RadThad breaks down tonight’s seven-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up, my peeps? This Sunday, we come close to the NBA DFS “sweet spot,” as we have seven games on tap for the main slate. When it’s all said and done, we should have a great combination of both “real life” and DFS fantasy goodness on our hands. The NBA playoffs will be here before you know it, so let’s strap in and enjoy the ride!
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 Joel Embiid)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Luka Doncic (followed by Julius Randle)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Robert Covington (followed by Maxi Kleber)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Josh Richardson (followed by Keldon Johnson)
On FanDuel, my most common cash core of players consists of Tyrese Haliburton (SAC), Josh Richardson (DAL), Julius Randle (NYK) and Robert Williams (BOS). You can add Keldon Johnson (SA) as a bonus core play.
On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Haliburton, Richardson, Williams and Keldon Johnson (SA). You can add Richaun Holmes (SAC) 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 Dallas Mavericks players is too many?” Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (DAL) will sit tonight when the Mavericks take on the Sacramento Kings. By now, you should already know that Luka Doncic (DAL) sits at the top of the “cash game stud of choice wish list”, however, guys like Josh Richardson (DAL) and Maxi Kleber (DAL) also find themselves as fine cash game options tonight. Don’t be surprised if you end up using all three of these guys in cash games.
- “How many Sacramento Kings players is too many?” De’Aaron Fox (SAC) continues to be sidelined due to health and safety protocols, while Harrison Barnes (SAC) and Chimezie Metu (SAC) are considered “doubtful” for tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Tyrese Haliburton (SAC) is the “universal cash game core” player for the Kings, however, Maurice Harkless (SA), Marvin Bagley III (SAC) and Richaun Holmes (SAC) are also in play as cash game options.
- “How many Boston Celtics players is too many?” Kemba Walker (BOS) will sit Sunday against the Portland Trailblazers due to an oblique injury, while Jaylen Brown (BOS) is listed as “questionable” due to a right ankle sprain. Robert Williams (BOS) receives “universal cash game core” status, while Marcus Smart (BOS) comes in as an excellent cash game option on FanDuel. Jayson Tatum (BOS) isn’t cheap enough for cash game consideration, however, after dropping 80.1 FanDuel points in his last outing (against San Antonio), it’s safe to say that his tournament ceiling is one you’ll want to take advantage of in GPPs.
- Roll with Luka as your “priority beefcake” in cash games. I know that I mentioned this very briefly in one of the previous paragraphs, however, I just wanted to make sure there was no doubt that Doncic was the first stud you plugged into your cash game lineup after you jammed in your cash game core plays. There really isn’t a lot of analysis needed here. He just dropped 74.4 FanDuel points against Washington last night and gets to take on Sacramento. You’ll be able to surround Luka with other studs, however, he’s the priority beefcake you’ll want to use across all sites.
- Consider spending up at the center position in tournaments. In cash games, some combination of Robert Williams (BOS) and a member of the Sacramento Kings frontcourt will occupy the majority of “center” slots. This will undoubtedly carry over into many tournament lineups as well. You might want to consider paying up for someone like Joel Embiid (PHI) in tournaments before it’s too late. With 34.1, 35.5, 37.9 and 29.7 fantasy points in his last four outings, Embiid will fly under the radar. If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that the last four games were blowouts, limiting Embiid’s upside. By the time he drops another “60-burger,” it will be too late. That could certainly come tonight against the San Antonio Spurs if the game stays competitive (game total of 221.0 with Philadelphia favored by -6.0).
- Who are a couple of my favorite tournament options on this slate? Well, that would be Kyle Lowry (TOR), Derrick Rose (NYK), Torrey Craig (PHO), CJ McCollum (POR), PJ Washington (CHA), Anthony Davis (LAL) and Terry Rozier (CHA) if Devonte’ Graham (CHA) sits again tonight.
- In a nutshell, I’m using a mixture of Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics players with Luka Doncic (DAL) as my primary stud 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.)