After schlepping through what seemed to be a never-ending NBA regular season, we finally have our reward in the form of the NBA playoffs!
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- Ben Simmons
- Spencer Dinwiddie
- Fred VanVleet
- Steph Curry
- Jamal Murray
Honorable Mention: Kyle Lowry and Derrick White in GPPs
- Klay Thompson
- D’Angelo Russell
- Lou Williams GPP
- Gary Harris value
- Jimmy Butler
Honorable Mention: DeMar DeRozan in GPPs
- Kawhi Leonard
- Kevin Durant
- Will Barton value
- DeMarre Carroll value
- Danilo Gallinari GPP
Honorable Mention: JJ Redick in GPPs
- Tobias Harris
- Aaron Gordon
- Montrezl Harrell
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Paul Millsap
Honorable Mention: Draymond Green in GPPs
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Nikola Jokic GPP
- Nikola Vucevic GPP
- Boban Marjanovic on DraftKings
- Jarrett Allen GPP
Honorable Mention: Ivica Zubac in GPPs
- Top Stud (over $8K on FD): Nikola Jokic
- Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Nikola Jokic
- Top Value (under $5K on FD): Spencer Dinwiddie
- Top Value (under $5K on DK): Boban Marjanovic
Favorite GPP plays on Yahoo
- Guard: Ben Simmons, Steph Curry, Derrick White (favorite GPP value plays are Bryn Forbes and Gary Harris)
- Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan (favorite GPP value plays are Joe Harris and Will Barton)
- Center: Nikola Jokic, Nikola Vucevic, LaMarcus Aldridge (favorite GPP value plays are Boban Marjanovic and Ivica Zubac)
– What’s up my peeps? After schlepping through what seemed to be a never-ending NBA regular season, we finally have our reward in the form of the NBA playoffs! It’s time to put all of your hard work to the test. One thing you should know about the postseason is the fact that it is a completely different animal from the regular season. It might sound simple enough, but it’s not. Those of you who have been through this before understand what I’m talking about. Those of you who are new to this will find out very soon. This isn’t “March Madness” so don’t be fooled by playoff seeding. Tight rotations in a situation where every game matters? Check. Load management? Get out of here with that garbage. If you want to be successful at NBA playoff DFS, the best thing you can do is play the studs (and value plays) and let everyone else make the mistakes. Again, it might sound simple enough, but it’s not. I assure you. You’re going to be tempted to roster some minimum salary scrub in order to go full on “studs and scrubs” because that’s how it’s been for the last several weeks. Don’t do it. Those guys who have been getting a lot of run over the past few weeks will find themselves sitting on the bench for most of the game. The key is to stick with the studs and try to anticipate what value plays will benefit from tighter rotations and bumps in usage. Today, I’m focusing on guys like Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick White and Will Barton.
– If you’re taking the “studs and scrubs” approach, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant have the highest ceilings on the slate (in that order).
– 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:
- Spend up at point guard. In cash games, most will look to prioritize spending up at center and for at least one expensive small forward. That won’t leave a lot of salary to spend at point guard. Consider building your team around a core of Steph Curry and Ben Simmons. You might want to even consider taking it a step further by going with a low owned combo of Kyle Lowry and Jamal Murray.
- Spend up at small forward. Instead of trying to decide if you should roster Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant, consider rostering both of them. You’ll have the benefit of having two high ceiling players while eliminating the “either/or” dilemma.
- Go full “HAM” with a Golden State Warriors stack. That’s right, you heard me. Most have a hard enough time trying to decide which member of the Warriors to roster and don’t even consider going with a team stack. The potential blowout concerns on any given night also take them off of most DFS’ers radar. We have to remember this is the playoffs and this team is like no other. When they are clicking, they can all put up great numbers without even seeing the floor for most of the fourth quarter. Don’t think it’s possible to roster that much “beefcake” in one lineup? Well, I’m currently staring at a roster that has Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in it. Hold my beer while I click the “submit” button.
- Pair up Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Do you remember how poorly Denver has been playing recently? Yeah, well forget about it. This is the playoffs. Teams tend to rise to the occasion when they aren’t trying to manipulate the system and jockeying for position.