RadThad breaks down tonight’s 6-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up my peeps? This Saturday we have a nice six game NBA slate on our hands! Six-game NBA slates have become the “sweet spot” this season in DFS. That basically means there’s more than enough “fantasy goodness” to go around with a minimal amount of pending complications that could break the slate. Of course, I use the term “minimal” very lightly. Any late breaking news can turn the slate on its head so stay alert.
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): Nikola Jokic (followed by Luka Doncic)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Luka Doncic (followed by Nikola Jokic)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Kelly Olynyk (followed by Armoni Brooks)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Armoni Brooks (followed by JaKarr Sampson)
-On FanDuel my most common cash core of players consists of Malcolm Brogdon (IND), Armoni Brooks (HOU), Zion Williamson (NO) and Kelly Olynyk (HOU). You can add JaKarr Sampson (IND) as a bonus core play.
-On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Brogdon, Brooks, Sampson and Olynyk. You can add P.J. Dozier (DEN) to that list as well.
– Here are a few things to consider when constructing your cash game and tournament lineups for this slate:
–“How many Houston Rockets players is too many?”. John Wall (HOU), Kevin Porter Jr (HOU), Sterling Brown (HOU) and DJ Augustin (HOU) are all out for tonight’s contest against the Denver Nuggets, while Christian Wood (HOU) is considered “doubtful”. Avery Bradley (HOU) may also be forced to sit again due to an illness. While the Rockets are likely to get spanked by the Nuggets, they are too thin to ignore in daily fantasy. Kelly Olynyk (HOU), Jae’Sean Tate (HOU) and Armoni Brooks (HOU) are all guys you want to target tonight. You can add Kenyon Martin Jr (HOU) to that list as a tournament option.
–“How many Indiana Pacers players is too many?”. Domantas Sabonis (IND) will sit Saturday against the Detroit Pistons due to a back injury. When you add the fact that Jeremy Lamb (IND), Doug McDermott (IND) and Goga Bitadze (IND) are all listed as questionable, things all of a sudden get a little shaky in the Pacers frontcourt. Malcolm Brogdon (IND) and Caris LeVert (IND) are the obvious targets with Sabonis out, however, if the rest of the aforementioned Pacers sit you want to have Oshae Brissett (IND) prominently featured in your player pool. He put up a whopping 52.9 fantasy points in 42 minutes against Oklahoma City in a spot start and could be a valuable member of your lineup if the injury situation remains the same as it was the last time Indiana played. If Bitadze ends up playing he’ll be valuable as well. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the starting roster, so stay tuned.
–“How many Utah Jazz players is too many?”. Donovan Mitchell (UTA) will miss tonight’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to an ankle injury. Usually, the loss of one person on the team isn’t that big of a deal, however, we’re talking about a guy with a 33.4% usage rate this season. Mitchell’s absence automatically thrusts Mike Conley (UTA), Jordan Clarkson (UTA) and Joe Ingles (UTA) into DFS friendly territory. Rudy Gobert (UTA) and Bojan Bogdanovic (UTA) become desirable options in GPPs.
-Consider rostering the “Big KAT” as a beefcake pivot in tournaments. Nikola Jokic (DEN) has the title of “top beefcake option” tonight, but he won’t fly under anyone’s radar (Luka comes in at a close second). He’s projected to be the highest scoring player on the slate, however, Denver could end up crushing Houston without much effort tonight. While Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) and his teammates have a much tougher matchup against Utah, we all know that the offense runs through the “Big KAT”. He’s a fine low owned option to take a chance on in GPPs. If you’re really looking to get off the board, consider pairing him with Nikola Vucevic (CHI) on DraftKings in GPPs.
-In a nutshell, I’m using a mixture of Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers value with either Nikola Jokic (DEN) or Luka Doncic (DAL) to bring my team to “NBA DFS glory”. 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.)