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Fantasy Basketball: Scouting The NBA DFS Playoffs - Sunday, April 30

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: While he’s not so much a value pick, but perhaps the safest reasonably priced option of the day. DeAndre Jordan is playing close to 40 minutes every game in this series and has 83 rebounds in six games so far. The big man has had a double-double in every single game and can throw up a handful of blocks as well. You have to love him as the third-most expensive center.

Fade: Although he’s the second-most expensive SF on this slate, I’m avoiding Jae Crowder. There are plenty of options in Boston, and I have a tough time spending on Crowder when I can save $500 on Joe Johnson and $1,300 on Otto Porter. I’ll pass on this one.

Game to Target

  • Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics

Point Guards

Two Studs

John Wall (WAS) @BOS FD: $10,400

Wall is a can’t-miss stud at this point. With Russell Westbrook now out of the playoffs, Wall is now the top PG on any slate he’s on for the remainder of his playoff run unless something changes drastically. He’s pricey but worth it.

Chris Paul (LAC) vs UTA FD: $10,400

CP3 is still one of the best in the business. In his worst Fantasy performance in this series, he tallied 41.4 points. During this series, he’s averaging over 27-10-5 and two steals per game. His name may not have the same flash as it used to, nevertheless, the ability and numbers are still on par.

Potential Value

George Hill (UTA) @LAC FD: $6,000

Hill is on a second tier all alone sandwiched between Isaiah Thomas and Austin Rivers. Because of this, he’s a perfect option for anyone who doesn’t want to go broke on PGs, but don’t want to punt the position either. There is a massive drop off after him so you may not want to go any cheaper.

Longshot

Austin Rivers (LAC) vs UTA FD: $3,300

Rivers is just two games removed from a 10-game absence. He did see his minutes jump from 18 to 35 in Game 6 as well has his Fantasy points going from 3.9 to 20.3. We have seen him put up big games before. However, the Clippers will likely lean heavily on Paul in a Game 7.

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Shooting Guards

Two Studs

Bradley Beal (WAS) @BOS FD: $7,900

Beal was awesome against the Hawks topping 44 Fantasy points in the past three games. Granted, Beal may be due to for a letdown game because we’ve seen him disappear before. Still, right now you need to ride the hot hand. He’s currently the best and safest option on the slate.

Avery Bradley (BOS) vs WAS FD: $6,400

Bradley is beginning to look like the player he was in the first half of the season before injuries struck him. He has separated himself from Marcus Smart as the better SG option on the team from a Fantasy perspective. He’s put up more than 33 Fantasy points in three of his past four outings. Look for him to continue this production moving forward, he’s shown he’s capable.

Potential Value

Jamal Crawford (LAC) vs UTA FD: $3,100

Crawford isn’t the caliber player he once was. While he won’t be winning any sixth-man of the year awards this season, he can still get hot. When he does, look out. We got a glimpse of this Game 4 when scored 25 points. With a Game 7 looming look for Crawford to be an X-factor for the Clippers. He can step up in big moments and is never afraid to shoot.

Longshot

Gerald Green (BOS) vs WAS FD: $2,100

I’m not so sure how much of a longshot Green is at this point. I’ve rolled with him in his past three games, and it’s worked out nicely twice, the other time not so much. In the Celtics last three games since moving into the starting lineup he’s posted 25.4, 3.2 and 20.9 Fantasy points. There is no lock his minutes will remain high, but it’s a calculated risk at a $2,100 price.

Small Forwards

Two Studs

Gordon Hayward (UTA) @LAC FD: $8,500

Hayward is by far the top Small Forward. The next best option is probably Joe Johnson, so there is a significant drop-off. He will be in the vast majority of lineups on this slate. Can’t say I disagree with this plan.

Joe Johnson (UTA) @LAC FD: $5,700

This guy is incredible. I’m not sure how old he is, I’d guess about 53, but when the moment is biggest he still steps up to the plate. He’s always been an outstanding big-shot maker, and he’s been arguably the most impactful player in this series. You’re getting big minutes and shockingly big points out of Johnson.

Potential Value

Otto Porter (WAS) @BOS FD: $4,900

Being that you can make a case for Porter as a stud on this slate, he obviously has value. He’s one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the game this season and is coming off three strong performances. He’ll be in most of my lineups.

Longshot

Paul Pierce (LAC) vs UTA FD: $2,200

I will openly admit the obvious, and perhaps the right pick here may be Bojan Bogdanovic, but I’m not going with him. I’m rolling with The Truth. This may very well be Paul Pierce’s last NBA game, and I just have a gut feeling he’s going to show up to play. He saw his minutes jump from 12 to 14 to 22 over the past three games and if he gets over 20 minutes in this game, look for him to have a much larger impact than he’s had in the first six games.

Power Forwards

Two Studs

Markieff Morris (WAS) @BOS FD: $5,900

This is not an impressive slate for PFs, but Morris still may be well ahead of the pack. He’s not a great option, however, he’s the best you got.

Derrick Favors (UTA) @LAC FD: $5,800

Despite only costing $100 less than Morris, Favors isn’t close. Since Gobert returned Favors has seen his minutes and production fall off a cliff. He’s only a stud because the options are so limited, there aren’t two studs on this slate.

Potential Value

Marreese Speights (LAC) vs UTA FD: $4,000

Speights is on par with Favors just a lot cheaper. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see him match or surpass Favors output in this one. Again, he’s not great or even good and can completely flop. These are your options though.

Longshot

Jonas Jerebko (BOS) vs WAS FD: $1,600

Jerebko was one of my cheap options last time he played, and he held value playing 19 minutes and scoring 15.8 Fantasy points. At this price, you can live with those numbers. If he makes a few more shots and pulls down a couple more rebounds, he could be a key piece.

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Centers

Two Studs

Rudy Gobert (UTA) @LAC FD: $9,600

He doesn’t quite look 100 percent, but Gobert is still a terror on the court. In his first game back from a hyperextended knee he posted 34.1 Fantasy points in 24 minutes. In his past two games, he’s averaged about 35-minutes per game and topped 37.5 points in both. I only expect him to get healthier and better.

DeAndre Jordan (LAC) vs UTA FD: $7,200

Perhaps the safest reasonably priced option of the day. DeAndre Jordan is playing close to 40 minutes every game in this series and has 83 rebounds in six games so far. The big man has had a double-double in every single game and can throw up a handful of blocks as well. You have to love him as the third-most expensive center.

Potential Value

Marcin Gortat (WAS) @BOS FD: $6,000

Gortat has been up and down in the playoffs so far. The good news is he’s extremely tough and up against Al Horford, who’s not so tough. He could let you down, but I like the matchup with Horford, who’s known for shrinking in big games.

Longshot

Kelly Olynyk (BOS) vs. WAS FD: $5,000

He’s the last option that is going to play more than a few minutes. His minutes and production were inconsistent against the Bulls with a high of 27.3 and a low of 8.2. This is a longshot and potential value. There are only five options today, and Olynyk is the worst, but not all that terrible.


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