• It is Friday, June 8 and this could be the final slate for DFS we have to play on the season. It is Game 4 and the Cavs have one more shot to pull out a win on their home court and stay in this series. Throughout the series we have seen LeBron James pull off some spectacular performances and do his best to will the Cavs to wins, but Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant seem to be taking turns pounding the hope out of Cleveland. Nonetheless, The King has been in this situation before and I shouldn’t have to tell you how explosive he is during elimination games; let alone the Finals. Whether he is your captain or not, he should be in your lineup.

    On the other side of the ball we have to attempt to decipher which All-Star will have the big game. It’s really a toss up. DraftKings priced them within arms’ reach and an argument could be made for either. These are the obvious situations on what could be our last night to play, and I will personally be leaning towards Durant because of how contestant he has been. Now I am going take a minute to break down some of the less obvious plays that could grant some salary relief to fit the studs.

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    Kevin Love $12,600- Love has been just as consistent throughout the entire NBA Finals. His price is right were it should be, but for a $4,000 discount compared to the Warriors’ scorers he provides a floor of only 10 DK points less than Durant’s. Love has posted a double-double in the three previous three games and we have to imagine that if this game stays close the Cavs starters will go full bore. Not to mention that $4,000 will come in handy when fitting in the other expensive options.

    Draymond Green $12,300– Green has disappointed us the past two games, but the assists have been there and we could throw out Game 3 where he only had two rebounds. I stated before that I only play tournaments during this time of the year and Green remains one of the best GPP options given his price and potential upside. He could easily outscore Curry and Durant.

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    Andre Iguodala $4,200- Iggy logged 21 minutes in he first game back after missing six games with knee soreness. He said he is feeling pain-free and despite the questionable tag is a lock to play. In the past Iguodala has been a primary defender on LeBron James and it seems more than likely that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would ramp his minutes up if given the chance to close out this series.

    J.R. Smith $3,600- Despite possibly completely altering this entire series with one bonehead move, Smith has been profitable for DFS players during the Finals. He is locked into 30-plus minutes and some ownership may drift towards Rodney Hood following his 26.5 DK performance. Now, I do still think Hood is in play. He may be the only option under $2,500 with a 25 DK point ceiling. Personally, I don’t like betting on two ceiling-type performances in a row from bench players.

    If you have any questions or comments you can always find me on Twitter @MikeApotria. For the sake of more basketball, let’s hope the Cavs can muscle one out.

Fantasy News

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) to be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Baynes will be joining Deandre Ayton and the rest of the injured Suns' players in returning for this one. Baynes hasn't played in roughly a month and should be seeing a minimal role off the bench down the stretch. He can be left on the waiver wire unless something happens to Ayton.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Deandre Jordan (left ankle soreness) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Ayton missed a few games to close out the first half, but it looks like the second-year big man will be good to go when the Suns return to action. Ayton was putting up top-12/16 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues in the 13 games before going down, and owners have to be ecstatic to get him back in their lineups. Cheick Diallo will revert to a deep reserve role.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol) fully participated in Tuesday's practice session.

    Martin found himself in the starting lineup before going down a few weeks ago, as he has started to earn a bigger role in coach James Borrego's rotation. With Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture, Martin should have a reasonably safe role for the second half of the season.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Clint Capela (right heel) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Capela doesn't have a specific target date as he continues to fight the heel issue. With Capela out, Dewayne Dedmon will continue to absorb the bulk of minutes at C with Damian Jones backing him up. Over his past four games, Dedmon has averaged 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 trey in 28.3 minutes per game.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) returned to Bulls practice on Tuesday.

    Porter added that he felt good and will return to game action when is 100 percent healthy. It was being reported earlier this week that Porter is eyeing a return before the end of the month, and this would be in line with that projection. It is unclear what type of minutes Porter can handle down the stretch, but his versatile skillset makes for an upside stash in fantasy circles.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) resumed practicing on Tuesday as he eyes a return to game action.

    Carter is hopeful of playing when the Bulls return to action against the Hornets on Thursday. The Bulls may take a cautious approach and let him get in a few more practices before clearing him, but Carter's arrow is pointing straight up right now. If he is lingering on your league's waiver wire, go grab him.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Brian Lewis of the New York Post is reporting that Kyrie Irving is expected to see a shoulder specialist as it is still bothering him.

    Irving is currently out with a knee injury, but that is said not to be an issue and is recovering fine, but the shoulder is still causing him problems. This is a glaring red flag as Irving missed 26 games earlier in the year because of the shoulder. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert would stand to benefit the most should Irving's shoulder forced him to miss additional time.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter