We have an exciting three-game playoff slate tonight. For those of you who prefer a larger slate, FanDuel is also offering contests with both the Thursday and Friday night games included so that there are six games to choose from. As for the Thursday-only game sets, here are some of the plays I am looking at.
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Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, $6,100 - Factoring in price, Rose is my top option at PG tonight. He put up a great scoring game in Game 1, with 23 points in 27 minutes en route to 35 FD points. Game 2 was more impressive to me though as he really struggled from the field (he shot 4-for-14) and didn’t make a field goal in the first half. However, he played 38 minutes and was still able to stuff the stat sheet and put up 37 FD points. The 38 minutes are very encouraging and I love to target guys who can still produce fantasy points despite a poor shooting night.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, $8,000 - I also have no issues with Stephen Curry whatsoever, but value is getting harder to come by with rotations tightening, so fitting in Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Anthony Davis is getting tougher. Kyrie is almost 2K cheaper than Curry and has hit 5x value in each of his first two playoff games. He is playing huge minutes at 40 MPG and is averaging 28 real PPG through the first two games, which has translated to 40 FD PPG.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $8,500 - Jimmy Butler is earning his “Jimmy Minutes” nickname once again, as he played a crazy 46 minutes in Game 2. He’s really shooting the ball well right now and is averaging a FD point per minute so far in this series, making him the top SG option on my board.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7,200 - I’m paying up for SG today since I don’t like the value options. Klay has been rock solid so far in these playoffs, averaging over 23 PPG and around 32 FD PPG. I wish he contributed more peripheral stats, but he’s a guy who can get hot in a hurry and drop 30+ real points, which gives him that 40 FD point upside that I’m looking for in tournaments.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $7,600 - I’ve been all-in on Draymond in each of the first two games and I’ll be going back to the well again tonight. He’s played 42 minutes in each of the first two games and he’s averaged 43 FD points despite shooting only 9-for-23 from the field. He’s the rare guy who can contribute even when he’s not scoring at a great clip, as he just fills up the stat sheet with rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Based on his production, he’s a guy who should be priced at around 8.5K, so take this value and plug him into your lineups.
Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls, $4,400 - If you can afford LeBron James then by all means fire him up. He’s obviously a great player and you don’t need me to tell you that. That being said I don’t think he’s a must play. If you can’t fit LeBron and need to save at your second SF spot, my top value guy is Mike Dunleavy. He’s playing around 34 MPG and is averaging 22 FD points over the first two games, which is the 5x value that you want on FD.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,000 - I love Anthony Davis, but it’s tough to fit a 11.7K salary on this slate. It’s possible but you’ll have to save elsewhere and then pair him up with a Taj Gibson or John Henson (who are both in play for tournaments). Love is a little risky but he has a very affordable salary and has shown some upside at his price point. He had a great first playoff game with 19 points and 12 rebounds, good for 40 FD points. However, he really disappointed in Game 2 as he picked up 2 early fouls in the first four minutes and then never really got going. Boston is weak on the interior, so I like Love to bounce back with a good outing, if he can avoid foul trouble.
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, $8,800 - Pau has really struggled with his shot, as he is shooting only 9-for-29 for this series. Despite the poor shooting, he has put up at least 35 FD points in each game. He’s a guy who shoots 49% on the season and 51% for his career, so I’m not expecting his shooting struggles to continue. If his shot starts to drop, he’s a guy who should approach 45 FD points.
Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, $6,000 - I could have easily written up Joakim Noah here as well, but I’ve already written up four Bulls, so I’ll spare you any more Bull love. However, he is definitely in play as the Bulls rotation is thin without Nikola Mirotic, and Noah’s minutes have been up in the playoffs. In regards to Bogut, this is a great price for him - his price hasn’t risen to match his increased minutes and production in the playoffs. He’s averaged 31.5 MPG through the first two games of this series, which is a big eight-minute increase over his regular season average. As a result, he’s seen a big spike in production and is averaging over 36 FD PPG this series, making him a great target until FD raises his price.