You don’t have to play cash games to understand why it’s important to grasp them. Players we consider for cash are the ones we believe are the most underpriced, have the best floor/ceiling combo and feature a relatively tight range of outcomes. In other words, these are the best plays on the board once price, slate context and positional depth is accounted for. Those sound like pretty good options for GPPs as well.
The optimal GPP lineup will mix some of these cash-type plays with higher-variance options. In cash games (where roughly 50% of the field gets paid out), we don’t worry about ownership or game stacks or correlation. In large-field tournaments, our ACO (average cumulative ownership) should stay reasonably low.
With all that said, these are our Top Plays considering the following factors: Median projection, matchup, upside and value. Ownership is not considered here. Generally speaking, these players are what we consider to be “head-to-head and 50/50 considerations.” They are listed in price descending order (NOT ranked by “best play”). At the bottom, you’ll find suggested rankings by site once salary is accounted for.
Ben Simmons ($8,700 DK/$8,000 FD) – The price tag on FanDuel remains attractive for Simmons who draws an elite matchup with the Wizards. Washington ranks 28th in overall defensive efficiency and plays at one of the fastest paces in the league. Given Simmons’ dominance in transition, the matchup suits his skills particularly well. Foul trouble has kept Simmons’ minutes in check through the first two games of the restart. Look for a strong rebound from Simmons today. He’s a stronger play on FanDuel given the positional requirements and a solid secondary play on DraftKings.