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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.
Jaylen Brown ($9,200) vs Heat– The Celtics will be looking to stay alive in their series tonight vs the Heat and if they are going to they will need a big game from Jaylen Brown. Brown has been playing great in the last 4 games for Boston shooting 58% from 3 and averaging 21.3 PPG 6.8 RPG and 2.8 APG while averaging over 1 SPG as well. Brown has scored over 20 PPG in the last 3 games as well and he has been contributing a lot on the glass. Brown is a player who needs to step up and I think we will see his best on Friday night.
Jimmy Butler ($9,400) vs Celtics– The Heat get a lot of production from many different players but Jimmy Butler would probably be considered their “best player”. He took 20 shots in their last game and did well putting up 24 PTS along with 9 REB on the night for a total of 43.25 FPTS. He stays consistent around 3 APG as well so as long as he gets his usual rebound total we should be in for a 40 FPTS performance. Butler has shown he can be a closer at times during the playoffs so in a close out game I expect him to be aggressive from the start.
Marcus Smart ($7,200) vs Heat– Marcus Smart struggled shooting the ball on Wednesday night but he was still able to get a double-double with 10 PTS and 11 AST on the night. He has been doing everything on the floor during the playoffs and I don’t expect that to change tonight. As long as Smart can bounce back and shoot around the average he has this year I think he will be a great play at this price. Despite his shot not being the best I think there is a lot of upside with Smart because of what he does aside from scoring the ball.
Gordon Hayward ($6,400) vs Heat– Gordon Hayward has stated that he isn’t 100% but I still think he holds some value at this price point. In 2 games this series he is averaging 27 FPPG while averaging 10 PPG 6 APG and 3.5 APG. He hasn’t been getting shots up in volume thus far but his value comes with what he does on the glass and his playmaking ability with the 2nd unit. Hayward has shown at times he can stuff the stat sheet at will and even if he only scores 10-12 points tonight he should be able to eclipse 30 fantasy points. If we get that from him at this price I think that is a win.
Jae Crowder ($5,600) vs Celtics– Crowder is another “upside” guy I like who has struggled with his shot as of late after being red hot from behind the arc earlier in the playoffs. Despite his struggles he is still averaging near 27 FPPG in the last 4 games and Crowder is too good of a shooter to stay struggling like he has. The price here is good and he has had open shots that he is capable of hitting on a nightly basis. His 3 point shooting along with his defense is why I would want him on my roster this evening.