Last night was another good showing for my NBA DFS summer league picks. I entered a small $1 GPP and tripled my money.
Chris Chiozza and Kostas Antetokounmpo were uber spares and kept me from winning all of the cash, but I still finished in the green and if you rolled with me you probably did as well.
Monte Morris (35 fantasy points), De’Anthony Melton (38.25), Devin Robinson (46.75!), Tyler Lydon (34.5) and Miles Bridges (34) were all fantastic plays. T.J. Leaf was actually on his way to a huge game (19 fantasy points in the first half), but got hurt and didn’t play the final two quarters.
Had Chiozza (23% owned) and Antetokounmpo (2% owned!) performed better, I would have had a true gem.
It’s onward and upward tonight, as the NBA summer league in Las Vegas starts to wind down. You really need to pay mind to any news that trickles out, as guys may be rested for a variety of reasons. There are also already a slew of star names that won’t suit up, so be sure to do the work to make sure you at least have a full roster of guys that are actually playing.
I piece together my favorite daily fantasy basketball summer league squad early in the day, so there is no way for me to know if every player listed amongst my NBA DFS picks will be active.
That being said, I love the following team for today:
PG: Trevon Bluiett – New Orleans Pelicans ($6.3k)
Trae Young is the top point guard everyone will seek out on this slate, but I’ll be fading his $7.8k price tag. Hopefully he’s out after playing last night (and twice in the last three days), but ideally that news doesn’t break until late and he’s high-owned (his game is the last of the night).
I’ll drop down to Bluiett, who saves me cash and is actually wrecking (33.5 fantasy points per game) for the Pels. He’s not as big of a name as Young, but he’s been a better DFS play so far this summer. Everyone else can get sucked into the name game, but Bluiett feels like one of the best NBA DFS summer league value picks on the board.
SG: Grayson Allen – Utah Jazz ($7.1k)
Allen has been rested before so he’s at risk of being sat again today. I still love him as a pivot off of the top SG options, though, as he’s shown an ability to score the ball, rebound and pass at a high level so far. He’s averaging over 34 fantasy points per game and looks like one of the top plays tonight if he’s active.
SF: Donte DiVincenzo – Milwaukee Bucks ($6.1k)
The first time I rolled out my daily fantasy basketball summer league picks, Donte DiVincenzo was one of my favorite players to target. He didn’t play due to a groin issue and he’s yet to make his summer league debut.
It’s possible that never happens, but DiVincenzo has been practicing and recently said the plan is to finally hit the court today:
“That’s the plan to play.”
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 12, 2018
If that happens, I have to assume he’s ready to go and the Bucks will let him show his talent a bit. I’m willing to roll the dice here, simply because he’s an explosive player with a very nice skill-set.
PF: D.J. Wilson – Milwaukee Bucks ($6.4k)
I want Kevin Knox as much as anyone else, but now that he’s rocketed up to $8.8k, he’s off limits for me. One thing I’ve noticed through building out NBA DFS summer league lineups is spending crazy money on one guy just isn’t necessary.
These are young players who can be erratic or have their roles yanked around. There isn’t a James Harden or LeBron James here that is an absolute must to invest your salary cap into. Knox is tempting and would normally be one of my favorite NBA DFS summer league picks, but I’ll just save over $2k and grab Wilson.
Milwaukee’s big man has been rock solid through three games, racking up just over 30 fantasy points per game. The crazy part is he still has untapped upside as a shot-blocker and rebounder, so it’s pretty arguable his biggest game is still on it’s way.
C: Mitchell Robinson – New York Knicks ($6.4k)
I’m sure the likes of DeAndre Ayton and Mohamed Bamba will garner more attention (and hopefully more ownership), but why pay up when I can get similar production for way less cash?
Robinson has been fantastic with the Knicks, as he’s gotten plenty of run en route to nearly 30 fantasy points per game. He can rack up points as a scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker, while his matchup with Boston’s bigs doesn’t look formidable tonight.
The only thing that would get me off of Robinson tonight is if he sits out. The run, price and upside all make him a fantastic play tonight and get me off of over-priced centers across the board.
G: Anfernee Simons – Portland Trail Blazers ($5.9k)
If you’re looking for a late-game hammer, you’re probably forcing Trae Young into your NBA DFS summer league lineup tonight. Not me, as I’ll be hoping Young is a bust or gets rested, while a different first round pick ends up shining.
That could be Simons, who is a very talented scorer but has yet to truly bust out yet this summer. The fact that he hasn’t blown up yet should keep him low-owned, but he’s got immense scoring upside and tonight would be a great time for him to show everyone what he can do.
F: Hamidou Diallo – Oklahoma City Thunder ($4.2k)
So many summer league players get scratched or just don’t perform up to expectations, so taking 1-2 dives like this can make some sense. I like Diallo’s talent, as he was a pretty good scorer at Kentucky and was big steal in round two of the draft this year.
He has raw offensive ability and will be looking to earn a training camp bid for the Thunder, while he already blew up for 19 points in his second summer league game. Run is the question here, but he’s cheap enough where I can talk myself into a dice roll.
Util: Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis Grizzlies ($7.6k)
There are a handful of guys I would consider paying up for tonight, but I still want to feel like I’m getting really good value. I think Jackson provides that, as he has the size and versatility to be a monster offensively and also impact the game on the other end.
You already saw that in his first two summer league games and after sitting out Tuesday’s contest, he should be back and ready to crush some skulls. He’s probably my favorite high-priced stud to go after and hopefully he responds with his best outing yet.
Overall, I’m not getting suckered into Trae Young tonight and the price is just too high guys would-be studs like Kevin Knox, DeAndre Ayton and others. I’ll max out my spending on Jackson, while Allen and Robinson are about as high as I’ll go elsewhere.
I’ve had a solid run lately with my daily fantasy basketball summer league picks, so hopefully you can join in on the fun and win some cash. Whatever you decide, I wish you luck in your NBA DFS contests at DraftKings tonight!