard is injured again, just when it was looking like he would be worth bringing in. LaMarcus Aldridge is the only other player you could look at, but you take a big risk. He had a typical LaMarcus week in Week 13, dropping 37 Fantasy points against Sacramento (who suck) but only 14 points againt the Lakers (who also suck). They have one game left in Week 13 (at home against Denver).

4 Games Week 14, 3 Games Week 15

Given the lack of 8 game teams, I thought I would also look at teams that have 4 games this week, and 3 games next week.

Brooklyn – If you need a super Risk v Reward player, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could be your guy. He will be priced at under $8 million, but has a high upside (30 points v Toronto in Week 13). If you need the extra cash to get an uber-premium in, RHJ could be your guy.

DetroitAndre Drummond is the only player you would look at from the Pistons.

IndianaVictor Oladipo is the go here, though most would already have him.

LA Lakers, Miami, Utah – nope.

New YorkKristaps Porzingas has been disappointing of late. He has still been scoring around the 20 Fppg, but hasn’t dropped a big score for a while. The immanent return of Tim Hardawy Jnr may see a return to his early season form, but for now, there are better options out there.

Toronto – After a massive week in Week 12, DeMar DeRozen has been extremely disappointing for coaches that bought him in for Week 13. If you already have him, hold him. If you don’t have him, don’t bring him in.


Lockout Schedule


Eliminator

Don’t forget Eliminator starts this week. This is one of the features of Real Dream Team that I enjoy the most. It is just a bit of fun that takes no time or planning at all. Good luck to all.


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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