RadThad’s NBA Rundown
1. Kyrie Irving
2. Steph Curry
3. Chris Paul
4. Eric Bledsoe
5. George Hill
1. James Harden
2. Khris Middleton
3. Klay Thompson
4. +Andre Iguodala
5. Pat Connaughton
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Kevin Durant
3. Eric Gordon
4. Nikola Mirotic
1. Draymond Green
2. P.J. Tucker
3. Jayson Tatum
4. Marcus Morris
5. Kevon Looney
1. Al Horford
2. Brook Lopez
3. Clint Capela
Top Stud (over $8K on FD): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by James Harden)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by James Harden)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Brook Lopez (followed by Nikola Mirotic)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Eric Bledsoe (followed by +Andre Iguodala)
•Favorite GPP plays on Yahoo:
Guard: James Harden, Steph Curry, Chris Paul (favorite GPP value play is George Hill)
Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green (favorite GPP value play is Nikola Mirotic)
Center: Al Horford, Clint Capela, Brook Lopez (favorite GPP value play is Kevon Looney)
– What’s up my peeps? Back-to-back to game NBA playoff DFS slates? Yes please! While one matchup finds one team on the brink of elimination, we have a West Coast matchup that has been as good as advertised. I’ll watch enough of the Celtics at Bucks game to “pour out one for the homies” in Boston when it’s over, however, I’ll be saving the edge of my seat for the Rockets at Warriors game. Like they say, “Don’t fill up on bread, because we main course is going to be good!”. As I’ve said many times before, there isn’t a whole lot of “edge” to be had on slates like this, so don’t be foolish and risk too much of your hard-earned bankroll. As far as core players go, I’m currently rolling with Steph Curry, Eric Bledsoe, James Harden and Al Horford.
– If you’re taking the “studs and scrubs” approach Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving 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:
-Roster Clint Capela. Despite the center position being a total wasteland today, he’s the one guy I have the most trouble finding a place for in my lineups. Sure, he’s had some games during this series where he didn’t exactly “show up” (14.2 and 16.8 fantasy points in two of the four games in this series), however, he is capable of putting up north of 40 fantasy points. That could come in handy for a guy that could be low owned.
-Roster both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant on the same team. Due to salary and roster construction, the possibility of these two guys ending up on the same team by mere chance is close to zero. I’ve discussed the benefit of differentiating your lineup in this manner many times this season, so I’m not about to stop using this strategy now. These two guys have two of the highest ceilings on the slate (see above) and could end the night with the two highest overall fantasy scores. Their independent ownerships will be high, but they won’t be many lineups that have them both.
-Go with a game stack. I know that this is the playoffs, however, in my humble opinion, I think Boston goes to Milwaukee and gets absolutely clobbered. The Bucks looked darn near unstoppable in their last game and have a chance to finish off the Celtics for good tonight. There’s already chatter about how this is going to be Irving’s last game as a Celtic. Vegas has Milwaukee favored by -9.0 (with an over/under of 218.0), but I could see the Bucks putting this one away early. Would I prefer to see a heavily contested matchup that extends the series? Of course I would. I just don’t think that’s going to happen. This is basically a long-winded way of saying that I’ll be stacking the Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors game (over/under of 219.5, with Golden State favored by -6.0).
-Go with a team stack. Besides going with a game stack, this is the best way to get more “bang for your buck” on a two-game slate. Personally, the teams that I’m targeting are the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors.