May 5, 2016, 12:49 pm
For those who missed Wednesday’s lineup, you’re in luck because a lot of the same players will remain on Thursday’s card. However, there will be other things to consider when setting a lineup for Thursday and Friday. One of which, and this could be the biggest, is the price tag for most of these players. Of course, you’re going to want to have LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in your lineups but what positions do you have to sacrifice to have those players on your roster?
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Kyrie Irving ($7,900)
Irving and the Cavs put on a show in Game 2, setting an NBA record for the most 3-pointers made in a half and the most 3-pointers made in a playoff game. I don’t see the Cavs having that hot of a shooting night again but from watching the first two games, you can see that Cleveland is far superior to any other team in the Eastern Conference. I feel extremely confident placing Irving in my lineup.
Goran Dragic ($6,600)
Dragic has quietly been picking up his production over his last four games, averaging 29.8 FanDuel points per contest. Dragic is a big part of the Heat’s offense and he should continue to see his usage go up as they get further into the playoffs. Dwayne Wade is not the same ‘Crash’ we once knew and that means Dragic is going to need to have a bigger role on that side. His ability to create shots for others, knock down 3-pointers and score off the dribble makes him a strong play at $6,500.
J.R. Smith ($4,700)
I’m once again spending somewhat cheap at the shooting guard position. Smith continued his steady play through the postseason, after finishing Game 2 with 23 points, two steals and two rebounds totaling 29.4 FanDuel points. Smith got hot and like I said in Wednesday’s piece, at $4,700 that’s what you’re actually playing for when placing Smith in your lineups.
Danny Green ($4,100)
Green has finally awoken from his season-long slumber and has now been a three-point threat for the Spurs through the first two games against the Thunder. Green also the ability fill the defensive side of the stat sheet and if his jump shot continues to fall, then look for Green to start putting up some big fantasy numbers.
Kawhi Leonard ($9,200)
Leonard is a bargain at $9,200. He is the cheapest out of the three superstars at the small forward position and you can expect a nice bounce back game after a 7-for-18 shooting night in Game 2. Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge will continue to see the majority of the Spurs’ workload on the offensive side of the ball which makes Leonard a very solid play.
Joe Johnson ($4,900)
Johnson finally had a nice game in the postseason, finishing Game 1 against the Raptors with 30.4 FanDuel points. Like J.R. Smith, Johnson can be hit-or-miss at times and it’s all a matter of trying to guess the right game. He’s averaging over 30 minutes of action, so the opportunity for Johnson to repeat his Game 1 performance should be given to him on a silver platter.
Paul Millsap ($8,900)
Millsap is arguably the Hawks’ best player. He is going to be looked to carry Atlanta on the offensive side of the ball and he is no liability on the defensive end. The sieve on defense for the Cavs is power forward Kevin Love. Millsap will continue to get his touches and the Hawks are going to want him to attack Love every chance he gets.
LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,600)
Aldridge has been fantastic through the first two games of the second round. He is averaging 39.5 points per game and 53.9 FanDuel points per game. This is exactly what the Spurs wanted when signing Aldridge over the offseason. Like Leonard, you can expect Aldridge to be a big factor in the Spurs offense.
Steven Adams ($4,900)
Adams has been a consistent contributor for OKC over their last five games, averaging 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while totaling 25.2 FanDuel points per game. His $4,900 price tag is what gives me the extra kick to place him in my lineup because it gives the cap space to have four fantasy studs in Irving, Leonard, Millsap and Aldridge in my lineup. The upside is limited, but expecting 25 FanDuel points from Adams is fair and is nothing to shy away from when building your roster.