Check out Scotty C’s Cash Game Breakdown for tonight’s five-game NBA DFS slate!!
With Damian Lillard ruled out and the Blazers severely undermanned with just nine available players, the big question for our cash teams today is: How many Blazers players is too many? I think we’re going to want to at least three.
Some things to keep in mind are that Philly plays with pace, so despite being a good team, they’re generally one we don’t mind targeting against for DFS.
In the event it’s a complete blowout, Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent should see big minutes regardless, while the vets Rodney Hood, Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington would likely be the first to hit the bench. However, the minutes floor for each is still going to be high compared to when the team has more players.
In addition to the Lillard news, both James Wiseman and Kevon Looney are out for the Warriors, while Trae Young is Q and De’Andre Hunter is out for the Hawks. Gary Harris is out for the Nuggets.
EDIT: With the news that Simons is not starting for Portland and on a 20 minute limit, he is no longer a core play. Hood and Trent both get a boost as they will likely have the ball in their hands more without a true PG on the floor.
With Rajon Rondo starting in place of the injured Trae Young, he becomes a very interesting play on DK at $3400.
Anfernee Simons ($4500 DK, $4400 FD) – The news that Damian Lillard is out makes Simons a core play for cash today. Simons has shown that he’s more than capable of taking on a larger role when given the chance and he will get all the opportunity in the world tonight. He should also get any garbage run if this is a blowout.
Luka Doncic ($10,900 DK, $11,300 FD) – The value opened up from the Blazers makes it relatively easy to pay up for Luka, who has the highest raw projection on the slate. He’s Luka, he’s a monster, and we can fit him without stretching elsewhere.
Stephen Curry ($9800 DK, $9900 FD) –With Simons locked into one of the PG spots on FD, the preferred play to pair him with is Luka, but if it works better with the rest of your lineup to go Steph instead, he projects similarly point per dollar. The other thing to note is that with Draymond playing center for the Warriors, we could very easily see the pace pick up in this one, which would be a boon for both PGs.
Kevin Huerter ($5500 DK, $4500 FD) – With De’Andre Hunter out and Cam Reddish scuffling, Huerter has walked into 39 and 38 minutes the past two games. And that’s with Trae Young playing. If Trae sits, that’s even more usage for Huerter and the minutes become ironclad. The price on FD is way too cheap, which makes him a top value over there.
Gary Trent ($6200 DK, $6300 FD) – It’s uncomfortable paying $6k+ for Trent, but he’s young and has no history of health issues, so outside of something unforeseen like fouls, an ejection or an injury, he’s locked into huge minutes tonight; In the event of a blowout, it’s going to be Melo, Hood, and RoCo hitting the bench before Trent.
Rodney Hood ($3700 DK, $4000 FD) –With Lillard out, the Blazers will need scoring tonight and Hood can provide that. He’s got a pretty wide range of possibilities minutes-wise, as a competitive game has him on the floor 35+ like we saw last game, while with his injury history, he’ll likely be the first to the bench in a blowout, but should still be locked into low-to-mid 20s. The other risk with Hood is that he’s very shooting dependent, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot to like here at the price.
Donovan Mitchell ($7800 DK, $7800 FD) – Looks to be recovered from a concussion and back to himself after putting up a big line last game. SG is a pretty good pay down spot for our cash teams today, but if you were looking to spend up, he’s the option here against the Hawks.
Carmelo Anthony ($4600 FD Only) – Even at his age, Melo can still get buckets and he’s a strong candidate to lead the Blazers in shot attempts tonight. He’s listed as an SF on FD and a PF on DK, but either way, he’s a top play at under $5000 on both sites.
LeBron James ($10000 DK, $10700 FD) – LeBron’s projection and ceiling is significantly higher than every other SF on FD, which means we’d likely be hurting if he has a big game and we’re not on him. We’ve also got what will likely be a competitive game against the Nuggets where we could easily get those 38-39 minutes out of him that we’ve seen in three of his past five games.
Will Barton ($5200 DK, $5200 FD) – If we’re going to roster Barton, we want to make sure the minutes are likely to be there, and they should be with Gary Harris ruled out. He saw 37 minutes last game when Harris went down and he’s got a great chance of hitting low-to-mid 30s again tonight.
Carmelo Anthony ($4900 DK Only) – See Above.
Draymond Green ($5200 DK, $5800 FD) – With James Wiseman and now Kevon Looney out, the Warriors are desperately thin up front. Draymond played a season-high 36 minutes last game. The biggest thing holding Draymond back this year has been the inconsistent minutes, but he’ll be needed to hold down the center spot and should approach the 36 minutes he played last game. Should have a shot at more rebounds and his patented rebound and push, which could help help turn this into a track meet.
John Collins ($7300 DK, $6900 FD) – Colllins is a strong play regardless, but he would become Option A for the Hawks tonight if Trae were to sit. He’s a strong PPD play today, especially on FD.
Tobias Harris ($7200 DK Only) – This is a pretty good price for Harris on DK, who has been ultra consistent this season, pretty much locked into 30+ fantasy points. There are some PF who project a little better than him PPD tonight, but they have a hard to time matching his very safe floor.
Robert Covington ($5200 DK, $5600 FD) – Yeah, I know, another Blazers player. It’s just tough to get away from these guys in this situation – they all project well. I put him a tier behind guys like Simons and Melo, but you can certainly roll with RoCo tonight and feel good about it.
Enes Kanter ($7000 DK, $7000 FD) – Kanter is a double-double machine in this starting role and he’ll be needed to be out there against Embiid because backup Harry Giles has no chance. It’s just a question of staying out of foul trouble and whether this game stays relatively close, but Kanter projects very well tonight.
Rudy Gobert ($7500 DK, $8500 FD) – The price on DK is tasty and this is a strong bounceback spot for Gobert after a couple of subpar fantasy outings. In his lone previous game against Atlanta this year, he had 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Joel Embiid ($10,200 DK, $10,200 FD) – This one’s a little tough because the Sixers are on a back to back and Embiid played 34 minutes last night. However, this is a spot where Embiid should dominate. If you’ve got the salary, he’s a strong play.
DK Core: Simons , Anthony, Luka, Hood EDIT: Remove Simons, add Rondo.
FD Core: Simons, Anthony, Huerter EDIT: Remove Simons, add Hood