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DFS Trade Deadline Hidden Gems

When building a DFS lineup, we all know the big stars to consider. Even the novice DFS player knows to target LeBron, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Stephen Curry, etc. However, when it comes time to take down a Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) tournament, the key is to find the hidden gem in that night’s slate of games. In DFS, gems do not stay hidden for long, so it is imperative to be the first one to find that prize. If you are one day late, that could be the difference between infamy and glory.

Let’s focus on the players that may become hidden gems after the all-star break. With the trade deadline looming this Thursday at 3 PM, DFS players should get a shovel and get ready to start digging.

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Dwyane Wade

Alright, Wade is hardly a hidden gem, but the way that the media speaks about him it’s as if he hasn’t been an elite player in years.  Truth be told, when Wade had been on the court this year, he’s been stellar with the 3rd highest usage rate at 32.2, 10th in points per 36 mins at 23.9, and he has the 13th highest PER at 22.49. He’s due back from his latest injury Friday, and the Heat will be “all in” trying to make the playoffs.  Look for Wade to play significant minutes and produce at a superstar level (while on the court). Get him in your lineups while his price on DFS sites is still low – this is probably the lowest it’s going to be all season. He may get hurt again, but before he does, he may win you a GPP.

Kelly Olynyk

Only because I love you readers, will I share with you this vital secret. Danny Ainge’s valentine was Kelly Olynyk. Oh, you think I’m kidding. Well, I’m not. Ainge and the Celtics front office are infatuated with pony tailed Kelly. While Olynyk hasn’t been consistent yet in his brief NBA career, he has shown flashes of brilliance. Even after losing his starting job to Tyler Zeller, Kelly erupted for a game of 30 points on 17 shots, three three pointers, nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals. How many centers are capable of a line like that? And a closer look at his stats shows that he averages 16.3 pts per 36 mins. That’s higher than Jrue Holiday, Andrew Wiggins, Bradley Beal and Michael Carter-Williams. And this guy shoots 50 percent, averages 5.4 rebounds, two blocks, and a three pointer per game in only 24.5 minutes per game. He is one monster game away from winning us all some serious cash. And if he starts getting big minutes…look out.

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Nikola Pekovic

It’s hard for the strongest man on plant earth (according to Dwight Howard) and a villain in Super Man II (Google “Superman Villain Non”) to stay hidden. But that’s the case with Pekovic. Everyone assumes the Wolves are tanking and want to play young guys (and this probably is true), but they haven’t gone this route yet. While it’s possible the Wolves may move veterans K-Mart, Thaddeus Young, and even Pekovic by 3pm Thursday – I’m staying bullish on this guy even if he does get traded. True, he doesn’t fill up a stat sheet, but he currently averages 17.9 pts per 36 mins. That’s more than Kevin Love, John Wall, and Tyreke Evans, among others.  If Pekovic stays healthy and gets minutes (he’s still starting for Minnesota ahead of Dieng), he can bully his and your way past Superman and into a high GPP finish. While his price is still low on DFS sites, he makes for an excellent contrarian play.

Cleanthony Early/Lance Thomas

Now that Carmelo has brought an NBA championship to New York…oops, I mean an All-Star appearance to New York, look for him to shut it down in the next couple days. That opens up a lot of minutes and tons of shots for the Knicks. Lance Thomas might be the immediate beneficiary at small forward (and lots of DFS players will flock to Tim Hardaway Jr. as a solid option at SG) but don’t sleep on Early (known for his steals and threes). Derek Fisher loves this kid and is going to find minutes for him on the floor. The Knicks only goal from now on is to see what talent (if any) they have on the roster. 

Isaiah Thomas

The Dragic trade rumors are reaching peak level, and if he gets dealt, get ready to make Thomas a staple in your DFS lineup. He’s been a decent DFS option with only 25.7 mins per game this season, but he has the 21st highest points per 36 minutes at 21.4 and a usage rate of 24.6. Accordingly, if he gets starter minutes on Phoenix, he’ll be an immediate elite fantasy player in the Suns up-tempo offense.

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George Hill

The cruelest words in DFS are “questionable” and “minutes restriction.” And Hill has been the epitome of the latter this year. However, the restrictions are finally going to be lifted. The Pacers have absolutely zero quality playmakers on their team (sorry Rodney Stuckey and others, you don’t count), so Hill is going to dominate the ball and the stat sheet the next few months. His numbers with the minutes restriction were already impressive (14th highest PER at 22.30 and 24th highest points per 36 minutes at 21.2) so the unleashing of Hill should be fun to watch.  Note: the Pacers are shopping for a point guard, so if they land someone like Ty Lawson that will surely hurt, but not kill, Hill’s value.

 Mo Williams

Mo was traded to his seventh NBA team last week (the Charlotte Hornets), as the Brian Roberts experiment at point guard was an utter disaster. With the Hornets vying for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference and Kemba Walker out until at least mid-March, Williams will immediately step into a starting gig for the Hornets. He posted consistently solid numbers in his 19 starts this season with the Timberwolves (16 pts, two three pointers, eight assists, three rebounds, and a steal per game), and he should post similar numbers feeding Big Al and the Hornets.

 Jameer Nelson

Yes, he is still in the league currently backing up Ty Lawson.  But several teams actually want to acquire this guy for the second half of the season…especially the Miami Heat who have been dying at point guard. The Heat are going to be in desperation mode the final 30+ games to grab a playoff spot, and if they acquire Nelson, he’ll be locked into heavy minutes ASAP. Last year starting for Orlando he averaged 12 points, seven assists, two three pointers, three rebounds and a steal per game. It’s not crazy to think he could post similar numbers in Miami.

 Rodney Hood

If you know the names Joe Ingles and Elijah Millsap (brother of Paul), you are probably a savvy DFS player. Both of these guys (mostly Ingles) have been sneaky plays in DFS land. However, they were only getting big minutes due to the injury of the rookie Hood. The Jazz are eager to get Hood back on the floor, as they hope he’ll be a vital piece of their future, along with Hayward, Exum and Gobert. Accordingly, he should be in line for consistent minutes and starting for the Jazz at shooting guard after the All-Star break.

 Carl Landry

Jason Thompson is doing everything in his power to get traded out of Sacramento. If he does, someone has to play power forward for them. Enter Carl Landry. New coach George Karl will love this energy guy, and starter or not, should give him ample minutes for the Kings. How soon we forget that Landry was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year while on Golden State a couple years ago. He could easily post similar numbers (11 points and six rebounds) to that season if given the chance.

Hopefully, this will allow you to target key players that you might have overlooked. And hopefully one or more of these players will assist you in winning some cash in a GPP very soon. If you want more information or have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at dagreen35@gmail.com or message me on twitter @DanielAGreen1.

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2013 NBA Free Agency Preview: Power Forwards

Tyler Geocaris

We’ve shifted our focus here at DRaT from the NBA Finals onto the NBA off-season. Geo continues our position-by-position free agent preview series with the power forwards.

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David West

Age: 32

Height: 6’9″ Weight: 250 lbs

Last Contract: 2 yrs/$20 million

2012-13 Stats: 17.1 PPG 7.7 RPG 2.9 APG 0.9 BPG 1.0 SPG 20.15 PER (Player Efficiency Rating)

Last Year’s Team: Indiana Pacers

Analysis: West is one of the few players I would not want to mess with on the court. With such brute strength on the low block, West is able to punish smaller power forwards and basically score at will. Although he might be aging, he is still a very effective player on the offensive end and on the glass.

After seeing stretch fours becoming more popular across the league, West is one of the very few players in his position that is capable of dominating in the low post area.

With a variety of post moves to go with a sweet mid-jumper, David West is a threat all over the court.

West has been Indiana’s locker room leader since he has been there, bringing his toughness and will to win to their organization. Since he has been there, Indiana has been considered a blue collar team, working hard on every possession regardless of the situation.

The Pacers have said that it’s their number one priority this off-season to bring the power forward back. With both sides showing mutual interest in one another, I find it hard to believe that West will sign elsewhere. Expect David West to be in a Pacers uniform next season. Update: West has reportedly agreed to a three year, $36 million deal to stay in Indiana.

Possible team(s): Indiana Pacers

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Josh Smith*

Age: 27

Height: 6’9″ Weight: 225 lbs

Last Contract: 5 yrs/$58 million

2012-13 stats: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 BPG, 1.4 SPG, 50.1% True Shooting

Analysis: Josh Smith is probably the biggest question mark in this year’s free agency group. On one hand, he has proven to be a valuable two-way player his whole career in Atlanta. On the other hand, he still hasn’t really come close to learning the value of high percentage shots and often does not bring defensive intensity on non-highlight reel plays. However, if there’s one thing we know about the NBA, it’s that potential pay$. To clarify, it’s not as if Smith will be earning this contract off potential. He’s undoubtedly proven the ability to put up gaudy individual statistics across the board and contribute at a near All-Star level (he’s probably the best player to have not made an All-Star team, if you give him seniority over Stephen Curry–a sure thing to make the next team). In my opinion, the value of the inefficient Smith is going to depend a lot on who he signs with. If Houston is somehow able to combine Smith and fellow free agent Dwight Howard, it’s going to be virtually impossible to score on them. Even just James Harden and the litany of other shooters Daryl Morey is sure to surround him with will provide acres of floor space that should give Smith the nudge to play in the paint where he belongs. I honestly think this hypothetical team could take a run at winning the Western Conference. On the other hand, if Smith lands in Detroit, we could see more lottery finishes in the future for the Pistons. While I like the core Detroit is putting together as a whole, I don’t think making Josh Smith “the man” is ever “the answer”. Smith needs to be part of an already strong culture that can elicit the many great positives in his game and eliminate the negatives. Regardless, he’s a very valuable talent and will undoubtedly receive a max contract from some lucky or unlucky team.

Possible teams: Pistons, Rockets, Hawks

*Smith, and this section, was included in Jake’s Small Forward preview as well, but plays both positions interchangeably. He could conceivably play small forward or power forward exclusively depending on where he signs.

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Paul Millsap

Age: 28

Height: 6’8″ Weight: 253 lbs

Last Contract: 4 yrs/$26.4 million

2012-13 Stats: 14.6 PPG 7.1 RPG 2.6 APG 1.0 BPG 1.3 SPG 19.89 PER

Last Year’s Team: Utah Jazz

Analysis: He might not be the sexiest player available this off-season, but Paul Millsap sure seems to get the job done night in and night out. One of the more undersized power forwards in this league, Millsap has had success in this league with his hustle and constant energy throughout the course of a game. This type of play is needed in order to keep up with the bigger power forwards on opposing teams.

While lacking in the size department, Millsap is a great rebounder. He certainly will help any team who happens to sign him in that specific category. Most teams would love to have an energy type player like Millsap.

I do not think Utah should resign him this offseason, mainly because of the direction they are heading in. The Jazz are clearly trying to stay young and improving their organization the right way by going through the draft. With emerging young bigs like Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, it really doesn’t make sense for them to resign Millsap. Regardless, early reports have displayed a mutual interest between Millsap and Utah.

Possible teams: Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, other

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Carl Landry

Age: 29

Height: 6’9″ Weight: 248 lbs

Last Contract: 2 yrs/$8 million

2012-13 Stats- 10.8 PPG 6.0 RPG 0.8 APG 0.4 BPG 0.4 SPG 17.60 PER

Last Year’s Team: Golden State Warriors

Analysis- Carl Landry is one of the better bench players in the league today. A borderline starting PF, Landry is a good rebounder and has a very solid mid-range game.

Landry was a vital part of Golden State’s success last year, giving them a great spark off the bench. Playing Landry alongside David Lee last year turned out to be very successful and Landry was inserted into the lineup many times due to center Andrew Bogut battling injuries for much of the season.

Landry may not turn an entire franchise around, but he is definitely capable of being a key role player. Teams would love to have a solid big coming off the bench for them, in case their starters get in foul trouble or aren’t playing that well. Landry should receive a lot of interest around the league this off season. The Clippers are reportedly interested as Landry and Chris Paul enjoyed playing together in New Orleans.

Likely Teams- Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trailblazers