Yesterday was revenge night with many players going against their former team. There also were many teams that were short-handed due to the trade deadline. Let’s take a look at the winning lineup in a large FanDuel tournament to see how they constructed it and to see how our lineup fared as well.
PG Jose Calderon CLE $4500
Calderon seemed like a fairly obvious play heading into Friday’s slate after the Cavs traded about half of their roster and inserted the aging point guard back into the starting lineup. He wasn’t as popular as I thought he might be as his ownership in tournaments came in around 10 percent. Despite the starting nod, Calderon, who was mentioned in Friday’s article, failed to reach value as he scored 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds on his way to 19.5 Fanduel points.
PG Tyler Dorsey ATL $3600
Dorsey made some sense as a correlation play given all the value on the Cavaliers last night. Someone was going to have to produce for the Hawks to keep the game relatively within reach and Dorsey at $3600 was cheap enough to fit in. He didn’t have a big game by any means, but you’ll take it when a guy close to minimum price scores 14 real life points.
SG Victor Oladipo IND $9700
Oladipo had a ceiling game in Boston against a Celtics team that played an overtime game the night before. Oladipo went off for 35 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and five steals on his way to 60 Fanduel points in the Pacers 97-91 victory. He went overlooked on Friday’s slate as his ownership in tournaments came in at about 5 percent.
SG Kyle Korver CLE $3600
Korver was mentioned in Friday’s article and he didn’t disappoint. With Cleveland’s roster momentarily depleted, Korver was counted on for the majority of backcourt minutes against his old team in Atlanta. He made seven 3-pointers on his way to 38.6 Fanduel points, making him one of the best values on the entire slate.
SF LeBron James CLE $11500
If you faded LeBron last night, I’m not sure NBA DFS is for you. Many expected to see a reenergized James after Cleveland’s active trade deadline and they weren’t disappointed as despite his high ownership percentage he was one of the top scorers on the slate. He looked to get his teammates involved as he dropped 19 assists on his way to a triple-double and 61.9 Fanduel points.
SF Jimmy Butler MIN $9800
Butler was mentioned in Friday’s article, but went somewhat overlooked on Friday as his ownership in tournaments was around 30 percent. This seemed like an obvious spot to use Butler, a fantasy monster of late, against his former team in Chicago. He delivered in a big way as he had 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals on his way to 64.9 Fanduel points.
PF Blake Griffin DET $9200
Griffin was also facing his former team on Friday, but while he’s had a positive impact on his new Pistons teammates Griffin hasn’t been hitting value himself for Detroit and that was the case again here. It’s bound to happen sooner rather than later as he was highly inefficient on his paint touches against the Clippers and still posted 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and one block on his way to 39.6 Fanduel points.
PF Jeff Green CLE $3900
Green was the chalkiest value play on the slate as Cleveland’s No. 2 option behind LeBron with ownership in tournaments coming in at 40-50 percent. He posted 24 points, three assists, and three rebounds on his way to 35.1 Fanduel points. Green can be frustrating to roster, but he was integral to the Cavaliers stack here.
C Robin Lopez CHI $4100
The Chicago frontcourt has opened up a bit with Nicola Mirotic traded to New Orleans, but Lopez still went almost completely overlooked as his ownership was at one percent in this tournament. Lopez did his usual dirty work around the basket scoring 19 points, pulling down three rebounds and blocking a shot on his way to 21.6 Fanduel points.