What’s up Mafia? I hope everyone is safe and sheltered in place. If you are still out working, or a loved one is, I wanted to thank you for their commitment.
I am covering the second of three NBA articles focusing on players that might make a late-season impact at cheap prices. Today’s article will address Forwards. Rad Thad covered the Guards in our 1st article. He also covered the Centers in the final piece later this week.
At this point, there’s no definite plan with regards to when the stoppage of the season will end. No matter when the NBA starts up again – and it will start up again – you can rest assured that the NBA DFS floodgates will open. There are several players 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.
Kelly Oubre Jr (PHO): Oubre had knee surgery to fix his meniscus and was expected to miss 4 weeks. With the stoppage being over 30 days minimum, Oubre should be back to finish the season. Oubre has a career-high in mpg, ppg, and 3p%, so returning to the lineup should be a nice boost for the young Suns offense.
Kevin Porter Jr. (CLE): Porter was out of the final games before the league suspended with a concussion. With us pushing at least 30 days off, Porter should be back in the Cavs starting lineup. Porter was having a great 2nd half, post ASB. He topped 30 mins in 5 of his last 6 games with double-digit points in each game. Depending on the games that are scheduled, Porter is in a great spot to continue to break out the rest of the season.
Marvin Bagley (SAC): Bagley has been battling a foot injury all season only playing 13 games so far, last game being 1/20/20. His last 3 games, he topped 30 minutes and it looked like he was bouncing back. With the stoppage, Bagley should have plenty of time to recover and hopefully return to his form of last season, rolling off six double-doubles the final 14 games.
Luke Kennard (DET): Kennard was lined up to play a key role with the Pistons this season but has been on the shelf since Christmas. He was averaging 15.79 ppg and seeing 32 mpg. The concern is that Detroit is in line for a top 5 pick. Kennard should be a solid piece of the team’s future with him only being 23 years old, so there’s a very good chance that he is out for the rest of the season.
NBA All Covid-19 Team (Forwards)
Kevin Durant (BKN): Durant was one of three Brooklyn Nets to test positive for the Covid-19. However, he is expected to be out the rest of the season rehabbing.
Christian Wood (DET): Wood tested positive shortly after Rudy Gobert announced his test results. Wood dropped 30 points against the Jazz on March 7th. Seven days later, he tested positive for Covid-19.