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NBA Core Plays – December 28, 2018

10-game slate today.

Nets vs Hornets again (Last Game Went to OT).

Battle of LeBron’s old teams in CLE @ MIA.

Battle of Terrible Defenses CHI (110.2) @ WAS (117.7)

DAL @ NO again. (Wesley Matthews is OUT)

And finally the Battle of LA to end the night.

This slate is giving me goosebumps.

 

By now I am sure you all know the drill. I will be listing out each position and giving you a Top-Tier player as well as a Value player. So without further ado let’s get into this Week’s Core Plays.

 

Point Guard

 

Top-Tier: John Wall (PG, WAS) – Wall was recently dealing with an illness so the poor play as of late makes a little more sense. When Wall is 100% healthy he is a dominant force and has averaged a whopping 43.8 fantasy points in only 34.8 minutes per game. In his last game vs DET he had the type of game we have come to expect from John Wall: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 block. Now reminisce back to that game he had vs the Lakers on Dec. 16th: 40 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. This isn’t out of the question tonight vs Chicago who is one of the worst teams in the NBA in guarding the PG (22nd DVP vs PG). Wall will dominate Kris Dunn tonight, bet on it.

 

Value: Lonzo Ball (PG, LAL) – I have to mention Lonzo after what he did last night. He played 37 minutes, he came up 1 rebound short of a triple-double, he dropped this stat line: 20 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals. Oh yea, he also had 106 touches which is the highest amount he has had all year by far. LeBron and Rondo will not be returning for a while so Lonzo Ball is green light go for maximum usage. I wanted to wait a game and see who the main beneficiary and it was obviously Lonzo Ball. The potential for him to drop a triple-double any night is the reason why I really love him in my lineup.  

 

Shooting Guard

 

Top-Tier: Luka Doncic (SG/SF, DAL) – I swear I thought this guy was a PG but hey I’ll take him at my SG spot. Doncic receives another matchup vs the same Pelicans team that he just destroyed on Dec. 26th. Doncic was only 1 rebound shy of a triple-double but other than that the stat line looked real crispy: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal. Luka is 100% the leader of this Dallas Offense and he is doing a really freaking good job. I mean he already has his own patented step-back move and he’s a 19-year old rookie. Can some check this guy’s birth certificate?? Luka is dealing with a toe injury but I am seeing that he is listed as probable, so I expect him to play and ball out.

 

Value: Bryn Forbes (PG/SG, SA) – Forbes has been on a roll over his last 4-games averaging 28.19 fantasy points over his last 4 games. Bryn is matched up vs the Nuggets again, he played them two days ago and dropped 29.5 fantasy points in 30 minutes. This is especially impressive for someone who is as cheap as he is in DFS. Forbes has been the beneficiary of more playing time and getting relaxed defensive pressure with DeMar DeRozan absolutely going off recently. I like Forbes as my value player of this entire article almost just because of this price I am getting for a full-fledged starter.

 

Small Forward

 

Top-Tier: Kyle Kuzma (SF/PF, LAL) – He is the other guy who saw an increase in his offensive opportunities with LeBron James and Rondo out last night vs SAC. Kuzma dropped in 33 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and hit 2 three-pointers. That was good for 48.75 fantasy points and Kuzma still isn’t even that expensive which bodes well for tonight’s battle in LA. The Clippers Defense is ranked 27thth in DVP vs PF which means Kuzma could be in for a lot of scoring tonight. Kuzma also played a massive 40 minutes last night which means that coach will need him to keep the Lakers in the playoff hunt with King James out.

 

Value: Rodions Kurucs (SF/PF, BKN) – If you have not heard about this guy yet then please listen up. He wears the number 00 which is something I really admire. He’s averaging 36.25 fantasy points per game over his last 3 games. He gets a matchup with the Hornets again after he just went off for 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 3 steals vs them on Dec. 26th in a game that went to OT. What can go wrong? Nothing. Don’t overthink this one. He is getting solid playing time at the SF spot while Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe continue to nurse injuries. Basically as long as Crabbe is out then Kurucs is a go. I still love his value at this price point.

 

Power Forward

 

Top-Tier: Lauri Markkanen (PF, CHI) – Okay so the Wizards are the 2nd worst team in the NBA at scoring defense which means they allow an insane 117.7 PPG to their opponents. This means Lauri will be going off for one of his big-scoring games as he will draw a matchup likely with Jeff Green. Think about that matchup, Lauri is 7’0” and Jeff is only 6’9” which means he will have almost no shot at contesting his jumpers. Sure, Lauri had a bad game last time out vs MIN as he only dropped 16 points and 7 rebounds. But the games before that Lauri had back-to-back 30-point games which shows his scoring prowess. This one is a little bit of a sleeper, but I promise you Washington is so bad on defense and Markkanen will take advantage.

 

Value: Jerami Grant (PF, OKC) – Grant has been on a role over his last three games averaging 28.5 fantasy points. He is more involved in the offense now and could receive a huge boost in usage in Paul George is unable to play tonight. George is dealing with a quad injury and will essentially be a game-time decision tonight vs PHO (6 PM PST, Check the Thunder’s Twitter Prior to Tip-Off). I love Grant tonight because he will play over 30 minutes and because PHO is ranked 28th in DVP vs PFs which could mean another high scoring night for Grant. Grant has consecutive games with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and over 14 points, I think he is ready for a larger role tonight if George is OUT.  

 

Center

 

Top-Tier: Anthony Davis (PF/C, NO) – Look I completely understand if you want to pay up for Davis because the man has been so unstoppable offensively and so good on the boards that it is almost unreal seeing his stat lines. He has only scored less than 60 fantasy points in one game out of his last seven and in that game he scored 57.25. Last game vs DAL, which was 2 days ago, he dropped 32 points and 18 rebounds. My man is averaging 18.3 rebounds per game over his last 3 and that is while averaging 29.3 points per game. As long as Mirotic is out we are going to see a lot of Anthony Davis as well as Julius Randle. Randle has been more unassuming as of late mainly because of how good Davis has been. Can’t get rebounds if Davis is stealing them all away. Anyways, if you can get the salary to work and fit Davis in your lineup then I think you do it.

 

Value: Guillermo Hernangomez (C, CHA) – Hernangomez has essentially leaped off the Bench and started balling out of nowhere. I mean before his last three games he really wasn’t doing much to warrant any fantasy consideration. Now he is averaging 27.75 fantasy points per game over his last three. It is kind of amazing too because in total he has amassed 83.25 fantasy points over his last three while only playing 57 minutes. This means he is averaging 1.46 fantasy points for every minute he plays. The only problem is his playing time is very sporadic and depends basically on how Cody Zeller does which is terrible always. Charlotte should give this man a start and then I bet they start winning.

 

Thank you all for reading another edition of the NBA Core Plays!

 

My name is G.R. Bunch aka The Daily Fantasy Hitman.

Find me on Twitter @DailyHitman

 

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