RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Trade Deadline

Updated: February 10, 2018

Trade Deadline

Trade deadline came and went on Friday this week, which means that this year there will be no trade speculation or action over All-Star weekend. Sadly, we won’t have another golden situation like this, where Sacramento All-Star DeMarcus Cousins found out that he was traded to New Orleans, whilst doing an interview at the All-Star game IN NEW ORLEANS!!

I have analysed all the trades that went through on deadline day, and will detail below all the trades that will have an impact on your Real Dream Team NBA roster.





Well, that was easy!!!

In all seriousness though, none of the players that changed teams are a genuine chance to be added to your teams. There were no superstars moved, and at this point of the RDT season, you shouldn’t have any role players in your team. If you are playing any other forms of NBA Fantasy, the biggest winner of the trade deadline is probably DJ Augustin. With Elfrid Payton being traded from Orlando to Phoenix, Augustin will move into the starting Point Guard role. The impact of this trade was seen immediately, with Augustine leading all scorers in Fantasy points in the first game after the deadline, with 25 Fantasy points. If you have a luxury trade, and want to look for a higher priced bench player, DJ (priced at just over $4 million) could be your guy.

All-Star Week

As detailed in last week’s Schedule Analysis article, this week’s games are actually spread over 2 calendar weeks. Every team has at least 1 game before and after the All-Star break, so there is no point holding a trade for an injury in the second week – all teams will be locked out anyway.

Normally I advocate looking a week ahead for the games schedule – hence the 8 game week section of the article. However given this week’s anomaly, your focus should be on 4 or 5 game players for this week only. A lot can happen over 2 weeks of games, so look to the now, not the future. Everyone should have Ben Simmons in their team, given he is (shockingly) not playing in the All-Star game. He will play the Rising Stars game, but that is about as strenuous as walking your dog, so he should be well rested. The big question is whether to bring in Simmons All-Star team mate Joel Embiid. Whilst he will play in the All-Star game, I can guarantee he will be on a very tight minutes restriction. Embiid finally played in his FIRST EVER back to back game in early February. He logged 31 minutes, then 34 minutes the next night. He is worth the risk in my opinion, as he could quite easily get you 130+ points.

Schedule Breakdown

Sacramento (@Dal, @Hou, OKC, LAL) – The Kings actually have 9 games over the next 2 Fantasy weeks. Unfortunately there is exactly zero RDT relevant players on the team. They are pretty much actively tanking/sucking. They have no-one averaging more than 18 Fppg. Their roster includes such household names as Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Heild, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kostas Koufos. The most well known name on the Kings is Vince Carter, who splits his time between playing for the Kings, and playing lawn bowls at the local old-folks home.

Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

Philadelphia (NYK, Mia, @Chi, Orl, @Was) – Ben Simmons is a must own, that goes without saying. I also think it’s time to take the punt with Joel Embiid. We have an abundance of good Centre only players (Embiid, Howard, Drummond) who have a good schedule coming up. I am banking on Embiid to lead those players in overall scoring for this week.

Charlotte (@Orl, Bkn, @Was, Det) – The two Hornets All-Stars need to be in your calculations. Dwight Howard has cooled off this week, but the Hornets have a pretty good run this week, with only Detroit’s Andre Drummond to give him any trouble. Newly named All-Star Kemba Walker is also well worth a look. The question is, with all the relevant PG’s in RDT, can you fit him in? You wouldn’t have him ahead of Westbrook, Giannis, Simmons or Harden, but if you can move the latter three players to their other position and open up the second PG spot on your court, Kemba is going to reward you.

Detroit (NOP, Atl, Bos, @Cha) – Once again, Andre Drummond will be your main option for the Pistons. For most coaches, the decision is going to be who to start out of Drummond with 4 games, or Embiid with 5. Drummond has less risk, but it is truly a coin toss. Go with your gut feel on this decision.

LA Clippers (@Bkn, @Bos, @GS, @Pho) – After a lot of talk of blowing up the team after trading Franchise player Blake Griffin, the Clippers did exactly nothing on deadline day. They re-signed Lou Williams, who according to rumours was definitely going to be traded, as was DeAndre Jordan. Looking a DJ’s stats, he is actually having a sneakily good season. Averaging a touch under 25Fppg, and priced at under $10 million, he would normally be worth looking at adding. Given that he is only C eligible, there are better options this week. Keep him in mind for later weeks however, as he could be a very good POD leading into Fantasy finals.

Milwaukee (Atl, Den, @Tor, NOP) – This is easy. Giannis Antetokounmpo must be in your team. Just do it, it is not an option.

Oklahoma City (Cle, @Mem, @Sac, @GS)Russell Westbrook is a given, so we won’t talk about him. It seems as though Paul George has finally found his groove in OKC, and has been putting up very solid numbers over the last month. George is SF eligible, and should be in your calculations.

Orlando (@Chi, Cha, NYK, @Phi) – Same as last week. Pass.

Phoenix (@GS, @Uta, LAC, Por) – See above re. Orlando

Washington (@NYK, @Cle, @Cha, Phi) – Both Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were solid without being spectacular in the first week or so without John Wall. Beal is the one you really want to look at, being SG eligible and well priced. He will be a good replacement for Victor Oladipo, given that the Pacers only have two games this week.

Cut them to the G-League – Two Game Teams

Indiana – As good as Victor Oladipo has been, you just can’t hold him for a two game week. He has to go.

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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