Dream Team NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 3

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Updated: January 3, 2021

 

Schedule Breakdown

Max Game Team – Philadelphia 76ers – 9 Games

It’s time to prepare to bring in 76ers players for next week. With 3 trades a week, you should be able to plan to get both the big guns – Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons – over the next two weeks. Both have been very good to start the season. Embiid averaged over 30 fppg in Week 1, and Simmons over 25 fppg. If you are after some value from the Sixers, you can look at the other S Curry, who has been playing solidly since moving to Philly from Dallas. He averaged 15 fppg in Week 1, and has scored over 20 fantasy points in each of his games in Week 2. He should be priced at under $7 million, so is great value at that price.

Week 3 also sees a HEAP of teams with 4 games. Ideally, you wouldn’t have anyone on your court with just 3 games this week. It is also interesting to note the travel schedules of a few teams. Chicago, Cleveland, OKC, San Antonio and Utah play all 4 of their games away this week. Alternatively, Golden State and Milwaukee players will be well rested after being able to sleep in their own beds with all of their Week 3 games at home. 

Houston and OKC are the only two 4 game teams that have no back to back games during the Week. This will be a good thing for James Harden owners after the superstar guard missed Sunday’s game against Sacramento with a sprained ankle obtained during the previous game. He was only scratched 30 minutes before the game, so hopefully should be good to go for their matchup against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. In his absence, John Wall and Christian Wood both scored well in the Rocket’s win. Both could be good additions, but be cautious adding more than one Rockets player, as they only have 3 games in Week 4. You can add wall safe in the knowledge that with no back to back games, he is unlikely to be rested. 


Oh Captain, My Captain!

With the amount of 4 game teams in Week 2, there is a wealth of Captain options. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving from the Nets. Their back to back is on Friday/Saturday with a home game against Philly, followed by an away game against Memphis. I would expect both players to miss the Memphis game under the team’s resting schedule. One of the Surprise packets of the season has been Boston’s Jaylen Brown. With Kemba Walker out injured, Brown and Jayson Tatum have been shouldering the bulk of the workload, and both could be Captain material. Brown averaged 26 fppg in Week 1, whilst Tatum wasn’t far behind on 23 fppg. Brown is averaging 0ver 30 fppg in his two games so far in Week 2.

Nikola Jokic has been an absolute beast so far this season, and has rewarded those who captained him in Week 2 with scores of 50, 38 and 32 so far. His opponents in Week 3 include a KAT-less Minnesota, Dallas, Philly and then the Knicks (back to back). Speaking of beast-mode, it’s no surprise that when he has played, James Harden has scored magnificently. Keep an eye on the injury news before putting the C on him. Western Conference rivals LA Lakers also have a couple of little know guys that go OK at Dream Team NBA. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both been reliable scorers, without setting the world on fire. They will be solid 25-30 averaging players for the week.

It’s weird to say that last year’s MVP, Giannis Antetokoumpo, could be considered a point of difference, but I have seen very few teams including the Greek Freak. Part of the reason for this is his lack of minutes. He tends to play around 30 minutes per game, which limits his total scoring potential. If we were playing a ‘points per minute’ league, he would be close to the number 1 player. He averaged 27 fppg in Week 1, and has scored 17 (in a blowout win), 45 and 37 in his 3 games in Week 2. The other reason for his low ownership ratio is that Milwaukee have only played 3 games each of the first two weeks. Week 3 sees the Bucks with 4 games, but then it is back to 3 games in Week 4.

Lastly, the 3 big boys – Rudy Gobert, Joel Embiid and (a very surprising) Julius Randle. All are averaging very nicely and have 4 games in Week 3. I would stay away from Randle – he just can’t be trusted as a Captain choice. 

 

Keeler’s Captain Choice – Nikola Jokic (Denver)

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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