Happy Tuesday all! We have reached the second round of the playoffs and have a two-game slate tonight. The Warriors and Jazz will face-off in Game 1 of their series, while the Celtics look to improve to 2-0 against the Wizards in theirs. Let’s waste no more time and jump right into some players to target tonight.
Isaiah Thomas ($8,600) – Thomas had an impressive first game in this series, scoring 33 points with nine dimes and shooting 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. That performance was good for 51.25 fantasy points. He has faced off against the Wizards five times this season (including Game 1) and has topped 50 fantasy points three times, while never scoring fewer than 39.5 fantasy points. He is sporting a healthy 31.1 percent usage rate in the postseason and makes for a great target in all formats.
Other Options – John Wall $10,300, Stephen Curry $9,200
George Hill ($5,600) – Hill is just way too cheap when considering he is averaging 36.3 minutes per game in the playoffs. He struggled in a couple of games in round one, but still managed to do well and will be playing at a faster pace this round. The Warriors are a very good defensive team, but they did allow over a fantasy point per minute to point guards this season. There is no reason to believe that Hill will not pay off his salary in this contest. He also offers a ceiling at this price and can be considered a very good point per dollar play.
Other Options – Terry Rozier $2,800
Avery Bradley ($6,400) – Bradley had a nice outing in Game 1, scoring 18 points with five boards, four dimes and four steals. He scored 39.25 fantasy points and has now topped 35 fantasy points in four of his last five games. He has fared well against the Wizards this season, averaging 38.4 fantasy points per game against them. In addition, he is averaging 36.4 minutes per game in the postseason, which is something I place a lot of emphasis on, as playing time creates opportunity. He is my favorite shooting guard on this slate and comes at a very reasonable price.
Other Options – Bradley Beal $7,700, Klay Thompson $6,200
Marcus Smart ($5,500) – Smart is one of those players that does not score a ton of real points but can accumulate fantasy points by contributing to multiple categories. For instance, in the first game of this series, he scored six real points and managed to finish the night with 27.25 fantasy points. In the playoffs, he is averaging 30 minutes, 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.6 three-pointers per game. There should be plenty of touch opportunities in this matchup for Smart, and at this price point, it will not take a ton to return value.
Other Options – Joe Ingles $4,500
Gordon Hayward ($8,200) – Hayward has been playing like a possessed man in the playoffs, topping 40 fantasy points in four of his last five games, including two 50+ fantasy point outings during that stretch. He gets a matchup against a team that plays up in pace, leading all teams in the post season with a 104.86 pace. He is still fairly priced despite his recent impressive play, and if the Jazz stand any chance in this series, they will need Hayward to produce big numbers.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,000
Andre Iguodala ($4,800) – Iguodala averaged 30 minutes per game in the first round and should see similar run against the Jazz, as the Warriors count on his defense. He topped 20 fantasy points in the last three contests and despite a tough matchup tonight, 22-24 fantasy points are not out of reach for him and that will do at this price.
Other Options – Jae Crowder $6,000, Joe Johnson $5,100, Kelly Oubre $3,300
Draymond Green ($7,900) – Green played lights out in the first round of the playoffs but does have a much tougher matchup this time around. That being said, he still offers triple-double upside and is priced down. In three games against the Jazz this season, he averaged 1.3 fantasy points per minute and he has averaged 35 minutes per game this postseason. He is one of my top point per dollar plays of the slate that offers nice upside and a safe floor.
Otto Porter ($5,800) – Porter is an ideal tournament play as he is hit-or-miss, but offers nice upside. He had a strong performance in this first game of the series, scoring 16 points with 11 boards, two steals and one assist. He has actually fared well against Boston this season, averaging 1.1 fantasy points per minute in five games against them. Although his minutes have not been consistent in the post season, he has played at least 31 minutes in three of his last four games, including 41 minutes in his last game.
Other Options – Markieff Morris $5,400, Kelly Olynyk $4,200, David West $2,900
Al Horford ($7,800) – Horford continued his impressive playoff run with a 21 point, nine rebound and 10 assist game against Wizards on Sunday. That performance was good for 50.25 fantasy points. He has now topped 40 fantasy points in four of his last five and has two double-doubles during that stretch, while also flirting with a triple-double on several occasions. The Wizards struggled against opposing bigs during that regular season and it is clear that it is still an issue after seeing what Horford was able to do against them. He has averaged 1.2 fantasy points per minute in four meetings against Washington this season. He is in a great spot to once again find success.
Other Options – Rudy Gobert $7,300
Marcin Gortat ($5,900) – Gortat exposed the Celtics in Game 1 and could very well be a trend in this series, as Boston allowed 51.5 fantasy points per game to opposing centers this season. He continues to play significant minutes this postseason, averaging 32.3 minutes per game, to go along with the 7.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He is the most expensive he has been in the playoffs, but it is still a price point where there is value to be had. He should dominate the boards in this one and put himself in a good spot to get a double-double.
Other Options – JaVale McGee $3,400, Zaza Pachulia $2,600
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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