And we’re back! Last night’s slate was a fun one with Steph, AD, LeBron and Harden all showing why they’re basically the top 4 DFS performers with monster games. Somehow, I was able to get Davis in tournament where he was just 11% owned, which is absolutely crazy for a talent like him. Regardless, it got us our best tournament win of the season and back on track with DraftKings after struggling for most of the league. Let’s get in to them most used lineups.
PG Stephen Curry 69.25
SG Marcus Thornton 31.25
SF Evan Fournier 13.75
PF Anthony Davis 75.5
C Brook Lopez 45.5
G T.J. McConnell 16.75
F R. Hollis-Jef… 24.25
UTIL Jarrett Jack 47.75
TOTAL FANTASY POINTS: 324.00
PG Stephen Curry- 61.4
PG T.J. McConnell- 14.2
SG Giannis Antetokounmpo- 34.9
SG Marcus Thornton- 28.4
SF Marcus Morris- 33.2
SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- 22.4
PF Anthony Davis 72.5
PF Julius Randle 27.9
C Brook Lopez 42.5
What went right?
Even though the season is still incredibly young, I think it is safe to say that we can target pretty much anyone and any team against the Lakers. The Nets are one of the worst teams in the NBA, (as evidenced by losing to another one of the worst teams in the NBA) but there starters were still able to put up massive games against the Lakers. This game wasn’t so much about me looking at Nets players in the future, but to continue to find ways to target the Lakers on a nightly basis.
It also turns out that Anthony Davis is in fact good at basketball and wouldn’t continue to disappoint DFS participants everywhere. It was just a matter of time and if you had exposure to him last night in tournaments, you likely had a highly successful night like I did. Last night was a solid reminder as to why we build our lineups around studs like Davis, Curry and Harden; they just have the upside to put up monster games that nobody else in the game is capable of.
What went wrong?
Not a whole lot went wrong and just changing a few plays (McConnell on both sites, Fournier on DK) would have led to a massive night of profit. Still, I don’t think either play was necessarily bad; they just didn’t perform as expected. Running out McConnell is a risk because we just don’t have any sample size on him if he can sustain his passing as he has in these past few games. The upside is still there though and that’s more than we can say for most punt plays available to us.
Elite Plays of the Day:
Steph Curry ($10,400 on DK, $10,900 on FD)
At this point, he seems like an automatic lock for cash games until he actually shows he’ll cool down. I mean the Warriors were 17.5 point favorites last night and Curry still put up a massive game in the win. I expect a similar result tonight going against the Kings, who play even less defense than the Nuggets do. While many expect a blow-out here, the Kings have played the Warriors tough the past few years and managed to keep it a game into the 4th. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to do so tonight with Cousins, but it really doesn’t change much with the upside of rostering Curry. He’s shown he’s going to put up massive numbers in limited minutes, regardless of the match-up. And in a game with an extremely high total with two teams that love to run, he’s an easy plug and play for me tonight.
Draymond Green ($$7,100 on DK, $7,600 on FD)
Basically, roster players from this game. Even with the blowout risk, there’s just going to be a ton of points in this game with the pace factor of both teams and how the Kings play defense. Without Cousins in the lineup, the Kings have been playing one big at a time with either Cauley-Stein or Koufos on the floor and going small at the PF slot. I love Green’s ability tonight to take advantage of much worse “small-ball” PF’s on the Kings and am expecting Green to flirt with a triple-double once again. The Kings just don’t have anyone who can reasonably check his playmaking ability, which has been on full-display with 5.7 APG this season. With Draymond, it’s all about how many points he scores. If he gets to 17-18 points, he becomes a tremendous value with how much he contributes in other categories. I like his chances to hit that tonight.
Trevor Ariza ($5,500 on DK, $5,800 on FD)
Here’s the other game you should be targeting on this slate with another two teams who don’t play defense and love to play fast. Ariza is a fantastic way to get exposure in what will be one of the highest scoring games on the slate in a good match-up. He’s had back to back great games, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals in those contests, so he’s starting to take advantage of his time on the floor. The real key here is we know Ariza will be on the floor for a ton of minutes as he’s been averaging 36.3 this season. He doesn’t have the greatest upside, but use him as salary savings on both sites in all formats. He’s a guy who tends to get forgotten too, which gives him a boost in tournament structure.
Dewayne Dedmon ($3,800 on DK, $3,700 on FD)
This is a play comes with an obvious caveat about the status of Vucevic in tonight’s game. If he’s playing then, I would recommend looking elsewhere. If not, Dedmon is once again in a great spot sliding into the starting lineup. The Magic played him 30 minutes against the Raptors yesterday and he performed extremely well for a punt option with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocks. I think that sort of line is one Dedmon can replicate if given 25-30 minutes again for a solid 20-25 fantasy points at a bargain price. I’ll be looking to roster him in all formats as one of the top salary savings players on the slate.
Please ask me more questions on my twitter @AsmusSports. Best of luck!