• I never enjoy the four-game slates as much as the larger ones but we’ll have to live with it. It’s no different in terms of cashing but it does limit variety in lineups.

    Point Guard

    Stud: Jrue Holiday ($6,400)

    Holiday missed the first portion of the season but has since returned and he hasn’t missed a step. His minutes are a bit low because the team is easing him back into action but Holiday wasn’t returning from an injury. Assuming he sees a couple more minutes, Holiday should have no issue hitting value and could do much more against Dennis Schroder and the Hawks. Russell Westbrook is also a great play despite his seemingly ridiculous price tag of $12,500.

    Value: Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,900)

    After an abysmal performance against the Blazers where he had zero assists, Mudiay has averaged 37 DK points per game over his last three. The Bulls have given up the third-most fantasy points to point guards this season so Mudiay is a fine play at $5,900.

    Shooting Guard

    Stud: Jimmy Butler ($9,200)

    We were given a glimpse of Butler’s upside with the absence of Dwyane Wade and Rondo in a couple of games this season. One can only imagine Butler’s potential if Wade and Rondo were to both miss the same game. Both are playing tonight which makes it a bit tougher to spend up for Butler but he should be able to destroy the Nuggets. He’s been on a tear as of late but be weary of the upside lost in Wade’s return.

    Value: Lou Williams ($5,300)

    Williams would almost certainly be considered a must-play in cash games if D’Angelo Russell were to miss tonight’s game. Russell missed the shootaround this morning and I’d be pretty surprised if he ends up playing. Lou Williams has seen 57 minutes over the last two games and should see 27-30 minutes once again. He’s a near lock to hit value against the Thunder and he should exceed value if Russell ends up sitting.

    Small Forward

    Stud: Carmelo Anthony ($7,800)

    Melo is finally nearing $8,000 and it’s the most expensive he’s been all year. He’s coming off a monster game against the Hawks and he should be able to repeat his performance against the Blazers. They’ve actually guarded SFs relatively well thus far but I’m not too worried about Melo in this matchup. He’s a great cash option.

    Value: Danilo Gallinari ($5,900)

    Gallo has finally strung a few good games together. He’s been a bit inconsistent this season but as of late, he’s been very solid. His upside is quite low due to his stat set but he’s a great cash game option. Gallo has scored 30 fantasy points in four straight games and will look to keep that streak alive tonight. Expect him to hit 5x value but don’t expect much more than that.

    Power Forward

    Stud: Anthony Davis ($11,000)

    Anthony Davis has been a monster this season and Jrue Holiday returning can only make things easier on him. Teams were focusing in on Davis for obvious reasons but now with his dynamic scoring PG returning, the floor should open up a bit. He’s scored 138 fantasy points over the last two games and will look to keep it rolling tonight. He’s one of the top options for the night, you’ll likely have to decide between Westbrook and Davis, I prefer Davis but it’s a small margin.

    Value: Kyle O’Quinn ($3,600)

    O’Quinn is a personal favorite of mine so there may be some pretty obvious bias showing here but DFS requires bias no subside so I’ve come to terms with dropping my love for him in DFS. He’s a per-minute gem but has always struggled with foul trouble. I’m hoping he can keep his fouls down this game and can see at least 20-25 minutes in this one. He’s not the safest cash game play but he has some upside in GPPs if he can see some solid run.

    Center

    Stud: Dwight Howard ($7,700)

    First of all, I won’t have heavy exposure to Howard here. He’s almost $8,000 and his minutes are stuck in the 27-30 range. That’s not what I look for in my expensive players but he has been very consistent this year. I won’t have a ton of exposure to him but he still makes for a decent play against the Pelicans.

    Value: Robin Lopez ($5,300)

    Similar to Danilo Gallinari, Ro-Lo has very limited upside. His minutes tend to fluctuate on a night-to-night basis but he should see his minutes in the low 30’s against a big Denver team. He’s a safe cash game play but that’s about it. Expect R0-Lo to have a line similar to 10-8-2 but with the potential for a bit more.

     

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have announced the signings of Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock.

    Morris is on a one-year, $15 million deal while Bullock is coming in on a two-year deal worth less than $4.7 million annually, with a second season that isn't fully guaranteed. While both players began the offseason as potential standard-league targets, there's not much to see given the sudden depth of the Knicks roster. Morris will be one of five players who should mostly be playing power forward, while Bullock will slot into a busy backcourt and is already expected to miss at least a month of the season. New York's rotations are going to be a mess and we'd steer clear.

    Source: New York Knicks

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock is expected to miss at least one month of the regular season, per SNY's Ian Begley.

    Bullock, who initially agreed to a two-year deal worth $21 million, re-worked his contract to clock in at two years (with a second year that isn't fully guaranteed) for under the $4.7 million exception. There's no word on what exactly Bullock is dealing with, though he suffered from neck stiffness and plantar fasciitis in his right foot late last season. There's no need to monitor Bullock in standard leagues to open the year.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Speaking to Sirius XM, Steve Clifford said that although there remains no timetable for Markelle Fultz (shoulder), he is making good progress.

    Clifford said, "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Fultz simply wasn't ready to suit up, and even though we haven't really had any concrete updates on him since his last game on November 18, we're still expecting him to be ready to start the season. Fultz will make for a late-round flier on the chance that he finally gets healthy and puts it all together.

    Source: Sirius XM NBA Radio on Twitter

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee) has been cleared to start light basketball activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April.

    Griffin dealt with left knee soreness in the season's final games and missed the first two games of the playoffs. His issues were dealt with quickly after the season ended and he should be ready for the start of the season. Look for Griffin to come off draft boards in the early-middle rounds after he put up a career season last year, though there might not be much profit margin at that price. There's a definite 8-cat lean as well.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.

    This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.

    Source: Sportando

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo is envisioning himself as a better all-around player, with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this upcoming season.

    Adebayo, who turns 22 on Thursday, averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 of the Heat’s games last season. With the Heat trading center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers earlier this month, Adebayo is expected to be the clear-cut choice at starting center and a fantasy breakout candidate.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Knicks for less than the $4.7 million exception.

    It was reported that Bullock intitally had an offer for two years and $20 million so this is a considerable drop on the monetary terms. The two parties had to rework their agreement after unanticipated health issues that almost made the deal fall through. This is also the end of the domino that had Marcus Morris back off his initial agreement with the Spurs and sign a deal with the Knicks instead. New York seems to be loaded in the forward positions and it’s anyone’s guess who earns the minutes to become fantasy relevant next year.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, the Cavs and the Raptors are among the teams that have inquired about the former lottery pick.

    The European market also remains an option for the Croatian forward as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are monitoring his situation. Bender is still only 21 years old and teams around the NBA could still take a chance on him after what has been a disappointing NBA career so far with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games.

    Source: Orazio Francesco Cauchi on Twitter

  • Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Raul Neto could end up being Ben Simmons' backup to begin the 2019-20 season.

    Right now, the two candidates to be the backup to starter Ben Simmons are Neto and former two-way player Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard who earned a lot of minutes at the point in the NBA Summer League. Neto started 53 of the 81 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2015-16, but only started once over the past three seasons. He has averages of 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 37.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in 14.2 minutes and it’s highly unlikely that he gains fantasy value even if he earns the backup job.

    Source: Bucks County Courier Times

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Heat are open to the idea of teaming up Chris Paul with Jimmy Butler, but what has hung the entire negotiation up is the discussion of picks.

    The Thunder holds two of Miami’s future first round draft picks, an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one in 2023. The Heat want those included in a potential deal and Oklahoma City has no shortage of assets as, since draft night, Sam Presti has acquired a remarkable eight first-round picks. Windhorst also added that the Heat seem to be CP3’s preferred destination and if he actually ends up in South Beach, he could retain his strong fantasy value.

    Source: NESN.com