After a nice two-day run where my NBA DFS summer league picks safely cashed, last night was a big whiff job.
Grayson Allen getting scratched completely changed things for me late in the day (sorry I wasn’t able to give a heads up, but hopefully you caught the news), while Bucks rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo was a bust in just 11 minutes of action.
I still delivered some solid daily fantasy basketball advice, though, as Mitchel Robinson was just 16% owned and poured in 51 fantasy points. There were a few other solid picks, as Anfernee Simons chipped in 29 fantasy points and D.J. Wilson was strong with 36.5 of his own.
It wasn’t my best lineup of NBA DFS picks, but hopefully you pivoted in the right spots and found a way to cash.
Your chances to win big in daily fantasy basketball summer league contests are dwindling, so join me as I try to create a winning roster for Friday’s eight-game slate at DraftKings:
PG: Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks ($7.8k)
After resting last night (as predicted), Young should be back to provide NBA DFS summer league gamers with an elite late-game hammer. He’s obviously a big star and could be sat again, but you’re assuming risk with literally anyone you use.
I’ll just assume since he’s been given good run and just rested that he’ll be back out there. He’s been great from a fantasy perspective, averaging almost 32 fantasy points per contest. I want all of the Trae Young shares to close out this slate.
SG: Mitch Creek – Dallas Mavericks ($4.5k)
I also wouldn’t mind Melvin Frazier or a Spurs spare SG here, but I’m trying to cram in all of my favorite plays. A dive or two will be necessary to get the team I want and I don’t mind trying out Creek, who should soak up some guard minutes with Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. not playing for Dallas.
Creek hasn’t blown up yet this summer, but he’s been a pro in Australia and there could be minutes for the taking tonight.
SF: Devin Robinson – Washington Wizards ($7k)
Robinson put up 40 fantasy points his last time out and has proven to be a very good scorer (21.5 points per game) all summer long. After getting the day off yesterday, he’s a threat to pop off again tonight. He’s one of my favorite plays on the board and is a fun pivot off of some of the pricey, big name options.
PF: Alize Johnson – Indiana Pacers ($6.3k)
I really like how much of a double-double threat Johnson is. He was a monster on the glass in college and he’s looked super steady so far with Indy, averaging over 27 fantasy points through four summer contests.
T.J. Leaf is banged up and could be out, which only further cements Johnson for me. He’s scored in double figures each game and if he can grab 10+ rebounds I think he’ll return killer value at this price.
C: Dakari Johnson – Oklahoma City Thunder ($5.8k)
This is one of my favorite NBA DFS picks of tonight’s eight-game slate. Some are speculating Johnson could be traded after not playing last night, but he appeared to fall in his last game and hurt his hip. Either possibility makes him a rest candidate again tonight, but he’s been too good to bypass.
The price is great and Johnson has feasted at times this summer, easily scoring inside and rebounding, blocking shots and swiping steals. He’s a complete lock for me unless news trickles out he’s for sure out.
Harry Giles ($7.1k) is also on my radar tonight at the center spot. There is some fear of Johnson going up against Mohamed Bamba tonight, but he’ll get a nice boost if the Texas star sits out with a lingering ailment.
G: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Los Angeles Clippers ($7.8k)
SGA is another high-priced guy I covet and much like Trae Young, he is both a late-game hammer and could go overlooked since he didn’t play yesterday. Some risk averse DFS gamers may shy away from him, but he’s been awesome (36.7 fantasy points per game) and could be a fun guy to close out the night with.
F: Tyler Lydon – Denver Nuggets ($6.6k)
Lydon has been a staple of my daily fantasy basketball summer league lineups. He’s a gifted shooter that can score in a variety of ways and also cleans the glass pretty well. He recorded 34.5 fantasy points his last time out even though he scored just six actual points.
I think the scoring upside could shine through tonight if Lydon gets the chance, and judging by his run (26+ minutes in his last two games), that’s a decent bet.
Util: Kenrich Williams – Denver Nuggets ($4.2k)
There are so many guys that get scratched, are limited or just plain struggle, that I don’t mind punting 1-2 spots to open things up from a salary perspective. Williams is part of that process and the good news is he’s at least been getting run for Denver.
He’s only averaging 10.7 fantasy points per game, but he’s logged 21+ minutes in each of his last three games. If he can simply start connecting on his shot (2 for his last 11), he could return nice value at this price.
Williams is capable of scoring, as he averaged 13 points per game in his final year at TCU, connecting on 39% of his long range shots. If he can randomly get hot, this will be a huge steal and open the door to a big night.
There is risk across the board, as the NBA summer league is slowly winding down. A lot of big names will be rested or limited, but after a couple of my guys sat out on Thursday, I like the idea of going back to them tonight.
Hopefully it all works out and you can cash in the process. Whatever you decide, I wish you luck today!