Saturday, January 6, 2018

NBA Draft Plays - Saturday January 6th 2018


We have an 8 game slate of NBA action on Draft. Here are the strategies, contests and players that I am targeting on today's slate.

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We have an 8 game slate tonight in the NBA, which begins at 3:30pm. These slates are always hard because you have so many question marks but an early start time. Even though Draft does allow you to swap out players who don't play, it still isn't in your best interest to have a lot of scratches. Those are players who could have been replaced with players higher in your player rankings.

50% of my contests will be in the 5 person and 8 person drafts. The remaining 50% will be in the 3 person drafts.

For this reason, I wouldn't touch tournaments today with a 39 and a 1/2 foot pole! Fortunately, the one tournament I am in was from before and the draft does not include the 3:30pm game.

You can always just play the late slate. The problem with that is they are only offering head to head and dream team at the moment.

For tonight, Center is pretty deep. In 3 person contests, I wouldn't draft a center at all until the 5th round. In 5 person and 8 person, I would only draft one earlier if they are the only player remaining in the tier.

For 3 person contests Forward is stronger than guard, so I would try to take care of my guards first if possible. For 5 person and 8 person guard is stronger than forward so I would try to take care of forward first. 

Also don't forget to pay attention to what your opponent/opponents are drafting. If they have filled out a position, you can wait until the last round to take care of that position. If most of the teams have filled out a position and the last few choices you don't care which one you get, you can also wait until the last round. Draft management is one of the key traits that determines who wins and who loses.

Here are the players that I am targeting tonight. For players who status are questionable, try to keep those players to no more than 10% of your lineups. For probable players, you can draft them but make sure they are the only player on your team who has a possible injury designation.

Tier 1
  • LeBron James F
  • Anthony Davis F
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo F
  • Chris Paul G
  • Jimmy Butler G
  • DeMarcus Cousins C
  • Blake Griffin F
  • Stephen Curry G (probable)
Tier 2
  • Kevin Durant (questionable)
  • John Wall G
  • Bradley Beal G
  • Lou Williams G
  • Karl-Anthony Towns C
  • Kyrie Irving G
  • Aaron Gordon F
  • Andre Drummond C
Tier 3
  • Nikola Jokic C
  • Victor Oladipo G (questionable)
  • Kris Dunn G
  • Elfrid Payton G
  • Draymond Green F (probable)
  • Kevin Love F (probable)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie G
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G
Tier 4
  • Khris Middleton G
  • Jrue Holiday G
  • Eric Bledsoe G
  • Lauri Markkanen F
  • Will Barton F
  • Tobias Harris F
  • Andrew Wiggins F
  • Zach Randolph F
Tier 5
  • Evan Fournier F
  • Taj Gibson F
  • Isaiah Thomas G
  • Otto Porter F (questionable)
  • Clint Capela C
  • DeAndre Jordon C
  • Willie Cauley-Stein C
  • Al Horford C
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