It’s like the NBA did DFS players a favor Wednesday, not only giving you the Westbrook-Harden matchup, but also giving you three games on the slate to help provide more options to fill out your roster after you start off with those studs. Here are a few players from every position you’ll want to consider as three different series head into Game 2.
Russell Westbrook @ HOU ($13,100) – Westbrook had a poor shooting night in the Thunder’s 31-point Game 1 loss to the Rockets, going only 6-for-23 from the floor. He also only played 34 minutes, and you should expect basically all of that to turn around in Game 2. In a closer game, Westbrook will see even more minutes and usage than he did in the regular season, at the same price, which actually makes him something of a value – and he’s bound to shoot better this time around.
Damian Lillard @ GS ($8,700) – Lillard has gone off for 30+ scoring points against Golden State a couple of times already this season, including 34 on 26 shots in Game 1. C.J. McCollum actually outshined Lillard, going for 41, but he’s listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. If he is even limited, it could provide Lillard with more of an opportunity in a matchup where at least one of the Portland guards has been able to get big numbers every time these teams have met this season.
Other Options – John Wall ($10,300), Stephen Curry ($8,600)
Patrick Beverley vs. OKC ($5,800) – He is going to be out there plenty as one of the primary guys deployed to try to stop Westbrook, so he will have plenty of minutes in which to rack up some stats, even if he is not having a huge scoring night. He has had double-digit rebounds and some kind of defensive fantasy stats in three of their last four games, including regular season and playoffs, so any scoring he does is just a boost to his upside.
James Harden vs. OKC ($12,000) – At an $1,100 savings over Westbrook with all the upside, it is tempting to just start your squad off with both of the two MVP candidates and dare people to beat you. You saw what he did last time out, going off for 37 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals, with just two turnovers, leading Houston to its Game 1 rout. His efficiency might go down in future games, but 34 minutes is just about his floor, so there is still room for upside from here.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,300), Bradley Beal ($7,200)
Tim Hardaway, Jr. @ WAS ($5,300) – He shot just 2-for-11 from the floor in Game 1, but if the Hawks are looking for more offense as the series progresses, they could turn to Hardaway, who had 20 or more points in four of their last five games down the stretch.
Andre Iguodala vs. POR ($4,300) – This is really just here to serve as a reminder to basically lock him into all your lineups if KD doesn’t end up playing. He still got 33 minutes in Game 1 even with Durant back healthy, but he took one shot and just wasn’t getting the opportunities to contribute. Those chances will come right back in a hurry like they did over the last two months of the season if Golden State ends up needing to lean on Iguodala’s veteran presence in this one.
Other Options – Kelly Oubre, Jr. ($3,800)
Kevin Durant vs. POR ($9,500) – He is the only possible “stud” you could play at small forward Wednesday night, and he is listed as questionable with a calf issue. You need to monitor his status no matter what, but there is a difference if you are doing it to decide whether to play him, as opposed to just deciding how much more than usual you like his teammates with him gone. If you’re thinking about starting KD, it would be nice to know when the injury occurred, because if it was in Game 1, it didn’t seem to affect him much as he racked up 32 points and 10 boards.
Taurean Prince @ WAS ($4,400) – He played 31 minutes in Game 1 and returned you 20+ fantasy points, nice value at the price. In his 10 starts this season, he has provided instant energy to this Atlanta squad and is becoming a more central player in their offense, finishing 6-for-11 from the floor on Sunday.
Evan Turner @ GS ($4,800) – Turner and Harkless both ended up with at least 35 minutes on Sunday, and Turner could see even more time with the ball in his hands as a kind of distributor from the SG/SF slot if McCollum needs to miss any time. He had double-digit rebounds last time out, which you shouldn’t expect again, but which does go to show the various ways he can contribute to your fantasy squad.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless ($4,300)
Paul Millsap @ WAS ($6,900) – Atlanta wasn’t able to get Millsap the ball as much as it would have liked in Game 1, when he finished with 5-for-8 shooting. He missed the last game the Hawks played against the Wizards in the regular season, but he can score efficiently against this frontcourt and should be more of a prominent factor in the rest of the series, making him a solid GPP choice, even if you would decide you want to go cheaper for a cash game lineup and look for your big points elsewhere.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($7,500)
Markieff Morris vs. ATL ($5,600) – Against a team with Millsap and Howard spending a lot of time on the floor together, Morris’ ability to guard both interior positions will keep him on the floor and his ability to move without the ball will keep him getting plenty of looks, even in a guard-dominated offense. He took 19 shots in Game 1, serving as the primary option when the ball went away from Wall and Beal on the perimeter.
Ryan Anderson vs. OKC ($4,900) – He went 1-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3 in the first game of the series, but the looks were there and he did snag a dozen rebounds in 38 minutes. He will continue to log big minutes in an effort to completely minimize the effectiveness of Adams and Kanter, who struggle against the pick-and-roll, where Anderson can really hurt them with his ability to stretch the floor.
Other Options – Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,400)
Draymond Green vs. POR ($7,500)- Green’s price has bumped up slightly since Game 1, and for good reason – he has the ability to score, grab rebounds, and accumulate defensive stats in the middle all night long against this Portland frontcourt. The fact is that his price on Sunday ($6,900) was just too low, and he showed why with a 66.0 fantasy point performance as the highest-priced center on the board.
Other Options – Dwight Howard ($6,500)
Marcin Gortat vs. ATL ($5,100) – Like Morris, one of Gortat’s strengths is his ability to step back on a pick and roll and make Howard and Millsap miserable on the defensive end. If the Hawks want to limit their exposure on the perimeter, they have to switch on picks, which only increases the ability of the Wizards’ playmakers to penetrate the defense and get good looks for themselves and their teammates on the offensive end. Gortat helps facilitate all that action, securing his role in the series going forward.
Steven Adams @ HOU ($4,600) – Adams was on the floor a lot more than Kanter in Game 1 (28 minutes to 16), because when Houston spreads the floor and the ball starts flying around the perimeter, Kanter is really a noticeable liability on the defensive end. That means Adams is going to keep getting the time, and in a closer game, that will likely mean fantasy points coming to you in multiple categories, making him a good buy at the price.
Other Options – Clint Capela ($5,500)
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