The second day of the NBA bubble in Orlando is once again a fantasy minefield, but there’s catch: you should know where to look. There’s no reason why the third day isn’t any better. But hey, I’ll let you know how I did Friday, starting with my five suggestions. After that, I’ll go right om who I think are the best NBA DFS value picks for August 1, 2020.
From what I have suggested, I was right in all of them maybe except Caris LeVert. I said I would be disappointed if LeVert doesn’t give me 40 and he didn’t. He did 17-2-7 plus a steal but also a -26, the worst of all Nets starters. I’d like to attribute this to a little bubble rust because I’m still high on Levert going forward.
Now, the four other players I suggested did absolutely well. Ish Smith had 17-4-7, plus I think he should start over Shabazz Napier. Devin Booker played a game-high 36 minutes and a team-high +24 but 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, and a steal was still solid.
Jakob Poeltl and Robert Covington had me nervous because of their slow starts. Poeltl finished with a 7-6-3-2-2 line, which is not much at first glance, but nets you around 30 FP depending on the DFS platform you’re playing in. Covington was even better, with a 13-11-3-2-4 line that is way more valuable than his salary.
Four out of five ain’t bad, but with the three-game slate Saturday, we should be careful on who we should select:
1.) Paul George, SG/SF, Clippers
Unless PG’s salary reaches 9.000 USD (or around 40+ at Yahoo), I’d be thinking a long time if I’d roster him. On the other hand, if he’s anywhere below that? He should be in any of your DFS rosters no matter what.
2.) Brandon Ingram, SF, Pelicans
Ingram had two 20+ games against LAC this season, so with three games on the night, I’d pretty much lean on him on this one. It’s obvious that Zion Williamson is still not 100% so BI should get plenty of chances in this matchup with the Clippers.
3.) JJ Redick, SG, Pelicans
There is some truth to players playing well against their former teams and I’m counting on that with Redick. He had 20-4-3 the last time, but if his shooting keeps up, he will play a lot of minutes and have a lot of opportunities tomorrow night.
4.) Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Pacers
The Pacers are severely undermanned going into the seeding games. Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb are out and Victor Oladipo is still; questionable. That leaves Brogdon as the only logical option in that lineup, and quite frankly, even with the whole roster healthy, I would still be high on Brogdon because historically, he does not make too many mistakes.
5.) Marcus Morris, Sr., SF/PF, Clippers
This is one of those flier picks but I do think Marcus is due for a big game. The Pelicans are not known for their interior defense, so Morris (and all the other Clippers big men) may have a field day against the New Orleans defense. It could be Ivica Zubac or Patrick Patterson here but the signs pointing to Morris are encouraging, to say the least. He was abysmal against the Lakers, partly because of foul trouble, but he still played a lot in the fourth quarter.