Just like Derek said in his recent article, I have also been away from writing for a bit too long. We’ve been looking to go in a rather different direction with the website and Twitter account so we’ve been handling all of that business, but alas I am back!
Today’s 5-game slate should shape up to be rather chalky, as I see one lineup and one lineup only for cash games and the core four today is going to be rather pricey.
With that being said, here are my four building blocks for my NBA DFS lineup on Fanduel this evening.
LeBron James | $9,900
The fact that arguably the best player in basketball finds himself below 10k on Fanduel is an absolute joke and a clear sign that he should be your first lock of the night tonight. As Derek alluded to in his article, his points per game are down, but his peripheral stats are right in line with the standard he’s set recently. He’s currently averaging 22.9 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.9 rebounds per game in about 37 minutes of action per game. If you recall the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors, LeBron averaged 26 points, 6.7 assists, and 8.5 rebounds per game to go along with 2 steals and 1 block per game while shooting 62.2% from the field. This is bound to be the most competitive game of the night and expect the King to be at the center of it.
Jimmy Butler | $8,600
Well, contrary to preseason predictions, the Bulls’ additions of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade haven’t seemed to slow Jimmy Butler down much at all. In his last three games, Butler has top 60 FD points twice and has averaged over 38 minutes per game, 32 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 7 assists, and 4 steals per game. On the season, Butler is actually averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game and has an enticing matchup with the up-tempo Portland Trail Blazers tonight. The current over/under for the game is sitting at 213 and the Bulls have an implied team total of 105. With Rajon Rondo now questionable, even more responsibility could be thrust onto Jimmy Butler to lead the offense, and all signs point to him being up to the task.
Karl-Anthony Towns | $8,400
Man, I love a god narrative and today happens to be KAT’s 21st birthday! Take that however you want, either good or bad, but my guess is he will be doing his celebrating tonight after the game…thank God. KAT is by far and away the best play at the center position today for a handful of reasons. The most expensive center, Hassan Whiteside ($8,500), faces a tough test against Dwight Howard while Towns is likely to be guarded by a combination of Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky, and Spencer Hawes. Yeah…I like those matchups. Towns has also posted 3 consecutive performances of at least 20 points and at least 10 rebounds and has seen at least 39 minutes in two of his last three games. $8,400 for the best young center in the NBA is a steal. Don’t pass this up.
Tyler Johnson | $4,900
I told you that the core four were rather expensive today, which means we need to find some nice value plays to compliment the studs. Bring in Tyler Johnson. He has not started in place of Goran Dragic while he’s been nursing an ankle injury, but Johnson has excelled in the sixth-man role this season. Last night against the Spurs, Johnson contributed 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal without committing a single turnover. Tonight he gets the Atlanta Hawks who currently rank 28th in the league when it comes to defending the point guard position. Don’t expect Johnson to start tonight, but for $4,900 he offers an extremely high floor and a rather high ceiling for such an affordable price.