• These slates are often the weirdest. With only five games to choose from, you’re going to have to be contrarian in a few spots if you want to take down a GPP. It’s tough to do but sometimes it’s as easy as picking a player coming off a poor performance. Recency bias kills DFS noobs and we can take advantage of that in GPPs i.e. Gordon Hayward and Markieff Morris.

    Point Guard

    Stud: James Harden ($12,200)

    The most disappointing DFS plays in yesterday’s slate had to be the duo of Harden and Westbrook. Neither exceeded value while both had solid matchups and multiple narratives to hype the crowd up. Despite Harden’s awful performance yesterday, you have to play him against the Blazers – especially in cash games. The Blazers have struggled to guard opposing backcourts this season and Harden is a monster. The price is intimidating but he should still be able to exceed value in the highest scoring game of the night. Lock in the beard tonight.

    Value: Jerian Grant ($3,500)

    The matchup is disgusting. The Bulls and Jazz game is by far the lowest scoring game of the night but there are still a few solid options in the game. With Rondo listed as doubtful, I’m expecting another start from Grant and he will look to build off his 35 fantasy point performance. 25 fantasy points is a fair expectation to have for Grant heading into tonight.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: Jimmy Butler ($8,400)

    Once again, the matchup is nothing to write home about. However, we all know how Butler performs without his side-kick point guards around (check Butler’s splits when Rose sat). This should be a very slow-paced game but I’m still expecting a 20-6-6-2 type of game out of Butler. Despite the matchup, I’m a fan of Butler tonight and still think he has a solid chance of exceeding value.

    Value: Josh Richardson ($5,200)

    Richardson’s value hinges on the availability of Goran Dragic tonight. If Dragic plays, the $5,200 price tag will be a bit too much for me even if he still starts with Justise Winslow already ruled out. Richardson has played just fine as the starting PG but Dragic did participate in the shootaround this morning so his return is imminent. If Dragic starts, Richardson is still a decent play but loses some upside.

    Small Forward

    Stud: Carmelo Anthony ($7,400)

    The Cash Game Staple himself. No, I’m not officially coining that term and it’s for obvious reasons, it’s unoriginal. However, it’s the truth. Melo is one of the safest options on a nightly basis, as you can almost lock in 35 fantasy points with the potential for a bit more. I can’t remember the last time I’ve rostered Melo and had him miss value. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend playing him in a GPP but he has a good matchup against the Wizards and he could very well eclipse 40 fantasy points tonight.

    Value: Uhhhhh

    Yeah, don’t save on SF tonight unless some crucial injury news pops up. The SF value lies in the $6-7k range tonight and that’s where you should find your guy. If you wanted to take a chance on a guy like Evan Turner or James Johnson in a GPP, I wouldn’t fault you for that decision. As of right now, Evan Turner is the sneakiest play but limited exposure is recommended due to his volatility.

    Power Forward

    Stud: Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800)

    Oddly enough, Porzingis’ price has actually dropped $100 after dropping 85 fantasy points over the last two games. Thank you, DraftKings. He’s had some rough patches to start the season but the NYK coaching staff finally realized they need to feed Porzingis if they want to win a game. He’s been rolling lately and I don’t see much changing against the Wizards, we also get him at a discount so no complaints here.

    Value: Trey Lyles ($4,100)

    I was one of the lucky ones to roster Lyles the other night despite Favors playing. I really didn’t expect Favors to play despite the signs pointing to it and I was wrong. But as you know, he left the game early, AGAIN. Now that he’s out indefinitely, Lyles should get some extra burn. I don’t love Lyles here and I hate that Boris Diaw is back and starting but it’s not the end of the world. He should still hit value but I may fade him in a few GPP lineups.

    Center

    Stud: Hassan Whiteside ($8,700)

    It’d be nothing short of disrespectful if there was someone other than Hassan Whiteside here. He’s been on fire lately and his price is reflecting that. He’s had two poor matchups in a row with the Hawks and Spurs, yet he still managed to combine for 111 fantasy points. Milwaukee’s frontcourt is weak and Whiteside is a near must-start.

    Value: Clint Capela ($5,100)

    The minutes are never where we want them to be with Clint Capela but his price takes that into account. He has nine blocks over his last three games and he’s facing a Portland frontcourt that has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers thus far. He’s a good bet for a double-double and h may even rack up a few blocks for you. The Whiteside-Capela stack on DK may be something to explore in GPPs.

    Good luck tonight and feel free to hit me up with any lineup questions you may have.

     

Fantasy News

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson will not play for Canada in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    This seems like a situation where Thompson is not participating to prepare for the grind of the NBA season in the fall. There was always some uncertainty with his participation but he was among the invitees to Team Canada training camp.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Cameron Reynolds
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal.

    Reynolds played in 19 games with the Wolves as a rookie after playing for five years at Tulane University. As he moves to the Bucks, expect him to continue to compete for the opportunity to be a backup point guard in the NBA. With the Bucks entering next season as title contenders, there is no room for Reynolds in the fantasy landscape.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Javonte Green
    F, Boston Celtics

    Javonte Green will join the Celtics on a partially guaranteed contract.

    After a strong Summer League performance where he averaged 10.8 ppg on 50% shooting, Green will get an opportunity to fight for a roster spot for the Celtics. He most recently played overseas in Germany.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Amida Brimah
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have signed Amida Brimah to a one-year contract.

    The seven-foot big man, Bridah, has had a couple short stints with the Spurs but has yet to play in a game. Expect him to compete for a roster spot come training camp but there are no guarantees that he will make the final roster.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have officially re-signed Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker.

    The team rescinded their qualifying offer to Theis in a procedural move to maximize cap space, but he's back in Boston on a two-year, $10 million deal. He'll be battling for backup center minutes and his shooting ability (38.8 percent from deep last season on low volume) could set him apart from the rest of Boston's frontcourt options. As a player who can knock down threes and pick up some steals and blocks, there's deep-league potential for Theis should he end up pushing for something like 20 mpg. Wanamaker decided to pass on larger offers from European teams to return to the Celtics, where he may have a better shot at minutes with Terry Rozier out of the picture. Even so, he's not a fantasy target.

    Source: Boston Celtics

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have made their signing of Thanasis Antetokounmpo official.

    Antetokounmpo is believed to be on a two-year deal that is fully guaranteed for the veteran's minimum. Antetokounmpo has just two NBA appearances to his name, both coming back in 2016 with the Knicks. It's unlikely that he'll play much, if at all, though at least he'll get to hang with his MVP little brother.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have announced the signing of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

    Hollis-Jefferson had a tough season in Brooklyn, suffering an offseason adductor strain and then falling out of the rotation when he was ready to play. The Raptors will take a one-year flier on a player that can capably defend multiple positions while bringing great energy, and he'll fit in with the team's defensive identity. RHJ is only a year removed from being a top-100 fantasy player but it's unlikely that he holds standard-league value in a reserve role for Toronto. Deep-league managers can consider Hollis-Jefferson a late-round flier.

    Source: Toronto Raptors

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially re-signed Kelly Oubre.

    Oubre is headed back to Phoenix on a two-year, $30 million deal and lost out on a bigger payday as teams alternately gobbled up cap space or played a long waiting game in free agency, leaving one of the top RFAs on the board to settle for a deal that clocks in below expectations. Oubre missed the end of the season because of thumb surgery but blossomed in Phoenix, averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3s on .453 shooting. That was good for top-50 value, and while that might be too lofty to expect a repeat without some breaks (the efficiency is a definite question mark), it's clear that Oubre is finally on a team that will commit to his future and there will be enough playing time to make him a late-middle round option in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Phoenix Suns

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have announced the signing of David Nwaba.

    Nwaba will head to Brooklyn on a two-year deal after bouncing around over his first three NBA seasons. It's a nice pickup for the Nets, who will get a hard-nosed forward that's capable of defending and rebounding with tenacity. Nwaba's poor shooting might not do him favors in Brooklyn's system, but he's the type of hustle player that coaches tend to like. Expect him to play a part in Kenny Atkinson's deep rotation, though fantasy value is probably out of the question when everyone is healthy.

    Source: Brooklyn Nets

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.R. Smith will meet with the Bucks on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    This is the first team other than the Lakers, who have already been deemed an unlikely landing spot, to be connected to Smith. Milwaukee is looking for another wing shooter and Smith would fit the bill in a perfect world, though it's unlikely that he would play a major role for any team after sitting out since November.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter