Real Dream Team NBA – Schedule Analysis – Week 2

Updated: October 28, 2019

We are now a few games into the RDT NBA season, and at this time of the year, cash generation is the key. Each team will have played either 2 or 3 games in Week 1. A players price will not change until they have played their 3rd game, so if you have missed out on a rookie player who played two games, you can still get them in at their starting price. Even if they have played 3 games, their price won’t change dramatically, and you can still bring them in.

Also remember that unlike the RDT AFL game, you get 3 trades per week, EVERY WEEK. Don’t bother saving up your trades, as they will just go to waste. Use your trades to bring in players who play 4 games to maximise your scoring.

Let’s have a look at how the rookies performed in Week 1 (for games through to Sunday). The below table shows the players starting price, their Week 1 average, and also their value (Points per Million dollars).

Miami trio Kendrick Nunn, Chris Silva and Tyler Herro have benefited from the absence of Jimmy Butler. Butler will be back soon however, so keep an eye on how that affects their numbers. Both Silva and Herro saw a massive drop off from Game 1 to Game 2. If you don’t have Nunn in your team, this is the week to get him in. He will only have 1 price rise this week (after his 3rd game), but from Week 2, his price will rise after each game – even though you won’t see it until lockout lifts at the end of the week.

Popular selections PJ Washington, Brandon Clarke and RJ Barrett have rewarded coaches with consistent scores to start the season. As we know with rookies, this isn’t always the case. This can be seen in the scoring output of other popular rookies Matisse Thybulle, Cam Reddish and Jarrett Culver, all of whom are performing below expectations.

In a unique circumstance this season, the most hyped rookie since LeBron James – Zion Williamson – injured himself just before the season opener, and will be out for a minimum of four weeks. This gives coaches a genuine downgrade target in November (hopefully) who potentially could be a 25+ Fppg player. Make sure you keep an eye out for his potential return.

Schedule Breakdown

8 Game Teams

Golden State (@NOP, Pho, SAS, Cha) – After some red hot form in the pre-season, StephCurry disappointed in the opening game of their Western Conference defence. Against the Clippers, Steph scored just 13 Fantasy points after turning the ball over a massive 8 times in the game. This should be an aberration rather than the standard for the two time MVP. Team mates D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green also struggled in the loss, scoring just 17 Fantasy points each.

Indiana (@Det, @Bkn, Cle, Chi) – Domantas Sabonis (36) and Myles Turner (34) both impressed against the Pistons in their opening game of the season. The Pacers play Detroit for the second time in Week 2, so it will be interesting to see if they can repeat the scores when they are on the oppositions court. They both cooled off in their second game of the week as Malcolm Brogdon took over and smashed out a 39 Fantasy point game.

Milwaukee (Cle, @Bos, @Orl, Tor) – MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo kept his form from last season rolling in the Buck’s season opener against Houston, scoring 44 Fantasy points. He then backed that up with another 44 point game in the Bucks loss to the Miami Heat. Realistically, the Greek Freak is the only player you will be looking at from this team, and you won’t be disappointed in his scoring if you bring him in.

Orlando (@Tor, NYK, Mil, Den) – Orlando kicked off their season with a win against the Cavs, but let’s face it, most teams will handle the Cavs quite easily this year. Nikola Vucevic was their top scorer with 25 Fantasy points, but one player to keep an eye on is former number 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz. Hopefully he is past his injury struggles, and has sorted out the horrible shooting action that he bought into the NBA. Coming off the bench in the opening game, Fultz scored 12 points, and also dished out 6 assists and had 2 steals. If this form continues, it won’t be too long before we see him inserted into the starting lineup. Priced at just over $5m, he could be a value pickup at the PG position that allows you to spend big elsewhere.


Oh Captain, My Captain!

Last Week’s Selection – Karl-Anthony Towns – Predicited Avg – 43, Actual Avg –

Week 1 had some massive scores as expected, but KAT’s scores were something special. Against Brooklyn in Game 1, he scored 51 Fantasy points, then backed that up with 59 against the Hornets.

Nikola Jokic (Den)

Andre Drummond (Det)

Russell Westbrook (Hou)

James Harden (Hou)

Myles Turner (Ind)

Kawhi Leonard (LAC)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil)

Rudy Gobert (Uta)

Keeler’s Captain Choice – Steph Curry (GSW)

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The Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans away, before having 3 games at home against Phoenix, San Antonio and Charlotte. The Spurs and the Hornets both gave up plenty of points in the opening week. Unfortunately at the time of writing, we only have seen one game from Curry, and as mentioned above, it wasn’t fantastic. I am trusting that he will find his range, and there is no way that he turns the ball over 8 times again!

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