I’ll be digging into the NBA slate on Saturdays and will be bringing you some top plays to consider on FanDuel. We have a nice eight-game slate tonight, which is a great number; it doesn’t get too overwhelming but also allows us some options to differentiate in GPPs.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $9,100 – If you’re spending up at PG then Lillard looks like the clear cut top option as he’ll be playing in a fast paced affair with the Denver Nuggets. This game is tied for the highest total of the night on the NBA odds board, and Lillard will face a young PG in Emmanuel Mudiay. He sees extreme usage in the Portland offense and averaged 25 PPG in his two meetings against Denver last season.
Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings, $5,200 – I think there are a lot of options at the PG position in the under $6,000 range. It’s a very tough decision between Tim Frazier and Lawson, but I’m leaning towards Lawson as I just typically avoid rostering players against the Spurs. Lawson’s playing time is locked in with Darren Collison suspended as he’s played 36 minutes in each of the first two games this season. He hasn’t shown huge upside, but he’s been very steady with 5x salary in each game, including producing 26.3 FD points against a tough San Antonio defense.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, $5,200 – Gary Harris has been ruled out for tonight, so Barton should draw another start at SG for the Nuggets. With Harris out, he played 35 minutes in the season opener and produced 22 real points. He’ll be facing his former team in this one, so he’ll have some revenge and the pace of this game should fit his style perfectly.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $9,500 – I’m high on the Bucks tonight, as they’ll be facing the Nets on the back end of a back to back and the Milwaukee team total is sitting at 105.8 points, which is high for them. With Khris Middleton out, I think the offensive output will be very concentrated and am eyeing the three-man stack of Giannis, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe in GPPs. Giannis is the guy who makes this offensive run and can produce a triple double on any night. He’s going to play 35+ minutes on almost every night and also got up 21 FGA in the opener, which is a great sign. If you’re looking for a cheaper SG then I also like Zach LaVine.
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Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8,400 – There is some blow out concern in this one, but $8,400 is just too cheap for Kawhi. He’s going to be a player that is priced above $9,000 on most nights this year and he’s taking over as the top option in the San Antonio offense. The Pelicans have no one who can slow him down on the wing and he’s upped his aggressiveness on the offensive end this season, averaging 32.5 PPG so far.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6,600 – Wiggins had a big game in the opener with 25 points and encouragingly showed some more output on the glass with 7 rebounds. He’s going to be Minnesota’s secondary scorer behind Towns, and Minnesota draws a nice matchup with the Kings. Sacramento won’t play at the elite pace they did last year, but I think we can still attack their perimeter defense and this is a very fair price for Wiggins.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,100 – The big decision of the night comes at PF and what to do with Anthony Davis. He’s been nothing short of phenomenal in the first two games and is seeing incredible usage. He’s AVERAGING 86.30 fantasy points per game in the first two games, so we can expect heavy ownership. I’m still debating what to do in cash games, but for GPPs I think I’ll play the fade against one of the top defenses in the Spurs. This game could also turn into a blowout, as the Pelicans have the lowest team total on the slate and are 13.5 point under dogs. For GPPs, I’ll drop down to Love, who has started the season with two very solid games. He’s averaging 42 FD PPG in the first two games, which is 6x salary, and draws a quality matchup with an exploitable Orland interior. His price tag will also allow the ability to create different lineup construction from the high number of lineups that are including Anthony Davis.
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, $6,000 – As mentioned I’m eyeing the Bucks tonight, especially their two leading scorers in Giannis and Parker. Parker had a quiet opener but he had to deal with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is a very good defender. I would expect Jabari to easily top 9 FGA attempts tonight. He routinely got up 13+ FGA in the preseason and should find success against a Nets defense that coughed up quality games to both Paul George and Thaddeus Young last night.
Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets, $4,900 – At just $4,900, I think Nurkic will be extremely popular, but his price tag opens salary to spend elsewhere, so he’s an elite cash game option. He had a huge preseason and won the starting center job and then did not disappoint in the opener. He only played 26 minutes but he’s a very high fantasy point per minute producer and put up 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in the season opener.