RadThad with his top Cash Game plays to help you take home all the monies!!
What’s up my peeps? March Madness is upon us! If you’re anything like me, your bracket is already busted beyond repair and currently sitting at the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Have no fear, we have a juicy six game main NBA slate to fall back on.
I know that I usually bring you the GPP rundown on weekends, however, we’ve decided to switch things up a little. I’ll be bringing you my cash game strategy on the weekends in an attempt to help you build on that hard-earned bankroll of yours.
As you should know by now, cash game strategy is very different from tournament strategy. In cash games, it’s all about value. Well, it’s not just about value, but you know what I mean. Your cash game roster should be very “fluid” throughout its construction. To paraphrase the immortal Bruce Lee, “It must be like water.”
Late breaking news can, and will, change your cash game core more often than not so the lineups you create right now will likely look very different from the one you submit prior to tip off.
I’ll be sure to post any updates to the article as news breaks (including updated cash game core plays). I’ll also notify y’all of any updates via the Twitter machine. In the meantime, here are my cash game thoughts for today’s slate.
Top Stud (over $8K on FD): James Harden (followed by Luka Doncic)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Luka Doncic (followed by James Harden)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Isaiah Stewart (followed by Tim Hardaway, Jr.)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Talen Horton-Tucker (followed by Alex Caruso)
-On FanDuel my most common cash core of players consists of Dennis Schroder (LAL), Talen Horton-Tucker (LAL), Markieff Morris (LAL),and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (DAL). If you don’t like Morris and prefer to use Kyle Kuzma (LAL) instead, knock yourself out.
-On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Horton-Tucker, Morris, Alex Caruso (LA) and Isaiah Stewart (DET).
– Here are a few things to consider when constructing your cash game lineups for this slate:
–“How many Los Angeles Lakers is too many?”. LeBron James (LAL) suffered a scary high ankle injury last night against the Atlanta Hawks. As a result, he’ll be out indefinitely. When you add the fact that Anthony Davis (LAL) continues to be sidelined with a calf injury, you get nothing short of an “all hands on deck” equivalent in Los Angeles. Did I also mention that Marc Gasol (LAL) is considered a game time decision (recently cleared the league’s health and safety protocols)? Yeah, it’s a mess. It’s not that the Lakers don’t have enough bodies, however, we all know where the majority of the “fantasy goodness” comes from on this team. With both James and Davis out, everyone else in a Lakers uniform is in play. By “everyone”, I mean Dennis Schroder (LAL), Talen Horton-Tucker (LAL), Markieff Morris (LAL), Kyle Kuzma (LAL), Montrezl Harrell (LAL) and Alex Caruso (LAL). Okay, that might not be everyone on the team, but those are the guys that I like in cash games (in that order). I’m currently rolling out two or three of them in cash games, but if you wanted to use four of them, I wouldn’t call you “crazy”.
–“How many Philadelphia 76ers is too many?”. We ended up asking ourselves this question right before tipoff last night and there is a good chance we’ll be revisiting this situation when Philadelphia takes on my beloved New York Knicks tonight. Joel Embiid (PHI) is out with a left knee injury (bone bruise), while Seth Curry (PHI) will continue to sit with an ankle sprain. Ben Simmons (PHI) is the “X-factor” in this equation, as he is currently considered to be a “game time decision” with left knee soreness. This issue kept him out of last night’s game against Sacramento, so there’s a good chance he sits yet again. If he does, you can look to catapult Tobias Harris (PHI) and Shake Milton (PHI) into “core play” territory. Guys like Dwight Howard (PHI) will also creep into “cash game viable” status.
–Don’t get cute when it comes to cash game beefcake. We are blessed to have both Luka Doncic (DAL) and James Harden (BKN) as part of today’s main slate. These guys are ranked first and second, respectively, when it comes to both projected fantasy points and ceiling today. The Los Angeles Lakers value allows you to fit both of them into your cash game rosters on DraftKings and FanDuel, so “get them in where you can fit them in”. If you find yourself a little too thin with your remaining salary, a Harden/Kyrie Irving (BKN) cash game combo works too.
–Save salary at the center position in cash games. Like yesterday, there really isn’t a lot to spend up for at the center position. That makes guys like Jarrett Allen (CLE), Isaiah Stewart (DET) and Montrezl Harrell (LAL) ripe for the picking in cash games. This will allow you to spend up for high projection/high ceiling studs at other positions.
-In a nutshell, I’m using a combination of Los Angeles Lakers value plays and a value/midrange center with James Harden (BKN) and Luka Doncic (DAL) as my “spend up” plays. That’s my current cash game strategy, but we all know how things tend to change very quickly as we get closer to tip off. You’ll need to stay alert and available in the event that things get weird.
(GPP Tip: This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Do the opposite of what I just said. Another viable tournament strategy for this slate is to roll with a balanced lineup. The biggest mistake that I make when going with a “studs and scrubs” approach in tournaments is either using too many of the chalky value plays or using the wrong ones. Sometimes it’s best to let your opponent make the mistakes by avoiding situation entirely.)