NBA DFS Starting Five: May 15
Jon Impemba pores over the data and analysis to give you his top players at each position for today's NBA DFS main slate.
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C. White - PG
Coby White produced 22 points (7-of-14 FG, 6-of-6 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and two 3-pointers in Friday’s 113-97 loss to the Bucks.
White is getting a ton of minutes, averaging 36 per game on the season. He has been a value to managers for most of the season, but over the last few games, we’ve seen some inconsistency with his game, particularly in the efficiency department. In the previous 7 days, White is shooting 23% from the field. White did bounce back in Friday’s loss to the Bucks, but he’ll have to string together a few more efficient games to get back on track.
Added 6:49 am (EST)
B. Lopez - C
Brook Lopez played 29 minutes in Friday’s 113-97 win over the Bulls and recorded 12 points (4-of-8 FGs), three rebounds, one assist, and four 3-pointers.
Lopez is averaging 2.8 blocks per game on the season. However, in Friday’s game against Chicago, he did not record a single block. He contributed with four threes, so Friday’s game wasn’t a total wash. He is one of those players who find a way to provide value year after year, but at 35 years old, there is bound to be some regression.
Added 6:46 am (EST)
D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard finished Friday’s 113-97 win over the Bulls with 16 points (4-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
Lillard has experienced a significant decline in production since arriving in Milwaukee. He’s not required to carry the scoring load like he did for so many years in Portland. Last season, he averaged 32.2 points a game in a career year. This season, he is averaging 24.9. He’s scored under 20 points in his last two games and struggled from the field against the Bulls on Friday.
Added 6:43 am (EST)
J. Walker - SF
Jabari Walker played 22 minutes in Friday’s 122-92 win over the Grizzlies and recorded 19 points (7-of-9 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.
Walker has displayed some potential this season, but his inability to secure a consistent helping of minutes in the Blazers rotation makes him hard to roster. The 21-year-old may possess more value in a deep dynasty league, but staying away from him in a standard 12-team league would probably be best. If you need him for a spot stream when the Blazers play a quality game, that’s fine, but don’t get too attached.
Added 6:24 am (EST)
A. Price - PG
Duop Reath finished Friday’s 122-92 win over the Grizzlies with 18 points (8-of-16 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks, and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
Reath broke the 20-minute mark for the first time since early February. Most of the Blazers roster seemed involved in Friday’s blowout win over the Grizzlies. Duop’s ability to rack up defensive stats makes him a fascinating watchlist target in deeper leagues. The lack of opportunity over the last month indicates that Friday’s formidable showing is nothing more than an outlier.
Added 6:18 am (EST)
N. Powell - SG
Norman Powell played 22 points in Friday’s win over the Wizards, scoring nine points (4-of-8 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs), three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer.
Due to the nature of Friday’s game, which the Clippers won by a 140-115 final score, Powell was asked to do too much off the bench. However, his role as the team’s top reserve takes on added importance in the aftermath of Russell Westbrook’s broken left hand. Westbrook does not have a timeline yet, but Powell is one player who could be asked to do more playmaking while Russ is out. Bones Hyland played rotation minutes during the second half and accumulated seven assists with just one turnover in 16 minutes. Hyland didn’t shoot the ball well, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting, but running the offense will be more critical if he’s entrusted with rotation minutes moving forward.
Added 6:14 am (EST)
G. Antetokounmpo - PF
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced 46 points (16-of-22 FG, 12-of-16 FT), 16 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in Friday’s 113-97 win over the Bulls.
Giannis has been on a tear since returning from All-Star Weekend. He has scored over 23 points in each of his last nine games. In Friday’s game against the Bulls, Giannis was unstoppable. He is having another MVP-level year and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. However, Giannis has been appearing on the injury report frequently over the last week, so monitor his status game to game. The Bucks are currently in position for the 3rd seed, so managers, especially those in Yahoo public leagues, should pay close attention to any resting scenarios for the Greek Freak as we wind down the regular season.
Added 6:11 am (EST)
K. Leonard - SF
Kawhi Leonard accounted for 27 points (9-of-20 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in Friday’s 140-115 rout of the Wizards.
Leonard, who played 29 minutes on Friday, has scored 20 points or more in all five of the Clippers’ post-All-Star break games. While he was held in check down the stretch during Wednesday’s disappointing loss to the Lakers, there was no need for Kawhi to play during the fourth quarter on Friday. He’s providing top 10 per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats this season and is closing in on the top five in 9-cat. Leonard’s assist numbers are worth keeping an eye on in the short term, as the Clippers lost Russell Westbrook with a broken left hand during the first half. More playmaking could be in the cards for Leonard and Paul George to help James Harden shoulder the load.
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