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Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn Nets (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
Kyrie Irving’s salary dropped from 9700 to 9300 on Draftkings from Game 3 to 4. Irving‘s totals have been mediocre over his first three games against Milwaukee but Game 3 was his worst with just 36.75 FP. It’s obvious when Kevin Durant is on, Irving sees less usage. With that said, if you have the guts to fade Durant while investing in Kyrie Irving, it may pay off in a big way. This could be a solid strategy for today’s slate. Irving’s point totals have been fine at 25, 22, 22. It’s his other stats that have been lacking. Over his first three games against Milwaukee, he only has five rebounds in each while his assist numbers have lowered each game going from eight, to six, to one. This is a game that Irving will show up for. Giannis and Irving are my top pairing of the day. Irving is averaging 41.1 minutes throughout the series. While shooting 44% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. I expect Irving to have Brooklyn’s highest fantasy totals today and pairing him with Giannis is my first step when starting lineups that stack this first game of the day.
Other PG Option: Monte Morris
Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Brooklyn Nets)
Holiday has been someone I’ve been looking at since the beginning of the playoffs. PG eligible mostly but needs the mention. Production is huge from Holiday for Milwaukee’s overall success. His versatile offensive threats provide space for Giannis (and now Middleton who showed up in a big way for Game 3). As I’ve mentioned in prior articles, for smaller 2/3 game slates I like to invest in full game stacks. I find that most people like to invest in balanced lineups but the game stack strategy could be just as lucrative. Holiday has averaged 38.5 MPG over this series, His salary has stayed low because his totals over this series are shockingly low. With that said, it’s only a matter of time before he produces considering his minutes are consistently through the roof. Today’s the day. Lock in Holiday at a salary of 7,200 on DraftKings.
Other SG Option: Bryn Forbes
Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Brooklyn Nets)
Middleton showed up in a big way for Game 3 totaling 56.75 FP after hitting 25.75 in Game 2, and 35.75 in Game 1. It’s clear the Milwaukee Bucks need Middleton to be aggressive and fired up. I’m predicting an extremely close game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, therefore this will be the game that I will be game stacking. The second game of tonight‘s two-game slate is the Phoenix Suns vs. the Denver Nuggets. I will be avoiding this game because I truly believe Phoenix will sweep the Nuggets tonight with another relatively easy victory. The addition of Will Barton makes him a value option (and Jokic is a clear lock considering his upside) but other than those two players, I am going to attempt to avoid this game as much as possible.
Other SF Options: Will Barton & Bruce Brown
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Giannis Antetokunmpo – Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Brooklyn Nets)
Milwaukee must win today’s game to even the series at two before heading back to Brooklyn. Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a lock on a small two-game slate. There are some investments that must be made to your daily fantasy lineups regardless of projected roster percentages (or popularity). This is one of those plays. Giannis’s upside is simply too high to fade. There are more than enough valuable options to allow you to afford Antetokounmpo, so it should be no problem. On a small playoff late like today, it’s the value plays that make you or break you. I expect players including Durant, Antetokounmpo, and even Irving to be upwards of 60% rostered tonight. Once again, the cheaper players that you decide to pair with the superstars are what will give you your edge on the field. Easy decision, Antetokunmpo, lock him in.
Other PF Option: Jae Crowder
Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets (vs. Phoenix Suns)
Jokic and Will Barton will be my only investments from a Denver team that I believe is clearly outmatched against a surging Phoenix Suns. The addition of Will Barton mid-series could’ve been a major mistake but regardless here we are in-game four with the Suns having a three-game lead. Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, are all viable DFS investments but considering the potential blowout, most of my roster spots are going to be reserved for the first matchup of the day between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. With that said, we all saw in Denver‘s last game that even in a loss Jokic is able to eat. He totaled 78 FP in Game 3 in a loss with 32 points, 10 assists, and 20 rebounds. His usage in this offense is too high to fade and his salary is not particularly high, in fact, it lowered after his massive Game 3 effort. He is sitting at 10,600 on DraftKings.
Other C Option: Nicolas Claxton
SG Bryn Forbes
SF Bruce Brown
PF Jae Crowder