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Knaus analyzes fantasy fallout of Kyrie's return

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Ryan Knaus tries to determine what the fantasy fallout will be with Kyrie Irving returning to play only road games for the Nets and what it means for fantasy managers.

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RYAN KNAUS: Kyrie Irving is back playing for the Nets. Well, almost. According to Shams Charania, the franchise has reversed their stance and will allow Kyrie to play exclusively in road games while sitting out home games due to COVID vaccine requirements he hasn't yet met. In a twist everyone could see coming, Kyrie entered the league's health and safety protocols the very next day.

He'll clear protocols on December 28 at the earliest. The short-term absence means he will not play in weeks 10 or 11 because two of Brooklyn's games in week 11 are on the road. That speaks to the biggest concern for fantasy managers. Missing 10 days or two weeks with COVID is one thing. Not playing on the road is another matter entirely. It means that Kyrie will play one time in week 12. He'll play one time in week 13.

Things get better after that with four games during a road trip in week 14, but every Nets homestand will obliterate Kyrie's appeal. Unless he does get vaccinated, there are a total of 21 regular season games in which Kyrie can appear. Don't forget-- he won't be eligible to play in road games versus the Knicks, and he's unlikely to play in a March 1 game at Toronto due to vaccine requirements for international travel.

Is one or two games of Kyrie better than four games from a streaming spot on any given week? That is a decision fantasy managers will need to make for themselves week after week after week after week.