• Lakers-Nuggets Showdown Strategy: By: David Menkov (@Dmenk33) on Twitter


    DEN-LAL Showdown Slate Strategy:

    As we head into a must win (ish) scenario for the Nuggets in Game 3 here are a few storylines to watch:


    Lineup Construction: 

    This is certainly another interesting game to call given the added incentive on the Nuggets side to make it a series, while on the flipside the Lakers are looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Given the high tiered stud price tags, we are going to look at a scenario that can garner ownership of 3 studs. There are plays to be made for a top heavy captain pick (i.e. Jokic, Davis, or James) but I am going to focus on a guy coming back from injury in Gary Harris on the Nuggets. As always, facilitate a build that can maximize Fantasy point potential.


    Capt. Gary Harris ($8,400):

    He is quite a Hail Mary as a captains pick, but all the more reason to utilize him here and save some cash for the studs below, at only $8,400 almost half of the price of the other top tiers players he can produce just enough to hit value. His series stats have been underwhelming, but I would focus my attention on his production at the end of the Clippers series where he was consistently putting up 28 to 31 fantasy points respectively. He is a key piece in a lineup so heavily focused on Murray and Jokic, with the potential for some 3s and steals look for him to make an impact in game 3


    Capt. Nikola Jokic ($16,500):

    My initial lean is that Jokic ends up the least popular captain of the 3 studs, despite coming off the massive game 2 against the Lakers. People just love to jam the Laker duo in, so I’m looking to take advantage of that here by fading the massive LeBron ownership as a captain. He may end up getting some love given his resurgence in game #2, but I believe he will get far less attention at a slightly lower price tag to Lebron and AD. Lock and load Nikola Jokic, as he will be extra motivated to make it a series as well


    Who to target from the Lakers?

    LeBron James ($18,000)

    Priced at the highest from the Lakers coming off one of his worst passing games of the playoffs, why not play Lebron, especially with his hunger to close out the Nuggets quickly something nobody has successfully accomplished to date in these bubble playoffs. A guy you have to consider although, rostering will leave little room for both Anthony Davis and or Jokic something to keep in mind.


    Anthony Davis ($17,400) 

    In a similar vein to Jokic, Davis gets forgotten a bit as most try to gravitate towards LeBron as much as they can. You’re getting a cheaper tag although slightly cheaper at best, that really comes into play on this slate and accessing the best upside on the slate with Davis. Especially coming off a huge step back game winner, I like him to continue and put up Elite value especially at a $600 savings to his running mate in Lebron


    Looking forward to this game, which is expected to stay close similar to Game #2. There are certainly different builds you can play with swapping out the mid tiered Garry Harris options as captains with high priced studs like Jokic or Davis. It will come down to a matter of salary cap, and I am more than happy to help decipher your start or sit questions on Twitter @Dmenk33 for all inquiries whether they are showdown related or otherwise NBA. Good luck to everyone! 


    Sample lineup:

    Captain: Anthony Davis $17,400

    Utility: Nikola Jokic $11,000

    Utility: Torrey Craig: $2,800

    Utility: Jamal Murray: $9,400

    Utility: Kentavious Caldwell- Pope: $4,800

    Utility: Danny Green: $4,600


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