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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July 13, 2020, 6:03 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson managed a full practice session on Monday as he attempts to return from a surgically repaired left knee.
Roberson could see some action for the Thunder as the NBA restarts if he continues to progress well. While Roberson hasn't played an NBA game for more than two years, his defense can still be an asset if he can stay on the court. He's still not a recommended play even as a cheap DFS flier.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 5:58 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
While Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that nothing is certain, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in the spot vacated by Avery Bradley.
Because Bradley opted out of the NBA restart, KCP could see an expanded role going forward. Caldwell-Pope shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range on a high volume of shots, but his game is not especially well-rounded for fantasy purposes. He should see more than his season average of 25.4 minutes per game, though.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 5:49 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Despite a late-season injury, Tyler Herro managed top-190 value in 8-category leagues as a rookie.
While Herro started just six games, he averaged 27.2 minutes per contest. The rookie out of Kentucky scored 12.9 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals. An ankle injury limited him to 47 appearances and his fantasy contributions are mostly limited to scoring. However, 39.1 percent shooting behind the arc means that Herro could give Kendrick Nunn a run for his minutes when the NBA resumes play.
July 13, 2020, 5:39 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard struggled to produce top-280 value in 8-category leagues while playing just 20.1 minutes per game in 2019-20.
Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists but didn't receive enough playing time to merit a roster spot in most leagues. A talented Heat frontcourt featuring Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, and Derrick Jones Jr. did not help his cause. While Leonard sank nearly 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, his free-throw shooting plummeted to 65.4 percent. Leonard didn't contribute much in the way of defensive stats, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:25 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
After a quiet rookie season, Duncan Robinson held top-120 value in 8-category leagues while scorching the nets from long range during 2019-20.
Robinson made nearly four triples per contest while hitting 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.5 steals per game in his sophomore campaign. What's more, Robinson was a top-90 player for owners who grabbed him in 9-category formats. The 90.6 percent free-throw shooting doesn't hurt, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:07 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder's February trade to the Heat helped him finish the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-120 value in 8-category leagues.
Crowder actually cracked the top 100 in 9-category formats. He shot just 29.3 percent from deep in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but that jumped to 39.3 percent during 13 contests in a Heat uniform. Overall, Crowder averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. However, don't bank on him producing massive numbers if he plays for another contender next season.
July 13, 2020, 4:48 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes had to begin a 10-day quarantine period after leaving the Orlando bubble to pick up food.
Holmes was apparently expecting a delivery but left the Disney campus to get it. According to Shams Charania, there are eight days left in his quarantine. The Kings are slated to begin their schedule on July 31.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 4:30 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.
Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.
Source: NBC Sports
July 13, 2020, 3:58 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic bounced back nicely from an injury-plagued season to deliver top-140 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20.
Dragic averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.6 assists and 2.5 turnovers in 28.4 minutes per game while backing up Kendrick Nunn. Dragic only provided top-190 value for 9-category owners, but it's still a solid showing overall. Dragic shot 37.7 percent from long range, which is a marked improvement from the 34.8 percent posted in 2018-19.
July 13, 2020, 3:42 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow could only appear in 11 games all season as back issues prevented him from taking the court.
Winslow emerged as a viable point guard in 2018-19, finally finding a position that suited his strengths when the Heat were missing some bodies. Unfortunately he couldn't build on that momentum, as his numbers were down nearly across the board even when he was able to suit up. Winslow was a dreadful .388 from the field and .222 from deep, losing a full 3-pointer per game (1.5 to 0.5) despite an increase in minutes per game overall. Winslow's assists also took a slight dip with the Heat operating at full strength and his steals plummeted from 1.1 to 0.6. Winslow was unable to play with the Grizzlies after being traded, and he certainly won't be the team's starting PG, but we should find out his new fit in the Orlando session. The percentages have always been terrible, however, which likely caps him as a late-round type.