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The focus will be on three players – one guard, one forward, and one center – to be NBA DFS players for the Round 7 NBA Yahoo Cup contest.
NBA Yahoo Cup Fantasy Basketball Picks | Round 7
NBA DFS Guard: Dejounte Murray — $40
When choosing a player that costs a significant portion of the salary cap, he needs to have a very safe floor and clear upside as well. Murray offers that combo. He is 33rd in the NBA in rebounds, fifth in assists per game and fourth in steals. That last stat may not seem like a lot, but on Yahoo those steals are worth 3 points instead of just 2. Boston is a top-12 team in turnovers, so there is some small upside in that category alone.
The Spurs are fifth in the league in pace, and Murray has a 25.6% usage rate and 1.31 fantasy points per minute. He is sixth in the league in touches per game, and he drives to the basket at one of the highest rates in the league. When he drives he passes half of the time to set up teammates, as evidenced by his 33.5% assist rate. Boston will be missing center Robert Williams, so it is going to be slightly easier to get to the basket, and Murray is top 10 in handling the ball in the pick-and-roll. He is shooting just 39.4% in that play type compared to 44.5% last season. Murray is sixth in field goal attempts, so there is room for improvement with his shooting, leading to more points and an even higher ceiling.
NBA DFS Forward: Josh Giddey — $26
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has already been ruled out tonight, so Giddey’s salary does not make a ton of sense. It did not move after the last game, and he was able to produce even though he faced the Jazz. The Wizards have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, but they are not the Jazz. Through these past two games without Gilgeous-Alexander, Giddey was up to 26.5% usage, 1.26 fantasy points per minute and a 41% assist rate. He continues to post stat lines that are closing in on a triple-double. Washington has been much better defensively, with the seventh-best rating on the season, but Giddey’s salary does not match the upside when he has extra shots to take and should play 32 to 34 minutes in this game.
Update – Gilgeous-Alexander has been able to play, so Giddey is a much less appealing target. Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings is an excellent pivot since they are missing two starters from their lineup.
NBA DFS Center: Montrezl Harrell– $27
This game has more to offer than just Giddey, and upside is everything for the NBA Yahoo Cup. Typically, Harrell would not check the box that can be most important for a DFS play: Minutes on the court. He is only averaging about 28 per game, but when he is on the court he is extremely productive. The usage is surprisingly high at 23.8%, but the fantasy points per minute are even better at 1.37. Harrell’s appeal is the work he puts in for the Wizards in the paint. He is 12th in paint touches and fourth in points in the paint. Oklahoma City is 19th in points allowed in the paint and dead last in rebounds there. Harrell average over 14.5 rebound chances per night, and even in limited minutes, the ceiling is tangible.
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