NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/21/18
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: $20,000)
LeBron James is priced in a tier of his own tonight, and he's worth every penny. Through three games in the Eastern Conference Finals, his 55.0 FanDuel points per game are nearly 20 more than any other player has averaged in the series, with the next-highest mark sitting at 35.6. He's also averaging a league-high 61.7 FanDuel points per game in the postseason, while nobody else in this series is averaging more than 37.1.
His big production has come with a huge workload. His 34.7% usage rate in the series is the only mark above 28.7% (among players averaging at least 5.0 minutes per game), while his 37.5 minutes per game are slightly over 4.0 more than anyone else's. Sitting so far ahead of the crowd in both workload and production, the King becomes an incredibly difficult fade on a one-game slate, particularly when you have the option of plugging him in as your MVP to double the gap he has over every other player.
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