Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays for 5/2 & 5/3

Loving the playoffs so far and it gets the better the next two nights as every team is fighting for their playoff lives, including three game sevens on Saturday night. Below are players I like based on value, production, and matchups. The cheap plays are players who should exceed their value while not costing a lot, the mid-tier group are players that should produce big numbers while not breaking the bank, and the expensive players are high priced players who are worth every penny.

Cheap Plays

*All prices and fantasy points (FP) are based on DraftStreets scoring system.

0645.jpgCaron Butler SF ($5,387)- Was inserted into the starting lineup in game six and it worked out very well for the Thunder so he should start game seven as well. While he won’t do anything special, Butler is averaging 17 FP in the past two games and playing around 25 minutes per game in the series. He is the best punt play of the night…at this moment.

1097.jpgBeno Udrih ($6,861)- I said “at this moment” for Butler, because Udrih would become a must-play if Mike Conley sits because of a hamstring injury. Beno is literally the only other point guard on the roster for the Grizz and would play close to 40 minutes if he started game seven. However, would not play him if Mike Conley plays because Udrih really hasn’t done much since game two. Also, don’t think I would play Mike Conley even if he does start because I don’t like using players that aren’t going to be 100%.

2053.jpgWesley Matthews($10,175)- Struggled during the first couple games of the series, but has produced 32 FP in two straight games. He is more of a GPP play because he has been really good or really bad this series, but it is hard to find players as cheap as him that will play close to 40 minutes (hasn’t played less than 37 minutes in any game this series).

Mid-Tier Value Plays

1019.jpgTiago Splitter ($11,057)- Master Splitter has been playing sensational basketball as he has produced 24 or more FP in all but one game in this series. The big, powerful center has been even better during the past three games by averaging 32.6 FP in that span (has a double-double in each of those three games as well). He is a safe play that doesn’t cost a lot and will put up big numbers.

3203.jpgDraymond Green($10,980)- Is a hard guy to figure out because he has produced 22 FP three times this series while also producing 42 FP (in game six) and 36 FP (in game 3). The bright side is that his ceiling his high and he has played 41 minutes two of the past three games. While 22 FP isn’t great, it won’t kill your squad, but Green could win people a lot of green, if he busts out for another huge game.

0420.jpgJoe Johnson ($11,980)- The crafty veteran has played 37 or minutes in every game of this series and has played 40 plus minutes in three of those games. Also, has 13 or more shots in every game in the series except one. This is a must win game for the Nets so expect J.J. to be firing on all cylinders and produce 30 plus FP, which would almost triple his price.

David West is another player I would trust because his price tag just under 13 thousand and has produced 28 FP or more in four straight games including 44.75 FP in game six.

High-Tier Plays

2881.jpgPaul George ($20,413)- While most of the other Pacers players are underperforming, George has taken his game to a whole other level. He has put up 46.5, 52, and 55.5 FP in the Pacers three home games this series. Now, it is a game seven, at home, and he will have to have another monstrous game if the Pacers are going to win the series. The price tag is high, but I have no problem paying that much for a player that should reach 50 FP.

3181.jpgDamian Lillard ($16,492)- Has been playing amazing during the playoffs, despite it being only his second season in the league. He is averaging a robust 45 minutes per game and with a high amount of playing, comes a high amount of fantasy production. The budding superstart hasn’t produced less than 30 FP in any game this series, while putting up 42 plus FP in three out of the five games. Definitely don’t mind paying that much for a player that is a lock for 30 FP with the ability to produce 40 plus FP.

Dwight Howard is the most consistent expensive player as he hasn’t produced less than 40 FP in any game this series, but hasn’t produced more than 48 FP either. However, I would much rather spend almost three grand less for DeAndre Jordan , than dish out the dough for Howard.

It is going to be an exciting two days of basketball and good luck out there for all you DFS players. Feel free to comment below or holler at me on twitter @DaTrueGuru. Really hoping my Grizzlies can shock the world by taking down the Thunder. 




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@SethDaSportsMan hahaha so true

Just heard that Derrick Rose is not returning to the game. Just smh & laughed. It's always something with that guy

@Nyck1118 go the safe route with Mayo

@zachjohnson80 Millsap is the best player in the group and The GReek Freak is going to perform better than Speights. It's def close though

@BOriginalcomedy Gortat as Bogut is uncertain to play at this point