• 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.

    Point Guard

    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.

    Shooting Guard

    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.

    Small Forward

    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

    Power Forward

    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.

    Center

    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.

Fantasy News

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (foot) has reportedly shed his walking boot and could be returning to practice soon as he eyes a return to the court.

    The Bulls are optimistic that Porter, who has been out since early November, can resume practicing shortly after the All-Star break. It is uncertain what type of workload the Bulls would hand to Porter when he does suit up, but owners with open spots can start to think about stashing the versatile forward ahead of the stretch run.

    Source: Chiacgo Tribune

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have officially waived F DeMarre Carroll on Tuesday.SAS officially waive DeMarre Carroll on Tuesday

    Carroll was expected to sign with the Rockets, but with the news of him being waived rather than being bought-out, Carroll will now have to clear waivers first. Feel free to leave him on the waiver wire as the situation plays itself out and we know where Carroll will be playing next.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Charlie Brown
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have assigned F Charlie Brown to the teams G League affiliate.

    Brown will head back to the G League where he will get more time to hone his craft. He is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Hawks PR on Twitter

  • Terance Mann
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have assigned Terance Mann and Mfioudu Kabengele to the team's G League affiliate.

    Mann and Kabengele were rumored to be in a proposed deal for Marcus Morris but were ultimately left out of the accepted trade. Both players will get more run in the G League and can be ignored in fantasy circles.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Dzanan Musa
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have assigned Dzanan Musa to their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

    The second-year guard failed to gain much playing time while Caris Levert was sidelined due to thumb surgery. As a result, he has also fallen behind Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the depth chart and he is only a hold in dynasty leagues.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Jeremy Pargo
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Though Jeremy Pargo probably doesn’t figure into Golden State’s long-term plans, he is proving that he belongs at the NBA level and he is likely to finish the season with the Warriors.

    Pargo, whose 11-year professional career has spanned four NBA teams and eight overseas clubs, offered the Warriors a savvy point guard to help bring along rookies Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole. He is a deep-league option at this point and it’s up in the air whether he holds any value as we reach the end of the fantasy season.

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    While a report about the Knicks being interested in Jay Wright has surfaced in the last few days, the Villanova coach is reportedly not enamored with the idea of leaving the collegiate level.

    The Knicks are rumored to be hiring Leon Rose to run their front office and he will be in charge of choosing New York’s next coach. A lot of names will likely show up in the next few months while interim coach Mike Miller is expected to move on at the end of the season. It’s tough to gauge the fantasy value of the players in New York right now, both short and long term, so plan accordingly.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Rockets are expected to sign DeMarre Carroll after he clears waivers.

    The Spurs just waived Carroll, who played sparingly this season in San Antonio. He figures to be fill a depth role on the Rockets.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have reportedly signed Jeff Green to a 10-day contract.

    Green was waived by the Jazz in late December. He played just 18.4 minutes per game there, averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have agreed to buy out DeMarre Carroll.

    Carroll only played 15 games this season with the Spurs and there were rumors that he would be traded. It's possible that the Rockets will sign him, but he hasn't been worth owning in fantasy at any point this campaign.

    Source: Jeff McDonald on Twitter