Welcome, to the Judge’s Verdict. We have a massive 10 game NBA slate tonight, and thankfully the Warriors aren’t playing to tear our hearts out again tonight. Gordon Hayward equaling Durant PLUS Curry’s fantasy point total was simply cruel and impossible. So, I am ready to bounce back tonight.
Here are some of my top tournament plays for tonight’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.
Derrick White (6.7, 5.4)
If confused or don’t want to think too much just play Ben Simmons tonight, as he’s playing 40+ minutes a night, gets to dominate the ball without Embiid, and has a cake matchup against the Bulls.
But, one guy who I will look to again tonight is White. On DK, each slate has dozens of players underpriced and White is one of them against Atlanta tonight. It’s almost impossible to fail against Trae Young and the Hawks, and White has been playing phenomenal. He’s a defensive menace, and he should stumble into all kinds of blocks and steals against the pace and carelessness of the Hawks. His presence has stabilized the entire Spurs’ defense, and he’s locked into 30 minutes a night (so, he’s finally earned Pop’s trust). I love the play on DK for all formats, and even on FD, I am going to roster a low owned White in tournaments.
Jeremy Lamb (6.8, 5.2)
I do not like SG tonight, and Lamb is another guy way too cheap on DK. I am not sure why it took Charlotte’s coach 60+ games to figure out Lamb would be an ideal fit off the bench as a primary scorer. However, since moving to the second unit, Lamb’s production has skyrocketed, as he’s averaging 20 points in over 30 minutes. All year long, the only issue for Lamb has been minutes, so if you tell me he’s finally a lock for 30 a night – he’s a 6K player (at a fantasy point per minute). So, I love the play on DK for all formats, and once again on FD, I will use him in tournaments. Miami has legitimate defenders ion J Rich/Winslow, and they can switch almost every position when Bam starts – so that’s why in cash games on FD I probably will go in a different route.
Rudy Gay (6.5, 6.0)
I know we still get nervous trusting Spurs players, but against the Hawks, several are in play tonight. Pop is using Gay similar to how Borrego is using Lamb. He has moved Gay to the second unit as a primary scoring weapon off the bench, and Gay has thrived. He’s been stuffing the stat sheet and is all over the court lately getting us those coveted defensive stats (3 blocks and steals last game). The price on Gay is fair on both sites, but against the pace of the Hawks – Gay should be able to get us around 40 fantasy points if he gets 28 minutes.
Larry Nance (5.6, 5.9)
I honestly haven’t loved (no pun intended) what I’ve seen from Nance since Kevin Love has come back into the lineup. However, as long as Nance gets the start tonight, I will fire him off in tournaments plus again. I do like LMA a lot too (but didn’t want to write about 3 Spurs). Zizic is still out for the Cavs, so I expect Nance to get 30+ minutes against a BK team that we always want to attack in the frontcourt. Nance just fits lineups tonight very easily, and I still think he has massive upside at this price.
Note: Nance has not had a block in 6 straight games, and this is mind-boggling to me. Blocks are all about effort, so this does have me a tad concerned that Coach Drew has crushed Nance’s soul by messing with his head and minutes all year.
JaVale McGee (4.3, 3.7)
Honestly, most nights in tournaments when most spend down, an elite strategy is to spend up on a star center. However, we do have Len/McGee both in good spots once again tonight. Even though Len crushed us last game, that would not deter me from playing him again in tournaments. However, McGee is going to be forced into major minutes tonight (barring NASA Luke going wild), as he might be the only Laker big available to defend Jokic. McGee has been a fantasy point per minute monster all year averaging 1.25/1.17 respectively on the two sites. So, with Kuzma out, Ingram, Lance, and Tyson all questionable – the Lakers may be down to McGee and (gulp) Muscala as their only bigs tonight. If that’s the case, I will gladly take a flier on a dirt cheap McGee.
Alright, the Judge’s Verdict is in and it is final. Good luck tonight!
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