March 20, 2017, 1:02 pm
The Durant-less Warriors will take on the Thunder for the fourth time this season. Vegas currently has the Warriors favored by one point, so they’re expecting this game to be much closer than the previous matchups. Let’s find some other top plays for tonight…
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Stud: Russell Westbrook ($13,300)
Could you have anyone else in this spot? Even with KD off the floor, these two teams have a solid rivalry going on. Westbrook also has some noticeable differences in his home/road splits. He averages nearly 7 fantasy points per game more at home than he does at home. If this game stays close, which it should, we could be in for an 80-pointer from Westy. To be clear, Steph Curry who is $3,900 cheaper is a pivot option off of Westbrook.
Value: George Hill ($6,000)
The Pacers have given up the least amount of fantasy points to opposing PGs over the last four weeks so it’s safe to say Hill should not be used in cash games. Hill scored 48 fantasy points in his first game against the Pacers. It was his first time facing his former team, so the extra motivation had to be there. It’s unclear if Hill will continue to play with that same chip on his shoulder but he’s well worth a look in tournaments.
Stud: James Harden ($12,700)
Harden has scored 70-plus fantasy points in three out of his last four games. On top of that, Harden has four straight triple-doubles. He faces the Nuggets tonight, who he just decimated for 73.5 fantasy points. Everyone and their dog knows that the Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league at defending opposing guards. Harden is a bit cheaper than Westy, but I’d rather play Westbrook.
Value: Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,800)
Tim Hardaway Jr. will be the starting Sg for the foreseeable future with Kent Bazemore out. Hardaway has started in 18 games this season and he’s currently averaging 17.4 PPG, 3.2 APG, and 3.4 RPG. Not to mention he’s coming in hot as he’s averaging 19.0 PPG in March. He’s not a must-play in tournaments, but I can’t fade him in cash.
Don’t pay up at SF today, there’s no one that’s worth it. You could make the argument for Nicolas Batum or even Will Barton in a bounce-back spot, but I’d rather save here.
Value: Taurean Prince ($3,500)
Prince has flown under the radar for much of the season as he wasn’t one of the big name rookies heading into the season. He’s surpassed all of our expectations. It seems that every time he gets playing time, he makes plays. His minutes have fluctuated all season but with Bazemore and Millsap out, Prince should see 20-plus minutes at the very least. Give him a long look as a punt play.
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Stud: Draymond Green ($7,900)
The Thunder and Warriors game will be heavily targeted by most of the industry for good reasons: It’ll be high scoring and it should be close. Green’s more than capable of exploding and it’s very possible that happens tonight. On paper, it’s a tough matchup for Green but he’s going to have a decent game night.
Value: Ersan Ilyasova ($5,000)
DraftKings wasn’t going to allow anyone to take advantage of Ilyasova’s price tag, so they upped his price up to $5,000 knowing that Millsap was out. Even with the increase, he still makes for a very intriguing play. Nonetheless, Ilyasova should not be a lock on your roster because he only played 27 minutes in his start last game.
Stud: Nikola Vucevic ($7,700)
The Sixers opted to go back to Jahlil Okafor in the starting lineup against the Celtics and of course he was torched by Al Horford. Richaun Holmes is a decent defender but if he earns the start tonight, there’s still nothing to worry about. Vucevic is in a prime spot to drop a 50-burger tonight and is one of the best plays of the night. He’ll be pretty popular but that shouldn’t scare you away.
Value: Clint Capela ($5,400)
Capela can be a frustrating DFS play because of his tendency to foul and his low minutes total. However, when he’s on the floor, he tends to kill it. Tonight’s rematch against the Nuggets is great for him and it’s fair to expect 27-32 fantasy points from Capela. If Richaun Holmes earns the start, he’ll be the main pivot option considering the similarities in price.
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September 21, 2019, 9:45 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.
Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.
Source: New York Post
September 21, 2019, 5:13 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.
Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.
Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic
September 21, 2019, 9:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.
It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.
Source: Dan Woike on Twitter
September 21, 2019, 8:31 amMalik BeasleySG, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.
The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.
Source: Denver Post
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic
September 20, 2019, 4:03 pmDaryl MaconPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.
Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.
September 20, 2019, 1:10 pmTahjere McCallF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.
This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp
Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
September 20, 2019, 11:58 amThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.
Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:22 pmTyler ZellerC, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.
Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:03 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.
In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.