Snoop’s NBA “2-3 Zone” – 8/5/20

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Another solid night again over at the DFS Headquarters. It was a struggle getting some of the Dallas pieces (besides Luka Doncic) but overtime was able to help get a few more players to what they needed.

Today gives us six games to dissect with a few high total games and some that I do not have much interest in at all.

Our friends from Washington are on the slate again and like usual they are involved with the highest game total today with Philadelphia at 229. however, it is also the largest game spread.

Denver and San Antonio is currently the closest matchup, so we could target that one if we think it really does go back and forth.

Top of the Key

Joel Embiid ($10,400 DK / $9,500 FD) at Washington Wizards

After his 81 DraftKings point performance against Indiana, Embiid followed it up with a less than stellar 45 DK point performance against San Antonio. I think today’s matchup is just what the doctor ordered to get him closer to the 81 point performance, rather than the 45 point one.

In three games since the return, Washington has played three times and have been abused by opposing centers.

Deandre Ayton – 45.5 Fantasy Points

Jarrett Allen – 48.75 FP

Myles Turner – 34.75 FP

With Embiid averaging 30 points and 11.6 rebounds over his past five games, he is set up here to eclipse those numbers. As we know, the Wizards play an up-paced game and has no issues with letting the other team score so I will be pretty heavily involved with the 76ers big man today.

Jayson Tatum ($8,200 DK / $8,300 FD) vs. Brooklynn Nets

Boston is typically a hard roster in DFS when they are at full strength. Luckily, today we know they will be without Kemba Walker so we can change our view on this team today.

I am not sure if the sites adjusted to Walker being out before they came up with salaries, but Tatum feels a little too cheap on both sites today. He sandwiched a 59 DK point game against Portland between two subpar performances against Milwaukee and Miami since the return, but Walker played in all three of those contests.

We do have a good sample size for Tatum with Walker off the court. In 1,030 total minutes this year the Celtics forward jumps up in all categories across the board, not notably in usage (+4.61%) and total fantasy points (+6.7).

Boston is heavily favored in this game but if it does blowout, there is a good chance it was because of Tatum.

Baseline Looks

Here are a few players and situations I will be keeping my eye that could be in good spots depending on how news breaks or players I will look into a little throughout the day.

Brandon Clarke ($4,600 DK / $4,900 FD) at Utah Jazz – Clarke seems to be a staple in this article since the return but both sites refuse to give him much of a price bump. Memphis lost a big contributor in Jaren Jackson Jr. with a torn meniscus in their last game and Clarke should see an uptick in minutes and usage because of that.

Michael Porter Jr. ($6,200 DK / $5,500 FD) at San Antonio Spurs – MPJ’s price came up a little, but I still think there is a good opportunity for him to post a big number to pay off his salary. I am not so certain we are going to see him play 44 minutes again tonight, but we see his upside last game with a 60 DK point performance. There are not many players in the mid-tier salary range that could produce those numbers so I will take a shot with him again today.

Brad Wannamaker ($3,000 DK / $4,100 FD) at Brooklyn Nets – I am really only going here if I need a dirt-cheap guy. Assuming he garners backup point guard duties behind Marcus Smart today, if he can produce in his minutes you will not need much from him if you want to spend up a little more than usual today.

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