NBA Thoughts – 3/15/17
NBA Thoughts by Manny Lora aka Mjordantmac
The ‘Thoughts’ piece is back on FantasyDraft discussing some of the top overall point-per-dollar plays on the site. Today I will focus on three guys who I think are in a prime spot to exceed 3x their salary-based value. For a player priced at the minimum of $6,000, that means we are looking for 18+ FantasyDraft points, for a player priced at $10,000, 30 FantasyDraft points, simple math. Let’s dig in!
Rajon Rondo, $10,500
This one seems like a no-brainer, particularly after watching Rondo in his last outing, which was actually his return to the starting lineup. This was something that head coach Fred Hoiberg had been mentioning and it finally came to fruition. He logged 35 minutes and scored a season-high 20 points on his way to a monster fantasy night. The Bulls were on a four-game skid, but the addition of Rondo gave them the spark they were missing. There is no reason he shouldn’t log big minutes once again and the $10,500 price tag is just too cheap. Although Memphis is stout defensively, they have struggled bigtime lately, losing five out of their last six. If there is a weak spot in this defense, it is Mike Conley and his inability to stop the pick-and-roll. Conley grades out barely above-average against this play type (58th percentile), and it also helps that Tony Allen is going to shadow one of Dwyane Wade or Jimmy Butler. Rondo should have the better matchup out of all the Bulls guards and that is enough for him to smash his price tag.
Blake Griffin, $14,600
Blake Griffin has been on and off since coming back from injury. He has flirted with triple-doubles at times and has flashed upside unlike any other power forward. Earlier on in the season we would have viewed this as an average matchup with Jabari Parker in the lineup, but since his departure, the Bucks have been absolutely atrocious against bigger power forwards. They are just too small to guard a player of Griffin’s caliber. The Bucks are in the bottom half of the league when it comes to allowing points in the paint, and should have another rough outing here. With strong defense at the PG spot and a decent interior presence (John Henson), this creates a nice funnel spot for Blake to eat and tally a high total on FantasyDraft.
Hassan Whiteside, $15,000
Hassan Whiteside cannot be priced at $15k or below. He’s a walking double-double who is finally healthy and seeing big minutes. The addition of Boogie hasn’t helped this Pelicans team like we thought it would. They are still allowing the second most rebounds per game which fits right into Whiteside’s wheel house. Jonas Valanciunas and Rudy Gobert just had monster double-doubles against this same Pelicans team and we can all agree Whiteside is much better than both. It is shaping up to be another smash spot for Whiteside whose home splits have him better in every category throughout his career. If you want to pay up at Center today, Whiteside is the way to go.
Till next time, party animals!
Manny Lora goes by ‘Mjordantmac’ across all DFS sites and is primarily known for his massive multi-entry style of play. Unlike many full-time players, he has no prior poker experience, no investment background and came into the industry with just a $100 bankroll. Despite all the disadvantages, he is currently a top GPP player with live finals experience and has much bigger plans in the future. He takes pride in providing ACCURATE statistics and often bashing others for incorrect information.