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
- More All-Star Weekend news, and not of the type we like to hear. Dame will miss the ASG due to injury, as well as the 3-Point Contest. Nothing known about his replacement as of this writing, but Devin Booker should be in the pole position to snatch the empty place as it’d be a guard-for-guard flip. No news about Dame’s comeback timeline, but Portland better pray for a short one.
- Much better was to watch Luka come back and pretty much announce he’ll be part of the All-Star festivities. Yay!
- The Knicks, Lakers, and Warriors seem to be all very very rich.
- Buddy Hield is pissed off and doesn’t like his current pine-riding role. Uh, oh. The Kangz moved Hield to the bench after signing him to a rather huge extension just a few months ago... and obviously Hield thinks he’s a starter-caliber player and could be thinking about demanding a trade out of Sacto if things don’t change. Not surprising. Hield is not a world-beater but he ain’t no bench player either. #FreeTheBuddies
- The Nets broke Toronto’s 15-game winning streak. Also, the Nets might be the team accomplishing the most important unimportant things ever.
Duds and Studs: Last night slate roundup
- LeBron burned the Nuggets. Plain and simple. James finished with 71.5 DKFP yesterday to the tune of a sweet 32-12-14 triple-double and that was all. No steals nor blocks needed, and only one triple. Deadly.
- Luka was the only other player to get more than 60 DKFP as he reached 61 against the Kings in his comeback game after suffer an injury a few days ago. Looks like hasn’t missed a beat, as he dropped 33 on Sacto to go with 12 boards and 8 dimes while boasting a massive 39.4% usage rate, all of it in just 31 minutes of run.
- A ton of players in the 50-to-60 DKFP clip, as many as 12: Porzingis (58.75), Anthony Davis (58.5), DLo (58), Aaron Gordon (54.75), Jokic (53.75), Trae (53.25), T.J. Warren (52.75), Jamal Murray (52.75), Vucevic (52.25), Andrew Wiggins (52), Larry Nance Jr. (52), and Kyle Lowry (50.25).
- Cool ROI King yesterday, Anfernee Simons of the Blazers. The kid reached 34.75 DKFP while priced at just $3.1K by logging a 22-7-1 line with 6 (!) triples to his name in just under 28 minutes of playing time.
- Four more players with very delicious ROIs: Bismack Biyombo (32.5 DKFP at $3K, 14-10-2-0-1 in 26 minutes), Isaac Bonga (32.75 at $3.2K, 13-5-3-2-2 in 14), Larry Nance Jr. (52 at $5.1K, 23-12-2-3-2 in 35), Tristan Thompson (47.25 at $4.8K, 27-11-1-1 in 26).
- And the DOTS Award goes to... Domantas Sabonis! Domas played 30 minutes but he could only get himself 31 DKFP while entering the slate tagged at $9.8K! Serious dud there from the fake American.
- More middling performers: Paskal Siakam (34 DKFP at $8.7K), Khris Middleton (32.25 at $8.8K), and Eric Bledsoe (28 at $7.7K).
- A scary double-digit night yesterday with 26 players (twenty-six!) grabbing 10 or more boards and five more with 9 rebounds. In total, 19 double-doubles between points and rebounds (with Adebayo and Ian Mahimi falling short by one point, and Aaron Gordon and Ibaka by one board), and seven dub-dubs via points and dimes (Aaron Gordon again missed by one assist, same as Spencer Dinwiddie; Ricky Rubio missed on it by one point and one dime).
- Two triple-doubles! God bless! Bronny got his with a ridiculous 32-12-14 line while Lowry also reached the low-yet-good-enough 12-11-12 line to get his.
What’s cooking? Statistical trends from the past seven days
- A bunch of guys changed places before the trade deadline but none of them is doing as much as Malik Beasley in his new Minny surroundings. MB is averaging 38 DKFP in his last three games, which means he’s posting up a line of 22-7-3-1 nightly. He’s still super cheap and probably available in most season-long leagues, so you know what to do.
- Shouts to other late movers returning tons of value like James Johnson (9-5-4-2-1 in just 26.3 minutes), Jae Crowder (18-7-1-2 shooting 60% from the floor in 29.7 minutes), and Juan Hernangomez (15-6-1-1 in 29.3 minutes).
- No surprise in Jamal Murray’s price getting higher by the day, but it makes all of the sense. Murray keeps having monster nights so it’s just a matter of time the respect is thrown his way. The line reads 31-3-7-1 in his last three while playing 37.7 minutes!
- Told you about him in the recent past: Kemba Walker is stinging a bit these days averaging just 31 DKFP (19-5-4) while priced at more than $7.5K. Not far from him you find once-studs like De’Aaron Fox (15-4-7), Domas Sabonis (18-10-6), and Paskal Siakam (21-6-3-1-1).
- Cheap points (min. 3 games played in the past seven days): Malik Beasley (22 ppg in 32 mpg), JJ Redick (20.3 in 23), and Derrick White (15 in 23).
- Cheap threes: Malik Beasley (4.7 3pm in 32), Jae Crowder (4 in 29.7), and Avery Bradley (3.3 in 27.3).
- Cheap boards: Dwight Howard (8.8 in 17.3), Kyle Anderson (7.7 in 27.7), and Dewayne Dedmon (7 in 25.7).
- Cheap dimes: Coby White (6.3 in 30.3), Tyus Jones (4.7 in 18), and Tony Snell (4.3 in 33).
- Cheap steals: O.G. Anunoby (2.8 in 30.8), DeAndre Hunter (2.3 in 37.3), and Gary Trent Jr. (1.8 in 27.2).
- Cheap blocks: Dewayne Dedmon (3.3 in 25.7), Thon Maker (1.5 in 27.5), and James Johnson (1.3 in 26.3).
- Cheap shooting: Jae Crowder (60.1 fg% on 9.7 fga), Thon Maker (58.8% on 9.0), and Avery Bradley (55.2% on 9.0)
Gotta Win The Day: Best/Worst DraftKings plays for tonight’s slate
- Love: (PF/C) Zion Williamson, NO ($7800, vs OKC): I’m sorry but on the last slate before the All-Star break I’m going guns blazing and All-Love. Zion can’t stop getting better. This is Willi-World and we just happen to live in it, I’m afraid. Z has broken the 30-minute mark just twice in his nine games as a Pel, yet he has reached 30 DKFP in all but one of them (more than 20 min. played). Zion has scored at least 14 points in every game he’s been part of and is actually averaging 21, a boosted number given his last game season-high 31 pops dropped on the Blazers foreheads. Williamson is often close to reaching double-digits in the boards column (two times he’s gotten 11 and 10 rebounds already) and he is also adept at dishing some 2 or 3 dimes out every game. As we all know from his college days, Zion’s shooting is nuts-high at 60.5 percent from the floor, which is reasonable considering he has the most beautiful shot chart ever plotted. Pretty lovely play for a pretty lovely slate before a pretty lovely first All-Star Weekend appearance for Zion. What’s not to love?
- Love: (SF) Kawhi Leonard, LAC ($9100, at BOS): Hahahaha! You thought I was going to pass on Kawhi at this price, with a full week ahead in which the Happy Guy won’t have to worry about balancing his playing and resting days? You kidding. Today is the day to play Leo. Boston in front of the Clips scares you, I know, but if today is not the day for KL and PG and whoever else LA can throw Boston’s way then when will it be? I can’t tell you a lot about Kawhi that you don’t already know, so I’m going to dig for some stupid stuff. Three games ago Leonard loged his lowest usage rate of the season (19.6%) yet he finished with a 14-7-9-2-1 stuffed line and 43.75 DKFP in under 31 minutes. He played 36 minutes in his last game and dropped 30 pops on the Sixers (to go with 4 boards, 9 dimes, 1 steal, and 2 blocks) to finish as the no. 5 player on the slate thanks to his 55 DKFP. He’s played fewer than 25 minutes three times this season... but he’s somehow averaged 42 DKFP in those three games with lines on the 23-6-6 zip code. Kawhi is so unfair he should be banned straight away.
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