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Scouting The NBA DFS Playoffs - Saturday, April 22

The NBA playoffs roll on and here we have plays of the day, values, studs and building blocks to get your DFS lineups in the money!

Plays of the Day

Value: It solely depends on the availability of Kevin Durant, but Patrick McCaw has incredible value if KD is out. In Game 2 McCaw played 34 minutes and will cost you just $3,400 (FD) tonight on an offense that produces Fantasy points by the bundle. If KD is out, McCaw should be a consideration.

Fade: I’m fading DeMar DeRozan because I don’t trust the Raptors in the playoffs and I refuse to pay for him. I’d rather save money and grab C.J. McCollum or Bradley Beal among others. You might as well go and fade Kyle Lowry while you’re at it. Those guys just can’t be trusted.

Games to Target

  • Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers
  • Washington Wizards @ Atlanta Hawks

Point Guards

Two Studs

John Wall (WAS) @ATL FD: $10,300/DK: $10,800

Wall has separated himself as the best PG on this slate by a safe distance. You know what you’re going to get with him night in and night out. He’s put up Fantasy totals of 51.5 and 56.8 so far in these playoffs including a 32 and 14 double-double. He missed another double-double by one assist posting 32 and nine on Wednesday.

Damian Lillard (POR) vs GS FD: $9,500/DK: $8,300

Lillard and Steph Curry are neck and neck on this slate. The slight edge goes to Lillard because we know he’s a sure thing. Portland needs him to be constantly involved, and that’s exactly what he’ll do. Curry has the upside, but also more questions. There is a decent chance KD plays, and Curry has more of a tendency to disappear in playoff games than Lillard who has outplayed him to this point in the series from a Fantasy perspective.

Potential Value

Mike Conley ($8,200/$7,900)

Conley is the guy who has held the most value at a reasonable price in these playoffs. When he plays, and you take a look at the leaderboards, you see a whole lot of Mike Conley. His price makes him the No. 6 PG on this slate, and he’s averaging about 38 FPPG so far against the Spurs. I’ll take that every time.

Longshot

Brandon Jennings ($2,900/$3,200)

As I was scrolling through the players looking for a cheap option I came across Jennings at just $2,900. This guy can get hot and put up points in a hurry. He’s not afraid to throw it up either. He’s playing 16 minutes per game so far in this series with his minutes potentially on the rise as he contributes in other categories other than scoring as well.

Shooting Guards

Two Studs

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) vs TOR FD: $11,000/DK: $10,200

It won’t be long before we are discussing this kid as one of the best players in the world. His skill set is ridiculous. Through three games his Fantasy points totals this series have been 47.1, 52.5 and 39.6. Don’t be shocked if he’s considered a top-five player in the world within two years. The Greek Freak is the definition of a stud.

C.J. McCollum (POR) vs GS FD: $8,000/DK: $7,000

Being that I’ve made my position of Raptors clear, I’m rolling with McCollum. He’s been up and down this series starting with a 52.1 Fantasy performance and following it up with just 17. However, I expect him to be much closer to that 52.1 than the 17 on most nights. Much like Lillard, the fact that the Blazers are extremely overmatched should help his numbers because they rely so heavily on these two talented guards.

Potential Value

Tim Hardaway Jr ($5,300/$5,000

Hardaway hasn’t turned it on this series, but we know he can. He’s more than capable of exploding, and since the Hawks are just about always losing in the playoffs, they’ll need him from long range if they have any shot of winning any games. He’s on the second tier of SGs all by himself on this slate sandwiched between Klay Thompson and Danny Green.

Longshot

Patrick McCaw ($3,400/$3,200)

It solely depends on the availability of Kevin Durant, but Patrick McCaw has incredible value if KD is out. In Game 2 McCaw played 34 minutes and will cost you just $3,400 (FD) tonight on an offense that produces Fantasy points by the bundle. If KD is out, McCaw should be a consideration.

Small Forwards

Two Studs

Kevin Durant (GS) @POR FD: $10,400/DK: $9,200

Pay attention to the injury report. He’s risky either way. His upside is as great as anyone in the league assuming he is available to play.

Kawhi Leonard (SA) @MEM FD: $10,100/DK: $9.000

Leonard contributes in all facets of the game and has become a top-three player in the NBA. After coming off a subpar game, I fully expect him to redeem himself tonight. In the previous two games against the Grizz, he posted back-to-back 30 point games with an 11 rebound double-double in Game 2. There’s a large drop off after him.

Potential Value

Maurice Harkless ($4,900/$4,900)

This is kind of a guessing game with three Blazers listed at SF between $4,700 and $5,000. However, my usual go-to guy Harkless has been the best so far in this series. In this game, he’s averaging 31 minutes per game with Fantasy scores of 22.1 and 33.1. There could be value here if this becomes a trend for the remainder of the series.

Longshot

Taurean Prince ($4,200/$4,500)

Although he’s not that much of a longshot, I wanted to get Prince in here. I also didn’t want to go with Vince Carter again because I always do. Prince is a talented young player playing a significant 31 minutes per game in the playoffs. He flashes at times and looks to be a potential long-time starter in the league. There is a chance he does serious damage in a game or two depending on how long this series goes.

Power Forwards

Two Studs

Draymond Green (GS) @POR FD: $8,800/DK: $8,100

Green has been dominating the Blazers in this series nearly averaging a triple-double. On top of his contributions in the three major categories, he is also averaging four blocks and two steals through two games. He may be the safest option on Golden State in this series.

Paul Millsap (ATL) vs WAS FD: $8,100/DK: $7,400

Millsap continues to be one of the most underrated players in the game. The fact that no one takes the Hawks seriously is a big factor in that. However, he’s coming off a big 46 Fantasy point performance in which he scored 27 points and pulled down 10 boards to go along with four assists, one block, and two steals.

Potential Value

Serge Ibaka ($6,300/$5,900)

The Fantasy world is down on Ibaka after a nightmarish Game 3 performance when he couldn’t even break double-digit Fantasy points. However, in the two previous games, he was averaging just under 39 FPPG. With everyone down on Ibaka and his always disappointing Raptors, he may be a nice play on this slate.

Longshot

Mike Muscala ($2,900/$2,500)

I dug a little deep on this one, but I like Muscala as a punt option. At just $2,900, he played 23 minutes last game and posted 14.7 Fantasy points. At such a low price he could easily add a few tip-ins and rebounds and give you a ton of value.

Centers

Two Studs

Marc Gasol (MEM) vs SA FD: $8,000/DK: $7,100

Gasol is far-and-away the best center on this slate. His price tag reflects that too. Even against a tough Spurs’ defense, his Fantasy totals have been 44, 25.7 and 33.7. No one else is close to him, especially since Jusuf Nurkic is injured.

Greg Monroe (MIL) vs TOR FD: $6,800/DK: $5,500

Because of the matchup and how these series are playing out, I like Monroe more than Dwight Howard on this slate. The fact that Monroe is cheaper is just an bonus. His Fantasy output in the three playoff games he’s played so far are 36, 25.3 and 33.9. It would be amazing if he could get his minutes up around 30.

Potential Value

JaVale McGee ($4,100/$3,400)

McGee has played very well in the playoffs to this point. He’s coming off a 15 point, 29 Fantasy point performance in which he tacked on five boards and four blocks. It’s tough to trust him, but there is value here.

Longshot

Thon Maker ($3,900/$3,400)

Whenever you watch Maker, he looks like he’s on the verge of having a massive breakout game. I fully anticipate him having his coming out party in these playoffs in a game when he posts a 15 and 10 double-double with a handful of blocks.


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