Welcome to your daily NBA DFS digest at FakeTeams, gents. Every day I’m here with a handful of pro-tips to roster a winning team just a few hours from now. On top of that, I’ll bring you some news, statistical trends from the past few days, some studs/duds from the last slate of games, and much more!
Hoop Land Times: News and notes from around the Association
- Oh boy, do the buyout-market rumors come hot today!
- Darren Collison fooled us all. Just when everybody thought it would be an arms-race for his services between both Los teams, now he has gone and declared himself retired again. LOL. Quite the flex there by D-Co.
- The Lakers are determined to give some always-forgotten and ever-celebrated guys the chip. They first brought Dwight Howard. Rajon Rondo is part of the team. Caruso somehow found his way to the rotation, the same as KCP. And now the Lake Show is looking to potentially sign (I know, I know, the word is talk) one/both of Dion Waiters and JR Smith. God bless Hollywood.
- Yes, that means the Memphis Grizzlies have waived Waiters, which sucks.
- Mose Schrute’s twin Tyler Johnson was waived by the Phoenix Suns. That contract...
- Luke Walton is safe as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. You can keep fading/avoiding/trading away all your Kangz shares.
- Steph Curry is aiming at March to make his comeback. There are leagues out there where Curry is a freaking free agent and available through waivers. Do me—yourself—a favor and... Go. Sign. Steph. Now.
Duds and Studs: Last night slate roundup
- Trae Young is becoming a certified walking bucket before our eyes, folks. Ice Y has played 129 games to this day, and he’s already scored 40+ in 10 of them. Only seven other players have done so (40+ in 10 or more games) in their first 129 games. None other than Mike Jordan and Trae has done it after 1971, with Iverson being the closest to it in 1997 but scoring 40+ in just 5 of those 129 games. Crazy. Anyways, Young finished the night with 73.75 DKFP and a 48-1-13-2 line in a game that saw him attempt 30 fga and score 6 treys. The usage reached 39.2% and the minutes were close to 48.
- Five other studs in the 60-to-70 DKFP range: Harden (66.5; 28-10-10-1-2 in 39 minutes), Randle (64.5; 35-18-3-1-1 in 46 minutes), Embiid (64.5; 28-12-5-3-4 in 31 minutes), Morant (62.5; 27-10-10 in 35 minutes), and John Collins (60.5; 32-16-3-0-1 in 50! minutes).
- He was the ROI King, but I’m making an exception here to award Furkan Korkmaz his own entry in the column. This kid is nuts. Are we witnessing the second coming of Turkoglu? Is this the new Ilyasova. The man to carry the Turkish torch once held by the likes of Asik or Okur? Damn. Korkmaz went off again with the Sixers against Chicago and dropped 31 pops on the Bulls (6 triples included) to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, a 70.6% shooting clip from the floor and 48.25 DKFP goodies.
- Moving onto those ROI-rewaders now: Trevor Ariza (42.5 DKFP at $3.6K) is someone you should pick up and play asap. Jae Crowder (45.75 at $3.9K) was a flame coming off the bench and finished with a dub-dub in his Heat debut. De’Andre Hunter (43.25 at $4.1K) was helped by the OT but is starting for the Hawks and looking good.
- Now let me celebrate my duds today as I hit the nail in the head yesterday. The DOTS Award goes to... Larry Nance Jr.! Junior finished with 6 (S.I.X.) DKFP in 20 minutes while priced at $6.9K. Lord have mercy. The runner-up, Collin Sexton, wasn’t much better with his great 21.5 DKFP priced at $6.5K. Shaking my head. And what about our third Cav to make it a trifecta of horrors in Cleveland? K-Love got himself a healthy 26.75 DKFP at the super cheap price of $7.7K. Definitely a team full of guys you want to play nightly, amirite?
- The double-doubles and even triple-doubles were handed as freebies yesterday. There were 15 dub-dubs with points and rebounds (Valanciunas missed by two points, Steven Adams by six, four others by one board), and only one via points and dimes (Elfrid Payton missed by one assist), but... we had three (!) triple-doubles by Harden, Ben Simmons, and Ja Morant.
- De’Andre Hunter and Dewayne Dedmon pulled of the “rare” feats of stealing 5 rocks and blocking 5 shots respectively. Kudos to them.
What’s cooking? Statistical trends from the past seven days
- Nothing else I can tell you about Korkmaz. If you don’t have him in your season-long leagues you go and get him. Plain and simple. Last four games: 20.8 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg. 51.4% shooting from the floor. 4.3 triples made per game. 25.8 minutes of playing time with a healthy 24.6% usage rate. Serious baller.
- Gray Trent Jr. has no limits. It’s been four games in the past seven days and he is still on the 17-3-1-2-1 line playing 28 minutes per night. The crazy shooting will go down (62.3 fg%, 3.8 3pm per game), though.
- Wayne Ellington is on his particular showcase tour as he might be a buyout-market casualty and end in a contender. Not that he lacks appealing reasons: 15-2-1-1 line in his last three games playing 25 minutes and hitting 52.4% of his overall attempts.
- Jamal Murray might be the best starter and “leading-man” going for the cheapest money and producing at quite high levels. Murray’s last three games have gone for averages of 29 points, 3 rebounds, 5 dimes, and more than one stock while priced at just $6K on average in those. Great play every day.
- Jaylen Brown stinks (always considering this week’s average prices, mind you). Jay has averaged 26 DKFP in his last three with a paltry 19-4-1 line in a massive 35 minutes of run. Same goes for Dinwiddie (14-5-6-1 in 30 minutes) and De’Aaron Fox (20-2-6-1 in 32 minutes).
- Cheap points (min. 3 games played in the past seven days): Jordan Clarkson (19.7 ppg in 23.7 mpg), Furkan Korkmaz (20.8 in 26), and J.J. Redick (18 in 23.3).
- Cheap threes: Duncan Robinson (4.8 3pm in 36), Wayne Ellington (4 in 24.7) and Gray Trent Jr. (3.8 in 27.8)
- Cheap boards: Derrick Favors (10.3 in 22.3), Rui Hachimura (8.3 in 25.7), and Enes Kanter (10 in 21.3).
- Cheap dimes: Jordan McLaughlin (6.7 in 28.7), Ish Smith (5.7 in 26.7), and Joe Ingles (5.3 in 31.7).
- Cheap steals: O.G. Anunoby (2.7 in 27.7), De’Andre Hunter (2.3 in 36.7), and Josh Okogie (2.3 in 28.3).
- Cheap blocks: Mitchell Robinson (1.8 in 21.5), Mo Bamba (1.8 in 10.8), and Nerlens Noel (1.3 in 18).
- Cheap shooting: Tyus Jones (65.8 fg% on 10 fga), Jordan McLaughlin (65% on 11.3 fga), and Jordan Poole (53.2% on 11 fga).
Gotta Win The Day: Best/Worst DraftKings plays for tonight’s slate
- Love: (PF/C) Pascal Siakam, TOR ($8100, vs MIN): DLo should make his debut for the Wolves tonight, but that’s still up in the air as he’s banged up a bit. Whether he plays or not, these Wolves are a freaking mess. They finally won a game the other day and the new pieces seemed to work, but hey, let me watch them play a bunch of games before trusting that. Toronto, on the other hand... Uh, oh. They’re thriving and Siakam is leading the ship. Kawhi’s heir has played 42 this season to an average 23-8-3-1-1 line while turning the ball over less than 3 times a game. Siakam is averaging 42 DKFP per game and a plenty great 1.2 DKFP per minute on the court while playing 35 nightly. I mean, it is not that you don’t already now Spicy P, but there is that just in case. Constant 20-point threat with upside to getting to the double digits in rebounds and sprinkle assists here and there.
- Hate: (SG/SF) Andrew Wiggins, GSW ($7800, vs MIA): This is lovely. Look at it, as I’m not making it up. Wiggins’ last game with Minny: 25-7-3-2-1. Wiggins’ first game with Golden State: 24-2-3-5-1. LOL. Wiggins is the same, folks. That means Wiggins is a good-not-great player, only now in living in cool San Fran. You know Drew. In his last four, he’s had a couple of 25-DKFP performances and another two 43-DKFP games. That’s it. That’s the Wiggins Experience. You can get anything from dud to stud from him any day. The price and the matchup though don’t do this play even slightly appealing in my opinion. Miami ranks 9th in fewest fantasy points given up to the opposition, the Heat are loaded, and Wiggins will need to get off Jimmy B to score his buckets and produce in other cats. Not trusting him to do so.
- Love: (PG) Devin Booker, PHO ($8000, at LAL): For some reason, Booker thrives against great-looking teams that should be nightmares on paper. In games against top-tier teams (think Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Celtics, Bucks...) Book is averaging around 46 DKFP and lines to the tune of 30-5-6 and attempting something close to 20 field goals per game. All of those numbers are higher than Dev’s season-averages, which is nice to see as he just goes and carries the Suns in those games. Enter tonight’s matchup against the Lake Show and we should have another burger coming Book’s way. Bucket Booker is also on a three-game streak in which he’s dropped at least 21 points and finished with 37, 51, and 41 DKFP. All points in the right direction for him.
- Hate: (PG/SG) Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN ($7900, at IND): What does this mean? How does this slump from Dinwiddie make Nets fans feel? Good because he isn’t as good as we thought earlier this season making us believe Kyrie shouldn’t have been signed? Bad because if The Din isn’t there the team will sink? I don’t know, I don’ know. What I know is that mid-November to mid-December Spencer D was far better than this man. That one averaged 44 DKFP in a 17-game span. This one is at 33 KDFP in his last 10... The points kind of remain there in the high-teens, but the assists have dropped on par with the boards. Din is no longer running the team to the point they did back in the day (from 31% usage in 2019-games to 26% in games this side of New Year’s). The minutes are still high but the shooting is horrific and on the verge of 40% in his last 10 outings.
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