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Relatively speaking, given the mess the NBA’s daily fantasy has been coming out of the All-Star break, the news is pretty quiet heading into Saturday. The focus of the board’s potential value once again revolves around the Toronto Raptors, who will be without Pascal Siakam., Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and others once again due to COVID-19 protocols. That will open up some great minutes for Toronto’s other rotation players.
Toronto, however, is not the only team understaffed due to COVID-19 protocols. The Detroit Pistons will be without a starter (I guess?) point guard Dennis Smithand the Sacramento Kings will once again miss Hassan Whiteside. The Wizards of Washington they are the only team in the second leg of a back-to-back, which makes Russell Westbrook’s status It is worth a little attention.
Chris Paul ($ 7,100): The reliable veteran’s salary is curious in this place, as the Phoenix Suns The point guard has achieved at least 40 FanDuel points three times in his last seven games. How will it be the case when sharing the court with Devin Booker and Deandre AytonPaul’s flat may not be there every night, but CP3 is still pretty consistent and has eclipsed 30 FanDuel points in five of its last seven. The Indiana Pacers They’re an in-between matchup for floor generals, but their pace still represents an acceleration for Phoenix, who plays at the second-slowest pace in the league. With many stars in tougher matchups, Paul is a dependable mid-range cog.
Jrue vacation ($ 6,100): Lengthy layoffs for injuries can create inefficiencies from time to time, but the Milwaukee BucksThe point guard is in a dream fantasy showdown against the Wiz and has a salary that is easy to love. Since he entered the starting lineup on Thursday against the New York Knicks, The vacation should be completely ready to begin. His 25 minutes in that contest were more indicative of the margin of victory than his personal health. Before his battle with COVID-19, when playing his full minutes, Holiday surpassed 30 FanDuel points in seven consecutive games, and broke 40 FanDuel points in four of those seven. Needless to say, your floor / ceiling combination is too good for this salary.
Other notable works: Trae Young ($ 9,000), Malcolm Brogdon ($ 6,600), Ricky Rubio ($ 4.800)
Anthony Edwards ($ 6,500): With D’Angelo Russell still caring for his knee injury and Malik Beasley suspended, Edwards is the primary perimeter option for the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. In fact, Edwards leads all Minnesota starters with a use rate of 31.9% since losing Beasley, even above Karl-Anthony Towns. – and is second only to Towns in FanDuel points per minute (1.05). It won’t be pretty on many points, as Edwards has been incredibly inefficient (37.2% shooting in the last full month of February), but right now, it’s all volume for a team that needs shot creation on offense. . Edwards’ role has also meant a solid floor, as he has scored more than 35 FanDuel points in four of his last five games.
Gary Trent Jr. ($ 4,900): Buying low on cold shots is always an interesting strategy in NBA DFS, and few elite shooters are cooler than Trent right now. Trent still averages 34.5 minutes per game in March, so his role replaces outcast CJ McCollum. It hasn’t changed, but your shot certainly has. Trent shot 40% or more from the ground from three points in each of the first three months of the year, but has dropped to a frigid 29.6% from deep in March. Trent isn’t exactly a highly productive player as he is, as he’s only averaging 0.74 FanDuel points per minute since he replaced McCollum, but seeing such heavy minutes at such a low salary means that when his scoring touch returns, he should navigate. to value.
Other notable works: James Harden ($ 11,800), Terry Rozier ($ 6,900), DeAndre Bembry ($ 4,100)
Norman Powell ($ 7,600): The world of health and safety protocols alone could lead to not only Powell’s salary being $ 7,600, but also the firm possibility that it will pay off. Powell leads all Raptors with a 27.0% usage over the past two weeks as they have navigated his absences, and he has made it count at 1.17 FanDuel points per minute. Powell has scored at least 25 real world points in all three games in March as the top pick, and what is incredibly positive and an indicator of continued success is that the score has come in with a whopping 56.1% shooting. Only three Toronto players scored more than 11 points Thursday, making this offense simple to force range. Powell is the clear “A” choice in doing so.
Dorian Finney-Smith ($ 4,100): There aren’t many injuries on this list as a whole, which means the best sources of value may come from our usual high-production, high-minute budget options like Finney-Smith. Finney-Smith’s problem in tournaments is not his floor, as he has scored more than 20 FanDuel points in 5 of his last 12 games, but it is his perceived lack of a ceiling with only 0.60 FanDuel points per minute and 9.8% of use in the last month. Still, the potential is there, as five games ago, Finney-Smith left by 35.6 FanDuel points against the Brooklyn Nets. TOanother soft showdown against the Denver Nuggets can help you realize that again, as Denver has given up the seventh-most FanDuel points per game to opposing forwards.
Other notable works: Gordon Hayward ($ 7,300), Will Barton ($ 5,600), Josh Richardson ($ 4.900)
Jerami Scholarship ($ 7,400): The Detroit Pistons They are lousy at 10-27, but the only bright spot of their season has been Jerami Grant. Using 27.4% and 1.07 FanDuel points per minute throughout the season, in an incredibly inefficient offense no less, Grant has been by far the most trusted member of the Pistons for fantasy purposes. Targeting Detroit players will be crucial against the high-paced, low-defense Nets on Saturday. But Detroit’s rotation is a disaster, as Grant was the only player to exceed 30 minutes played Thursday against Charlotte. The Nets are favorites by 11.5 points, which makes putting a high salary on this game a bit more risky than normal, but Grant absolutely has the role of delivering enough worthwhile production in three quarters against bad defense if necessary.
Chris boucher ($ 6,700): The Raptors right now are a three-headed monster with Boucher, Powell and Kyle Lowry.as all three have averaged at least 1.17 FanDuel points per minute over the past two weeks. While Boucher’s role has been unstable, it appears to have temporarily solidified as Toronto tries to replace Pascal Siakam, as Boucher has played at least 24 minutes in each of the last four games. Boucher’s 1.22 FanDuel points per minute are the highest in the entire team, so it’s never a production issue for the young forward. The minutes are the question, but the absence of Siakam has allowed Boucher to run a good streak.
Other notable works: Kristaps Porzingis ($ 7,900), Jae Crowder ($ 4,100), Moritz Wagner ($ 3.900)
Richaun holmes ($ 6,700): One of the hardest things to do in the entire NBA in recent years has been to secure a regular rotation spot like the Sacramento Kings. player, and Holmes deserves a tip of the hat for doing so. Holmes is Sacramento’s undisputed starting center, and his role is undoubted with Hassan Whiteside still on the shelf. He has really started to gain some momentum in March as at the Kings, he is only behind De’Aaron Fox in FanDuel points per minute (1.14) and leads all Kings players with an impressive 12.44 bounces for 36 minutes this month. With at least 12 points and 8 rebounds in each of the last five games, Holmes is a persistent double-double threat and has a slight advantage in a mid-range level charged at center position for Saturday.
Other notable works: Enes Kanter ($ 6,800), Deandre Ayton ($ 6.700)
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