2014 winner of the FSWA’s Baseball Article of the Year award. He followed that up by being one of the three finalists for the FSWA 2015 Basketball Writer of the Year award. Benjamin was a featured writer for the DraftKings Playbook, a podcast host and writer for RotoWire, a daily fantasy expert at Scout Fantasy and one of the featured writers and webcast hosts at RotoCurve. He is a frequent guest on Sirius XM Fantasy talking about both season long and daily fantasy sports topics.
- Nets: Fastest pace, 4th scoring, 29th points allowed
- Cavaliers: 13th pace, 3rd scoring, 28th points allowed
Nets: This should be a great spot for both teams. They both play at an elevated pace and both teams are allergic to defense. The Nets have looked solid despite missing Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell. Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped up and really filled the void at the point guard spot. Don’t let the price rise to $6300 scare you off of him. He has gone for 6X that number in each of the last three games and the pace/defense scenario he has here is ideal for an upside game. The other guy I like a ton here is Alan Crabbe. Many do not realize Crabbe is playing well over 30 minutes a game now for the past two weeks and has gone for 6X or better in 4 of his last 5 with a big 8X performance in his last one. This Nets team is trying to force the pace and take a lot of three-pointers and that is where Crabbe excels. He has looked good since getting more time and so have the Nets, so I expect that to continue. The one piece of injury news here is Trevor Booker. If Booker is out, it means more minutes for Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the forward spots. RHJ would play much of this game at the 4, meaning less of him stealing some minutes for Carroll and more production for both guys. I do worry a tad more about the forward defense they will see. Anyone locked up by LeBron is likely to underperform. Normally we want centers to attack the Cavs with, but none of the big guys on the Nets are worth it for me, especially if Booker is out. He would be the only guy I consider and it has not been clicking lately.
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- Vegas: Lakers -6, 211
- Bulls: 22nd pace, 29th scoring, 14th points allowed
- Lakers: 3rd pace, 14th scoring, 22nd points allowed
Bulls: This is a good spot for the Bulls. Any team playing the fast-paced Lakers who are suspect on defense should play near the upside. The question is what Bulls do we use against them? The best option for me is Kris Dunn. Dunn is getting more minutes as he recovers from that early season injury and is producing across the board. In his last two games, he went 22/5/7 and 17/6/6. He also added a few steals and has had multiple steals in 7 of his 10 games played. He has also started shooting more matching his season high with 16 shot attempts in each of the last 2 games and a string of five straight where he shot the ball double digit times. Besides Dunn, the only other guys with any upside are Denzel Valentine, Lauri Markkanen, and Justin Holliday. Of the three, Markkanen probably has the highest ceiling. Bobby Portis is only playing like 20 minutes per night, so I’m not worried about the workload here as Markkanen’s minutes have remained above 30. Valentine is the other guy I might use here. He has been inserted into the starting lineup and has been looking great early on here. He has some big game potential, but at the elevated price, his floor game is no longer really good enough. If this was a tough matchup, I would balk at the price above $5K, but the Lakers are not a tough spot, so I’m ok with it here.