Last night was a success with my NBA summer league DFS picks at DraftKings. I personally didn’t win huge money, but I did cash with Kevin Knox (44 fantasy points!) and Mitchell Robinson (29) carrying me to a win to close out the night.
I had a slew of solid daily fantasy basketball picks, as Grayson Allen (30), Wendell Carter (38), Gary Trent (26) and Chandler Hutchinson (25) all worked out nicely. It was ironically my two Miami Heat players that failed me and kept me from winning big money.
If you pivoted off of Derrick Walton Jr. and Rashad Vaughn and kept the rest of these daily fantasy basketball summer league picks, you could have been swimming in some serious cash.
While last night was fun, I hope to deliver even better results tonight. Remember, consider avoiding players with any ailments or that will be at risk of resting, especially guys that played last night or have had multiple games in the last three or four days.
You’ll also want to keep tabs on players on social media and read up on local team sites to see if there is any news that will shed a light on player availability.
The easiest call on this 8-game slate is just avoiding guys who played on Tuesday.
For me, that largely takes Hawks, Bulls and Kings players out of the equation. Options like Trae Young, Omari Spellman, Chandler Hutchinson, Wendell Carter, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and Frank Mason stand out as big name players that could be rested or limited.
As tempting as those options may be, I’ll likely avoid them on such a big slate. Considering cheap bench options on their respective teams is one option to afford high-priced players, although that admittedly carries considerable risk.
With all that said, here’s my favorite NBA DFS picks for tonight’s NBA summer league action:
PG: Monte Morris – Denver Nuggets ($6.7k)
Trae Young, Aaron Holiday and Collin Sexton are the top options at the position, but everyone will be on them and Young might not even play after hitting the hardwood last night. I’ll just make it easier on myself and pivot to Morris, who is cheaper than the lot of them and is putting up over 30 fantasy points per game.
Morris has been great for Denver, showing a knack for scoring and setting up the open man. He’s logged 26+ minutes in all three of his NBA summer league games so far and blew up for 41 fantasy points in his last contests. He last played two days ago, too, so he should be rested and ready to rock today.
SG: De’Anthony Melton – Houston Rockets ($6.9k)
Another guard I like is Houston’s Melton, who has really flashed nice scoring ability and went nuts (55 fantasy points) in his last outing. He’s getting his hands on all kinds of stats and has twice logged over 31 minutes.
There is mild risk for rest here with Houston playing back-to-back games on July 8th and 9th, but it’s been two days since he hit the floor. He’s a viable pivot off of the top guard options, as he’s putting up over 36 fantasy points per game so far.
SF: Devin Robinson – Washington Wizards ($5.7k)
Troy Brown is easily the biggest name for the Washington Wizards summer league squad, but I have much more interest in Robinson. Not only is he way cheaper, but he’s averaging just three fewer fantasy points per contest.
Robinson has flexed his scoring muscle with 22 and 24 actual points in his last two games and he’s had a consistent role this summer. I expect the G-League alum to continue to prove his worth as he tries to get a call-up this year.
PF: Tyler Lydon – Denver Nuggets ($6.2k)
There are certainly a few spots on this slate where people will gravitate toward players simply based on name recognition. Lydon is one of those spots, but I don’t mind if he’s chalky given the value he offers.
Lydon is working his way back from a knee injury and was even rested a few days ago, but he last played on the 9th and he’s still waiting for that big blow-up outing. He’s such a gifted shooter an scorer that I think it’s still coming in the near future, so if he can approach the 26 minutes he saw in his last game, we might see it tonight.
C: T.J. Leaf – Indiana Pacers ($6.2k)
The same goes for Leaf, although he already popped off this summer with 17 and 20 actual points scored over his last two games. He’s looked good offensively and should look to keep the positive momentum rolling. He’s more of a perimeter player, but you get center availability and I see no reason why we shouldn’t exploit it.
There are better center options to be had on this slate. Ante Zizic and Willy Hernangomez have been absolute monsters. The problem is these guys are super pricey and I prefer balance over chasing studs in a summer league setting.
G: Chris Chiozza – Washington Wizards ($6.3k)
I love Chiozza today, as he’s churned out almost 30 fantasy points per game almost solely as a distributor. His 9 dimes per game may not exactly be sustainable, but it’s extremely encouraging how well he’s done with his playmaking and that he can rack up fantasy points without actually scoring much himself.
Chiozza was not a high profile scorer at Florida, but he absolutely can get buckets and can rack up steals and assists. I have no qualms about chasing steals and dimes here and also hoping he pops off for his best scoring out of the summer.
F: Kostas Antetokounmpo – Dallas Mavericks ($4.7k)
The younger brother of The Greek Freak is one of my favorite NBA DFS summer league picks of this slate, seeing as Dallas has not given him much of a leash yet and he’ll probably go overlooked.
The good news is he did log 15 minutes of court time in his last game and did a ton (4-7-3-2-1 stat line) while out there.
That tells me that even if he remains limited, there’s a decent chance his versatile skill-set can have him return strong value. And if the Mavs actually let the kid play and prove himself? Well, then we just might have the steal of the day.
Util: Miles Bridges – Charlotte Hornets ($7.1k)
I could wrap this up with a number of guys, but I like Bridges due to an eclectic skill-set and his high energy play. He is a stat-stuffer even though he hasn’t really shown that this summer. At a bare minimum, he has the ability to hit the glass and score and he showed that with 34.75 fantasy points in his most recent game.
I think there’s room for him to pile on some blocks, steals and assists as well, so it’s possible we’ve yet to see his best summer league performance.
There are a slew of options to consider tonight and you’re going to need to do some research to make sure all of your guys are even playing. If you don’t love all of the picks above, pivot as needed.
Hopefully I steer you in the right direction and we all can win some cash at DraftKings tonight. Good luck!