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.
- Vegas: Pacers -7.5, 216.5
- Suns: 4th pace, 15th scoring, 30th points allowed
- Pacers: 18th pace, 11th scoring, 12th points allowed
Suns: The Suns are relatively healthy with Chriss being the only real injury. He has been out awhile now and Dragan Bender has been seeing the bulk of the minutes. He tends to not even do enough to hit value, so this really just boosts up the other guys on the floor. Much of the offense runs through the two guys who see the most minutes. That is Devin Booker and TJ Warren. Booker is the main guy and the more expensive, but he also has been playing 35+minutes and getting up near 20 shots. If anyone is going to go off for huge upside, it is Booker, but the Oladipo matchup is not an easy one. Warren has a much softer matchup with guys like Bojan Bogdanovic at SF. TJ’s price has risen, so I would not use him in GPPs, but I do like him for a solid cash game floor. The only other guy I would take a chance on here is maybe Isaiah Canaan. Canaan has overtaken the lead guard role from Ulis. Both guys still play, but the split in minutes looks to favor Canaan now going forward. He is cheap and is a decent tourney option. I expect Chandler not to be rested here either, so the center rotation is messy again. Chandler likely plays the most minutes which kills the value we saw from Monroe last game and they have Alex Len in the mix too.
- Vegas: Magic -7, 213
- Kings: 25th pace, 30th scoring, 19th points allowed
- Magic: 7th pace, 17th scoring, 28th points allowed
Kings: The Kings are allowing the young guys to play. They are making room for them by sitting a few of the older guys every game. It makes handicapping them tough, but not impossible. George Hill and Kosta Koufos likely sit today with Temple and Randolph missing last game. What we really see now though is 35ish minutes a night for Willie Cauley-Stein. D’Aaron Fox is seeing about 30 with Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, and Bogdan Bogdanovic all seeing about 25-28. That means the two best options are Cauley-Stein and Fox, just based on minutes played. The other guys are all in play for GPPs here because the Magic do play fast and give up a lot of points. Guys like Skal and Buddy under $5K in this matchup are very intriguing to me. In fact, Willie Cauley-Stein is the only guy over the $5K range likely to see minutes and he has the safest minutes on the team so $6600 for him is still reasonable too. The Kings are not a team I like to target, but they make sense here.
Sacramento Kings @ Charlotte Hornets
Vegas: Hornets -10, 210
Kings: 26th pace, 30th scoring, 18th points allowed
Hornets: 9th pace, 14th scoring, 16th points allowed
Kings: Sacramento is going with the younger guys. Every game they are picking out one or two old guys to sit and the old guys that do play are not playing full minutes like they were. IT is still not easy to nail down production here thoug
- Vegas: Raptors -5.5, 206.5
- Spurs: 28th pace, 26th scoring, most points allowed
- Raptors: 9th pace, 3rd scoring, 9th points allowed
Spurs: The Kawhi Leonard news was obviously a blow, but they played most of the season without him anyway. At least we know how things should shake it again. Manu Ginobili is the only guy that looks to be out. This is not an ideal spot for either team really as both are good defensively. The only interest I have is really in LaMarcus Aldridge. He has gone for 48 or more in four of the last six games. He is basically the only guy on the Spurs I really like. Parker is playing half a game with no real upside, which also kills value for Mills and Murray. Danny Green is playing minutes at the SG spot, but he lacks upside too. Kyle Anderson is a solid cash play with a high floor, but his ceiling is low. The only two guys who even have a ceiling are Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Pau has a ceiling, but a lower floor. He sometimes doesn’t play much and that kills you when you catch one of those lower minute games. This one should stay close and that could keep the minutes up and thus the production too.
76ers: 2nd pace, 7th scoring, 23rd points allowed Celtics: 20th pace, 22nd scoring, 2nd points allowed 76ers: The 76ers are down two quality rotation players here. Richaun Holmes and JJ Reddick are both out tonight. Without Reddick, TJ McConnell likely steps into the starting lineup. These two teams met a few days ago and even with Reddick active, McConnell managed to return 7X and followed it up with a 10X performance against the Raptors, also with Reddick active. He should play 30-35 minutes here and that should translate into a high floor with the potential for a massive upside game. The softest spot to attack the Celtics is through the big men, which makes Joel Embiid a great option here. He did not have a monster game a few days back when they met, but the way people have beaten the Celtics is by going at the front line. They are undersized, do not rebound well and do give up interior points. Embiid should play better than he showed us the other day. Holmes and Reddick were big parts of the rotation and I think what ultimately happens here is that the other healthy guys all just see a bump in minutes and production with them out. Reddick was the high scorer when these two teams met a few days back, which is another reason I like Embiid here. Covington, Saric, and Simmons should all get a little bump here. The Celtics defense is one of the stingiest in the league though, so I’m not keen on going heavy on the 76ers. Top Plays: TJ McConnell Secondary Plays: Joel Embiid