The Cavs/Celtics game was trash yesterday and most of my Cleveland plays didn’t do so great. Thursday starts a brand new two-day slate at FanDuel, though, so you can forget about how that slate started and just jump on a new one.
Some readers have had some confusion with the two-day slate at FanDuel, but when you first go to the lobby, the site directs you to the day’s one-game contest. Once you click on the NBA tab, you should see “game styles” on the top left sidebar. You have two options – Single Game Boost or Full Roster.
If you click “full roster” you will be brought to the two-day contest lobby, where you can create rosters that include both tonight’s game between the Warriors and Rockets as well as tomorrow’s showdown between the Celtics and Cavs.
If you do that, you can use the two-day roster below or pick and choose which players you’d like to use. If you’re just playing the one-day contest, just use my advice as you see fit for the five-man rosters. Let’s get to it:
PG: George Hill – Cleveland Cavaliers ($5.2k)
Hill is far from elite, but he feels necessary to building a winner in any format. He was over 40% owned the last time I used him and while he didn’t play well in game five, he was good in games three and four. With the series shifting back to Cleveland on Friday and Hill getting 30+ minutes, he’s a lock for me.
PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($9.7k)
Terry Rozier is a fine pivot, but I don’t really trust the Celtics on the road in game five. I also don’t want CP3, who has displayed a weak ceiling in this series and also seems hurt. Give me Chef Curry, who always has nice upside and will want to show up big for the Dubs in a huge game five in Houston tonight.
SG: J.R. Smith – Cleveland Cavaliers ($3.7k)
All Cavs outside shooters were trash in game five, but I expect some of them to pop off in a do-or-die game six at home on Friday night. Smith is worth a shot based on that logic alone, as he gets around 30 minutes per game and may be needed if the Cavs are going to avoid elimination.
SG: James Harden – Houston Rockets ($11.5k)
I also like Eric Gordon here if you don’t mind fading Harden, but he’s at home with a chance to take over this series in game five. There’s a chance vintage Harden shows up and he delivers a huge game. He has not lived up to his price tag much in this series, but 50+ fantasy points is still a reasonable expectation.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($10.7k)
I’m sure King James goes nuts in a must-win game on Friday, but the difference between him and KD right now isn’t too wide. I’ll take my chances with KD, which allows me to grab both Curry and Harden due to almost $3k in savings.
SF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($6.5k)
Tatum just exploded for 50+ fantasy points in a huge game five win and now he and his Celtics teammates are one win from the NBA Finals. I’m sure Cleveland will come through to tie the series up tomorrow, but I don’t mind paying a reasonable price to see if Tatum can double down on his last outing.
PF: Jeff Green – Cleveland Cavaliers ($3.5k)
Green is far from stable, but he’s dirt cheap and is seeing around 25 minutes a game in this series. You’d think he wouldn’t mind popping off against one of his former teams, while a shift back to Cleveland has to help all of the Cavs. I’ll take a shot on him simply based on his minutes.
PF: Kevon Looney – Golden State Warriors ($4k)
Paying up at PF hasn’t been that profitable lately, so while fading both Draymond Green and Kevin Love feels dicey, it’s something I don’t mind trying. Looney is in the same boat as Green, as he’s locked into a 20-25 minute role. He doesn’t offer much upside, but anytime you can get a guy who is on the floor that much and he’s this cheap, you need to consider it.
C: Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.8k)
I’m still not into the idea of paying up at center. Al Horford stayed grounded for the third straight game on Wednesday, so I’m not too eager to roster him or an under-performing Clint Capela. It’s down to TT or Aron Baynes and I prefer Thompson due to better run and the series shifting back home to Ohio.
This is another daily fantasy basketball two-day slate where I’ll be fading LeBron James. I’m sure he’ll beast out in an effort to stave off elimination, but it’s going to take all of the Cavs to make that happen. Because of that, I don’t mind pivoting to KD and saving the cash. I’ll bank on my Cavs role players stepping up and hopefully helping to curb LeBron’s DFS upside.
Remember, you can also play the one-day five-man contests at FanDuel, but this lineup is specifically for the two-day contests. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you luck. Enjoy the games!