NBA DFS Playbook 2.26

Victor Oladipo

It’s time for another edition of the NBA DFS Playbook, and what a slate we have this Friday night. In my opinion eight games is perfect for DFS, we get enough variation to create some unique lineups, but we can still key in and build around our core group of guys. In what seems to be a developing trend this season, we get another slate where every projected total is over 200! There are some competitive games, some potential blowouts and a bunch of teams playing in matchups with guys we love to use. Let’s break it down and look at who you should be building around to take home that big check!

Point Guard

Chris Paul $9,600

The highest projected point total on the board once again goes to the team going up against the Sacramento Kings. Playing guards against the King’s 22nd ranked DVP has paid off real well lately, and Chris Paul has been in form since the break. His usage rate also continues to sky rocket with Blake off the court. Paul offers the safest floor of any player on the slate, and is a player to strongly consider building cash lineups around.

 

Kyle Lowry $8,400

Chris Paul and John Wall will, as they should, be the highest owned guards on the slate, so I love pivoting to Lowry for GPPs. The competitive matchup versus the Cavs should provide some extra minutes, and the defense of Kyrie Irving is not at all worrisome. If you want some exposure to this game, the Cavs struggle the most with defending the one, and the Raptors will depend on Lowry down the stretch.

 

Shooting Guard

Victor Oladipo $7,000

Dipo has been getting all the minutes he can handle lately, and it’s become clear the offense looks to start with the ball in his hands. His price is still not up enough for minutes he’s seeing, the usage he gets, and the numbers he’s been putting up. At a position that struggles to provide any lock plays, Vic offers a high enough floor for cash and high enough ceiling for Gpps.

 

Evan Fournier $6,000

The other Magic player benefiting most from the extra minutes, Fournier has now returned value in EIGHT STRAIGHT. On a Magic team that doesn’t have many good outside shooters, Fournier has carved out an important role, where you know he will get his shots each night. It’s only a matter of time before his price rises, keep riding the streak while we can!

 

Small Forward

LeBron James $9,500

The top two teams in the East go head to head, so we can expect LeBron to come out trying to make a statement. This game is projected to stay close and be highly competitive, which helps ensure King James will play big minutes and be on the court in the fourth. The Raptors are still without DeMarre Carroll, and I don’t think anyone in their current rotation can slow LeBron down.

 

Rudy Gay $6,500

Gay is still too cheap for his upside, especially in a matchup with a Clipper team that never really knows who they want to play at the small forward. He’s played at least 36 minutes in each game since the break, and while his last game was a dud, we do have to remember it was against the Spurs and one of the leagues best defenders in Kawhi Leonard. If anything, his poor outing a few nights ago may help his ownership stay low at a position where we’re searching hard for plays. Gay makes for a great pivot off of the top guys, and provides a little more flexibility to get that unique lineup.

 

Power Forward

DeMarcus Cousins $10,600

You know the drill, get Boogie in those lineups! Outside of the point guards Boogie might be the best play on this slate. People think of the Clippers and DeAndre as having a strong interior defense, but they’ve struggled recently against big men, especially the more athletic type. Boogie’s price tag is down to $10,600 and he’s playing at home where he averages almost 7 more points a game. He is an elite play in all formats.

 

JaMychal Green $4,200

The Grizzlies get the Lakers again tonight, but this time their player prices have caught up to the increased minutes of the new rotation. The Lakers are awful at defending the paint, but Zach Randolph hasn’t really produced like we expected him to. Brandon Wright continues to be limited off the knee injury, and we’ve seen JaMychal get some extra run because of it. If you want some cheap exposure to the Grizz, everything (matchup, opportunity, minutes) adds up to J-Mike being a great value play.

 

Center

DeAndre Jordan $7,900

Center continues to be position we’ll want to pay up, but luckily on DK they always seem to be undervalued to begin with. DeAndre is another beneficiary of playing in this high scoring game, and while Boogie is an offensive nightmare, he rarely bring anywhere close to the same effort to defense. The Kings are ranked 25th in DVP against the center this season, which makes DeAndre again an easy play who won’t leave you tilting over production.

Al Horford $7,100

While the Hawks have been the worst rebounding teams in the league, Chicago has been one of the worst at stopping opposing centers. It feels like every time they play we see a big man go off, and tonight Big Al gets his number called. He’s seen 38, 44, and 39 minutes since the break, a huge increase from the 32 he’s averaged all season. This is a great opportunity for Horford to continue his hot streak, and makes for a solid play in any format.

 

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