Another day, another NBA DFS slate! Hopefully, everyone got into some cash last night, as had a little small bag of mixed results with yesterday’s core-4 article. Jokic and RHJ did not perform near up to the expectations I had rendered for them, although Jokic has a pretty incompetent coach that decided not to play him in the 4th quarter in a 10-point game. Eric Gordon has a serviceable game, and Paul Millsap had the best game of the 4, and merely taking some of the production away from Jokic, which was my fault for not realizing. It happens. Today we are given a 7-game NBA slate, and it is full of nice guard options, not near as many F options, and even less C options, so let’s see what we got…
Isaiah Thomas ($6,000)– Hard not to look at the numbers that IT3 has put up in the last few games, at least for fantasy implications. IT3 has played in 6 games since the all-star break in route to a very hefty 31.2 usage rate (31.5% over his last 5 contests), averaging 19.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg, with a modest 111.0 OFFRTG over that span as well. He is averaging 27.7 mpg over his last 5, while also nabbing over 30 FPs in his last 3 as his totals resulted in 30.3, 30.8, and 44.5. Today, IT3 will get a very generous match up against the traveling Orlando Magic, who have allowed the 5th most FPs on average to the PG spot over the course of the season so far. With the reemergence of Lonzo Ball for the Lakers, I believe IT3 should see some very low ownership, with hopefully a nice range of minutes, in what should be a pace-up game as well.
Will Barton ($7,000)– This is not a price I am overtly comfy paying here on Barton tonight, but I really like the play. Barton has been a beast at home over his last several games, with 7 of his last 8 eclipsing 34 FPs. 4 of his last 5 contests have seen FP totals over the 40 FP mark as well, and he has carried a modest 22.3% usage over that 5-game span also. We know the Cavs have struggled to defend the SF spot this season, allowing the 2nd most FPs on average over the season, as well as the 9th most Fps on average over their last 5 contests. In the lone game between the two squads this season, Barton got the best of the Cavs going for 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, with a hefty 26.1 usage rate over 33 minutes of floor time. Barton has seen plenty of minutes on the floor since entering the starting line-up, and shouldn’t have any set-backs tonight as we know the Cavs just set their defense on optional. I like some Barton tonight.
Zach Randolph ($5,800)– Not much value in the Core-4 article tonight, but that is alright as you are still going to be left with around an average of $5.7k salary range for your remaining roster selections after rostering these four. I like Randolph quite a damn bit tonight to be honest, and he has seemed to have plenty of success against the Pelicans this season so far. In the 3 games between the two teams this season, Z-Bo has seen an insane 31.4 usage rate, while averaging 24.7 ppg, 11.3 rpg, and 2.3 apg, with his most recent outing in New Orleans going for a total of 47.0 FPs. I believe most will over-look Randolph tonight given he plays on the Kings, and he has put up some duds here lately with his last 2 home games resulting in 18.3 and 13.5 FPs. However, Z-Bo has still seen a 28.5% usage rate over his last 5 games, while seeing an average of 27.9 mpg over that span also. I really like the spot, and I think the price is fair.
Marc Gasol ($8,200)– Gasol’s price saw a bit of a hike going into tonight, and for good reason. The Bulls are in tank mode, so we have a classic tank vs tank here with Memphis traveling to Chicago. The Bulls have also been pretty bad against the C spot allowing the 4th most FPs on average to the spot over their last 5 games. We know Gasol is the main focus on this Grizzlies team, and his match-up tonight is lovely. Over the Grizzlies last 4 games, Gasol has carried a 26.5 usage rate (close to his season road average of 25.9%), and for what it is worth, Gasol has actually seen a higher usage over the course of the season against the East, rather than the West at a 27.5% clip, while averaging 19.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, and 1.2 bpg vs the Eastern Conference. Gasol has amassed over 43 FPs in his last 2 road games, and hopefully we see this trend continue tonight against the Bulls.
That is all I have for you guys tonight! However, there are a few nice narrative spots to look at as well tonight with guys like Rondo and Buddy Heild to name a couple playing former teams if you are into that sort of thing! Anyways, I wish everyone the best of luck and hopefully we win all the monies!