Dream Team NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 12

Updated: January 3, 2022

It’s a new year, but same old crap when it comes to Covid outs. Or more accurately, the wonderfully named ‘health and safety protocols’. The good news is, they have reduced the amount of time out that fully vaccinated players are in required to be out for, assuming they are asymptomatic and meet all other Covid requirements. In other Covid news, the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving came to an agreement that would allow him to play in non-home games. Ironically, a few days after this was announced, Irving himself entered the league’s health and safety protocols. He has now cleared those, and is ramping up his training to get himself back into game shape. His first game could be as soon as this week. He is not an option in Dream Team, unless the Nets manage to play 4 home games in a week. It will potentially hurt Australian Olympic hero Patty Mills, who will see a lot less usage once Irving returns.

There are a huge number of players currently in the health and safety protocols, and it changes by the hour, so make sure you always check before the first game of the week. These are the relevant players currently in the protocols.

Atlanta John Collins; Boston Jason Tatum; Cleveland Darius Garland; Golden State Draymond Green; Indiana Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, TJ Warren; Memphis Dillon Brooks; Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns, DeAngelo Russell; New Orleans Jonas Valunciunas; New York Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson; Oklahoma City Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; Phoenix DeAndre Ayton; Sacramento Richaun Holmes; Washington Spencer Dinwiddie, Montrezl Harrell

2 Week Schedule


Max Games (8) – Memphis (5,3), Denver, Golden State, Sacramento, San Antonio

Memphis – The Grizz have a rare 5 game week in Week 13. It will be a tough week though, with only 1 game at home, and back to back games against Brooklyn and Cleveland at the start of the week, and the LA double at the end of the week. Young gun Ja Morant is now back from injury, and continuing on his early season form. He is the only player averaging over 20Fppg (25.2 through Week 10). If you are after some value, you could look at Desmond Bane or Jaren Jackson Jr, who should be priced under $10m. I would caution having more than one or two Memphis players though, as you will likely have to dump them next week when they only have 3 games.

Denver – Let’s face it, if you don’t have Nikola Jokic, you are playing the game wrong. A regular in Will’s captain article, and this week should be no different.

Golden State – See above re Nikola Jokic in regards to Steph Curry. You may be tempted to look at Klay Thompson in the next couple of weeks, given his super-cheap price ($6.1m). He should return in the next fortnight barring any further injury setbacks, however he will be on a minutes limit, and will not play back-to-back games. If you can get him on your bench, he should earn you some good money though.

Sacramento – The Kings have a few mid-price players that you could take a flyer on, however they are mid-priced for a reason. They have some great games, but also have some very poor games. Tyrese Haliburton, De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes are all priced around $10m, and average around 20Fppg. I think you can find better value however. Chimezie Metu could also be worth a bench spot with Richaun Holmes out with Covid.

San Antonio – Dejounte Murray is your best bet here. Averaging just under 28 Fppg over the first 10 weeks. He has been out due to Covid, but has now cleared protocols. He missed Sunday’s game due to conditioning, so it is a slight risk to take him, as you will probably need to lock him in before you know his status for his first game of the week on Wednesday.

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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