March 26, 2017, 11:53 am
Today’s slates are an odd ones FanDuel, as there is no slate that includes every game. So for our purposes we will be looking at the five game starting at 3:30 and 6:00 EST. I made a cash lineup I really like pretty quickly and I’m excited to discuss them. Let’s start.
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Jeff Teague: $7,400
Teague has been playing some great basketball as of late as the Pacers try to get into playoff form. This matchup with the Sixers is a great one for Indiana and especially for Teague who can rack up stats in a hurry in a fast paced game. He’s been rolling and is still under-priced so deploy him with confidence.
Austin Rivers: $4,100
With J.J. Redick out, Rivers has seen a nice bump in playing time as of late. He had a tough matchup with the Jazz last game and didn’t put up great numbers, but with an improved matchup with the Kings he’s sure to improve upon last game’s disappointment.
Victor Oladipo: $6,000
Oladipo has not lived up to expectations thus far in OKC, but he has performed quite nicely in the previous three games against the Rockets averaging 32 FDP. That’s enough for 5x value at his price and should be all you need for cash game without overspending on guys like James Harden.
Denzel Valentine: $4,300
With Wade out, Valentine has been seeing minutes in the high 20s to low 30s and has been producing pretty consistently. He’s at a nice price and can certainly hit value for you in this competitive Eastern conference battle.
Jimmy Butler: $10,00
I’ll be paying up for Jimmy Buckets in this one, as he is simply the only consistent form of offense on this lackluster Bulls squad sans Dwyane Wade. His price is certainly high but with good reason as the man has been absolutely ballin’ lately with huge upside. Don’t be afraid to plug him into your lineup in this big game.
Paul George: $8,800
The two most expensive guys in the position but it’s well worth it. Playoffs Paul George is a different animal and has shown that side of him as of late. This matchup with Robert Covington isn’t the best, but I still see George getting his and carrying the Pacers to a win.
Richaun Holmes: $5,600
Holmes is bound to be a popular play today but probably not as popular as he was a few games ago when he was putting up incredible value. In a tough matchup with the Pacers he’s bound to get a majority of the minutes at center and should have no issue putting up great value at his reasonable price.
Skal Labissiere: $4,700
Labissiere has been great as of late, exceeding value ever since he’s gotten the minutes to do so. With Kosta Koufos on the sidelines, Skal will have one of his best opportunities to but up solid numbers in a matchup with the Clippers.
Hassan Whiteside: $8,800
The Celtics have had their rebounding woes this season and Whiteside is one of the best rebounders in the league… yeah. On top of that, Whiteside has been on fire lately as the offense is starting to run through him again and he’s delivering. Deploy him in any format.
July 9, 2020, 10:05 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic posted his fourth straight elite fantasy season and his best season to date, finishing as the 9th best option in 9-category formats.
Jokic is as reliable as they come with another season of huge popcorn numbers. He scored 20.2 points (a career-high) to go with 10.2 boards and 6.9 assists on a strong 52.8% shooting from the floor and 81.3% from the line. The cash counter output also maintained from past seasons, with 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.1 triples. At this point, Jokic's best asset is his consistency. This is what we've grown to expect from him as someone who always shows up to work. He played every game for the Nuggets this season and has missed just 20 games total in his five-year career. As long as he is healthy, he's money in the bank.
July 9, 2020, 9:57 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray took a nice step forward in his fourth NBA campaign and approached top-50 value in 9-category leagues due to a large increase in shooting efficiency.
Murray was limited to 55 games due to a sprained left ankle but performed well when he was on the court. The popcorn numbers were similar to his 2018-19 season, with 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in 32.8 minutes. The 25 spot jump to the 52nd player in 9-category format was directly tied to a 1.8% improvement to 45.5% from the floor and a 4.5% improvement to 89.3% from the charity stripe. If he can continue to improve his passing and game management, he can hop into the top-50 with ease going forward.
July 9, 2020, 9:46 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap maintained his typical per-minute production, finishing as the 97th player in 9-category formats in just 24.4 minutes per game.
Millsap's minute decline over the past three seasons in Denver have muted the upside he enjoyed during his heyday in Atlanta. In 44 games and a few nagging injuries including a left knee contusion and a sprained right ankle, he put up 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks on good percentages (48.6 from the floor and a career-high 83.3% from the free throw line). Millsap should continue to be a good per-minute producer even if he moves on to a new destination for 2021, but expect the minutes to be the real sticking point as he enters his age 35 season.
July 9, 2020, 9:38 pmMason PlumleeC, Denver Nuggets
Mason Plumlee slogged his way to an unimpressive 2019-20 season, finishing well outside the top-250 in 9-category formats and averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds without much else worth noting.
On top of unexciting popcorn numbers, Plumlee shot an abysmal 53.6% from the charity stripe. He was a volume play only who didn't really provide anything exciting in limited minutes. Playing behind Nikola Jokic was always going to limit Plumlee's production and keep him even out of streaming range.
July 9, 2020, 9:20 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris compiled top-150 value in 9-category formats as the primary backup option to Jamal Murray during the 2019-20 season.
Morris had a strong season splitting time between backup point guard and fill-in starter when Jamal Murray went down with a sprained ankle. Morris enjoyed top-100 value during Murray's absence and put together a solid line of 8.4 points, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 21.4 minutes. It was a solid campaign on compiled volume, but it was a step back from a top-100 season in 2018-19 where he got three more minutes per contest and made good for two more points with heightened efficiency. Going forward, Morris should be a solid deep-league point guard who can provide assists cheaply without any major weaknesses.
July 9, 2020, 9:10 pmTorrey CraigSG, Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig played serviceable streamer minutes when called upon for the Nuggets and was an underappreciated starter at various points for a good Nuggets team.
Craig is an unheralded player who is one of the prime examples of the "better in real life" syndrome. He won't wow anyone on the stat sheet and therefore he's hard to love in fantasy basketball. His 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples on decent shooting from the floor was good for just 297th in 9-category formats. He did have good stretches and was an acceptable daily play on the right night, but getting into an everyday streamer role is tough in a crowded wing situation in Denver.
July 9, 2020, 8:46 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Denver Nuggets
Keita Bates-Diop played sparingly for the Nuggets in 2019 as one of the many pieces involved in the four-team deadline trade and finished on the fringes of the top-300 for fantasy purposes.
Bates-Diop got shuffled into the deck in a crowded Nuggets organization. He was limited to two games with his new club and just 9.5 minutes when he did appear. He spent time in the G-League after joining the Nuggets and on the season he appeared in 39 games, mainly as an injury replacement, and provided 17.1 minutes of 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 defensive counters, 0.8 triples and some needed energy. Bates-Diop has some potential in the right situation to be a streamer and we'll have to see whether he makes an impact during the NBA restart and if he will be able to crack the rotation in the upcoming season as well.
July 9, 2020, 8:35 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Both Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II have tested positive for COVID-19 and did not accompany the Wizards to Orlando on Thursday.
Scott Brooks mentioned that the Wizards were missing some players and didn't disclose why they were absent, so the dots were fairly easy to connect. Bryant's the big name for fantasy purposes here, and if he ends up sitting out the Orlando games it'll mean plenty of work for Moe Wagner, Ian Mahinmi and Anzejs Pasecniks. As for Payton, he was in line for minutes in a thinned-out backcourt but his potential absence would help players like Troy Brown and Jerome Robinson.
Source: Ava Wallace on Twitter
July 9, 2020, 8:16 pmNoah VonlehPF, Denver Nuggets
Noah Vonleh mainly rode the bench for the Nuggets, appearing in only four games after being acquired at the deadline in the large four-team trade that sent Malik Beasley to the Timberwolves.
Vonleh had a decent season in New York in 2018-19 as a perfectly reasonable streamer just outside the top-150. In 33 games this season split between Minnesota and Denver, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 defensive counters in 11 minutes per game. The Nuggets aren't the team to be on to try to get depth minutes in a crowded rotation so if there's any hope for Vonleh to be a streamer again, it'll be on a different team.
July 9, 2020, 8:06 pmPJ DozierPG, Denver Nuggets
PJ Dozier had a forgettable stint in Denver, with 21 mostly lackluster appearances, but will be at the end of the bench during the Nuggets' restart campaign on a full NBA deal.
Dozier played just 11.1 minutes per contest while shuttling back and forth between the NBA and the G-League. In 21 games, he scored 4.1 points and added 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists with minimal contributions elsewhere. The outlook for Dozier on this team are less than sunny unless there's an injury crisis in front of him. Otherwise, he'll be off fantasy radars as he was in this abbreviated stint outside the top-400.