Oh the playoffs, a wasteland for DFS newcomers and a feasting pools for the top 1%. Tonight especially, where we have a unique player pool riddled with stars. The best way to attack the playoffs, especially from a DraftKings standpoint, is to really take advantage of the new salary system. The minimum salary is now $2,000, which means you only need ten fantasy points from that player to hit 5x Value. This cushion allows you to really fill your lineup with a very stars and scrubs approach. Which is what you’ll need tonight. Lets dive into tonight’s matchups.
Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards ( WAS leads 1-0)
Vegas: WAS -5.5 O/U: 211.0
John Wall: Washington Wizards – PG
John Wall really is becoming a solid NBA player. He’s been a star since he first touched the court in Kentucky; however, It seems like “ Playoff Wall” may become a thing. Just like fellow wildcat Rajon Rondo, I expect John wall to continue to dominate this Atlanta Hawks team.
Dwight Howard: Atlanta Hawk – Center
Howard has been one of the quietest, most undervalued bigs in the NBA in his tenure in the NBA. From a DFS Standpoint, I’m locking him in tonight in a must-win game two. The Atlanta Hawks have made some rotational changes , but one things always stood true, Dwight is going to play. Look for him to fly under the radar with all of the guard heavy lineups that will be in play.
Taurean Prince: Atlanta Hawks – Small Forward
The rookie has exploded on to scene with the absence of a few key players, and now he is finding himself in the starting rotation. A very low priced player on both sites, Taurean Prince is my guy.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets ( HOU leads 1-0 )
Vegas: HOU -7.5 O/U: 223.0
I’m going to make a very bold statement before I even make a pick for this game. In GPP’S , fade Harden and Westbrook at some percentage. If you didn’t watch the last game, then I will inform you that they underperformed greatly. Hopefully, one will have a day, and if I was to choose a player to be higher on, it would be Westbrook. On the contrary, if you’d like to be really risky, Play them both. And now on the the roll players.
Nene Hilario- Houston Rockets – Center
At sub 4k on either site, I’m loving Nene right now. He’s a veteran, he can really make an impact in a small span, and he’s playoff tested. Part of sorting out bottom of the barrell options is identifying the outliers. Especially in the playoffs, you have to gauge elite veterans who’ve been relatively healthy, and playing in the rotation and resting in blowouts. Those players are built to go the long haul in the playoffs.
Patrick Beverley: Houston Rockets: Guard –
Patrick Beverley proved his worth last game, recency bias will really raise his draft percentages making him almost a mid tier must have.
Alex Abrines: Guard : Oklahoma City Thunder –
Alex Abrines is one of those $2k players that really needs some attention. He’s a 3 point dead eye, and with Russ looking to distribute the ball, Abrines may find himself in a very positive spot. He’s also been in the rotation all season ( unless injured ), but he’s definitely got my pick for Value play of the night
Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors ( GSW leads 1-0 )
Vegas: GSW -14.0 O/U: 219.5
With the recent news of Kevin Durant being downgraded to doubtful, this will greatly affect this game.
Stephen Curry; Guard : Golden State Warriors
With Durant off of the floor, and Curry shooting as efficiently as he has, Curry is the star to have.
Stack Opportunity- Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Green
With the absence of Durant, you will need exposure to at least three of these four players, and all four to really differentiate from the GPP field. I’ll have a share of this stack in all of my lineups
Written by: Kyle Dillard – Intern Staff Writer (@TheGrandstandKD)