I did recommend 3 bargain options for last night's games, and although none of them turned out to be miracle workers, all of them put up solid games.
Justise Winslow was his usual stat-stuffing self (nine points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal) while Maxi Kleber (11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) and De'Anthony Melton (11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) were also helpful.
Now, could I repeat the same luck for an 11-game slate? Let's see.
1.) Theo Maledon, PG/SG, OKC Thunder
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Who to pick:
If you're looking for someone to build your team around, I think it comes down to Nikola Jokic or Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is basically averaging 30-15-7 over the past five games while Joker is good for 30-12-5 over the past six. You couldn't ask for more if you want consistency.
But, if I have to pick, who gets the nod? I'd probably go with Jokic on this one. Giannis gets a questionable tag going into Monday night's game with Portland and while that could just Read More
The NBA 2020-21 season is upon us and that means it's fantasy basketball time once again. There will be 13 games on December 23 so as far as the studs are concerned, you'll have a feast. The trickier game is finding bargains that complement the stars. We will have dozens of options here and let's sift out the best 5 that we can find. Here are the best bargain options for NBA DFS on Dec. 23, 2020.
1.) Elfrid Payton, PG, New York Knicks
Yahoo: $17; DraftKings: $5,400; FanDuel: $5,400
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The real explosive pickup here would be Nikola Jokic who is essentially averaging a triple-double over the last six games. However, the Joker has hit the $10,000 threshold over at DraftKings. At Yahoo, he was at $49, which is reasonable, but you may want to look at other options at DK.
For instance, outside of the blowout win over Houston, DeAndre Ayton has average 23.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 0.6 steals over the previous five games. As mentioned, he Read More
We basketball fans will always remember Kobe Bryant and if you have played fantasy basketball long enough, you probably remember Mamba's body of work in his best fantasy seasons.
First of all, the 81-point game. Kobe's final line was 81, plus 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 7 3pts made. That would have been the most points scored in DFS basketball in the modern era (103 points in DraftKings and 100.2 in Yahoo). Only Wilt's 100, Jordan's 69 and Hakeem's 38-17-12 triple double are above Read More
Recap: We gave you 5 names as bargain options for Saturday but only two did come up decent. Troy Brown was above-average (16 points, two rebounds, five assists, 1 steal) while Jerami Grant (13 points, four rebounds, 1 ast, 1 steal, 1 block) and Jordan Clarkson were solid (13 points, three assists, 2 steals).
Now, here's another 5 names to consider as bargains for Sunday's six-game slate:
1.) Elfrid Payton, PG, New York Knicks
Yahoo: $18; DraftKings: $4,400
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Paul George, SF, OKC Thunder
The reason why PG should be on everyone's DFS roster is that Russell Westbrook will be serving his one-game suspension Monday night. He is averaging 30 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.7 steals over his last three. Expect him to be more aggressive as the Thunder's primary scorer and facilitator for the night.
Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns
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1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, PG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
It's not that the Greek Freak will produce anything less than a 45-point DFS night, but I just don't like the fact that they're on the tail end of a back-to-back. Of course, I could be wrong and the possibility that Giannis will go ballistic against Portland after a loss to LeBron James and the Cavs but I favor James Harden (without CP3) at home against Dallas or Blake Griffin against Phoenix.
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There's not much to like about the Orlando Magic last season except that they let their group of youngsters develop and see for themselves what works and what doesn't.
It's especially encouraging to see then-coach Jacque Vaughn decide to let Elfrid Payton get all the minutes he can in during the last 20 games or so. The Louisiana-Lafayette product never played less than 31 minutes and the results, however mixed they were, are worth something to look forward to.
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It's very seldom for young studs to go right on and be statistically dominant right away. As such, growing pains are to expected, and it sometimes take very long, too.
However, more often than not, these young players have shown capabilities that sometimes belie their ages. They may be 15-20 minute rotation guys now or buried at the end of the bench for long stretches or being taken for the ride as soon as they boarded the ship. Regardless, let's stop the guessing game and get right to it.
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