The 007 NBA Grind 03/20/17 (Klay your Game)

Hello and welcome to today’s NBA blog on a Monday with a healthy amount of games. There are a couple of them that could shoot out with expensive players who have high usage rates. The trick is always finding the mid-tier play to complement the superstar. I’m a major proponent of usage rates and it’s the only way to avoid duds on most nights but of course no player is perfect. I’m purely a FanDuel player so I’ll concentrate on that site. I will try and put out a regular blog with reviews of my roster from the previous day moving forward given my somewhat busy schedule. The opening bell has sounded so let’s head to the court and see who’s balling

Russell Westbrook $13,400
Stephen Curry $9,900
Dennis Schroder $7,200
Jameer Nelson $5,500

Here are my top candidates for the point guard position and I believe Stephen Curry is a nice pivot away from Westbrook. I think they have the same upside given the injury to Kevin Durant and Curry is a better shooter. The Vegas line for this game suggests a buffet of scoring and the Warriors are the best at it. Curry has scored at least 25 points in his last 3 games and his peripheral stats have always been efficient. Overall, he has improved his rebounding ability in addition to his good assist numbers. He averages about 40 FD points a night and I think he can reach and possibly exceed that number tonight in a potentially high-scoring game against Westbrook and his teammates. His 30.61 usage rate is right up there with the best which makes him an elite play. His price compared to Westbrook allows for a more balanced lineup so I can fit in some of those mid-tier players with decent usage rates.

James Harden $12,200
Klay Thompson $7,000
Will Barton $5,800
Tim Hardaway Jr. $5,600

Here are my top candidates for this position and I’m liking the Curry/Thompson stack since those two represent about 60% of the Warriors offense. His $7,000 FD price is fair and he could be a pivot from Harden given his massive price tag. He has a 25.19 usage rate which is a couple of ticks lower than Curry which signifies his prominent role in the Warriors offense. I’m mostly a tournament player so stacking is crucial to capture most of a team’s overall scoring and usage rates are key in figuring that out. He’s a pure shooter but has contributed peripheral stats every now and then. He’s weak in that area but makes up for it in the scoring department of the stat sheet. Like Curry, he has scored in the 20s in his past 3 games and I think this duo will put on a show tonight in a fast-paced game. As mentioned regarding Kevin Durant, there are more opportunities for fantasy points and the Splash Brothers should answer the bell.

Robert Covington $7,200
Otto Porter $6,200
Trevor Ariza $5,000
Joe Johnson $3,900

Here are my top candidates for this position and a nice mid-tier play that I found was Otto Porter. He’s a nice mix with more expensive players in your standard FanDuel lineup. He has a low usage rate around 15 but he has been playing well recently. His scoring and rebounding has improved with an average of 25-30 FD points in his past 7 games. He faces the Boston Celtics tonight which could be as competitive as the Warriors/Thunder game. With playoff implications on the line, I expect Porter to grind and put up good numbers in the scoring, steals and rebounding categories. He has a lot of range and I like how he spaces out the floor with his length which allows him to contribute for fantasy owners. I think he has as much upside as the more expensive small forwards on tonight’s slate. I always try to spend less money for the same amount of points that I could have gotten from a more expensive player. I think Porter fits that bill and I hope he continues to put up good performances for my FanDuel roster.

Nikola Jokic $10,500
Marvin Williams $6,700
Kristaps Porzingis $6,500
Richaun Holmes $4,800

Here are my top candidates for this position and a cheap way to set your lineup tonight is by plugging in Richaun Holmes. His $4,800 FD tag is wonderful given the expenditures on ballers like Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He has been playing well since the departure of Nerlens Noel and the injury to Joel Embiid. His playing time has certainly increased and now he averages around 25 minutes. He usually backs up Jahlil Okafor who’s injured today and may miss a matchup against the Orlando Magic. Even with Okafor starting, Holmes has averaged about 25-30 FD points a night and he should meet that projection easily against the Magic. If he starts then I think he can threaten 40 FD points given his good rebounding prowess and his knack for scoring when given the opportunity in the paint. He’s a nice investment as a stock that I expect to reap major gains in a market full of superstars.

Rudy Gobert $7,900
DeAndre Jordan $7,600
Dwight Howard $6,800
Clint Capela $5,300

Here are my top candidates at the center position. I really like DeAndre Jordan as a lower owned option compared to the other centers. People get distracted by Griffin and Paul but Jordan is an excellent rebounder and is efficient in scoring around the basket. He averages around 15 rebounds per game in addition to his raw points scored. Since Chris Paul is a good facilitator, Jordan has a good chance to put up some decent points which makes me all warm inside. A date with the lowly Knicks should give Jordan the advantage here at home. Hopefully the Knicks can be competent so Jordan can see his usual 30 minutes.
Thanks for checking out my blog for today and I hope my roster can produce on a slate that could yield immense points. The Warriors stack is affordable as a main cog if Westbrook or Harden are hard to fit. I hope you all do well in your contests and it should be fun tonight. There’s the closing bell and its lights out until next time

Twitter @darkknight007ra


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