In terms of real-life skill-set, there might not be two players at the center position more drastically opposed than Hassan Whiteside ($8,400) and Bam Adebayo ($8,200). The former is a stat hunter. Whiteside might be leading the NBA in blocks per game (2.9), yet that certainly isn’t an indicator of his defensive acumen. He’s a double-double machine, but that trait has never really translated to winning basketball. The latter, ironically, was brought in to replace Whiteside in Miami. Adebayo is a savvy offensive player with passing and scoring abilities not usually found in a man of his size. On top of that, he’s an astute defender with the lateral quickness and length to give even the most proven professionals fits on any given night.
However, despite all that, they’re similarly priced assets tonight on DraftKings. Which would you rather own?
Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Trail Blazers C Hassan Whiteside vs. Heat C Bam Adebayo
For all of the negative things I just wrote about Whiteside, to me, he seems like the obvious choice in this salary tier at center. The 30-year-old has exceeded 40.0 DKFP in 16 of his past 20 starts, a span where’s he’s also produced 18 double-doubles and has blocked multiple shots in all but two games. On top of that, his matchup on Friday is very enticing. The Mavericks have clearly missed the rim protection of Kristaps Porzingis in their past nine contests, as opponents have averaged 21.0 made field goals per night inside the restricted area with the big man sidelined. That’s the second-worst figure in the Western Conference.
When it comes to Adebayo, his passivity is starting to become a bit of a concern. The Kentucky product might possess a positionally elite 21.0% assist rate so far in 2019-20, yet he’s also failed to reach 5x value in six of his past nine starts. A big reason for that? Adebayo’s mustered a mere 9.7 field goal attempts per night dating back to Dec. 28. Sure, his shot a highly efficient 62.9% on those limited shots, but volume will always be king in daily fantasy.
Start Hassan Whiteside over Bam Adebayo