FanDuel Fantasy Corner – 10/30/2016
With some big names coming to play on Sunday, we have picked some that stand out more than others, either due to matchups, pace of play, or early signs of consistency.
High Flyers (9000+):
Russell Westbrook (13,000): I would normally never own a player with what is an absolutely insane salary, but Westbrook should have owners convinced otherwise. With the potential to go over 70 FP whenever he chooses, tonight’s game seems as good as any, especially after a day off. Because of the Laker’s less than stellar defense, quick pace, and poor field goal percentage, Westbrook should leave plenty of opportunity to stuff the stat sheet. Don’t be surprised to see a line similar to 35/15/12 after tonight’s game.
Kevin Durant (9,700): After last game’s massive performance, I am inclined to keep placing Durant on my roster until his salary goes into the five-figure range. Durant will take advantage of any matchup against either TJ Warren or PJ Tucker, and capitalize on rebounding with Zaza Pachulia and Tyson Chandler effectively cancelling out each other’s game. The only worry with choosing Durant is that the Warriors will blow out the Suns. If that happens though, Durant will likely be the reason why.
Ahead of the Pack (7000-8900):
Kawhi Leonard (8,700): If there is any position to double down on, it’s the small forward position with MVP candidates Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. A relatively easy game last night should be a good primer for a performance against a Heat team that wants to run with Goran Dragic at the helm, and a weakness at the small forward position. Look for Leonard to harass the Heat’s young second unit on the perimeter and be the primary option on offense.
Bang for your Buck (5000-6900):
Zach Randolph (6,000): Randolph is acclimating to his new role as sixth man quickly, and is dominating opposing team’s second units. Don’t look for that to change anytime soon, especially not against Washington. The ever present threat of double digit rebounding places Randolph at a must have for his salary.
Eric Gordon (5,300): With Patrick Beverley sidelined, Eric Gordon will continue to be the beneficiary of James Harden’s newfound generosity with the rock. He has looked good from deep, and the Rockets‘ matchup with the Mavericks should be a close affair, meaning Gordon will likely be on court long enough to accumulate five times value if he has a proficient shooting night.
Enes Kanter (5,000): Kanter’s offensive skills will be problematic for the Lakers‘ bigs to deal with. In what should be a relatively close, pace oriented affair, expect 15 and 8 for the Turkish big man, a great buy for $5,000.
Bottom of the Barrel (3500-4900):
Andre Iguodala (4,100): The offense will partially run through Iggy as the game begins to wane and the Warriors take a commanding league in the second half. Only needing an eight point, four rebound, four assist, two steal night to make five times value, this is an easy choice.
Manu Ginobili (3,700): After a game off to rest, Ginobili should be primed to play 20 to 25 minutes tonight against the Heat. With a price tag at rock bottom, Ginobili is a smart choice to round out a lineup that is tight on funds.
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