D.J. Augustin - Orlando Magic - (vs. Milwaukee Bucks) - DK: $4200 FD: $4500 Yahoo: $11
Augustin has been getting ample minutes since moving to the second unit. The 33 year old point guard still has some game left in him. Over his last two games, Augustin has averaged 25.5 minutes. His production fluctuates but his minutes do not. Yes, Fultz is starting. He will be the more popular play. Just don’t fade Augustin completely because he does see the same advantageous matchup that Fultz sees. Fultz has been inconsistent at times to say the least. Augustin is the proven veteran guard and will be relied upon to run the point if Fultz cannot. Aaron Gordon could return for this one. If so, that means less usage for Fultz. The Magic are 12.5 point underdogs with a 223 under/over.
Other PG Option: Eric Bledsoe - Milwaukee Bucks - (vs. Orlando Magic)
C.J. McCollum - Portland Trail Blazers - (vs. Los Angeles Lakers) DK: $7500 FD: 7000 Yahoo: $31
McCollum has been disappointing to say the least. With a total of 52 fantasy points over his last two games, Portland and McCollum know that he has to step it up in order for them to have a shot in this series. Kentavious Caldwell Pope is a shut down defender, especially for McCollum. In three matchups this season McCollum has averaged only 17.8 points over 37 minutes a game. The only thing worse than poor stats is poor stats over high minutes. McCollum has proven to struggle against Caldwell Pope consistently. So, why roster him? Well, very rarely do you get to roster a player capable of a massive game (poor matchup or not) at such a low projected roster percentages. C.J. McCollum is a talented player who could go off at any time, even in a bad matchup. Despite his poor matchup and lower back injury, I can still see him producing tonight. He knows he has to in order for them to have a chance. To be clear, the allure here is mainly due to his low roster percentage. In order to win the big bucks, you have to be contrarian. This could very well be the contrarian play that takes down a GPP tournament.
Other SG Option: Kentavious Caldwell - Pope - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Portland Trail Blazers)
Jimmy Butler - Miami Heat - (vs. Indiana Pacers) DK: $7600 FD: $8400 Yahoo: $38
With Jae Crowder questionable as well as Derrick Jones Jr., the Heat will need Butler to do more than he usually does in terms of overall offensive usage. Crowder and Jones average 9.8 rebounds a game between the two of them. Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler will need to step up and grab as many boards as possible. If not, offensive rebounds for a player like T.J. Warren could be a problem. Warren is constantly crashing the boards. If they can’t box him out, Warren could have himself a day. The Heat are favored by -5 with a slate low 214 under/over.
Other SF Option: T.J. Warren - Indiana Pacers - (vs. Orlando Magic)
Anthony Davis - Los Angeles Lakers - (vs. Portland Trail Blazers) DK: $10200 FD: $10700 Yahoo: $50
When Portland proves to me that they have a viable plan to maintain Davis, I’ll consider fading him. Until then, we will continue to ride the Anthony Davis train. Over the first two games of this series, Davis has averaged 53.75 DK points over 39 minutes in the first game and 29 minutes in the second game. Anthony Davis is heading towards a 70-80 fantasy point effort. The Lakers are well aware that this is their path to winning this series. Look for them to continue feeding AD until Portland figures out how to stop him. This series, Portland has allowed 46.5 FD points to opposing power forwards and 62.3 FD points to opposing centers. Lock in Anthony Davis for a high floor and a potentially slate breaking ceiling.
Other PF Option: Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks - (vs. Orlando Magic)
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland Trail Blazers - (vs. Los Angeles Lakers) DK: $8900 FD: $7400 Yahoo: $36
If you think Portland can pull out the win in this one, Nurkic is a player that you’re going to want to invest in. Nurkic’s usage is through the roof…When Portland wins. When they lose, he tends to have an effort similar to the last game where he went, 4 for 10 totaling nine actual points. Nurkic’s salary has dropped around the industry as did his projected roster percentages. It’s the perfect time to jump on the Portland train. The series is tied 1-1. The Lakers are favored by 7.5 points with a 224.5 under/over. Rostering contrarian players will win GPP tournaments. McCollum and Nurkic are as contrary as I will be getting for this slate as most will be investing in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Other C Option: Nikola Vucevic - Orlando Magic (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
Evan Fournier - Orlando Magic - (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
Fournier has been nothing but a disappointment. With that said, the minutes will be there. We know he has the potential and the matchup isn’t horrible - 24.8 and 21.3 DK points over his last two. This could be the game that he gets back on track against Middleton. Matthews, matchups that still don’t scare me. Middleton and the Bucks have allowed 40.0 FanDuel PPG to opposing small forwards and Wesley Matthews has allowed minimal points to opposing shooting guards. If Orlando wants to win, Fournier needs to come up big offensively and defensively, advantageous matchup or not. At a reasonable salary and low roster percentages, Evan Fournier is a sneaky play tonight. Theme of the day, contrarian play wins GPP tournaments.
Other Bargains: Andre Iguodala - Miami Heat (vs. Indiana Pacers)