RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 6

Updated: November 18, 2018

Mid Priced Mania

Real Dream Team NBA is a bit different to AFL Fantasy because we rarely see the ‘cash cows’ come in mid-season. Rookies tend to play from the start of the year, and in-season pickups generally come from the G-League and are on short term contracts. This makes cash generation a bit more difficult once it comes to this point of the season when our Rookies that we selected at the start of the season are beginning to top out in price.

So we have to look elsewhere for our cash generation. Mid-Priced players is typically a dirty phrase in AFL Fantasy, but these players can be utilised in RDT to increase your bank balance. This week, we are going to have a look at some value players who are priced between $7 million and $10 million.

De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento – PG – $7.6 Million

Sacramento this season are……. good. OK, maybe that is a bit of a stretch, but they are definitely the North Melbourne of the NBA this season – performing way above expectations. Fox is having a second year break out and has increased his numbers in almost every statistical category – Minutes Per Game, Field Goals made and attempted, 3 pointers made and attempted, Points per game, Rebounds per Game, Assists per game…. This list goes on and on.

He is averaging 22 Fantasy ppg on the back of this, and doesn’t look like slowing down. He will be a one week rental if you bring him in for Week 6, as Sacramento have a 2 game week in Week 7. Given the last 6 scores roll through the formula for price changes, he should still go up and up. His last 4 scores are (most recent listed first) 27, 23, 29 and 11. There are two more games for the Kings in Week 5, so his score of 11 will drop out.

Zach LaVine – Chicago – PG/SG – $8.3 Million

LaVine has been on fire in the early part of this season. He is starting to cool off though. During the first 8 games of the season, he was shooting at a rate of 51%. The next 7 games has seen a significant decrease, down to 37%. His career average is 44%, so he should move back up to around that mark. If you have him, he still has some money to make, but he is starting to get a bit too pricey for what he is putting out.

Montrezl Harrell – LA Clippers – PF/C – $7.7 Million

Harrell is averaging 21Fppg this season, and if you need a cheap option at the PF or C position, he could be worth a look. The Clips have a 4 game week in Week 6, and have a pretty good run in terms of Weekly Opponent Difficulty (WOD). His last 4 scores are 20, 35, 29 and 31. His price will definitely be on the way up!

Pascal Siakam – Toronto – PF – $7.3 Million

Siakam has moved into the starting lineup for the Raptors this season, and is reaping the benefits of an extra 8 minutes per game. He is averaging career highs across every statistical category, and is definitely helped by his FG% of 64%. His last 5 games have resulted in scores of 24, 24, 30, 24 and 25. The only question is whether he can sustain his output further into the season.

Honourable Mentions

Jarrett Allen – Brooklyn – C – $7.7 Million

Domantis Sabonis – Indiana – PF/C – $8.7 Million

Danillo Gallinari – LA Clippers – SF – $7.9 Million

Buddy Hield – Sacramento – SG/SF – $7.7 Million

Schedule Breakdown


Trade Targets (8 Game Teams)

Charlotte (Bos, Ind, @OKC, @Atl) – WOD 526

The Hornets are travelling pretty nicely this season lead by All-Star Point Guard Kemba Walker. Walker is averaging 26.7Fppg this season, and is still very nicely priced at $10.8 million. If you are after a bit of value for your bench, Miles Bridges is worth a look. Priced at around $4.2 million, he is average 12Fppg for the season.

Cleveland (@Det, LAL, @Phi, Hou) – WOD 530

How the mighty have fallen. If there is ever a case for LeBron James being the Most Valuable Player for season 2017/18, the hapless Cavaliers are it. Sure, they have also missed Kevin Love for most of the season due to injury, but to go from NBA Finalists to a horrendous 2-12 record. Larry Nance Jr has put up some reasonable numbers recently, but you wouldn’t pick him with any confidence. He has scored 27 and 20 in the two games so far in Week 5. Cedi Osman is also a reasonable bench option after missing a few games through injury.

San Antonio (@NOP, Mem, @Ind, @Mil) – WOD 529

DeMar DeRozan is the biggest trade in target this week. The ex-Raptor is relishing being the focal point of the Spurs offense and this has resulting in a 28.5Fppg season average. He is available as both a SG and SF, and should still score well despite a couple of tough games to finish the week.

If you didn’t pick him up last week, now is the time to jump on Derrick White for a bench spot. He is still finding his feet after making a comeback from injury, however as mentioned above, Rookie priced players who are starting for their teams are golden at this point in the season. He did play his 3rd game in Week 5, but his price shouldn’t increase too much, given he scored 11 Fantasy Points in two games, then a horrible -3 against the Clippers.

Oh Captain, My Captain!

Unlike the 8 Game Teams, there are a LOT of options for Captain this week. Selecting the obvious or safe option (ie Anthony Davis) is all well and good, but selecting a Captain of Difference could see you move up the overall rankings. Of the list below, the players I like the most are Irving, Drummond, Greek Freak, Anthony Davis and Joel Embiid.

Kyrie Irving – WOD – 573

Kemba Walker – WOD – 526

Nikola Jokic – WOD – 534

Andre Drummond – WOD – 530

Blake Griffin – WOD – 530

Tobias Harris – WOD – 555

Marc Gasol – WOD -551

Giannis Antetokounmpo – WOD – 533

Anthony Davis – WOD – 555

Paul George – WOD – 535

Joel Embiid – WOD – 566

Damian Lillard – WOD – 557

DeMar DeRozan – WOD – 528

Kyle Lowry – WOD – 573

Kawhi Leonard – WOD – 573

Rudy Gobert – WOD – 531

Keeler’s Captain – Kyrie Irving – Boston

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