The Shot Dude: He Got Game
"When making a business decision, the only color that matters is green."
I'm no Jesus Shuttlesworth, but I've brought my DFS knowledge to this court so you can dribble away with some cash.
There's a 7-game tilt for this NBA Sunday -- we'll look at six of them -- as shown by the Bovada data tool on our Home page:
The focus here will be on the final four games of the day so you can take advantage of FanDuel's late slate. I'll include their pricing on each player and why they'll make my fantasy lineup today.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City ($11,400) ... has a lofty pricetag but has been well worth it lately. Dude averages 20.7 shots per game, but he's been relied upon even more, now that Kevin Durant is injured. In fact, Westbrook has had a triple-double in both games since the Durant injury. In his last 10, he's only failed to reach at least 44 fantasy points once. In three of those games, he scored over 50 and even had a 71.2 fantasy point game against Orlando. How do those dudes at FanDuel keep up with his scoring?
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto ($7600) ... has averaged just under 15 shots a game, which has resulted in almost a 21 point per game total. When you throw in the 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal that DeRozan also averages, you can see why he's on this list. 6 of his last 10 games have resulted in a 37 fantasy-point total or higher. Sacramento has been allowing almost 109 points each game and has a 3-5 home record to date.
Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City ($4800) ... has also benefitted from an increased role due to the Durant injury. His last three games' point totals were all 14 or higher, resulting in fantasy totals of 20 or higher. Dude's is now the Thunder's biggest outside scoring threat, and his low salary helps you fit studs like Westbrook and Drummond into your lineup.
Dennis Schroeder, Atlanta ($4600) ... is a low-priced player I love to use due to his versatility. Schroeder gets his minutes by playing several positions and be counted on to start when injuries occur. In 6 of his last 10 games he has been close to a fantasy point per minute producer. Atlanta has averaged 103 pts./game and is favored at home vs. Utah.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City ($7100) ... is coming off a 7-block performance against the 76ers on Friday. He's played 30 minutes or more in all but one of his last 10 games and gone over 30 fantasy points in half of them. Your favorite Shot Dude has three Thunder players listed here because their game with Boston should produce the day's highest total. OKC averages over 113 points a contest, and Boston has shown a tendency to play uptempo this season. Could be a track meet! Speaking of ...
Jared Sullinger, Boston ($5600) ... has had three consecutive double-double games and has a chance to make it four against the Thunder, who yield almost 105 points per game. Rebounding has been his forte, grabbing at least 7 in all but one of his last 10 games. He adds a steal and a block as well as over 11 points each game to boot. This is excellent production for under $6000.
Jae Crowder, Boston ($5000)...has been the Celtics' other major contributor of late, topping 30 minutes in 5 of his last 8 games. Those big minutes have enabled Crowder to register at least 20 fantasy points in 8 of his last 10 and snatch at least 3 steals in 6 of 7. Your favorite Shot Dude can't wait to sit back and watch Boston and OKC run all over the court.
Stanley Johnson, Detroit ($4000) ... is my punt play of the day. Not many have heard of this Piston but soon will. This rookie had a shot to make Detroit's starting lineup but was a bit too inconsistent in training camp. Now, the former Arizona Wildcat has carved out a decent role off the bench, getting 20 minutes or more of floor time in 8 of his last 10 games. Twice in his last three, he's racked up at least 20 fantasy points.
Andre Drummond, Detroit ($9700) ... is just a double-double machine. Dude now has 9 straight games with double-digit points and rebounds. His ability to play big minutes has generated an average almost 15 shots and over 19 rebounds per game. Drummond has played at least 34 minutes in every game, which has led to 40 or more fantasy points in 6 of those. The 1-8 Lakers have yet to win at home and give up over 106 points per game. Couple that with no inside presence to stop big men, and Drummond should see a robust stat line.
Here's hoping that all your lineup selections got game tonight and you cash in on some major green!
Remember that on the court, as in life, you can't score unless you give it your best shot!
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