Damian Lillard – POR vs GSW – $9,200 – The games being spaced out in the playoffs have really helped Lillard who was looking pretty sluggish at the end of the regular season after having dragged the Trail Blazers into the playoffs as the only remaining starter from last season’s squad. Though eight games in the playoffs he has averaged 39.6 DraftKings points on 38.9 minutes per game. In his last three (one against the Clippers and two in Golden State he has averaged a robust 46.6 DraftKings points on 40.33 minutes per game. He should again flirt with 45-50 fantasy points in this matchup at home and is an excellent option on the two game slate.
Goran Dragic – MIA vs TOR – $6,200 – Dragic has seen a bit of a resurgence with 36 fantasy points per game in the Heat’s last three contests. He did receive eight stitches after taking a DeMar DeRozan elbow to the mouth, but was a trooper and kept on going. With 48 hours off the swelling should be down and he should be motivated for this Game Three matchup in Miami.
Shaun Livingston – GSW at POR – $5,700 – From a self-preservation standpoint, it seems like the optimal play is again to go with Shaun Livingston with Stephen Curry likely out for another few days at a minimum. Through the first seven games of the playoffs, Livingston is averaging 27.1 DraftKings points and even with games Curry has played in, he has not been below 20 fantasy points and has been below 25 fantasy points just twice.
Klay Thompson – GSW at POR – $9,100 – Here is where we can make a stand. It would make sense to either go low or go all in with Klay Thompson in tournaments. At this price point, I am leaning towards going Thompson “only” and looking for 30ish DraftKings points.
Dwyane Wade – MIA vs TOR – $7,800 – A similar statement can be made about D-Wade. His good games are completely dependent on the number of blocks/steals he gets. In the last four he has two games with none and has posted 27.0 and 20.0 DraftKings points and two games with five combined blocks/steals with twin 46.5 fantasy point outings. I am looking for a good game in front of the home crowd and will be taking the discount when compared to Klay Thompson.
Terrence Ross – TOR at MIA – $2,500 – Ross is a nice source of salary relief; however, he is incredibly dependent on scoring. He is averaging a dozen shots and 27.5 minutes per game in the first two tilts of this series, and we should see more of the same. He does have a very, very low floor, however, but he’s the best value option at SG.
Luol Deng – MIA vs TOR – $6,800 – Deng is the most talented player at this position; however, since game one of the Charlotte series, he has been pretty middling with 26-34 fantasy points. I think he’ll be right there again today.
Joe Johnson – MIA vs TOR – $5,000 – Johnson has been pretty solid for his price point, and with Deng forced to battle the Toronoto BIGS, he has been productive from the wing with 41.5 minutes per game, 20.5 shot attempts and 30.3 DraftKings points in the first two games of this series. Enjoy the discount and the “old man” stigma that should keep a lot of gamers at bay.
Andre Iguodala – GSW at POR – $4,900 – Iggy can reach back for some solid performances as long as he is getting shots. Tournaments only, but he has posted 30+ DraftKings points in each of the three playoff games where he has seen at least nine shots.
Draymond Green – GSW at POR – $11,200 – As the most spendy player on the slate, we need Green to approach 60 DraftKings points or it is all for naught. He has tallied 20.0 ppg, 13.5r pg, 9.0 apg and 4.5 combined blocks/steals for 55.5 and 68.3 fantasy points in the first two games of this series.
Ed Davis – POR vs GSW – $3,800 – This will be the decision point since he is really the only other viable power forward option since Luol Deng is still only small forward eligible despite starting at power forward for the Heat since the All-Star Break in Chris Bosh’s absence. If you think Draymond Green will be held below 50 fantasy points, then rolling with Davis as your only power forward play is an option.
Jonas Valanciunas – TOR at MIA – $7,000 – Through the first two games of the series, Big Val is averaging just shy of FIFTY DraftKings points. He will be incredibly popular; however, in cash game formats, he is worth it.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA vs TOR – $7,700 – Whiteside has not taken more than eight field goal attempts since the first game of round one against the Hornets. He has 50 fantasy point upside; however, in the slower playoff series games, he has barely surpassed 40 DraftKings points in half the games.
Andrew Bogut – GSW at POR – $4,200 – We are going to need a discount somewhere, and it is clear that the Warriors are completely relying on Bogut as their only productive big man in the playoffs. He’s not the safest play; however, he does have the ability for 5x value with a little upside if everything goes his way.