April 8, 2017, 3:11 pm
Tonight’s five game slate has plenty of notable injuries to build off of to find those players that will get their opportunity at hitting and exceeding value. With the Heat and Trailblazers fighting for their right to be in the playoffs, the stakes are high which makes me take a hard look at those guys. The figures below will reflect FanDuel prices and positions. Lets jump in.
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John Wall $10,300: Point guard is where I think much of your money will go. Wall has hardly ever let me down and with the matchup he has today against the Heat, I expect an up-and-down intense game with a playoff atmosphere where he thrives. His assists are up along with his scoring, posting at least 40 FDP in eight of his last ten games. Wall is one of the safest expensive plays of the night.
Chris Paul $9,400: Paul has been on a tear his last five games, posting 40 FDP in all of them including four double-doubles. The Clippers are gearing up to hopefully make these playoffs one to remember, and going into San Antonio is a great way to test themselves. Paul’s assists are always consistent, but his scoring numbers is what is drawing me to playing him. Scoring 20+ in his last four is showing that he is taking more of a grip on the offense, which is a very attractive DFS trait.
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot $5,500: TLC’s production is up over the last six games, playing at least 32 minutes a game and scoring double digits in five of the last six is something to take a long look at. His FDP totals over the last six are hitting and even exceeding value, and with a nice price of $5,500 I think TLC is poised to continue his production.
*Punt* Jordan Crawford $3,600: With Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and E’Twaun Moore out tonight, the Pelicans offense will be searching for someone besides Jrue Holiday to make some noise. Crawford when given more than 20 minutes has hit value in 10 of 12 games, his scoring ability provides tremendous upside to exceed value.
Gordon Hayward $7,800: Hayward is hitting his scoring stride right now, coming off a career high 39 points and then 30 points two games ago against who? The Trailblazers. This game will be fairly competitive as the Blazers are fighting for a playoff spot and the Jazz are right in the mix with the Clippers for home court advantage in the first round. He plays plenty of minutes and with George Hill doubtful to play, I do not see anybody taking shots away from Hayward.
*Punt* Kelly Oubre $3,900: While writing this article up Otto Porter Jr. was ruled out with back spasms. Everyone can go rush to Bojan Bogdanovic, while I do think he is worth a glance. But from experience I think Oubre can have a nice 25 FDP night. Especially after working his way back into the rotation.
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James Johnson $6,400: Luke Babbitt has been ruled out, regardless of his status I was going to play Johnson. This game against the Wizards is a big one and Johnson is coming off of two great games. 37.3 and 44.5 are numbers you can’t turn away from especially when we know his minutes are going to be the same going forward.
Richaun Holmes $6,100: Hoop-ball followers have been reaping the benefits of Holmes as he has been tearing it up. His minutes are still sitting around 25+, which is plenty of time for him to hit value. Five of his last seven games he has hit 30 FDP which gives me enough confidence to give him the green light in a fairly weak power forward pool.
Rudy Gobert $9,100: Gobert is coming off of his lowest FDP output in his last 13 games with 27.5. A bounce back game here is evident. Especially since it is against the Blazers where he posted 20 & 11 with 3 blocks and 3 steals for 45.7 FDP two games ago. The Blazers rebounding has fallen off since Jusuf Nurkic went down and I expect Gobert to provide another performance like he did two games ago.
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