NBA DFS Value Picks For Aug. 3, 2020

Jayson Tatum was an easy call to make as a stud in my last suggestions list and he did not disappoint. He had 34-4-8 plus two steals and a block, which nears 60 FP in all platforms.

And Jusuf Nurkic? Well, make it two monster games in a row– 30-9-5 plus two steals and a block. Nurk will approach top-tier status in no time so his days as a Middle Man in my book are numbered.

Finally, my faith in Caris LeVert has been rewarded! I don’t care if it came against the Wizards but I’m not complaining against a 34-7-3 line. Never. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the Spurs to bubble victories but sadly, he was a little below par this time around with 14-4-7 plus a steal and a block. 

The only crumple in my suggestions list was the bargains. I took solace in the fact that, well, I don’t expect much from them but still, they will pretty much determine if my fake team is doing good to great. George Hill played 27 minutes and came up with five points, four rebounds, and five assists while Danuel House exceeded 30 minutes, producing 16 points, four assists, and a steal.

And in case you’re wondering how a lineup of Tatum-Levert-DeRozan-Nurkic-House-Hill plus Ish Smith and Robert Covington does in DraftKings? RoCo had 15 points, seven rebounds, a steal, and three blocks while Smith had 14-4-5-1-1, so that’s a pretty solid haul right there. That’s three 50 FPs and three 30s, with Hill’s below-20 as a missing link.

So, how’s Monday looking up?

The Studs

Chris Paul, PG, Thunder

Chris Paul insists there's no hard feelings between him and Rockets
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Yahoo: $31

Draftings: $7,700

FanDuel:$7,600

Every time you have someone like Chris Paul at that price range, you pounce. He pretty much obliterated the Jazz in 27 minutes so if we’re going to see CP3 playing in the mid-30s, that’s 45 FP right there, easy.

Joel Embiid, C, Sixers

Joel Embiid celebrates late in the 4th quarter during the Sixers 101-94 victory over the Miami Heat | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Yahoo: $48

Draftings: $10,300

FanDuel:$9,700

I don’t usually go nuts based on a single performance (cough, cough TJ Warren), but if we’re talking JoJo here, I’m ready to buy. The only issue here is I should get creative with the other picks and I’d probably pass him at DraftKings in favor of Anthony Davis for salary purposes. At Yahoo and FanDuel, though? I am all in.

The Middle Men

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Thunder

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Yahoo: $29

Draftings: $6,000

FanDuel:$7,100

SGA was absolutely solid in his bubble debut with a very well-rounded 19-2-6 plus three steals line. This young guy right here will do great things, starting with helping our DFS rosters.

Again, my issue here would be his salary at FanDuel and Yahoo. That’s obviously more than what I can afford and at FanDuel, there are a LOT of great options at the $7,000 below market. Try Donovan Mitchell, Fred VanVleet, or TJ Warren. Who knows what TJ can do to a Wizards team.

Steven Adams, C, Thunder

Yahoo: $21

Draftings: $5,400

FanDuel:$6,400

While I may not be inclined to tap Shai’s services outside of DraftKings, I don’t have the same apprehension with his teammate Steven Adams. At that price range, you’re looking at a total bargain right there.

The Bargains

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Wizards

Yahoo: $12

Draftings: $5,200

FanDuel:$4,500

Again, salary issues may come to the fore here unless you’re playing Yahoo or FanDuel. Brown was stellar against the Nets flirting with a triple-double but the most encouraging thing is he’ll get minutes in this Wizards lineup no matter what. I don’t want to risk 5,000 for him at DraftKings, but at the two other platforms mentioned, he’s definitely a go.

Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Lakers

Kyle Kuzma
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Yahoo: $13

Draftings: $4,400

FanDuel:$4,500

Hey, don’t you dare look at me funny! Kuz has been stepping it up at the bubble and if he gets anywhere near mid-20s FP, that will prove very valuable.

P.S. So, how would a CP3, Shai, Brown Jr, Kuzma, Embiid, JJJ, Ish Smith, and Steven Adams lineup fare in DraftKings?  I sure would love to find out.

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