Hoopscritic DFS: 11/22 Slate Breakdown

Hoopscritic DFS: 11/22 Slate Breakdown

Welcome back to the HoopsCritic Breakdown article for this 4-game Tuesday slate. I usually try and avoid playing much volume on short slates, but this one seems to be pretty balanced for both tournaments and cash games. We have a couple stars to pay up for (Davis and Westbrook), we have a lot of really good mid-range options (Melo, Porzingis, Butler, Lillard, McCollum, etc) and all 4 games have pretty solid totals and spreads with 207.5 being the lowest total and -7.5 being the highest spread.   Point Guard: Jrue Holliday: ($6,400) Jrue is one of my top plays of the day, so it makes sense that he’d lead off the PG section. This will be his 3rd game back after missing the first part of the season to take care of his wife recovering from brain surgery. He’s played 23 and 30 minutes respectively and there’s a great chance the Pelicans take off the training wheels and let him push 35 minutes in this one. His production this year is reminiscent of last season when he was just putting up monster numbers with monster usage every game. So far, he’s averaging 1.48 FDP/minute and is sporting a 35.5% usage rate. This will regress some as he spends more time on the floor with Davis, but if the Pelicans continue to bring him off the bench for the time being, it just means more fantasy goodness for us as he dominates possessions. Load up on him now before he’s $7,700 next week. The minutes we want (35+) should be there now after a few games of getting acclimated as...
Hoopscritic DFS: 11/4 Slate Breakdown

Hoopscritic DFS: 11/4 Slate Breakdown

Welcome back to this solid 9-game slate. These are my favorite because we have the opportunity to go in several different directions in both our cash game and tournament builds. The big news of the day is what happens in the Brooklyn backcourt. Jeremy Lin will be out and we have to figure out where to allocate his 25% USG rate and 27 MPG. Vazquez was already ruled out for this game and if Foye gets ruled out later today, it makes Isaiah Whitehead the 80% chalk play of the day at just $3,600. That said, let’s get right into the player pool.   Point Guard: Isaiah Whitehead- $3,600 This may be the obvious play, but it’s worth leading the article off with because it’s not one you want to miss in cash and probably tournaments if we find out that Vazquez and Foye are both missing this game. Some plays you just have to plug in and move on; this is one of those plays. I’d expect near 40 minutes for Whitehead with Sean Kilpatrick getting some run handling the ball behind him. Although he’s been horrible in a back-up role, the good news is he has no problem getting up shots with a 23.7 USG rate thus far on the year. The spread is closer than expected too at -6.5 for Charlotte. He’s a lock in cash games if we get the injury news on Foye and I would have heavy exposure in tournaments. J.J Barea- $4,800 The other big injury news on the day is Deron Williams being “Questionable at best” with a groin injury. As...
Hoopscritic DFS: 10/31 Slate Breakdown

Hoopscritic DFS: 10/31 Slate Breakdown

Welcome back to another year of NBA DFS at Hoopscritic.com! I’m excited to get into this NBA season and hopefully make you readers some money along the way. The plan is to be far more consistent with daily slate articles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while sprinkling in other content throughout the year. This season, I want to focus in on a smaller player pool to choose from both cash games and GPP’s and having a better plan with roster construction. All plays will be Draftkings pricing. With that said, let’s get right into this 4-game slate!   Point Guard: Jeremy Lin ($6,300) Lin is not only a top play at point guard this evening, he’s one of the best overall plays on the slate as his price has yet to adjust for the role he’s playing in the Brooklyn offense. His usage rate is 25.2%, only 2nd to Brook Lopez. The usage rate has a chance to rise as the season goes on with the Nets seemingly being careful with Lopez’s workload with Lopez already missing a game due to rest. The match-up against Rondo and the Bulls defense was an extremely profitable strategy last year and one we should be looking to target again. The Vegas lines are also favorable with the Bulls being a -6 in the highest total of the night at 212. Lin is a lock in cash games with Vazquez out and isn’t someone to go out of your way to fade in GPP’s. This isn’t “free square” territory, but it certainly lines up as one of the best spots of the night....
Hoopscritic DFS: Tips For Developing a Cash Strategy

Hoopscritic DFS: Tips For Developing a Cash Strategy

One of the big keys to becoming a successful DFS player, no matter the sport, is to have a repeatable process when building lineups for the day. It takes time to find what sort of games you excel at, (cash, GPP’s, etc.) but once you have a process you like down, it greatly reduces the amount of time and more importantly, the guesswork put into researching the slate. I’ll go through some of my process of building cash lineups that hopefully give you a few good ideas to add to your own roster building. Let’s get right into it: Start with the top game totals of the day Unless there’s a blatantly obvious play plug and play, (like Anthony Towns against the Lakers or Kidd-Gilchrist against the Lakers a few games earlier) start your research with the top game totals of the day. Most of the time, the top building block players and value guys will be in these games and are players you will want to take advantage of. It’s extremely rare that any of your rosters, cash or GPP, will be without at least one or two plays in the highest game totals on the slate. Diagnose the injury news Injury news updates throughout the day, but it’s important to sift through what information you do have when you’re building your lineups. Don’t just look at injury news through one scope though; view it through every possible angle. For instance, if Hassan Whiteside is out, the value opens up for guys like Chris Bosh, but also Justice Winslow and Amare Stoudemire. Their role and minutes increase in...
Hoopscritic DFS: Taking Advantage of Mid-Range Value

Hoopscritic DFS: Taking Advantage of Mid-Range Value

Slates like tonight are the most fun because there are so many different directions we can go. There isn’t a lot of value we can turn to and there are quite a few projected blow-outs in the super-star games. I think the better approach today is to build a more balanced roster and capitalize on some of the mid-range plays in great match-ups. Let’s get right into it.   Elite Plays of the Day: Paul Millsap: ($8,300 on DK) Millsap has been one of my most used players in cash games this season for good reason. He is a legitimate 5 category player and has one of the best floors in the entire NBA. He’s where I started my cash lineup today as the Hawks/Clippers game has one of the smallest spreads on the night at -3 with a 207.5 total. With Blake being an absolute fool and delaying his return, targeting PF’s against the Clippers remains a great strategy with the likes of Paul Pierce, Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute getting a majority of minutes at the position. He’s locked in right now (18.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.6 BPG, 2.2 SPG for 43.6 FDP in just 29 MPG) and his price always seem stable in the low $8K’s. He’s viable in all formats, but he’s my favorite cash game play of the day. Chandler Parsons: ($6,500 on DK) Parsons, after being one of the more frustrating guys to roster the first couple months of the season, has rebounded to his pre-injury form in the past week and is beginning to take over as a...
Hoopscritic DFS: Russell Westbrook Night?

Hoopscritic DFS: Russell Westbrook Night?

It’s not often that a lineup will score 289.5 points and produce $0, but that was the kind of night we had on the short-slate. The Kings-Mavericks game lived up to its projected fantasy goodness with a double-OT game while the Bulls and Bucks completely obliterated its team total projection. For our main cash lineup, we were a normal Kosta Koufos 8 point, 7 rebound 1 block game from another profitable evening. Unfortunately, Koufos was not his normal self and gave a not-so solid 5.5 FDP performance. Tonight is going to be interesting because it initially started as our favorite “Russell Westbrook with no Kevin Durant” day, but a few developments throughout the morning have made Westbrook someone you don’t have to roster in cash games. First off, Durant’s injury status has been upgraded twice today, which indicates that he’s going to at least try and play tonight. Second, Westbrook’s price has risen $900 and is extremely expensive at $11,600. With a lot of great value at PG tonight, Westbrook is someone I’ll have very limited exposure to if Durant is ruled out and virtually none if he is playing. That said, let’s get into our Elite Plays of the Day.   Elite Plays of the Day: Kemba Walker: ($8,200 on DK) This play stood out immediately and will be a popular one tonight in both cash and tournaments. The Suns are an absolute mess right now and are giving up monster games to point guards just about every night. Kemba is certainly someone who can take advantage as he comes into this game in great form, averaging 26.8...