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With only 1 game on the NBA slate we are only able to play “Showdown Captain Mode” where you select one player who cost 1.5x their regular salary but they get you 1.5x the FPTS.
Klay Thompson ($12,600) vs Trail Blazers– Since the KD injury Klay Thompson has been red hot shooting the basketball, 12/23 from 3, and has scored 40+ FPTS in each of the last two games. The Blazers are not a good defensive team so the points should be coming in bunches in this series. He will more than likely be guarded by either Lillard or McCollum in this series and vs Portland in the regular season he has averaged 21.8 PPG 5.8 RPG and 3.0 APG in 4 games. Look for Klay to get plenty of looks and create his own shots with the Warriors down 2 starters, he is my “captain” tonight.
Stephen Curry ($10,400) vs Trail Blazers– Much like Klay, Steph Curry’s numbers have jumped since the injury to KD and even though he didn’t score in the first half of their last game Curry still scored 33 PTS 5 REB and 4 AST on 45% shooting from the field. We forget that Curry is a MVP level player so against a team that ranked 23rdvs opposing guards in the regular season I have no issue rostering him at this price and in this format with only 1 game on the slate.
Zach Collins ($5,600) vs Warriors– Collins has really carved out a role for himself in the playoffs and I think his ability to stretch the floor and run will be key in this series if the Blazers want to be successful. Collins has scored 22.75+ FPTS in 4 of the last 5 games for Portland and I think it’s possible Kanter will be forced off the floor and Collins will have to play many more minutes than usual. Collins has a tendency to get in foul trouble but at this price in a 1 game slate I think it is worth the risk.
Kevon Looney ($3,600) vs Trail Blazers– Looney was huge in the Warriors series clinching win vs the Rockets scoring 14 PTS with 5 REB and he has turned in to a nice role player for this Golden State squad. He can play in the small-ball game and can grab a lot of rebounds if he is called upon. As a ultra-low cost option I think Looney offers a lot of value vs a Blazers team that lacks real size and rebounding ability down low other than Kanter.
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