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Notable Eastern Conference DFS trends from the bubble

We go over some of the most surprising trends from teams in the Eastern Conference during the NBA season restart so far.

T.J. Warren of the Indiana Pacers handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on August 1, 2020 at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Eastern Conference playoff race isn’t as intense as the Western Conference’s, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an element of surprise. Six teams have clinched playoff berths while the Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, and Washington Wizards are still looking to secure spots. The standings could shift by the end of the seeding games and result in some interesting matchups. Let’s go over some of the more surprising things we’ve seen this weekend from a DFS perspective.

T.J. Warren’s ridiculous boost

No player in the bubble has eclipsed expectations like Warren. He torched the Philadelphia 76ers for a career-high 53 points in his seeding game debut and became the go-to option for the Pacers without Victor Oladipo or Malcolm Brogdon available. When Brogdon returned for Indiana’s second seeding game, Warren tallied 70 DKFP for a second straight game despite making one of his six shots from beyond the arc. His usage could remain sky high moving forward, making him chalk until he falls off a cliff.

The Thomas Bryant phenomenon

Bryant is playing a ton of minutes for a Wizards team that’s without Davis Bertans and Bradley Beal. He’s established himself scoring threat and effective rebounder is averaging around 20 points and 10 rebounds through three seeding games. He and Troy Brown Jr. have seen their prices rise because of increasing exposure.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dominance

It’s not surprising that Antetokounmpo is one of the best fantasy players around, but he’s been on another level in the bubble. The reigning MVP is averaging 36 points, 16.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists through two seeding games. That’s helped him tally 143.8 DKFP. Returning 6x value at his price will make it hard to pass on him moving forward.