May 4, 2018, 3:38 pm
Welcome back and May the fourth be with you on another two-game playoff slate. Tonight is not like your regular DFS night. On DraftKings we see an insane discount on almost every star player. This means you are going to need a high-scoring lineup and fitting in as many studs as you can in may be the wisest. In order to do so we need to find the safest value plays, but ones that still have some upside for GPP’s. Let’s not waste anymore time and jump right into some of my favorite value plays for tonight’s slate.
Andre Iguodala $4,500– A lot of people will forget all about Iggy now that Steph Curry is in the starting lineup. Even with Curry coming back, Iggy still played 33 minutes and provided his owners with over 30 DK points. Curry is expected to start tonight, but that does not mean we won’t see a hefty dose of Iguodala as well.
Rajon Rondo $7,300– I have been expecting Rondo to have a tough time accumulating stats during this series, but so far I have been wrong. I should stick to my guns on this, but Rondo has been in a different form during this playoff run. Jrue Holiday is similarly priced and will provide more scoring on more shot attempts, but Rondo offers us the triple-double upside that could crack this slate.
Eric Gordon- $4,400– I have been smashing in Gordon this whole series and I will say it again, he is just too cheap. The shot attempts are there every game and he is only $200 more expensive than Alec Burks, who is coming off of a big game and will likely be highly owned. He has taken double digit shot attempts in every game during playoffs expect for one. He has been cold, but even being cold and shooting this much will provide value.
Joe Ingles $5,700– Ingles went bananas last game and it shouldn’t come as a surprise after absorbing a ton of usage from Ricky Rubio sitting out and having ample opportunity to play point. I would not expect him to shoot 10-of-13 again, but Ingles has scored at least 32 DK points over the last three games.
Jae Crowder $4,700– My strategy this entire series will be to target the cheaper Jazz players while fitting in the studs from the other games. I love Donovan Mitchell just as much as the next guy, but we have so many other guard options for less or we can go up to Harden.
P.J. Tucker $3,800– Ryan Anderson who? The Rockets have been playing Tucker a full complement of minutes over the last three games. Like Royce O’Neale, he is not someone we are expecting to score double-digit points, but Tucker has shown he can grab rebounds and get those defensive stats to make value at $3,800
Draymond Green $8,200– He is going to be the highest priced player I am going to mention simply because we already know how good of plays Kevin Durant, James Harden and Anthony Davis are, but Green has been just as good for a significant discount. When it comes to playing the Warriors’ scorers it is a crap shoot for who is going to have the big game. A lot of people may be on Curry in his first game returning to the starting lineup, but we have Durant for only $600 more and Green for $500 less. Yes, Curry is one of the best GPP plays of all time, but he could easily see limited minutes, especially if this game gets out of hand early.
Clint Capela $6,700– You have to play Capela or Gobert tonight. They are both solid options, but I am going with the guy who has dominated in past matchups. Gobert is coming off of a big game, but in the past his big games against the Rockets have not been the norm. The Rockets are a three-point shooting team and that increases the odds of long rebounds, thus limiting Gobert’s upside.
Thanks for the read and if you have any questions or comments you could find me on Twitter @MikeApotria.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 22, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 11:58 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.
The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.
August 22, 2019, 11:54 amMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.
Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.