Sixers-Celtics (Series Tied 0-0)
With only one game on the schedule, your only option is FanDuel’s single game league. In single game leagues, you select five players (one from each team). One guard, one forward/center, two position less players, and a MVP. The MVP scores with a 1.5 multiplier.
In a one game league, you have to identify players who are going to play. That means any starter is a good bet.
Ben Simmons ($17,000) and Joel Embiid ($16,500) are by far the top two salary guys. Simmons has looked unstoppable all playoffs, but Embiid had more regular season success against the Celtics. The Celtics can throw a variety of defenders at Simmons and deter him in different ways. Their only option to impede Embiid may by Al Horford because Aron Baynes likely isn’t going to cut it.
Al Horford ($13,500) and Terry Rozier ($12,500) are the top options on the Celtics. Horford has been the best and most consistent player on the Celtics all playoffs. But Rozier has been right there with him. The Sixers are a much tougher matchup than the Bucks, but those are the two guys you can count. And with Jaylen Brown likely missing Game 1, their role will increase.
As will the role of Jayson Tatum ($10,000), Marcus Morris ($8,500) and Marcus Smart ($8,000). Smart will likely draw the start in Brown’s place. It weakens the Boston bench, but gives you a value option who is guaranteed playing time and opportunities.
Based on the regular season series and the first round, Dario Saric ($10,500) is a more attractive option than Robert Covington ($11,500).
Ersan Ilyasova ($9,500), J.J. Redick ($9,000), and Marco Belinelli ($8,500) are the three role players on the Sixers who helped win multiple leagues in the first round. They are guys who get their shots and playing time. It’s a good bet that at least one of them will be over value each game. Redick remains my favorite of three because he’s alongside the starters and is the best player.
There’s no real reason to select anyone below Smart, unless you desperately want to save money or you have a good feeling about Shane Larkin or Aron Baynes.