Malik Beasley (DK: $3,800; FD: $3,900; Y: $11): Before we dive into Malik Beasley, please note that his daily fantasy NBA Must-Have status is dependent upon Gary Harris being out. At this point in time, we don’t believe that Harris will play, but we might not get that news until well after lock. If Harris is unable to go, Malik Beasley should see massive minutes and has been producing in those minutes. In the last six games that Beasley played with Harris out, he averaged 25.5 DK points and flashed upside with a 39.3 DK-point game against San Antonio. Denver is in a pace-up spot against a Clippers team that ranks 1st in the NBA against SGs, but this is deceiving because Avery Bradley is considered the SG for LAC and he should defend Jamal Murray and not Malik Beasley. The Clippers rank 28th against opposing PGs (that would be Shai Gilgeous-Alexander defense), which matters more for Beasley. On this slate where we are focusing more on tournaments, Beasley is a high upside player who has safety with his minutes as well.
Jerami Grant (DK: $4,800; FD $5,400; Y: $19): Nerlens Noel exited Oklahoma City’s Tuesday night game after a scary fall that ultimately resulted in a concussion. This leaves Steven Adams, Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson to play almost all of the minutes at the four and five spots (Paul George might play a few at the four, but that will likely be while Grant is at the five). Grant is in line for massive minutes in the night’s closest spread. He has been sketchy of late, but most of that has been due to his low shooting percentage. Grant takes well over half of his shots from within five feet, so we expect his field goal % to improve from the last few games and regress back to his normal 58% eFG%. Grant’s matchup tonight is a good one as the Spurs struggle against PFs, ranking 25th in the NBA. In a game that should be competitive and exciting, we love Grant to produce for our lineups.
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