Daily Fantasy NBA Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, December 5th (UPDATED)
December 5, 2017 | Spencer L
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Rodney Hood OUT. As anticipated. Alec Burks is a nice value play through all formats.
Alex Len questionable. His absence would help Greg Monroe solidify more minutes. We already “liked” Monroe on this tight slate, and this could make him an even better play. Marquese Chriss would see a slight boost if both Len and Chandler miss this game – he’s a tournament pick based on that.
INJURY REPORT – 11:45am ET
Rodney Hood questionable. Alec Burks has been great in his absence, looking like a solid DFS play if Hood sits again.
Tyson Chandler questionable. Phoenix has voluntarily rested one of their three centers (Len, Chandler, Monroe) in games lately, and Chandler is a candidate to sit tonight. That would obviously help Len and Monroe while splitting minutes.
These noteworthy players will continue to miss time: John Wall
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Damian Lillard (POR): Getting a well-rested Damian Lillard at home without worrying about John Wall’s defense seems like a fine spot, especially on this three-game slate. He’s a solid pick through all formats, considering WAS has dropped eight spots in defensive efficiency vs opposing PGs since John Wall’s injury.
Tyler Ulis (PHX): Ulis is somewhat of a risk/reward play, as you never know what the minutes will look like. However, he’s still cheap despite producing 22+ FP in five of his past six. He seems to be eating into Mike James’ share at point guard. If that trend continues, we should expect a reasonable return on his salary tonight.
o Additional Notes:
Russell Westbrook (OKC) is a fine upgrade over Damian Lillard if you have the extra salary to make him happen. That’s not a necessary move, but something to keep in the back of your mind, depending on how much salary shakes out on this slate … Fred VanVleet (TOR) is an interesting tournament choice who is borderline cash playable if you need extra value. He’s starting to see more minutes with Delon Wright on the shelf, hitting 23+ FP in three of his past four. If this game turns into a blowout, (TOR favored by 13), he could see upwards of 25 minutes in this great matchup.
Devin Booker (PHX): Booker has been on a scoring binge as of late, notching 47+ FP in three of his past four games. Granted, there’s some blowout risk while playing a back-to-back set on the road, but Booker checks in with an agreeable salary on FanDuel. I’ll likely look somewhere else with the multi-position eligibility on DraftKings.
Alec Burks (UTA): If Rodney Hood (questionable) misses another game, Alec Burks becomes an easy DFS option on all sites through all formats. Burks has been very good while filling in for Hood, hitting 38+ FP in each of his past three games.
Donovan Mitchell (UTA): Mitchell is somewhat of the next-in-line option behind the two previously listed shooting guards. If Rodney Hood plays, Alec Burks would be removed from value consideration, leaving you to pivot towards Mitchell. On the other hand, if you are uncomfortable with the blowout risk of Devin Booker, Mitchell is fine lateral pivot in a more competitive draw.
o Additional Notes:
Washington has struggled without John Wall, and Bradley Beal (WAS) has noticed a downtick over the past three-to-four games as a result. If they turn things around, making this one competitive, Beal would be asked to shoulder a heavy workload to ignite some fantasy upside. He’s a risk/reward GPP pick
TJ Warren (PHX): Warren is one of the few small forwards I actually have faith in tonight. His role is stabilized within the Phoenix rotation, and I’m looking towards him through all formats on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
o Additional Notes:
On DraftKings, I’m locking in TJ Warren then moving on. For FanDuel, you have to roster two small forwards. In that predicament, I’m looking towards Joe Ingles (UTA) for value, especially if Rodney Hood is out, but he’s still noteworthy if Hood plays – that’s how tough this position is … If you have the extra salary, Otto Porter (WAS) is another option at a similar salary to TJ Warren. As mentioned with his teammate, Bradley Beal, Porter’s fantasy viability depends on Washington’s chances to keep tonight’s game tight without John Wall.
Derrick Favors (UTA): Is Derrick Favors a necessity on this slate? Not really. Is he the safest option at power forward? Probably. Compromising between the salary and security is the way to approach Favors at this power forward positon. He’s a better play on FanDuel, where you are cornered into less opportunity cost without multi-position eligibility.
o Additional Notes:
I’m not a fan of Serge Ibaka (TOR) for fantasy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. The matchup and price look good, playing a PHX team that ranks dead last vs power forwards. Whether or not Ibaka takes advantage is a different story, but he makes sense as a PF2 filler … Markieff Morris (WAS) is another potential filler at power forward. His minutes have been all over the place due to foul trouble and blowouts, but there’s some upside in this salary if he actually sees 30+ minutes. The prospect of upside goes a long way on this tight, three game slate.
Greg Monroe (PHX): Monroe is a decent value option by default. We are expecting Tyson Chandler to rest tonight (double-check that as the day goes on), leaving Monroe to see 20+ minutes of action against a Toronto team that ranks 21st in rebound rate. I’m not concerned about the blowout risk here, as Monroe will see his 20-25 minutes regardless of the score.
- Additional Notes:
Alex Len (PHX) is the GPP spin-off from his teammate, Monroe. Once again we are anticipating Tyson Chandler to rest tonight (not yet confirmed), meaning Monroe and Len would soak up the minutes at center. In the event this game gets out of hand (TOR favored by 13), the Suns will likely side with Len (the younger player) in garbage time … Marcin Gortat (WAS) and Jusuf Nurkic (POR) are two GPP options as well. Gortat has fallen victim to wacky game scenarios (blowouts) as of late, while Nurkic is difficult to justify the cost in cash games, but the upside is present tonight. Nurkic is somewhat cash game playable if you are not stretching to pay for him – having gone for 37 FP in the last meeting vs Washington.
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