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Basketball Daily Dose

Alternative Dose

by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Beware the ides of March. If you’re an emperor or a salad dressing, March 15th is a day to be careful. We’re also in the dog days of the basketball season and you have probably seen the same analysis on the same guys.

 
With that in mind, I thought I’d change it up in a big way today. I’m sure the DFS people will like this because that’s what this column is all about.
 
We’re going to focus on where players get minutes and their efficiency/usage. If you want points, boards, and rebounds, then you can hit up the blurbs or box scores.
 
We’ll be looking at each teams’ lineups based on where the guys are used. It should be pretty helpful, especially if players are shut down. The following tables show where the players got their minutes from Tuesday. These numbers are rounded, so there are some positions at 47 or 49. I also added the usage rates and true shooting percentages of every player.
 

 Let’s get to it:

 

Nuggets 110 at Magic 116

 

 

Player

Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Aaron Gordon 27       27   80 20
Dewayne Dedmon 20         20 0 7
Brandon Jennings 27 27         17 14.7
Evan Fournier 42     42     72 25
Victor Oladipo 39   39       62 23
Ersan Ilyasova 21       21   90 9
Jason Smith 28         28 71 29
C.J. Watson 21 21         17 15
Mario Hezonja 14   8 6     25 23

 

Notable absences: Nikola Vucevic (groin) and Elfrid Payton (elbow)

 

Notes: Hey, Scott Skiles kept it tight for a change. He had a clear second unit with Mario Hezonja backing up both Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier. The Magic were on fire early and Fournier finished with 30 points. Gordon was also red hot early, but only finished with 16 points. He looks really good and not having Vooch around should help everyone. He seems like he might be out for a bit. Jason Smith was awesome with 25 points and 13 boards, so Skiles probably trusts him now.

 

Takeaways: Basically you have to like the four non-center starters and Jason Smith here. I still wouldn't add Smith unless it's 16 teams or deeper.

 

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Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Kenneth Faried 15       15   60 25
Nikola Jokic 25         25 75 19
Emmanuel Mudiay 27 27         54 25
JaKarr Sampson 9     9     50 15
Gary Harris 36   24 12     63 21
Darrell Arthur 28       28   59 18
Joffrey Lauvergne 23         23 67 19
D.J. Augustin 33 21 12       52 20
Axel Toupane 13     13     38 16
Will Barton 32   12 15 5   71 19

 

Notable absences: Jusuf Nurkic (knee), Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Kenneth Faried (back)

 

Notes: Faried tweaked his back, so that explains the low output on his minutes. That really opened up some run for Darrell Arthur and the Nuggets also went small, too. We also saw some Barton at the four again. Gary Harris is getting all he can eat and he added three steals. He looks poised to be a difference maker. Hey, Will Barton also had some efficiency with 15 points, four boards and two turnovers. Mudiay was also very solid in a losing effort. He's coming around.

 

Takeaways: Arthur is a pickup in standard leagues now and make sure Barton wasn't cut. There will be usage to go around. Harris should be owned in all leagues, obviously.

 

Celtics 98 at Pacers 103

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Amir Johnson 23         23 58 14
Jared Sullinger 30       19 11 48 22
Avery Bradley 39   18 21     54 20
Isaiah Thomas 35 35         56 29
Marcus Smart 32 1 31       48 17
Jonas Jerebko 26       26   54 14
Coty Clarke 3       3   50 44
Tyler Zeller 14         14 52 23
Terry Rozier 12 12         28 22
Evan Turner 27     27     50 19

 

Notable absences: Jae Crowder (ankle) and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder)

 

Notes: Coach Brad Stevens mixed it up with Marcus Smart starting next to Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. The starters played 17 minutes together and they were actually good with a plus-13.8 net rating, but their bench was killed. Jonas Jerebko was actually really good with 17 points, but Olynyk could hurt him. Smart really can't hit his shot right now, but he still has upside. Evan Turner was also awful with six points, five boards, five dimes and one turnover.

 

Takeaways: Smart and Turner should benefit while Crowder is out. We also didn't see much small ball, too. That is likely a matchup move by Stevens, though. The Pacers don't go small anymore as you'll see.

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Myles Turner 21       21   33 21
Paul George 35   4 31     67 27
Ian Mahinmi 25         25 55 20
George Hill 30 30         40 21
Monta Ellis 34   34       58 22
Lavoy Allen 26       26   41 10
Solomon Hill 18     18     100 5
Joe Young 9 9         63 24
Rodney Stuckey 19 9 10       51 18
Jordan Hill 23         23            54                28

 

Notable absences: Ty Lawson (foot)

 

Notes: Eww, George Hill. He can't make shots and has been really bad. He had just 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and two turnovers. Paul George is not getting PF minutes anymore and he seems like he's coming around again. Plus, he's adding a lot of stats these days. Jordan Hill was also briefly hurt, but he looks like he's OK.

 

Takeaways: Hill owners are in a bad spot. He's really struggling, but chances are you won't find anyone better on the wire. We also really need to see Myles Turner hit jumpers right now. He's also a cut candidate in shallower formats.

 

76ers 114 at Nets 131

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Carl Landry 26       17 9 52 16
Nerlens Noel 29         29 51 32
Ish Smith 30 30         59 24
Isaiah Canaan 32   27 5     82 17
Hollis Thompson 32     14 18   59 17
Elton Brand 13       3 10 33 19
T.J. McConnell 20 18 2       57 19
Kendall Marshall 19   19       67 11
Nik Stauskas 30     23 7   61 22
Sonny Weems 9     6 3   0 14

 

Notable absences: Jahlil Okafor (knee), Jerami Grant (concussion), Robert Covington (concussion, neck), Richaun Holmes (Achilles), and The Process (Life)

 

Notes: The 76ers were BAD on defense and allowed the Nets to score the most points in a regulation game since 2000. Like, Y2K or Nokia phones were poppin' back then -- and saying poppin'. Hollis Thompson looked OK in the starting lineup with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two treys. Isaiah Canaan looks like the winner from the Covington injury with 20 points in this loss. Carl Landry had some offense run through him and he had a nice line of 10 points, eight boards, four dimes, one steal and one block. He'll be a nice value this week. Sauce Castillo was also very productive with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

 

Takeaways: I'm kind of feeling Sauce. He has two good games in a row, so one more and I'd think about grabbing him over Hollis. Canaan is also a nice piece to own right now and the same goes for Landry. This is DFS value heaven right now.

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Thaddeus Young 33       32 1 65 14
Brook Lopez 37         37 48 23
Donald Sloan 24 24         67 14
Bojan Bogdanovic 37     28 9   73(!) 37(!)
Wayne Ellington 17   17       50 22
Thomas Robinson 9       1 8 0 14
Chris McCullough 7       5 2 27 12
Shane Larkin 24 24         67 13
Sean Kilpatrick 23   7 16     88 21
Markel Brown 24   24       52 16
Sergey Karasev 5     5     0 6

 

Notable absences: Willie Reed (knee)

 

Notes: DON'T MESS WITH THE BOJAN! He matched his jersey number with 44 points, adding eight rebounds, two assists, four 3-pointers and three turnovers. Thaddeus Young also went off with 14 points, 16 boards, four dimes, two steals, three blocks and no turnovers. Sean Kilpatrick continues to impress with 19 points.

 

Takeaways: You kind of have to add Bojan here. I'd also consider adding Kilpatrick in 16-team leagues. He's got some skills and is a nice fit. The Nets have to sign him.

 

Raptors 107 at Bucks 89

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Luis Scola 25       25   50 16
James Johnson 24     24     55 21
Bismack Biyombo 25         25 86 14
Kyle Lowry 28 28         85 29
Norman Powell 35   33 2     54 22
Patrick Patterson 20       20   64 28
Jason Thompson 23       4 19 33 8
Lucas Nogueira 4         4 0 15
Delon Wright 3 3         53 49
Cory Joseph 25 17 8       38 17
Terrence Ross 30   7 23     46 20

 

Notable absences: DeMar DeRozan (rest), Jonas Valanciunas (hand)

 

Notes: If you had the guts to start Norman Powell, you were probably on Nickelodeon GUTS as a kid. He went off for 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers. Summer League matters, apparently. Powell was really good in Vegas. Biyombo was also really good, as expected. He put up 12 points, 13 boards and two blocks. Ross was a big letdown with just 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

 

Takeaways: It makes sense to add Biyombo as JV insurance, but this was a great matchup for him. JV should be back very soon, though. Also, keep an eye on Lowry resting on Thursday.

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Jabari Parker 37     4 33   52 23
Giannis Antetokounmpo 35     35     53 25
Greg Monroe 29         29 47 15
Jerryd Bayless 28 22 6       51 19
Khris Middleton 31   27 4     55 19
John Henson 6         6 67 37
Johnny O'Bryant 15       15   33 10
Damien Inglis 4     4     0 33
Miles Plumlee 14         14 51 26
Tyler Ennis 28 28         54 18
Rashad Vaughn 13   13       0 12

 

Notable absences: Michael Carter-Williams (hip), O.J. Mayo (ankle) and Greivis Vasquez (ankle)

 

Notes: Hey, Jabari is getting small forward minutes and he did on Sunday, too. He's really growing and his career trajectory looks nice. Obviously Giannis Antetokounmpo is a stud, posting 18 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and one turnover. He's a "small forward" but it's PGiannis to the fullest. The PGiannis started in Summer League, of course. Bayless only had 11 points, one steal and one 3-pointer.

 

Takeaways: Bayless is worth a look, but he is going to be so up and down. Giannis is a monster.

 

Clippers 87 at Spurs 108

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Luc Mbah a Moute 23       23   0 6
Jeff Green 32     23 9   54 27
DeAndre Jordan 37         37 82 19
Chris Paul 33 33         64 32
J.J. Redick 29   25 4     71 20
Wes Johnson 21     5 16   0 5
Cole Aldrich 14       3 11 79 22
Pablo Prigioni 13 13         75 8
Austin Rivers 18 2 16       34 21
Jamal Crawford 22   7 15     28 24

 

Notable absences: Blake Griffin (hand), Paul Pierce (toe)

 

Notes: This was a pretty boring night, which is nothing new when it's in San Antonio.

 

Takeaways: None.

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
LaMarcus Aldridge 30       23 7 30 48
Kawhi Leonard 34     32 2   63 28
Tim Duncan 22         22 60 11
Tony Parker 24 24         20 14
Danny Green 26   25 1     120(!) 13
David West 17       9 8 57 19
Kyle Anderson 14     7 7   50 20
Boban Marjanovic 4         4 85 23
Boris Diaw 13       6 7 0 7
Andre Miller 4 4         0 0
Patty Mills 23 20 3       78 20
Manu Ginobili 16   16       73 29
Kevin Martin 12   4 8     26 51

 

Notable absences: Jonathon Simmons (illness)

 

Notes: The Spurs are a machine and Kawhi Leonard is amazing. Oh and Danny Green was incredibly efficient, making 4-of-5 from three for his 12 points with one dime and one steal.

 

Takeaways: Kevin Martin isn't going to have value, but we knew that.

 

Kings 106 at Lakers 98

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Rudy Gay 36     25 11   59 22
DeMarcus Cousins 36         36 66 24
Willie Cauley-Stein 32       32   103 5
Rajon Rondo 37 37         46 19
Darren Collison 41 11 30       74 21
Quincy Acy 5       5   27 16
Omri Casspi 20     20     41 27
Kosta Koufos 12         12 58 12
Seth Curry 6   6       0 16
Marco Belinelli 15   12 3     41 32

 

Notable absences: Ben McLemore (hand)

 

Notes: So much for more minutes for Seth Curry, but Willie Cauley Stein did get some extended run. Darren Collison is getting a ton of run, posting a line of 22 points, one rebound, six dimes, one steal and one 3-pointer. 

 

Takeaways: Collison looks really good and WCS should be added now.

 

Player Total PG SG SF PF C TS% USG%
Julius Randle  31       31   48 22
Metta World Peace 19     19     17 16
Roy Hibbert 14         14 39 15
Jordan Clarkson 26   26       38 29
D'Angelo Russell 25 23 2       58 27
Larry Nance 25     8 17   86 16
Ryan Kelly 21     21     0 8
Robert Sacre 22         22 100 10
Tarik Black 12         12 100 12
Marcelo Huertas 20 20         40 30
Lou Williams 24 5 19       61 27

 

Notable absences: Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Brandon Bass (eye)

 

Notes: Nothing really to see here. The Lakers were out of sorts and their young guys should get more run next time. Don't expect Huertas to play this much

 

Takeaways: None.

 

Notes from Tuesday

 
Jimmy Butler is probable for Wednesday against the Wizards. The Bulls are trying to cut down the length of his stints to prevent swelling. He should be good to go, which means less run for Doug McDermott.
 
Derrick Rose (groin) is questionable for this game, as well. He said he will listen to his body and chances are it says, “Derrick, nah.” E’Twaun Moore would get another start.
 
Mike Dunleavy (illness) is questionable again. His absence helps out Justin Holiday and Doug McDermott. Be careful on McDermott because he was en fuego in the first half with 24 points. I’d be fairly surprised if he scores 15 actual points with only a few other stats.
 
Bradley Beal did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday against the Bulls. That’s not good and he’s a cut candidate now for owners in do-or-die situations.
 
Norris Cole (back) is questionable again. He missed the last four games with his sore lower back. Toney Douglas destroyed it in garbage time on Monday, so be careful in counting on him again.
 
Arron Afflalo is going to come off the bench because why not get some shooting guard post-up possessions in the second unit? Sasha Vujacic is not an option even as a starter. Kristaps Porzingis is back.
 
Coach Ty Lue said he’s planning on resting players. There is a very good chance players sit on Thursday against the Magic. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith are more likely to rest, but obviously LeBron James and Kevin Love are candidates, too.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.