Check out the Cash Game Breakdown for tonight’s three game slate!!
Just three games today, which will never be ideal for cash. We’re also in a tough spot with Russell Westbrook and John Wall where we don’t know how many minutes they’ll play on the second game back from injury. Both were limited in their first game. It’s difficult to project them with any degree of certainty tonight.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley are all out for the Clippers. That is a ton of minutes and usage on the sideline. In the past, this would have been a slamdunk Lou Williams spot, but he hasn’t looked like himself this year. There are several potential candidates to pick up the slack for the Clippers – including Williams – but no one play that is super obvious given the pricing and the number of players who could step up their game.
Trae Young, Clint Capela and Cam Reddish are all Q for Atlanta. Young and Capela missed last game. In that scenario, Rondo picked up the start and played 30 minutes while De’Andre Hunter and John Collins both had big performances. Rookie Onyeka Okongwu started in place of Capela, but it was Danilo Gallinari who started the second half. It will likely be wait and see on this situation throughout the day.
Washington is also thin with key players out including Bryant, Bertans, Hachimura, Ish, Avdija, Wagner and Brown Jr. Raul Neto is Q. There are several ways to go for value on Washington, but Jerome Robinson and Garison Mathews both stand out as they each picked up 35 minutes last game. The possibility of Neto returning and the likelihood that Westbrook/Beal play more minutes could cut into their share, but they project pretty well regardless.
For Houston, Christian Wood is Doubtful, which again puts DeMarcus Cousins in must play territory in cash at the price.
Trae Young ($9100 DK, $10600 FD) /Rajon Rondo ($4200 DK, $4800 FD) – If Young plays, he’s a very strong play on DK, especially with three excellent perimeter defenders out for the Clippers. If Young sits, Rondo becomes a strong value, especially on DK.
Jerome Robinson ($3600 FD Only) – With so many players out for Washington last game, Robinson started alongside Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal and played 35 minutes. Westbrook played just 25 minutes in that one and Beal just 32. There is also the chance that Raul Neto could return tonight. There’s certainly ways that Robinson could have his minutes squeezed, even with all these players out, but 28-30 minutes still looks like a pretty good bet.
Reggie Jackson ($6800 DK, $5000 FD) – Jackson has been around the league a long time and is a known commodity. He is aggressive looking for his own offense and has some boom or bust tendencies. This will be a spot for him to try to do his thing with Kawhi and PG-13 out. I’d expect him to draw the start, but it is worth getting confirmation on that before playing him.
Lou Williams ($5800 DK, $6000 FD) – We’ve seen Lou flash just a couple times this year and that’s it. But that’s also with Kawhi and PG-13 in the lineup regularly. This is really a tough spot. I think he still has a little left in the tank and if he gets 24-26 minutes, he’s going to be heavily involved in the offense.
**Russell Westbrook ($9600 DK, $9900 FD) and John Wall ($6900 DK, $7700 FD)**– On the plus side, this is a revenge game for two dynamic players. On the negative, we’re unsure about the minutes. Given Wall’s injury history and just the way Russ is, I think Russ is the most likely of the two to have minutes upside, but there’s no guarantees. Risky cash plays.
Bradley Beal ($9900 DK, 10300 FD) –With all the uncertainty surrounding some of the other players in the highest total game on the slate, we know what we’re getting with Beal. He’s fully healthy and he’s a stud.
Jerome Robinson ($4000 DK Only) – Can be used SG/SF on DK. One of the better values on the slate.
Alec Burks ($5300 DK, $5300 FD) – Instant offense off the bench for the Knicks. Even in his first couple games back where he struggled after missing three weeks with an injury, he still put up 20 fantasy points. He’s a safe play in the price range.
Luke Kennard ($6000 DK, $5500 FD) – One of many Clippers here who should see an uptick in usage. It’s a bit tough to predict how all these pieces will fit and work together with such a gaping hole in the offense, but we know Kennard can shoot it and do a little bit of playmaking.
De’Andre Hunter ($6200 DK, $5600 FD) – He’s a very good play on FD at a thin position even if Young, Capela and Reddish all play. But to pay that price on DK, we’d probably want Trae to be out as he’d have the ball in his hands a lot more like we saw last game when Trae missed.
Nic Batum ($6300 DK, $5500 FD) – Strong FD play at a weak position. Should chew up a bunch of minutes here on the wing with both Kawhi and PG-13 out. Unlikely to come out firing up a bunch of shots, but should pick up a few extra stats here and there to make his way to value with the studs on the sideline.
Bojan Bogdanovic ($5900 DK, $5300 FD) – FD only. Has hit 20+ fantasy points in each of the past six games.
Garison Mathews ($4200 DK, $4300 FD) – Prefer for Neto to be out, but he should be locked into 20+ minutes off the bench here regardless with all the other injuries to Washington.
Serge Ibaka ($6600 DK, $5800 FD) – Ibaka isn’t likely to take on big minutes tonight, even with the studs out, but he should see around 30 and help pick up some of the slack on the offensive end. Ibaka is one of those guys who will take a step back when he isn’t needed as much, but has the ability to step up when the opportunity presents itself, and he should be needed tonight.
John Collins ($7600 DK, $7400 FD) – Would prefer to see Capela out now that we know Gallo is probable. If Capela sits, Collins is an excellent play. If all the bigs are healthy, I wouldn’t talk anyone off using him, but you certainly wouldn’t have to.
Marcus Morris ($4700 DK, $5000 FD) – Morris is a proven scorer and an ok rebounder who should benefit from the absence of Kawhi and PG-13. He’s got a decent shot of seeing around 30 minutes tonight and makes for a strong value, especially on DK.
Julius Randle ($9700 DK, $9100 FD) – If Atlanta ends up fully healthy and you want to get off of Collins on FD, Randle has been as consistent as anybody this year. The matchup isn’t ideal, but the guy keeps getting it done night in and night out. He’s a 40+ fantasy point machine.
DeMarcus Cousins ($6000 DK, $7200 FD) – With no Wood, Boogie is a no brainer on DK and still a strong play on FD as well.
Rudy Gobert ($7200 DK, $8300 FD) – It’s Boogie over Gobert on FD, but you can consider Gobert as a second center on DK at the price. Gobert is generally good for a double double with block upside.
Alex Len ($3300 DK, $4000 FD) – This is a DK only play. There are (potentially) several players to pay up for on this slate and taking a shot on Len as a second Center on DK at near min-price can help us do that. The recently signed big man played 21 minutes in his first game with the Wizards and he should be looking at 18-20 tonight.
Core DK: Cousins, Beal, Robinson, Morris
Core FD: Cousins, Ibaka, Beal, Hunter
**If Capela misses, John Collins becomes an awesome play. If Trae misses, Rondo becomes a good play on FD and a great play on DK**