• It’s a two-game night in the NBA, meaning there is no need for a two-day card. If you listened to Tuesday’s episode of the ‘Fantasy NBA Today Podcast‘ with Dan Besbris and myself, then you already heard my Wednesday card. Unfortunately, FanDuel’s prices changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, and that means I couldn’t use the same lineup from the pod. So guess what, new opportunities to build another great lineup.

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    Vegas Point Totals

    Heat vs. Raptors – 188 1/2

    Blazers vs. Warriors – 215 1/2

    As expected, the Blazers and Warriors look to have another high-scoring affair as the matchup heads back to Oracle Arena for Game 5. The biggest issue with choosing players is not the lack of talent, but the cost.  As for the Heat and Raptors’ game, it’s hard to find the right role players to stick in your lineup. We all know the stars of each team are going to get their touches, so it’s up to the role players to step up and it’s up to you to guess who that will be.

    Point Guard

    Damian Lillard ($9,600)

    Lillard has been phenomenal through the postseason. He has been a scoring machine and the Warriors haven’t had an answer for him this entire series. I know a lot of people may want to place Stephen Curry in their lineups, but Lillard is $1,400 cheaper and has been able to put up Curry-esque numbers all series long.

    Cory Joseph ($3,600)

    It’s been just mind-blowing to me just how bad Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been playing for the Raptors in the playoffs. Toronto needs a boost and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that boost be Joseph. Head coach Dwane Casey has referred to Joseph as the team’s pit bull earlier in the season. In Game 4, when things were turning for the worst, Casey turned to his backup point guard and played him 37 minutes. Now, I wouldn’t expect a 37 minute night, but 28-30 minutes is a reasonable expectation. Joseph had 17 shot attempts in Game 4 and if Lowry or DeRozan (or both) struggle in Game 5, you can expect a big night from Joseph.

    Shooting Guard

    Dwayne Wade ($8,300)

    D-Wade is the only player on the Heat that I have confidence putting into my lineup without any worry. Through the first four games of the second round, Wade is averaging 39.8 FanDuel points per game. I understand if you decide to save $100 and put Klay Thompson in over Wade, but Curry is back from injury and that means Thompson becomes second fiddle. I’d rather have the No. 1 option who is averaging nearly 40 FanDuel points per game, rather than the No. 2 option next to the league’s MVP.

    C.J. McCollum ($7,200)

    McCollum is averaging 30 FanDuel points per game through the series, which is just 9.5 points less than Klay Thompson. McCollum is a scoring threat every time he’s on the floor and with the potential to get knocked out of the playoffs, you can expect McCollum and Lillard to come up big for their team.

    Small Forward

    DeMarre Carroll ($4,800)

    After dealing with injuries for much of the regular season, Carroll is finally healthy for the Raptors. He’s averaging 38.2 minutes per game, but it has not resulted in great fantasy production. However, with Jonas Valanciunas out for the series, expect Carroll to have a bigger workload on the offensive end. The defensive stats are where Carroll carries his value. If he can swipe two or three steals and also get a block, you’re looking at six to eight points without him even scoring a basket.

    Harrison Barnes ($4,300)

    Barnes is a risk, averaging just 15 FanDuel points per contest. However, on the flip side of that, Barnes has been a consistent 15 FDP player with the upside to get you 25 FDPs. There is a lot of talent in today’s DFS slate, so you have to spend cheap in certain areas that way you can spend big in others.

    Power Forwards

    Draymond Green ($10,300)

    Green is a fantasy monster and without hesitation, you should already be putting him in your lineup. With Curry back in the fold, there’s a good chance you see Green’s numbers take a dip. However, Green is a great passer and is someone who has triple-double potential. With the Warriors looking to give the Blazers their knockout punch, expect Green to have a big night.

    Al-Farouq Aminu ($6,300)

    Aminu hasn’t been amazing, but he hasn’t been terrible either. He has been sub-par through the playoffs, but what you’re truly paying for when placing him in your lineup is the potential upside. In the last two games, Aminu has finished with 36 and 39.6 FanDuel points. A big reason for his success has been his rebounding and his sprinkle of defensive stats. At $6,300, I’m expecting 28-32 FanDuel points from him.


    Bismack Biyombo  ($5,500)

    Biyombo’s price has risen $800, after finishing Game 4 with 13 points and 13 rebounds resulting in a total of 35.1 FanDuel points. With Valanciunas out for the series due to an ankle injury, Biyombo is going to get as many minutes as he can handle.  Hassan Whiteside did not travel with the Heat to Toronto for Game 5, after suffering an MCL sprain early in Game 4. Biyombo took advantage of the Heat’s old guys down low (Amare Stoudemire, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem) and you should see much of the same as the Raptors look to take the series lead.


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