Sorare NBA | Game Week 22 Primer

Sorare NBA | Game Week 22 Primer
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Welcome to the Sorare NBA Game Week 22 Primer! Cheers to the first competition of 2023! 

The next round of action kicks off today, and we're here to break down all the relevant information for the upcoming slate.

IMPORTANT: Lineups lock early today due to the holiday at 2:50 p.m. EST — with the upcoming contests running Monday-Thursday. 

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Let's get into all the action for this week of hoops: 

Game Week Rewind โฎ

For the second straight week, Luka Doncic topped the charts — with a massive 93 Sorare Point performance on New Year's Eve to close 2022 in style. 

Some other notable players that provided significant value included:

  • Immanuel Quickley (53 Sorare Points, +32) — second straight week as a top outperformer ๐Ÿ‘€
  • Gary Trent Jr. (56 Sorare Points, +30)
  • Paul George (70 Sorare Points, + 30) 
  • Victor Oladipo (49 Sorare Points, +30
  • CJ McCollum (67 Sorare Points, +28)
  • Steven Adams (53 Soare Points, +25)

Adams has had back-to-back 20+ rebound performances, and I had to include him just to sneak in this hilarious photo from this weekend: 

Multi-Game Monitor ๐Ÿ—“

In Sorare NBA, having a player with several games during a competition can be a big advantage — with an extra chance at a ceiling performance.

3 Games: Houston Rockets

2 Games: Every other team! 

Injury Info ๐Ÿฅ

Here are some notable (not all-inclusive) injury/lineup situations to monitor and plan for ahead of this week's games.

The info below is for Monday, Jan. 2, but also gives insight into future availability for the rest of the Game Week:

Ruled Out  โŒ

  • Dewayne Dedmon, MIA (health protocols), Nikola Jovic, MIA (back), JaMychal Green, MIA (leg), James Wiseman, GSW (ankle), Jonathan Kuminga, GSW (foot), Andrew Wiggins, GSW (illness), Clint Capela, ATL (calf), Keita Bates-Diop, SAS (illness), Kelly Oubre, CHA (hand), Brandon Ingram, NOP (toe), Larry Nance Jr., NOP (neck)

Game-Time Decision โฑ

  • Alperen Sengun, HOU (back)

Doubtful ๐Ÿค•

  • Darius Garland, CLE (thumb)

Questionable โ“

  • Joel Embiid, PHI (back), Gabe Vincent, MIA (knee), Keon Johnson, POR (illness), Jusuf Nurkic, POR (illness), Nicholas Batum, LAC (ankle), De'Andre Hunter, ATL (ankle), Javonte Green, CHI (knee), Devin Vassell, SAS (knee), Dennis Smith Jr., CHA (ankle), Lonnie Walker, LAL (tailbone), Jalen Brunson, NYK (hip), Evan Mobley, CLE (ankle), Precious Achiuwa, TOR (ankle), Fred VanVleet, TOR (back)

The designations above are as of Monday at 1:00 p.m. EST. As injury information is breaking at all hours prior to lineups locking, a great resource for up-to-date news is the Underdog NBA Twitter account.

Value Plays ๐Ÿค‘

Last Game Week's Value Pick Performances:

Player | L10 | GW 21 Performance 

  • Bol Bol, 22 L10, 23 Sorare Points (+1) ๐Ÿ˜‘
  • Markelle Fultz, 26, 39 Sorare Points (+13) ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Cory Joseph, 11 L10, 26 Sorare Points (+15) ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Immanuel Quickley,  21 L10, 53 Sorare Points (+32) ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Mark Williams, 6 L10, 8 Sorare Points (+2) ๐Ÿ˜‘

Game Week 22 Value Picks:

*Note — these selections are based purely on L10 value in lineups — and do not consider the auction or market prices of the players listed.

Thomas Bryant | 24 L10 — This isn't the first time Bryant has appeared in this column, as he's been producing pretty consistently with Anthony Davis on the shelf. The big man is coming off of a massive 46 Sorare Point performance on Friday, and now gets a juicy matchup tonight against a Hornets team that routinely gets slaughtered in the frontcourt. At an affordable 24 L10, Bryant could be in line for another 35-40 Sorare Point performance. 

Also Consider: None 

Jordan Poole | 28 L10 and Draymond Green | 22 L10Stephen Curry is nearing his return in the next few weeks, which means Jordan Poole's higher-ceiling time could be coming to an end soon. But Poole could be in for an explosion this week, with plus matchups against the Hawks and Pistons. The sharpshooter has gotten up 20+ shots in each of his last four games, and continues to be a focal point of the offense.

With Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman, and JaMychael Green all already ruled out for Monday, there should be additional run for everyone in a lineup already missing their offensive centerpiece. The lack of frontcourt options should mean a busy night for Draymond Green, who feels cheap at a 22 L10 and has gone for 25+ Sorare Points in four of his last five games.

Also Consider: Kevon Looney (25 L10), Ty Jerome (17 L10) 

Cory Joseph | 9 L10 — I'm running it back on Cory Joseph this week, who is still too cheap at just a 9 L10 cap given his expected role for the Pistons while Killian Hayes (suspended 3 games) remains out. Joseph performed admirably in his first extended action on Saturday, putting up 26 Sorare Points in 28 minutes of action. We'll take that production and minutes from a low-cap player any time. 

Also Consider: Jaden Ivey (24 L10), Alec Burks (23 L10), Rodney McGruder (5 L10)

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