NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 5/19/18
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge in our new Single Game Boost format for the Conference Finals.
For these contests, you'll fill out a five-man roster with a $60,000 salary cap. Those five players include an MVP, a Star, a Pro, and two utility players. The MVP will have his FanDuel points doubled. The Star will have his fantasy points multiplied by 1.5. The Pro gets a multiplier of 1.2. The two utility players will return the standard FanDuel points.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate.
LeBron James (FanDuel Price: $20,500)
After a disappointing performance in Game 1 (35.9 FanDuel points) versus the Boston Celtics, James bounced back to his usual monster levels in Game 2. The King tallied 69.0 FanDuel points, his ninth game with at least 60 FanDuel points this postseason. He dominated all facets of the game, posting a triple-double (42 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) while trying almost single-handedly to tie the series. He took 29 shots (36.3% of Cleveland's 80 attempts) as he posted his highest usage rate in 13 games this postseason (47.6%). As the Cavs try to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole, expect another heavy workload for James, making him once again the ideal MVP play.
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