For Game 2 in our contest I decided to use the opposite of my Game 1 strategy, when Lance Stephenson ruined what was otherwise a pretty good night. No Studs & Scrubs this time. Instead I rolled mostly with what Vegas was calling the highest-scoring games of the night, as well as which teams did poorly defensively against each specific position. Here we go. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
Chris Paul looks like the must-play of the night, at least on paper. Not only is he hot and one of the best point guards in the league, but the Kings are the fifth-worst team against opposing PGs, and their matchup is expected to be the highest scoring game of the night. Hopefully it’s a perfect storm for CP3.
Mike Conley is in a similar boat after torching the Lakers for a big game just two days ago. The Lakers are the worst team against opposing PGs and their matchup is expected to be the third-highest scoring game of the night. These two felt like no-brainers to me.
I really wanted to use E’Twaun Moore over Langston Galloway, especially with Derrick Rose out, but I just couldn’t make the money work. The Clippers-Kings game is expected to be the highest-scoring game of the night and the Kings are the worst team in the league defensively against opposing SGs. That made J.J. Redick a must-start in my mind, while Jamal Crawford was a close second. And since I ran out of money for Moore, I went with Galloway, who is playing well for the Knicks. I don’t love his matchup against the Magic and Victor Oladipo, although he should be playing a lot of point guard tonight, too. To me, Galloway was the best low-dollar option at SG.
Charlotte’s decent against SFs and this game is projected to be low scoring, but the fact George is nearly automatic for at least 30 Fanduel points a night felt right. On paper, Robert Covington looked like an excellent value play, but his inconsistency scared me away. In this format you need guys who are going to produce every night and don’t need to hit home runs with sleepers.
As you might recall, I reluctantly passed on Matt Barnes on Wednesday and he posted his best game of the season. It’s time for Round 2, as he’ll face the Lakers again tonight. The Lakers are worst in the league against opposing SFs and this game should be high scoring. Do I fully trust Barnes? Nope. Do I think he should have another good game against the Lakers? Yep.
I’m not the biggest Dirk Nowitzki fan these days, but Denver is awful against power forwards and this game is projected to be fairly high scoring. I threw Dirk into my lineup without thinking too much about it, and he’s also coming off a season-high game.
The Magic are sixth worst in the league against opposing power forwards and Kristaps Porzingis has the potential to go beast mode on any given night. This should be a fun rookie vs. rookie matchup between Porzingis and red-hot Aaron Gordon. I like Gordon too, but Porzingis’ ability to three and block makes him more appealing.
It took me about five seconds to decide to use Marcin Gortat here. He was a lot less money than DeMarcus Cousins (who I used in other leagues), is playing well right now, and is facing the Sixers, who are the worst team in the league against opposing centers. C’mon, Gortat!