NBA Daily Fantasy 4/1: Ranking the Players Over $10,000
We turn the calendar to April, and there are only two weeks left in the NBA season. It’s also a Wednesday, so we have 12 games to choose from this evening. Options are plentiful.
There’s a good chance you’ll be looking for one of the top-salary plays, maybe two. There are a total of five players who are listed over $10k on FanDuel. We have two PGs, one SG, one PF and one C.
However, one of those is DeMarcus Cousins at $11,400, and there’s a chance he won’t play tonight given that the Kings are trying to reduce injuries with their star players. But in case he does play, we will include him in the rankings.
These rankings will be factored in according to matchup, options/depth at each position and most importantly the best financial decision to give you the most possible FPTS for your entire lineup.
5. DeMarcus Cousins $11,400 – Even if Cousins gives it a go tonight, this is hardly a great matchup, especially if Dwight Howard plays. The Kings are 12-point underdogs on the road. Granted he could have a nice boost with Rudy Gay out, but you can’t also rule out that Cousins will be limited tonight like the Hawks did with their starters last night. You’re best bets are expensive centers are Rudy Gobert and Brook Lopez.
4. Chris Paul $10,400 – I’m somewhat torn on Paul on Westbrook as both have outstanding matchups. Paul draws the Trail Blazers in Portland (25th in FPTS allowed to PGs) and Westbrook draws the Mavericks at home (23rd in FPTS allowed to PGs). OKC is -2 with an O/U of 216 and Portland is -2.5 with an O/U of 210 (Clippers coming off a back-to-back). Despite Westbrook being $2,300 more expensive, he has a higher ceiling and floor than Paul, the Thunder aren’t coming off a back-to-back and OKC will be doing everything it can to hold off New Orleans for the eighth spot while trying to catch Dallas for the seventh spot to avoid Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.
3. Russell Westbrook $12,700 – See above.
2. James Harden $11,500 – SG typically isn’t a fun position to deal with, and depth of higher-salary plays isn’t that great tonight. Meanwhile, Harden draws the Kings at home, which is nearly a perfect matchup for him with the Kings 29th in FPTS allowed to SGs. Howard coming back for limited minutes hasn’t diminished Harden’s production and his usage has slightly increased since Patrick Beverley’s injury.
1. Anthony Davis $12,300 – As dominant as Davis has been since returning from injury from a FPTS perspective, his FG percentage and FT percentages have taken a slight dip. That’s variance more than anything. The Lakers have slowed down their pace under Byron Scott, which makes the Lakers only mediocre in FPTS allowed to PFs. However, for all categories the Lakers stink at and how Davis covers nearly every statistical category effectively, he’s expected to have a monster game. The Pelicans are -8. Here are Davis’ previous matchups from this season versus the Lakers: 25 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST, 6 BLK, 1 STL – 23 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 2 BLK, 1 STL (only 32 minutes in blowout) – 29 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 4 BLK, 3 STL. Furthermore, all those matchups involved Ryan Anderson and two of the three involved Jrue Holiday. Davis’ usage percentage has increased without those players. I’m fully expecting 60-plus FPTS tonight.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz