NBA Plays of the Day 2/7 – Will Jimmy Butler Dethrone the King?

Point Guard

Jeff Teague

As long as the Cavs continue to struggle, I will continue to look for the right players from their opponent to place in my lineup. Today you will see multiple Timberwolves, starting with Jeff Teague. While Teague has been hit or miss all season and his recent struggle may have you fearful of another disappointing night, but the defensive struggles the Cavs continue to show on a nightly basis has to give you a positive outlook on Teague’s upside.

Dejounte Murray

This is another point guard who has been struggling as of late, but a matchup against a Devin Booker-less (hip) Phoenix Suns team could be the remedy to Murray’s recent slump. His price has dropped enough to where the upside could be close to 10x over value. He’s one of my favorite plays of the night.

Shooting Guard

Victor Oladipo

After missing just one game due to an illness, the first-year All-Star will be back in action in a favorable matchup against a Pelicans team that ranks dead last at defending point guards, as well as being ranked in the bottom 10 in the league at defending shooting guards. Oladipo has only made value once in his last five outings which means his ownership could be pretty low.

A Spur 

I can’t decide which one I like better, Manu Ginobili or Danny Green. Both have the potential to be a stud or a dud tonight. The Spurs could also opt to rest one of these two given their matchup is a lower-end team missing their star player.

Small Forward

Jimmy Butler

It’s Jimmy Butler against LeBron James. Butler tends to take his game to the next level every time he faces off against King James. What makes this play even better is the Cavs defense has ranked dead last at defending the small forward position giving up a ridiculous amount of fantasy points over the last five games (82 on DraftKings, 64.3 on FanDuel).

DeMarre Carroll

The Brooklyn Nets are limping heading into this matchup against the Pistons. With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) out, Caris (knee) out and Quincy Acy (finger) questionable, Carroll could be given all of the minutes he can handle playing both forward positions.

Power Forward

Blake Griffin

Griffin and the Pistons have been on a tear since he has arrived in Detroit. The Nets are one of the highest paced teams in the league and they also rank dead last in the league at defending the power forward position which together could result in a big night for Griffin.

Taj Gibson

Gibson has only made value once in his last five outings and a key reason to his recent struggle could be his low rebounding numbers, as he is averaging just 5.8 rebounds per game over his last five games. However, with the Wolves are ranked fourth in the league in offensive rebounding rate and the Cavs are ranked 20th in the league in defensive rebounding rate. This, like his teammates, could be the right matchup that breaks him out of his recent fantasy point slump.

Center

Bam Adebayo

The price-tag for the Heat’s rookie center is too low and his potential is too high that you can’t have him in your lineup. Recently, head coach Erick Spolstra stated that he would try to play Adebayo and Hassan Whiteside.

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