Friday night’s contests feature Game 6 of the Celtics-Wizards series and Game 1 of Spurs-Warriors on Sunday. There are plenty of ways you can go with your lineup with studs in each game.
John Wall vs. BOS ($10,800) – He has performed well at home and on the road in this series, with 40 and 15 in Game 2 in Boston. But at home, coming off his worst game of the postseason, in a must-win scenario, I expect a huge night out of Wall. He should be looking for his own shot, and the assists just seem to come naturally to him when he is penetrating repeatedly, giving him a chance to finish with elite totals in both categories.
Stephen Curry vs. SA ($8,800) – The Warriors offer the most enticing GPP plays on the board, with their upside pressed out of their prices because it’s so hard to know who is going to step up. Curry could benefit if Durant is tangled up with the Spurs’ big men. Curry’s still had multiple threes in all but one game of the postseason and led all scorers with 29 in the one game the Warriors took from San Antonio during the regular season.
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($9,200)
Marcus Smart @ WAS ($5,300) – His bulk and strength on defense is a key part of the Celtics’ game plan in this series, so he is getting plenty of minutes, with at least 25 in every game, even with some pretty lopsided scores mixed in. He contributes in enough categories to give him both a nice floor and some upside. He is a player who managed 38.75 fantasy points in Game 5 despite scoring just nine points.
Other Options – Patty Mills ($5,400)
Bradley Beal vs. BOS ($7,200) – Put it this way – the Wizards really want a big game from Beal in this spot. He has been too inconsistent to trust in a cash game, but in their last game in Washington, he had his best performance of the series, scoring 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting.
Danny Green @ GS ($4,400) – Danny Green is the kind of shooter whose skill set could come in handy for the Spurs in a series against the Warriors. At least a couple of times in there, they are going to need to win a game with a lot of scoring, and Green can contribute in that scenario. He hit at least two threes in five of six games against the Rockets and shot almost 38% for the year from downtown, which equates to nice upside for a guy with eight or more attempts twice in this series against Houston.
Other Options – Bojan Bogdanovich ($4,200)
Kevin Durant vs. SA ($9,900) – You’re getting him at a price that doesn’t reflect his talent level, but rather the unpredictability of the Warriors that is a result of the pure volume of options at their disposal. But so far in this postseason, Durant has been their go-to man every time a game gets remotely close, as you might imagine this one will. He finished off the Jazz with a 38-point outburst, even amid all those options, so the upside is definitely real for any format contest.
Jonathon Simmons @ GS ($4,600) – If you’re not paying up for a stud here, it makes more sense to go with the cheapest reliable option on the board rather than spending in the mid ranges. He scored in double digits in five of the games in the Rockets series, including 18 in the decisive Game 6, and has seemed to have earned the trust of Popovich.
Other Options – Otto Porter ($6,600)
Draymond Green vs. SA ($7,900) – In the last regular season meeting between these two teams, he finished with four points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. He can fill the stat sheet in a lot of ways, but that might mean upside only in this series, and not someone you can rely on in a cash game format.
LaMarcus Aldridge @ GS ($7,000) – With no Kawhi, Aldridge went off in Game 6 for 36 points and 12 rebounds on over 60% shooting from the floor, showing the kind of upside that the Spurs were looking for when they signed him as something of a replacement for Duncan. They need that player to show up in the Golden State series.
Markieff Morris vs. BOS ($5,800) – His best game of this series so far was Game 4. At home, fully healthy after his Game 1 injury, he went for a double-double with five assists. In Game 6, Amir Johnson and Jaylen Brown played some extra minutes, providing a bit more bulk to this Celtics roster. If their role players can step up again to make that dynamic work, Morris might be hard pressed to put up a big fantasy game, but I would be more inclined to think it’ll be the Wizards’ role players stepping up tonight in an elimination game at home.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,000)
Marcin Gortat vs. BOS ($6,000) – Al Horford was the best big man on the floor in Game 5, and it was reflected in Gortat’s stat line. But even with Horford playing great man defense in the post, Gortat still managed 11 rebounds, because the Celtics lack effective big men. He has already had three 35+ fantasy point games this series, and another one tonight would not be a shocker.
Pau Gasol @ GS ($5,700) – This one depends on minutes. If Draymond and Durant are rolling in a big way from the outside, he might just be too much of a liability to get more than 20 or so minutes. But when he is out there 30 minutes, he is a candidate for a double-double every time. The Warriors actually don’t have a post defender who can stop him one on one when he has position, so he could easily shoot 60% for the series on limited attempts all while doing enough work on the glass to provide a nice floor at this price.
Other Options – Al Horford ($7,100)
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