NBA Playoff Expert Survey: Wednesday, May 16th

Want to know who Notorious is definitely paying up for in NBA DFS today? Wondering which value play STLCardinals84 is eyeing most? You’re in luck. Our daily fantasy sports experts will answer a handful of questions to help you make crucial lineup building decisions for tonight’s contests.

Wednesday, May 16th

Who is your favorite high-priced player for cash games?

STLCardinals84: James Harden
meansy53: James Harden
Notorious: James Harden

Who is your favorite high-priced player for tournaments?

STLCardinals84: Draymond Green
meansy53: Kevin Durant
Notorious: Chris Paul

Who is your favorite salary saver on the board?

STLCardinals84: Trevor Ariza
meansy53: Eric Gordon
Notorious: Trevor Ariza

Who will be the biggest bust of the day?

STLCardinals84: Andre Iguodala
meansy53: Andre Iguodala
Notorious: Kevon Looney

Predict the final score of the game.

STLCardinals84: GS 110, HOU 115
meansy53: GS 105, HOU 113
Notorious: GS 109, HOU 113

What’s your hot take of the day?

STLCardinals84: The Rockets pick up a much needed victory behind the strength of 50+ actual points from James Harden.

meansy53: James Harden puts up at least 70 fantasy points.

Notorious: James Harden posts a triple-double.

Who is your top contrarian play (when considering price, matchup, projected ownership, etc.) on the board and why?

STLCardinals84: Trevor Ariza – His defense is desperately needed in this series, and he was a relative non-factor in Game 1 largely due to foul trouble. He picked up his fifth foul just a few minutes into the third quarter, and his minutes suffered as a result. Game log hawks will notice the lower minutes and instantly shy away, but Ariza should be primed for a better performance if he can stay out of foul trouble this evening.

meansy53: Chris Paul – He should be the most overlooked of the big names on these two teams. Furthermore, Harden will be the highest owned player on this slate since he all but unanimously carries the highest projected score. If Harden has a subpar fantasy performance, it probably is due to CP3 having a great one. So not only is CP3 going to be lower owned than the other studs on this slate, but he is also a nice leverage play off of his chalky teammate.

Notorious: Trevor Ariza – He’s not typically a player that we worry about when it comes to foul trouble, but he picked up three quick fouls in the first half and then two quick fouls in the third quarter. This led to fewer minutes and ultimately fewer fantasy points. He was actually playing solid defense on Kevin Durant before sitting due to foul troule. I like his chances to play 35 minutes in this one.

Who is your top overall play (when considering price, matchup, projected ownership, etc.) on the board and why?

STLCardinals84: James Harden – He needs to carry the Rockets if they want to stay in this series, and this is a much needed game so that they don’t drop back-to-back games at home. Harden should carry massive usage on offense and play 40+ minutes, and the Rockets should have the motivation edge tonight. I like him to have the biggest game out of all the stud plays.

meansy53: James Harden – Harden did just fine from a fantasy perspective in Game 1 despite not grabbing the win. I expect an even bigger performance out of him in Game 2 tonight, as it would be a disaster for the Rockets going to Golden State losing the first two games of the series at home.

Notorious: James Harden – He was solid in Game 1, scoring 55 fantasy points with only one block/steal combined. He’s generally good for three or four. I’m also expecting him to be aggressive right from the first tip, as this is close to a must-win game for the Rockets.

FanDuel: What’s your strategy for the MVP, STAR, and PRO spots?

STLCardinals84: MVP: It’s James Harden for me, as you can probably guess based on my other answers. STAR: I like Draymond Green tonight, even though he was quiet in Game 1. He still put up nearly 40 fantasy points despite barely scoring any actual points, which is a testament to his all around game. The PRO spot, as usual, will simply go to my highest remaining salary player.

meansy53: MVP: James Harden. STAR/PRO: If you are comfortable with a few cheapies, you can squeeze in Durant and Draymond into these two spots. I definitely want Draymond in one of them, as he is severely discounted at $12,500.

Notorious: MVP: James Harden – as always, take the highest projected player. STAR: Draymond Green or Chris Paul – Like both and they feel a little underpriced. PRO: Depends on who you select as your STAR, but it will likely come down to Clint Capela or Klay Thompson.

DraftKings: What’s your favorite way to differentiate from the field?

STLCardinals84: I’ll hit the GPP lock button on Trevor Ariza in hopes of him going under-owned and playing 35+ minutes after foul trouble plagued him in the series opener.

meansy53: Similar to what I said for yesterday’s slate regarding LeBron James, but I think you just lock button James Harden and filter in a bunch of combinations around him. There is enough star power on the Warriors (not to mention CP3) that DFS owners will try to mix and match all of the studs. Go 100% on Harden and hope you hit the nuts on the rest of the roster.

Notorious: My LeBron James fade on DraftKings quickly backfired. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the King, it was just a way to differentiate. Tonight I’m going to load up on Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon, who will both have big roles in this series.

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