The all-star break has come and gone.  For DFS purposes it seemed like an eternity.  For me it was a nice break to step away and recharge batteries.  Thursday was the NBA trade deadline and we seen a ton of movement. 39 players were traded.  Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you who the winners and losers were cause I could care less.  I will tell you it opens up opportunity for a lot of players for DFS and also takes the value away from a few players.  When you are building your lineups make sure these players that were involved in a trade are playing for their new teams.  This process can take a few days because of the amount of trades at one time and the players have to pass physicals.  On Saturday we a small 5-game slate so let’s get on with it:

Point Guards

Russell Westbrook is a must play if Kevin Durant sits out.

Chris Paul has been taking more of a scoring role since Blake Griffin has been injured.  Since Blake’s injury CP3 has averaged 38 minutes, 19 points, 13.5 dimes and 6 boards.  He is a bit cheaper than Westbrook and gives you just as much upside.

Goran Dragic has a nice price around the industry.  I can’t see the Heat not wanting to show off their new shiny toy.

Ray McCallum has a bad matchup against Chris Paul.  With that said he should be bare min across the industry.  I don’t see how he doesn’t start over newly acquired Andre Miller but new coach George Karl might see different.  Just make sure he is starting first.

 

Shooting Guards    

DeMar DeRozan gets to go up against a great offensive player, but James Harden really doesn’t care too much about defense.  The Rockets give up the third most fantasy points to SGs.  Also, DeRozan seems to go under owned which makes a good GPP play as well.

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick shouldn’t be ignored against a Kings team that gives up the 5th most points to SGs.

Gerald Green is only 3k on Draft Kings.  Even with Brandon Knight in the mix, Green will be needed more after Dragic and IT2 getting traded.

Also consider Lou Williams in a game with a 212 O/U.  He’s just a scorer and doesn’t give you much else. The last 2 games have been great for him.  His price really doesn’t reflect those two games.


Small Forwards

Thursday night Kevin Durant was really favoring his foot that he had surgery on for a “Jones” fracture.  Now I had this same fracture in my foot a little more than a year ago and I can tell you this is going to bother him the rest of the year.  OKC is on the front end of a B2B Saturday night.  I am no doctor but I can’t see KD playing both these games the way he was limping around and might sit out both games.

Most people will tell you that Josh Smith isn’t a good cash game play.  I think that used to be the case but not anymore the way he has been playing.  He has found a good rhythm in Rockets offense.  Averaging around 30 minutes a game and has had 4 double/double’s in his last 7 games going into Friday’s game.

The Clippers wing defense is terrible.  They give up the 2nd most fantasy points to SF’s and haven’t slowed down Rudy Gay in the 2 games he has played against them this year.  I doubt that changes Saturday night.

Omri Casspi saw 31 minutes off the bench for new coach George Karl.  He had 7 points, 12 boards and 6 dimes.  He should be close to a bare min punt option around the industry.

 

Power Forwards

Usually PF is a fruitful position.  On Saturday night I think it’s dog shit.  There is no value that you will feel confident in rostering.  I’m not going to put players in this article just to have them in here.  Bottom line it’s a pay up position for me.  It’s Anthony Davis and this guy below.  If you play on a site that has multi position eligibility try using a center at power forward.

Pau Gasol is the league leader in double/double’s.  Last night Pau had an off night.  It was his worst game since January 14th.  So his bad games are few and far between.  On Jan. 30th he had 10 and 19 against the Suns.

You can also consider Serge Ibaka only if KD sits out.

 

Centers

DeAndre Jordan has been a monster since Blake Griffin went down.  In the four games without Blake, Jordan has averaged 20 points and 18 boards.   I would say that pretty damn good.

Hassan Whiteside will have his hands full with Anthony Davis and this isn’t the best matchup on paper.  Last night Whiteside only played 20 minutes but he got you more than a fantasy point a minute.  He just wasn’t needed in the Heat’s blowout win against the sad ass Knicks.  People will look at last night and fade Whiteside.  That makes him a good GPP play because the herd will look elsewhere at center.

If you want to save some at center then look no further than Alex Len.  He played 35 minutes last night and had a double/double.  I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come but I do know he will get more time with Miles Plumlee out of town.  He is pretty much a must play on Draft Kings for 3k.

 

Don’t forget to check twitter for any late scratches and player news.  As always you can catch me on twitter @realdaddybigs or leave a comment below. Good luck this weekend in your games.

  1. Tom says:
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    Who is better rest of the year….Avery Bradley, mason plumlee, robin Lopez, or Tyler zeller?

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @Tom: With Sully being out for the year Zeller will see more minutes

  2. John says:
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    Is Rio Chalmers a drop in a 14 man league? Shumpert/KCP/Devin Harris on the wire

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @John: I am not dropping Chalmers for Shump/KCP/Harris

  3. Phreek says:
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    Would you rather have Mo Williams or Gerald Green? Thanks.

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @Phreek: Mo and it’s not even close

  4. Lawson says:
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    Hi! I got Canaan for Meeks and now I have 2 doubts… First, should I get rid of Pat Pat for James Johnson?
    Second, sadly, Jrue Holiday looks like he wont come back soon, or at all. Would you take Meeks, Shumpert, Casspi, J Rich, Rivers?, Alan Anderson, Caron Butler, Norris Cole or Randy Foye?

    Thanks a lot!

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @Lawson: Norris Cole if I had to pick. Pat Pat and James Johnson take turns so they are kinda the same player

  5. slimbo says:
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    Sullinger droppable in keeper leagues.? 8 teamer with 8 keepers

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @slimbo: All depend on your keepers for next year

      • slimbo says:
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        @danb:

        So I have

        Conley, K Thompson, teague, ariza, Jefferson, Leonard, henson , Monroe, whiteside, middleton, gobert, Anthony, griffin

        So I guess sullinger is ok to go? What you thinking pal

        • danb

          danb says:
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          @slimbo: Yep you got it

  6. patrick says:
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    trying to sneak in a big win in this short week. in need of 3s.

    is picking up jason richardson and dropping mario chalmers a crazy move?

    rio has been playing well the last two, but his role should be diminished with Dragic.

    can i safely cut?

    thanks

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @patrick: What’s with all the J Rich questions? He has sucked for years now and shouldn’t be considered. Also why all the questions on cutting Chalmers? Last time I looked Wade isn’t a picture of health.

      • patrick says:
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        @danb: hahah very true. mario was sucking for a bit even with wade out.

        i have Len, Clarkson, Galloway, and Chalmers at the end of my bench in a 14 team 9cat h2h. Are the above all holds?

        i’m sitting at 8th place with an injured Durant. i’ve got +4 wins on 7th place and i’m winning this week but it’s looking pretty shaky — thinking i have to aggresively stream the next week if it’s looking too close.

        out of Len, Clarkson, Galloway, and Chalmers — how would you rank them if i had to open up a streamer spot?

        thanks a lot!

        • patrick says:
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          @patrick: * +4 wins from 9th place

          • danb

            danb says:
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            @patrick: No healthy KD your season is over

            • patrick says:
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              @danb: i appreciate the positivity. trying to move him for a top 10 pick. my team got lucky as i got Monroe, Knight and Draymond Green all really late in the draft. got on board with whiteside too.

              i’m at 8th place because beginning of season injuries to Durant, MCW and oladipo. If I can make the playoffs and Durant’s healthy I feel really good with my team.

              my original question:

              If i had to stream the next weeks, who would you drop: Chalmers, Galloway, or Clarkson (I’d say probably not Len)

              thanks..

              • danb

                danb says:
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                @patrick: I guess Chalmers if I had to drop a guy

  7. JoeJ says:
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    Team has been devastated by injuries recently (Jrue, Batum all season, Sullinger, Anderson, KD all season, Collison, and unfortunately even more)
    Sitting in second place now with 2 IR slots
    G Curry, Rondo, Hill, Canaan, Batum, E Gordon, Collison (IR)
    F Durant, Covington, Ariza, P George (IR)
    C: Aldridge, Ibaka, Whiteside, Nurkic
    Dominate in 3s and blocks, also turnovers bc of the injuries but killed in ast and pts.
    Any big moves to make or stick with this team and play waivers?
    Thanks

    • danb

      danb says:
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      @JoeJ: I think you’re forced to play the waiver game

  8. Ri¢hie Ri¢h says:
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    I am currently #1 in a 10 team, head-to-head league and looking to the playoff schedule (3/16-29).

    I want to add Terrence Jones, Tyler Zeller and stash Kelly Olynyk but not sure who to drop. My worst guys are probably Robin Lopez, Markieff Morris (after recent bad FG% games and bad playoff schedule) and David West.

    PG: Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Isaiah Canaan
    SG: Gordon Hayward, Khris Middleton, Danny Green
    SF: Tobias Harris
    PF: Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, David West, Markieff Morris
    C: Jusuf Nurkic, Robin Lopez

    What ya think?

    Thanks a millions!

    • JoeJ says:
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      @Ri¢hie Ri¢h: Dropping Lopez would hurt REB too much I’d go with Morris if you have to drop someone

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Need a F in weekly H2H pts league while KD’s out. Big bonus for dbl dbls and generally weighted toward peripheral stats over scoring/%s. Grab Bass, James Johnson, Caron Butler or Haslem? And are you OK dropping Ryan Anderson (out 2-4 wks)? Other option would be Eric Gordon.

  10. danb

    danb says:
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    Bass is your 1st target and you can drop Ryan Anderson

  11. Bootsy323 says:
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    I’ve been stocking up on big men recently and I’ve gone a bit overboard. I need to swap out one of my bigs for someone who hits 3’s. I currently have:

    Nurkic
    Gobert
    Bogut
    Len
    and Robin Lopez

    Who would you dump?

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