76ers’ Ben Simmons is a Top Trade Target and Fine DFS Play
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The NBA revealed the complete All-Star rosters on Wednesday. Like every year, there were names on the list that didn't quite make the cut. This provided exceptional “revenge” type games from some of the league’s snubs who took the results personally. Andre Drummond posted a huge outing on Wednesday, with a 34-point, 24-rebound performance. He added a ridiculous six blocks that resulted in 84.35 Fantasy points. Ben Simmons achieved a silly triple-double on Wednesday with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for 59.55 Fantasy points. But perhaps the greatest storyline from the post-all-star reveal was Russell Westbrook dropping 46 points on the Wizards after he thought that he was picked last in the first ever All-Star draft. On Thursday, Russ absolutely balled out against fellow all-stars John Wall and Bradley Beal, and it was not until after the game that he was informed by the media that the list Russ saw was in alphabetical order. The name right before his? John Wall.
Let's take a deeper look into some of these type of players and see if this kind of output is sustainable for the rest of the season
Bradley Beal has quickly become arguably the best shooting guard in the league. A consistent scorer who has bought in defensively, Beal goes into his first All-Star game playing the best basketball of his career. He put up 41-points on Thursday night, which included six trey-balls to go along with 12 boards resulting in 77.75 Fantasy points. His usage rate is a career best 28.5%. Compare that to fellow all-star swingmen Klay Thompson at 23.8% and Jimmy Butler at 24.5%. These players simply have to share the rock more as their teams are more talented, while Beal is now the go-to guy on a struggling Wizards team. Beal is averaging 39.1 Fantasy points per game, but in the last month that number has shot up to 45.7 FPPG. While that last 30-day mark is skewed by last night's performance, Beal should see more Fantasy performances closer to 45.7 than 39.11 on average for the remainder of the season. Only $7200 on DraftKings for his monstrous performance Thursday, his price is only going to shoot up going forward, making him able to still return value on DFS in a great matchup on Saturday against the Hawks. Season-long owners can expect the 25th ranked Beal to jump into that Top 20 range as his confidence is growing each game.
Ben Simmons is another guy who gives himself an opportunity to produce a high output on a nightly basis, as he is now playing 35 minutes a night with a usage rate of 23.7%. Simmons is now the 28th ranked player in Fantasy Basketball, which is exceeding all expectations. Simmons has hit a lull, however, within the last month (excluding Wednesday’s boom game) but that can be attributed to his assist numbers dropping significantly since J.J. Reddick has been out with a leg injury. Since that time Simmons’ assists have dropped from 7.4 a contest to 6.7. Like Beal, Simmons is a guy who is right on the cusp of a Top 20 season and should be targeted in season-long formats through trades. Depending on the makeup of your team, trading a guy like Jimmy Butler-who is currently ranked 17th overall- for Simmons and another piece that provides scoring (Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, etc.) could take your team to the next level. The Rookie of the Year candidate is currently $8500 on DraftKings and is putting up 42 FPPG this year, making him a bargain at that price as he has double-double and triple-double upside every night.
Tristan Thompson is the most added player in Yahoo leagues as of today. According to Coach Tyronn Lue, the 26-year old Thompson will replace Jae Crowder in the Cavs’ starting lineup moving forward. This deems it more unlikely that the team will trade the 6’10” big man out of Texas even though there are still rumors circulating that Cleveland would trade Thompson if the right deal presented itself. Owned in just 36% in Yahoo leagues, Thompson has proven in the past that he can be a viable Fantasy option. When given the opportunity this year, Thompson has come through for Fantasy owners. On January 3rd Thompson played 29 minutes and posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards on his way to 28.25 Fantasy points. Just this past Saturday, when Kevin Love exited the game early due to illness, Thompson took advantage playing 26 minutes and posting 24.95 Fantasy points. I project Thompson to increase his minutes as he enters the starting lineup, as Crowder has averaged over 25 minutes per game this season. Look for Thompson’s numbers to increase significantly, as he has only averaged 19 minutes per contest so far this season. Currently just $3600 on DraftKings, Thompson is a great filler piece for Friday’s contests.
"We're going to start @RealTristan13."
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 25, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica has averaged over 11 points and seven rebounds per contest since filling in for the injured Jimmy Butler. As long as Butler is out, Bjelica can provide substantial streamer value (owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues) and is a must-start in DFS as he is only $4500 on DK. Davis Bertans seems to be the replacement for Kawhi Leonard in the Spurs starting lineup. Bertans has range and provides the Spurs with sneaky athleticism. He is owned in just 3% of Yahoo Leagues and provides great value in DFS cash games. Suns’ center Greg Monroe is providing value regardless of his role now that coach Jay Triano is giving him minutes. When given the opportunity, Monroe has delivered. It remains to be seen if Triano will keep the big man in consistent rotation. But while Alex Len is battling an ankle injury, Monroe should be owned in all formats.
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