RadThad breaks down tonight’s seven-game NBA DFS slate!!
What’s up, my peeps? Today is another “Sweet Spot Saturday” as we have seven games on the NBA DFS main slate. We’re getting close to the end of the regular season, so some teams are jockeying for playoff position, while others are jockeying for lottery picks. Either way, each team has something to offer, so “leave no stone unturned.” Injury news from Toronto and Houston currently dictates the slate. However, that could change at a moment’s notice. The last thing you want to do today is “set it and forget it,” 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): Russell Westbrook (followed by Nikola Jokic)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Russell Westbrook (followed by Nikola Jokic)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Gary Trent Jr. (followed by Paul Millsap)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Malachi Flynn (followed by Paul Millsap)
On FanDuel, my most common cash core of players consists of Malachi Flynn (TOR), Gary Trent Jr. (TOR), Pascal Siakam (TOR) and Paul Millsap (DEN). You can throw Michael Porter Jr. (DEN) in as a bonus core play. If you’re not that excited about being so “Toronto Raptors heavy,” you can take out Flynn and use DJ Augustin (HOU) instead.
On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Augustin, Flynn, Trent Jr. and Millsap. You can add Stanley Johnson (TOR) 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 Toronto Raptors players is too many?” Kyle Lowry (TOR), Fred VanVleet (TOR), O.G. Anunoby (TOR) and Chris Boucher (TOR) are all “out” for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. That means you can expect to have a heavy dose of Raptors in your lineups. Malachi Flynn (TOR), Gary Trent Jr. (TOR), Stanley Johnson (TOR) and Pascal Siakam (TOR) are all fine cash game options. At the moment, having exposure to three of them in cash games is a good idea. However, don’t be afraid to jam all four of them in there and roll the dice.
- “How many Houston Rockets players is too many?” Almost every single member of the Houston Rockets is listed as either “out” or “questionable” for Saturday’s contest against the Utah Jazz. Crazy things usually happen as the NBA season winds down. However, I can’t remember the last time I saw something like this. To keep things simple, I’ll list the players who don’t have injury designations. Armoni Brooks (HOU), DJ Augustin (HOU), DaQuan Jeffries (HOU), Kenyon Martin (HOU), Danuel House (HOU) and Anthony Lamb (HOU) will take the court tonight, making them all viable cash game options. Granted, a matchup against the Jazz is less than ideal, but we’re talking about an “all hands on deck” situation here. That’s just too good to pass up, even on a seven-game slate. I currently find myself using Augustin the most in cash games, but the rest of his teammates are certainly in play, as well.
- “How many Philadelphia 76ers players is too many?” We’re not “officially” asking ourselves this question yet. However, Joel Embiid (PHI), Ben Simmons (PHI) and Seth Curry (PHI) are all listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. If these guys sit, Tobias Harris (PHI), Shake Milton (PHI) and Danny Green (PHI) will all pop up on my DFS “radar.” Matisse Thybulle (PHI) and Dwight Howard (PHI) will enter the DFS friendly picture as well. However, we’ll cross that bridge if we get to it.
- Double up in the “beefcake” department in cash games. There’s more than enough value on today’s slate to allow you to roster two beefcake options in cash games. Russell Westbrook (WSH) is projected to produce the most fantasy points on the slate, so rostering him once you put in your core plays is an excellent idea. Westbrook is by no means cheap. However, he’s more than capable of doing the heavy lifting for your team (71.5, 75.2 and 78.9 fantasy points in three of his last four games). If he drops another “70 burger” against the Pacers like he did three games ago and he’s not in your lineup, you’ll be hard-pressed to win anything tonight. There’s a little more flexibility when it comes to your second beefcake option in cash games. However, I’m rolling with “The Joker.” Nikola Jokic (DEN) going up against the Brooklyn Nets is about as “positive” a matchup you’ll find. The dude crushes in tough matchups, so expect him to excel tonight. He has over 60 fantasy points in three of his last six games, so locking in that floor and potential ceiling is a smart move.
- Who are a couple of my favorite tournament options on this slate? Damian Lillard (POR), Caris LeVert (IND), Michael Porter (DEN) and Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) make the list.
- In a nutshell, I’m using a mixture of Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets value plays with a Russell Westbrook (WSH)/Nikola Jokic (DEN) pairing 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.)
For more NBA DFS insight, peep out our Cheat Sheet for today’s action!