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DraftKings and FanDuel Slam Dunks, Thursday 2/8

Alex Baker



The trade deadline was setting up to be a disappointment, but came through big time in the end. Most of the players traded aren’t relevant to today’s slate, but will be relevant in the next few days. The most relevant trade-related losses for today are Clarkson and Nance for the Lakers and Payton for the Magic. The main loss today though is Kristaps Porzingis, who is out for the rest of the season.

Kyle O’Quinn (4400 DK, 4000 FD) and Michael Beasley (6300 DK, 6200 FD): With Porzingis and Kanter out for the Knicks, there is a lot of usage and front-court minutes available to be distributed. With Willy Hernangomez traded, O’Quinn is the only center option that has played minutes this year, so I expect him to get a lot of them tonight. Michael Beasley will of course be the main beneficiary of the Porzingis injury, and his price hasn’t risen quite high enough yet. Probability of positional top 3 value – O’Quinn: 59.1% DK, 81.4% FD, Beasley: 36.2% DK, 48.95% FD.

D.J. Augustin (3600 DK, 4100 FD) and Shelvin Mack (3600 DK, 4500 FD): Clearly Orlando didn’t like Elfrid Payton, shipping him out of town for just a second round pick. Mack has been getting a lot of minutes at the wing in recent games, but now I expect him to pick up more as the back-up point guard, assuming he doesn’t start. Previously Payton and Augustin had split the PG minutes 60%/40%, but now I expect Augustin to have a much larger role on the team. Probability of positional top 3 value – Augustin: 44.6% DK, 34% FD, Mack: 28.8% DK, 14.75% FD.

Alex is better known to fantasy players by his handle "Awesemo" from seeing him in every big tournament in the industry. Playing poker professionally from 2009-2015, he heard that daily fantasy was the next big game picking up steam, and he quickly saw the potential of the relatively new game. Growing his bankroll from 2015-2016, he made a big step in 2017 by claiming the #1 overall ranking on RotoGrinders for the year. After completing his primary objective, he was looking for what's next. Attending dozens of fantasy events, Alex realized that everyone was repeating the same story: wanting to be a great DFS player while holding down a full-time job. He realized that the resources available to fantasy players while great weren't enough to help hobbyists get to the level of competing with the top pros. Having met Tom Kennedy during the FanDuel Scottish Open, the two decided to take on the realm of fantasy content along with co-founder Eddie Lai. Alex creates his own projections for each sport he plays, publishing rankings derived directly from them updated for each major slate. He also writes strategy content for how to become a better DFS player in his Game Plan series. You can contact Alex by emailing [email protected].

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