April 6, 2017, 10:32 am
Every Thursday Will Allen highlights some of the best core plays at each price tier for both Cash Games and GPPs. Feel free to reach out to Will on Twitter at @MooseBeLoose9 if you have any questions.
Jimmy Butler (SG/SF) – Chicago Bulls $9,700
Butler has exceeded 40 DraftKings points in each of his last 10 games. With minutes approaching 40 as the Bulls chase a playoff seed, he carries an extremely high floor today. Butler has great upside in a matchup against a 76ers team which ranks top three in pace. Robert Covington is out injured, which takes Philly’s best perimeter defender out of the equation. Butler should carry great defensive upside vs a team that ranks 30th in turnovers and 21st in opponent blocks. Jimmy Butler represents the best big spend on today’s slate in all formats.
Nikola Vucevic (PF/C) – Orlando Magic $7,400
The Orlando Magic are projected to score 14 points over their season average. This may be the 3rd or 4th Thursday we have picked on the Nets. For review, Brooklyn inflates opponent fantasy scoring unlike any other team. They rank at the top of the league in pace, bottom 10 on defense, bottom three in rebounding, bottom three in opponent blocks, bottom three in turnovers, bottom five vs. the pick and roll, bottom three in putbacks, bottom five vs. cuts and present the top average increase in opponent fantasy scoring by a large margin. We recommend heavy exposure to many Magic players.
Evan Fournier (SG) – Orlando Magic $5,700
Fournier rates out as the second best way to get exposure to the Orlando Magic’s dream matchup with Brooklyn. Though Elfrid Payton is also a great pick, Fournier comes in at a much more manageable price and a slightly better floor for the price.
Update: Fournier has been ruled out of tonight’s game. This opens up usage for Vucevic, Gordon, but most of all Elfrid Payton. Elfrid is now an elite play in all formats. Terrence Ross should be avoided as it has been reported he will only play in 1 half.
Myles Turner (C) – Indiana Pacers $5,500
Myles Turner comes in priced down after a series of rough games. Though his play has been rough, his minutes load has been encouraging. For his projected minutes, $5,500 is just too cheap of a price tag to ignore Turner. Carrying 50+ point upside at $5,500 with potentially low ownership, Myles Turner should make for an elite Tournament play. The matchup with Milwaukee is not perfect, but very beatable.
Ron Baker (PG/SG) – New York Knicks $4,000
Ron Baker has seen 37+ minutes in three of his last four, yet his price still remains at a very affordable $4,000 on DraftKings. Baker is not a very productive fantasy player playing a Washington team that rates in the top 10 in defensive efficiency vs. guards. Should he become popular he could make for a great fade in tournaments. Baker, at least until better value opens up, rates out as the best value play on the slate despite the negatives. In the NBA, minutes are gold. With an easy pathway to seeing 40, Baker is automatically a great value at this price tag.
Jodie Meeks (SG) – Orlando Magic $3,000
With Fournier resting Jodie Meeks at the bare minimum price vs Brooklyn becomes the best average point per dollar play of the night. He should be played in all formats.