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Daily fantasy NBA basketball slate breakdown for DraftKings and FanDuel – 2.27.17

Written by: Ronnie Vaughan – Staff Writing Intern (@AyePaisano) & Kyle Dillard – Staff Writing Intern (@TheGrandstandKD)

What’s up guys and welcome to the The Grandstand’s NBA positional breakdown.  Kyle and Ronnie break down a couple players they are targeting at each position and give you a few more players that didn’t make the cut but are definitely worth a look especially in GPPs.  Without further ado, let’s dance.  

| Point Guard

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stephortlesssss! Basketball is looking real easy for the reigning NBA MVP. Sub 10k on DK and playing against a new look 76er’s. Which isn’t looking so promising at all. I don’t really worry about blowout potential, as the Sixers keep things competitive pretty often, also, Curry gets his buckets in bunches.

Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks

After going 2-9 from the field in his first game back from the All-Star break, Yogi Ferrell looks to bounce back against the surging Heat. Deron Williams was recently bought out by the Dallas Mavericks, and JJ Barea is still out with a Leg injury, so Yogi Ferrell is their best bet. We’ve seen Yogi catch fire quickly many times before, and I think after a few disappointing nights, his ownership will be in the perfect spot to roster for GPP’s.

Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics

Currently I have IT2 as the highest projected scorer at the PG position on Fanduel tonight for about 44.  We should all know by now that Dennis Schroder is an awful defender and that is how we have had success attacking the Hawks.  Al Horford has looked like absolute crap over the last month and IT has put the team on his back, i expect that to continue tonight.  His price has dropped out of the high $9000s/low $10000s and I think he will be a core play for me tonight

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

We know the usage increased when KLove went down with the injury, but we currently have news that LeBron is listed as Questionable with an illness for tonight’s game.  I like Kyrie either way but I would almost 100% lock and load him across the board if Bron is ruled out.  Korver listed as questionable and Deron Williams doesn’t look to be in uniform for tonight’s game.  His floor is lower than what I have IT2 at, but his ceiling is definitely a bit higher.  GPP only if Bron plays, Cash/GPP if not.

Also Consider: Dennis Schroder, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Matthew Dellavedova, Cory Joseph

| Shooting Guard

Lou Williams, Houston Rockets

Louis Will is now on one of the most offensively minded teams in the NBA. He hasn’t seen this Kind of supporting cast in his NBA career, and I think it’s only a matter of time before the Rockets realize it may be time to start the man. Even off the bench, he’s a very attractive target. He’s been quoted as being comfortable in the open arrangement and style of the Rockets system, tonight, I’m rollin with him.

Nik Stauskas, Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers backup SG is in for some extra usage with the recent moves made by Philadelphia. Alas, to keep up with the warriors, the Sixers will be in desperate need of scoring. He’s scored 11 or more in his last four, and it won’t take much for my tournament punt play of the day to crush his value.

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Look I shouldn’t have to explain myself here but when Harden is in a game with the highest total on the slate (230) you play him in your cash games and fade him at your own risk in GPPs.  Do I think the moves the Rockets made at the trade deadline are going to hurt Harden in the long run? No, Lou Will is a bench player and should remain coming off the bench in order to be successful, therefore I do not believe Harden’s usage will change going forward.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

If you don’t want to play Harden, you play Giannis tonight in another solid matchup.  My rule of thumb is to play one of these guys on my cash team when they are on the slate together, which is pretty much every day.  You save a bit of salary on a slate that hasn’t given us much value to work with, yet.  I generally play Giannis more, but I let the slate dictate that to me as the day goes along.  I think you play one or both of Giannis and Harden in your cash lineups today.

Also consider: DeMar DeRozan (could be overlooked), Marcus Smart, Seth Curry, Monta Ellis, Gerald Henderson

| Small Forward

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

KD’s not nice, but his price tag is. As well as his matchup, and the amount of rest he’s received. All it will take s for KD to score 50 to hit 5X value. Easy Money, Easy Pick from the small forward position. I also suggest pairing Kd and Steph Curry. Add Klay to that stack for tournaments, as it will suck up a lot of salary. (Beware of news because I would not rule out the Warriors’ resting KD with a matchup against the Wizards coming up)

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

You wanna talk about the chalk, well here he is.  Up in pace matchup against the Rockets with a 230 total.  Underpriced across the industry.  No one can guard him on the Rockets.  Ask me against if I am playing him in cash..

Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics

Another player who is underpriced across the industry.  A guy who can fill up all the stat categories and pulled down a double-double last night.  As I mentioned before, Horford has looked like crap and the players around him have stepped it up.  The All-Star break was much needed for his ankle and has looked more aggressive on offense rather than just shooting 3s all game.  Great cash game play.

Also consider, Andrew Wiggins (tad too expensive for me), Robert Covington (I am fading him personally because his price is ridiculous now), Kent Bazemore, CJ Miles, Jaylen Brown.

Guys do not play Matt Barnes.  Each night I’ve seen him with over 10% ownership in GPPs and HE’S NOT ON A TEAM! Please don’t waste your bankroll.

| Power Forward

Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers:

Look I know his price is high but I am comfortable rolling him out in cash game formats. He hasn’t scored below 34 FD points since 2/8.  At $7k on FD, I will roll him out there in an up in pace matchup against a team who shoots a shit ton (Warriors).  Let’s make it 5 straights double-doubles for Super Dario.

Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

He is severely underpriced on FD ($5.9) against the lousy Knicks who now do not have Noah for the remainder of the season and Porzingis is looking more so on the doubtful side of playing tonight.  Back-to-back solid performances from Ibaka since joining the Raptors and I think he makes for a great cash game play plus he offers double-double upside with no one on the Knicks that should be able to win the lost post battle against him.

Also consider, Draymond Green (cheapest he’s been all season), Nerlen Noel, Gorgui Dieng,  Michael Beasley, WCS (FD), Skal Labissiere (keep an eye on this guy, looks to be taking over and getting more minutes)

| Center

Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings-

With the departure of Demarcus Cousins, there is a lot of room for the athletic and talented Cauley-Stein. At $5.1k on Dk, he makes for an excellent play and is perfect for cash and GPP. in ⅔ of games without Cousins, He’s boasted a > 30% usage rate and scored a plethora of fantasy points. In the last outing against the Hornets, He struggled, as expected. life’s not easy when taking on a new role as a Starter in the NBA. With the recent Dud performance, I think his ownage will be depressed as well, making him an even more attractive pick.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Thankfully on Fanduel you might be able to fit 3 studs into your lineups tonight, it’s just who you chose that matters.  I think Towns is in a great spot against the Kings who don’t look like they can stop anyone.  Towns had a massive 37-22 game against the Rockets on 2/25 and why shouldn’t he be able to repeat that tonight? You have to consider him tonight in cash games and if you play multiple GPP lineups, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not having a couple shares of the big KAT.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

Look guys, this game is going to be very popular tonight across the industry.  Also, remember what I just said about KAT’s stats against the Rockets?  We’ll if Turner does half of that, we are in great shape.  5 of his last 6 games we have seen Turner reach the 5X point we look for on Fanduel, and now he has the nut matchup in a very high paced game which bodes well for his style of play.

There are a lot of decent options to consider tonight at Center, so take a good look at who you like the most:  Hassan Whiteside (who’s stopping him if Noel doesn’t start?), Dwight Howard (minutes have been down but Boston has been weak on the boards), Greg Monroe, Guillermo Hernangomez/Kyle O’Quinn (pick and chose your death-by-knicks-center), Jahlil Okafor, Jonas Valanciunas



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