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*Mike Barner — @rotomikebarner*
It’s been a fairly quiet week in the NBA, but things pick up a little bit with eight games on the schedule Wednesday. There are still several teams dealing with injury issues, helping to create some cheaper value plays with upside. Here are a couple at each position to consider when crafting your lineup. Don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter and try our NBA Lineup Optimizer to help build a winning entry on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Shelvin Mack, MEM vs. MIL
FanDuel = $4,400
DraftKings = $3,800
Mack had fallen out of the Grizzlies’ rotation recently, but with Kyle Anderson (ankle) out, some added minutes may have opened up for him. He logged 23 minutes against the Rockets on Monday and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. Anderson was actually injured in Saturday’s game against the Heat, which propelled Mack to score 13 points to go along with one rebound and two assists over 28 minutes. The Bucks play at the fifth-fastest pace (103.2 possessions per game) in the league, so the added playing time makes Mack a viable target in tournament play.
Jalen Brunson, DAL vs. SA
FanDuel = $3,700
DraftKings = $4,400
The Mavericks suffered a really tough blow when J.J. Barea (Achilles) was lost for the season. Dennis Smith Jr. has missed their last three games with a back injury and is now dealing with illness, as well, making him questionable for Wednesday. Brunson logged 30 minutes with both players out Sunday against the Warriors and finished with 12 points, four rebounds, an assist and a block. If Smith can’t play, Brunson is at least someone to consider, especially at near the minimum price on FanDuel.
Austin Rivers, HOU vs. BKN
FanDuel = $5,000
DraftKings = $5,400
The Rockets continue to lean heavily on Rivers, who has averaged 37 minutes a game since joining the team. They might get Eric Gordon (knee) back Wednesday, but since he’s missed their last eight games, he likely won’t log a ton of minutes even if he does play. Even though Rivers doesn’t provide many rebounds or defensive stats, his role within the offense has still left him with value more often than not.
Kyle Korver, UTA at LAC
FanDuel = $4,000
DraftKings = $4,200
The Jazz will once again be taking the floor Wednesday without any of their top three point guards. With so many key players unavailable, it’s opened up added playing time for Korver. Over the last three games, he’s averaged 14.6 points, three rebounds and 3.7 three-pointers over 26.3 minutes per game. The Clippers allow the seventh-most points per game (114.3) in the league, leaving Korver with some upside if he gets hot from behind the arc.
Cedi Osman, CLE at POR
FanDuel = $4,900
DraftKings = $4,800
Osman is coming off of one of his best games of the season after he recorded 20 points, eight rebounds, and two steals Sunday against the Lakers. He was on the floor for a whopping 42 minutes and tied his season-high with 17 shot attempts. The Cavaliers don’t have a lot of depth up front with Kevin Love (toe) and Larry Nance Jr. (knee) out, which should leave Osman with plenty of playing time once again Wednesday.
Royce O’Neale, UTA at LAC
FanDuel = $4,600
DraftKings = $4,500
Speaking of players seeing added playing time due to injuries, O’Neale has stepped up lately for the Jazz. He’s only averaging 17 minutes per game for the season, but he’s logged at least 27 minutes in each of his last three games. People may be down on him after a scoreless outing Monday against the Pistons. However, he had played well in his previous two games and has a much more favorable matchup against the Clippers, who also play at the ninth-fastest pace (102.5 possessions per game) in the league.
P.J. Tucker, HOU vs. BKN
FanDuel = $4,900
DraftKings = $4,700
The Rockets are really hurting up front with Clint Capela (thumb) out for at least the next four weeks. They already play a lot of small lineups, so expect that to be the case even more so moving forward. Tucker is a key part of those small lineups based on his ability to guard multiple positions. That’s left him to average 35 minutes a game this season. His numbers don’t exactly stand out, but his respectable averages of eight points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game make him a viable tournament play option.
Maxi Kleber, DAL vs. SA
FanDuel = $4,600
DraftKings = $4,600
Brunson isn’t the only player who could receive a boost in playing time if Smith doesn’t take the floor for the Mavericks. Kleber has logged at least 26 minutes in three straight games, averaging 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. Across seven games in which Kleber has logged at least 25 minutes this season, he’s averaged 8.2 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
Jarrett Allen, BKN at HOU
FanDuel = $6,500
DraftKings = $5,600
With Capela out, Allen will be left to battle with Nene Hilario, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Marquese Chriss. That’s not exactly an intimidating group. There is the chance that the Nets try to match the Rockets’ small lineups, which could lead to fewer minutes for Allen. However, there is also the chance that he receives his normal allotment of playing time and thrives against weaker talent. Based on his reasonable price tag, deploying him in DFS might be a risk worth taking.
Kevon Looney, GS vs. NO
FanDuel = $4,800
DraftKings = $4,100
Looney came through with another productive stat line Tuesday, scoring nine points to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists and one block against the Nuggets. His time as a starter will be coming to an end with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) expected to return Friday, so take advantage of Looney at this cheap price while you can. This is another favorable matchup for him with both the Warriors and the Pelicans inside the top-10 in the league in pace of play.
Mike has been covering fantasy sports since 2007, joining Lineup Lab in 2017. An avid player of both season-long fantasy leagues and DFS, Mike’s work has appeared on numerous sites, including RotoWire, SportsLine and Sports Illustrated. He’s also been featured on ESPN Radio and DraftKings’ nightly show, The Sweat.
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NBA Fantasy Basketball Schedule Analysis for Week 10
If you’ve dug yourself into a hole through the first nine weeks of your season-long league, it’s not too late to get out of it. The time is now to start making up ground. It’s important to know the intricacies of the schedule to gain an advantage over your opponent in a head-to-head league as starting your best players might not always give you the best chance to win. Here are the moves you want to consider for your team based on the week ahead.
Teams With The Most Games – 4 Games Each
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz
There are 16 teams that each play four games this week, so you might already have several players on your roster that are set up nicely. If you still need some help rounding out your starters, consider adding the below players who can all provide value based on their schedule.
Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat
Olynyk makes the add list for the second consecutive week as the Heat continue to play a lot of games early on. Not only has Hassan Whiteside (knee) been ruled out for at least the Heat’s first two games Week 10, but James Johnson (ankle) is now out for 7-to-10 days. Things are really getting thin up front, so expect Olynyk to play a big role this week. He’s provided consistent production of late, averaging 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer in his last three games. With all the minutes he can likely handle, Olynyk has a lot working in his favor. He’s still available in 55% of Yahoo! league, so pick him up if you need help up front.
David Nwaba, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are rolling right now, mainly because this is the healthiest they have been all season. Nwaba is one of those players who missed time earlier this season as he battled an ankle injury. His energy off the bench has been key and he’s played more minutes than starting small forward Denzel Valentine in three of the last five games. Nwaba hasn’t let the playing time go to waste, averaging 11.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal over those five games. Outside of one tough game against the Celtics, the Bulls are playing teams who can give up points in the Sixers, Magic, and Cavaliers this week. Still available in 85% of Yahoo! leagues, Nwaba can provide help if you need it.
Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks
Kleber has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride of late, scoring seven points or less three times in his last six games. He was great in the other three though, averaging 16.7 points. The key is he’s been getting consistent playing time, logging at least 24 minutes in all six games. If you are looking for a three-pointer shooter, Kleber should be on your radar as he’s hit seven three’s over the last four games. The Mavericks play three teams who like to go small this week in the Suns, Heat, and Hawks, which is a good fit for Kleber. The Suns and the Hawks are two of the worst defensive teams in the league as well. Kleber is still available in 93% of Yahoo! leagues and is someone to consider if you play in a deep league.
Teams With The Fewest Games – 2 Games Each
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons
With only two teams playing two games this week, players on these squads will see a significant decrease in value. Consider benching the below players who would normally be in your starting lineup otherwise.
Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons
Harris has been excellent offensively for the Pistons, averaging career-highs in points (17.8) and three-pointers (2.7) per game. He’s shooting 44.0% from behind the arc, far surpassing his previous career-high of 36.4%. It’s not like he’s being more selective as he’s taking a whopping 6.1 three-pointers per game. That being said, he doesn’t provide hardly anything in the way of assists, steals or blocks and is only averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. In a week with only two games, his scoring alone might not be enough to warrant a start.
Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers
Wade is nowhere near the player he once was, but he’s still provided value this season. He’s played well coming off the bench for the Cavaliers, averaging 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Considering his main value is that of a stat compiler across multiple categories as opposed to excelling in a couple of areas, this week is not ideal for his value. Keep him anchored to your bench.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons
Jackson is slumping right now, scoring 12 points or less in four of his last five games. He shot only 29.2% from the field in those four games, so to say he was cold is an understatement. The Pistons play the Knicks and the Mavericks this week, two teams in the bottom half of the league in terms of pace of play. He’s not going to get many opportunities to contribute to your team in the first place with only two games, making the matchups even worse for his value. He should right the ship offensively sooner rather than later, but you still may want to bench him this week.