Get off the beaten path with RadThad’s NBA GPP plays and take home all the monies!!
What’s up my peeps? March Madness is upon us! If you’re anything like me, your bracket is already busted beyond repair and currently sitting at the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Have no fear. We have a bite-sized four-game NBA GPP slate to fall back on.
We’re not expecting a lot of late-breaking news. However, these days, this is how you gain an edge on your opponent, so stay sharp. I’ll be sure to post updates to the article and send out notices via the “Twitter machine.” The “meat” of the article is at the bottom, so I won’t be offended if you want to start there.
Top Stud (over $8K on FD): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by Kawhi Leonard)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by Kawhi Leonard)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Ivica Zubac (followed by Marcus Morris, Sr.)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Marcus Morris, Sr. (followed by Damion Lee)
– On FanDuel, my most common core of players consists of Jordan Poole (GSW), Paul George (LAC), Andrew Wiggins (GSW) and Marcus Morris (LAC).
– On DraftKings, I’m getting a lot of Poole, George, Wiggins and Morris. You can throw Damion Lee (GSW) in there, as well. It’s not unusual to get a common core like this on both sites on a four-game slate, so don’t fret.
– If you’re looking to construct a low owned lineup, here are a few recommendations that will buck the current roster construction trends for this slate:
- “How many Golden State Warriors is too many?” Steph Curry (GSW) is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies (tailbone), while Kevon Looney (GSW), James Wiseman (GSW) and Eric Paschall (GSW) are all out. That means the Warriors are our “go-to” team when it comes to value. Jordan Poole (GSW), Damion Lee (GSW), Andrew Wiggins (GSW) and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (GSW) all make the list as viable options for GPPs. I’m currently limiting my exposure to two or three of those four guys, but if you told me you were rostering all four of them in a lineup, I wouldn’t call you “crazy.” Don’t let Draymond Green (GSW) fall through the cracks when it comes to tournaments. He’ll likely be the lowest owned member of the fantasy-friendly Warriors tonight. Also, don’t fall for the “banana in the tailpipe” when it comes to options like Nico Mannion (GSW) or Brad Wanamaker (GSW). I’m putting them under the category of “fool’s gold.”
- Consider looking to the reigning MVP for GPP “beefcake.” Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) is my preferred “spend up” target in tournaments. In addition to being projected to score the most fantasy points on the slate, he also has the highest projected ceiling. Sure, he’s expensive, but you should be able to fit him in on both DraftKings and FanDuel with no problem.
- Spend up at the center position in tournaments. There really aren’t any expensive options at center today, so most DFS’ers will stick with guys like Ivica Zubac (LAC) or Dwight Howard (PHI). Spending all the way up for someone like Jonas Valanciunas (MEM) or Richaun Holmes (SAC) in tournaments is part of the GPP “secret sauce” for tonight’s slate.
- Consider rolling with a 76ers stud. With Joel Embiid (PHI) slated to miss tonight’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, Tobias Harris (PHI) and Ben Simmons (PHI) will continue to be the main beneficiaries for Philadelphia. The absence of Seth Curry (PHI) will only improve their stock. Rolling with one (or both) of these guys in tournaments would be smart.
- Take a look at a cheap power forward or two. Spending up at power forward will be a common strategy tonight. Paying down at the position in tournaments could be a savvy move. With Cody Zeller (CHA) out for tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a shoulder injury, P.J. Washington (CHA) could spend a lot of time at center. Washington is a fine GPP pivot off of Marcus Morris, Sr. (LAC), as I don’t expect him to be a very heavily owned commodity tonight.
- 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 the situation entirely.
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