Welcome, to the Judge’s Verdict. We have a four-game NBA slate tonight, and of course, Kyrie and the Celtics are playing to remind us of his 17 fantasy point performance from last night. However, we shall not be deterred! Let’s get down to business.
Here are some of my top tournament plays for today’s slate.
Note: The numbers in parenthesis refer to the salaries of that particular player. The first number is the FanDuel (“FD”) salary, while the second number is the DraftKings (“DK”) salary.
Fox v. Irving
I was trying to find ways to simply go all in on Kyrie tonight after he brutally assaulted us last night with an impossible 17 fantasy point performance. He was the eighth-leading fantasy scorer on his own team, and the Celtics put up a season high 135 total points last night. NOT POSSIBLE. But as painful as that was, it was a fluke. I will not be deterred from playing Kyrie tonight in tournaments on either site. The problem is the matchup against Miami isn’t ideal, his price on DK is a tad high, and Fox is staring directly at me in a much better matchup and much better price (on DK) vs. Detroit. So, I lean Kyrie on FD and Fox on DK. However, remember this is a tournament article, and I do not think you need to torture yourself with Kyrie in cash games. I mean, we can only take so much suffering!
Note: Blake was ruled out just as I finished writing this article (or course). So now, RJax is the top PG on the slate point per dollar. He sees a six percent usage bump without Blake (31 percent overall) and is going to be tough to fade against the Kings tonight.
Shooting guard is awful tonight. Traps and bums everywhere. I truly hate them all. I almost want to leave this spot blank rather than watch in horror as SGs destroy our lineups tonight. On FD, I believe you punt this position with someone like Marco. There are no safe options. So, I will build the rest of my lineup first and then plug in whatever 4K bum fits. Brown is also fine and can take a chance with one of the Denver bums. In cash games, Dennis and Demar makes sense if you don’t want to use this spot as your dropped score. But on this slate on FD, I will be building eight-man optimal lineups and throwing away one of the SG spots.
On DK, we have some options. Rjax is awful in real life but against the Kings’ pace at 5K, I am fine with that play. I also think Dennis at a cheaper 4.8K is perfectly fine. But again, SG is not the position I want to pay up for tonight on either site.
Note: Dion Waiters is in play if you want to take a risk on a guy who might get 0 or 30 fantasy points. Also, he’s a guy that might play 0 or 30 minutes.
Another Note: As mentioned above, with Blake ruled out, Rjax now an elite play.
Paul George (9.7, 9.8)
We do need some safety tonight – enter Paul George. Not a whole lot to say here. He’s been OKC’s best and most consistent player all year. SF is always a struggle on FD, and now we suddenly have value with Blake being ruled out – so PG13 is easy to fit. I am not anticipating a monster game from PG13 against the Spurs, but on a four-game slate, I think 50 fantasy points or so will be enough for him to be in all winning lineups.
Jon Leuer (3.5, 3.1)
So, the Blake news has shattered the thinking behind this slate. The projections have JON LEUER as the top play point per dollar on the entire slate now. Let me say this: Jon Leuer is one of the worst basketball players in the league. He could be negative 3.5K, and I still would not feel safe rostering him. I vividly recall a Leuer chalk night two years ago, and he gave me two fantasy points in 30 minutes. So, my advice is this, feel free to still fade him in tournaments. Detroit can go small and play a lot of guys at the four. They do not need to play Leuer a ton of minutes. Tread carefully with Leuer. I don’t mind Marcus Morris as a nice value play at PF or LMA if you want to spend up a bit. I also think Millsap could excel in a fast paced game against the Clippers.
Andre Drummond (9.8, 9.1)
Without Blake, the question is can Detroit keep this game close against the Kings. I am not sure. However, Drummond is in an elite spot vs. WCS. With the warp speed pace, Drummond should feast on the glass against the putrid statuesque defense of WCS. Jokic is also an elite option tonight against the Clippers, and I am trying to gauge projected ownership to see which one of these two elite options makes sense for tournaments. However, in a vacuum, I would take the salary savings with Drummond for tonight.
Alright, the Judge’s Verdict is in and it is final. Good luck tonight!
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