June 1, 2018, 7:11 pm
Wow, what a Game 1 for the NBA finals. We had everything we could have asked for between an overtime game, an incredible LeBron James performance and a few oddball moments from JaVale McGee and J.R. Smith. But as one game ends we find ourselves preparing for Game 2 and the DFS contests associated with it. When we look on DraftKings we find ourselves with only one option, the Showdown Captain Mode. This is relatively new and similar to the regular Showdown mode with the small exception that each user selects one “captain” at an elevated salary who produces 1.50 more points than their other players available. This will be my first article regarding this play style and will be broken down into two categories: Captain picks and regular salary picks.
LeBron James $22,500- It is no secret; if you are choosing a Cavs player to be your captain it is James. He dropped 51-8-8 during Game 1 and has every right to be priced $6,000 more than the next highest-priced option (Stephen Curry). Playing LeBron at this salary is either sink or swim. If he has another spectacular performance like Game 1 and he isn’t your captain you will probably sink, but if the game gets out of hand early or James receives some help from his supporting cast you could leap in the standings due to ownership. Nonetheless he’s The King for a reason.
Draymond Green $12,600- I am locking in Green throughout this series whether he is my captain or not. Green stuffs the stat sheet and is always at a discount compared to Curry and Kevin Durant. He does not need to score actual points to provide DFS value and proved that in Game 1 after narrowly missing a triple-double by one assist. Playing both Green and James seems like the most optimal approach, but having Green as your captain instead of LeBron could offer a savings of $3,300. That savings could be the difference maker on a slate like Sunday’s.
Regular Salary Picks
Larry Nance Jr.- $3,200- At this price he seems like almost a lock for some salary relief. In Game 1 Nance Jr. managed nine points and 11 rebounds in only 19 minutes. He matches up well against the mobile bigs that the Warriors use and should maintain a similar role and provide solid rebounding upside. At this salary we are not looking for much and Nance gives us that safe floor, but still offers double-double upside.
George Hill $4,600- It looks like most of the value offered is going to be on the Cavs side on the ball and we are basically hoping that two or three other players will hit value on the team beyond LeBron James. I think Hill is the next-safest bet to reach that value. He is not a scorer, but his defense will keep him on the floor and I expect the Cavs to tighten their rotation a bit and that could provide a few more minutes for Hill. He will draw a matchup with Steph Curry, who is arguably the worst defender in the Warriors’ starting lineup. Do not expect 20 actual points from Hill, but I wouldn’t rule out a solid 12-4-5 with a steal or two.
Thanks for reading and as always you could reach me on Twitter @MikeApotria with any of your questions or comments. Good luck in all of your contests.