March 25, 2017, 3:00 pm
Today’s light four game slate consists of a fair split of two games to target in WAS@CLE and MIN@POR, and then two games to shy away from in TOR@DAL and NY@SA. With star player injury updates pending, we will go ahead and craft a lineup on what we do know going into the night. The prices and positions will reflect upon FanDuel figures. Lets get started.
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Kyrie Irving $9,100: The last time these two teams met the final score was a 140-135 OT win for the Cavs. With LeBron James (eye) uncertain to play in the second night of a back-to-back and Kevin Love still on a 25-30 minute restriction, Irving may get a large bump in usage and full control of the offense. Even if LeBron plays, I still like Kyrie in a competitive game.
Ricky Rubio $7,400: Coming off a nice 19 & 15 performance last night, Rubio has another nice matchup against a friendly Portland defense. With his across the board contributions and his involvement in the projected highest point total game tonight, Rubio can comfortably hit value and even exceed at his price.
Bradley Beal $8,000: With the Wizards bench becoming more deep throughout the season, Beal has been a standout in retaining his minutes and producing largely as a result. Beal dropped 59 FDP the last time the Wizards and Cavs played and he attempted to shoot 28 times. This is one of my two favorite plays tonight and with the second highest projected point total I see Beal being a major piece in all my lineups.
Seth Curry $5,300: In Thursday’s win over the Clippers, the Mavs made a change in their starting lineup moving Curry to the point guard position and Nerlens Noel to the center. Curry responded by posting 23 points with three rebounds and four assists. The move got the ball in his hands a lot more and with the praise he got after last game, I expect Curry to have plenty of opportunity to reach value.
*Consider C.J. McCollum $6,900: I know his play as of late is below value for him, but he did drop 43 actual points against the Wolves earlier this season.
Andrew Wiggins $7,000: Remember when I said I had two favorites on this slate earlier? Here is the second favorite. Coming off a 47 FDP night last night, I expect Wiggins’ scoring to continue to as his production and minutes are sky high right now. With the uncertainty around LeBron James (eye) and Carmelo Anthony (knee), this play is safe and has wonderful upside.
Punt Play of the Day: Mindaugas Kuzminskas $4,000: The Knicks are banged up right now and with Lance Thomas (hip) already ruled out and Carmelo Anthony (knee) also questionable, Kuzminskas can potentially see the likes of 32 minutes like on Thursday against Portland. While looking for punt plays I like playing guys who assert themselves, and when Mindaugas gets time he is a go-getter so hopefully he can hit the likes of 25 FDP.
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Kristaps Porzingis $6,700: Speaking of the Knicks, this guy is healthy and is really coming alive as of late. Posting 36 FDP in his last three games, Porzingis is playing north of 30 minutes a game and could have the offense run through him because of all the injuries to the Knicks (they should run through him anyways). Regardless if Carmelo Anthony (knee) plays, Porzingis will fall into a lot of my lineups today due to his consistency and upside going into tonight.
Gorgui Dieng $5,000: Now this is not the most glamorous play at power forward, but with a high point total game and the injury to Nemanja Bjelica (foot), Dieng could be a solid play tonight. Playing 30 or more minutes in five of his last six games, the opportunity is open to put up a double-double with a couple of blocks in a fast paced game.
Karl-Anthony Towns $10,400: Being the second highest priced player on the slate tonight, I love Towns as my anchor in the late game of a small four game slate. His minutes, usage, and production are all there for me to be comfortable spending my money here.
*Consider Nerlens Noel $5,900 if he remains the starting center for the Mavs.
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September 22, 2019, 9:20 pmFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.
The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.
September 22, 2019, 9:08 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.
Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.
September 22, 2019, 8:56 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’
Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.
September 22, 2019, 8:41 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.
Source: New York Post
September 22, 2019, 10:40 amLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. is the presumed favorite to start at PF heading into training camp according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Fedor went on to speculate that Nance Jr. could see a lot of time at the four while Kevin Love starts at center and Tristan Thompson and John Henson compete for back up minutes behind those two. Any uptick in playing time would be a huge boost to the per-minute dynamo that Nance Jr is, and a starting role with a new coaching staff bodes well for that. He's trending in the right direction.
September 21, 2019, 9:45 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.
Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.
Source: New York Post
September 21, 2019, 5:13 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.
Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.
Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic
September 21, 2019, 9:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.
It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.
Source: Dan Woike on Twitter
September 21, 2019, 8:31 amMalik BeasleySG, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.
The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.
Source: Denver Post
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic