Injuries and illnesses are a fact of life in pro sports. In deep traditional fantasy leagues, if you drafted Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) you play a man short until he returns. In DFS, his temporary replacement Jameer Nelson $4200 could pay off handsomely.
Likewise, Bradley Beal (leg) is out indefinitely, which opens up minutes and touches for several Wizards. Garrett Temple $3500 started on Friday and Sunday but is the option of last resort with the first unit. Gary Neal $4000 and Ramon Sessions $3800 are both getting extended run off the bench; each has taken a turn as the hot hand.
Other recent role changes include Alec Burks $5100 (21 PTS in 37 MIN) taking over at PG for the Jazz and a major shakeup in Memphis, where Zach Randolph $6400 is coming off the bench. Z-Bo played a solid 26 minutes but his double-doubles will be less frequent. Matt Barnes $4300 was excellent yesterday and Jeff Green $4600 played 45 minutes as the Grizzlies lost by three in Miami. Dave Joerger plans to give the smaller starting five extended run. Courtney Lee $3900 remains at SG because Tony Allen (knee) is out; Mario Chalmers $4000 will back up both guard spots.
The highest-scoring matchups should be Houston at Denver and New Orleans at Portland. There are Late leagues (9:00 EST) that use players from only those two games. DraftKings also has Turbo play at 8:00 spanning five games.
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Damian Lillard $8800, John Wall $9700 and Chris Paul $8100 are all solid choices as a premium PG. Kyle Lowry $8900 disappointed yesterday as the Raptors did not take the Sixers too seriously. Jrue Holiday $4500 was rested on Saturday after four nice efforts; he and Jameeracle are excellent value.
James Harden $10800 is the clear standout at SG if cap room is no object, DeMar DeRozan $7100 is on fire and Wesley Matthews $5600 finally appears to be 100%. Burks and Rodney Hood $4400 were both outstanding in last night’s overtime loss to OKC.
The Raptors have nobody capable of defending Paul George $9900. He’s too big for Terrence Ross $3900 and too quick for Luis Scola $4900; they may need James Johnson $3200 more minutes than usual. While PG-13 is recommended, there are other solid SF like Kawhi Leonard $8600, Porter and Danilo Gallinari $6900. Until their salaries adjust to reflect the new roles, Green and Barnes offer the best bang for the buck.
Anthony Davis $10600 tops the PF list over Blake Griffin $9100 but as the other Pelicans get healthier, the big fella is no longer a one-man offense. Kenneth Faried $5900 is my choice, with Scola also interesting against his previous team.
The battle between Andre Drummond $9300 and DeAndre Jordan $7200 will be fun to watch. When they met in L.A. a month ago, the kid (18 & 19) had slightly better numbers than the veteran (10 & 16) but the Clippers prevailed. Dwight Howard $7200 figures to out-muscle the Nuggets and Ian Mahinmi $5100 is a potential bargain at a top-heavy position.
|PG||John Wall $9700||Damian Lillard $8800||Jameer Nelson $4200|
|SG||James Harden $10800||Wesley Matthews $5600||Alec Burks $5100|
|SF||Paul George $9900||Danilo Gallinari $6900||Matt Barnes $4300|
|PF||Anthony Davis $10600||Blake Griffin $9100||Kenneth Faried $5900|
|C||Andre Drummond $9300||Dwight Howard $7200||Ian Mahinmi $5100|
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