April 27, 2018, 5:23 pm
Welcome back to another Hoop-Ball Friday edition of DFS picks. Tonight we have three Game 6’s on our hands and by the looks of it a lot of the value will be in one game. We have plenty of studs to choose from, but I think fitting an extra one over a superstar may be the way to go. Let’s not waste any more time and jump right into this.
Ricky Rubio $7,400- The Jazz have a chance to close out the series on their home court after having an epic meltdown in the second half of Game 5. Rubio has been solid this entire series and comes in at a fair price tag. We’ve seen the upside with a triple-double in Game 3 and he has scored at least 35 DK points in the other games during this series. He’s $1,000 cheaper than Donovan Mitchell and provides similar upside.
John Wall $10,400– Wall has been getting all of the run he can handle and is making the most out of it this series. He is $800 cheaper than Westbrook and Wall has quietly scored more DK points during playoffs than him. I will have some shares of Westbrook, but the $800 salary relief could go a long way on a slate like this.
Delon Wright $4,700– The Draftkings algorithm refuses to price Wright above $5,000. Fred VanVleet is still being listed as questionable and there is a good chance he sits another game out. He has only has one game this series where he hasn’t played 25 or more minutes and has been closing out games as well. Wright is not a player who needs to rely on scoring to be effective as he racks up defensive stats and chips in with rebounding and assists. He will likely be fairly chalky coming off of a strong performance, but he seems like one of the safer value options to choose from.
Victor Oladipo $7,900– Ok, this is a guy who at one point during the series was pieced at $9,000. After a string of poor shooting nights Oladipo has seen one of larger pricing decreases, but has still managed to average above 35 DK points during the series. We just need him to literally hit two to three more shots and we are skating to value.
Jae Crowder $4,600– We finally got to see big minutes for Crowder and he did not disappoint. It was largely due to Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors struggling with foul trouble, but he was effective with his minutes. I would not expect another scoring outburst again, but the rebounds are real and he can accumulate his points in multiple ways as long as he is getting the minutes.
LeBron James $12,200– The price just keeps on rising and it is still hard to avoid him. He is muscling this team and playing as much as he can to do so. I shouldn’t have to sit here and talk up James, but while I will have some shares, the salary relief from going down to Westbrook or Wall comes in handy.
Markieff Morris $4,500– This is stupid cheap for a guy who is starting and playing good minutes. Morris is very up and down, but even is downs offer a floor that is safe at this price range and his ups could be 30-40 DK points. I like a lot of Wizards on this slate, but Morris might offer the most value of the bunch.
Kevin Love $6,800- Love, like Oladipo, has suffered price a serious price decrease from a strong of poor shooting nights. Now I am not taking away from the Pacers’ defense, which has been incredible, but we have to expect improvement after shooting 4-of-21 over the last two games. He is by no means a cash play, but I’d take an extra look for your GPP’s.
Marcin Gortat $4,700- Gortat steps in as another elite value play on the Wizards side of the ball. He played 34 minutes in their last game and posted a double-double for 31 DK points. While I like Gortat and Morris, they cut into each other’s rebound totals. With that being said they are cheap enough where we would take 25 DK points from both and that could easily happen.
Rudy Gobert $7,000- I much prefer spending up on Gobert to Valacunias on this slate. Yes we finally saw Valacunias play fourth quarter minutes, but just how often can we expect Dwane Casey to do that? Gobert had some slight foul troubles in the last one and still managed 30 DK points. The Jazz want to close this series out and Gobert feels like one of the safer center options if you have the money.
Myles Turner $4,900- Turner is another player who suffered because of foul issues. He was forced to play only 22 minutes and in his absence we got to see Domantas Sabonis step up as a scorer. I think they are both very much in play again, but I am leaning towards Turner in hopes that Sabonis’ production was correlated with Turner’s foul trouble.
Kelly Oubre $4,200– Just when you think we are done talking about Wizards I manage to sneak another one in. Oubre has been quietly playing minutes in the mid-twenties and now Otto Porter is done for the series. After mentioning the possibility of playing Gortat and Morris together it would have been hard to play Morris, Oubre and Gortat together. Two out of three may still make the most sense but as of now it would be extremely hard to avoid Oubre.
Thanks for reading and as always you could find me on Twitter @MikeApotria. Good luck on tonight’s slate.
April 22, 2019, 12:42 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook went 5-for-21 from the field to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two treys in Sunday's 98-111 Game 4 loss to the Blazers.
Time and again in this series, it's been evident that Damian Lillard has been playing at a higher level than Westbrook and tonight was a fine example. Lillard was able to shake off his early shooting struggles and come up big in the second half, but Westbrook was still forcing shots and appeared to be on the back foot for most of the game. He's best when he's the one taking it to his opponents. A reactive Westbrook is simply not the star the Thunder need right now, if they want to salvage any hopes of coming back in this first-round series.
April 22, 2019, 12:36 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder mirrored his 17-point performance from Friday with another 17-point game in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.
Schroder shot 6-of-12 from the field and added three rebounds, three assists, two 3s and one steal to the box score tonight. Aside from him though, the Thunder's bench was deafeningly quiet. He cannot carry the load of the second unit's scoring output by his lonesome, especially when they're faced up against a team with multiple weapons like the Blazers. For now, the Thunder can only hope he keeps this up and that the other reserves will follow suit.
April 22, 2019, 12:32 amJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant made just 4-of-10 shots from the field on Sunday to finish with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three triples and two steals in 34 minutes.
Grant's impact on the defensive end has been invaluable to the Thunder in this series and it was nice to see him active on the glass tonight, especially with Steven Adams being relatively quiet on that front with seven boards while adding six points, one assist, one steal and one block. Unfortunately for the Thunder, Portland's forwards, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu outplayed and out-hustled them on both ends of the floor.
April 22, 2019, 12:27 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Despite being slowed down by turnovers and foul trouble, Paul George still managed to light up the box score in Sunday's loss to the Blazers with 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting, 10 rebounds, six assists, four 3s, one steal and one block.
George has been banged up as early as March and he's been such a trooper, powering through a bothersome shoulder to lead the Thunder in this first-round playoff series. Unfortunately, Damian Lillard and company have been far too much for OKC to handle and George's big nights have come and gone with a lack of ample support to properly contest for the win.
April 22, 2019, 12:23 amMaurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had a swell two-way performance in the Blazers' 111-98 Game 4 win over the Thunder on Sunday, posting 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, adding 10 rebounds, one triple, two steals and three blocks in 34 minutes.
Harkless was mostly a non-factor in fantasy during the regular season due to injuries. He's clearly feeling much better now and is delivering for the Blazers at the right time. If he can keep up posting performances like this, the Blazers could emerge as a dark horse to upset favorites in the west.
April 22, 2019, 12:18 amAl-Farouq Aminu - F - Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu was feeling it on Sunday, hitting 4-of-9 shots from downtown to help secure a Game 4 win over the Thunder via his 19 points (7-of-16 shooting), nine rebounds, one steal and one block.
The Blazers found an extra kick from Aminu tonight thanks to his hot hand. He's capable of explosions like this from time to time but they're not very consistent, making him a tough player to bank on in playoff DFS. Enes Kanter was relatively quiet as he put up eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
April 22, 2019, 12:15 amCJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum kept his foot on the gas pedal on Sunday, raining down five 3s on the Thunder en route to his team-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, while adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks.
McCollum is heating up at just the right time for the Blazers and he picked up some of the slack while Damian Lillard was struggling early in the first half. When he and multiple Blazers are able to put up full lines like this, Portland becomes a devastating opponent, even if the opposing team has name-brand superstars in the form of Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
April 22, 2019, 12:09 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard overcame a rough start in Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, found his game in the second half and was able to wind up finishing with 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the line.
Lillard has proven to be a true superstar in this series, managing to shake off a slow start to be able to deliver when his team needed the jolt on offense. He added four 3s, three rebounds, eight dimes and one steal to round out his line for the night. Despite Oklahoma City's best efforts, Lillard would not be denied. His ability to turn on a switch and take over a game makes him one of the Western Conference's most dangerous players.
April 21, 2019, 10:15 pmTerrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross could not get it going offensively in Sunday's 85-107 Game 4 loss to the Raptors on Sunday, recording just five points on 1-of-5 shooting (1-of-4 from deep) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
This was a big blow for both the Magic and Ross' owners in DFS. He was coming off a solid 24-point gem on Friday, so this dud came as a bit of a surprise. In the end, costly turnovers and ill-timed fouls helped keep Ross from exploding like he's done in the past. Evan Fournier helped pick up the slack with 19 points (8-of-16 shooting), four rebounds, two 3s, two dimes and one steal in 35 minutes, but it still was not enough to go toe-to-toe with Kawhi Leonard and company in this crucial Game 4.
April 21, 2019, 10:10 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon shot 10-of-17 from the field to finish with 25 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, two 3s and one steal in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Raptors.
Gordon was limited in the first half but turned up the heat in the third quarter where he scored 16 of his team-high 25 points. Unfortunately, his spirited play was not enough to mount a serious enough rally to challenge the Raptor's control over the game. The 23-year-old Gordon has displayed a fresh level of maturity in this series and finally looks prepared to make a significant leap forward in 2019-20.