Fantasy GM’s that banked on the NBA MVP and the Golden State Warriors’ best player Stephen Curry on Monday night had to be disappointed when he went down with a head contusion that forced him to miss a quarter of action following a scary fall. Curry returned to finish the game but he struggled to find his rhythm and finished with 23 points, four assists, a rebound and six 3-point shots.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was that Golden State actually let him go back on the floor following the injury but in any event it was another reminder to fantasy GM’s that anything can happen on any given night. Here is a look at our optimal lineup for Wednesday’s DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Leagues.
PG: Shaun Livingston, Golden State
Curry is still the favorite in this spot but considering the injury he suffered and the fact that more will be need of the other Warriors’ players anyways we decided to get bold for Game 5 and go with Livingston in this spot. Livingston had only four points with three assists and a steal in Game 4 but he has the potential to put up much better numbers at home in Game 5 and since he is available at only $3,000 we can plug him in here and save more than $8K to spend elsewhere as we load up at the other positions.
SG: James Harden, Houston
Harden was the star of Game 5 as he stepped up in a big way with a game-high 45 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-point shots. Nobody came close to matching that stat line and with the Rockets facing elimination once again on Wednesday night we feel very comfortable plugging in Harden as a lock for Game 5.
SF: Josh Smith, Houston
One of the benefits of avoiding Curry at the PG spot is that we get the player with the highest average fantasy points per game at the SG, SF and PF spot as well as more room to load up on the final three positions. Smith has averaged 29.4 FPPG in these playoffs and he is coming off a strong performance in Game 4 when he scored 20 points with six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three 3-point shots so we like him in this spot.
PF: Draymond Green, Golden State
Green was an absolute beast for the Warriors in Game 4 the same way he has been throughout these playoffs as he finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and two 3-point shots. Those are ridiculous numbers for a player that is somehow still available at just over $8K despite the fact that he is clearly the best player at the PF spot by a large margin so he should be a lock in Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy Leagues.
C: Andrew Bogut, Golden State
Bogut didn’t score a single point in Game 4 but he had eight rebounds, four assists and a block and considering he averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the previous two games of the series we have no problem going back to him here at home in Game 5. Bogut won’t light up the stat sheet but he can be a valuable contributor at just $5K.
G: Klay Thompson, Golden State
There is no way we would be able to afford Thompson here if we kept our roster the way it was everywhere else but substituted in Curry for Livingston so this is another example of what we can do with the money we saved with the decision we made at the PG spot. Thompson stepped up with Curry out in Game 4 when he scored 24 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-point shots and the tandem of he and Harden could be lethal in Game 5.
F: Terrence Jones, Houston
Jones is the best forward available that we can still afford with money left over for the FLEX position and he is coming off a strong performance in Game 4 when he scored 14 points with five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and a 3-point shot in 24 minutes off the bench. Jones has the potential to put up decent numbers in what should be another high scoring contest on Wednesday as Houston continues to rely on him as their best player off the bench with Smith back in the starting small forward spot.
FLEX: Andre Iguodola, Golden State
With $4,800 left over for the FLEX position we take Iguodola as the best player still on the board with $200 to spare. He scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and two 3-point shots in 26 minutes off the bench for the Warriors in Game 4 and while his minutes could potentially be reduced he is still a valuable contributor and the best player still available for the final position on our roster.