NBA Free Agency: How the East was won:
You can’t begin with dessert (DFS analysis on the Clippers and Lakers) right off the bat so we’ll go with a nice beef carpaccio and maybe some calamari to get our meal going. Let’s go to the Eastern Conference where the reigning champion Toronto Raptors have lost their star player in Kawhi Leonard along with Danny Green. Paskal Siakam’s usage is going to skyrocket. He could easily be the biggest beneficiary from a DFS perspective from this move. Watch to see if he starts bringing the ball up the court more and handling it for pick and rolls or even a high low with Marc Gasol. If Siakam starts adding assists to the mix…watch out. His value and fantasy production will surge (pun intended).
The Milwaukee Bucks got a LITTLE worse in my opinion by losing Mirotic and Brogdon but many would argue they were hurt for a number of the games anyway. What this does, however, is take away two shooters from Giannis’ arsenal and could easily mess up the spacing for that team. Giannis is great don’t get me wrong but he can’t shoot (nor should he really). The issue is without players on the outside to kick to, his wrecking ball style of driving into the lane won’t be quite as effective and defenses can plug the paint. I’m anticipating his incredible fantasy points per minute to go down a little and for Middleton to stay about the same. The Lopez twins are going to split time with Brook Lopez possibly going down a bit in fantasy points per minute as well.
The Miami Heat look to be making a push for a competitive team (not contenders) and managed to land Jimmy Buckets. It’s hard to analyze exactly what’s happening with them because it seems like they’re gearing up for a big trade. If they get Westbrook, it’s a different ball game but as they stand now, Butler and Winslow will both see a pretty significant increase in their fantasy point production. If Myers Leonard continues to build on the spark he showcased for the Blazers last year, he could be a really nice cheap center you can punt with to get those high-priced guys like LeBron, Kawhi, Kyrie etc. Bam Bam Adebayo is also going to see a massive increase in minutes with no Whiteside so on the right night at the right salary, he could win you a GPP.