The hectic first round of play-in matchups is over. Let's take a look at the NBA DFS 4-14-23 FanDuel Breakdown to see which players will lead their teams to the playoffs.
Like the rest of the play-in, this is a two-game slate. The over/under is 227.5 for the matchup between the Timberwolves and Thunder, while the over/under for the Bulls and Heat is set at a more pedestrian 208.5.
Similar to our other breakdowns, I’ll be using FanDuel’s 50/50 leagues with a $60,000 salary cap. To win, you must finish in the top half of the competition. Here are the scoring settings for FanDuel:
- 3-point Shot Made (3P) = 1pt
- Assist (A) = 1.5 pts
- Blocks (B) = 3 pts
- Field Goal Made (FG) = 2pts
- Free Throw Made (FT) = 1pt
- Rebound (R) = 1.2 pts
- Steals (S) = 3 pts
- Turnovers (T) = -1
NBA DFS 4-14-23 FanDuel Breakdown
Point Guard - Mike Conley, Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,500)
Conley’s three-point shooting and playmaking are crucial for the Wolves. He’s averaged 16.5 points and 4.8 assists in April, so look for Conley to be a safe play for your lineup on Friday night.
🚨 MIKE CONLEY FORCES OT FROM THE LINE! 🚨
He's got 23 points... none bigger than these three CLUTCH free throws!
Overtime underway on TNT 🍿 #ATTPlayIn pic.twitter.com/OROadQIGgC
— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2023
Point Guard - Isaiah Joe, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3.900)
Strokin’ Joe is primed for a heater in this elimination game. Joe’s been known to score a lot in a hurry. In this high-scoring game, Joe is a fantastic low-budget pick.
Shooting Guard - Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves ($9,000)
Ant is the true offensive leader for the Timberwolves, and in a high-scoring game, he’ll feast. After a disappointing performance against the Lakers, look for Edwards to put up a 50-burger to win you some money.
Shooting Guard - Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls, ($4,800)
While Caruso’s stats aren’t eye-popping, he has a penchant for putting up defensive stats in a hurry, so this low-budget player could become your lottery ticket.
Every steal and block from Alex Caruso in last night's win against the Raptors.
One of the best and most impactful defensive games you will see from a guard in basketball. pic.twitter.com/i6Xn7MToc0
— Mark K (@mkhoops) April 13, 2023
Small Forward - Tyler Herro, Miami Heat ($7,600)
Herro took a step up this year in terms of his scoring, and he’s going to need to come through once again. Herro can still create his own shots if the Heat offense isn’t looking as strong as it should. He had 26 points in their loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Small Forward - Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder ($6,100)
J-Dub was one of the best all-around fantasy players in the second half of the season. He needed some time to get used to playoff competition, but now that he’s adjusted, he’s primed for a strong performance to send the Thunder to the promised land. Williams has a great matchup against the Wolves’ wings, so look for him to put together a strong line.
Jalen Williams has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March/April.
JDub bookends the season with the first and last Rookie of the Month Awards.
Spoiler alert: these two guys will finish Top 2 in Rookie of the Year voting.⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QEnNG4eDhY
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) April 11, 2023
Power Forward - Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat ($9,900)
While the Heat underperformed this season, Butler hasn’t. His 22.9 points per game this season is almost a career-high, and his strong rebound, assist and steal numbers give him an incredibly strong floor.
Power Forward - Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,800)
Above all, Kyle Anderson showed he’s crucial to the Wolves’ success this postseason. He put up 13 assists, four blocks, and four steals on Tuesday night against the Lakers. Anderson is a lock for as many minutes as he can handle, and he’s known to fill up the stat sheet. He averaged 10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.5 assists as a starter this season.
Center - Jaylin Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder ($5,400)
J-Will might be a popular pick here, but he put up 32.6 fantasy points on Wednesday against the Pelicans despite shooting 1-for-7 from three-point range. He’s a 40% three-point shooter thus far in his career, so expect him to score a little more to make up for the high assist total (eight) last game.
Jaylin Williams in his first postseason game:
8 pts, 8 reb and 8 ast, team-high +20 as the Thunder beat the Pelicans in NOLA.
From 2nd round pick to starting in a postseason W as a rookie.
Great to see for the #ProHog and Northside Grizzly. #WPS
— Jonathan Acosta (@_jacosta) April 13, 2023
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