NBA Five on Five: GPP Style

So as most of you guys know, I’m really a tournament player when it comes to DFS. I wanted to bring you guys a different type of article, and had really great feedback with my GPP baseball article. In this article I will be giving you five guys I’m targeting for GPPs, and five guys I won’t be playing. It’s a little spin on the baseball article I provided, but if you guys like it, I will keep writing it for the Saturday slate.

The Five Guys I’m On

Damian Lillard – Lillard is going to be heavily leaned on in this matchup with Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge is doubtful with an illness, and Nicolas Batum isn’t expected to play until Monday. Aldridge has a 29.1% usage rate this season, and is scoring 20.76% of the points for the Blazers this season. Lillard’s usage should go through the roof for this game, and has scored 25+ points in 3 of the last 4 games. The Nets are currently giving up the 5th most fantasy points to Point Guards this season, and Lillard has unlimited upside in this plus matchup.
Klay Thompson – Thompson is throwing up Johnny Manziel money signs, and the Warriors look like geniuses signing Klay to the big deal. If you haven’t watched Thompson play basketball this season, you’re really missing out. He’s playing to a very high level right now. He’s had at least 30mins in every game this season, and has put up at least 13 shots in every game. Charlotte has really struggled with the SG position this season, and Thompson is an excellent GPP option at a position lacking high upside tonight.

Chris Copeland – Copeland had a really bad game last night, and hopefully that will turn people off of him. C.J. Miles returned to action for 4mins on Friday night, but left the game with a calf injury. The Pacers aren’t rushing any of their players back from injury right now, and Copeland should continue to get 30+ mins with Miles out. This game has the lowest total on the night, but the Bulls have really struggled with the SF position this season. Copeland presents a lot of upside, and is in line for a classic bounce back game against the Bulls.

Blake Griffin – There’s no secret to this pick, but Griffin has the best matchup by far tonight. The Suns have really struggled with the PF position this season, and are currently giving up the most fantasy points per game to PFs. Griffin has the highest usage out of any PFs this season, and is accounting for 24.11% of the Clippers scoring this season. I see no chance of the Morris brothers slowing Griffin down tonight, and I love his chances to put up a 50+ point fantasy game. This game has the highest total on the board tonight, and is featuring two of the leagues fastest paced teams.

Gorgui Dieng – Dieng didn’t do much in his start last night, but the game was out of hand pretty quick. Dieng seen 29mins in the blowout, and should see another start with Thad Young out again tonight. Dieng will get matched up with Dirk tonight, and should be able to be physical and take advantage of the matchup. There’s a ton of good plays tonight, and I don’t see a reason paying up for a Center. Both of these teams play at a fast pace and this game has a U/O set at 208.5. For the people that are new to daily fantasy basketball, the Dong played excellent with starters mins last season.

The Five Guys On My DNP List

Brandon Jennings – Jennings is coming off his two best games of the season, and his price has jumped on most of the major sites. He has a tough matchup with a Memphis defense, and the Grizzlies are the 3rd best defense against PGs this season. A lot of people will chase the two big games Jennings has had, but this is usually the best time to fade a player in a GPP. Jennings will not continue to shoot over 50%, and could easily have a 25min game with Augustin backing him up.

DeMar DeRozan – DeRozan has been really cold from the field in the last two games, and hasn’t hit his GPP value in over a week. He’s really highly priced on a couple sites, and there’s some really decent value options at SG tonight. The Jazz come in 3rd against SGs this season, and are only giving up 37 fantasy points a game to SGs. DeRozan is $7,900 on FanDuel tonight, and would need 40+ points to hit his tournament value, which he’s only done one time this season.

Chandler Parsons – Parsons was great for cash games almost all of last season, and a lot of us thought he would excel in this Dallas offense. He’s not technically playing bad right, but hasn’t scored over 20 actual points in the last five games. His price tag is nailed right now on the major sites, and would have a hard time exceeding his value in GPP format. He’s very capable of going off any night of the week, but I would like to see him get back over 30mins a night before I start targeting him again.

Pau Gasol – Gasol is coming off his best two games of the season, and really played well against a Toronto team that is in the top half of the league against PFs. Gasol is $8,800 on FanDuel tonight, and would have to score around 45+ points to hit his GPP value. He’s only done this twice this season, and a lot of people will be chasing his past two games. This has all the makings for a high percentage owned in a GPP, and I don’t want too much exposure to a game with the lowest total on the board. I would highly consider paying the extra money to fit Griffin into your lineups tonight.

Nikola Vucevic – I’m one of the biggest Vucevic fans around, but there’s no way I’m touching him in GPPs right now. He’s one of the best Centers for cash games this season, and I will continue to use him when I pay up for Centers in cash. Washington is a top 10 defense against Centers this season, and I don’t see Vucevic having enough upside to pay off his big salary. His usage is only around 25% this season, and as a Magic fan it’s nowhere near what it should be if this team wants to win.

Hope you guys enjoy the article, and if you have any questions please feel free to post them and I’ll get to them ASAP. Good Luck in your game tonight!

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  • LineTracker

    Blake. Will be building around him. I like this matchup, period. Phoenix usually runs a fast pace game, as you stated, with a three guard set this could potentially leave Blake in some nice advantageous matchups. Mr. Paul knows this as well.

    Have my issues with Copeland the Bulls still can lock you down. Don’t trust him in a half court set.

    Good read nonetheless. Thanks for your insight!

  • tratow

    • 2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    Great read Stevie! Glad your back for NBA!!!

  • stevietpfl

    Morning Grind co-host, Lead NASCAR Analyst

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    @tratow said...

    Great read Stevie! Glad your back for NBA!!!

    Thanks man

  • Ross
    @tratow said...

    Great read Stevie! Glad your back for NBA!!!

    +1 #moar

  • bickey22

    Good stuff Stevie

  • nickfromcwe

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    Like the setup and a lot of good insight here. Keep up the good work!

  • bberard34

    Great article buddy

  • Edble1977

    Good stuff, but wirth rose out I think buckets and pau with have to carry the offense. Pau might not hit 45 but i think it’ll be close.

  • duder500

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    Good luck Old Lady.

  • cwolford

    Disagree on Jennings just cause he had 2 good games dont meant anything, nice article but cant just take a guys cause they have a few good games

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    @cwolford said...

    Disagree on Jennings just cause he had 2 good games dont meant anything, nice article but cant just take a guys cause they have a few good games

    I recommend not taking Jennings, I’m confused on what you mean.

  • cwolford

    sorry worded that wrong lol, meant I agree with you advice on not taking him, my fault, sorry buddy

  • ediederichsen

    @cwolford said...

    Disagree on Jennings just cause he had 2 good games dont meant anything, nice article but cant just take a guys cause they have a few good games


  • onehitquit21

    great stuff stevie as I enjoy playing gpp’s a lot myself, your doing a great article for us gpp players

  • emac

    Excellent take on the GPP angle Stevie!

  • Thomas21

    Should I play Kaman or Dieng if Kaman is announced as a starter?

  • Cataldi

    Hey Steve, I play about 50 tickets of “double up(s)” and I was wondering should I have 1 lineup for all of them or should I break it down into 2 or more lineups?

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