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NBA GPP Recap: Cuddly Covington Bear

NBA GPP Recap: Cuddly Covington Bear
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NBA GPP Recap: Cuddly Covington Bear

I’ll have you know that prior to the NBA games tipping off on Friday, I was getting my fix of pickup basketball. At only 67” tall (I put it in inches because you’re seemingly bad math skills will make me seem taller) I have to rely on my ability to box out defenders and put back offensive rebounds, similar to what Andre Drummond does on a nightly basis. However, things changed yesterday, as I was feeling it from beyond the arc, knocking down triples at an alarming rate.

I didn’t include myself in the top-performers table, but I should have. I’m probably better than Kosta Koufos.


Position

Player

Statline

DK Points

FD Points

PG Steph Curry 41Pts, 8Ast, 2Stl,6Reb,6TO 66 58.2
SG James Harden 50Pts, 9Reb,8Ast, 9TO 71.75 63.8
SF Robert Covington 28Pts, 5Ast, 1Blk, 7Reb, 8Stl, 4TO 63.25 57.9
PF Draymond Green 10Reb, 10Ast, 2Blk, 1Stl, 14Pts, 4TO 51 43
C Kosta Koufos 13 Reb, 1Blk, 1Stl, 16Pts 36.75 33.6

Note: If a player is listed above, this does not mean he was the top scoring player at his position. Also, player positioning may change in the future as positional eligibility varies from FanDuel and DraftKings.


FanDuel

$50K Baller, $1,065 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Winner: mjclub
Team: Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Gerald Green, James Harden, Matt Barnes, Robert Covington, Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger, Kosta Koufos
Score: 362.60

$100K Monster, $300 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Winner: bigpapagates
Team: Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan, James Harden, Gerald Green, Kawhi Leonard, Robert Covington, Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger, Kosta Koufos
Score: 392.00

$175K Slam, $25 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Winner: drolson22
Team: Isaiah Canaan, Rajon Rondo, Gerald Green, James Harden, Robert Covington, Kawhi Leonard, Jared Sullinger, Blake Griffin, Kosta Koufos
Score: 392.00

DraftKings

$70K All-Star, $1,060 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: brnsnd
Team: Isaiah Canaan, Gerald Green, Robert Covington, Kevin Love, Marcin Gortat, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker
Score: 341.25

$200K 3-Ball, $300 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Winner: kermie23
Team: Isaiah Canaan, James Harden, Robert Covington, Kevin Love, Jared Sullinger, Jerryd Bayless, Kawhi Leonard, Gerald Green
Score: 375

$250K Crossover, $27 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Winner: gsot99
Team: Isaiah Canaan, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Dwight Howard, Gerald Green, Robert Covington, Ian Mahinmi
Score: 382.75

“Medium” Priced Paradise

Unlocking the keys to the value reaching players in this range of players on FD ($5,000-$7,000) seems to be a great way to find yourself near the top of a tournament leaderboard and it was once again important in last night’s tournaments.

Here are two of the guys from last night that abused their price.


Player

Salary

FD Points

Robert Covington $5,700 57.9
Jared Sullinger $5,800 42.5

This isn’t just a one-night fad. Both Covington and Sullinger have continued to outperform their current prices (Sullinger found himself in this section of the recap last week) yet haven’t been bumped up. While I expect a price increase is slowly but surely on the way, until then, you should be trying to take advantage of the high ceiling that they offer given their salary.

Less Suspected Hero

I’ve changed the heading for this section from week to week as the player that makes the difference in tournaments always plays a different role. Everyone knows the brilliant floor and ceiling that Kawhi Leonard possesses, but last night, given the extreme value of Robert Covington, Kawhi and other SF’s were overlooked in tournaments.

Below I’ve listed his point total as well as his ownership from both the Crossover and the Slam.


Player

DK Points / Own%

FD Points/ Own%

Kawhi Leonard 60.75 / 14.3% 58.4 / 19.4%

While Covington provided immense value and was certainly worth his price on both sites, it’s important to note that differentiating yourself with a high ceiling player such as Kawhi can help separate yourself from the field greatly. It worked out that both of them were excellent, and you’ll notice in the winning lineups a lot of them had both players. In the future though, when we know of extremes in ownership levels (such as the case with Covington) it’s worth taking a shot elsewhere at the position in tournaments, especially if multi-entering.

Create-A-Player

Much fuss has been made recently about the Warriors and their excellent lineup and versatility, especially in regards to Draymond Green. However, in the DFS-scape, not enough love has been given to Draymond, who can provide in literally every offensive and defense statistic and does so on a nightly basis.

His line last night might have been overshadowed by the whopping performances of James Harden, Robert Covington and Kawhi Leonard, but don’t sleep on Draymond, who is carrying a much lower price tag and consistently lower ownership percentages.

I included Draymond in the top performers table, but take a look at his salaries and ownership percentages from both FanDuel and DraftKings last night.


Player

DK Salary / % Own

FD Salary / % Own

Draymond Green $7,500 / 6.9% $7,700 / 11.3%

Draymond is averaging 38 DK points per game, more than 5X his salary as an average. Consider the fact that he has absurd upside given his propensity for picking up every statistic and he seems like a no-brainer GPP pick on most nights. Perhaps people are scared away because of the inevitable Steph Curry show? I’m not sure, but Dray needs more love.

Utility?

This has been the first time in a while where the utility usage actually seemed to make sense based on the slate and the value that emerged. Most frequently used in the utility spot was SG, Gerald Green, who was an extreme value that found himself on nearly 35% of lineups in the Crossover.


Position

Current Week

Total

PG 4 37
SG 8 19
SF 4 10
PF 2 12
C 2 22

After updating the standings, it’s not a surprise to see that the PG spot is still head and shoulders above the rest of the positions but I’m incredibly intrigued that SG is making a push for the second most used spot. The SG spot is known to be one of the positions around the league that doesn’t provide much in terms of positional depth, narrowing our choices on a nightly basis, however, players have almost more frequently used SG than C.

I’ll be interested to see if this trend continues.

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