SuperDraft NBA Playbook & Example Lineups: February 9
Steve Pimental takes us through his NBA SuperDraft Playbook & Example Lineups for today's slate!
Two weeks ago we crushed our first foray into SuperDraft’s NBA contests, with a cash lineup that saw at least 50 fantasy points from every player, including a couple of players who had very big games for us. This week we are changing it up slightly with a GPP lineup. I am considering entering this lineup for cash because I like it so much, but I had a hard time creating a lineup of players who I trust completely for cash. That could change as we get more injury updates closer to tipoff.
Coby White X1.8
White had 34 fantasy points in 31.2 minutes Thursday despite shooting 5-15 from the floor and 2-7 on threes. White should see even more minutes and shots if Zach LaVine cannot go. White is a bit risky, especially if LaVine plays, but his upside is enormous.
Elfrid Payton X1.45
Payton has scored at least 37.25 fantasy points over his last four games, averaging 49.1 fantasy points over that span. Payton’s multiplier is awfully high considering how productive he’s been lately, though I am concerned R.J. Barrett will play more minutes and cut into Payton’s usage. It helps that no team has allowed more fantasy points than the Hawks this season.
Ja Morant X1.5
I wish I could explain his recent struggles. Maybe he’s hitting the proverbial rookie wall, in which case we probably should avoid him for fantasy until after the All-Star break. That being said, only the Pistons have allowed more fantasy points to opposing point guards than the Wizards, and if Morant can reach 40 fantasy points, as he did seven times in January, his multiplier will take care of the rest.
Donovan Mitchell X1.45
Mitchell scored 53.25 fantasy points in his last game against Houston, and Houston’s rim protection has only gotten worse since then. Mitchell has struggled in two games against Denver the last couple of weeks, but otherwise has at least 36 fantasy points in seven straight games. He is a great play for cash and GPP lineups.
Mike Conley X1.75
Conley appears to have turned a corner, with at least 33.75 fantasy points in three straight games. I think I trust Donovan Mitchell more, but Conley’s multiplier makes it tempting to play them both.
Bradley Beal X1.15
Beal has scored at least 47.75 fantasy points in eight straight games, and you could argue he is the safest player of the entire slate. He is averaging 56.6 fantasy points over that span, and when you consider his multiplier, he becomes a strong GPP play as well.
Bam Adebayo X1.4
Adebayo has at least 40 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, including each of his last four. He has at least 39.75 fantasy points in each of the last two games Jimmy Butler has missed, and he had 42 fantasy points against Portland last month. Bam’s floor is awfully high, and his ceiling is good as well.
John Collins X1.25
Collins has at least 47.50 fantasy points in three straight games, and he is averaging 60.5 fantasy points in the last two games Trae Young has missed. The Knicks have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers and forwards this season, so Collins could be playable even if Trae Young plays.
Chandler Hutchison X1.85
Hutchison is averaging 28.4 fantasy points in 27.15 minutes over his last four games. He looks pretty safe while Kris Dunn remains out, and he should take on an even bigger role if Zach LaVine cannot go.
Jaren Jackson Jr. X1.45
JJJ struggled in 20 minutes against Philadelphia Friday, but he had at least 35 fantasy points in each of his two games before that. Washington allows the third-most fantasy points to opposing forwards.
Paul George X1.35
PG has scored at least 41.75 fantasy points in four straight games and five of his last six. With Kawhi Leonard presumably out, George should be a safe fantasy play against Cleveland.
Montrezl Harrell X1.6
Harrell has scored at least 42.25 fantasy points in each of the last three games Kawhi Leonard has missed. Harrell has struggled in his last four games, so he is risky, especially if Marcus Morris plays.
Joel Embiid X1.2
Embiid is available for Sunday’s game after he played just 16 minutes Friday before exiting with neck tightness. If Embiid plays his full complement of minutes, he should have a huge game against a Bulls team that does not have anyone who can match up with him physically.
Jonas Valanciunas X1.35
Jonas has at least 42.5 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and the Wizards have allowed the third-most fantasy points in the NBA.
Rudy Gobert X1.3
The Rockets have gone all-in on small ball, and Gobert should be able to punish them, especially on the glass. The risk here is that Houston is able to run him off the floor, and force the Jazz to go small as well. There are better options for cash, but Gobert has 20-20 upside.
Steve’s GPP Lineup