NBA Daily Fantasy: Hottest Players to Watch on Each Western Conference Team Relative to Salary
We’re approaching the home stretch, so let’s take a look at the Western Conference players who we need to strongly consider for the rest of the season. In case you missed it, here are the Eastern Conference players mentioned earlier in the week.
(All salaries via DraftKings)
Golden State: Jermaine O’Neal – I was going to put Andrew Bogut here, but with his latest injury, the Warriors may easily play it safe with the injury-prone center before the playoffs. O’Neal got 34 minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies, and this will likely be a common theme for at least the next few games. He didn’t have great numbers last time out, but remember, it’s Memphis, one of the best frontcourt defenses in the league. O’neal has shown big game capabilities when he gets minutes. Plus, he’s very cheap.
LA Clippers: Jamal Crawford – For the last couple weeks, Crawford has had pretty high variance. He’s settled into his sixth-man role off the bench with Darren Collison as the starting SG since J.J. Redick is still out. Crawford is better off coming off the bench since he’ll get more shot attempts while still playing around 30 minutes. His salary has been fluctuating, but it’s usually around $6,000. Playing Crawford in a great matchup when the Clippers are at least decently favored, like they are at the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a great time to play him. Oh, and Blake Griffin is out, so more FGAs await.
LA Lakers: Just don’t be recently biased – I have no specific player here. This is the bottom line – Mike D’Antoni does not have a specific rotation or lineup. Most daily fantasy players will play guys who are recently doing well, which is a mistake. You want to pick the players who have the least variance (someone like Nick Young in terms of cheap guys) and the best matchup by position.
Phoenix: P.J. Tucker – Since the return of Eric Bledsoe, most of the Suns’ salaries have been pretty overpriced. However, Tucker’s isn’t since his minutes have remained the same. Tucker has always had high variance, but he’s also had a salary between $4,500 and $5,000. He’s worth a GPP play in a good matchup, especially on a Tuesday or Thursday.
Sacramento: Isaiah Thomas – Thomas has missed the last three games, but it sounds like he should be back for at least the last few games before the regular season concludes. He eclipsed the 40 FPTS mark in four of his last six games. His salary has dropped to $7,200, so as long as he’s on no minute restriction when he returns, definitely play him.
Houston: Jeremy Lin
New Orleans: Brian Roberts
Denver: Kenneth Faried
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