RadThad breaks down tonight’s 4-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up my peeps? This Sunday’s four-game main NBA slate isn’t the “heartiest” slate we’ve come across, but we’ve had it good for most of the season, so you have to take the “good” with the “bad”, so to speak. There’s still a lot of “fantasy goodness” to be had today so let’s get to it!
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): Russell Westbrook (followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Russell Westbrook (followed by Steph Curry)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Kevon Looney (followed by JaKarr Sampson)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): JaKarr Sampson (followed by Kevon Looney)
-On FanDuel my most common cash core of players consists of Tyrese Haliburton (SAC), Bogdan Bogdanovic (ATL), JaKarr Sampson (IND) and Jarrett Allen (CLE). You can add Donta Hall (ORL) as a bonus core play.
-On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Haliburton, Sampson, Kevon Looney (GSW) and Oshae Brissett (IND). You can add EITHER Cole Anthony (ORL) or Gary Harris (ORL) as a bonus core play.
– Here are a few things to consider when constructing your cash game and tournament lineups for this slate:
–“How many Orlando Magic players is too many?”.This is a question I never like to ask, however, on a four-game slate you can “leave no stone unturned”. Michael Carter Williams (ORL) and Otto Porter (ORL) are out for Sunday’s contest against the Indiana Pacers, while Wendell Carter Jr. (ORL), James Ennis (ORL) and Terrence Ross (ORL) are officially listed as “questionable”. As a result, guys like Mo Bamba (ORL), Dwayne (Bacon (ORL) and Chuma Okeke (ORL) come in as a viable DFS options today. I’m even seeing Donta Hall (ORL) and Robert Franks (ORL) pop up in a few optimal lineups, but I wouldn’t trip over myself to jam in too many Magic players.
–“How many Indiana Pacers players is too many?”. If it seems like we asked this same question yesterday it’s because we did. Doug McDermott (IND) returned for last night’s contest against the Detroit Pistons (21.0 fantasy points in 24 minutes), however, Domantas Sabonis (IND), Jeremy Lamb (IND) and Goga Bitadze (IND) are all listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup against the Orlando Magic. (Miles Turner (IND) continues to sit indefinitely due to a right big toe injury.) Malcolm Brogdon (IND) and Caris LeVert (IND) will continue to serve as the obvious targets if Sabonis sits, however, don’t overlook Oshae Brissett (IND). Brissett has put up 23.2, 52.9 and 30.2 fantasy points in his last three games, all of which were spot starts due to multiple injuries in the Pacers frontcourt. JaKarr Sampson (IND) received his first start of the season last night and will come in as a good value option if he gets the starting nod yet again.
–“How many Sacramento Kings players is too many?”. Similar to the situation with regards to the Orlando Magic, this isn’t a question I’m very fond of asking frequently. De’Aaron Fox (SAC) is expected to miss at least 10 to 14 days due to health and safety protocols,surrendering a 30.8% usage rate in the process (averaging 35.1 minutes per game). Richaun Holmes (SAC) is expected to return from a five-game absence (hamstring), however, Tyrese Haliburton (SAC), Harrison Barnes (SAC), Delon Wright (SAC) and Buddy Hield (SAC) will all become important pieces of the DFS puzzle today.
-“How many Golden State Warriors players is too many?”. The Warriors aren’t missing any high usage players today, however, they are going up against the Sacramento Kings in a matchup with a game total of 229.5. There really aren’t any surprise plays here. Steph Curry (GSW) is the obvious stud of choice, with Draymond Green (GSW) and Andrew Wiggins (GSW) rating highly as well. Kevon Looney (GSW) fits in nicely as a cash option on DraftKings.
-Double up with beefcake in cash games. Current roster construction allows you to fit two studs in your cash game lineups. Currently, I’m rolling with Russell Westbrook (WSH) and Steph Curry (GSW) serving as my favorite plays on both FanDuel and DraftKings, however, in tournaments, don’t be afraid to use lower owned combinations such as Bradley Beal (WSH) and Giannis Antentokounmpo (MIL). Using Westbrook and Beal in the same lineup is also sneaky, as many DFS’ers are uncomfortable rostering this pair together. There’s actually enough value on this slate to jam in three beefcake options in tournaments so don’t be afraid to “go there”.
-Who are a couple of my favorite tournament options on this slate? Well, that would be Darius Garland (CLE), Draymond Green (GSW), Bobby Portis (MIL) and Onyeka Okongwu (ATL) if Clint Capela (ATL) sits.
-In a nutshell, I’m using a mixture of Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers value with Russell Westbrook (WSH) and Steph Curry (GSW) 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.)