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Week 12 Schedule Considerations
After a light holiday week, the schedule picks up a little bit in Week 12, with nine teams playing four games this week, and only one team, the Knicks, playing two games. Unlike last week when the entire league was off for Christmas Eve, there are no such blank days this week.
Four Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, MEM, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHO, TOR
Three Games: BKN, BOS, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, NOR, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA, WAS
Two Games: NYK
Let's dispense with the Knicks first. You can make a pretty good case against using any of them this week, given the number of other good options with more games from other teams. Noah Vonleh has been the Knicks' most consistent fantasy option lately, averaging 31.8 daily fantasy points in Yahoo's game over his last five games, with a range between 28.5 and 36.6. If you're in a league with deep starting rosters (say, 10-12 players active per week), that sort of consistency can be valuable for that last roster spot. You eliminate a low floor, albeit at the expense of a potential monster game, as Vonleh's high for the season is 41 Yahoo points.
I'd avoid all the other Knicks this week. Though Emmanuel Mudiay has taken over the starting point guard duties, his output has fluctuated a little more than I'm comfortable with, including three relatively low output games last week. Kevin Knoxcontinues to get