What’s up y’all? I hope this article finds everyone safe, happy and most importantly, at home. If you would’ve told me two weeks ago that every major sport on the planet would be canceled or suspended I would have said you were crazy. Then again, here we are. The NBA season has come to a screeching halt. There’s no definite plan with regards to when the suspension of the season will end, let alone what the rest of the season will be like. No matter when the NBA starts up again, and it will start up again, you can rest assured that the DFS floodgates will open. There are a number of guys that you’ll want to keep an eye on while things get settled, as their post-apocalyptic salaries could be in our favor. Until things get back to normal there are only two things we can do, from an NBA DFS standpoint. The first thing is to be prepared. The second thing is to simply wait.
Steph Curry (GSW): After missing 58 games this season, Curry made his triumphant return to the court, posting 39.7 fantasy points in 27 minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, his return was short-lived, as he missed the next two games prior to the league being suspended. If and/or when league play resumes you can expect Curry to be a “full go”. His price will likely come at a discount, as we haven’t seen a “full go” Curry for most of the season.
Ben Simmons (PHI): Simmons’ back injury looked like it could potentially keep him out for the remainder of the regular season, with the hope that he would be ready for the NBA playoffs. He will be reevaluated in another week and could be in a position to rejoin the starting five once the Philadelphia 76ers hit the court. He missed nine of the last 10 games leading up to the suspension of the league and could be a valuable overlooked asset with a healthy Joel Embiid (PHI) in the lineup.
Derrick Rose (DET): Even while playing somewhat limited minutes, Rose has taken full advantage of an injury plagued Detroit Pistons team this season. After missing the last four games prior to suspension of the league due to a knee injury, Rose could find himself healthy and back in form if given several more weeks to rehab. There’s a very good chance that the rest of the injured players on his team won’t be ready to take the court, giving Rose an opportunity to pick up right where he left off (31.9 and 46.6 fantasy points in two of his last three games).
Zach LaVine (CHI): LaVine was a DNP for the last five games leading up to suspension of the league because of a quad injury. Up until that point, he was a man on fire. His salary might not see a major hit in-between now and when league play resumes, however, he usually goes under owned on any given night. His recent injury history should keep his ownership in check, as well. Even when the rest of his teammates are healthy, he’s the “heart and soul” of the Chicago Bulls. You can expect that to continue as soon as the team starts playing again.
Malcolm Brogdon (IND): Brogdon might not be the “heart and soul” of the Indiana Pacers, but he carried his fair share of the load while Victor Oladipo (IND) tried to return from a serious injury. Brogdon missed the last three games leading up to league suspension due to a torn left quadriceps muscle and was looking at a lengthy absence. That time could easily be absorbed by the league suspension, making him eligible to regain his role as starting point guard.
Victor Oladipo (IND): Oladipo’s return from a torn quadriceps tendon hasn’t gone as planned, at least not up until the last two games prior to league suspension. He put up 31.3 and 46.4 fantasy points in those two games and looked a lot more like his old self. I’ll take a chance on Oladipo when play resumes, with the expectation that he continues his upward trend in fantasy production. His value will only increase if Brogdon is isn’t ready to take the court.
Fred Vanvleet (TOR): Returning to a Toronto Raptors lineup that should be close to full health might not do wonders for Vanvleet’s usage, however, he missed six games prior to league suspension with a shoulder injury. There’s a chance we could see him priced a lot lower than a completely healthy Vanvleet should be. He’s shown that he can put up good fantasy numbers, even with a healthy squad alongside him, so make sure he stays on your radar.
NBA All Covid-19 Team (Guards)
Donovan Mitchell (UTA): Mitchell was me second player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus, shortly after teammate Rudy Gobert (UTA) showed up with a positive test result.
Marcus Smart (BOS): Smart has also revealed that he tested positive for Covid-19. The scary thing is at the time he tested positive he stated that he showed no symptoms of having the virus.