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The Primer – NBA DFS Expert Analysis – April 23, 2019

Featuring in-depth analysis to help you crack the winning code for the NBA DFS slate on April 23, 2019.

We have a nice four-game slate which doesn’t often happen in the playoffs. Due to the size of the slate, we are going to switch it back up to the normal Primer giving you our top plays for each position.

Point Guard


  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. Ben Simmons


  1. Derrick White
  2. Jamal Murray

You have to get point guard right on this slate if you want to win as there are so many great options. With that being said I am going to spread out my exposure to as many pairs of point guards as I possibly can on FanDuel tonight with my favorite pairing actually being Derrick White and Jamal Murray. Yes, I know that means fading the four elite point guards on this slate including Russell Westbrook in a do or die game but rostering White and Murray makes a lot of sense tonight. Both players have been going back and forth with each other all series long and have been playing well. White is averaging 32.1 fantasy points per game in this series while Murray has produced at least 32 fantasy points in three of the four games.

If you decide that fading the elite point guards is just something you can’t stomach Russell Westbrook would be the one that I want the most exposure to. Westbrook outside of game three has not been very good in this series but this is do or die for the Thunder so you know that Westbrook is not coming off the court and is going to do everything he can to extend this series. Westbrook is a lock for a triple-double and 50 plus fantasy points in this one.

Shooting Guard


  1. C.J. McCollum
  2. DeMar DeRozan


  1. Caris LeVert
  2. Torrey Craig

C.J. McCollum is one of my favorite players on this slate as I love the way he has played this series, especially in his past three games. In those games, McCollum is averaging 27 points, 6.33 rebounds, five assists, a steal, and 44.43 fantasy points. The Thunder don’t have an answer currently for McCollum and I would be shocked if he didn’t have another big game.

I am going to be pairing McCollum with either Caris LeVert or Torrey Craig tonight. Craig moved into the starting lineup for Will Barton in the Nuggets last game playing 37 minutes while having one of his best games this season with 18 points and eight rebounds on his way to 36.6 fantasy points. LeVert also moved into the starting lineup for his team the Nets playing 42 minutes. LeVert also had a big game with 25/5/6 on his way to 40 fantasy points but that performance unlike Craig’s did not shock many if anyone as LeVert has at least 35 fantasy points in three of the four games this series.

Small Forward


  1. Kawhi Leonard
  2. Paul George


  1. Jared Dudley
  2. Maurice Harkless

Small forward is an ugly position tonight and you are almost forced to pay up for either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George on this slate. While I love both players they don’t rank highly for me when you compare them to other studs on this slate. The best move on this slate is probably to punt the small forward position, especially on FanDuel with their drop the lowest score feature. Playing two guys under $4,000 in salary on that site knowing that it gives you the freedom to spend up at other positions just seems like the smartest move for me on this slate. Norman Powell and Jared Dudley would be the two guys to target if you did that as both guys should play 20 plus minutes tonight and both guys are coming off 20 plus fantasy point performances in game four.

Power Forward


  1. Pascal Siakam
  2. LaMarcus Aldridge


  1. Serge Ibaka
  2. Mike Scott

Power forward is another good spot to save some salary at tonight as there are plenty of solid mid-tier and value options. With that being said Pascal Siakam is one of the best points per dollar studs on this slate as the Magic have had no answer for him. In this series, Siakam is averaging 22.3 points, nine rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 39.4 fantasy points.



  1. Joel Embiid
  2. Nikola Jokic


  1. Greg Monroe (If Joel Embiid is out)

The center position is cut and dry for me tonight. If Joel Embiid plays I am rostering him as he is my top overall player on this slate. Embiid has flat out dominated in the three games he has played with averages of 25.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, four assists, a steal, 3.7 blocks, and 58.4 fantasy points despite playing over 25 minutes in one of the games which was last game as he has been dealing with a knee injury. If Embiid who is currently listed as probable sits out I am all over Greg Monroe as Monroe would get the start as he did in game three for Embiid. In that game, Monroe played 24 minutes and had a nice game with nine points, 13 rebounds, a block and a steal on his way to 32.1 fantasy points.

While I am personally playing Embiid or Monroe in all my contests if you do not like either option the only other player I am really looking at tonight is Nikola Jokic who has also been great to start the playoffs averaging a state line of 20.5/11.8/9.3 with a steal on his way to 49.7 fantasy points per game. Jokic is also probably a bit safer than Embiid as his health is not a question and we know he is going to play heavy minutes tonight as the Nuggets look to maintain home court advantage.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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