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: 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....
2016-17 NBA MVP Predictions

2016-17 NBA MVP Predictions

Every year, the NBA crowns one player with its most individual prestigious award. The Most Valuable Player. An award for the player who means most to a team that finishes in the top of their respective conference. The past two years, Stephen Curry has captured the award in style, last year unanimously. However, this year it will be a challenge for him to reach the top of the mountain for that MVP three peat. This year especially, there are a host of talents that could win this award. Here are my Top 5 picks for that award. 5. Stephen Curry  The past two years alone, Stephen Curry of the Warriors has etched his spot into NBA history. Considered by many to be the greatest shooter of all time, his ability to handle the ball with ease and suddenly pulling up and making almost half of his 3 pointers, makes him one of the most polarizing players of this generation. It wasn’t until the 2014-15 season where Stephen Curry and the Warriors hit a turning point. Steph put up a stat line of 23.8 points per game and 7.7 assists. More impressively, he had those numbers at an efficiency unmatched. A 3 point percentage of .443, a true shooting percentage of .638, and a player efficiency rating of 28.0, all which were league highs. In this season, Curry averaged 32.6 minutes per game with a usage percentage of 28.9, the highest marks of his career. Golden State went to the Finals and then won in 6 to an injury depleted Cavalier’s roster. Going into the 2015-16 season, Curry averaged 34.2...
Temper Expectations For Golden State

Temper Expectations For Golden State

  On the 4th of July, Kevin Durant announced he’d leave Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors, creating what everyone thought would be the best super-team we’ve ever seen. With a combination of Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, it looks great on paper, but paper is not always the truth as we’ve seen all too much. And while I’m still of the belief that Durant’s signing means only better for the Golden State Warriors, there is some room for doubt. Lack Of Depth The Warriors and their significant depth helped them accomplish 73-wins, the historic championship run, and more, without it? We may see a different team, with a very different approach. A team that isn’t as versatile or built to beat every player on the floor. Sure, it’s more top heavy, but the fact that the Warriors could beat anyone’s rotation on any given day is certainly something to be looked at. Golden State have already gotten rid of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but they’ll likely have to offload a couple more pieces if they want to fill the rest of their roster spots. Unless they can get five or six league minimum contracts signed up, they’ll have to be unique and shifty in their approach to “round out” this roster. Andrew Bogut was an unsung hero on this team, becoming a great rim-protector and sound offensive pick-and-roll pairing. Without him, Golden State will need to shore up their ability to protect the rim and provide mobile, versatile offensive possessions to include other big-men. That’s a big “if”, because moving...
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...