Yahoo NBA Survey: 1-31-19

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Who is your favorite player for cash games?

Joel Embiid

Who is your favorite player for tournaments?

LaMarcus Aldridge

Who is your favorite salary saver on the board?

Dennis Smith Jr. – if he can have even 2/3 of the production from last night, he will make value

Changing this to Reggie Jackson with the news of Dennis Smith likely being traded

Which stud player are you likely to have little to no exposure to in tournaments?

Nikola Vucevic

Which low-priced chalk player are you most likely to have little to no exposure to?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Which low-priced contrarian player are you most likely to be overweight on?

Bojan Bagdanovic

Which player are you afraid of being underweight on compared to the field?

Blake Griffin

Who will be the biggest bust of the day?

Nikola VucevicMyles Turner is a top five defensive center according to real plus-minus

Which NBA team are you targeting players from the most?

Golden State Warriors

Which NBA team are you looking to avoid most?

Orlando Magic

What’s the best position to spend up on?


What’s the best position to save salary on?

Point Guard

Which high total game do you like least from a DFS perspective?

None – give me all of them.

Which useful trend or statistic stuck out most during your research?

I was surprised to learn that even with strong defenders such as Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, and Pascal Siakam in their frontcourt, the Raptors rank 19th in the NBA in Total Rebound % and 24th in Defensive Rebound %. With Brook Lopez and his 4.0 rebounds per game (136th in the NBA!!) out hovering around the three point line, Giannis is going to have a field day on the glass tonight. In two games against the Raptors so far this season, Greek Freak is averaging 18.5 rebounds per game. I think that’s good.

What’s your hot take of the day?

Both Stephen Curry and Ben Simmons score more than 50 Yahoo points.

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

LaMarcus Aldridge – Ownership should decrease with DeRozan coming back, but centers against the Nets are a real thing. As long as Aldridge is priced under $40 in a matchup like this, we should be locking him in.

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

Joel Embiid – The Process doesn’t have a game with usage under 30% since December and I don’t see that changing against the high-powered Warriors tonight. In a game with a 240 total and an enticing defensive matchup in front of him, all we need is the 76ers to stay competitive for Embiid to surpass his season average of 52.5 Yahoo points per game.

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