June 8, 2018, 2:52 pm
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.
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.
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.
August 17, 2019, 2:10 pmTyler DorseySG, International
Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.
Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.
Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:57 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:45 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.
Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 9:31 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills scored 20 points along with three rebounds, four assists and four treys in 24 minutes in Australia's 70-90 loss to Canada in Friday's World Cup exhibition game.
Mills lead Australia in scoring in their first World Cup exhibition game. With Dejounte Murray returning this coming season from injury and Derrick White's rise, Mills is only a deep-league player at best in 2019-20. Fellow countryman Joe Ingles scored 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.