RadThad breaks down tonight’s 10-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up my peeps? Last Sunday we closed out the weekend with a “wafer thin” 4 game main slate, however, this Saturday we kick the weekend off in style with a hearty “10 gamer”. Oh, and by “style”, I mean “this is a monster slate and things are going to get out of hand so be sure to pay attention”.
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): Luka Doncic (followed by Nikola Jokic)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Luka Doncic (followed by Nikola Jokic)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Mo Wagner (followed by Guillermo Hernangómez)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Svi Mykhailiuk (followed by Mo Wagner)
-On FanDuel my most common cash core of players consists of Caris LeVert (IND), Kevin Porter, Jr. (HOU), Joe Ingles (UTA) and Guillermo Hernangomez (NO). You can add Isaiah Stewart (DET) or Mo Wagner (ORL) as a bonus core play.
-On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of LeVert, Wagner, Hernangómez and Svi Mykhailiuk (OKC). you can add Seku Doumbouya (DET) 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 Detroit Pistons players is too many?” Cory Joseph (DET), Wayne Ellington (DET), Jerami Grant (DET), Jahlil Okafor (DET) and Mason Plumlee (DET) are all out for Saturday’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets, while Hamidou Diallo (DET) is considered “doubtfull”. Look for Killian Hayes (DET), Josh Jackson (DET), Saddiq Bey (DET), Sekou Doumbouya (DET) and Isaiah Stewart (DET) to be very popular options in both cash games and tournaments. At the moment, I don’t see the need to use more than two of these guys in any cash game lineup, however, when it comes to tournaments you can have your fill.
–“How many Utah Jazz players is too many?” Mike Conley (UTA) is “questionable” for Saturday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to a right hamstring issue, while Donovan Mitchell (UTA) is likely to continue to sit with an ankle injury. That will leave Jordan Clarkson (UTA), Joe Ingles (DET) and Bojan Bogdanovic (UTA) in charge of the backcourt duties for the Jazz. Personally, I’m considering Ingles as my cash game darling, while Clarkson and Bogdanovic will serve as GPP options. If you’re looking for a sneaky tournament option don’t overlook Rudy Gobert (UTA) . Toronto will not have an answer for him in the paint, so the potential for a massive rebound total is certainly there.
-Roll with “Chef Curry” and Luka as your “priority beefcake” in cash games. You’ll be able roster more than one stud rather comfortably tonight, no matter where you play, however, the two most common beefcake options that are finding their way into my cash game lineups across all sites are Steph Curry (GSW) and Luka Doncic (DAL). Sure, Steph has cooled off a little since his most recent torrid stretch, but not by much (59.2 and 50.4 fantasy points in 2 of his last 3 games). Going up against the Houston Rockets and potentially picking up extra usage if Draymond Green (GS) sits only adds to his appeal. Luka will be playing without the services of Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) against the Washington Wizards. I certainly expect him to “eat”, as the young kids say. If you’re not excited about this duo, you can consider adding Nikola Jokic (DEN) to the mix on DraftKings or Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) on FanDuel. By locking two of these guys in after you enter your cash game core plays, you’ll be sure to benefit from your own fantasy point “buffet”. Bon appetite.
-Who are a couple of my favorite tournament options on this slate? Well, that would be Trae Young (ATL), Jimmy Butler (MIA), Kelly Olynyk (HOU) and Daniel Theis (CHI) if Nikola Vucevic (CHI) sits with an adductor injury.
-In a nutshell, I’m using a mixture of the top value plays from each site (listed above), Detroit Pistons value and a Steph Curry (GSW)/Luka Doncic (DAL) combo to bring my team to “NBA DFS glory” in cash games. 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.)