March 18, 2017, 12:49 pm
What You Need To Know
- Rockets @ Nuggets – 239
- Cavs @ Clippers – 218
- Trail Blazers @ Hawks – 216
Highest Combined Pace of Play
- Rockets @ Nuggets
- Bucks @ Warriors
- Hawks @ Trail Blazers
Stud – Damian Lillard (FD – $8700, DK – $9100)
Lillard has a lot of things in his favor tonight. First, he is really good at the game of basketball. He also is playing really well right now, and the Hawks are near the bottom of the league at defending the point guard position. With Lillard’s price being reasonable for a player of his quality, he is a great option if you don’t wanna give up your life savings for Westbrook.
Middle Tier – Lou Williams ($5800, $5800)
Lou can flat out score the rock. He can also, like most guys coming off the bench, have some dissapointing nights. This poses some risk, but the fact that the over/under for this game is at a whopping 239 points makes me feel good about using Lou. He is a similar price as Pat Beverley so I would rather have Lou’s upside.
Value Play – Patty Mills ($4500, $5500)
I would be more willing to use Mills on FanDuel as there is a notable difference in price between the two sites. Mills has played very well over the last three games with no Tony Parker to take up minutes. He has easily reached value in all three games.
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Stud – James Harden ($11800, $12400)
It’s difficult at times to justify spending $12,000 on one guy but with your options at shooting guard and the robust numbers Harden can put up, it is difficult to not consider him tonight. The Beard put up an insane 40 point triple double last night to somehow end up surpassing value even at his price. Now he gets a high-paced game against a Denver team who struggles to defend. Consider spending the money.
Middle Tier – Gary Harris ($6000, $5900)
Harris is playing his best basketball of the season, and he has a good matchup tonight against Harden. The game will give him plenty of opportunities to shoot the ball, and he can contribute in a few other areas as well.
Value Play – Kent Bazemore ($4300. $4100)
Bazemore has been right around 20 fantasy points his last few games. He needs to be right around that number tonight to reach value. He and J.J. Redick are nearly the same price and have been putting up similar numbers, but I will take Bazemore’s upside tonight if I choose to go with a value play here.
Stud – LeBron James ($11100, $11000)
LeBron gets this position purely by default. Small forward is not a position I want to pay up for tonight. It isn’t that I don’t think LeBron can have a monster game tonight, he can whenever he chooses. However, I think LeBron is in a position right now where he is trying to get Love back in the flow of things and get his teammates in a rhythm. I expect a great game from LeBron, but if I am choosing between he and Harden, I’ll take the latter tonight.
Middle Tier – Trevor Ariza ($5200, $5300)
This is more about the game than the player. We don’t need to overthink this too much. There is a game between two high tempo teams that is projected to be a ridiculously high scoring game. You want exposure to that game. If you don’t pay up for Harden, Ariza is a solid player who will get a lot of minutes and can do more than just score.
Value Play – Andre Roberson ($3900, $4000)
I wouldn’t trust Roberson, but he may be the best value play at small forward tonight. He had a nice 26 fantasy point outing last time out and his minutes are pretty consistent. Most likely he ends up right around value. He isn’t going to win or lose anything for you.
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Stud – Blake Griffin ($8600, $8000)
There isn’t an upper level player that I just love at power forward tonight. Giannis should have a nice game, but he is priced at a point that I don’t trust. Love will get plenty of looks, but I want to see him get back to normal minutes first. So that leaves Blake. He is fresh because he didn’t play in Denver, and if he gets matched up with Love at times, he should be able to get to the rim with ease.
Middle Tier – Marvin Williams ($6600, $6500)
Williams was playing out of his mind before his last game. He had put up three straight 40 point fantasy games. I don’t know if he gets to that number tonight, but I do know that his price doesn’t reflect the way he has been playing. I like Williams chances to reach value tonight.
Value Play – Taj Gibson ($4200, $4400)
Gibson is about as safe as value plays can get. Notice that I didn’t say he is completely safe, but with his ability to rebound and get a few easy looks, he will almost always be around 20 fantasy points if the minutes are there. He has been in the 20’s consistently of late, and his price is extremely reasonable for that type of production.
Stud – Nikola Jokic ($10700, $10700)
Okay, I admit I may have a slight man crush on Jokic, but if you google the kids highlight reel, you will too. Plus, there aren’t very many high end options at center tonight. Jokic should flourish in an uptempo game where defense is optional.
Middle Tier – DeAndre Jordan ($7400, $6500)
The middle tier level is where you really have some tough decisions to make at center. If you are looking for someone in this price range you have a lot of solid options. Capela should have a solid game as well asa few other guys. I like Jordan’s upside and potential at a respectable price, though. He has has to games over 45 points in his last three games, and that type of production out of a guy price around $7,000 can really make a lineup solid.
Value Play – Steven Adams ($5200, $4500)
Adams will see a good amount of minutes and will rebound. This alone will keep him from being a total bust. However, I don’t see going with value option at center tonight with there being so many solid options just above a value price.
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September 17, 2019, 11:25 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Andrew Lopez, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have been full participants in voluntary team workouts.
It's great news for the two former number two picks as they enter their age-22 seasons with a fresh start. Neither Ball nor Ingram has played in 60 games in either of the past two seasons due to injuries. Ingram has never cracked the top 110/170 (8-cat/9-cat), but he could easily beat that in New Orleans with a quick tempo and new role. Ball had a top 60/85 finish in his rookie season, so there's definitely upside here. Lonzo does have a very wide range of possible outcomes, so draft him only if you're feeling risky.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 7:04 pmYante MatenPF, Miami Heat
The Celtics are signing F Yante Maten to an Exhibit 10 contract on Tuesday.
Maten had a strong season with the Skyforce in the G-League last year averaging 23.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He was also productive in Summer League action with the Heat this summer.
Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 12:43 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are all candidates for "load management" next season, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic
This is pure speculation by Kosmider, but this does hold some weight after the Nuggets' playoff run last season and the league-wide popularity of resting players. Millsap would seem to be at the most significant risk to get rested due to his age and quality of depth behind him. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would be the biggest beneficiaries should Jokic or Millsap miss time.
Source: The Athletic
September 17, 2019, 12:35 pmThabo SefoloshaSF, Utah Jazz
Thabo Sefolosha is among the attendees at Rockets minicamp in Las Vegas with a host of other notable free agents this week.
Sefolosha will be joined by the likes of Nick Young, Luc Mbah a Moute, Raymond Felton, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. The odds of someone making the Rockets' roster increased with Iman Shumpert declining an offer sheet from the team.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 12:21 pmIman ShumpertSG, Free Agent
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Iman Shumpert has decided to decline the contract offer from the Rockets and will not attend team minicamp in Las Vegas this week.
It'll be back to the drawing board for Shumpert. It's unsure exactly where he'll end up now, or if he and the Rockets will come to a new agreement in the future. Shump can get steals and threes, but otherwise isn't much of a fantasy asset, unless he finds himself in an ideal situation.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 10:01 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
After an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars change teams, executives around the league expect that this year’s transaction wires will be dominated by the trade market.
“We’ve been getting calls all summer,” one general manager said. “I think if you look at the market, there is going to be a very robust trade market this winter for a few reasons.” The big driver figures to be the open, empty crater that the 2020 free-agent class has become. Teams hoping to make significant changes in their direction won’t have free agency to lean on and trades will be the only way to go. If you enjoyed the twist and turns that came with the very busy NBA free-agency period this summer, then buckle up as the trade market means more could be on the way this season.
Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 9:51 amMichael BeasleyPF, Free Agent
The Shanxi Loongs of the Chinese Basketball Association are trying to bring Michael Beasley back to China.
Beasley agreed to terms with the Pistons last month but he never officially signed with them as the team opted to go with Joe Johnson instead. Beasley has already played in China with Shanghai, Shandong and last year with Guangdong averaging 22.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
September 17, 2019, 9:07 amJustin SimonPG, Chicago Bulls
Former St. John’s guard Justin Simon has signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Bulls.
Simon is 6’5” and went undrafted out of St. John’s, where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season, while also being named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. The Bulls currently have 14 players on guaranteed contracts with guard Shaquille Harrison all but locked in to the 15th and final one, so that means Simon is likely headed to the Windy City Bulls of the G League.
Source: Adam Zagora on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 6:33 pmMychal MulderPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder.
Mulder played last season with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League and averaged 8.8 points in Summer League this year. He has good range but is unlikely to contribute much at the NBA level in 2019-20.
Source: Miami Heat
September 16, 2019, 6:13 pmVincent PoirierC, Boston Celtics
Nicolas Batum praised the play of Celtics center Vincent Poirier at the FIBA World Cup.
According to Batum, Poirier "is a center that can block shots and control the paint." A native of France, Poirier has performed well over six seasons in Europe. Nevertheless, he should only be a depth option for the Celtics with Enes Kanter starting.
Source: NBC Sports Boston